9 Best Switch Panel Systems For Tacoma

Auxbeam 8-Switch Panel

Options To Simplify Your Aftermarket Accessory Wiring

Switch panels have grown in popularity within the off-roading and overlanding community in recent years. With the introduction of new budget-friendly options, these systems are no longer reserved for those with bigger budgets.

Switch panels offer easier wiring for beginners while also cleaning up the interior of your truck and engine bay. They are a great first mod if you are planning on adding multiple electrical components to your build.

This post will go over some of the most popular switch panel offerings at various price points. They all require only one wire (or even no wires) to be passed through the firewall rather than several individual ones. From there, you have a central panel where all the switches are neatly organized.

If an option seems to be missing, it may be a rebranded unit and I will do my best to identify those.

The biggest difference between budget-friendly and more expensive switches will be in their ability to simply switch accessories on/off or have multifunction.

An on/off switch will act like a light switch and be able to power your accessories. With multifunction switches, you gain the strobe, pulse, and dimming features of your accessories such as lights. Typically, switch panels around or under $300 will only have on/off functionality.

These are in no particular order.

1. Garmin

Garmin PowerSwitch Switch Panel

 

PowerSwitch

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PROS

  • No wires through the firewall
  • Expandable using the same controller
  • IPX7 rated

CONS

  • Expensive considering there is no physical panel
  • Limited to six switches built-in
  • Need to run your own wires, only the battery harness is included

Garmin starts the list off with a different approach; no wires through the firewall at all! Their Power Switch uses a Bluetooth connection to send signals to the switch panel inside your engine bay to power your accessories, making installation super easy. You can control it via either their mobile device app or a Garmin Tread navigation unit.

With the Garmin, you can purchase more switch panels as your accessory needs grow without needing to buy more controllers. This can come in handy as each panel only supports six switches. It also has an IPX7 rating meaning it can be fully submerged for those doing very deep-water crossings. Each switch has a max of 30 amps and a total output of 100 amps (three switches at 30 amps and a single 10 amp at the same time, for example).

The caveat; they’re expensive. Expect to pay about $500 while Garmin navigation devices run approximately between $500 – $3000. You can, however, use the free Garmin PowerSwitch app.

2. Trigger Controller

Trigger 6 Shooter Switch Panel Mounted On 3rd Gen Tacoma

4 Plus & 6 Shooter

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PROS

  • No wires through the firewall
  • Water-resistant
  • Cost-effective
  • Can use phone app and/or physical switches
  • Under hood bracket available for Tacoma
  • Comes with wiring harnesses

CONS

  • Limited to six switches with a 4-switch model available
  • The phone app can be glitchy

The Trigger Controller 6 Shooter works very similarly to the Garmin in that it uses a Bluetooth connection to let the panel and your phone communicate (via mobile app), and a radio signal for the physical controller. The unit also comes with its own harnesses that plug into heart of the system, making this about as plug-and-play as you can get.

The installation is as easy as it gets; mount the panel, connect harnesses, and enjoy. If you already have electrical running everywhere in your truck, you can easily cut the wires and splice them into the provided connectors. This is the best option for those that suffer from rat’s nest syndrome in their engine bay.

For roughly $250-400, considering it comes with the panel, a physical controller, and wiring harnesses, this is a bargain for sure.

3. sPOD

SPod BantamX Switch Controller

BantamX

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PROS

  • Expandable to 32 circuits using the same controller
  • Eight switches
  • No fuses
  • Self-healing circuits with a whole host of self-protection features
  • The best build quality of the bunch

CONS

  • Expensive
  • No IP water-resistance rating listed

The most expensive offering in this list is also the most feature-packed. At around $900 US, the BantamX is no slouch. It is an all-in, nothing left on the table option for the serious off-road enthusiast. It has eight circuits that are all fully programmable via a touchscreen panel for dimming, strobing, on-road vs off-road operation, and more. You can also daisy chain additional controllers for up to 32 circuits on the same panel.

The system does not use fuses, opting for a self-healing fault protection system. This means you will not need to carry a bunch of extra fuses with you just in case. It has an amperage meter for each switch so you know how much each circuit is drawing as well as protection against overheating, short circuits, and more.

To top it all off, the Bantam X also has app connectivity like some of the other offerings. It seems the only thing this panel lacks is an IP water-resistance rating.

4. Switch Pros

Switchpros SP9100 Toyota Tacoma

SP9100 & RCR-Force 12

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PROS

  • Eight switches
  • No fuses (solid state)
  • Claimed waterproof, though no IP water-resistance rating
  • Quality components
  • Option to accommodate 12 accessories

CONS

  • Still pricey, but not the most expensive
  • App is simple, can be glitchy

The SP9100 is probably the most common switch system you see online for Tacomas, and for good reason. It is comparable to the Bantam X above, but it comes in at $300 less (~$600 US).

The SP9100 has eight user-programmable switches (four 35A and four 20A), all with the same programming available as the Bantam X including flash, strobe, and a memory function. The SP9100 also does not use fuses and you can daisy chain three controllers to one panel.

The controller has a max 125A rating and is claimed to be waterproof although they do not state an IP rating. The SP9100 also can be controlled via app or physical switches. All in all, it seems to get you everything that the Bantam X does for less money.

For those looking to get even more – there’s the RCR-Force 12. For those of us with a plethora of aftermarket accessories.

5. ARB Linx

ARB LINX Accessory Controller

High Tech Accessory Control

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PROS

  • High tech integration of systems
  • Options for control unlike other switch systems (TPMS, air compressor, etc.)
  • Loaded with features
  • Backed by great ARB warranty/support

CONS

  • Expensive (additional add-ons drive up price too)
  • More involved installation

This system is surely one of the more eye catching options. With the sheer amount of expansion to control accessories, even beyond your lights, etc., this is an impressive option. In terms of other alternatives, we’ve never seen a kit that could go as far as integrating TPMS sensors and on-board air to this extent. And there are other modules that can control your air bags too. Pretty wild.

That said, this system can get pricey – and fast. If you’re looking for something more affordable, there are much better options. For what it’s worth, the value is potentially here. Just depends on what you really need from a switch controller. ARB has a good reputation, so you can bet you won’t have issues with warranty or support.

6. Auxbeam

Auxbeam Switch Panel

Multiple Models To Choose From

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PROS

  • Cost-effective
  • Can use phone app and/or physical switches
  • Includes brackets and hardware
  • IP65 rated

CONS

  • For the price, there doesn’t seem to be any

When Auxbeam released its switch panel, it shook up the industry a bit and opened the budget market. It is the OG budget-friendly option and if you search for one, it is sure to be one of the first to pop up. Their kit also comes with mounting brackets for the panel and controller and all necessary hardware.

It costs between $140 – $300 depending on how many switches you want, has RGB backlighting, and has decent build construction.

7. RLB Switch

Rear Light Bar (RLB) Pro8 Auxiliary Switch Panel Install & Review

8 Gang

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PROS

  • Waterproof power module
  • Dust resistant
  • Multifunction
  • Multiple bracket options
  • Comes with RAM mounts

CONS

  • Plastic latches on the fuse box

If you own a boat, UTV, ATV, or drive desert roads where your truck gets filled with dust and debris, then the Rear Light Bar Switch may be the option for you. The RLB switch is a fully waterproof and dustproof option that is designed for ATVs and only costs $400 US. The system has no exposed wire ends, opting for a waterproof connector and cable glands.

The control system has eight fully programmable switches allowing you to use on/of, flash, strobe, or even a combination of the two. It uses universal relays as well as replaceable fuses. This makes it the only multifunction system to use fuses on this list. For this price, it is pretty unbeatable considering its feature set and being fully waterproof.

8. Angu-Offroad

Angu Offroad Switch Panel (Nilight)

6 Gang & 8 Gang

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PROS

  • Cheap
  • Uses common ATO fuses
  • Includes brackets

CONS

  • Cheap
  • Limited to 6 six switches
  • Lower total amp rating

The cheapest offering of all comes courtesy of you guessed it, Amazon. For $99 or even less sometimes, you get what you pay for; all plastic construction and large ATO fuses to keep the cost of this panel down. There is no mention of water or dust proofing besides what looks like a potential seal on the bottom half of the fuse box.

If you only have a couple of circuits to run or want to test out your circuitry before spending the big bucks on one of the above offerings, I could recommend trying this out.

9. Thrashed Offroad

Thrashed Offroad Switch Panel

8-Switch Control

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PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Eight switches
  • Uses common mini fuses
  • Claimed watertight, no IP water-resistance rating
  • Includes all mounting hardware and brackets
  • All metal panel

CONS

  • Lower total amp rating

Sometimes you come across an option that is just classic and hard to beat. For the price, the Thrashed Offroad switch is just that. This is a barebones switch panel system that gives you what you need and not much more. They have six and eight switch options to power your accessories.

It is currently unavailable on their website but typically sells for $150. In traditional fashion, you run wires into the switch’s fuse box which uses very easy-to-find mini fuses. However, the total amp capacity is only 60A.

It includes the panel with a braided cable to pass through the firewall. It also includes the brackets need to mount the panel and controller to your vehicle. The fuse box is watertight but does not have an IP water-resistance rating.

Final Thoughts

Top Switch Panel Systems For Off-Road & Overland Electronic Accessories

As you can see, switch panels vary greatly in their quality, price, and features. For most weekend warriors or mall crawlers (myself included), any of the less expensive units will work just fine. Plus, you’ll save some coin for other upgrades like a higher-quality light bar. For more serious off-roaders, the peace of mind with more expensive switches can easily be worth the extra money.

Regardless of the switch panel, they all offer simplified wiring for all of your accessories. Budget options have come a long way in recent years and have greatly lowered the barrier to entry for these types of systems. If all you want to do is switch some lights on and off, you can do so for just about $150.

Happy trails!

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Chris
9 months ago

Going to make a few comments as I have more experience than most. Contrary to what people say – Switch-Pros can and do have problems. They have a limited 2-year warranty. In the last 3 years running dual sp9100s, I have had 3 failures. 1 was warrantied. Their support was horrible – phone calls leading to nothing and emails being straight up ignored. From some close friends in the off-road retail space I have heard up to 30% failure rate at some point with those units. I’ve installed about a dozen switch pros units – everything is proprietary and not… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Thanks for the input Chris, comment your thoughts on the Garmin once you have it all set up! Super interested on your thoughts

Randy
Randy
11 months ago

Exactly the write up I needed. Great article, thanks

Patrick Jaquemet
Patrick Jaquemet
11 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Glad you liked it!

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

I do installations and here are my observations: -You CANNOT GO WRONG with Switch-Pros. They withstand all kinds of abuse and are used in race applications. I would say the same for sPods. If you want something that lasts, go with these. -Auxbeam and anything else that look similar are just cheap Chinese branded trash. When it comes to electrical components, especially something safety-related (chase lights, for instance) you will want to stay away from these. Per my experience, Auxbeams have quite a high failure rate: few of them were defective right out of box, a couple of them failed… Read more »

Scout
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric

Appreciate the feedback, Eric!

Samantha
Samantha
1 year ago

Very informative article!!

Scout
1 year ago
Reply to  Samantha

Thanks, Samantha! We’re glad you found it helpful.

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