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Postby Redbelly » May 13th, 2018, 7:44 pm

What are the lightest and best for their weight? I have a 24 volt and am looking to keep weight down.
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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby silverking » May 13th, 2018, 11:12 pm

Money no object? Lithium ion batteries.

Realistic and yet not cheap: Odyssey. Hold a charge forever and light compared to lead acid.
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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby rickc » May 14th, 2018, 6:08 am

well i have tried a lot of trolling motor batteries over the years. depends on how hard you run your trolling motor. light use the odyssea are nice due to their weight. if you are killing your batteries often then weight is your friend. the best trolling motor batteries i have ever owned were deka. they held up to heavy use for years.

never have tried the new lithium batteries and even if they were priced a little better don't believe i would simply because fire and boats are a bad combination.
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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby Steve Stinson » May 14th, 2018, 7:19 am

Stay away from the Optima line. I tried them and they were not worth the price difference. Ended up going back to Interstate batteries for all three of mine, but they are not lightweight.

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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby Redbelly » May 14th, 2018, 7:36 am

Yeah hard to beat Interstates.

I am putting a 82 lb thrust great white on a 14' jon. :-D
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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby DEMON » May 14th, 2018, 1:37 pm

I'm using the Duracell AGMs from SAM's Club. They are made by EastPenn which also makes Deka.
Had them for a couple of years without any problems. And I use my 24V trolling motor quite a bit.
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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby Steve Stinson » May 14th, 2018, 1:42 pm

Redbelly wrote:Yeah hard to beat Interstates.

I am putting a 82 lb thrust great white on a 14' jon. :-D


Use long cables and put the battery at the opposite end of the boat from where you will be sitting. :thumbup: My son has a 15' Fisher aluminum boat that he uses a bow-mount Minnkota on. When he's fishing by himself on the front deck, the rear of the boat rides too high. We have the battery in the center of his boat.
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Postby STMU » May 14th, 2018, 7:56 pm

Steve Stinson wrote:Use long cables and put the battery at the opposite end of the boat from where you will be sitting. :thumbup: My son has a 15' Fisher aluminum boat that he uses a bow-mount Minnkota on. When he's fishing by himself on the front deck, the rear of the boat rides too high. We have the battery in the center of his boat.


If using long cables make sure you are using appropriate gauge wire and installing your circuit breaker next to the battery, not the motor. I've had friends install thicker gauge wire or reinstall the breaker only after spending 100+ on new boards. Not to say it won't ever happen, but a little extra work or cost on the front should help reduce future problems. Minn Kota has a pretty good table for reference...

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Re: Trolling batteries

Postby Redbelly » May 14th, 2018, 8:51 pm

Steve Stinson wrote:
Redbelly wrote:Yeah hard to beat Interstates.

I am putting a 82 lb thrust great white on a 14' jon. :-D


Use long cables and put the battery at the opposite end of the boat from where you will be sitting. :thumbup: My son has a 15' Fisher aluminum boat that he uses a bow-mount Minnkota on. When he's fishing by himself on the front deck, the rear of the boat rides too high. We have the battery in the center of his boat.


My plan exactly :-D

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