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What guage wire do we use when going from trolling motor to battery?

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Determine the amps of the motor. 14 gauge wire handles up to 15 amps. 12 gauge wire handles up to 20 amps. Not sure of the amps for 16 gauge or 18 gauge wire. Ehow may answer that. Stranded wire is more flexible (Workable).

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Just like a flashlight. Positive to neg, In a loop going to the motor. That is the jump between the batteries, One red wire coming in from motor, it will go to pos, from one battery, the neg will go to the 2nd battery pos. From the 2nd battery neg will go to the motor. That is it, one jumper connecting the 2 batteries, will create the 24 volts. Hope this helps.

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