Solar panel for trolling motor
Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 12:18 AM (EST)
I just purchased this boat:
and will be installing a transom-mounted trolling motor, probably 50 - 55 lbs thrust Minn-Kota. I'll probably get a group 27 deep cycle battery to run the motor since I want to be able to cover a lot of distance with the motor. As an aid to recharging while on the water I'd like to get a solar panel. Anyone have recommendations on inexpensive panels. A buddy suggested I could probably get a panel for about $40, but he didn't have any specific brands off the top of his head.
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Check Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-09-12 9:13 AM (EST)
They both sell solar battery rechargers.
Most of the places I'd like to go|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 7:58 PM (EST)
don't allow gas outboards. I could use one on some of the local rivers, but all the ponds and lakes around where I live are electric only. I was also looking for something other than was Bass Pro or Cabela's sells. My buddy suggested I could find cheaper than going through them. Certainly cheaper than going through West Marine.
you might find cheaper than Bass Pro |
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-09-12 9:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 11:27 PM (EST)
I was only interested in the solar charger for charging a battery back up while out in the boat. When not boating I'd have a dedicated plug-in charger for the deep cycle battery. I'm finding with my research though, that the solar panels that will actually do better than trickle charging are much more expensive.
10 amp. for each bank on the charger |
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-11-12 11:28 PM (EST)
something else kiltedcelt .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-11-12 11:45 PM (EST)
I ended up buying a Haswing|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-19-12 11:46 PM (EST)
The company I got my boat from, also sells a trolling motor (55lb thrust) made by a company called Haswing. I was able to get the motor for $229 shipped. Also, the Haswing has a cut down 26" short shaft to better fit the inflatable boat transom. I'm still looking at batteries, chargers, and solar panel chargers at this point though. So, from what you're saying, I should be able to get a charger that will actually be able to recharge the battery? Most of the solar charger units I've seen so far have been for battery maintenance and wouldn't actually charge a depleted battery.