You might have considered purchasing a radar detector for your car, but besides price, the biggest concern you might face is the aesthetics of having a radar detector installed in your car. The classic long and coiled power cord that sticks into your 12V cigarette lighter is an eyesore. However, there is an alternative to a thick, dangling cord on your car’s dash. If your car has a powered rear view mirror, this guide will instruct you on how to do a “clean” install that eliminates the need for a long cord to plug into the cigarette lighter.
Many people can justify the cost of a radar detector. Although it is a hefty investment, if it prevents you from receiving even one speeding ticket, the detector will have already paid for itself. However, people have a harder time dealing with the visual clutter that a radar detector brings to a car dash.
Many people already have a multitude of devices in their car. Whether it’s a mounted GPS or a phone/mp3 player dock, many people will already have a busy car dashboard. In fact, the one obstacle you might face is that the only 12V outlet you have is already occupied by a GPS unit.
However, if you have a powered rear view mirror, you can utilize the power from your rear view mirror to power your radar detector with a few simple steps. The first step is to replace the thick, coiled power adapter that comes with every radar detector with one that plugs into your rear view mirror’s power source rather than the traditional 12V outlet. These adapters can be found at sites such as Amazon.com. These adapters are cheap, thin, and short. The beauty in these cords is that it plugs directly into the power plugs for the rear view mirror. Simply insert the metal-pronged ends of the adapter into the corresponding plug, and your radar detector will seemingly be powered by nothing. Installation requires no expertise and the vendors all have helpful videos to teach you on how to hook it up.
Now that you have hooked it up via the rear view mirror’s power source, the power adapter cord is reduced to a mere 6 inches that disappears because the power source is located behind the mirror on the roof of the car. Not only is the installation visually appealing, it still leaves room for your GPS device or phone in the 12V socket!
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