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How to Wire a Winch with a Toggle Switch?

Half the principle behind wiring with a toggle switch is pretty much the same as you would hook up the battery with the Solenoid. The rest half is a mish-mash of wiring that you have to get right, to properly winch with the toggle switch.

In-cab winch control applies the principle of controlling a winch with a toggle switch. A toggle switch is essentially a Single Post-Double Throw Switch that has a 3-way terminal.

To ensure maximum safety and a bare minimum amount of precaution, we are also going to add in an interrupter switch to the wiring circuit, which is a Single Post-Single Throw Switch that routes power to the toggle switch only when needed.

Basics First

The Solenoid Box

Every Solenoid box comes with a couple of posts, their positions might differ from model to model, but they do come in all Control boxes.

On top of your Solenoid box, you will find a positive terminal and just beside it, the negative terminal. These two posts form the Input posts that will connect to the Battery.

At the bottom of the Solenoid box, are two output posts. One positive and the other negative, co-relating to the positive and negative terminals on the Winch.

Again, on the top of your Solenoid box, you will find two smaller connections that are the main controls for the Cable going In and Out. Some boxes come labeled with their respective functions and some do not. But it is an easy matter to figure that out.

Wiring the Battery and the Winch

This part of the process is similar to how you would hook up the Battery and the Winch with the Solenoid box. All the instructions come in the Manual and it is an easy process.

The Toggle Switch

It is a simple device with three posts for connections. The two oppositely placed posts are the In and Out posts while the one at the center is meant to route power into the Toggle switch.

Wiring the Toggle Switch Circuit

First off, you will need three connections to wire together with the Safety switch or the interrupter, and the In and Out posts on the toggle switch. Alternately, you can opt for a thick cable that comes with three in-house wires, making your work that much hassle-free.

Once you have your extension cable, splice it open at both its ends. There will be three different colored wires in there, so identify which one you will connect where. Usually, the green wire is connected to the power source on the Solenoid box.

So at one end of the extension cable, connect the green wire to the central positive post on the Solenoid box, for power. The other two wires, say black and white, connect to the In and Out posts on the Solenoid box.

At the other end of the extension cable, connect the green wire to the first post on the Safety switch. This supplies power to the Safety switch and can be used as and when needed.

The other two wires, the black and white, will connect to the In and Out posts on the Toggle switch.

To connect power into the Toggle switch, you will have to take a separate piece of wire and connect it from the second post on the Safety switch to the central post on the toggle switch. With this, your power connection to the toggle is established.

Run the operations after you have made all the connections and make sure the winch is working accordingly.

If you require a little ignition light within the toggle circuit, simply as a visual reminder, you can easily hook it up by taking a required length of wire and connecting it to the back post of the Safety switch. The other post of the Lightswitch will have to be grounded with a reliable ground source.

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