How to Connect Trolling Motor to Battery (Quick Solutions)

Nowadays fishing and boating are very popular. People love to ride the boat for doing many fun stuff. If you are a fisherman and love to fish by using boat then you may familiar with trolling motor. They are popular for their excellent features. They are adjustable and offer maneuverability to the boat ride.

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Describing trolling motor is not part of this article, you have to connect the motor with your battery to use them. But most of the people don’t know how to connect the wire to the battery so that they can use the motor on their boat. In this article, we have discussed how to connect trolling motor to the battery. Just follow these steps that are mentioned below to connect the motor to the battery.

There are few types of motor available in the market. In this article, we have covered 12 volts, 24 volts, and 36 volt-motors. So by reading this, you can learn connecting 3 different type of motor to the battery.

Warning: Be sure that all the power switches are “OFF”. It is highly necessary to off the switches before connecting the battery to the motor.

Connect Trolling Motor to Battery

Step One

Connecting a 12-volt motor to the 12-volt battery is not hard. At first, you have to tie the black (negative) lead from the trolling motor to the negative terminal of the battery. Keep in mind that you have to use a 50-am circuit breaker in this connection. Secondly, connect the red lead from the trolling motor to the positive terminal of the battery. This is very easy, just read this carefully and practice 2 or 3 times to learn it deeply.

connect trolling motor to battery

Step 2

To connect the 24-volt trolling motor, use two 12-volt battery. Connecting 24-volt trolling motor is a little bit complicated from the 12-volt motor. We are marking the batteries as “First” and “Second” So that you can understand more easily. Take the black (negative) lead from the motor and connect it to the negative terminal of the first battery.

Then connect the red (positive) lead from the trolling motor to the positive battery terminal of the second battery. You have to use a 40-amp circuit breaker on this (positive) connection. Now you have to connect a jumper wire to the positive terminal (first battery) and to the negative terminal of the second battery. If you can do these successfully then you are all set on connecting 24-volt trolling motor to the battery.

Step 3

how to connect trolling motor to the battery

In this step, we will discuss the method of connecting 36-volt trolling motor. As there are 3 batteries in this connection, we are marking them as “First”, “Second” and “Third”. First, tie the black (negative) lead of the trolling motor to the negative terminal of the first battery. At the second step, fasten the red(positive) lead of the trolling motor to the positive terminal of the third battery.

Use 40-amp circuit breaker on this(positive) connection. Now simply connect a jumper to the positive terminal of the first battery and connect it to second’s battery’s negative terminal. Then connect another jumper from second’s battery’s positive terminal to the third’s battery’s negative terminal. That’s all, you have successfully connected a 36-volts trolling motor.

Do I Need A Circuit Breaker Between My Trolling Motor And Battery?

do i need a circuit breaker between my trolling motor and battery

When connecting the trolling motor to the battery, you have to also consider a circuit breaker or fuse to protect against short and fire dangers. Of course, either a circuit breaker or a fuse is noteworthy to keep your motor stressed-free. 

Its main purpose is to conserve the wire, not whole devices. It is very easy to install. You can settle the fuse manually between the trolling motor and battery, especially as close to the battery as possible. After installing the fuse and connecting the trolling motor, you can start your fishing activity. At the time of water, it is also possible to charge a boat battery without any risk. Believe it or not, you can use two marine batteries in a boat.

Remember that the fuse or circuit breaker is not able to keep safe your high dangerous trolling motor short. Because that motor has already weakened. And, you should always save your trolling motor battery from metal objects that can fall onto it. 

Conclusion

We hope that you have got a complete idea about connecting trolling motor to the battery by reading this article. Repeating one thing again: Put all the power switches to “Off” position before connecting the motor to the battery.

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Hi, I am responsible for the 'Homeowners Power Solutions' category. My name is Liam Jaxon and a licensed technician with 7 years of experience in vehicle batteries, electrical gadgets, and home appliances. My working experience in different residential & light commercial electrical sectors and the automobile industry helped to acquire vast knowledge in this industry.

Hi, I am responsible for the 'Homeowners Power Solutions' category. My name is Liam Jaxon and a licensed technician with 7 years of experience in vehicle batteries, electrical gadgets, and home appliances. My working experience in different residential & light commercial electrical sectors and the automobile industry helped to acquire vast knowledge in this industry.

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