RACINE, Wis. — Lithium batteries bring numerous advantages over more traditional marine power options including reduced weight and longer run times. But these advantages come with the possibility of damaging batteries through over –or under- charging. Minn Kota’s new line of Precision On-Board Chargers take the guesswork out of running lithium power and maximize the life of 12-volt (LiFePO4) marine lithium batteries.
Select models boast an industry leading 15 amps of true-rated output, and the new Minn Kota Precision On-Board Chargers protect lithium batteries as well as fishing time. By maximizing run times and delivering shorter charge times, these chargers keep anglers on the water longer and get them back on the water faster.
Enhancements to the line, optimized for 12-volt lithium (LiFePO4) batteries, include charge profiles specifically formulated for the high demands of lithium batteries. The new chargers can even wake lithium batteries from standby mode unlike traditional charging methods which can require a more manual process.
The foundation of safe, fast and precise charging from Minn Kota’s new Precision Line of battery chargers is automatic, multi-stage charging which adjusts output based on the current needed to charge Lithium, Flooded Lead-Acid or AGM batteries in each stage of the charging cycle. These battery-specific charge curves can then be selected individually by bank, allowing for endless options when it comes to trolling motor and accessory battery power. Boaters and anglers can run outboard manufacturer-recommended AGM-style cranking batteries while running a trolling motor or accessories with lithium power. Anglers with a dedicated electronics battery powering multiple fish finders will also appreciate the addition of a 5 bank, 10 amp option.
Just as with previous generations of Precision chargers, temperature and low line voltage compensation account for extreme environmental inputs and adjust to provide the safest and most efficient charge possible.
“Lithium batteries allow anglers to stay on the water longer and get more out of the sport they love, and anglers who buy lithium batteries know that the money spent is an investment in their on-the-water experience.” said Minn Kota Brand Manager Brad Henry.
“The new Precision On-Board Chargers maximize the life of this investment, making it safer and easier to power boats with 12V lithium marine batteries. This line of chargers eliminates the risk of over-charging or running lithium batteries until completely drained.”