Dash cam cable doesn’t fit! (1 Viewer)

Feb 22, 2016
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Damn! My 7 year old Nextbase dash gave up the ghost and it was deemed uneconomic to repair. So bought a new one and went out to the van to connect and set up. Failed. At the first hurdle.😕

I’d hard wired the original dash cam and fed the cable up through the A pillar etc so so the lead hung down about 6 inches, just right for connecting the dash cam. The new model Nextbase has a permanent power base that is stuck onto the windscreen and the dash cam itself connects to the power base using very strong magnets. So now you connect the lead to the power base only once and then you just remove the dash cam when not in the van (or car). No more unplugging the lead, which is what damaged the previous Nextbase.

However, the hard wired lead’s plug is too big to allow the plug to connect to the power base socket. The plug and socket themselves are standard, you can see the socket circled. However the gap, shown by the red arrow, is too narrow to allow the male lead to get close enough to plug in. I really don’t want to have to rewire and route the cable. So, in the absence of better suggestions (which I hope will follow) I propose trying to slice off a bit of the plastic on the lead and see if I can get it to fit the gap. I’d rather do this than try and make the power base larger but failing this, I’ll have to source a slimmer lead and redo the hardwiring.
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Aug 19, 2014
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I had the same problem, but you can plug the hard wire connector directly into the dashcam, when mounted.

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Ingwe
Feb 22, 2016
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I had the same problem, but you can plug the hard wire connector directly into the dashcam, when mounted.
Thank you, I did wonder if this was possible. I prefer the suggestion from Lenny HB to try a USB mini connector. That way I can keep the power lead connected to the base. I think it was the frequent unplugging the USB mini lead from the dash cam which knackered the old dash cam. The core in which the five pins were enclosed snapped off and whilst not completely loose, flopped around giving intermittent connection. Nextbase said it wasn’t economic to repair.
A sad indictment of things today. One part breaks and you throw the whole thing away. 🤨
 
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Ingwe
Feb 22, 2016
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Following Lenny HB suggestion, the mini usb male/female connector arrived this morning and the problem is solved! The extension slips in beautifully and the existing hardwired lead will just plug in as per the charging lead used in the photo. Total cost £7.99 for two leads (one L/H one R/H).
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