Electric Trolling Motor vs Outboard: Key Comparisons for Boaters
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Electric Trolling Motor vs Outboard: Key Comparisons for Boaters

The main difference between an electric trolling motor and an electric outboard is the outboard is used for a primary means of propulsion, and the trolling motor is not. Granted, there are exceptions where it’s possible to use an electric trolling motor as your propulsion system, but generally speaking, they are supplementary to your outboard….

Types of Electric Trolling Motors: A Comprehensive Guide

Types of Electric Trolling Motors: A Comprehensive Guide

Electric trolling motors can be categorized by voltage, thrust, mounting styles, and control systems. Here is a snapshot of what you need to know: At a glance: 1️⃣ Electric trolling motors come in 12, 24, or 36-volt options, with higher voltages offering more power and longer battery life.  2️⃣ Thrust options range from low (up…

What Do Volts Mean in Electric Trolling Motors: Understanding the Basics

What Do Volts Mean in Electric Trolling Motors: Understanding the Basics

In electric trolling motors, volts represent “electrical pressure” that pushes the flow of electrons through the motor’s circuitry. Higher voltage typically results in more thrust. Choosing the correct voltage for your trolling motor depends on thrust and boat weight considerations. Trolling motors are found in these voltage denominations: 12 Volt, 12/24 Volt, 24 Volt, and…

What Size Battery Do I Need For An Electric Trolling Motor? [Expert Guide]

What Size Battery Do I Need For An Electric Trolling Motor? [Expert Guide]

Battery capacity (Ah) = (Motor power in lb thrust * 26.4 * Desired runtime in hours * Efficiency factor) / Battery voltage. This formula is specifically designed for trolling motors, where power is often given in terms of lbs of thrust. The number 26.4 is used to convert lbs of thrust to watts (a measure…

Minn Kota vs MotorGuide: Which Should You Buy?

Minn Kota vs MotorGuide: Which Should You Buy?

The extensive number of trolling motors on offer is almost overwhelming. With more than eleven manufacturers actively participating in the market, anglers are spoilt for choice.  Two of the largest manufacturers of electric trolling motors are Minn Kota and MotorGuide, each of which has an established footprint and a well-earned reputation for the motors, foot…

Tips For Troubleshooting Minn Kota Trolling Motors

Tips For Troubleshooting Minn Kota Trolling Motors

Minn Kota is one of the oldest companies serving the leisure marine market in America. The trolling motors they manufacture have a reputation for precision engineering, accurate control, and durability. Unfortunately, as with any equipment used regularly in harsh conditions, trolling motors are subject to overtime; wear will take place and create problems for its…

MotorGuide Tour Pro Problems [Issues & Fixes]

MotorGuide Tour Pro Problems [Issues & Fixes]

While generally reliable, as with any mechanical device, some problems will periodically occur with this trolling motor. At a Glance:  1️⃣ Some anglers have issues with the GPS/Anchor system not holding position. This can generally be traced to the foot pedal and cables which join it to the motor. 2️⃣ A federal product recall issue…

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