If you are someone who loves boating or frequently goes out in the water, there is a high chance you will need to learn how to connect trolling motor to battery. Trolling motors are famous for their exceptional features as they are adjustable and help the boat with manoeuvrability. Most of the times, people don’t know how to connect the wire to the battery so that the motor can be used on the boat and this leads to a less fun experience on the waters.
For the right procedure to be followed, you require some specific tools. You need a trolling motor control that includes remote control and hand filler. You need to have batteries that have been chosen according to the need of your boat. You may use one or multiple batteries connected in either parallel or series. To fix the motor power leads with the battery, terminal ends are required. In case of higher voltage batteries being connected together, you need a jumper wire as well. A circuit breaker is supposed to be used for protection, along with a trolling motor boat that helps in a speedy disconnection with the motor boat. The trolling motor is easily removed by a quick release plate. You might require extension wirings because there might be more than one battery to be connect and the jumper wire might not be enough for it. You also need some power leads.
How to choose the right battery?
- There are two certain types of batteries that are used for trolling motors. The first one is the absorbed glass mat battery, commonly known as AGM, and the other one is a lead acid wet cell. AGM batteries are durable and vibration resistant, which makes them survive for a long time. Moreover they work for four years unlike the typical battery that dies after two years. If you want exceptional performance, AGM batteries is your safest bet, however they are very costly and may cause you to go over budget.
- A lead acid wet cell is acceptable in terms of working for a motor. It can withstand the pressure and it is cheaper as compared to AGMs. However, they do not last for a long time and they might cause spillage. They will not be vibration resistant, which means very high maintenance is required.
- The battery (or batteries joined by a jumper wire in series) should not have been used before. First of all take the red wire that has been made up of lead, from the outboard motor and connect it to that terminal of the battery which is positive. Then take the black wire and connect it to the negative terminal of the battery. Just remember that black wire is connected to the black terminal and the red wire is connected to the red terminal. It is advised to use a 50 ampere circuit breaker in between.
If there is one 12V battery, only this process is required. If the motor is on 24 volts and there are two 12 volt batteries included, then you take the black lead from the motor and connect it with the negative terminal of the first battery. Then take the red lead from the motor and connect it to the positive terminal of the second battery. After this use a jumper wire to connect the positive terminal of the first battery to the negative terminal of the second battery. You are required to use a 40 ampere circuit breaker for this.
If the motor is of 36 volts, you require three 12V batteries. This process is a bit complicated but once you understand it, you can do it without any problem. Connect the black lead from the motor to the negative terminal of the first battery. Then connect the red lead from the motor to the positive terminal of the third battery. After this you require two jumpers. Connect one from the positive terminal of the first battery to the negative terminal of the second battery. Use another jumper to connect the positive terminal on the second battery to the negative terminal of the third battery. You will finally have a 36V motor.