Torque Frequently Asked Questions

 
"What size battery do I need?"
The Torque battery box measures 9.5" high x 7.5" wide x 12" long and we recommend using a sealed 12 volt group 24 or smaller closed cell/deep cycle or glass mat battery with a minimum 85 amp hour rating. A group 24 is the largest size battery that can be used with the Torque kayak. For batteries, we can suggest either the Odyssey PC 925 or the Lifeline GPL-24T Marine/Recreational Vehicle Battery. The length of time a battery will run the motor at full speed is determined by the battery. See the next question for more battery time information.
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"How long will my kayak run on a fully charged battery?"
The amount of run-time will vary depending on the amp hour rating of the deep cycle battery being used. Most of the battery sites have a chart online. As a general on the water estimate, the Torque 12 volt motor will pull 25 amps at full speed. The actual ampere draw is subject to your particular environmental conditions and operation requirements. Battery websites will list a chart showing minutes of use at 25amp draw. The Lifeline GPL-24T Marine/Recreational Vehicle Battery will last 149 minutes and the Odyssey PC 925 will last about an hour. The higher the amp hour rating the more run-time you will have. Maintain battery at full charge. Proper care will ensure having battery power when you need it, and will significantly improve the battery life. Failure to recharge lead-acid batteries (within 12-24 hours) is the leading cause of premature battery failure. Use a variable rate charger to avoid overcharging.
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"How fast can the Torque go?"
The maximum speed is 5.5 mph.
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"How many pounds of thrust is the motor?"

Delivers 36 lbs. of quiet power.
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 "Do I need to be wary of fast moving currents when using the Torque?"
The Torque is not designed or intended for fast moving currents or big open water. Please do not operate in water currents that move faster than you are able to paddle the kayak.
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"Can the Torque be paddled without the motor?"
Yes, a skeg plug is included with the Torque kayak and can be placed in place of the motor unit. This lowers the weight of the kayak to 75 lbs. and allows it to paddle like a regular kayak.
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"How does the Torque paddle with the skeg in and the motor pulled out?"
The Torque paddles just like a regular kayak when it has its skeg in and motor removed.
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"Is it really that easy to put the motor in and take it out of the Torque kayak?"

Yes! It was designed to be a "plug and play" motor install. Both the motor and battery can be easily removed for transport and storage.
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"How important is the battery selection for the electric motor usage?"
The battery is a critical element of your electric motor system. A high-quality deep cycle marine battery should always be used. Unlike automobile batteries, deep cycle marine batteries are designed to be drawn down to a discharged state and then recharged. (To extend the life of your battery, always recharge after use. Most deep cycle marine batteries fail due to lack of proper maintenance.)
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"Where do I go to find a battery?"
Batteries are available at any marine retail store or any battery retailer.
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"The batteries I have seen do not have an amp hour rating, they list a reserve capacity. How do I choose the right battery?"
If an amp hour rating is not available, select a deep cycle marine battery with a minimum of 140 minute reserve capacity.
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"What do I need to recharge the battery?"
We recommend using a multi-stage charger such as the Minn Kota MK110P.
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"How long will it take to recharge the battery?"
The amount of time it takes to recharge the battery will depend on the type of charger being used. A charger with a higher amp output will charge quicker.
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"Is the Minn Kota motor quiet?"
Understanding an angler's need to have a trolling motor that operates quietly, the Minn Kota motor has a unique bearing system that decreases friction, resulting in a substantial reduction in operating noise.
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"Why is the rudder on the Torque extra large?"
The rudder is designed to optimize steering when the motor is in use. It allows for precise positioning, a tight turning radius, responsive steering and total hands-free control.
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"What is Maximizer Technology?"
Pioneered in 1985, Minn Kota's innovative Maximizer technology delivers the precise amount of power needed at any setting, along with variable speed control. The Maximizer technology has been designed to provide up to five times longer run time on a single battery charge compared to conventional speed coil motors. Maximizer Control works like lifting your foot off the gas pedal of a car to decelerate allowing only the proper amount of gas (power) to be used. With a Maximizer only the necessary power to go the desired speed is delivered to the motor providing extreme efficiency and longer running time. With variable speed control, the Maximizer allows for fine-tune speed adjustments to be set and maintained while trollng.
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"Why are 100% sealed connections important?"
100% sealed connections prevent corrosion and short circuits.
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"Is temperature a problem for the Minn Kota motor?"
Nothing runs cooler than a Minn Kota. The extra large windings and commutators dissipate heat, resulting in cooler operation, extended battery power, and longer motor life.
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"What is special about the Weedless Wedge prop?"
Minn Kota's Weedless Wedge is the only prop that is truly 100% weedless. The patented swept-back design of the blades pushes weeds away rather than chopping through heavy vegetation, regardless of speed. This conserves power and extends anglers' time on the water.
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"What kind of maintenance is expected for the motor unit?"
The propeller must be cleaned of weeds and fishing line. The line can get behind the prop, wear away the seals and allow water to enter the motor. Check this after every 20 hours of operation. Before each use, check to see that the prop nut is secure. For maximum performance, restore the battery to full charge before each use. In order to prevent corrosion and maximize conductivity, it is highly recommended that you apply a dielectric greas to the plug, receptacle and battery terminals after each use.
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"What is the warranty on the Torque kayak and Minn Kota motor?"
The hull and deck of any Ocean Kayak products is covered the lifetime of the boat from the Consumer’s original purchase date. For blemished boats or those marked as BLEMS, the hull and deck are covered five years from Consumer’s original purchase date. For standard boats used for rental, demonstration, resort or outfitter purposes, 90 days from date of delivery by the dealer to Consumer. For boats built as special “outfitter grade” boats used for rental, demonstration, resort or outfitter purposes, 1 year from date of delivery. The warranty for the Minn Kota motor and electronics is one year from the consumer’s original purchase date. For accessories, 1 year from Consumer’s original purchase date. For complete warranty details, to provide notice of a warranty claim, or to request warranty service, please contact us.
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"What happens if my Torque motor stops working?"
First check the troubleshooting guide in the Torque Owner's Manual (pdf). If that doesn't work call Ocean Kayak Customer Service at 800-8-KAYAKS and they will help you with the troubleshooting.
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"What if I need replacement parts?"
Replacement parts are available by calling Ocean Kayak Customer Service at 800-8-KAYAKS.
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"What do I do if I experience prop vibration?"
Props and shafts are not 100% symmetrical. Often times simply removing the prop, rotating it 180 degrees, and reinstalling it will lessen or eliminate the incidence of vibration.
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"Can the propeller be replaced?"
Yes, replacement propellers are available at most marine retailers or at any Minn Kota Autorized Dealer. The correct model replacement propeller is MKP-6 Prop 2061125 Weedless Wedge or for increased power the Power Prop (MKP-2). The MKP-2 will add about 0.5 mph to the top speed of the boat with no additional amp draw.
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"Can I install an after market prop on my motor to increase speed?"

This is not recommended as it will increase the amp draw of the motor causing it to overheat. The use of any non-standard parts will void the warranty.
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"I pulled my kill switch and my battery died overnight, what happened?"
The kill switch is not designed as an on/off switch but as an emergency kill switch. It is recommended to disconnect the battery for any prolonged storage to eliminate battery drainage.
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"My motor does not go directly into reverse from full speed. Is it broken?"
The motor control unit requires being reset before switching from forward to reverse or reverse to forward. This process is simply setting the dial control to the off position for approximately 2-3 seconds.
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"I am experiencing some interference in my depth finder. What can I do?"
With the Torque's Maximizer speed control, you may, in single battery applications, experience some interference in your depth finder display due to RF (radio Frequency) or electrical interference. If interference does occur, download our Depth Finder Interference Info document that has a few steps to reduce or eliminate the interference problem.
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