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  • 120 deg Wide-Angle Rear View Reverse Camera off Ebay - REVIEW

    I won this rear view camera off eBay and I plan to do a helpful review for everyone.

    First.. There were two sellers I found selling this identical camera. This seller I bought it off was a couple dollars more but said you'd receive it in 2-3 business days and I did.. He shipped from California and I got it in two days.. I was very happy about that..

    One thing that sucked and I'm still working on is that it came with NO instructinos. I have been emailing the seller asking questions and he promptly returns them.

    Here is some pics:









    My question to him was how do I power the thing? Here was his reply:

    "Thanks for your mail.
    It could be powered directly by mobile power system DC 12V.
    Here is the photo for your reference.
    http://www.ksoffice.com.tw/ebay/US/C...weradaptor.jpg
    So you may cut the power cord of the camera by yourself to connect to the vehicle power system.
    There are three rings that you could mount it into the keyhole of your vehicle.
    If you have any further question, please do not hesitate to mail me again.
    Regards,

    David (eBay Seller ID : dvoneb)"

    Hesistant to cut something that I wasn't supposed to so I didn't jack it up I emailed him again and asked him if there were two wires (a ground and a hot) and if I was supposed to just snip the red connector off. And his reply was:

    "Hi,

    There are two wire, the red jack is for power cord, and the yellow one is for video output.
    Please see the label of the power adapter in the photo.
    http://www.ksoffice.com.tw/ebay/US/C...weradaptor.jpg
    The fire wire(positive) is inside, and the ground(negative) is outside.
    Thanks, David"

    I'm still not sure what he's talking about.. If I cut this red RCA off and strip the wire back is there going to be two wires to tie into??
    Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

    Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

    First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

  • #2
    Yes. They are just using a RCA plug instead of a barrel connector for power. So if you cut if off you will have 2 wires to use. Did it come with a power adapter?
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    • #3
      No.. No power adapter...What you see is that it came with..

      So your saying to snip off the red plug and there should be two wires there?
      Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

      Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

      First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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      • #4
        yes. But leave a little wire on the RCA plug so you can keep track of the polarity
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        • #5
          Tbird,

          This is my first post. I've been lurking for a few weeks doing research and multiple searches. And WOW! I'm finally getting caught up enough to read NEW posts! Anyhow, you're in luck. Last week I got some components from an investment property that used the same connectors you have.

          What the seller is trying to say is that there are two wires in that red wire. The picture he provided shows the layout of the adapter pin needed to power that camera using a 120V to 12V adapter. Going by the picture, the inside terminal is power the outside is ground. When you cut the wire, you will probably see a shielded ground with a power wire wrapped inside it. That will be your guide as to how to power it.

          Depending on your PSU and your available power, you can grab the 12V supply from it... or if you're willing to take the risk, wire it directly to your cars 12V supply. I can't imagine it pulls enough wattage to be concerned with!
          My first attempt at a carputer.

          PM me if you're interested in a monitor faceplate for your '99-'04 Golf or Jetta. My Vortex ID is NorthAtlR32 - you can IM me there, too. Go here for more information.

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          • #6
            R32 is right, but I would power it from the computer to keep from frying it if it gets too much voltage from the car.
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            • #7
              Ok.. Snipped it.. There's a red wire and then a bare wire. I'm assuming the bare wire is the ground correct?
              Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

              Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

              First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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              • #8
                Yes that sounds right. Bare would be shield and the red is positive.
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                • #9
                  Ok.. I have one of those adapters that go from 120 to a variety of volts. I set it to 12V and alligator clipped the wires together.. I got nuttin. Flipped the polarity switch.. Still nuttin...

                  The ONLY thing that I have a question with is... If the polarity was wrong when hooked up could it have jacked it up and then when I switched it to the correct polarity it not matter because it was jacked up?
                  Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                  Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                  First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                  • #10
                    Ouch, yeah if you didnt check to make sure of the polarity coming from the adapter it could have definitly roasted the camera.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jcdillin
                      Ouch, yeah if you didnt check to make sure of the polarity coming from the adapter it could have definitly roasted the camera.
                      I'll second that.
                      My first attempt at a carputer.

                      PM me if you're interested in a monitor faceplate for your '99-'04 Golf or Jetta. My Vortex ID is NorthAtlR32 - you can IM me there, too. Go here for more information.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tbird2340
                        Ok.. I have one of those adapters that go from 120 to a variety of volts. I set it to 12V and alligator clipped the wires together.. I got nuttin. Flipped the polarity switch.. Still nuttin...

                        The ONLY thing that I have a question with is... If the polarity was wrong when hooked up could it have jacked it up and then when I switched it to the correct polarity it not matter because it was jacked up?

                        I was going to say a that if you look at the power supply that was supplied, it is showing tip negative (ground) which is the opposite to which it looks like you and jcdillin assumed.

                        as to whether you have burnt it out, depends on the quality of the camera, a good one would of had polarity protection.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tbird2340
                          Ok.. I have one of those adapters that go from 120 to a variety of volts. I set it to 12V and alligator clipped the wires together.. I got nuttin. Flipped the polarity switch.. Still nuttin...

                          The ONLY thing that I have a question with is... If the polarity was wrong when hooked up could it have jacked it up and then when I switched it to the correct polarity it not matter because it was jacked up?
                          FYI - the adapter might not be pulling the right amount of amps to power the camera.

                          1.) Figure out the positive and negative wires from the camera
                          2.) take an extra Molex adapter (splitter) you may have lying around for your computer and cut off one of the Molex ends
                          3.) Identify the 12 volt and ground wires on the Molex. (I think the yellow wire is 12 volt and the red wire is 5 volt - don't take my word for it, do some verification yourself)
                          4.) Connect the positive camera wire to the +12v wire of the molex connector and the negative to negative
                          5.) Connect the other end of the Molex to your computer power supply and power up your computer
                          6.) Enjoy.

                          If you've done these steps correctly and still don't see anything from the camera, than it's probably fried. Good luck.

                          -HD

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Enforcer
                            I was going to say a that if you look at the power supply that was supplied, it is showing tip negative (ground) which is the opposite to which it looks like you and jcdillin assumed.
                            http://www.ksoffice.com.tw/ebay/US/C...weradaptor.jpg
                            Hmmm... to me that says tip positive, outside negative...
                            My first attempt at a carputer.

                            PM me if you're interested in a monitor faceplate for your '99-'04 Golf or Jetta. My Vortex ID is NorthAtlR32 - you can IM me there, too. Go here for more information.

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                            • #15
                              FYI - This powersupply WAS NOT supplied. The only thing that came is the camera.. That is it.. No manual / instructions.. And NO PS...
                              Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                              Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                              First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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