Minn Kota Edge 70 Review

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The Minn Kota Edge 70 is a trolling motor suitable for boats like V-hulls, pontoons, bass boats, and other medium and large fishing boats. It is designed for freshwater fishing, and it comes with features designed to make it easy to steer, control and maneuver a 3500-pound boat. 

So without further due, let us take a look at some of the key features of the Minn Kota Edge 70. 

Features

Motor

Minn Kota Edge 70 is a bow-mount trolling motor
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Minn Kota Edge 70 is a bow-mount trolling motor with a unique ball-bearing system that decreases friction and reduces wear. It is a 5-speed motor with multiple speed settings, and it uses a foot pedal for control.  

This is a 24-volt motor and needs two 12v deep cycle marine batteries.

The motor is affixed to the boat’s bow, and drilling into the vessel is a requirement for the installation. So if you own a boat and don’t intend on making any modifications for any installation, then the Minn Kota 70 motor is not the ideal option for you.

Also, it does not come with a circuit breaker, which is recommended for preventing damage to the motor, and a battery charger. So for these two items, you need to purchase them separately, as well as the batteries. 

What it does come with is the mounting hardware, power cables, foot pedal, and of course, the installation and safety manual. 

Composite Shaft

The motor comes with a 45-inch composite shaft that is flexible. It bends when it encounters an obstruction without breaking, and it’s rust and corrosion-resistant. 

Propeller

The Minn Kota edge 70 uses a weedless wedge two-blade propeller. The propeller is designed to cut through thick vegetation without using too much battery power or even slowing down. 

Foot Pedal

Foot Pedal

The motor is controlled using a foot pedal. The foot pedal is not wireless, and it is controlled by moving your foot forwards and backward.

There is a rotating dial on the side of the pedal for adjusting speed. 

It is large enough to give your good control over the motor. It’s made of a sturdy and waterproof material, and it’s resistant to rust and corrosion. 

Latch and Door Bracket 

The Minn Kota 70 comes with a latch and door bracket to make it easy to dismount the motor for storage. It’s a pretty lightweight motor. You don’t need a second pair of hands to mount or dismount it or even carry it. 

Pros:

  • Sturdy build
  • Rust and corrosion-resistant
  • Quiet
  • Flexible composite shaft
  • Large and easy to use foot pedal
  • Latch and door mounting system
  • Weedless Wedge 2 propeller
  • 5-speed settings
  • Suitable for medium and large boats
  • Easy to install

Cons:

  • Installation requires drilling into the boat

Where to Buy and Price Range

Minn Kota 70 trolling motor
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You can buy the Minn Kota 70 trolling motor from the company’s official website, Minn Kotta Motors. Or you can buy from the following reputable online stores: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sportsman’s Guide, Bass Pros Shops, West Marine, and Boat ID. You can also get it at Walmart

As for the price, if you are going to purchase the model from the brand’s official website, you would need to ask for a quotation or open a user account on the website to see the pricing and make a purchase. You can also choose to visit a Minn Kota Motors store if there is one near you to find out how much it costs. 

However, the Minn Kota 70 model costs between $600 and $1000 on average. Most websites selling this particular model price it between this range. You may find some websites selling for less than $500, but be cautious as you don’t know if you are getting a fake or the real thing

Alternative Products

Minn Kota 70
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If you are looking for a product that is similar to the Minn Kota 70, here are some great alternatives: 

  • Minn Kota Riptide Powerdrive Trolling Motor
  • Minn Kota Maxxum
  • MotorGuide X3
  • Newport Vessels L-Series

Keep in mind that these models, although they are 70lb thrust motors, differ in some ways, although not so much. 

Summing Up

The Minn Kota 70 trolling motor has earned a good reputation for its solid build, rust and corrosion properties, and ability to push vessels that weigh up to 3500 pounds. It does cost slightly more than some similar products, but Minn Kota is reputed for its quality motors, so it’s definitely worth the money.

Be cautious when buying the product online. Buy only from reputable companies to avoid wasting your money on a cheap counterfeit product.

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Torqeedo 1003 Review

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Torqeedo 1003 review

The Torqeedo 1003 is an electric outboard motor with an integrated lithium-ion battery. It is lightweight, compact, and eco-friendly. It does not discharge fumes since it does not use fuel. It is a German product, and it’s pretty expensive compared to other similar products. 

Product Overview

Features

Motor

The Torqeedo features a 3hp electric outboard motor with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It comes with an inbuilt GPS system and an onboard computer that displays battery life, power consumption, and current speed. 

Attached to the motor is the tiller, which is used for steering the boat, and a two-blade propeller

two-blade propeller
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Battery

Torqeedo 1003 models use lithium-ion batteries. The capacity differs from model to model, but usually, it ranges between 320wh to 915wh. Batteries with a higher capacity typically take longer to charge. A 320wh capacity battery will take about 3.5 hours to reach full charge, while a 915wh capacity battery will take up to 10.5 hours. 

To charge, use a DC power supply that is 9.5v to 50v, and it is recommended to use a Torqueedo charging cable for charging. You can charge the battery using a USB, wall adapter, or solar panel.

On-Board Computer

On-Board Computer
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The motor has an integrated onboard computer that displays the battery charge in percentage, the remaining battery charge at current speed, and current power consumption and speed. 

There is also an integrated GPS system, which only works when the system is switched on. The GPS system allows you to track where you are and to help you navigate. 

Safety Features

Tiller

The tiller controls the Torqeedo system in that it ensures that the system starts only when it’s in a neutral position. This is to help prevent the system from starting unintentionally

Tiller
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Magnetic Kill Switch

The magnetic kill switch cuts off the energy supply and shuts down the Torqeedo system, and the propeller comes to a halt.  

Electric Circuit-Breaker

The breaker monitors the circuit. If there is an overvoltage or overcurrent, the breaker immediately shuts down the circuit cutting off the power to the motor.  

Acceleration Control

This feature regulates the rotational speed change of the propeller and protects the mechanical drive components. 

Cable Breakage Protection

It immediately shuts down the motor when a connection cable becomes damaged.

Torqeedo
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Overtemperature Protection

It reduces the power when the motor or the electronics overheat.

Motor Protection

This feature protects the motor from mechanical and thermal damage when the propeller gets blocked

Where to Buy and Price Range

You can buy the Torqeedo 1003 from the company’s official website, Torqeedo. You might need to register first to make a purchase, but that should not be a hassle. 

Other online stores you can get this model include West Marine, Defender, and Cruising World. You could also check out Walmart and eBay. 

The Torqeedo 1003 trolling motor costs anywhere between $2000 to $3,500. The good thing is that the motor comes with batteries. Many trolling motors don’t come with batteries; you have to buy them separately. So when you look at it, it’s a good deal

Honestly, trolling motors cost that much or more and don’t come with added accessories. If you buy the Torqeedo from the brand’s official website, you don’t only get batteries; you also get a charger and an emergency magnetic kill switch. It also comes with a 2-year warranty. 

Torqeedo 1003
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Alternative Products

If you are not too sure about the Torqeedo 1003, and you would like to look at other similar products, here is a list of some good options:

  • Newport Vessels L-Series
  • U-BCOO 8 Trolling Motor
  • Watersnake Venom Swet Trolling Motor
  • AQUOS Haswing CaymanB Trolling Motor

You could check out other options on sites like Amazon. However, do your due diligence and know what to look for when choosing a trolling motor.

TThere are many brands in the market, and it is easy to get drawn to the cheap ones.

 There is nothing wrong with buying a cheap motor, but if it’s too cheap, that should tell you that something is wrong with it. Try websites like eBay and Craiglist if you are looking for a good bargain and don’t mind buying a second-hand trolling motor

However, consider factors like the type of motor, batteries, control features, safety features, mounting or dismounting features, and warranty when selecting a trolling motor,

Wrapping Up

The Torqueedo 1003 is a pretty decent trolling motor with safety features, GPS System, and other great features. Probably the best part about it is that it comes with batteries. It is slightly costlier than other similar products, but it’s worth every penny.

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Minn Kota E-Drive Review

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Minn kota e-drive review

Minn Kota E-drive motor is an electric motor that is suitable for boats like pontoons. It is powerful and quiet, and it provides 2hp capable of moving a large pontoon 5mph. It can run for 2 whole hours on a single charge, and it is designed for freshwater fishing. 

Since it is a freshwater motor, it cannot be used in saltwater unless, of course, you don’t mind forking out the extra bucks to upgrade it to a saltwater motor. 

Product Overview

Features

Minn Kota E-drive
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Throttle Control Lever

The control lever allows you to maneuver the boat. It has forward, reverse, and neutral controls. 

Tilt Switch

The switch allows you to tilt the motor upwards or downwards. 

Battery Run Time Gauge

The motor comes with a battery run time gauge for monitoring battery life. The gauge has an LCD display with a backlight, which shows how much time is left based on the battery charge and the current speed setting. 

When the battery voltage falls below 36v, the LCD display will go blank. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that the battery charge is always full. 

Battery Run Time Gauge

48-Volt Motor 

Minn Kota edrive is a 48-volt motor. It requires four 12v, 105 amp hour deep cycle batteries, which have to be connected in a series. There is a consoled unit that monitors battery life, and the unit uses circuitry that is specific to the wiring configuration of the batteries. 

Using a different wiring configuration to provide 48 volts may result in inaccurate battery life and running readings from the battery run time gauge. So it’s important to stick to the specific wiring configuration. 

Also, it is recommended to recharge the lead-acid batteries within 12 to 24 hours to prevent battery failure. It’s best to use a Minn Kota charger to avoid overcharging the batteries, which can also lead to battery problems. 

Break-Away System

The break-away system protects the motor from damage when it encounters an obstruction underwater. It automatically releases the motor unit allowing it to swing over the obstruction. Once the motor clears the obstruction, the system automatically resets itself, allowing the motor to thrust forward. 

Propeller

The Minn Kota uses a two-blade stainless steel propeller. It is easy to install; however, avoid running the motor with the propeller when not underwater to prevent injuries.

The propeller is powerful enough to cut through vegetation, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. The propeller can only stop working if there is a problem with the motor. 

Propeller

Where to Buy and Price Range

If you want to buy a Minn Kota E-Drive motor, you can buy it from the company’s official website Minn Kota. Or you can buy it from Boat ID, Boe Marine, and Northland Marine.

You can also check out Walmart and eBay. Although the motor is a bit expensive, you can get a second-hand one on eBay at a low cost. 

The Minn Kota E-Drive costs anywhere between $2,000 and $4000. It is a bit costly for a freshwater motor, but it has advanced features, which explains the price tag. 

If you get one that is dirt cheap, avoid it at all costs because chances are that it’s made from inferior materials, it has poor quality features, and it cannot deliver good performance

You are better off spending the extra bucks on a genuine model than spend a small amount of cash on a crappy motor. If you are on a tight budget, there are similar products that perform equally well but cost a lot less. 

Minn Kota E-drive is a freshwater motor
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Alternative Products

If you are not sure that the Minn Kota E-Drive motor is what you want to buy, here are some alternative products, some of which might be less expensive

  • Watersnake T24 ASP
  • AQUOS Haswing
  • Intex Motor

There are many more similar products, and they may differ in some small ways, especially when it comes to features. But you can get a quality one without spending too much money, as long as you know what to look for when choosing a trolling motor.  

Conclusion

The Minn Kota E-drive is a freshwater motor that comes with advanced features that make it easy to control a boat and navigate through water. It has a break-away system, which is a nice touch as the system is designed to protect the motor from damage by underwater obstructions. 

The motor is a bit pricey than other similar products, but it’s powerful, and it can run for two whole hours on a single charge.

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