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36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts #13536446 04/27/20 06:38 PM
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I'm new to trolling motors and a guy wants to sell me a 36v Minnkota Maxxum 101/US. My question is will it harm the motor to run only 2-batteries ? My boat is small and the weight of 3-batteries is a little too much.

Re: 36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts [Re: Red on tha head] #13536456 04/27/20 06:52 PM
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You don't get to choose how many batteries you use - with that trolling motor. With 2 batteries, It won't work at all, or you'll burn it up. There is one new model out that is configurable for 24 or 36V, but that's a very new thing. It doesn't apply to 99% of trolling motors. Tell us what boat you have. A 12V TM may be more appropriate than 24V as well. If you look at the MinnKota website, they have a guide for what motor you likely need.

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Re: 36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts [Re: Red on tha head] #13537221 04/28/20 10:30 AM
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You can get very creative to find room for a 3rd battery. But yes you have to have 3 or you will regret it.


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Re: 36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts [Re: Red on tha head] #13540589 04/30/20 06:05 PM
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You can run it on 2 batteries. However, the performance is not as good and you do risk damaging the TM. However, I see people doing it very frequently. It would be better to use the correct voltage to the correct TM.


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Re: 36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts [Re: Red on tha head] #13540783 04/30/20 08:44 PM
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They do make 18volt batteries. So, yeh, run two of those. And donโ€™t forget to get an 18volt charger to charge them.


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Re: 36v Trolling motor do's and don'ts [Re: Red on tha head] #13540938 04/30/20 11:39 PM
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Pass on it and look for a 24v motor.

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