Choosing the Right Battery for Your Motorized Fishing Kayak and Accessories

Choosing the Right Battery for Your Motorized Fishing Kayak and Accessories

Fishing kayaks have evolved rapidly from basic paddling designs to fully motorized kayaks complete with sophisticated GPS technology. Additionally, electronic accessories such as sonar, GPS, shallow water anchors, and lighting are all commonly installed on modern fishing kayaks. Choosing the right power source is critical to successful days on the water. In this video we discuss sealed lead acid versus lithium batteries as well as how much battery you might need to meet your power requirements.

In particular we discuss battery sizing for various sonar or fish finders and choosing the right battery capacity for powering your trolling motor on motorized kayaks such as the AutoPilot and 106 Powered by Minn Kota from the Old Town Sportsman line.

Contents of this Video
00:00 – Intro
01:24 – Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) vs. Lithium (LiFePO4) Batteries
03:05 – Voltage Output
04:49 – Choosing a Battery for Accessories
07:15 – Choosing a Battery for Trolling Motors
11:41 – Using Separate Batteries
12:09 – Determining Capacity Needs

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  1. allan sivula on November 23, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Appreciate your knowledge in this area for those of us who aren’t up to speed on this

  2. Snowboard VHS Archive on November 23, 2021 at 9:54 am

    At 9:53 a big fish jumps out of the water in the background

  3. David Melendez on November 23, 2021 at 10:04 am


  4. C Zellner on November 23, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Good info. Thanks

  5. Terry D on November 23, 2021 at 10:19 am

    What brand lithium style battery and blue tooth software are you using? Do you have an affiliate link that we can use?

  6. 209 finchaser on November 23, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Had a question about running a single battery for your electronics and trolling motor. I here alot of people say don’t connect your electronics and motor on the same battery and That you have too separate them.. what is the reason too separate them??

  7. Pablo Diaz on November 23, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Nice video – thanks for the information on key accessories- monster sturgeon !!!

  8. Full Life Adventures on November 23, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Great breakdown, especially towards the end when you can see how much you were using the battery, now I’ll know more accurately, my 100 amp hour And has about 60% left after fishing 10 hours, I had to recommend a lithium ion battery

  9. AmericanAssassin on November 23, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Do you run a separate battery for your fish finder? I was looking at the amp outdoors 100ah and another Amazon 100ah battery to power the trolling motor.

  10. Aaron Sullivan on November 23, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Always great info from Tyler

  11. Eric Fields on November 23, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I was wondering if the hummingbird helix 7 with side imaging transducer will work on the autopilot 120?
    Thank you for your help!

  12. Mark TeGrootenhuis on November 23, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Can you provide details as to how you mounted your Humminbird and trolling motor remote? I noticed you mounted the sonar over a rod holder…

  13. Elvis Rickey on November 23, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Hi Tyler. Loved the video. You had me laughing at how calm you were and how you just kept talking throughout the monster catch. I probably would have been hyperventilating. Many factors to consider on these Lithium batteries. Could you tell me the pound thrust of your motor? Also did your speed controller use PWM technology. Both are major factors in battery life. I have blue tooth on my battery but never downloaded the app to my phone. I will be doing that real quick. Thanks again for the great, informative video.

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