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Thread: Does anyone have a good battery storage option?

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    Default Does anyone have a good battery storage option?

    I keep mine inside the yak in a block of styrofoam that I try to wedge into the bow. It's better than my solution last year, but I'm still unhappy with it. The battery shifts in transporting the kayak or when the water is rough, sometimes causing terminals to come loose. The battery also doesn't stay completely dry (it gets condensation) which I worry will damage it over time.

    If anyone has bought or made something that they are happy with, please share!
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    I know some folks have had success with Tupperware boxes that not only hold the battery but provide a good degree of water protection.

    I don't know if this is feasible for your kayak because it may be brand-specific, but for my Revo I am very pleased with Hobie's method of suspending the battery in a plastic rack under the stern hatch cover. I'd think there'd be a market for other kayak makers or inventive kayakers to do the same.

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    The only bad thing about it is that sometimes I forget to remove the battery when I come back to the launch and when I load my kayak on my van I wonder why it got heavier than when I started.
    Mark

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    My hatches are only 4.5 inches other than the front hatch which is an oval about 18" long and 10" wide so I can't use a hobie battery holder.

    It's surprising how few options are out there. I'm saw something called the power buddy but I can't see anywhere to buy it. Guessing it's discontinued.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I know some folks have had success with Tupperware boxes that not only hold the battery but provide a good degree of water protection.
    I tried this last year but the Tupperware would bang around in the kayak. Does anyone have a method to secure the tupperware?
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    This looks perfect.

    http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/...677571/gonew/1

    Anyone heard of it?
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    This looks very cool. I am also interested to hear if others have used it

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    This looks perfect.

    http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/...677571/gonew/1

    Anyone heard of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSer View Post
    This looks very cool. I am also interested to hear if others have used it
    I can't find it anywhere.
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    http://www.austinkayak.com/products/...y-Bag-Kit.html
    This works great for me, though I dont leave my battery in yak after use, i know others do. i hang mine from my gator hatch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I tried this last year but the Tupperware would bang around in the kayak. Does anyone have a method to secure the tupperware?

    Check out my video on how I installed a FF/GPS on my Slayer Propel 10. I used a plastic box mounted on a platform of PVC pipes and Duct Seal. The section on installing the battery box begins at about 14:00.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdT4koUEnik
    John Veil
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    Author - "Fishing in the Comfort Zone" - light tackle fishing techniques for kayaks and small boats

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    I followed the same procedure that John V did and has been very successful for 3 years. The duct seal has held in place with no movement.
    John
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    Native Slayer Propel 10, Native Ultimate 12

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