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Unread 03-31-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Winch Amps and Voltage Reducer? How many amps can I draw?

Hey guys, anyone have any thoughts here?

If I'm running a 48v to 12v reducer (30amps 400w Scottyb reducer, the blue one) and the winch (2000lb harbor freight) draws 106amps pulling 20001bs (max), can I ever pull 2000lbs or am I restricted to 30amps which would equal only 500lbs? I guess I'm a little unsure here about the voltage reducer and what its able to put out (restrictions)

i'm running 6 x 8V trogens in a exgo txt series cart.

According to the box specs:

2000 = 106 amp draw
1500 = 80 amp draw
1000 = 55 amp draw
500 = 30 amp draw
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Unread 03-31-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Winch Amps and Voltage Reducer? How many amps can I draw?

Well I just answered my own question. The winch is limited to 30amps when running through the voltage reducer and therefore will not pull crap lol.

When directly hooked to 12v battery or my case (2x8v=16) there is much much much more power. I feel many people should know this in the sense that your winch will work when hooked up to a voltage reducer for the snow plow but don't try and pull your buggy out of the ditch because it won't. Trust me, i just tested it.

I would hate to be in the woods and not know this. It may be common sense for many, but it was not for me and could have be costly lol.

In short, I will alligator clip it to the voltage reducer's fuse bus to work the plow, but if I get stuck and actually need the winch, it will be direct wired to the 16v's. I realize I should probably get a separate 12v but don't want to carry the weight unless I make a habit of off roaring and getting stuck.
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Default Re: Winch Amps and Voltage Reducer? How many amps can I draw?

All I know is that my winch came with 6ga fine strand copper cable. I've never heard of a commercially available reducer that could supply it.
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Default Re: Winch Amps and Voltage Reducer? How many amps can I draw?

I looked and looked and the highest I found was 30 amp reducer. Being that the winch gets limited use I would single out a pair of batteries for 16 volts. just remember that you might need to charge the batteries that are seperated individually to maintain the battery packs total charge.
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