Newport Vessels Trolling Motor Power Center | Review & Guide
The battery for your trolling motor has to go through a lot to be able to perform like it does. The moisture, the water, the winds, and most importantly, your beer, can all become its mortal enemies. Having a power center or battery box is therefore very important if you want your battery to reach its full life span. And on that note, today we will be reviewing one such battery box or power center with the Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center from Newport Vessels.
This battery box has been the talk of the town for a while, and we definitely want to find out if has what it take to live up to its popularity. So, if you want to find out if the Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center has something to offer to you, then keep reading!
— Newport vessels Trolling Motor Power Center —
It’s a box. At first sight, it is a box. Nothing more and nothing less. However, the company came up with such a brilliant design that you will appreciate using it the moment you put your battery inside it. It is made for batteries of group size 24 and group size 27, and thus covers most standard battery sizes today.
It comes to you in all black and has a rather nice handle on it which helps you carry your heavy battery back and forth more conveniently. Let’s take a look at all the more important features of the Newport vessels trolling motorPower Center.
The Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center or battery box measures 17 x 12 x 10 inches in dimension (Group size 24 and 27, like we said) and weighs just pounds. most standard 12V deep cycle batteries will fit perfectly into it so you’re good.
The body of the battery box seems to be made out of some kind of very hard, quality plastic, probably ABS plastic, and feels just a sturdy as it looks. And for added balance and stability on precarious boats or kayaks, the Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center includes rubbers feet which adhere and grasp onto the surface it is sitting on.
— Lead Ports
Oh boy, where do we start from? The Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center from Newport Vessels is definitely very generous and thoughtful with its design. It offers you all the bells and whistles on it so that you can use the battery to its fullest without having to be exposed it at all!
Well, first of all, this battery box, like most other power centers, has external lead ports marked Positive (+) and negative (-). The positive port has a red color to it while the negative port is all black. You can easily and safely connect them to your motor, or other accessories, through these ports.
Having said, we have had a few complaints from its users’ who said their wires were coming off or getting loose since the ports did not come with any tightening tool to connect them in place, securely.
— LED Display Meter
Second, you have your built-in LED meter which lets you check on the progress or status of the charge level of the battery right off the box! You have a yellow button below the meter which you press for a couple of seconds, it will show you the status of the battery’s charge from that.
As much much as we love the idea, there are several users who were very disappointed if not agitated by the display meter of the Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center. This is because they were claims of it either malfunctioning or not working at all!Hmm fishy. Might want to look out for that.
— Circuit Breakers
And finally, you the 2 waterproof circuit breaks on below the test meter. One is 10 amps and the other is 60 amps. Great for safeguarding your onboard accessories and the trolling motor from any potential electrical damage.
The Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center also comes with a USB port charging station and it is probably one of our most favorite features on this battery box.
The USB port will let you charge your essential like your Smartphones, tablets, etc. You can also run small, portable cooling fans, a night light, and so on. Anything that has a USB charging slot will work on the Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center!
However, we have come across a very good number of allegations that say that its USB port does not work at all!
- The Newport vessels trolling motor Power Center is very lightweight
- Is great for most deep cycle batteries
- Has accessible lead ports
- Includes a handle to make carrying more convenient
- Uses a LED meter for quick and easy display with the push of a button
- Has a direct USB charger to charge USB devices
- Includes dual integrated circuit breakers to protect your motor and on-board accessories from damage
- The test meter or LED indicators tend to malfunction
- USB port does not work at all, by most complaints
- Comes with no wing nut for the lead posts and are thus securely attached
— FAQs | Newport Vessels Trolling Motor Power Center —
- Can I use this power center to keep starting batteries as well?
Answer: Yes, most definitely as long as its complies with the said dimensions.
- Can this power my laptop?
Answer: If you can find a charger with the USB head then you could, yes. It should juice up the computer for up to 12 hours or so.
— Conclusion —
The Newport vessels trolling motorPower Center has really put us on the spot! It is definitely a great battery box and people seem to enjoy using this guy, We, however, are not so sure if this box is going to make the cut for us, personally. It’s all good, but just not good enough. There are heaps of issues with this thing: the display tester, the ports, and even the USB port that we were so eagerly looking forward too. We don’t understand all the hype with this battery box, and we wouldn’t recommend it to you either. You can do better than this. Look elsewhere.
This wraps up our review of the Newport vessels trolling motorPower Center from Newport Vessels. For more details, click on the product link. We hope you picked up some good stuff from it. See you later.