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Wiring and Battery Current Requirements for Electric Boat Winches

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Can a motor load be connected to the adapter instead of inverter. Have boat electric winch and could connect to existing 2018 f150 -7way plug . Instead of installing new plug for winch. Thanks

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An electric winch will draw a substantial amount of power from its battery, usually a lot more than the 25-amp rating for the Hopkins 12-Volt Power Inverter Adapter # HM11147650 that you referenced.

For instance, Dutton-Lainson StrongArm Electric Marine Winch # DL25215 draws as much as 70-amps. Bulldog Electric Winch # BDW15020 draws as much as 340-amps at full load. This is why winches should always be wired with a dedicated battery connection using a heavy-gauge winch installation kit like # DL24049.

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