Kogan 7 " wireless reversing camera
This is a reasonable reversing camera for the price. Installation instructions though are vague and you really have to know what you are doing. One negative with this camera is the screen clips over your original rear view mirror so now you can only see whats behind you when you have the car in reverse gear and the camera is then activated, if you want to look in your rear view mirror while driving and just using the mirror in the new screen (as the camera is now not activated), it is fairly dark but manageable .
Another negative is the LED lights surrounding the camera that should come on when reversing at night, do not work!
Don't waste your time
2 small details to consider:
1- It's not waterproof. 2 rainy days and it filled with water and humidity.
2- The screen doesn't turn on when you set the reverse. You have to turn it on manually (I think that is why they give you a remote control). If you want to make it automatically you have to wire the mirror to the reverse light on the back, throwing away the "wireless" meaning of wireless.
It is cheap, I think you get what you pay, but if you want a truly wireless waterproof rear camera, search for another model.
Purchased in December 2019 for A$50.00.
Incomplete wiring diagram
I found the unit would not work without connecting the receiver to reversing light power via plus wire with the fuse fitted, beside the blue wire leading to the view screen. This requires power from the reverse light, Otherwise there is no power for the screen. This either requires you to find under dash power to the reverse light or run a wire to the rear of the car to power at the light, as I did. John Scott
Purchased in June 2019.
Useless instructions and diagrams
I don't know yet weather the unit works well but as an electrical technician I can say the instructions and wiring diagrams are useless, even in the downloaded manual, as all or most other revieweres have also commented. The Mirror unit seems to have surplus wires and a fuse which don't show connections to anything.
Instructions not only Next to Useless but also Misleading
As an electrician the wiring was not hard to do even with the less than basic information provided. Unit works same as Adrian and Garry (below). Mirror unit and receiver is wired into a 12 volt supply and Camera and transmitter is wired to reverse lights supply as directed. Unit will not work correctly.
When vehicle is in reverse the mirror shows the camera image as it should. When moved out of reverse the Mirror Screen then shows a constant message of "No Signal". Normal rear view mirror function will not work, just a message on the ...screen that there is "No Signal". Would expect the unit should return to a "Sleep Mode" if it doesn't receive a signal from camera transmitter and allow the normal mirror operation to work. No such luck. Only way to get this piece of junk to work at all is to provide the power supply to the Mirror (and Receiver which is attached to the mirror) directly from the Reversing Lights supply (same source as you use to power up the camera and transmitter when reverse gear is selected). Says nothing about wiring the mirror and receiver to the reversing lights in the totally abysmal instructions provided. Cheap and nasty product ...............old adage rings true, "you typically get what you pay for" or should it be the "the poor man usually pays twice"? Nice one Kogan.....
Disappointed with this product.
I also am not happy with this item. I had it installed by an auto electrician, at a cost of $180.
The electrician installed the camera in the position both he and I assumed was the correct way, that is, the cable came out of the camera at the top, therefore not interfering with the mounting process.
Also, the camera swivel system was pointing downward. An obvious necessary measure if the camera is installed higher up on the vehicle. After installation we discovered the image from the camera was displayed upside down on the monitor. To overcom...
Reversing Camera, not all it's cracked up to be.
Pretty poor performance Kogan. The bloody thing is no where near wireless. If you have better owners manual/installation instructions, why would you not include them with the unit? I have installed mine, it took well over an hour to effect the "wireless installation" and the unit will not even power up. The two transmitter units are powered up, but the screen just sits there and looks at me. All I can see in it is Me.
Camera is OK instruction and backup useless
Now that i have got the camera set correctly i am very happy with it
originally the image was mirror reversed and no one from technical support could tell me how to fix it ( No instruction manual is available for this product ) by trial and error i worked out how to fix it myself . Also this camera is not wireless as it still needs to be wired to ignition system and reverse lights
Useless instruct to install.
I would like to know were the red n black wires from the transmitter wire into. Understand the rest of the wiring. Would be nice for more detailed instructions. Lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots lots of googling. No answers.
For a closed in ute, it makes life easier
I have a Mark 2 ranger with a closed in tray so having a reversing camera certainly makes life easier when parking, you cant see smaller cars so you've got no Idea how close you are to them. With the camera you know exactly were they are. There are certainly better ones on the market but this does do the job. If your going to fit it yourself you do need a bit of electrical skills and know a bit about your cars wiring. Main issue they have that Kogan need to look into is the Mirror, it falls off after a couple of weeks and once its lost the staying power that's it, I drilled through the top and fitted a couple of retaining screws which know keeps it in place. Value for money its not bad.
Detailed wiring diagram and instructions or Kogan reverse camera ALSO KNOWN AS ARV43M (gator).
I found on Tdj.com.au the detailed install information for this product which is also sold as the ARV43M.
Absolutely Fantastic, this is what should be in the box from Kogan.
I have only just found and downloaded/printed these out and now I’m off to work so I won’t get to use them for another week or so.
Craig ... Geelong
- Verified purchase
Not as described. Not easy to setup. Does not automatically turn off...Help desk useless
Purchased this as it appeared that it would be a good unit. On receiving it, I set it up on a test bench only to discover some appalling omissions in the instructions (very poor). This unit was supposed to replace an existing albeit smaller screen which works just fine (a little small though) I installed the original system and have had a fair amount of experience installing devices. Unlike a fully functioning system, this one does not automatically turn off when out of reverse. Several questions to the help desk later and still they just giv...e stat answers (obviously hoping I just go away). The first responder obviously didn't even bother reading my email with my questions as his answers were meaningless against the questions. The second (or third) sent me a diagram which contradicted the instructions for wiring. Dick Smith no longer exists in its original form and this company is obviously just trading on the name. They appear to offer no after sales service or support so basically you are on your own to sort things out. I shudder to think what the convoluted process and how long it would take had you bought an expensive item from this company given their apparent lack of follow up. NOT RECOMMENDED, unless you like being mucked around and receiving poor quality products.
Disappointed and annoyed
Read that it's an easy install. It is not. It is quite complicated. Requires an auto-electrician so beware. Doesn't work on our car anyway we found out as we have a station wagon so the wires are not long enough and the battery is in the back. Sending back for refund.
December 21st 2017 Update:
Kogan Wireless Rear View Reversing Camera is not wireless. It requires an experienced auto-electrician to install and we have been quoted upwards of $250 to do so. Also, it is NOT suitable for a station wagon as the battery is in the back so the wir...
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Does not works as it should be, worst reverse rearview camera on planet I think. Spend 200$ to install from auto electrician, still does not turns off itself after use have to turn off manually then it does not turns on itself, have to do it manually again. Not happy at all.
Great product, good price, but you'll need to be handy with a multimeter.
Product is better than I expected, but installation took longer than expected, probably 2 hours. I managed on my own as I had a spare plug that fits into the cigarette lighter socket. Soldered the camera power leads onto the reverse light globe holder. Used double sided tape to stick lense to rear bumper (after unclipping it from the bracket). Required a multimeter so I agree that most buyers will need an autoelectrican to install. The operating manual could do with some more detail.
When purchasing the discription inferred that it was easy to in stall, this provred to be very far from the truth, I had an Auto Electrician instal it, at a cost of $ 360, and having seen what he had to do, he earnt every cent of it.
I was originally disappointed when I purchased it to discover it was $20 cheaper the next week, I understood that Kogan promoted their products to be the best price at all times, my reply from Kogan was " bad luck".
Also no operating instructions
Good to use - hard to install
I was excited when i first saw this product, so i straight away purchased it. It said it was easy to install, but i found it difficult to install. However, the product itself once installed, was easy to use and its been a real lifesaver in providing us with the vision we need to see the external rear when reversing.
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Useless! - Description Misleading.
The first problem that I encountered was that it states on the description that it's easy to install, only "recommending" to hire an electrician, but suggesting that it can be done at home. When I bought it months ago it didn't even have that narration on it, simply said "you just hang it from your rear view mirror", so I assumed it worked by itself, didn't imagine it needed wiring!!.
It cost me almost $300 for an electrician to install it, and it never worked.
The connection keeps constantly cutting off and it's in B&W, the color image is ...
Questions & Answers
Why is the language display showing backward?
got a green colored wire that says 'connect to astern' what does it do and where do I connect it? There's also a male RCA (yellow), where does it go?
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