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post #1 of 16 Old 06-02-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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How many amps will 12V accessory socket handle?

I purchased a water sprayer from Northern Tool. It comes with jumper cable style clamps for battery. I wanted to convert them to a cigarette-style plug for the 12V accessory socket on the dash of the Mule. Salesman at Northern Tool told me accessory socket wires won't handle amperage of electric pump motor. I looked at owner's manual for water sprayer and it states 8 amp maximum draw. Does anyone know how many amps the Kawasaki dash 12V socket can handle and is it a fused circuit?
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I purchased a water sprayer from Northern Tool. It comes with jumper cable style clamps for battery. I wanted to convert them to a cigarette-style plug for the 12V accessory socket on the dash of the Mule. Salesman at Northern Tool told me accessory socket wires won't handle amperage of electric pump motor. I looked at owner's manual for water sprayer and it states 8 amp maximum draw. Does anyone know how many amps the Kawasaki dash 12V socket can handle and is it a fused circuit?
10 amps max. Both my Brute force and my ZForce have their accessory plugs on a 10 amp fuse...and someone told me some time back.


It's probably going to get a little warm running 8 amps contently so I might be tempted to go another rout....maybe something simple like these:


https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Gauge...%2C183&sr=8-16

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What NWKAWIERIDER said! It has a 10 amp fuse. Wire in one of the connectors using the link he provided above. I have one attached to my battery and I also use it to plug in my Battery Tender float charger. We also have one on dad's machine and besides a trickle charger he also uses it for a sprayer. Not sure of the amps without looking but it works great and has never blown a fuse. We routed his to the rear rack so it's super quick and easy to swap out since we don't leave the sprayer on.

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Yeah I think that one with the 10AWG wire is good for about 20+ amps...and they do make them with fuse holders inline so..play it safe.


I use a lot of these for all my Battery tenders, solar on the camper and other accessories.


https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-Teknica...%2C198&sr=8-18

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Is 12AWG adequate for the amperage the pressure washer would draw (sprayer manual states max. of 8 amps)? My plan is to connect an SAE socket sidewall port (e.g., https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...AA08BU92&psc=1) to the battery and mount the circular plate on flat surface behind the battery/air filter cover. Not sure if to attach 10 amp fuse case on wire from battery or wire coming from sprayer.
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Is 12AWG adequate for the amperage the pressure washer would draw (sprayer manual states max. of 8 amps)? My plan is to connect an SAE socket sidewall port (e.g., https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...AA08BU92&psc=1) to the battery and mount the circular plate on flat surface behind the battery/air filter cover. Not sure if to attach 10 amp fuse case on wire from battery or wire coming from sprayer.
Just looked at the link you sent and it says this in the description: "Cable max. rating: 10 Amp" So yes, it will support the 10 amps needed.

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Is 12AWG adequate for the amperage the pressure washer would draw (sprayer manual states max. of 8 amps)? My plan is to connect an SAE socket sidewall port (e.g., https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...AA08BU92&psc=1) to the battery and mount the circular plate on flat surface behind the battery/air filter cover. Not sure if to attach 10 amp fuse case on wire from battery or wire coming from sprayer.
As long as it has a fuse between the battery and the load...but might consider weather it will get wet or be in harm's way.

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I donít know how many amps the sprayer pulls but I run a 15 gal sprayer & a 25 gal sprayer out of my profxt with the cigarette lighter adapter. I havenít had any problems. Iím not sure if it is because spraying is intermittent turning on & off so perhaps it doesnít get hot. But Iíve had no problems. Good lick
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Mount the fuse/fuse holder close to the battery. For car audio the rule was 18Ē or less for the main or single fuse.
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Mount the fuse/fuse holder close to the battery. For car audio the rule was 18Ē or less for the main or single fuse.
Just so it is clear, the idea behind getting close to the battery is that any wire between fuse and battery is NOT fused. If that section of wire gets scraped through the insulation by a metal body part, then its direct short to ground from Positive battery post.

As for the entire project, I would run 10 gauge wire. I would not use a 12 volt cig-style accessory socket. The contact points of that connector type are too poor for an 8 amp load.
10 gauge wire, fused as close to battery terminal as possible, with SAE connection should work great.
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