Common Queries

Below are some of the more common product queries you may encounter, and hopefully these will assist you when making your decision.
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Can these motors suitably replace my current petrol outboard?
Pelican has a wide range of products, meaning that you can obtain propulsive power comparable to a 6HP petrol outboard, for boats up to 3 tons.
You can review the full technical data including runtime & speeds per item within the product description to best determine which is most suitable for your needs.
Trolling motors can also be used in conjunction with petrol outboards for those wanting to have a quieter and more environmentally option on-board, specifically when fishing or cruising on the water.
How do I know which product is right for me?
Each of our products contains an ‘LB’ (pounds thrust) measurement, which refers to the propulsion of the motor at full speed. This can help in comparison to other electric boat motors. In order to compare with current petrol outboards on the larger models, there is also a comparison HP rating of a petrol outboard’s equivalent propulsive thrust.
 To determine which motor is most suitable there is a handy guide on each product page, noting the boat size that would generally use these motors. Anything less than 1000kg would generally be suitable for a brushed HK option, while motors above this size or those in constant use can get additional benefits through use of a brushless motor providing 80LB (and above) static thrust.
Often used as a rule of thumb is that if you calculate each 100lb of boat weight (inclusive of all on-board contents and occupants) is requiring 2lb of thrust this can assist in motor size. There are of course other considerations, such as your usage, speeds, range and location when determining what best suits your own needs, as well as the differences with a brushed or brushless motor.
Is there a performance difference between a Brushed motor or a Brushless option?
Most trolling motors on the market these days remain brushed, but brushless motors are quickly surpassing these due to the benefits in applications where variable speed control is essential, such as when trolling out on the water.
Brushless motors have lower maintenance costs (with no brushes to wear out), higher efficiency, higher starting torque, are quieter, lighter, and more compact. They also provide better speed control, can be designed at any speed, and they are easier to reverse. Brushed motors are fine for smaller vessels, so long as you are not paying extortionate amounts (hence our lower price tag for these items) but for larger vessels with a more powerful motor there is no substitute for a brushless motor option.
Are these motors for use in freshwater or salt water?
They can be used in fresh water or salt water environments.
Pelican Trolling Motors are waterproof, with the motor sealed within a watertight compartment. The stainless steel shaft also ensures that rust won’t be a concern.
Care should always be taken to look after the product and we suggest getting acquainted with the usage and maintenance details on our website and contained within your User Manual.
The smaller HK range of motors are also suitable for use in either condition, as they contain anticorrosive and antirust protection.
How can I determine direction and speed?
For Pelican Trolling Motors, the direction is noted on the extendable handle, noting ‘FOR’ along with the directional arrows and can be adjusted incrementally as desired.
F = forward direction
O = zero (stationary) position
R = reverse direction
Your speed is controlled with a stepless speed variation, and the handle can be extended to 14cm
The speed of each Pelican motor will vary between 9.5-11km/h at its fastest.
The smaller HK tiller models are best used on kayaks and smaller vessels, and these have 5 set forward speeds and 3 reverse speeds which are easy to control as required.
How does this help me to catch more fish?
Petrol outboards are noisy and also pollute the water, alerting the fish to your arrival before you’ve even cast off. Trolling motors are quieter, as well as being easier to manoeuver in a low speed situation. When used in a fishing situation there are many benefits to trolling motors that can make your experience easier and more enjoyable than if you were fishing with a petrol outboard operating, hence one of the reasons for the rise in popularity of these items in recent years.
How do I know when the battery is running out?
To avoid getting stuck out on the water, Pelican motors contain a digital voltage meter showing the power and a notation advising when you will need to charge the battery. This accurate system can tell you exactly how long you have to avoid encountering any issues.
The HK range works on a similar basis, with 10 lights (7 green upper; 3 red lower) indicating it is time to charge before getting below the 3 red lights.
What batteries should I be using?
The most common batteries to use are deep cycle sealed lead acid batteries.
The Brushed HK range all operate on 12v, with recommended 80Ah batteries to be used for each of these available products.
The range of Pelican products, 80LB thrust and above, with use 2x12v (ie, 24v) with 100-200Ah batteries to be used. Please refer to recommendation on each product page for your desired product.
Are there any safety issues I need to be aware of?
As always, ensure you follow the installation instructions within your User Manual prior to first use and that you maintain your electric motors after each trip out on the water. Taking care of your products will lead to fewer issues down the track.
Pelican Trolling Motors have various inbuilt safety protections to avoid starting the motor in incorrect conditions.
We recommend that no person under 14 operate these motors, and no-one under 16 uses these products unaccompanied by an adult.
Ensure you are always following water safety guidelines by wearing life vests and ensure there are no swimmers or other hazards within vicinity of the propeller.
With regards to the battery, make sure that this is within a ventilated compartment, and never put the control box into the water.
And make sure that the water depth is sufficient for operation of the electric motor. Anything less than 0.8metres deep means that the system should not be used.