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Old 07-09-2018, 07:49 PM
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Default 36 volt clarification

Looking at a boat with a 36 volt Ulterra trolling motor.

The advantage of a 36 volt over 24 volt is........................

Running time, speed, both?
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:09 PM
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Both....and more.

More power, more run time, more capacity, more weight, more money, more banks to charge..... but also more smiles.

Lower amperage at a higher voltage is more efficient than higher amperage at a lower voltage.

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Old 07-10-2018, 06:31 AM
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Possibly more power (depending on the thrust of the bowmount), but longer life is the biggie.

You can use your kicker motor less. Trolling with the bowmount only is more stealthy and less hassle.

If you travel to places where you can't plug in overnight, you can get more hours of use also.

The only disadvantage is you have to buy an extra battery every 5 years and a the extra weight of the battery.

These are such minor things that it is a no-brainer to me...always go with the biggest you can.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:12 AM
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Here is the link to Minnkota electric motors and specifications. https://www.minnkotamotors.com/sites...spec-chart.pdf
Note the typical thrust for each configuration: 12v = 55#; 24v = 80#; and 36v= 112#. Max amperage draw is about the same, but since the stronger versions are likely to be operated at a lower power level in such case batteries will last longer. Power output is not linear across the range of sizes, though.
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