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We’ve upgraded to a newer dashcam—a Yi Ultra. Some of the notable features of this camera include (1) large video resolution of 2.7K or 2704 by 1520 pixels, (2) wifi connectivity with a smart phone for viewing and downloading files, (3) high sensitivity in low-light conditions, but no IR night-vision mode, and (4) voice-activated photo capture (takes photos by saying “Yi, take a photo”). The Yi Ultra replaces our old Polaroid N302 dash camera.
Portable ultrasonic diffusers can be used to fill a car’s cabin with a fine water mist and oil fragrance of your choice. The amount of mist dispensed can be varied depending on your preference. The unit is powered via a 5V USB port and features glowing LED lights.
A reverse horn (or a back up horn) is a small signalling device used to alert pedestrians and passers by of a vehicle moving in reverse direction. Reverse horns produce beeps of a certain tone and length that follows international standards. It draws power directly from the vehicles reverse light harness. In this modification, I have described how I installed a Maruzen back up horn in an EcoSport.
To watch a video on how I installed a reverse horn or back up horn in an EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Reverse Horn.
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EcoSport’s stock halogen fog light bulbs may be upgraded to dual-color LEDs. These LEDs feature white and yellow colors that may come handy in various weather conditions. Switching between white and yellow is as simple as pressing the on-off switch (depending on your preference, tri-color LEDs are also available in the market).
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A pitch-black highway illuminated with just the headlights and fog lights presents an opportunity to test the night-vision feature of the Polaroid N302. Please note also that the video was taken through a dark tint.
To watch the video demonstrating the enhanced low-light capability of a Polaroid N302 dash camera (night vision), head directly to Polaroid N302 Dashcam Road Test.
In 2017, Ford EcoSport Philippines (FESP) has entered into a partnership with Petron, entitling its club members of exclusive perks and privileges. FESP members can avail of an exclusive FESP Petron Value Card (with FESP logo), enabling the holder to earn extra points not available in ordinary Petron value cards. This card was issued to me when I was still an active club member.
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One of the simplest and most cost-effective upgrades to an EcoSport’s headlight would be the replacement of the stock bulb with an LED emitter (some refer to this as “LED bulb” but technically, it is not a “bulb”, but rather, an “emitter”). About a year ago, I’ve upgraded our headlights to an LED, and performed a comparison with the stock halogen bulb.
Clearly, LED emitters illuminate the road far better than stock bulbs. Always install LEDs properly by directing the low beam to the ground, to avoid causing glare to oncoming vehicles.
To watch a video on how I replaced the stock halogen bulbs with a pair of hi-performance LED emitters, head to Installing LED Headlights.
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Before I upgraded to a hi-performance headlight bulb, I also tried out this pair of EUROLITE Amber (Yellow) H4 bulbs I purchased at a local hardware store. This is essentially a low-cost halogen bulb coated with thin yellow filter. I have used this lamp during two recent 12-hour night-time trips to Bicol. These amber headlight bulbs are good enough for well-lit city streets, but a little too dim for poorly-lit zigzag roads, especially for our heavily-tinted EcoSport.
I only paid 300 pesos for the pair (in contrast to 2700 per pair of hi-performance bulbs), so I did not expect much from it.
To watch a test video showing a comparison between the stock headlight and this yellow bulb both in hi and low beams, head directly to Yellow Headlight Bulb (H4). To view the reviews of other EcoSport-related accessories, click here.
I have recently stumbled upon a surplus Maruko horn (low tone only) which I installed in our EcoSport. Horns are supposed to come in pairs but I was unable to find the high tone horn that pairs up with this one. Powerful horns such as the Maruko draw about 4 amperes, thus, the installation requires the use of a relay and a new wiring harness. In the video, I have explained not only how to mount the horn, but also how to wire it with the relay.