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Offline chiwawadan

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Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:04:02 PM »
I'm planning a 4 day fishing trip, site unknown for now but will likely be a cluster of fishable Kokanee/Trout lakes. We're looking into some sites without electric hookups, but I'm guessing I'll need to recharge my trolling marine battery mid trip. Love using the electric motor, so would rather not use my 9.8 to troll if I can help it, but that's an obvious backup solution. So far I've thought up:

-Buy a second battery and swap out
-Give in and use the gas motor when it runs out
-Find a nearby hardware, auto, battery store that will let me charge up, but would prefer not to do that as a few of our possible spots would require quite a drive.
-Quit being so stingy and find a site with hookups.

Anyone have any other thoughts or have I thought this thing through?

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 02:19:08 PM »
Only a JOKE (sorry I couldn't resist)  :chuckle:


Drag one of these behind your boat while you troll.

https://www.waterlilyturbine.com

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 02:37:13 PM »
A few idea i have used to charge trolling motor batteries or even trailer batteries when i have dry camped

1) Bring along a GOOD set of jumper cables and hook it to your vehicle battery and run your vehicle for awhile to charge it back up everyday
2) Bring the same battery as your vehicle and swap them out each day and run the vehicle to charge it up
3) A solar charging panel can work if you have sun, or even works if you have the 2 battery setup and can let one charge all day on it
4) A generator and a small battery charger, if you don't have a generator Harbor Freight has small tailgator ones that are 2cycle and only 99 bucks, now that does require have 50:1 mixed fuel along but if that is what you run in the 9.8 motor then you already have it.
 
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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 02:41:54 PM »
One of the Honda portable generators. You will wish you had bought it years ago.

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 04:05:30 PM »
If you have a generator, buy a little battery charger
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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 07:50:25 PM »
Look into the 2k WEN generators. Less than half the price of Hondas. Ultra quiet, one pull start, great warranty if needed.

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 07:58:22 PM »
Some of the little Honda generators have built in battery chargers too. Havenít heard a generator as quite as one of the little Hondaís!
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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 07:58:52 PM »
The generator method works best me me, I have an old Honda 650 EX, 650 watts don't run much but will run a battery charger.

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2018, 08:36:31 PM »
Small generator and a battery charger.  The built  in DC battery chargers on the Hondas and Yamahas are really lame.  Probably would not do for an over night charge.  And the Yamahas are slightly quieter than the Honda's but not by much.
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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2018, 02:36:51 PM »
All the above ideas work well, but I would just pony up the $10 a day or whatever and get a power site and charge it normally.  You could always us the power for other things making the camping trip a bit more comfortable.

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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2018, 03:10:31 PM »
Only a JOKE (sorry I couldn't resist)  :chuckle:


Drag one of these behind your boat while you troll.

https://www.waterlilyturbine.com

 :chuckle: :chuckle:

These do look interesting.

I don't know what the solution is, a second battery and a charging line coming off of your truck battery with a quick disconnect cable.  But that only works efficiently if you are driving your vehicle much while not fishing.  If camping in a sunny area, solar panels have definitely increased in efficiency and decreased in price, would still want the second battery.
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Re: Charging your trolling battery during camping trip?
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2018, 03:24:19 PM »
Genset + batt charger best way to go here, imho.
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