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Unread 07-24-2016, 08:22 PM   #1
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I will be running a pair of cheap led fog lights and will put a 4-wheeler winch on my hunting buggy. How many amps will I need the voltage reducer to be?
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Unread 07-24-2016, 08:41 PM   #2
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Are the lights LED ? How many amps does the winch draw?
2 18 watt Led lights draw 3 amps.
Can't tell you without knowing current draw, but I can tell you this:
Did a quick search on ATV winches . A 2000 lb winch draws 80 amps, I doubt
if you'll find a converter with the kind of amp rating that's affordable.
Never put a winch on a cart, but I'm guessing the guys that do use a separate power source. i.e. an aux battery.
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Unread 07-24-2016, 09:00 PM   #3
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The winch is not new and doesn't have any information on it. The lights are led. I wanted to stay away from an aux battery but that looks like may be the way to go
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Unread 07-24-2016, 09:01 PM   #4
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Anyone with a winch have input?
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Unread 07-24-2016, 09:08 PM   #5
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Did A BGW search. Check this out:

Best way to wire a winch??
Look above post for search in blue bar, input winch wiring. Lots of good info.
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Unread 07-25-2016, 08:16 AM   #6
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You can't run a winch on any reasonable voltage reducer. You need to install an aux battery for that. The lights should have wattage ratings that allow you to compute the amperage.
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Generally the low amperage reducers do not last. 15 amp units won't last with radio and lights! 20 a units do a little better (last longer) and 30a units seem to be whats needed.
As mentioned. Do not use a reducer for the winch they can easily pull 40 - 50 amps.
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Unread 07-25-2016, 02:12 PM   #8
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Looks like I'll be trying to make room for another battery. Anyone got pics of battery layout under the seat of a ds with an aux 12 v? Scotty the kit you sent was a breeze to install and everything works great! I will be recommending you to a buddy that is building a cart also.
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Looks like I'll be trying to make room for another battery. Anyone got pics of battery layout under the seat of a ds with an aux 12 v? Scotty the kit you sent was a breeze to install and everything works great! I will be recommending you to a buddy that is building a cart also.
Always good to read a good review, thank you
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