You can use a lithium battery with a battery management system or BMS with our motors. Please note your LED meter will not work on your trolling motor and smart battery box. Please keep reading for specifications you should look for when purchasing a lithium battery.
What Do I need?
We recommend Newport Lithium Batteries with built-in Battery Management Systems (BMS) for all our motors (12v, 24v, 36v).
How Could A Lithium Battery Damage a Trolling Motor?
Like all other trolling motor brands, we advise against using lithium batteries without Battery Management Systems (BMS). Lithium batteries can run at a higher voltage for longer durations (14-16V) than Lead-Acid batteries (13V). Trolling motors are designed to be used with batteries that output around 13V at most.
Using a higher voltage can put wear and tear on the motor and potentially damage some of the internal components and ruin your motor.
A BMS will protect your motor from excess voltage. Fortunately, many lithium batteries include this part.
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