There seems to be some confusion as to calculating the true wattage of an electric drum winch in the Australian market, so at Bell Marine we are introducing transparency (how’s that for a novelty?) and below is the formula used.
The First thing to check for is that your winch is fitted with tinned copper 25mm sq marine cable with high voltage connectors. Any winch that has the equivalent to switch, door bell or speaker wire certainly will not be able to carry the required current and runS the risk of serious damage from melting wires.
Imagine shopping for a winch that is labeled 1500Watt, it was supplied with a 50Amp Circuit breaker, if you apply the formula below you can clearly see that it should have been supplied with a minimum of 125Amp but is it that simple?
Q1. Is it a 1500Watt winch? Q2. Is it the wrong size circuit breaker? Q3. Did the seller even know this?
Q4. Would a 125W circuit breaker fix this problem? A4. YES (if it is a 1500W winch) NO (if its a 600W winch)
A1. YES/NO (it could be, maybe) A2. YES/NO (if its a 1500W yes) A3. NO (no idea)
Even though the below formula is simple, the answer is not always as it seems! Take the time to discuss your requirements with an authorised Bell Marine dealer who has been properly trained and insist on the world’s only SUBMERSIBLE anchor winch
THE CIRCUIT BREAKER SUPPLIED SHOULD BE A MIN OF 85AMPS OTHERWISE THE WINCH WATTAGE IS OVER RATED AND COULD CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE