What causes a trolling motor to lose power?
Reason #1: Bad Battery
A battery or batteries should be checked regularly, as they they are the most common cause of the trolling motor losing power. If your lead-acid battery is over 3 years old, you probably need to replace it. In any case, there are a few things you can do to check if your battery is in good shape.
How do you test a trolling motor plug?
Measure, with a voltmeter – the voltage that is going into the two ends of the wires going to the front of the boat for the trolling motor. You should have 36 volts. Then, go to the trolling motor connector, and measure again. Just put one probe in one connector hole and the other probe in the opposite hole.
How do I know if my trolling motor battery is bad?
Repeat ever couple of hours or when you notice a power drop. If one battery drops more than the others, that one is probably bad. If the batteries are being charged fully, start the day at the same voltage and discharge equally, then they are probably all worn out. Just a regular voltmeter.
Do trolling motors need a circuit breaker?
It is highly recommended that a circuit breaker or fuse be used when installing a trolling motor. Refer to the Minn Kota “Conductor Gauge and Circuit Breaker Sizing Table”. For motors requiring a 60-amp breaker, the Minn Kota MKR-19 60-amp circuit breaker is recommended.
Can I test trolling motor with car battery?
Will my car battery work for my trolling motor? No, car batteries are not recommended and can ruin your motor.
How long should trolling batteries last?
Lead-acid wet cell batteries are one of the most common types of batteries to use with trolling motors. They are an affordable option that can handle the everyday uses of a trolling motor. They typically last around 2-3 years and may require some sort of maintenance.
How long does a charge last on a trolling motor?
The larger the rating, the more power the battery can hold, and the longer it will be able to power a motor at a given speed. For example, a 100 amperage hour battery is one that would be able to supply 25 amps of power for 4 hours (25 amps * 4 hours = 100 amp hours) before running out of energy.
How do you turn on a trolling motor?
Typically, when the steering pedal is pushed forward (toe downwards, heel up), the trolling motor will turn to the right. When using your heel to push the pedal backwards (toe upwards, heel down). The best way to get the hang of steering and operating a trolling motor is practice.
Can you test a 24v trolling motor on 12v?
Either go 12 volt or add another battery and run the rated 24 volt. It wont hurt your motor. Most newer ones will not even turn over because the circuit board senses less than 22 volts (dead 24v system). Old ones will turn over but you will have half power.