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Dakota Lithium is a proud sponsor of over 40+ professional athletes in the fishing industry. From kayak fishing to pro bass tournament boats, we have the battery for you. Here’s what our pros have learned:
For 12V trolling motors the capacity of your battery must be larger then the lbs of thrust of your motor. A simple way to think about: use a battery with an Ah (Amp Hour) number that is larger then your lbs of thrust. For example, a small motor with 20 lbs of thrust to be used on a kayak requires a battery with 20 Ah of capacity or greater. The more lbs of thrust the larger the battery needed.
For 24V and 36v trolling motors our pros recommend connecting multiple batteries in series. This provides more run time that a single 36V battery, and is also easy to charge (each single battery weighs less and is easier to carry for charging). For example, Pro Bass Fishing champion Brock Mosley uses 3 of our Dakota Lithium batteries in his tournament boat to power a 36v system. The result is 17 hours of run time, up from 4 hours with his old lead acid batteries. To make wiring 24v and 36v systems easier we recommend Connect Ease trolling motor connection kits. They may simple, and easy to use battery wiring solutions (and are a proud South Dakota company).
Motor Thrust / Max Amp Draw (A) @ Voltage (V) / Recommended Battery
For wiring multiple batteries in series we recommend Connect Ease trolling motor connection kits available on our trolling motor battery page.
For a deep dive on trolling motor batteries and run time read How to Choose A Lithium Battery for Trolling Motors
Dakota Lithium batteries are 100% safe & reliable. Our signature chemistry, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), does not contain rare earth elements (like Cobalt) or heavy metals, is non-toxic, and unlike other lithium batteries will not explode or catch fire. A Dakota Lithium battery is protected from overheating by a battery management system (BMS) that also extends the lifespan and is contained in a rugged, waterproof case (although lots of water on the terminals is bad, so don’t submerse the battery).
For safe handling of lithium batteries please follow these guidelines:
The LED on your Dakota Lithium battery CHARGER will turn from red to green.
For all Dakota Lithium batteries we recommend using a LiFePO4 charger. A 12v SLA charger may work, but will only partially charge the battery resulting in reduced performance and lifespan.
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In order to comply with DOT regulations, lithium batteries are required to ship via sturdy, specially marked boxes. Available at UPS Stores, FedEx office locations, or contact support to purchase a lithium battery shipping kit.
LiFePO4 batteries should be “topped off” after each use. For greatest longevity, we recommend not fully discharging the battery nor over-charging by leaving it connected to a charger well beyond its full charge cycle. Remember that over the long term, the battery has a limited number of charge and discharge cycles with “one cycle” being either a complete charge and discharge cycle, or a cumulative of both to add up to a full cycle.
Store Dakota Lithium batteries in a cool dry place, and be sure to fully charge them before storage. If storing it for an extended period of time, we advise charging them up at regular intervals–typically “topping off” every month or every other month. For further details, please refer to our article on storing Dakota Lithium batteries here.
Yes! Connecting multiple batteries together to create a higher voltage is called connecting in series. For more on wiring batteries in series or parallel, both processes are detailed fully here.
Wiring batteries in series is common practice in the boating and solar storage community. For example, a number of the pro-bass fishing champions we sponsor use three 12 volt Dakota Lithium batteries in parallel to run their trolling motors. It provides the high voltage needed for big motors, while providing the long amp hours needed to run a trolling motor for a full day.
Yes, Dakota Lithium batteries are ideal for series and/or parallel connections. Should you be unfamiliar with wiring batteries in series or parallel, both processes are detailed fully here.
Yes, generally speaking, a solar charger can work with Dakota Lithium batteries. However depending on the wattage and amperage rating of one’s solar panel, a solar charge controller may be necessary. Dakota Lithium offers a 12 volt solar panel that can be directly connected to our batteries without the need for a controller.
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