How to Wire an Electric Winch


Electric winches require power from a battery to be operational. With proper wiring, power can be provided to the winch through a vehicle battery or through a separate, auxiliary battery that powers the winch only.


The recommended way to wire your winch depends on three things:

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1. Where your winch is mounted

2. Type of winching

3. How often you use your winch





Wiring a Front-Mount Vehicle-Recovery Winch

There are two ways to provide power to a winch when it is mounted on the front of a vehicle. The two options are outlined below.


Wiring Diagram of Front-Mount Winch to Vehicle Battery
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Option 1: Standard Winch Wiring Using Vehicle's Battery




Wiring Diagram of Front-Mount Winch to Auxiliary Vehicle Battery

Option 2: Using an Auxiliary Battery to Power the Winch





Wiring a Trailer-Mounted Winch

There are two ways to provide power to a winch mounted on a trailer. The two options are outlined below.


Wiring Diagram of Trailer-Mounted Winch to Vehicle Battery

Option 1: Wiring the Winch with Trailer and Vehicle Winch Wiring Kit




Wiring Diagram of Trailer-Mounted Winch to Trailer-Mounted Battery
Wiring Diagram of Trailer-Mounted Winch to Trailer-Mounted Battery

Option 2: Wiring the Winch to a Separate, Trailer-Mounted Battery


Updated by: Raymond P.

Last updated: 6/29/18







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