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Old 03-14-2019, 08:14 PM
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Just purchased a new boat and it has an 80 lb 24V ipilot trolling motor. For those of you that may have this set up, what time of approximate run time should I expect to get? How much will running it a full speed vs half speed effect this? Thank you
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:50 PM
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should get about 2-3hrs with group 29 batteries(100amp hrs or more) on full speed. Maybe 5-6 at half speed.

All depends in the type and size batteries you have. When you go to replacing your batteries, get biggest you can fit and afford.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:16 AM
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How much boat is it pulling around. If the batteries are in good shape and charged when you go out for the day of fishing they should last the day. I have never run down my batteries in a single day of fishing.
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How much boat is it pulling around. If the batteries are in good shape and charged when you go out for the day of fishing they should last the day. I have never run down my batteries in a single day of fishing.
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I have the same Ipilot on a 1720 with group 31's, I can fish all day (mix of moving and anchor mode). I've never seen the batteries dead. As for how long they will last at full speed, I have no idea. I can't think of any scenarios where I would run full speed for an extended amount of time.
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I have an 80 lb i pilot on a sea hunt BX 22 as well. I have 2 Walmart 29s that I have never been able to get below 2 dots on the I pilot self tester. I use in lakes bass fishing, bay fishing for trout and spot lock offshore.
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I have the same trolling motor on my 22 and also had one on the Action Craft. I honestly don’t know what it would take to run them down. We fish Crystal river so we use it quite a lot motoring around in the shallow water and also us it as an anchor.
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Thanks for all the replies. I ran mine yesterday for about an hour and a half at full speed and at the end of the day the ipilot tester showed one out of four . Trying to find out of that is to be expected or if my batteries are weak. They are three years old. Both test well in terms of voltage
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Never killed my 2 batteries with MK ipilot. Sun up to sun down. They are dedicated to the trolling motor. 3 years is pretty old for troller batteries.
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If I end up purchasing new what would you all recommend?
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I can only speak for minn kota. I have had 4 rip tide ipilots and have never had an issue. 3 24v 80lb thrust and 1 36v 101 lb thrust that was on my Bx 24. They all worked flawlessly.
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https://m.samsclub.com/catalog/search/marine%20battery

These were listed on THT Great deals thread
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Battery usage really depends on how you are using it. Fishing areas with strong tides and current will obviously run the battties down much faster than somewhere with minimal water movement.
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https://m.samsclub.com/catalog/search/marine%20battery

These were listed on THT Great deals thread
They should run you all day. I have had good results from those duracell from Sams. Just Make sure you charge them up as soon as you get home. Don't let them sit around half charged for long periods. 3 years on TM batteries is about what I get and I use them a lot.
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Originally Posted by Thefishes540 View Post
Just purchased a new boat and it has an 80 lb 24V ipilot trolling motor. For those of you that may have this set up, what time of approximate run time should I expect to get? How much will running it a full speed vs half speed effect this? Thank you
Just in case you didn't know, you must disconnect the TM from the batteries while the boat is not being used. It will drain the batteries while stored and idle if left connected.
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