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What Trolling Motor Battery Do You Recommend?

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. They may simple, and easy to use battery wiring solutions (and are a proud South Dakota company).

 

Motor Thrust Max Amp Draw @ Voltage Recommended Battery
20 lb. 20 @ 12V Vortex 20DL 23, or Powerbox 40

Vortex 20DL 23, or Powerbox 40

25 lb. 25 @ 12V
30 lb. 30 @ 12V DL 54, Vortex 50DL 46
45 lb. 42 @ 12V DL 54, Vortex 50DL 46 or DL 100
55 lb. 50 @ 12V DL 54, Vortex 50, or DL 46 or DL 100
70 lb. 42 @ 24V DL 54 x 2 or DL 100 x 2
80 lb. 56 @ 24V DL 100 x 2 or DL 170 x 2
101 lb. 46 @ 36V DL 54 x 3 or DL 100 x 3 or DL 170 x 3
112 lb. 52 @ 36V DL 54 x 3 or DL 100 x 3 or DL 170 x 3

 

P.S. > A tip from the pros: use a solar panel to extend your run time. For example, our folding solar panel will increase the run time of the DL 23Ah battery by +120% over a 10 hour fishing day.

Are Lithium Batteries Safe?

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:

  • Never throw out cells in a fire or expose to high temperatures.
  • Do not soak cells in water or seawater.
  • Do not expose to strong oxdizers.
  • Do not give a strong mechanical shock or fling.
  • Never disassemble, modify or deform.
  • Do not connect the positive terminal to the negative terminal with electrically conductive material.
  • In the case of charging, use only a LiFePO4 battery charger and charge according to the conditions specified by the user manual.

A complete safety data sheet for lithium iron phosphate batteries is available here.

 

How do I know when the battery is fully charged?

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.

How can I become a dealer?

For dealer inquiries, please contact sales@dakotalithium.com

How do I ship my LiFePO4 battery?

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.

How do I get the longest battery life out of my LiFePO4 battery?

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.

How should I store my battery?

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.

I Need a 24 Volt Battery, Can I Use Two 12 Volts Instead?

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.

Can you connect Dakota Lithium batteries in parallel or series?

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

Will my battery work with a solar charger?

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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