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If you haven’t heard the news, Iota has temporarily discontinued their 36 volt charger line. How long? I have no idea. They do not have any more in stock, and the only place to get one is to find a distributor that has one in stock. I checked many different distributors until I finally found one that has two DLS 42-18 converters on the shelf. One of them is on its way to Michigan and the other is up for grabs. I also picked up the IQ4 smart charger to keep the batteries fresh between outings. Here’s the link to the distributor just in case somebody else is looking for one:
http://www.solarseller.com/_iota_battery_chargers___battery_tender_battery_chargers__instock_and_ready_to_s.htm#dls___42___18
 

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I bought one of the 42-18's from them last year,it draws some juice to run that sucker.
 

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If you haven’t heard the news, Iota has temporarily discontinued their 36 volt charger line. How long? I have no idea. They do not have any more in stock, and the only place to get one is to find a distributor that has one in stock. I checked many different distributors until I finally found one that has two DLS 42-18 converters on the shelf. One of them is on its way to Michigan and the other is up for grabs. I also picked up the IQ4 smart charger to keep the batteries fresh between outings. Here’s the link to the distributor just in case somebody else is looking for one:
http://www.solarseller.com/_iota_battery_chargers___battery_tender_battery_chargers__instock_and_ready_to_s.htm#dls___42___18
No big loss since 18 amps output is not even 1/2 the input requirement of a 101 Minnkota. Maybe they will replace it with a DLS-36-50 or thereabouts. Not sure if the IQ-4 option is a good thing since that converter is already putting out 42 vdc and the IQ-4 is gonna raise the voltage. You can be the guinea pig-we all will get to find out if a 36 volt troller can handle 45 volts.
 

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I haven't had any trouble running mine during the day,it seems to keep everything up to full power or close to it.Keep in mind i only run the troller on 1/4 to 3/8 speed 90% of the time with an occasional full throttle burst if i want to chase a fish down.Night time operation has sucked as with all the light amp draw on the genny the converter sucks to much juice and kicks the gfci breaker out.Considering changing my lighting to something other then halos so i can run everything without kicking a breaker.
 

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No big loss since 18 amps output is not even 1/2 the input requirement of a 101 Minnkota. Maybe they will replace it with a DLS-36-50 or thereabouts. Not sure if the IQ-4 option is a good thing since that converter is already putting out 42 vdc and the IQ-4 is gonna raise the voltage. You can be the guinea pig-we all will get to find out if a 36 volt troller can handle 45 volts.
OBG- you are correct as usual, and those were my thoughts when I originally crunched the numbers. But, we run our troller like Garminator uses his- we rarely ever turn it up to full power. If we do, it's for a short period of time to chase a fish or zip over to the other side of the river/bayou. On the flip side, I know it's only 18 amps and I don't expect the converter to keep the batteries fully charged when we're bowfishing. For that reason, I don't plan to use the IQ4 on the water since it wouldn't help at all. I will, however, use it when the boat is parked to maintain the batteries when not in use.
 
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