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#10768667 - 04/14/15 08:55 PM Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!!
westtexgolfer Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1844
Loc: Midland, TX
I have a 70lb minn kota maxxum that is brand new... The batteries I purchased are deep cycle and are brand new... I get on the lake and the trolling motor lasts mabye 3 hours and it acts like it is on low power when it is on high... the batteries are almost dead... What causes this? Could I possibly have defective batteries or is there something else I can check on my boat?

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#10768685 - 04/14/15 09:02 PM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
javelin150 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/06
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Loc: Waco, TX
What size batteries? Check voltage at each battery a few hours after fully charged to see if they are holding a charge correctly. Is the maxxum a 5 speed or variable speed?

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#10768742 - 04/14/15 09:24 PM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
westtexgolfer Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
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Loc: Midland, TX
Variable speed... and I couldnt tell you what size batteries to be honest...

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#10768784 - 04/14/15 09:39 PM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
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Loc: Corinth Texas
are you sure you have it hooked up to 24 volts?
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#10769034 - 04/15/15 12:24 AM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
D Miner Offline
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Are you sure the batteries were fully charged when you started?

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#10769103 - 04/15/15 05:38 AM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
javelin150 Offline
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Variable speed should hold a charge a lot longer than that. Check voltage on your batteries and make sure it is wired correctly

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#10769140 - 04/15/15 06:16 AM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
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I know this sounds silly, but you might try yanking the prop off and checking to see if you have fishing line tangled around the prop shaft.
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#10769231 - 04/15/15 07:28 AM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
Biscuits Offline
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Registered: 01/18/06
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You have your batteries hooked up wrong. Make sure it looks like this.
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#10769284 - 04/15/15 07:56 AM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
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Sounds like he is running on one battery. Have hit this before. 3 hours is about as long as one 12v battery will last.
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#10770001 - 04/15/15 12:23 PM Re: Trolling Motor Issue Help Please!!! [Re: westtexgolfer]
westtexgolfer Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1844
Loc: Midland, TX
Thanks for al the responses I will check everything suggested this weekend and let yall know what I find.

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