Power Management on your Hobie Fishing Kayak
As the sport of competition kayak fishing has developed the sophistication and performance of the fish finders and chart plotters has also made leaps forward. The screens have become larger, the colour display higher quality, and the number of transducers has also increased especially on units offering side-imaging and directional scanning. All of this fantastic technology requires much higher performance from the power supply.
Most of the fishfinders that we are using on kayaks these days are typically seven inch screens at least with more and more anglers demanding the performance from 9 and even 12 inch units. The multiple transducers which are found on these modern fishfinders also demand more power. We can no longer get away with using a lead acid burglar alarm battery unless we only expect to be fishing for an hour. Most of us are looking for a power supply that will give us at least a weekend’s use from a full charge. (Don’t you hate it when the fishfinder dies on you half way through the day?).
Lee Garner from the UK Fishing Team gives his review of the Rebelcell Battery he has been using.
The weight of the battery is only 4.8kg
“The rebel cell 50ah has been great for me. It runs my Garmin and livescope unit without dying at the end of the day.
I also use with my trolling motor on the boat, again I’ve not ran out of juice yet during a days fishing.
The weight of the battery ensures my kayak isn’t overweight or have impact on handling. Previously I had to add 2x 22ah lead acid batteries which added significant weight. My rebelcell weighed less than one of those lead acid batteries.
Due to they dimensions and weight it makes it a very versatile battery.”
David Morris from the UK Fishing Team gives his review of the Rebelcell Battery he has been using.
“Many of the kayak tournaments I fish mean two or three days away, usually remote camping. I was struggling with my Chartplotter/Fishfinders power needs, carrying two 22ah batteries and having to switch during the day to get a full days power out of them and at the end of the day I could only charge one of them overnight!
I switched to the Rebelcell 12V50 li-ion battery at the beginning of the season and it’s giving 2-3 days without charge. To be honest I’ve not had to charge it all whilst away competing, it’s given me total peace of mind.
Was so happy with R12v50 Rebelcell I got the smaller/lighter 12V18 AV li-ion battery for my Revolution 16 which has a much smaller less power hungry finder onboard, it’s also handy for day trips on the river with my tournament kayak.
I store the batteries onboard both kayaks in a vinyl dry bag keeping them safe and dry.”
David’s battery showing how much power he had left after 16 hours of use at Grafham, that’s 2 days of competition using Garmin’s Livescope Panoptix and a 10″ display. Amazing!!
Ian ‘Dizzyfish’ Harris has been using the Rebelcel1 50A 12V Battery for competitions
Ian ‘Dizzyfish’ Harris
“I’ve been using it for a few months now, and so far, I’ve been really impressed with it. I took it to Scotland with me, and it performed really well. I think that particular model would really appeal to freshwater competition anglers who regularly attend multi-day competitions… the 50Ah battery has enough charge to last for several days, eliminating the need to re-charge the battery whilst away, or having to swap it for a spare.”
Demo a Rebelcell Battery with us and enjoy free-fitting of electronics to your new Hobie Kayak
Take a look at the range of Rebelcell batteries available from Shore Thing/The Hobie Centre. All electronics are installed for free on new Hobie Kayaks purchased from us. Give us a call to discuss you requirements 01202 617661.