There are many types of trolling motor batteries, and the main question is, how do you pick the best from the many? When researching motor batteries online, many people look at the customer reviews, the reputation of the company and price. Is that information enough? I would say not and advise you to get into the specifics because what works for someone else might not be what you want. You might buy the most reviewed battery from a reputable brand like KayaKudos only to realize that it is not what you wanted. To avoid such disappointments, read on for specific factors you should look for when buying a trolling motor battery.
Types of Motor Batteries
There are three types of trolling motor batteries to choose from.
- Wet cell- these are the widely known marine batteries. They are affordable and strong enough to run a series of drains without a recharge. The downside is, they require regular maintenance like adding water, and they can only last between one to two years.
- AGM- this is an abbreviation for Absorbed Glass Mat. These batteries are made with a glass plate and gel-like substance. The batteries are completely sealed, so you are not required to add water. They last longer compared to the wet cells for about three to four years. Because of their longer lifespan and better features they are more expensive than the water cell batteries.
- Lithium-ion-You might know this type of batteries from your smartphone, but we have large ones for trolling motors. They are best in the market in terms of durability and power. If you store them under the right conditions of under 105 degrees, they can last up to a decade. Well, this is to tell you that they are very costly but worth it.
We have already discussed the battery lifespan in point one above where, water cells last 1-2 years, AGM 3-4 years and lithium-ion ten years. Note that, the quality and storage conditions determine the lifespan of a battery. You should look at the customer reviews to get an idea of how long a certain battery brand will last. It is essential to check the warranty as well.
Some batteries can only be used to start the motor while others can also be used as onboard power gadgets. When talking of versatility, it defines how else the battery can be used besides on the kayak. Some trolling batteries can be used for motorcycles, jet skis, RVs, wheelchair and scooters. The more you can use it the better.…