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BlackboxMyCar | Dash Cam Installation: 2019 Kia Sorento x Thinkware U1000 2-CH + BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 Battery + U1000 Radar

BlackboxMyCar | Dash Cam Installation: 2019 Kia Sorento x Thinkware U1000 2-CH + BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 Battery + U1000 Radar

This installation photo blog will show how we installed a Thinkware U1000 4K UHD 2-Channel dash cam into a 2019 Kia Sorento, along with the Thinkware Radar module and the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 battery pack. If you're considering installing a dash cam, we recommend the BlackboxMyCar Essential Install Kit. The BlackboxMyCar Essential Install Kit comes with a circuit tester, trim remover tool, and other handy tools to make the hardwiring and installation process more manageable.

The BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 battery pack comes with multiple input cables and options. You can use the 12V power cable for a quick and easy install. Just plug it into your vehicle's cigarette lighters socket (6A). This setup will fully allow the battery pack to charge in under 2 hours. If you are looking for a shorter charging time, i.e., you don't drive long enough for the battery to charge fully, there is a hard wire cable that you can connect to your car's fuse panel (9A) to allow the battery to fully charge in just under an hour.

Our technicians hardwired the dash camera battery pack to the car's fuse box for this hardwire installation.

Dash Cam Tips

You don't need a dash cam battery pack for parking mode recording. You can also hardwire the dash cam directly to the fuse panel or use the car's OBD port with an OBD power cable. However, using a battery pack is better for the overall health of your car battery as it eliminates any wear and tear caused by the continuous charging and discharging of the dash cam.

Dash Cam Tips

You don't need a dash cam battery pack for parking mode recording. You can also hardwire the dash cam directly to the fuse panel or use the car's OBD port with an OBD power cable. However, using a battery pack is better for the overall health of your car battery as it eliminates any wear and tear caused by the continuous charging and discharging of the dash cam.

We installed the Thinkware U1000 2-Channel dash cam, Thinkware U1000 Radar module and the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 battery pack into this 2019 Kia Sorento.

Step 1: Mounting the Thinkware U1000 front camera, radar module, and rear camera (dual dash cam system)

For this installation, we placed the U1000 front camera behind the rearview mirror and the radar module beside it.

Before installing a dash cam in any car, check how far the wiper goes because if you mount the front facing camera above the wiper's reach, it will not have a clear vision. You want to make sure you are mounting the dash cam in a spot so you can always get a clear windscreen in front of it. This also applies to the rear dash cam if wipers are on your back windshield.

For this vehicle, we chose to mount the 4K UHD front camera behind the rearview mirror and the radar module beside it.

Next, clean the windshield from the inside of the car to ensure the camera sticks properly and to clean off any marks or smears that might affect the video quality of your footage. Once that's done, you can connect the power cable, the radar module cable, and the rear camera connecting cable.

Step 2: Find the best location to stowaway the battery pack

The BlackboxMyCar PowerCell8 Dash Cam Battery Pack is slim and compact enough to be stowed away under the driver or passenger seat or in the glove compartment.

The BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 dash cam battery pack measures 151mm x 204.8mm x 32.6mm (5.94in x 8.06in x 1.28in), making it easy to hide under the driver or passenger seat or in the glove compartment.

For this installation, we stored the battery pack underneath the driver's side seat, as it is the closet spot to the inner fuse panel under the instrument panel on the driver's side. Use the included velcro strips to help prevent the battery pack from sliding around under the seat.

Step 3: Locating the correct fuse for the hardwire installation

Use the circuit tester to locate a constant fuse for the battery pack hardwire installation. You will also need to find a good ground bolt.

While we are not hardwiring the U1000 to the car's fuse panel, we are hardwiring the battery pack to unlock the battery's fast charging feature. The BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 hardwiring kit is a 2-wire cable, one for ACC (constant) and ground. You need to look for an empty fuse slot or one you can piggyback off using the add-a-fuse kit included in the Essential Install Kit. Use the circuit testing in the Essential Install Kit to help you find a suitable continuous power fuse that is less than 10A. Always refer to the Fuses section in the vehicle's owner's manual to avoid fuse slots that could pertain to certain safety features within your car.

Once hardwired, the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 battery pack will recharge itself when you turn on the ignition, and when you power down the car, the dash cam will be able to draw power from the battery pack to run parking mode.

Step 4: Tucking the dashcam power cable from the headliner to the battery pack

Take your time when removing the console cover or the A-pillar cover - be careful not to break any of the clips behind the covers.

Because the battery pack is stowed away underneath the driver's seat, we need to guide the power cable along the headliner, down the A-pillar, and across the floor to the battery pack. Use the included prying tool to gently pull back headliner trim to tuck in the cables.  

Take your time when popping open the A-pillar - it's pretty straightforward, but because some Kia's a-pillar does not come out as much as other vehicles, the take will take longer and require more patience.

Dash Cam Tips

If this is the case for your Kia vehicle, we strongly recommend a Thinkware or BlackVue dash cam. VIOFO dash cams might not be the best dash cam here as they are known for their thicker cables, which might be more challenging to maneuver and tuck away in tighter spaces.

Remember, you don't want to tuck the cable into the pillar because if there's an airbag inside the pillar, the airbag will deploy in the event of an accident and pull on the cables, causing further damage.

Dash Cam Tips

If this is the case for your Kia vehicle, we strongly recommend a Thinkware or BlackVue dash cam. VIOFO dash cams might not be the best dash cam here as they are known for their thicker cables, which might be more challenging to maneuver and tuck away in tighter spaces.

Remember, you don't want to tuck the cable into the pillar because if there's an airbag inside the pillar, the airbag will deploy in the event of an accident and pull on the cables, causing further damage.

Use the trim removal tool to gently pull back the weather strip, trim and panel covers to tuck in the cables.

Continue routing the power cable along the weather strip down the door and then route the cable across the floor to the battery pack underneath the driver's seat. Plug the power cable into the Output slot.

Step 5: Running the rear camera connecting cable to the rear of the
Kia Sorento

Run the rear camera connecting cable along then A-B-C pillars to the rear windshield.

Plug the rear camera connecting cable into the front unit, run the cable along the headliner, and straight down the length of the car to the A, B and C pillars. Again, don't just run the cable under the rubber seal because it will create a little gap that might prevent the door from sealing properly - you will get wind noise, or worse, water can seep into the car. Take your time to guide the cable under the trim - remove the B pillar covers and use the pry tool to carefully tuck the cable underneath the panel covers.

Look for the hoses that connect the chassis to the liftgate. Use a long zip tie to run the rear connecting cable through it for a clean installation.

Unlike in most sedans, mounting the rear camera in a vehicle with a rear liftgate does require a few extra steps, and the best way to run the cable is to go through the hoses between the chassis and liftgate. If there is any trim on the liftgate, it's best to remove them to hide the rear camera cable under it.

Typically, there are 1 or 2 hoses that connect to the liftgate, and it's best to give them a squeeze to check which one has more wiggle room before attempting to run the wire.

Tips and tricks? You can use a long zip tie, a coat hanger, or any variation of a long wire to guide the front-to-rear cable through the headliner and the rear hatch grommet before connecting to the rear camera.

Plug the connecting cable into the 2K UHD rear camera and power your car to turn on the U1000. You will hear a Thinkware greeting prompt. Suppose you haven't done so, download and install the Thinkware Cloud app on your smartphone. Once your U1000 is powered on, press the WiFi button on the front unit to switch it to Wi-Fi mode and then connect to the dash cam using the Thinkware Cloud app on your smartphone.

Use the Live View feature to check the viewing angle of the front and rear cameras and adjust if needed.

2019 Kia Sorento x Thinkware U1000 2-Channel

And there you have it, a Thinkware U1000 2-Channel dashcam installed in a 2019 Kia Sorento. The installation took no more than 2 hours, including routing the cables, testing the battery pack power source, and checking the front and back cameras using the mobile app viewer.

From the outside, looking in from the front of the vehicle, the U1000 front-facing camera and radar module blend in well with the car.

The U1000 rear camera is also very compact and discreet, small enough not to interfere with your visibility out the rear of the Kia. And from the outside, looking in, it's virtually invisible.

The ultimate parking surveillance combination

Parking surveillance is one of Thinkware's strengths, and the U1000 4K dash cam is no exception. Like other Thinkware cameras, the U1000 is a high-quality dash cam that comes with built-in low voltage protection to continuously monitor the health of your car battery. It will shut down if it detects any issues, so your car battery will not be damaged. In other words, it is safe to hardwire the U1000 directly to the car's fuse box to unlock parking mode features. However, by relying on your car battery as the sole power source for the dash cam, you are subjecting the car battery to wear and tear caused by the continuous charging and discharging of the dash cam. Over time, it will affect the battery's performance. The better solution is to use a dedicated battery pack, like the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 or the Cellink NEO.

Regarding parking features, the U1000 gives you the standard motion detection and time-lapse recording. Both are equipped with collision detection and buffered recording in 4K Ultra HD. There is also the Energy Saving Mode 2.0 which, when paired with the Thinkware Radar module and BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 dashcam battery pack, extends parking mode coverage to up to 10 days.

Hardwire dash cam installation guide

Planning on installing a dash cam in your car? Check out our Step-by-Step Dash Cam Installation Guide  and our selection of handy installation accessories. And if you ever need a hand during the installation process, just call us; our dash cam specialists are available to help!

Looking to have your dash cam professionally installed, we do offer installation services at our Richmond BC location.

Please see some of our other dash cam installations in the BlackboxMyCar Dash Cam Installation Gallery.

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