Start Run/Stop


Start Run/Stop Rocker Switch

(1) Backlight at Top, (1) indicator light at Bottom

Genuine Carling Contura V Switch


SKU: ECOMBO-172 Category:

Product Description

Backlit Rocker Switch – Start Run/Stop

This genuine Carling rocker switch labeled “Srat Run/Stop” is manufactured by laser marking, NOT printing.   Laser technology allows for a stunning backlight effect.  It is a great upgrade to our popular Contura II style Acc rocker switch.

This is a really neat switch.  It’s one of Carling’s ‘specialty circuits’ that we order just for this application.  It is OFF (open) in the down position.  Center position has one contact hot (run), and the up position has both the run and that start contact hot.

The up position is also momentary – as you’d expect. So this switch is meant for a system that requires one 12V source to keep the engine running (and when that source goes open the engine shuts off), and another 12V source to crank (think a starter solenoid).

This product is the ENTIRE SWITCH combo, and includes both the switch body and the labeled cover.  Find the laser etched ACC switch cover sold separately here.

Switch Features:

  • Stunning readability in the dark
  • Dual lamps – top backlight, bottom indicator light
  • 3 illumination color options: white, blue or red
  • Laser etched – no ink to wear off

How does the Backlighting work?

  • Laser marking the cover allows light to be visible only where we have marked
  • Text and symbol markings illuminate – not the normal ink over a lens
  • Top light is an externally triggered backlight – normally wired to the nav light circuit
  • Bottom light is now the indicator.  It lights when the switch is on

(read more about how our illuminated rocker switches work here)

Rocker Switch Tech Specs:

  • Voltage Rating: 12Vdc
  • Current Rating: 20A
  • Circuit: DPDT
  • Position: OFF- ON (ON)
  • Water Protection: IP68 (waterproof to >1m submersion)
  • Terminal Count: 6
  • Terminal Style: 0.250″ Quick Connect (spades)
  • Body P/N: VMDJ-G66B (white variant)
  • Contact Life: 150,000 cycles
  • Lamp Life: 10,000 hours (white variant, 100,000 hours red or blue)

Translation: An exceptionally high-quality rocker switch.  Genuine Carling Technologies – no knock off’s.  This switch will last in the harsh marine environment for years to come.

Download the full spec sheet here

How our switches are better:

  1. Genuine Carling switches – We’ll never try and pass-off cheap Chinese knock-offs like some of our competitors. You’ve probably seen other sites list a switch as “fits carling”… that’s a red flag.  All our switches are the genuine article.  And like all cheaply made counterfeits, you CAN tell the difference.
  2. Night Illumination – Unlike printing, our laser marking technology allows stunning readability in the dark.
  3. Support – We know this product inside and out and are happy to help our customers.  Need help wiring up one of our products, call us… seriously: (843) 297-8348
  4. Guarantee – While Carling does not offer a warranty, we’re so confident in the quality; that if your switch breaks within 2 years, you can return it for a free replacement!

Will it fit?

This rocker switch will replace any Carling V-series or Contura style rocker switch.  That includes Contura style switches sold by Carling, Sierra, Blue Sea Systems, Sea-Dog, etc.  It uses an industry standard 1.45″  x 0.83″ mounting hole.

Wiring Info & Wiring Diagram:

This rocker switch has 6 terminals on the back:

  1. 12V input – terminal 2 (ganged with 5)
  2. 12V input – terminal 5 (ganged with 2)
  3. ‘run’ output – terminal 3
  4. ‘start’ output – terminal 6
  5. negative – terminal 7
  6. backlight trigger – terminal 8

A hard copy of the wiring diagram will be shipped with this switch.  You can also find it in the product images above, or download a PDF wiring diagram here.


On Contura styles and colors:

This Start Run/Stop illuminated rocker switch is a special Contura V style made to be laser engraved, as pictured above.  It is a similar shape, but different texture and appearance than Contura V switches that are meant to be printed.  This is a specialty circuit meant to crank and run an engine.

We carry this switch with white incandescent lamps or red or blue LEDs.  The illumination only affects the lighting, not the color of the engraving.  Blue is our most bright color, followed by white, then red is the least bright.


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