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Livescope in a bay boat (portable) #14267876 01/30/22 02:12 PM
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Figured I'd share in case someone was contemplating how to make their setup portable. First piece of advice would be to do some research. There are plenty of videos out there with great tips and product discussion. Kansas angler guy comes to mind. I store my boat in a shed and don't get to use it as often as I'd like. For that reason, I don't leave any equipment in or on my boat. All electronics come home. That made me think long and hard about how I'd install livescope on my boat. I knew they had a portable ice fishing setup so I decided to make something similar. One video I watched gave a great option for the battery. I went with a seelite dewalt converter which allows for the use of a 20v lithium drill battery that powers both the garmin unit and the livecope black box. Works great (just don't use it to power the unit solely or you'll likely burn it up). I bought a cheap plano container from bass pro. I used some scrap wood to screw together pieces in manner that when the lid is closed, nothing moves around. I mounted the black box and battery converter to the wood (just think about where it will sit in the boat and where your wires are heading). The box sits in the compartment on the left and all wires run to the front compartment. They are both connected on the inside so it made that option rather easy. As for thr pole mount, I also went with the pvc homemade option after watching a video. Works great (although I should have made it a little higher in hindsight). It does add some time at the ramp to install and unload every trip, but better than leaving it in the elements for weeks at a time.

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Re: Livescope in a bay boat (portable) [Re: PerksOutdoors] #14287976 02/17/22 05:23 PM
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How long will that battery last? I am looking to do something similiar and have a couple 4amp hr 20 volt batteries that would make for a cleaner install. I think some Garmin units are rated to 20 volts and some to 32 volts but they also say to not use rechargeable drill batteries. I have only used 12 volt lead/acid to run my electronics.

Re: Livescope in a bay boat (portable) [Re: PerksOutdoors] #14297882 02/26/22 03:27 PM
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The garmin 93 sv is only rated for 18v so i would only use a 20v if its also powering the livescope to avoid the risk of burning up the unit. Definately check the voltage for the unit. From what ive read a 5 ah battery will last around 5 hours and so on. I have two 5 ah batteries on board and that gets me through the day. Panoptix shuts off when the battery gets around 8volts.

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