# Quick Answer: What gauge wire should I use for my trolling motor?

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## What size wire is needed for a 36 volt trolling motor?

8 awg will work. Depending on what you’re putting it on and the length of wire on whether 6 or 8 is needed. Personally, if the wire run is over 30′ (that’s from the negative connection of battery 1 to the positive connection of battery 3 in the case of 36V) I would go with 6ga.

## What gauge wire should I use 12v?

Maximum current (amps) in a 12V electrical circuit vs. size (AWG) and length of wire.

American Wire Gauge (#AWG)
Length (feet) Maximum Current (amps)
30 12 8
40 12 6
50 10 6

## Is my Minn Kota 12 or 24 volt?

The nameplates are most often found in the foot petals of the motor. Otherwise, you can look at the configuration of the trolling motor batteries to find the volts. Open the hood and look at the battery. If you see 6 cells, it’s a 12-volt battery, but if you see 12 cells, it means it’s a 24-volt battery.

## Why does my trolling motor have 3 wires?

The three wires are for a trolling motor that will operate on either 12 volts or 24 volts. 12/24 volt motors have a switch to choose which you want. Thus the third wire to send power to the 24 volt side of the switch. The red and black wires operate the 12 volt side.

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## Does a 36 volt trolling motor need 3 batteries?

36 Volt Systems (3 batteries): 1. Three 12-volt deep cycle batteries are required.

## Do I need a circuit breaker for my trolling motor?

It is highly recommended that a circuit breaker or fuse be used when installing a trolling motor. … For motors requiring a 60-amp breaker, the Minn Kota MKR-19 60-amp circuit breaker is recommended.

## How far can you run 12 volt wire?

12V DC Power Drop / Max Cable Distance Chart

24 AWG 12 AWG
DC 100mA 216 feet 3,508 feet
DC 200mA 108 feet 1,755 feet
DC 300mA 72 feet 1,169 feet
DC 400mA 54 feet 877 feet

## What gauge wire do I need?

To determine what gauge wire you need, consider the carrying capacity and the amount of current the wire needs to conduct (measured in amperage or amps). Wire gauge is directly related to how many amps you need to run through it. The distance you need the wire to go can also impact the gauge of wire you need.

## Can I use 18 gauge wire for LED lights?

Most people would likely recommend using a solid core 18-gauge wire for your LED lights. The cost difference between this wire size and a much smaller cable is negligible, and 18-gauge is about as big as you can go if you would like your wires to fit into most holders or terminals.