Electric outboard motors are definitely appealing, but the flood of information on the internet can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you're new to boating. Here, CALONGLORIA rounds up the top 5 frequently asked questions so you can pick an outboard motor with ease.
Everyone is curious to know the battery life and range of an outboard motor in a marine environment. "I don't want to run out of power on the water." The run time and range of an outboard motor depends on the speed at which you run it, the weight of the boat, which direction the tide is running in, the state of battery charge, the temperature ...... and many more factors.
Generally speaking, you should be able to travel 16 miles with a two stroke 3 hp outboard running at half power.
Most outboard motors will allow you to adjust them to a slower speed and in addition you will always be able to read the remaining battery charge on the screen.
The weight of outboard motors and batteries can be an issue, especially for older people. In our products, for example, a 3hp motor weighs 16 kg, while a 40hp motor can weigh up to 70 kg. If you are looking for a portable outboard motor, consider one with a built-in battery. Electric outboard motors with batteries are easy to transport and can save you a lot of hassle.
Some electric outboard motor batteries can even float in the water, so there's no need to worry about dropping them when installing your outboard motor.
Electric outboards cost more than petrol outboards. Consider the challenges between them.
Electric outboard boat motors require a lot of battery capacity, especially if you plan to travel long distances. Batteries have a lower energy density than petrol, and boats are less energy-efficient, so you need to store a lot of batteries on your outboard motor. And batteries are expensive.
Another reason is that economies of scale are not yet in the industry although electric outboard motors are increasingly sought after. If you charge maintenance and fuel/electricity costs into account, an outboard motor is a cost effective option within a few years of use.
So how fast do electric boat motors go?
The maximum speed of electric outboard motors varies greatly between boats and operating environments. The higher the power, the faster the speed.
Want a higher powered electric outboard to keep your boat gliding at a higher speed? This is still a huge challenge for today's technology. As I mentioned above, outboard motors require high capacity batteries to maintain high speeds.
Moving a boat requires about 10 times the battery power of a motorised vehicle. This is why outboard motors under 20 hp (6hp/9.8hp/10hp/15hp motors) are still the dominant force in the consumer market.
The good news is that most outboard motors can be fully charged overnight. So it's convenient and won't get in the way of your schedule. Some reputable outboard motor manufacturers also have a quick charge feature that cuts the charging time in half.
Solar charging is also possible and you can discharge and charge the batteries at the same time, which means you can extend the range of your boat on a sunny day!
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