Rampage bluetooth backup camera installs in seconds

Easy on and off with suction cup mount, uses smartphone screen

Last updated: November 12, 2013 03:00 PM

Anyone who has ever pulled a trailer will appreciate the Rampage WiFi Backup Camera, a new device that’s a snap to install.

Simply attach it to the rear of your vehicle using its suction cup mount, turn it on, and you’re good to go. Through the magic of WiFi, your smart phone doubles as a screen for the device.

Because it requires manual intervention to turn on the phone function, it is best for occasional use, rather than as a substitute for a camera that activates automatically when you put the vehicle in reverse.

Ideal for towing, when you’re finished hooking up your trailer, remove the device, and close the spring-loaded top to protect the lens. It’s compact enough to fit in your glove compartment.

Compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, the portable backup camera includes a phone mount for the vehicle, and a USB cord for charging. Its lithium-ion battery will hold a charge for up to eight hours.

Just introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, the portable Wi-Fi camera is so new that pricing hasn’t been finalized, but a representative told us to expect it to be under $100. Look for it in specialty auto equipment stores in early 2014.

—Jim Travers

Speaking of backup cameras, also read: "Consumer Reports Joins Lawsuit Against Transportation Dept. Over Delayed Car Backover Rule."

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