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#12261079 - 05/24/17 02:20 PM Battery Question
OU Basser Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/06/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Recently upgraded to dual HDS 12s on the console and another on the bow. My current cranking battery is a size 27 with 800 CCA. First tournament with the new units, the cranking battery was used up when I went to crank it up to head back to the ramp. Granted, that was after an 8+ hour day. My question is do most folks with this setup have a larger cranking battery with more capacity (maybe a dual purpose) or a 'house' battery to run the miscellaneous things? Thanks in advance!
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#12261098 - 05/24/17 02:25 PM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
GarySHO Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
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Loc: Haworth, Ok
Lowrance units use lots of juice. Biggest battery you can get.
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#12261225 - 05/24/17 03:40 PM Re: Battery Question [Re: GarySHO]
T Bird Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 5028
Loc: Temple, Texas USA
Originally Posted By: GarySHO
Lowrance units use lots of juice. Biggest battery you can get.


Yes sir!

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#12261237 - 05/24/17 03:47 PM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
OU Basser Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/06/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Grapevine, TX
The HDS 12 Gen 3 units are listed with a 2.0 amp power draw. The comparable Helix 12 Chirp/SI/GPS units are listed with a 1.75 amps draw. The Helix 12 MEGA units actually lead the charge with a 3.0 amp draw.

I know I need to go bigger. The question remains whether that involves getting a bigger battery to replace the existing one or adding an additional battery to power the graphs, pumps, lights, etc.
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#12261286 - 05/24/17 04:14 PM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
KB1953 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/12
Posts: 2648
Odyssey 31M PC2150ST, 1150 CCA, 205 Reserve, problem solved!

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#12261372 - 05/24/17 05:09 PM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
5X3Phoenix Offline
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Registered: 12/02/07
Posts: 870
Loc: Kingwood, TX
Originally Posted By: OU Basser
The HDS 12 Gen 3 units are listed with a 2.0 amp power draw. The comparable Helix 12 Chirp/SI/GPS units are listed with a 1.75 amps draw. The Helix 12 MEGA units actually lead the charge with a 3.0 amp draw.

I know I need to go bigger. The question remains whether that involves getting a bigger battery to replace the existing one or adding an additional battery to power the graphs, pumps, lights, etc.


Either is a solution to the problem. Are you more concerned about weight and space (additional battery) or money ($350 battery mentioned above)

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#12262187 - 05/25/17 08:27 AM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
Fishin' Nut Offline
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Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 6161
Loc: Huntsville, AL
Why isn't it hooked up to a separate battery? My cranking battery is only used to to start/run the OB. The accessory battery runs everything else.
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#12262478 - 05/25/17 10:59 AM Re: Battery Question [Re: OU Basser]
OU Basser Offline
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Registered: 11/06/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Chasinbass, I'm open to either option, just wanted to see if others have had this issue and what setups are common. It seems that both are fairly common. I'm leaning toward a single battery with enough CCA to crank/run the OB and enough RC to run the accessories. Spend a little extra $ to save a little weight and still be able to use the existing 3-bank charger to cover all the batteries.

Fishin' Nut, I don't currently have an accessory battery. I have 2 TM batteries and a starting battery. Until the recent sonar upgrade, the existing starting battery was enough to run things for a full tournament day.
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