Ive been thinking about the best way to keep my trolling motor running without making me break the bank on electricity bills. I think the charger im using uses a lot of electricity hence making my bill go up. I went to the local marine store and the owner had a chat with me about what my options were.
1. he has an interstate deep cycle battery thats rated 1000 cranks. it costs 140$ and it may be the best option. I still have to find a way to charge it constantly without breaking the bank. I think its a little overkill but it should last a couple trips.
2. he talked about a system that I can hook to the boat so that when i get home I plug the boat to the wall and a it will charge for a couple hours and ill be done with it. He says anything, even the 25$ options will work for this because my boat is small and doesnt need a lot of juice(the motor is a 27# trolling motor)
3. He offered me a solar panel that costs 55$. he says it should maintain my system with all the sun I get on the lake. I dont know what kind of power do I need and how big a panel it is and if it will get on the way.
Honestly I dont know what other options I have and which is the best for my use. what do you guys think? Ive also thought about doing a mix between a couple of the options.