What is the point in having a smartphone but you do not have a good battery to power it on?
What is the point in having a top fish finder but you do not have a good battery or power it on so you can find those fish that have hidden in deeper water?
In both scenarios, the smartphone and the fish finder are both useless to you at that point. Experienced anglers, know the challenge of how to protect your fish finder battery and transducer cables for better fishing outings on the water.
That is why we have taken the time to assist you by providing you these tips. Here are some simple tips you should be able to use to maintain your battery and cables to keep them in top shape all the time:
How to protect your fish finder battery
Since the invention of the fish finder sometime around 1948, the fish finder has undergone tremendous advances to offer better services as the GPS finder or a charging port for your light electronics. Each dawn, manufacturers produce new fish finders that promise to offer varying degree of service with striking technology.
It is therefore important that your fish finder battery gets utmost care in your kayak. Being the powerhouse to all your electronic components, a failure could jeopardize your entire fishing expedition. Here is how to ensure you get the most of it in your fishing kayak;-
Hold your battery steadfastly to your kayak
Kayak fishing would lead you cruising through the seas; waves are bound to occur and your small kayak will be tossed around. A steady battery will offer uninterrupted power supply. Furthermore, a tight grip would keep it from tossing over into the water.
Keep your battery in a watertight bag
When salty water comes in contact with it, a short is created terminating the lifespan of the battery. More so, battery terminals offer a reactive surface for salty water. However, to ensure your fish finder battery keeps working, apply a protecting gel over the terminals to mask off the water and keep your battery safe.
Note that a sealed lead acid battery has a limited number of charge-recharge cycles. Draining your battery completely reduces the quality of its power cells and degraded power cells do not hold power for long; shortly afterward, the fish finder battery would not hold much power anymore. Keep your usage in check to avoid excessive drainage of your battery.
How to protect your transducer cables
It is preferable to have extra lengths of the cable leading to the transducer. The extra cable allows you to extend your transducer to get a distinct view of the deep underneath. Furthermore, you save on the complications of setting up joints which can collect debris under water.
However, should you decide to make an extension of the transducer cables, ensure you solder them together. To protect the joint from water, we advise you grease it off. You may think using a duct tape might seem a simpler solution to your joint, however, the tape holds moist air within it. With time, the cable would oxidize away reducing its usability.
To safely protect your fish finder battery, ensure it stays away from the water; never coming in contact by any means. If however, it gets wet, use a damp cloth soaked in fresh water to neutralize the salty water off the battery then let it dry.
The same goes for the transducer cables. Keeping them cool and dry offers an improved performance and a better lifespan. After all, kayak fishing is a hobby, it should last longer!