According to Yakgear, kayak fishing has advantages over the traditional method by boat. Just to name a couple, anglers can fish more economically and in smaller bodies of water.
What the general public might not know is that batteries are needed for motorized kayaks.
What do I need to know before choosing a battery?
Users should be aware of the basic terms outlined below:
- Voltage (V):Like water pressure, it is the pressure from an electrical circuit’s power source that pushes charged electrons (current) through a conducting loop.
- Ampere hours (Amps, A): This is the measurement of the current of electricity. It is also used to represent the battery capacity (Ah).
- Life cycles: This is the measurement of battery life or the number of complete charge/discharge cycles that the battery is able to support before its capacity falls below 80% its original.
Depth of discharge (DOD): The DOD is often paired with life cycles, representing the percentage of the battery that has been discharged relative to the overall capacity of the battery.
- Operation temperature (℃):This is the battery’s operating range of temperature. The battery should not be used outside this temperature rang as it will be damaged and become a safety hazard.
- Watts:Watts represent how much energy is stored in the battery. If you want your electronics to work properly, you must confirm that the watts of the battery are sufficient (higher than the devices you used).
Where is the battery used on a kayak?
There are only three instances where we will need batteries on a kayak: When you need to charge your phone and power your light source and fish finder. The batteries must provide sufficient voltage and capacity to these devices while you are fishing so that you have enough power.
What is the best battery for kayaking?
A 12V and 10Ah battery is sufficient for most fish finders while providing extra power for other devices. Most people choose between either Lithium-ion Polymer or Lead-Acid batteries.
Lead Acid batteries have the advantage of lower cost and little to no maintenance fee, but they can be heavyweight.
For safety reasons, users should choose a brand new Lead-Acid battery and ensure it is made of strong materials that prevent leakage of hazardous chemicals.
Lithium-ion Polymer (LiPo) batteries
Users have also used LiPo batteries by connecting them in series or parallel. They have they advantage of weighing less than other traditional power sources although they range from having 200 to 500 cycles.
Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries
LiFePO4 batteries have a cycle life of more than 2,000, and they do not require frequent as much maintenance and replacements as compared to their Lead-Acid counterparts. These batteries are also more environmentally friendly.
Himax is a cell and battery pack manufacturer that specializes in Lithium batteries. As we have various designs for numerous applications, we can custom-make Lithium batteries for your marine uses.