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Old 04-25-2007, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have noticed a decrease on the power of my trolling motor. I have an 80lb thrust Min Kotta, and it does not seem to give the power it should. It is wired for 24 volts and I have new Trojan batteries. After fishing a couple hours at Shabbona I took the batteries out of the boat to charge them and noticed that one was still at 100% charge and the other is at 50%. Unfortunately I do not know which battery was hooked up to which cable. Is it possible that the trolling motor is only drawing power from one battery? I suppose I could test each set seperately to see if I am drawing power. Any other suggestions? I would appreciate any and all suggestions.

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Old 04-25-2007, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you checked the prop? There might be line or something wrapped around the inside of it. Other then that I got nothing. Mops
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Matt, best thing I can think of is to charge 'em and then test them. Most "good" auto shops have the equipment to test battery's. The best thing going is a tester made by 'Mid-tronics' that you just hook up and enter the info.on the battery(cca,temp,before/after charge,etc.) and it will tell you the condition of the battery. It can even tell you if it's a dead cell.
Last but not least always make sure that your terminal connections are clean/tight.


check your pm's too
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Your assumption could only be true if each battery is hooked up separately to the trolling motor. I thought that there was only two wires coming of the trolling motor so that the batteries are hooked up in series. I could be very wrong on that though.

Check the water levels in your batteries as well. Generally a 1/4 inch below the vent well.

If you don't want to lug them to an auto store to be checked, you can by a $5 battery checker and test at home.

I have tested trojan batteries that have bad welds. You need to eliminate the batteries first in your search.
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Cool, thanks for the ideas. I will test the batteries.
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