A Ultimate high performance compact lowline single motor electric winch Explorer-2

The second generation of the ultimate precision engineered low line winch.
Prices to be confirmed

Before being able to purchase you will need to configure your Explorer-2
Your Explorer-2
  • Explorer-2 Explorer-2 £1,675.00
£2,010.00 inc VAT
£1,675.00 ex VAT
Your Explorer-2
£1,675.00 Ex VAT

Current build time : 2 weeks


Red Winch Explorer-2

This lowline single motor winch is a great high performance compact lowline electric winch, capable of being used in the most demanding conditions.

The Explorer2 is an excellent choice when it comes to the best electric winch for your on-road or off-road vehicle.

RED Winches has designed and developed this Mil Spec winch for serious use and it is just as happy on a road going Chelsea Defender as it is on a challenge truck.

All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program before going on sale so you can use all our winches with confidence they will not let you down (engineered to meet J706 standards). 

This Explorer like all our engineered winches has the famous RED Winch air brake system, meaning the winch stops instantly when you take your finger off the button.

The winch is controlled from a sealed black control box, that can be mounted on the winch or remotely in your engine bay or under your seat if you so wish.


Like all of our electric winches we can supply with either 12v or 24v motor and solenoid.

Capable of pulling 7,500kg this winch can easily get you out of trouble quickly, quietly and with minimum effort time and time again.

The winch body is CNC machined from high grade heat treated aluminium from solid billets.
We only use the best machine tools and machining processes to ensure stress is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum.


For the first time ever Red Winches give you 3 gearing / pulling power options to help you choose the capacity and line speed to suit your needs. 

Explorer2 - Overdrive

2000kg (4,409lbs)
Final ratio 82:1
Average line speed 32 M/min

Explorer2 - Standard

  • 4500kg (9921lbs)
  • Final ratio 185:1
  • Average line speed 21 M/Min

Explorer2 - Adventure

  • 6000kg (13,228lbs)
  • Final ratio 285:1
  • Average line speed 14 M/Min

Explorer2 - Titan 

  • 7500kg (16,535lbs)
  • Final ratio 352:1
  • Average line speed 11 M/min








The drum is steel in construction and can accept 30m of 11mm synthetic rope
Attaching the rope to the drum is done using a plasma lock.


Explorer-2: What you will get

Winch mounted or remote mounted control box

Explorer2 winch Anodised RED, with air brake system

Ox motor

Air solenoid for brake operation

Albright Heavy Duty Motor Solenoid x 1

Copper Bus Bar System

Aluminium fairlead

As with all our winches, the Explorer2 winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.

The Air Brake System

Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.
This applies the brake and stops the winch from spooling out, its a fail safe system.
If you have loss of power or air, the winch will stop and hold the weight of your vehicle
When you winch in or out you energise your Albright solenoid this also energises the air solenoid valve for the brake. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber that releases the brake instantly. When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc onto the brake pads. 
One nice feature we strongly recommend is when you are lowering out you can switch your isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just flick the winch out button / rocker switch. This fires the air solenoid and releases the brake and your vehicle only pulls out rope for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope causing snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out. 
We would expect a set of brake pads to last at least 24 months under regular use due to the material they are made from.
Brake pad sets and all spare parts can be ordered if needed.

Shipping Dimensions & Weights

Explorer 2 Box Size: 710mm x 310mm x 420mm
Explorer 2 Winch Nett Weight: 37kg
Explorer 2 Gross Weight: 43kg


Electrical Power

The electrical power of this winch is currently supplied by our Ox motor. These are supplied normally with a 12v supply from your vehicle. The high power Albright solenoid fitted inside the black control box is used to switch direction of the motor and to also provide a feed to the 12v air brake system. These are all proven components and widely available and have been used extensively in the competition and motorsport industry by RED Winches for many years.
Power of the winch is variable due to how your vehicle is setup and the quality of the components used. It also depends on the scale of electrical losses or inefficiencies in the wiring system. As a general rule running 12v DC Ox Motor with a good powerful supply and Titan gearing you can expect the winch to pull 7500kg...possibly more under certain conditions. Tested with x2 Odyssey PC1500 batteries, 12V supply and ground connections using 25mm2 cable.

The control voltage selection on the motor solenoid / Albright is for the voltage that wil be used / applied for the winch in / winch out signals

The winch power terminals to the motor can transmit 12v & 24v through them as standard.

Pneumatic Supply

You will need a small compressor on your vehicle to run this winch.
This will supply the air brake with enough air to operate.
5 bar (70psi) is all you will need to operate the winch.
No air tank is needed.
As a guide, an ARB CKSA12 compressor is a good option.


Winch: 25kg (Without Rope)

Shipping Weight: 28kg (with no rope or accessories)

Drum Capacity & Pulling Capacity

The drum can hold 30m (90ft) of 11mm rope. 
Line pulling power with electrics is in a world of its own as you probably know…and depends heavily on the quality of your electrical setup
I would say the Explorer2 Titan can easily pull as a minimum 7500kg directly (hanging vertically with no support from the wheels) But this does mean you will need:
Good alternator (100A+) charging the winch batteries

Two batteries, one supplying the winch motor with enough power, and one battery for the 12v vehicle electrics
At least 25mm² high quality, high load electrical cable
Clean electrical joints and if in areas prone to water joints should have conductive grease applied

All our winches are now supplied with Plasma Locks to hold the rope onto the drum, proven and very reliable.
They are a nice simple solution to ensure you always have the minimum amount of line wraps on your winch drum. With the Plasma Lock installed you can pull your line to your anchor point with confidence that it won't leave you without any line on the drum!
The Plasma lock has been designed for a variety of line gauges and you can feel confident that at least 8-10 wraps remain on your drum, reducing greatly the chances of a slippage.

The Plasma Lock is made from double thickness, heavy duty bright red webbing and is 150mm x 40mm (approx).

Supplied free of charge with every winch, created and supplied by Ruftraks UK Limited.

Air Brakes

The air brakes work in a way that they only come off when a voltage is applied.

When a signal is sent to the winch to operate either forward or reverse that same signal is used to energise the air solenoids that feed the brake system.


The gearbox has been specifically designed for strength, power and ease of service. All gears are manufactured from 655-M13 nickel chromium molybdenum steel with excellent durability. The gearbox runs in grease not oil making it much easier to service in the field.


The Explorer has been designed with both road going self recovery, green laning, Overlanding and Competition use so ease of servicing servicing was one of the top priorities.  The free-spool assembly is held in place with machine screws for ease of service. The Air brake system is behind the end cover, very easy to access in a matter of minutes.

Our Promise

We are confident to stand behind our products in competition use. All RED Winch Explorers are backed with a 2-year mechanical warranty. This covers all mechanical parts. Wearing parts, bearings, brake pads etc are excluded, as are electrical components, motors and solenoid packs 

Food for thought when Winching......

The length of cable you spool out also affects the power of the pull. All electric winches are rated based on only one full wrap left on the drum. The less line you reel out, the less power you’ll get. For a maximum power pull, unwind enough cable to leave only one layer on the drum. If your anchor point is too close to spool out enough rope, double the line with a Snatch Block or Snatch Ring.

Another trick to squeeze the most power out of your winch is to get the stuck vehicle rolling. A rolling load feeds and helps the momentum of the initial pull and eases the strain on your winch. Before starting the recovery, dig out around the tires or build a rock ramp to give the stuck vehicle some traction as it begins to move.

As your winch works harder, it generates more heat. In order to prevent overheating keep an eye on the temperature of the motor, take breaks if you’re pulling over a long distance and let the motor cool before starting again.

Winching places a heavy load on your electrical system, so keep your engine running to prevent a complete drain of your batteries. In some cases, a stock battery may not provide enough juice to power a high capacity winch at maximum pull. Some OffRoad / 4x4 people swap the stock battery for a heavy duty one, or they install a second battery solely to help with the recovery electrical system.
Your winch has incredible potential if you know how to get the most power out of it.