Getting out on the water for a long day of fishing is an amazing way to spend an afternoon, but the more fishing gear you have on your boat, the bigger the switch panel needs to be. For starters your boat will have a bilge which will need a switch, a battery, horn, lights and countless other things that will also need switches.
Now, if you add a fish finder, trolling motor, fish tank pump, GPS and countless other features that make your fishing trip even more enjoyable. With the addition of these extra items you’ll need to increase your marine switch panel so you have the ability to power on or power off each item as needed.
You can either replace the switch board you have of you can purchase a new on with the additional toggles or switches you need. If you find yourself on the market for a switch board for boats or you’re just wondering what some of the top waterproof marine switch boards are, you’re in luck. Here are our picks of the best marine switchboards for the money in 2020.
The 8-gang Rocker Switch Panel by Genuine Marine is commonly used for boats and yachts but is also a great choice for cars, trucks, and RVs. It is easy to install and features a modern faceplate that’s made of tough ABS plastic.
It has a waterproof rating of IP65, which means it is water resistant but can’t protect against submersion or streams of water.
The 8 rocker switches of this marine panel have small blue LEDs that indicate a successful electrical connection. A larger and brighter LED indicator lights up when they’re switched on.
Apart from the 8 rocker switches, this panel features a 12-volt cigarette lighter socket, twin 3.1A USB ports, and a 12-volt DC charger socket. This allows you to plug in virtually anything you might need on your boat including your electrical appliances and personal gadgets.
The Genuine Marine 8-gang Rocker Switch Panel also has a digital voltmeter display, which helps you monitor your electricity usage in real time. This will help you ensure the safety of your equipment, battery, and engine. Other safety features include overload protection using 15A fuses as well as reverse polarity protection.
The marine switch panel by FXC gives you all the basics you need to safely tap, manage, and access the electrical supply of your boat or even your car or RV. It is a 4-gang switch panel with blue LED indicators. It also has twin USB ports (5-volt 1A + 2.1A) and a 12-volt DC charger.
In total, the FXC marine switch panel measures 5.08 x 4.72 x 3.54 inches and its faceplate is made of a tough ABS plastic. Apart from having rubber seals for all switches, it is meant to be installed with an included waterproof pad.
All this gives it its IP68 protection rating. This means it completely protects against dust and water. In fact, it is suitable for continuous and long-term immersion deeper than 1 meter in water.
For short circuit and overload protection, the panel uses two 15A fuses. One fuse protects the USB ports and the 2 rocker switches below it. The other covers the power socket and the remaining two rocker switches. Every purchase of the FXC Waterproof Marine Switch Panel comes with 132 pieces of fun glow-in-the-dark stickers you can use to label your switches.
The toggle switch panel by SeaSense is a no-frills marine switch panel. It has 5 20A on-off, two-way switches and a 12-volt outlet. The faceplate itself measures 4.25 x 3.75 inches and is made of heavy-duty UV-stabilized plastic. Its four corners are reinforced to keep it from cracking when mounted.
Apart from the faceplate, the marine switch panel comes with mounting screws and gaskets for a water-tight seal. Although it’s not completely waterproof, that helps protect minor liquid spillages.
It also comes with a sticker set containing the most common labels for boats, trucks, and RVs. Overall, the panel is easy to mount and the wiring is laid out well enough that installation is very intuitive.
For short circuit or overload protection, this marine switch panel has 3 fuse holders. Two fuses protect two switches each while the third fuse protects one switch and the socket. Apart from being water resistant, each fuse holder has space for a backup fuse so you know exactly where to find it when you need it.
The 6-Gang Marine Switch Panel by Waterwich. It has a solid black faceplate that measures 7.09 x 4.33 inches (requiring a cut-out size of 6.38 x 3.62 inches).
Each of the 6 rocker switches has blue LED indicators. The package also comes with a wide variety of stickers so you can label each one.
Apart from the 6 on-off switches, this marine switch panel comes with a 12-volt cigarette socket and twin USB ports (properly labeled 5-volt 2.1A + 1A).
Both sockets can be covered when not in use. The panel also includes a digital voltmeter, which shows the exact electrical usage in real time. It also has a warning light so you can easily determine whether you’re approaching critical levels.
The Waterwich 6-Gang Marine Switch Panel is made of a tough aluminum plate that’s resistant to corrosion and scratches. All sockets are also sealed with rubber caps to protect against dust and debris. It has built-in overload protection so you don’t need to worry about getting a separate fuse box.
Additionally, it’s incredibly easy to install and can be done either vertically or horizontally, depending on the configuration required by your boat, yacht, SUV, truck, or RV.
The waterproof marine switch panel by DCFlat has 6 rocker switches, each with green LED indicators. It also comes with a 12-volt cigarette socket and twin USB ports (5-volt 2.1A + 1A).
Both sockets are also lit with green LED and have drop-down covers for times when they’re not in use. The panel also has a digital voltmeter for real-time monitoring of electrical use.
For overload protection, the DCFlat marine switch panel has 6 circuit breakers. There are two each of 15A, 10A, and 5A to give you greater circuit control. While this durable aluminum panel boasts a marine-grade construction, its protection rating is a mere IP 65.
That means it’s water resistant and can protect against minor spillages but won’t be able to handle being submerged or even subjected to jets of water. Nevertheless, it is still resistant to corrosion and scratches.
The DCFlat Waterproof Marine Switch Panel is remarkably easy to install because it is already pre-wired. It is also a versatile panel that can be used either horizontally or vertically for virtually all applications (boats, yachts, planes, trucks, ATVs, buses, etc.) Apart from wiring instructions, it comes with mounting screws and a set of common labels.
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