No, it is not recommended to plug a winch into a cigarette lighter, as the cigarette lighter is not designed to handle the high power requirements of a winch. Most cigarette lighters are designed to provide a maximum of around 10-15 amps of power, which is not enough to operate a winch.
Winches require a significant amount of power to operate, often in the range of 200-500 amps or more, depending on the size and capacity of the winch. To provide this level of power, a winch must be wired directly to the battery or to a dedicated power source with heavy-duty wiring and a fuse or circuit breaker to protect the system.
Attempting to operate a winch through the cigarette lighter could cause damage to the electrical system of the vehicle, such as blowing fuses or damaging the wiring. In addition, it could also be a safety hazard due to the high power requirements and potential for overheating or fire.
Therefore, it’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and use the proper wiring and connections to ensure safe and efficient operation of the winch.