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What Size Battery For Kayak


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

What size battery do you guys run on your kayaks. My buddy gave me a piranha max finder to use till I get something better I just need a battery for it. I was thinking a little 4wheeler or lawn mower battery. There is a little shelf in the kayak with the tie downs and wires for the battery.


fishing user avatarDarren. reply : 
  On 4/1/2013 at 4:08 AM, clayton86 said:

What size battery do you guys run on your kayaks. My buddy gave me a piranha max finder to use till I get something better I just need a battery for it. I was thinking a little 4wheeler or lawn mower battery. There is a little shelf in the kayak with the tie downs and wires for the battery.

 

For a fish finder, you can use a lot of different things...

 

Before I hooked mine up to my trolling motor battery, I used a 10.8V LiON battery from one of my Makita drills. Super light, worked fantastic!

 

You really don't need too much to power a finder. The 4 wheeler battery should work just fine.


fishing user avatarGoose52 reply : 

Humminbird includes a sealed 12 volt, 8 amp-hour battery like this one with their portable units:  12v 8AH battery

 

Light, rechargeable, and most importantly sealed so it won't leak if it rolls over...


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

Sweet thanks goose I might order that one.....or take the one out of my sons power wheels tractor lol.


fishing user avatarJ Francho reply : 

Radio Shack has what's called a home alarm backup battery. Get that and a little Shumacher charger from Wally World.


fishing user avatarmoguy1973 reply : 
  On 4/1/2013 at 4:35 AM, Goose52 said:

Humminbird includes a sealed 12 volt, 8 amp-hour battery like this one with their portable units: 12v 8AH battery

Light, rechargeable, and most importantly sealed so it won't leak if it rolls over...

Yep. That's the one I use. Works great. I bought the one that comes with a charger.


fishing user avatarHanover_Yakker reply : 

You can use a variety of options as long as it provides 12v.  Some folks use the 8 AA battery approach in the battery holder they buy from Radio Shack.  I have used both the 12v/7-9ah versions (deer feeder style) and I am currently using a 12v/5ah (basically half the size of the 9ah version).  Lots of good cost effective options if you are diligent in your search.  The key to any powered solution though is the wiring.  Use tin-based wire from a marine store, not the car parts store.  The wire sold at the parts store is copper based and will corrode the second it hits any salty or brackish water.  Use tin-based solder (.15 content) and solder all of you wires prior to connecting them, then use heat shrink to seal the deal.  Where possible, find a waterproof container for your battery and seal the area with a silicone sealant like GOOP or Lexel where your batter power wires feed into the container.


fishing user avatarJrob78 reply : 

Also, wire an inline, 3 amp fuse from the battery to the unit.


fishing user avatarflyfisher reply : 

I went to batteries plus and asked for the smallest 12v they had....ran me about 40 with a charger. I also haven't gone crazy with my mounting yet as I just use Velcro straps to fasten it to my foot peg rails with female connectors crimped to the end of the wires. Has done the job for me for over a year. It was originally supposed to be temporary but since it has worked of so long I have just left it as is.


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

I think I may order the cabelas one or go the route J Francho suggested after all I got the kayak from him. The cheapest charger Walmart had though was $40. I remember they had some wild game innovations feeder batteries on sale the other week ill have to go look again see if they are still there.


fishing user avatarJrob78 reply : 

This is where I got my battery and charger.  They have a wide selection and good prices.

 

http://www.atbatt.com/sealed-lead-acid-batteries.asp


fishing user avatarww2farmer reply : 

   I have a Schumacher portable charger that I used to use for my TM battery that has 2A, 5A, and 10A settings that I used when I had a 12V TM and before I got a 2 bank charger now that I have a 24v TM. I don't need it any more (I have two of them PLUS the 2 bank), it'll charge car, truck, deep cycle, lawn mower/atv, and small portable graph batteries. I could let you have it cheap. PM me if you want it.


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

I used to have a little charger I can't remember what I did with it to save my life probably let a friend borrow it and ya know how that goes.


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

I found my old charger it's a little like mini Schumacher charger. Just need a battery and I may have one I think....ya said use a home security back up....well my moms place has a ADT security system in it that hasn't been in use in some years and my mom doesn't plan on ever getting it activated again so it should have said battery correct?


fishing user avatarJ Francho reply : 

Maybe.  If not, they're just $20.


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

If I can't find the one for the security system ill just make a run to radio shack tonight


fishing user avatarHanover_Yakker reply : 

The one you're looking for at Radio Shack for the AA type is this one:

 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062242

 

You may also need to snag something like this as well to make the connection:

 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062218

 

Good luck!


fishing user avatarJ Francho reply : 

Here's the battery I used: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11896509


fishing user avatarww2farmer reply : 
  On 4/2/2013 at 1:53 AM, J Francho said:

Here's the battery I used: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11896509

That's the same one I use on my ice pack for my graph. With a full charge I have fished for 3 full days before I needed to recharge.


fishing user avatarHanover_Yakker reply : 

If space or weight is a concern, you can opt for the 5ah version I mentioned early on.  I used one I bought from Batteries Plus, but Radio Shack sells them as well.....

 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932591&utm_source=SHOP&utm_campaign=product&utm_medium=CSE

 

I use this one with a Lowrance Elite-4x DSI and ran it for over 6 hours this past Friday.  Prior to that, I had used it for two days straight without charging it.  It's all in how you setup your electronics and whether you have every bell and whistle turned on that will affect how much it draws.  I turn off almost all the extras and then turn off the FF once I am on a spot.


fishing user avatarclayton86 reply : 

I found the battery for the ADT system it was just a 12v rayovac latern battery with 1/2005 wrote on it so I doubt it's still good. I'm just gonna run to RadioShack tomorrow after I take my buddy to the taxidermist. I'm just running the cheap little piranha max for right now I'd like a 300 series but its gonna have to wait till I get some extra cash.


fishing user avatarMr_Scrogg reply : 

How much your taxidermist charge to mount your buddy?!?!? :D

I have a 3aH battery from the Interstate Battery Store. Powers my HB 346c DI nicely. Atleast 2 trips on a charge. Think the draw of my unit is 380mA/hr with backlight off.


fishing user avatardaz reply : 
  On 4/2/2013 at 3:39 AM, Hanover_Yakker said:

If space or weight is a concern, you can opt for the 5ah version I mentioned early on.  I used one I bought from Batteries Plus, but Radio Shack sells them as well.....

 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932591&utm_source=SHOP&utm_campaign=product&utm_medium=CSE

 

I use this one with a Lowrance Elite-4x DSI and ran it for over 6 hours this past Friday.  Prior to that, I had used it for two days straight without charging it.  It's all in how you setup your electronics and whether you have every bell and whistle turned on that will affect how much it draws.  I turn off almost all the extras and then turn off the FF once I am on a spot.

 

Thanks for the link, that's just what I'm after.

 

 

 

http://www.blueboxbatteries.co.uk/search.asp?types=Consumer+Batteries+%3E+Lawnmower


fishing user avatarHanover_Yakker reply : 

No problem at all - the key to extended battery life is turning off all the default add-on features like the fish identification, backlight, any auto adjust features, etc.  Also, when you reach your intended location, turn the FF off.  I use mine to locate structure changes and submerged cover, then I circle back around for a stealthier approach and anchor off outside of the target area and turn off the FF unit.  I used this approach on four separate trips over the last three weeks and the charge held right up until the last hour of my trip this past Friday on my 12v/5ah battery.


fishing user avatarTeam_Dougherty reply : 

Charger http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/BC-201/12VDC-1000MA-DUAL-STAGE-CHARGER/1.html

batteries http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/category/160/Batteries-Rechargeable/1.html


fishing user avatarJig Meister reply : 

I use a 12v rechargeable battery that I fit into a waterproof box. Seems standard, I think someone on this forum uses 8 AA's batteries or something like that. Really depends on how long you plan on being on the water I guess.

 

If weight is an issue, the 12v is heavier than some other options.




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