A118C hardwire problems (2011 Qashqai)


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Jan 4, 2017
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Hi. I recently purchased a A118C, which I have been running successfully from the cigarette lighter in my 2011 Nissan Qashqai with the supplied USB cable.

Meanwhile I ordered a hardwire kit from ebay, it's now come, and I took the car to a local fixer to hardwire it all in. The hardwire is run down the left (drivers) side of the car to the Qashqai's secondary fusebox (https://i.imgsafe.org/d03eddcf56.jpg).

However the guy couldn't get it working by piggy-backing any of the existing fuses... he prodded and poked with his tester to verify power was there, but there was no life in the dashcam. He then wired it straight onto a spare battery he had, and it came straight to life. He suggested that there was a problem with the amperage, and it needed to be wired directly to the battery. Seemed like he was clutching at straws (you definitely would describe him as an expert!).

Can someone help identify what stupid thing we must have missed?

Thanks for any help!