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    Trolling motor battery

    Have a 14’ jon boat. 55# thrust trolling motor. Looking for a battery that weighs the least. I looked at some deep Cycle Batteries that are pretty expensive but they were all around 40+ #. Hopefully some of you yak folks can steer me to a fairly lite weight battery that will give me like 6 or 7 hours of intermittent use. Just trying to go easy on my back!
    Keep it safe! JDL

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    I don't know about specific battery weights, but THE way to go easy on your back is to only put the battery in the boat once - leave the battery on the boat and get an onboard charger.

    Otherwise, the "group size" of the battery is the thing to look at. I think I use a group 27 battery for my 55lb 12v PowerDrive, and I think it weights about 50 lbs.
    According to Interstate Battery, if you step down to a group 24, the weight is 46 lbs...

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      #3
      Originally posted by NateWC View Post
      I don't know about specific battery weights, but THE way to go easy on your back is to only put the battery in the boat once - leave the battery on the boat and get an onboard charger.

      Otherwise, the "group size" of the battery is the thing to look at. I think I use a group 27 battery for my 55lb 12v PowerDrive, and I think it weights about 50 lbs.
      According to Interstate Battery, if you step down to a group 24, the weight is 46 lbs...
      OK, now that I've been home and checked, I have a group 29 battery for my trolling motor and it weighs a million pounds (actually about 60, but it felt like a million - hence the onboard charger).

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        #4
        Thanks for the reply. Sadly my Jon boat is stored in a place that has 8;lakes but I can’t plug it into anything so I have to bring ny battery home to charge it. I was hoping that someone would tell me that there is a battery out there lite enough not to break my back and not so expensive as to break my bank account
        Keep it safe! JDL

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          #5
          I don't know what a solar charger/tender runs money-wise and I have no experience with them, but I know they exist. They probably wouldn't be fast, though. Are you looking to use the boat for several hours on back-to-back days?

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            #6
            No mostly right now on the weekends. Was just wondering if there was some new tech out there that I didn’t know about. Never worry how much a battery weighs until you have to pick it up. If I can ever get rid of my big boat I am planning on parking my little boat in my driveway and then I can leave the battery in the boat. Thing about the big boat after my last back injury I just can’t get it launched. Little boat I can get off work and run out to WC for a couple of hours, no issues.
            Keep it safe! JDL

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              #7
              If you're not confused yet, the answer to your needs is in here:

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                #8
                I use a Group 22 Duracell AGM deep cycle battery from Batteries Plus on my 8' Pelican boat. It has 55 amp hours. I use it for 3-6 hours of intermittent use and it rarely drops below 12 volts. It weighs about 35 lbs; that's the most weight I can handle. In the future I'll probable get a smaller battery.

                Here's the key: Try to minimize using the TOP speed on your trolling motor. The amp draw on my Minn Kota is like: 5, 10, 15, 20, 40. See the jump at top speed?
                Last edited by pelican; 09-25-2019, 08:30 AM.

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the reply folks. I use the battery for 3 to 6 hours per outing. Very seldom do I push past 3 on the motor. So I really am never worried about getting stranded.. I just hoped that there was a battery out there that weighs like 15lbs, lasts for 3 days, and I could trade one of my flying pigs for it!
                  Keep it safe! JDL

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jayomaha View Post
                    Thanks for the reply folks. I use the battery for 3 to 6 hours per outing. Very seldom do I push past 3 on the motor. So I really am never worried about getting stranded.. I just hoped that there was a battery out there that weighs like 15lbs, lasts for 3 days, and I could trade one of my flying pigs for it!
                    Keep it safe! JDL
                    I might try a smaller battery in the future. Duracell has a 35 amp hour deep cycle that weighs 24 lbs.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by pelican View Post

                      I might try a smaller battery in the future. Duracell has a 35 amp hour deep cycle that weighs 24 lbs.
                      Well that is interesting. Thanks!
                      Keep it safe! JDL

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Jayomaha View Post
                        Well that is interesting. Thanks!
                        Keep it safe! JDL
                        Also just bought a nifty NOCO Genius 1100 charger. Nice little unit.

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                          #13
                          Energized Outdoors has a 55AH lithium trolling motor battery that only weighs 15 lbs. Battery and charger on sale for $359.
                          " A brave man likes the feel of nature on his face, Jack." - Wang Chi

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Val Didrichsons View Post
                            Energized Outdoors has a 55AH lithium trolling motor battery that only weighs 15 lbs. Battery and charger on sale for $359.
                            That a lot of $$$, but a good deal if that's what a guy needs.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by pelican View Post

                              That a lot of $$$, but a good deal if that's what a guy needs.
                              Even though I could argue the benefits to my back I am thinking I would have a hard time convincing my CFO to cut loose with the cash!
                              Keep it safe! JDL

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