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Unread 10-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Powering my backup camera...

I recently purchased a backup camera for my 2007 Jeep Patriot. Its the kind that screws into your license plate. I'm not very good at electrical work, but my roommate is, so he helped me wire it. As of now, I have it powered by the reverse lights, so the camera only works when the car is in reverse. I would rather have it where the camera is always powered. My radio allows me to access the camera whenever I want, and I would like to be able to use this option. We tried powering the camera through the tailgate speakers and the cabin light, but neither had enough power to support the camera. Does anyone know of anywhere else to power the camera so it will always be on?

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Unread 10-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Run a dedicated switched power wire to it with a diode between the constant hot wire and the reverse lights.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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Can you try to explain that in more laymen's terms? I don't understand a lot of this electrical stuff.

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Unread 10-27-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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Sure. Your current wiring you can leave intact. If you add a second wire connected to the battery then a fuse then a toggle switch somewhere in the cab and then to your backup camera, you'll have the option to have it always on or only on when your reverse switch tells your reverse lights to turn on and this your camera is powered. The electrical diode is kind of like a one way street that will allow that switch inside the cab to power your camera but not power your reverse lights by proxy.

It is a little more work to wire it but hooking it to an accessory powered wire instead of the battery will ensure that you will not run your battery down and it will only be on whilst the key is on. I'm sure your neighbor knows his way around RadioShack and can wire this up with you without a hitch.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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you coulld also just power the camera with an acc wire(if you have a cig lighter that turns on and off with the ignition you can tap into that) the camera will always be on... the reverse wire goes to your radio to switch the radio screen when put in reverse... and it will work when you force camera on with the radio..
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