The 6 Best Rocker Switches For Trucks And Boats
This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Whether you're wiring some speakers into your boat's cabin or hooking a new set of LED fog lights up to the front of your truck, aftermarket rocker switches will frequently come into play when making improvements to your toys and daily drivers. Several types of component are ranked in this category, so if you're not sure which kind you need, consider consulting an electrician prior to purchase. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 09, 2019:
Whether you’re wiring up a new winch, LED light bar or stereo, a solid rocker switch is standard means of control for many aftermarket improvements you might be thinking of making to your truck or boat. Quite often, you can carve a spot out for these devices right on a wall or dashboard, but users looking to install several switches will likely want to consider the cleaner, finished aesthetic of a switch panel.
As is the case any time electricity is involved (even extra-low DC voltages of 12 or 24 volts), the potential for electrocution and electrical fires is present. If you’re anything less than supremely confident in your own talents as an installer, when it comes to vehicle circuitry, consider enlisting the assistance of a licensed electrician or mechanic – which, depending on your location, may well be your only legal option, anyhow.
A few things to consider while shopping this category:
First and foremost, is that the right switch? The functionality of components ranked in this category can vary considerably depending on their intended use. Are you looking for a simple on/off (single-pole, single-throw) switch, or a three-position selector to wire up your heated seats? Maybe you need a momentary rocker to reel in your winch? Prior to purchasing, make sure that you’re about to buy the right type of switch, as well as a switch with a suitable current and voltage rating for its intended use.
Is that switch going to get wet? If this device is about to be wired into an ATV or marine vehicle, you’re likely going to want to select an option with an acceptable IP waterproof rating.
And last but not least, how do you like the color? When it comes to your toys, customization’s all about personalization. If you find the perfect switch for your needs, but you wish its indicator LED was a different color, don’t despair yet: Many company’s in this category offer their rockers in multiple colors, so you can pick the one that’s perfect for you.