Okay, so occasionally I just gotta vent a few WTHeck thoughts in here…sorta like my kind of fish-therapy when I can’t get on the water (lol).
You might remember my trolling motor rant wondering “when will transom trolling motors have an anchor mode???” Still waiting…. 😉
Today’s flavor: Why don’t all high-end fishin’ electronics come with a lithium battery off the shelf?
Lol not hate, just a few observations:
Lithium batteries are roughly half the weight but twice the power of standard 12v batteries. Means you can run some flashers 40-60 hours without charging! How nice is that for a weekend fishing trip?
And say you have a big-screen graph or underwater camera that usually lasts around 5-6 hours before it dies…. Throw a lithium battery in there and you’d be looking at more like 9-10 hours — means you can use it the entire day!
Oh, and lithium batteries last roughly 5x as many “charge cycles” so you don’t need to replace ’em nearly as often.
Here’s an idea: A bunch of companies sell 10ah to 12ah 12v lithium batteries for under $99 retail (like this Dakota Lithium). So I’d guess a big fishin’ company could get a much better price based on ’em moving a lot of units?
Then charge us fish-heads a little bit more to offset that extra cost and I bet a BIG chunk of us would gladly pay a little more to get all those extra benefits? I mean, we’re already spending hundreds or thousands of buckaroos on some of these units, so what’s an extra $60 or $80 for lithium….
Phew. Okay, I’m done…for now…. Thanks for listening.