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Minnkota PowerDrive

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I just bought a Minnkota PowerDrive with 55lbs thrust. And I have a 16 foot lund explorer. I know it depends on the wind, what or whos all in the boat, and what speed you have it on, and other variables, but how long on Average should it last on just a average battery. I'm just curious and haven't had it out yet. Thanks oh ya it's 12 Volt not 24.

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I can usually get a full days use out of mine.

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Trolling crankbaits at 1.5-2.0 MPH I would get about 3 hours and 6+ hours dragging live bait around at 0-1.0 MPH. PD55 on a 17' Sylvan aluminium with a 150 on the back so I would assume you could do better with the lighter boat.

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Other variables include the battery size and condition.

The 55 pound lower units draw about 50 amps on high speed.

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I typically get a whole weekend (Fri, Sat, and Sunday) out of my 55#. I have a 1625 Lund Rebel, so similar to yours.

Now that's using it an hour or two Friday night, for an hour or two Saturday morning, maybe an hour Sat night, and maybe 2 hours on Sunday. I usually use the big motor for pulling cranks, and use the trolling motor for pulling live bait and moving along the shore for casting. After the weekend, it has about 50% charge left. Battery is a series 27 that is fully charged after each weekend of use.

I would guess if used constantly at higher speeds, it would drain very similar to FunFish's times.

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I fished 3-1/2 days and still had about 1/2 charge a couple weeks ago.

Now that has bass fishing and mostly running it on #2-#3 while casting at targets near shore. Had to bump it higher for wind gusts as needed.

Not sure of the total hours, but it was several.

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Depends how you fish. I can get a full weekend of boat control (working weedlines, holding a break) on most conditions. In the wind I can usually average 8 hours on a charge.

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For most instances it should last you all day except if you plan on using it to troll cranks all day.

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You can also hook two batteries in a series , so its still 12 volt. You will get alot more time out of it.

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If you hook to batteries in series you would get 24V if you hook them in parallel you get 12V. It would give you longer run time but would also add the weight of another battery and take up storage space.

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You can also hook two batteries in a series , so its still 12 volt. You will get alot more time out of it.

Oops!!! If you connect two 12v batteries in series you'll double the voltage output to 24!!!! Connect them in parallel to maintain 12v supply but double your capacity.

edit: Perchjerker is faster than I am. Must be younger. wink

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