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Old 05-16-2017, 04:52 AM
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Will relook at my install this week, I hope that I overlooked something rather than a problem with the unit itself. That said, my money is on me screwing something up. Will update accordingly. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:36 AM
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I made the mistake of powering it with an ignition source instead of full time battery and it requires a resynch before each start. My on board charger only comes on once a week, so I am not going to leave the unit powered in standby mode. I ordered a DPST switch so that I can interrupt the kill and power the unit down when not using the boat and have full functionalit we the switch is on. Who can confirm the 10 hour auto shutdown that I saw mentioned above? Does it totally stop the power drain?
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:13 AM
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Ah, something to look specifically at. My understanding of the 10 hour stand-by cut-off is for sure it works to disconnect the fob battery....I may be missing the part where this function does/doesn't disconnect the mob from the battery(s).
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by bigtiny View Post
I made the mistake of powering it with an ignition source instead of full time battery and it requires a resynch before each start.
If you are in fact having to repeat the pairing procedure every time you energize the MOB,
you might want to contact Fell customer service
855-683-3355
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I have mine wired directly (fused) to my house bus -
which I deactivate with the main battery switch every time I use the boat.

Between regular boat use, and other activity with the motor and electronics,
I have "killed" power to the MOB probably a hundred times -

and never required more than the single press of the fob to "connect" .

As to the power, I have not tested the 10 hour shutdown - but I have measured the current draw.

When first powered up, the hub goes through ~3 seconds "boot up" - drawing ~3 milliamps.
Once "connected" with the fob - engine allowed to run - the hub draws ~6 milliamps

While in "standby" - not "connected" to the fob - the hub draws ~1 milliamp.
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:32 PM
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I do not have to re pair it every time, just have to press the button on the fob every time before starting because it is powered by an accessory source instead of the cranking or house battery. Not a big deal for me, but may be confusing to those not totally familiar with the set up. Good info on the current draw in standby. The specs call for 3 milliamps, 1 milliamp is much better
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I'm so glad that I saw this thread today. Since 75% of the time I'm boating alone, I was going to purchase an auto tether this month, honestly the only thing that kept me from buying it in the past was the huge and ugly yellow box attached to my kill switch.

I will definitely research this product further before buying it, but it looks like this will be my fathers day present.
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Originally Posted by holy_crap View Post
I'm so glad that I saw this thread today. Since 75% of the time I'm boating alone, I was going to purchase an auto tether this month, honestly the only thing that kept me from buying it in the past was the huge and ugly yellow box attached to my kill switch.

I will definitely research this product further before buying it, but it looks like this will be my fathers day present.
I think you will be happy with it.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:24 AM
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How do you create an override to bypass the wireless kill switch if there are issues. (so you can still start the boat)?
I have twin Yamaha's.
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Originally Posted by Robinsdt View Post
How do you create an override to bypass the wireless kill switch if there are issues. (so you can still start the boat)?
I have twin Yamaha's.
Hold the button on the base down for approximately 13 seconds until the base unit flashes yellow. There will be a series of blue flashes and beeps, keep holding button down until you see the yellow flashes. Then the boat will start.
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Robinsdt View Post
How do you create an override to bypass the wireless kill switch if there are issues. (so you can still start the boat)?
I have twin Yamaha's.
The Yamaha is "close to kill" - meaning the MOB unit is internally connecting two leads

so to let the engine run, simply unscrew the wire connector from the back of the MOB




other brand outboards may be "open to kill" - in which case after the lead is removed from from the MOB, the provided jumper cap is attached to complete the circuit
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:40 PM
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Ok that's pretty cool. Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:31 AM
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Does anybody know if there is a current coupon for the Fell marine Kill switch?
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:25 AM
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I have completed my installed and have finally had an opportunity to use it twice.
After reading all the posts it looks like the unit needs a longer threaded shaft.
I also set my unit in a bed of silicon caulk.
As for the functionality, I am very pleased. I wish you could connect two fobs at once as you could with the AUTOTHEATHER, but the quality of FELL is much better. I feel like this is a good piece of marine equipment and not an after market toy. While the AUTOTHEATHER did work for a few years, it ate batteries and finally rusted so bad it would not work.
I like all the fob options as well. Everything seems to be factory sealed so nothing should rust.
I would highly recommend this for any boater. I have already used this more in two outing than I ever used the corded version in 10 + years
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:38 PM
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It's my turn. I registered on this site to praise this product. The reviews on here sold me, so I am going to add my two cents. I fish alone in LI Sound over 90% of the time. I installed the MOB+ during my just completed 1987 Mako 171 rebuild, launched the boat and tested the MOB+ today. The product is incredible. I walked 50 feet down the dock and it shut off my engine. I dunked it in LI Sound and the engine shut off as well. I wear the lanyard. I installed a switch between the MOB+ and the battery to shut it off at the battery to save power. It is the centerpiece of my new dash. The photo was taken during the rebuild.

Also, Tech Support was solid and promptly answered all of my questions before I made my purchase.

I, like others on this site fully recommend this product, and I would like to thank Fell Marine for developing the MOB+, which puts my mind to ease. The company can use me as a reference anytime.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:22 PM
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Any current codes out there?

Has anyone hooked this up to a kicker (auxiliary) outboard and an I/o main engine? Going to call support tomorrow to chat with them about this install. I have an autopilot on my trolling motor but also want it on my main engine for when my son and I are out alone.

Also anyone have issues with hooking this to starting / house battery power source as I only have two shared batteries on my boat. Can have it reset power and turn off while starting the main engine
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Old 07-13-2017, 01:08 PM
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BEWARE
The rubber/silicone wrist band looks great BUT it does not lock well. After only seven months of use it was not holding well and when I jumped in the water to cool off, the wrist band and FOB came off. Also, they do not float and I had to use the safety override to get home,
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by woodworker2001 View Post
Any current codes out there?

Has anyone hooked this up to a kicker (auxiliary) outboard and an I/o main engine? Going to call support tomorrow to chat with them about this install. I have an autopilot on my trolling motor but also want it on my main engine for when my son and I are out alone.

Also anyone have issues with hooking this to starting / house battery power source as I only have two shared batteries on my boat. Can have it reset power and turn off while starting the main engine
Yes it can fail if you supply it from your starter battery.

The MOB will shut down when cranking with a weak battery, as it doesn't like going under 10V.

This happened to me, with it connected to my cranking battery which was low at the time, the MOB killed my ignition and wouldn't let the engine start even though the battery was good enough to start the engine (the engine did start every time when I bypassed the MOB).

I think I posted about this earlier in the thread. I solved the problem by suppling it from my house battery, which im not happy with as now I need both house and start batteries to be good to start the engine.

Fell need to redesign the unit to operate as low as 5V.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:24 AM
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I finished the install/wiring on my new duck boat last night. I wired it in parallel with my lanyard kill switch since I've gotten fairly responsible about wearing the lanyard when running any distance. For years I've realized that my most vulnerable situation was putting out and picking up decoys (must be done with the boat most places I hunt due to depth) and one activity that didn't allow wearing the lanyard. I thought about installing an auto-tether on my previous boats, but was never impressed with that product or the reviews it got.

First impressions are I'll be very happy with the Fell MOB. Innovative design and features. I was a little rattled when I tested it and had to get 200'+ from the boat before it shut down till I came back here and read some other's similar results testing on land. Hopefully it will be a quicker response on the water.

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Old 09-01-2017, 05:30 PM
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Default FOB dying and less than helpful FELL Customer Service

I purchased my FELL switch months ago and decided to wait to install in in my new boat. However, when I went to install it a few months back, we realized it was not going to work correctly with Yamaha twins. I know there are workarounds but I elected to wait for the new "FELL Yamaha multi engine interface" which finally arrived last week and I installed it and nothing. The dang thing would not work, it would not pair, nothing. We called FELL customer service and they said to give them an email address and they would "email me for assistance in a day or two". Really FELL? Not impressed.

So, we messed around with it for a while and and I tested the FOB battery that shipped with the unit and it was dead as a door nail putting out less than 0.31V instead of the 3.0V it should put out.. I installed a brand new 2032 battery (that tested out at 3.4V before installation) and it worked! I tested it several times and it worked exactly as it should. Problem solved right. Not exactly.

Less than 24 hours later I took it out on the water for the first time. I pressed the FOB and nothing, Tried to re-pair, nothing. I pulled out the brand new battery and it too is dead puting out less than 0.34V. Somehow in less than 24 hours it completely drained the brand new Duracell 2032 even though the FOB was not kept on the boat overnight. I understand from the manual that it has an "auto shut off" to keep this from happening even if it was left on the boat so this makes no sense.

Since obviously FELL customer service is not going to be of any help has anyone else had a similar problem? Is there something wrong with my unit? The FOB? Am I doing something wrong at shutdown?
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by kroder View Post
I purchased my FELL switch months ago and decided to wait to install in in my new boat. However, when I went to install it a few months back, we realized it was not going to work correctly with Yamaha twins. I know there are workarounds but I elected to wait for the new "FELL Yamaha Twin interface" which finally arrived last week and I installed it and nothing. The dang thing would not work, it would not pair, nothing. We called FELL customer service and they said to give them an email address and they would "email me for assistance in a day or two". Really FELL? Not impressed.

So, we messed around with it for a while and decided to test the FOB battery and it was dead as a door nail. I installed a brand new 2032 battery and viloa, it worked! I tested it several times and it worked exactly as it should. Problem solved right. Not exactly.

Today I took it out on the water for the first time. I pressed the FOB and nothing, Tried to re-pair, nothing. I pulled out the brand new battery and it is dead. Somehow in less than 24 hours it completely drained the brand new Duracell 2032.

Since obviously FELL customer service is not going to be of any help has anyone else had a similar problem?
I've had great experience with their customer service. Remember the majority of their team is out of the country so sometimes it takes a little longer than normal to get back to you.
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