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    Okay, so I thought this was a pretty simple question. Let me set it up first.

    I have a place at the ranch where we hang deer to process. To raise and lower them I use an old winch that is wired to be run from a truck battery. Right now I use a marine battery and a solar panel to keep it charged. Since all of that, I have run power out to this place for lights and a couple of outlets. Now. I want to be able to run that winch from a 110 ac outlet.

    What is the easiest way to convert 110 v ac to 12 v dc in order to do this? Google searches have come up with a few $15 or $20 power converters that go from an ac plug to a cigarette lighter. But I've noticed that they all also have amp ratings (ie. 5 amps, 6 amps, 10 amps, etc). I have no idea how many amps that winch pulls when its operating, but i'm thinking it has to be way more than 10 amps. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Does the winch have a tag stamped anywhere on it? Should tell you the amp rating

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    • #3
      Ask WTC .... he'll know fer sure!
      Maybe he can order you something on Amazon Prime!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Captquint View Post
        Does the winch have a tag stamped anywhere on it? Should tell you the amp rating
        This^^^^

        The lightest winch with no load will draw around 25A. At 1000lbs, it'll draw 90-100A. So check the winch.

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        • #5
          Might be more economical to do this

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/440-LB-110-V...8AAOSwbopZSqkV

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          • #6
            Change the blinker fluid before you do anything.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Captquint View Post
              Does the winch have a tag stamped anywhere on it? Should tell you the amp rating
              that's part of my problem. the winch is over a 2 hour drive away from me. i was wanting to get something to take with me, but i'll have to check it out and order something later if I can find the right thing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by megman View Post

                This^^^^

                The lightest winch with no load will draw around 25A. At 1000lbs, it'll draw 90-100A. So check the winch.
                Yeah I read something almost identical to that. I'm thinking that under load (200 lbs or so) it will need around 50 or more amps. I really thought this was a very simple problem to solve.

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                • #9
                  Did you put a 100 amp service in this building?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Captquint View Post
                    Did you put a 100 amp service in this building?
                    the breaker that i ran out to it is a 30 amp breaker.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by animal View Post
                      ...I have a place at the ranch where we hang deer to process. To raise and lower them I use an old winch that is wired to be run from a truck battery. Right now I use a marine battery and a solar panel to keep it charged. Since all of that, I have run power out to this place for lights and a couple of outlets. Now. I want to be able to run that winch from a 110 ac outlet...
                      Stickin' with what you've got is the cheapest alternative, especially if you're not already set up for 100 amp A/C service... If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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                      • #12
                        Ok winch works with battery, battery charges by solar. Why not supplement / replace solar charging with a battery tender? Then it isn't dedicated and can be used to charge other batteries.

                        Possible problems: running 2 chargers at once might need circuitry to prevent cross feed of power.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by animal View Post

                          the breaker that i ran out to it is a 30 amp breaker.
                          Prolly gonna pop that motherfucker

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by antknot View Post
                            Ok winch works with battery, battery charges by solar. Why not supplement / replace solar charging with a battery tender? Then it isn't dedicated and can be used to charge other batteries.

                            Possible problems: running 2 chargers at once might need circuitry to prevent cross feed of power.
                            this

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Captquint View Post

                              Prolly gonna pop that motherfucker
                              No

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