Vexilar FL-18 Color Flasher
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There are three basic types of transducers to consider: High Speed, Puck Style, and the Ice-Ducer System.
HIGH SPEED TRANSDUCERS
When choosing an area to mount the transducer, keep in mind that you need clear water flow across the face of the transducer to insure a clear reading at all speeds. Try to stay away from rivets, ribs, or strakes that would be just in front of the transducer. They can disturb the water and scramble the reading. With the mounting bracket attached to the transducer, hold it up to the boat where you are planning to mount it. Mark the holes on the transom, or mounting plate, so that when the bottom of the transducer is flush with the bottom of the boat the holes are located at the bottom of the bracket slots. This gives you room to "fine tune" the position of the transducer and optimize your reading after you've put the boat in the water. Ideally, the transducer should be just under the bottom of the boat. However, you may need to lower it 1/2 to 5/8 to get a clear reading at top speed. Figure D Drill out the holes and tighten the bracket to the hull securely. Be sure to seal any holes drilled into the transom with silicone to prevent water from leaking into the boat. Give the transducer a slight tilt downward so that the back is about 1/8 lower than the front. Tighten the bracket screws and nuts securely. Run the transducer cord up to the unit. Plug the transducer connector into the back of the unit and screw the retaining ring down snugly
PUCK STYLE TRANSDUCERS
There are three ways in which a Puck Style transducer can be mounted. It can be mounted In-Hull, on an electric trolling motor, or portable (with a suction cup or on an arm of some type).
Puck Style Transducer
This method of gluing the transducer to the hull gets the same results as if you were using the High Speed transducer, only there are no holes to drill in the boat and there is no transducer on the transom to get damaged by impact. With a good installation the losses through the hull will be negligible. This installation is most common in fiberglass boats, but you can also achieve good results in aluminum hull boats as well. Finding the best location for the transducer before mounting is critical. Choose a flat smooth spot near the center of the bilge area and near the back of the boat. It is a good idea to make a "test run" before you permanently install the transducer to make sure that you can get an acceptable reading through your hull, and when the boat is on plane. Put about a half inch of water in the bilge area and hold the transducer in the intended location. Move the transducer around until you get the best reading. Mark that spot. To install the transducer, first drain the water from your test run and then clean the spot of mud and oil. If the mounting area is rough, sand it smooth with some medium grit sand paper. Using an epoxy or silicone glue, make a puddle about the same diameter as the transducer on the hull. Place the transducer in the glue. Press it down firmly, gently twisting it back and forth, making sure that there are no air bubbles in the glue between the transducer and the hull. Let the glue dry completely before turning the unit on. Run the transducer cord up to the unit taking the same care as you did when you ran the power cord. Plug the transducer connector into the back of the unit and screw the retaining ring down tight.
TROLLING MOTOR MOUNTING
To attach a Puck Style transducer to a trolling motor, use the large cable tie provided*. Notice the slots in the transducer for this purpose. Locate the transducer on the bottom of the lower unit as in figure F. Run the cable up the shaft using cable ties to hold it in position. Make sure that the movement of the trolling motor will Figure F not damage the cable. Plug the transducer connector into the back of the unit and screw the retaining ring down tight.
*Metal hose clamps are not recommended, as they do not give way in case of impact with an underwater object.
Optional suction cup brackets can be used to temporarily attach a transducer to the transom or side of the boat. The cups should be placed in a location where it will not be torn off when the boat starts to move at high speed. It is a good idea to tie on a safety rope in case the cup does let go. There are three suction cup brackets available for the FL-18. The BK0023 and the BK0027 are made to attach the Puck style transducers to a boat for use at slow speeds. The BK0044 suction cup brackets is made to attach the high speed transducers to a boat for high speed uses. See pages 27 and 28 for transducer and bracket options. An arm can also be used to hold the transducer. Simply attach the transducer to the end of the arm using cable ties or tape. If the arm is constructed of metal tubing insulate the transducer from the arm by wrapping electrical tape around the arm. This prevents "ringing" which is displayed as noise near the surface on the flasher display. Run the transducer cord up the arm using cable ties to hold the cord in place. Plug the transducer connector into the back of the unit and screw the retaining ring down tight.
THE ICE-DUCER SYSTEM*
The Ice-Ducer system provides a quick and easy way to set up the transducer for ice fishing. All of the adjustments needed to find the true perpendicular point are done automatically. To use the Ice-Ducer, simply adjust the transducer to the desired depth and drop the assembly in the ice hole. There are three main components to the Ice-Ducer system. They include the transducer, float, and the stop. The transducer comes assembled with the connector already installed. The stop is put on by passing the transducer cord through the slit in the side of the stop. The float is installed between the stop and the transducer in the same way. Make sure the countersunk hole is facing up towards the top. The stop will rest in this hole. To use the Ice-Ducer, adjust the stop to allow the transducer to float at the desired depth. A six inch minimum is recommended in order to make sure that the transducer will be pointing straight down. Ideally, the farthest it should be down is to the bottom of the ice hole. If the transducer is below the bottom of the ice it can cause tangling problems when bringing in fish. If you run into problems when using the Ice-Ducer and you can't see your bait try this, rub the bottom of the transducer with water to eliminate any residue or air film. This insures good contact between the transducer and the water. Check the length of cord between the float and the transducer to make sure there are no kinks in the cord that will cause the transducer to shoot off to the side.
The Ice-Ducer System
*Patent no. 5,546,362
Figure H shows the three main controls of the FL-18. They include Power and Range control, Mode Setting control, and Gain control.
POWER AND RANGE CONTROL
The knob located at the bottom of the control panel turns the unit on and selects which range is to be used. The far left position is the OFF position. There are five depth ranges to choose from. Standard Unit x1 = 0-20, x2 = 0-40, x3 = 0-60, x4 = 0-80, and x10 = 0-200
Custom Deep Unit x1 = 0-30, x2 = 0-60, x3 = 0-90, x4 = 0-120, and x10 = 0-300
To activate the unit and select the appropriate range, turn the Range knob to the right. To read the correct depth on the display you must correlate your range setting with the proper scale on the display. For a range selection of x1 you would read the white numbers on the display directly to read the proper depth. For a range selection of x2 you would read the white numbers and multiply the reading by two. Multiply the reading by three for x3, four for x4, and ten for x10. For example, figure J on page 12 shows the leading edge of the bottom at fifteen feet. With a range setting of x1 you would interpret this as 15 feet deep. With a range setting of x2 you would interpret this as 30 feet deep. With a range setting of x3 you would read the depth as 45 feet deep. x4 would read as 60 feet and x10 would be read as 150 feet. If the unit were a Deep Range model, you would read the depth the same way. The only difference is that the multiplier is 30 instead of 20.
The Mode control selects the FL-18s output power level and zoom view. The Normal position will be the setting that is used most often. With the Normal setting, the FL-18 operates in the standard flasher mode with normal (high) power. The depth is read using the outer white scale on the display. LP, or Low Power, Mode is used for shallow water conditions. Generally depths of 15 feet or less. The FL-18s LP Mode output power level is approximately 50% less than the Normal Mode. Depth is determined in the same way as the Normal Mode. AZ, or Auto Zoom, splits the screen of the FL-18 into two different sections. Refer to figure L. on page 14. Given that the range control is set to x2, here is how to interpret the display: The right hand side of the display shows the full water column below. Instead of reading the white numbers for depth, you now use the inner yellow scale. The leading edge of the bottom lines up close to the 15 foot area of the yellow scale. With the range set to x2 you interpret the depth as around 30 feet. The left side of the display shows only the bottom six feet of the depth. Notice that the display works in the opposite direction here. The bottom is lined up with the yellow zero mark near the 7 Oclock position. The scale reads from this point up, in the clockwise direction, in one foot increments. The 6 foot mark is actually six feet off of the bottom. In figure L, with a range setting of x2, Fish A is near the bottom and shows both in the full and zoom views. Fish B is more than 6 feet off of the bottom, so it does not show in the zoom view. BL, or Bottom Lock, mode works in the same way as the AZ mode. The only difference is that once the FL-18 finds the bottom, it locks it in position on the zoom view. The bottom will change position with depth on
the full view side, but will remain fixed at the zero mark on the zoom view. Auto Zoom works best while moving very slowly or while you are stationary, such as ice fishing. Bottom Lock works best for trolling or moving at higher speeds. Both the Auto Zoom and Bottom Lock features are available when in Low Power or the Normal Modes.
The knob located at the top of the control panel is the gain control. This controls the amount of signal that you see on the display. A gain setting of zero will display a minimum amount of signal while a gain setting of ten will show the maximum amount. Different conditions will require different gain settings. Deeper water will require higher gain than shallow water. A weedy bottom will demand a lower gain setting than a clean bottom. Keep the gain level low. Too much gain can "wash out" the targets that you want to see. A good rule to use is one number of gain for every ten feet of depth. Generally, for open water it is a good idea to set the gain at an appropriate level and leave it there. Only change the gain level if the water depth or conditions change significantly. For Ice Fishing, you want to adjust the gain and use your bait a the reference point. Adjust the gain to make your bait appear as green.
Pushing in on the Gain control knob operates the Interference Rejection feature. The I.R. feature has ten steps of rejection to let you eliminate unwanted interference from another nearby depth finder. When you turn on the FL-18, the I.R. automatically comes on to the first step. If necessary, press the Gain knob repeatedly until the interference is eliminated. You can press the button nine times before you get back to the first step again. Turning the unit off and then on again will also reset the I.R. back to the first step. * Patent #5,515,339
Zero Signal Trailing Edge Bottom Signal Leading Edge Read Depth Here Fish Bait The three-colors of the FL-18s display represents the strength of a signal. A red color indicates a strong signal, an orange color indicates a medium strength signal, and green represents a weak signal. The colors will combine to indicate objects, such as bottom echoes, structure, fish, and plankton. This section is intended to help you understand how to read the depth, identify fish, and understand the meaning of the FL-18s display. Fig. J
FINDING THE DEPTH
To read the proper depth on the FL-18, you will need to turn the unit on to an appropriate range. First make sure you are in the Normal mode. Then turn the Range knob to the right one click. The signal at the 12 Oclock position on the dial is the zero mark. This can be thought of as the surface of the water. If the depth is less than 20 feet you will see a second signal, similar in appearance to the zero mark, appear on the display. This is the bottom signal. If no second signal appears, turn up the
Gain about half way and continue clicking the range switch to the right until it does show a bottom signal. Once you find the bottom signal, line up the leading edge with the closest white depth mark on the scale. Refer to figure J and K. Multiply this reading by the depth range setting.
Refer, again, to figure J. If the range setting is X1 then the fish is just over a foot above the bottom. We know its a fish because it is a significant target that is not attached to the bottom. The target that appears just above this fish is smaller and there is no red. Here is where target identification gets a bit trickier. Since we do not know the position of the targets in the cone of sound, we cannot readily identify it. For example, the green target at 12 feet could be a small piece of floating debris or small baitfish in the center of the cone. It could also be a large fish out at the very edge of the cone. In the weeds, spotting fish is more difficult. Figure K shows a bottom at 8 feet (X1). The weeds extend from the bottom up to about 5 feet. Notice Zero Signal Fig. K Surface Clutter Second Echo Weeds
Possible Fish Leading Edge Read Depth Here
the red target at 7 feet is marked "possible fish". We cannot say that it is a definite fish because the weeds around it are dense enough to give a red signal themselves. Again, keep the gain as low as you can for reading in the weeds. This would be a good situation to use the Low Power Mode. Switch the Mode to LP and turn the gain up until you get a clear reading of the bottom, but not so high as you can see all of the weed clutter.
UNDERSTANDING THE ZOOM DISPLAY
The advantage of using the FL-18s zoom display is that you have very high display resolution of the bottom six feet at any water depth. This allows you to identify fish holding close to the bottom and recognize subtle changes in depth or structure with much greater ease. Figure L shows a typical ice fishing situation with the FL-18 set to the Auto Zoom mode. Notice that the right side of the display shows the entire water column and the left side only the bottom six feet. Fish A is Zero Signal Fig. L Bait
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where Should The Gain Control Be Set?
Generally, the gain should be set to give you a good reading of the bottom. This would mean a red leading edge. A basic rule to use is one number of gain for every 10 feet of depth. Although you will want to finetune this setting with the current conditions in mind. For ice fishing, you want set your gain level by the appearance of your bait. With your bait down at the fishing depth, adjust the gain to make your bait appear as a green signal.
What Color Should Fish Be?
For ice fishing with the FL-18, the fish target entering the outside of the cone of sound will appear in green, as it moves towards the bait it will add some orange into the center of the signal, and if the fish continues to the perpendicular line under the transducer, red will be added to the center of the fish target. These color changes will take place automatically, without adjusting the gain control. This color change feature allows you to observe the fish moving towards or away from your bait. The fish can appear the same way on open water as they do ice fishing, as the same rules apply. Although, instead of the stable platform of ice you have wave and boat motion to contend with. If you see a red target separated from the bottom you can be fairly certain that it's a fish. If all you see is green or orange you won't know if it's a fish until it turns red.
How Long Will My Battery Last On The FL-18?
Run Time - The FL-18 draws about 275 mA, or about a quarter of an amp of current The unit will run good until the battery voltage drops to about 10 volts. Below this point you will notice lower sensitivity, as well as, a much dimmer display. The Vexilar Model V120, a 7.2 amp/hr battery, will run the FL-18 for about 16 hours straight. Battery Life - This applies only to rechargeable batteries. The largest influence on battery life is your charging habits. Follow the charging
instructions that come with the battery. To get the most out of it, follow these simple tips; Charge the battery as soon as possible after each use or, if it's cold, as soon as it reaches room temperature. Do not overcharge or under charge the battery. If possible, use a battery charger that has an automatic shut-off feature. A battery should be stored, fully charged, in a cool place. Charge it every month or two when in storage to make sure it maintains a full charge.
Will The FL-18 Read Through The Ice?
The FL-18 will easily read through ice, provided the ice is CLEAR ICE and not MILKY ICE. Remember, the transducer must have good contact with the surface of the clear ice. A bottom indication should appear on the sounders dial at an appropriate depth. The ice surface must be wet; water works well.
Why Do I Get Interference?
Electrical interference can be caused by other electrical equipment that put unwanted signals on the power or transducer line. It usually can be reduced or eliminated by simple fixes such as resistor spark plugs and wires on the engine or better grounding on the electrical system. Sometimes, however, there can be equipment problems that need shop service. Another kind of interference comes from another depth finder operating on the same frequency nearby. The FL-18s interference rejection circuitry is designed to knock out most or all of this, but sometimes severe conditions can still cause interference. The two factors that determine if this happens are: a) the depth of the water and, b) how far apart the two sounders are placed. If this interference is happening, each of the sounders will have a non-stop rotating light moving around the dial. One moving light rotates around the dial clockwise and on the other sounder the light will rotate in the counter clockwise direction. To eliminate this problem you can either move the sounders farther apart or shut one off.
What Do The Colors In The Bottom Light Mean?
Besides depth the bottom light can give you a lot of information. The width and color content of the bottom signal can tell you what type of bottom it is. Ice fisherman can look for movement of color in the bottom signal. If you see a red line move through the orange or green part of the bottom signal, it's probably a fish close to the bottom and away from the center point of the beam angle. Open water fisherman usually can't see this because the boat moves too much. You can, however, see changes in the bottom type as you move along. The wider it appears and the more red in the signal, the harder the bottom. The narrower it appears and the more green and orange in the signal the softer the bottom is.
Why Shouldnt I Use Auto Zoom Mode In My Boat?
You can use the Auto Zoom feature in the open water, but you need to be aware of what you will see. The Auto Zoom feature is designed to find the bottom and zoom in on a 6 foot window from there up. As the depth changes with boat motion, the bottom will change position on the zoom display. If it gets deeper, the bottom will move off of the screen and no longer be visible. If the depth gets shallower, the bottom will move up the display, making your zoom window smaller and smaller. When the bottom gets to the top of the display or disappears from the bottom of the display, the FL-18 will reestablish the bottom again. It takes about 5 seconds for the unit to establish a new bottom zoom. If the boat is moving quickly over large changes in depth, the Auto Zoom feature will not be able to update the bottom fast enough and the reading will not be consistent.
Why Shouldnt I Use Bottom Lock Mode For Ice Fishing?
The Bottom Lock feature will not work correctly for ice fishing because the Bottom Lock feature is constantly looking for depth changes so that it can keep the bottom locked in place on the zoom display. If a target, such as fish or your bait, moves into the view with a strong enough sig-
nal, the FL-18 will think that the depth has changed and lock on the new signal instead of the real bottom. This appears to you as the target suddenly disappearing from the display. What has happened is that the Bottom Lock has locked onto the new strong signal. Instead of zooming from the bottom up, you are zooming from the new signal up. When the target goes away, the FL-18 will re-lock the correct bottom. This makes for a jumpy display that is difficult to interpret.
What happens If I Use Zoom In Water That Is Less Than 6 Feet Deep?.
If you use either zoom mode in depths of less than 6 feet, the size of the zoom window, you will notice that the zero signal will appear in the zoom view. This will not cause any harm to the FL-18, but you may notice some erratic operation. Switch to Normal or Low Power Modes for depths less than 6 feet.
Where Can I Find More Information About My FL-18 And Other Vexilar Products?
There is a large amount of information located on the Vexilar web site. Simply direct your browser to www.vexilar.com. There you will find information on how to use the Fl-8, FL-18 and other products to their full potential, tips on how to install transducers for reliable results, and resources such as owners manuals and accessory instruction sheets. You can also register your new FL-18 and purchase all Vexilar accessories securely on line.
With permanent mount applications, the power cord is left connected to the source, the transducer is not easily removed, and the gimbal bracket is screwed to the seat, deck, or dash. Under these conditions maintenance is very simple because nothing changes once the unit is installed. Because of this, problems can sneak up on you if you're not careful. The unit should be removed from the bracket whenever the boat is parked to guard against theft. Don't store it in a place that may fill with water. Power connections need constant checking. Corrosion can develop and cause intermittent or loss of operation. Connections made to battery posts need extra attention because of the battery acid. The transducer should be checked for scratches and cracks which can reduce the units sensitivity. Cuts or breaks in the cord should be repaired as soon as possible so corrosion doesn't attack the wire. Periodically clean the face of the transducer with a mild detergent. An oily film can develop which will cause weak readings.
In portable applications the unit is generally mounted to a carrying case and the transducer is frequently removed, as is the power. These conditions can cause more wear and tear than a permanently mounted unit. In addition to the previously mentioned maintenance items, be sure to check for broken or pulled wires, loose screws or hardware, and battery condition.
TRANSDUCER BEAM ANGLES VERSES DIAMETER OF COVERAGE AND PERFORMANCE
Beam angle has a large effect on the performance of your depth finder. There is 10 1.6 2.2 3.4 more to it than simply area of coverage. The 20 3.2 4.3 6.7 correct beam angle to use depends entirely 30 4.7 6.3 10.0 on what you are trying to do with your 40 6.3 8.4 13.4 sonar. If you are fishing for suspended fish 50 7.9 10.6 16.9.4 12.6 20.8 then you probably would be very pleased 70 11.0 14.7 23.4 with the performance of the 19. However, 80 12.6 16.8 26.8 if you were going after fish that are hang90 14.2 20.0 30.1 ing right on the bottom, along a steep drop100 15.7 21.0 33.5 off, you would have 120 18.9 25.2 40.23.6 31.5 50.2 better results with the 300 47.2 63.0 100.4 9. Here's why; Dead Zone is an area within the transducers cone of sound that is blind to you. The wider the beam angle the greater the possible dead zone. The sonar will mark bottom as the nearest distance it sees. If you are fishing over a slope, it may see the high side of the slope, at the edge of the cone, and mark that as bottom. The fish that are hanging on the bottom in the center of the cone will be invisible to you because they are actually within the bottom signal on your depth finder. A narrower beam angle will reduce this effect. Your depth finder puts out a constant amount of power. It does not matter where you have the gain level set. Gain simply controls how much you amplify the signal that is bounced off of the bottom. Therefore, a narrow beam transducer will appear to be much more powerful than a wide beam transducer. This is because you are putting that same amount of power into a smaller area. This can be an advantage if you are fishing in deep water or a detriment if you are fishing shallow. A narrow beam transducer can be overpowering in shallow water. The use of the LP mode on your FL-18 will solve this problem.
TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART
Symptom Unit is turned on, but no display and motor is not running. Unit is turned on and the motor is running, but there is no display. Unit runs well for a short time, then lights fade out or unit quits. Unit runs and shows display light, but does not read depth. Unit works, but needs high gain to see bottom or targets. Unit works, but has too many lines on the display. Can't tell what is what. Unit works well when sitting still or at when slow trolling, but loses reading at higher speeds. Unit shows noise when engine or electric motor is turned on. I.R. does not work. Cant eliminate interference from other depth finder. Possible Cause Check for bad connections, proper hook up polarity, and make sure you have a good, fully charged, battery. Battery voltage too low. The unit will show no display if the voltage is below 10 volts. Check while unit is running. Bad battery or connection. Voltage may be good when checked, but will fall as as unit runs. Transducer is not plugged in, not in contact with the water. Transducer is not aimed correctly or needs to be cleaned. 19 transducers will have trouble seeing small targets deep. Improper transducer adjustment. Also, gain may be set too high or ,if gain is set to minimum, switch to the LP Mode. Improper transducer type, installation, or adjustment causing a loss of clear water flow across the transducer when the boat reaches a certain speed. Defective engine or electric motor. Also can be improper grounding or missing ground in electrical system. Gain may be set too high or the other unit has a problem. Also, check for ice or debris buildup under the gain control.
The unique P-160 Porta Case holds your Vexilar FLSeries or other manufacturer's sonar or GPS. It has space for your transducer, a rechargeable battery, and the Vexilar Battery Status Indicator. Just set it down on the ice or boat seat, position the transducer and turn on your flasher. The round base is just the right size to fit down inside a standard 5 gallon bucket.
ECONOMY CARRYING CASE
The P-100 carrying case is simple, sturdy, and inexpensive. It is an easy way to mount the Vexilar FLSeries and many other depth finders and GPS. Made of strong ABS plastic, this case can take abuse at any time of year.
SPORTSMENS BATTERY AND CHARGER
This Battery was designed for sportsmen on the go, with rugged construction and design features that make it ideal for summer and winter use. With a near "bulletproof" charger, this system packs enough power to run your equipment for hours, and for years to come.
BATTERY STATUS INDICATOR
The Battery Status Indicator works with all 12 volt lead acid (gel cell) batteries and can be permanently mounted or used as a portable unit. It monitors your battery constantly as it is discharging and charging. Battery charge status is indicated with a highly visible LED light. Portable, durable, and water-proof. Draws very low current.
FLEXIBLE NIGHT LIGHT
The flexible night light simply attaches to the Porta Case or other type of case to get light where it is needed. Just attach with the wing nut provided and hook up the battery clips. Extra bulb is included.
The ProMount is a releasable swival mount designed to hold marine electronics such as depth finders, GPS systems, and marine radios. Includes hole covering gasket and mounting hardware.
The Mag Shield magnifies the display of any Vexilar FL-Series flasher. It also protects the display from debris falling into it. Easily installs with a friction fit.
Other Great Products From Vexilar
The EDGE2 Model LC-507
The Edge, LC-507, is an amazing depth sounder. It is unique in that its like having two totally different depth finders in one unit. It comes with two transducers, a 107 kHz, 38 degree, and a 400 kHz, 10 degree. The idea is that you mount the transducers right next to each other and compare the two different views directly on the split screen. You can also run either beam at full screen. Speed, temp, and voltage sensors are included. This unit was designed for the very serious fisherman. It has a lot of powerful features, but is one of the easiest units ever made to understand and operate.
The CLC-200 Five-Color LCD
The CLC-200 is a five-color LCD depth finder with great multi-colored resolution at an affordable price. Its available in either the popular Boundary Waters portable version (shown) or with a releasable swival ProMount mounting system.
The FL-10 In-Dash Color Flasher
The FL-10 is designed to fit in the standard in-dash mounting hole in your boat. Its super bright and has an exclusive flat display with a very wide viewing angle.
The LPS-1 Handheld
The LPS-1 is a simple handheld digital depth finder. Its great for canoeists, backpackers, ice fishermen, and even scuba divers. It runs on one nine volt battery and gives quick and accurate readings of the depth.
The Deptherm Model 104
The fishing odds are on your side when you use DEPTHERM. It tells you quickly and accurately what temperatures are below your boat and it also tells you the temperature at a specific depth. If your DEPTHERM indicates that the water is too cold or too warm for the species you're after, you can quickly move, just as the fish do.
Transducers and Accessories
TB0044 - 19 Transom Mount High Speed Transducer. Comes with the Mounting Bracket and 25 Feet of Cable. TK184 - Complete Mounting Kit. Comes with TB0084 Transducer, FL Power Cord, Unit Mounting Bracket, and all the Hardware You Need to do the Job Right. TB0084 - 12 Transom Mount High Speed Transducer. Comes with the Mounting Bracket and 25 Feet of Cable. TB0030 - 9 Transom Mount High Speed Transducer. Comes with the Mounting Bracket and 25 Feet of Cable. TB0045 - Dual Beam 9/19 Transom Mount High Speed Transducer. Comes with the Mounting Bracket and 25 Feet of Cable. Built-In Switch Box must be Mounted within 3 Feet of the Depth Finder. BK0044 - Optional Suction Cup Mount for all of the above High Speed Transducers. Dual suction cups for extra holding power. TB0023 - 19 Puck Transducer. For Mounting on a Electric Trolling Motor, In-Hull Mounting, Portable Use, or Ice Fishing. Comes with 25 Feet of Cable87 TK123 - Complete Mounting Kit. Comes with TB0087 Transducer, FL Power Cord, Unit Mounting Bracket, and all the Hardware You Need to do the Job Right. BK0023 - Optional Suction Cup Mount for TB0023. TB0027 - 9 Puck Transducer. For Mounting on a Electric Trolling Motor, In-Hull Mounting, Portable Use, or Ice Fishing. Comes with 25 Feet of Cable.
TB0087 - 12 Puck Transducer. For Mounting on a Electric Trolling Motor, In-Hull Mounting, Portable Use, or Ice Fishing. Comes with 25 Feet of Cable. TB0032 - Dual Beam 9/19 Puck Transducer. For Mounting on a Electric Trolling Motor, In-Hull Mounting, Portable Use, or Ice Fishing. Comes with 25 Feet of Cable. Built-In Switch Box must be Mounted within 3 Feet of the Depth Finder.
TB0050 - 19 Ice-Ducer. Self Leveling and Floats in the Ice Hole. Comes with Float, Stopper, and 7 Feet of Specially Designed Cable. TB0051 - 9 Ice-Ducer. Self Leveling and Floats in the Ice Hole. Comes with Float, Stopper, and 7 Feet of Specially Designed Cable. TB0052 - Dual Beam 9/19 Ice-Ducer. Self Leveling and Floats in the Ice Hole. Comes with Float, Stopper, and 7 Feet of Specially Designed Cable. Built-In Switch Box must be Mounted within 3 Feet of the Depth Finder. TB0080 - 12 Ice-Ducer. Self Leveling and Floats in the Ice Hole. Comes with Float, Stopper, and 7 Feet of Specially Designed Cable. SB-100 Switch Box - The SB-100 Switch Box allows you to run two transducers on one FL Series unit. You could switch between a trolling motor mounted transducer and a stern mounted one or, while ice fishing, switch between the hole you are fishing from and a remote hole. Also, the SB-200 is available as a switch box for two units and one transducer.
Service and Support
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About the Display
The FL series flasher display consists of three colors (marks) which appear at various positions on the screen. Understanding what the colors mean, and the position and size of the colored marks, is the key to being able to interpret the information correctly. RED = Strong Strength Signals. Strong signals are generally produced by significant underwater objects, such as the bottom, heavy vegetation, and large fish. However, smaller objects, such as bait fish, can display as red if the object is directly under the transducer. ORANGE = Medium Strength Signals. Medium signals are produced by smaller objects and softer bottom types. Also, medium strength signals can be produced by larger objects in the immediate area around, but not directly under, the transducer. GREEN = Weak Strength Signals. Weak signals are produced by small objects, such as light vegetation, bait fish, and even air bubbles or aquatic micro marine life. Larger objects off to the sides of the transducer can also be displayed as green.
What is What ?
Here are the basics of what you will see on the display of an FL series flasher.
The Zero mark always shows, even if the transducer is unplugged. This mark indicates the starting point. Marks just beyond the Zero mark can indicate algae, floating vegetation, or even ice noise caused by thick ice conditions. You read the display in the clockwise direction. The further around you go, the deeper the water. Fish, bait fish, and even your lure, will show anywhere between the Zero mark and the Bottom mark. Here, a weak object shows about a foot above a much stronger object.
Marks beyond the bottom mark can indicate either hard objects within a soft bottom or large objects well off to the side.
Bottom is generally the most prominent mark on the display. Bottom usually starts with a wide band of red, with orange and green trailing.
READ DEPTH HERE: The current depth is indicated by the leading edge of the bottom mark. The depth is 12 feet here.
Setting the Range
FL-8SE The FL-8SE has six depth ranges in two groups, Shallow and Deep. The Shallow group includes Zero to 20, 40, and 80. The deep group includes Zero to 30, 60, and 120. To interpret depth, you multiply the displayed reading by the range multiplier. Deep Range Group Look at the inner scale and the right-hand multipliers in yellow
Shallow Range Group Look at the outer scale and the left-hand multipliers in white S hallow G roup S-1 = Zero to 20 feet. Read the outer white scale directly. S-2 = Zero to 40 feet. Read the outer white scale and double the reading. S-4 = Zero to 80 feet. Read the outer white scale and multiply by 4. D eep G roup D-1 = Zero to 30 feet. Read the inner yellow scale directly. D-2 = Zero to 60 feet. Read the inner yellow scale and double the reading. D-4 = Zero to 120 feet. Read the inner yellow scale and multiply by 4.
FL-18 The FL-18 has 5 depth ranges. Zero to 20, 40, 60, 80, and 200. To interpret depth, you multiply the displayed reading by the range multiplier. Normal mode selected
In normal mode, read the outer white scale and multiply by the range setting. Here, the range is set to x1. Bottom is at 15 feet, a fish is at 12 feet, and there is a weak signal at 10 feet. If the range control was set to x2, the bottom would be interpreted as 30 feet, the fish at 24 feet, and the green mark at 20 feet. Reading the depth is the same in LP (Low Power) mode. Reading the depth in AZ (Auto Zoom) or BL (Bottom Lock) mode is discussed on page 15
FL-12 and FL-20 Both the FL-12 and FL-20 have five depth ranges consisting of Zero to 20, 40, 60, 80, and 200. To read depth, you match the color of the range selected with the depth scale of the same color.
Match the color in which the range knob is pointing to the same colored depth scale. Here, the range is set to 20 feet, which is yellow. To read depth, look at the yellow scale on the flasher display. If you change to the 40 foot range, youll look at the red depth scale, which is just inside the yellow 20 foot scale. For the 200 foot range, look at the outer 20 foot scale, but add a zero to the reading, i.e. 10 feet would be read as 100 feet. The 20 Low Power range reads the same as the standard 20 foot range, except that using this selection puts the flasher into Low Power Mode, which is discussed on page 13.
FL-22HD The FL-22HD has 6 depth ranges. Zero to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60. To interpret depth, you multiply the displayed reading by the range multiplier. Normal mode selected
In normal mode, read the yellow scale numbers and, if set beyond the 10 range, multiply by the range setting selected. In the figure above, if the range is set to x2. The depth would then be 16 feet (8 x 2), and there is a fish is at 8 feet (4 x 2). If the range control was set to x3, the bottom would be interpreted as 24 feet (8 x 3) and the fish would be at 12 feet (4 x 3).
Reading the depth is the same in LP (Low Power) mode. Reading the depth in AZ (Auto Zoom) or BL (Bottom Lock) mode is discussed on page 15.
( FL-20 & FL-22HD Only )
Night Mode reduces the flashers display brightness to make night time viewing more comfortable to your eyes. The display intensity is reduced by about 50%.
FL-20 To activate Night Mode, switch the Mode control to either the Full View, AZ6, or AZ12 position to the left.
FL-22HD To activate Night Mode or return the display to full brightness, press and hold on the top Gain control.
Boat U s e
The Vexilar FL series of flashers are great tools for navigation while boating. The instantaneous readings offer the ability to identify depth changes quickly. Here are some tips to help you navigate safely. CAUTION: Be sure you know which range you have selected. If you think you have the flasher set to a deeper range than what it actually is, you may run aground unexpectedly. Be aware that although the depth displayed may be deep enough to navigate in presently, shallow water may be dead ahead. Allow yourself plenty of time to slow down if shallow water is encountered. If no bottom is displayed, assume the depth is extremely shallow. It may, in fact, be deeper than the selected range, but never assume so without checking first. Use common sense. Do not trust the flasher as the ultimate source of information. Use good judgement as well.
The Vexilar FL series flashers are also great tools for determining bottom content changes. The colors allow you to easily see when the bottom changes from one type to another. H ard or S oft B ottom Hard bottoms will generally appear as a narrow band with color content of mostly red and orange. Soft bottoms will appear a wide band with more orange and green than red.
The Vexilar FL series flashers are exceptional when it comes to reading inside vegetation. With proper transducer choice, the colors will allow you to differentiate vegetation from the bottom. Experience will even allow you to identify fish inside heavy vegetation. T ips for R eading in V egetation Narrow transducer cone angles will perform better than wide cone angles. Keep the gain setting very low. Too much gain will make readings difficult. Move a boat slowly so you can identify openings that may hold fish.
Bottom Bottom will always be the largest group of red and orange signals. Possible Fish Orange within the green generally indicates thicker sections of the vegetation. Although it warrants watching, as it could also indicate a fish on the outer edge of your cone. Although this red target could indicate a clump of vegetation, it could also indicate a fish just under the canopy
Vegetation has grown up to this point. In deeper water (beyond several feet) this is known as the canopy. Its where the tops of the vegetation spread out
I ce F i s h in g
The FL series color flashers offer distinct advantages over traditional depth sounders for the sport of ice fishing. This unique style of fishing offers a stable platform to fish from. Because everything is so stable, the only movements below are that of fish. Additionally, the conditions allow you to drop your bait directly down into the center of the transducers cone of sound. This allows you to be able to see your bait and the fish on the display at the same time. You can tease the fish and see his reaction.
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WARNING - Before venturing onto the ice to go fishing, be sure you know if the conditions are safe. Check with the local bait shops AND cautiously check the ice thickness yourself. You should have at least 6 of clear ice to safely support yourself and your ice fishing equipment. 21
Ice Fishing Transducer
Vexilar ice fishing systems include a special type of transducer patented in 1997 called the Ice-Ducer. This transducer style is designed specifically for the ice fishing application. The Ice-Ducer works off the plumb-bob theory. When suspended by the cable, the transducer cone is perfectly aligned to point straight down. I ce -D ucer C omponents Stopper - The stopper sets the depth of the transducer. Its adjustable so you can set the depth according to your preference or conditions. Generally, you want to set it so the bottom of the transducer is even with the bottom of the ice.
Float - The float suspends the transducer in the ice hole. You can also use the eye-bolt included with the Vexilar ice fishing systems to suspend the transducer. This can often be the best choice for early ice conditions.
Cable - Ice-Ducer cable is specifically designed to stay flexible in cold temperatures. This flexible cable will be more prone to be cut by your line or damaged if not stored correctly. Its a key part of the Ice-Ducer system.
Transducer - The transducer is designed to allow a perfectly downward alignment while suspended and be able to endure the severe conditions encountered in the ice fishing environment. Four models with different cone angles are available to match your fishing needs. See page 44 for more information. 22
Seeing Your Lure
The key to ice fishing success when using a Vexilar ice fishing system is the ability to see your fishing lure and its relationship to the bottom, structure, and fish. Ice fishing with a Vexilar allows you to present your lure to the fish. You see the fish on the display and you raise your lure so it is right above the fish on the display. If the fish is hungry, it will bite. If not, it will react in some way to your presentation, such as with disinterest or fear. You can see this reaction on the flasher display and adjust your tactics accordingly. T ypical I ce F ishing V iew This illustrates a typical panfish fishing view. As you lower your lure, you see it going down on the display while the curious fish rise to see what it is. When the two signal lines meet, it is time to be ready for a strike.
Lure With the gain control set properly, your lure will appear as a weak signal. You want it to appear small next to the fish, which are much larger. Bottom Fish Several fish are holding near the bottom. The thin green line right on the bottom may be a fish just up off the bottom, as the others are, but some distance to the side. Fish A pair of fish are rising to your lure as it is being dropped down. This is a good sign, as competition can make fish more aggressive.
DID YOU KNOW ? Setting the gain level correctly is important to be able to understand whats going on below you. Use the lures appearance as your reference for adjusting the gain control. Set it so your lure appears as a green signal. Because the fish are much larger than your bait, they will appear as stronger signals. Be prepared to readjust the gain control up and down often, as small position changes and the condition of any bait attached will effect the strength of your lures signal. 23
Cable Storage and Cleats Use the area behind the tackle box as your cable storage. Use the tie-down cleats on either side to keep it in place and out of your way.
Transducer Holder Store the transducer in the special holder behind the battery compartment. The holder is designed to accept all styles of Ice-Ducers.
Easy Charge Jack Lets you charge the battery by plugging in your charger here.
Battery Status Indicators
D-130 Digital Status Indicator
A unique battery fuel guage that recognizes both the discharge and charge cycle of your battery. It will sense the current charging condition of the battery, display the percentage of remaining capacity and display a charge trend arrow. ( or ).
T-130 LED Status Indicator
GREEN LED 100% to 75% Zone YELLOW LED 75% to 50% Zone ORANGE LED 50% to 25% Zone RED LED 25% to 0% Zone
The D-130 will continue to measure capacity and trend as long as it is connected to the battery. When an additional load is applied to the battery, the capacity will decrease according to the load applied. When the load is removed the digital readout will remain at the last shown level and the trend arrow will switch to ( ). This rebound indicates the battery is starting to recover, but the digital readout of the capacity will hold at its lowest level unless you reset it by disconnecting and reconnecting the D-130 to the battery.
T-130 ON LED Power is connected. If no other LEDs are illuminated, the voltage is very low. IMPORTANT: The T-130 will not show an accurate level when the charger is connected. Remember to use the charger's LED as your "Charge Complete" indicator. Also, the percent of charge shown will vary with the temperature and battery load. Readings will be most accurate when the flasher is running and the temperature is above 50 F.
*If you continue to use the D-130 without disconnecting it, the D-130 will show the last capacity until the battery falls below this point, then continue to decline with use.
When a charger is attached to the system, the digital readout of capacity will remain the same, up to an hour, with an ( ) arrow indicating that it is receiving a charge before the digital readout will start to advance. Note, with some batteries, the very top rating for a charged battery (12.7 volts) or 100% rating will not stay at 100% even though it might be fully charged. This is normal. Each battery charges differently and may be fully charged but reads 95%, instead of 100%. This is a normal occurrence with batteries since not all batteries will hold the same top-end percentage when fully charged and is not an indication of a poor or defective battery. When you reconnect the D-130 to the battery, the display will show the current status of the battery at that moment. Note that the D-130 needs to be connected to the battery before a charger is connected to give an accurate reading.
IMPORTANT: Be sure the indicators are not on during long storage periods, as excessive battery drain can result. For Pro Pack systems, disconnect the indicator from the battery before storage. For Ultra Pack systems, be sure the master power switch is off.
CHARGE AFTER EACH USE
1 Amp Digital Automatic Charger (model V-410 / 1 Amp) 1 Allow the battery to warm up before charging. This makes it easier for the charger to charge the battery and the battery is more accepting of a charge. 2 Plug the charger into a wall outlet, verify that it is operating by noting the illuminated GREEN light. 3. Connect the charger to the Easy Charge Jack attached to the unit. The chargers light will switch to RED, indicating that it is connected correctly and the battery is charging.
If your charger is NOT equipped with an Easy Charge Jack, connect the terminals to the battery with the RED (+) connected to positive and BLACK connected to negative (). The chargers light will switch to RED, indicating that it is connected correctly and the battery is charging. FLASHING RED INDICATES A REVERSE CONNECTION.
Easy Charge Jack
4. Keep the charger plugged in and connected until the RED light has changed to GREEN. This indicates the battery is at full charge. 5. Unplug the charger from the wall outlet and disconnect from the battery. Charging times will vary depending on how much the battery has been drained. If the battery has been completely drained (approx. 24 to 30 hrs. of use on a 9 amp battery) the battery will require about 9 hours of charging. Once the battery is fully charged and the chargers light returns to GREEN, the charger is then operating in a Maintenance Mode. At this stage, the charger can remain connected to the battery indefinitely and the battery will be maintained at full charge.
Allow the battery to FULLY recharge after each use. Recharge after every use. Give cold batteries extra time to charge. Charge at room temperature if you can. Keep flames, sparks, and metal objects away from batteries and terminals. Charge periodically during battery storage. Disconnect the battery when not in use.
A luma D ucer
1. Using the supplied Scotch-Brite pad, remove any paint, dirt or coatings on the aluminum. You MUST be down to the bare aluminum and the surface must be dry. Wipe off all loose dust and dirt. 2. Using the supplied alcohol swab, wipe clean any dust or dirt you created from the target area on the hull and the face of the transducer. Use additional cleanup measures if required. Dry the area with a clean paper towel or rag. 3. Set the transducer in the prepared area and place the four supplied foam positioning pads around the transducer as shown. This will keep the transducer from moving once the transducer has been positioned. 4. Using the pre-measured packet, mix both elements of the A.C.E. adhesive together, following the directions on the packet. Once thoroughly mixed, you have about 10 minutes to apply this special A.C.E. Adhesive. (Accoustically Conductive Epoxy) 5. Remove transducer from the target spot. Apply the mixture to the transducer NOT the boat. Be sure to use all the Epoxy in the packet. 6. Now, simply press the transducer back into the prepared area. Twist it slightly back and forth several times. This is done to make sure no air pockets remain under the transducer. The special A.C.E. Adhesive will set in about 30 minutes. Try not to move the boat around during this period. The foam pads you placed around the transducer keep it from drifting from the spot you have selected while the adhesive cures overnight. Do not turn your sonar on for 12 hours to ensure a solid connection between the transducer and the aluminum hull.
IMPORTANT: The hull temperature should be at least 60 F for proper curing of the A.C.E. adhesive.
Electric Trolling Motor Mounting
There are two main styles of trolling motors: manual steer and electric steer. The proper mounting method depends on the style of trolling motor. M ounting
E lectric S teer M otors
1. Position the transducer on the bottom side of Secure the motor housing as close to the center of Cable the steering rotation as possible. 2. Attach the transducer to the motor using the Route Through supplied cable tie. Handle 3. Secure the cable to the lower-most part of the vertical motor shaft. 4. Run the cable through the carry handle on the motors steering drive motor. (If your motor does not have this, youll need to come up with an eye to keep the cable in place as you stow and deploy the motor) 5. Secure the cable near the motors head at the top of the vertical shaft. 6. Route the cable down through the coil cord and out to your flashers mounting location. Transducer 7. Stow and deploy the motor to insure the cable can move freely with the motor and that it cannot get pinched in any of the motor workings. M ounting
Route Through Cord
M anual S teer M otors
1. Position the transducer on the bottom side of the motor housing as close to the center of the steering rotation as possible. 2. Attach the transducer to the motor using the supplied cable tie. 3. Secure the cable to the lower-most part of the vertical motor shaft. Secure 4. Route the cable up the shaft, securing it Cable every 3 or 4 inches using cable ties or electrical tape. Be sure to leave a loop near the section where the two vertical shafts meet to allow for motor rotation. 5. Route along the motors mounting bracket and out to your flashers mounting location. 6. Stow and deploy the motor to insure the cable can move freely with the motor and that it cannot get pinched in any of the motor workings. 38
A suction cup bracket is an option if you want to quickly install and remove the transducer from the boat. BK0044 Fits all High-Speed style transducers and allows for readings at speeds above the planing speed of the boat. Dual suction cups offer a secure hold. IMPORTANT: Suction cups can come loose. Each bracket includes a safety rope. Be sure to take the time to tie the rope to the bracket and then to the boat leaving as little amount of slack as you can. If the cup(s) come lose, this will keep your transducer and cable out of the propeller.
BK0027 Fits all 2 Puck style transducers. (7, 9, 12, and 9/19). Offers a secure hold and the ability to point the transducer in a specific direction.
BK0023 Fits the 1 (19) Puck Transducer. This bracket makes it the smallest portable transducer option available.
Note - suction cup brackets do not include the transducer.
Did You Know?: Vexilar does not offer a suction cup bracket to fit the ice fishing style transducers. This is because the Ice-Ducer cable is made to stay soft in very cold temperatures. Therefore, it is very easy to damage in warm temperatures, thus open water use is not recommended.
Abo u t T r a n s du c e rs
Cone of Sound
The cone of sound is the area the sound waves cover as they are emitted from the transducer. Generally, this area is thought of as three-dimensional cone, such as an upside-down ice cream cone. In actuality, the cone of sound is not so precisely defined. It is an irregular shape with edges that taper rather than end abruptly. Additionally, the cone of sound will vary slightly from transducer to transducer.
Theoretical Cone Angle The theoretical cone angle is what the transducers specification defines. This is the area where the intensity of the sounds waves drop to a specific point (-6dB).
Side Lobe Not all of the sound waves come out of the transducers bottom. Some sound comes out the sides and even the top.
Main Lobe The main lobe is where most of the sound waves go. They extend out in all directions, some sides more than others.
Most objects are visible inside the theoretical cone, but you can also see objects outside the theoretical angle yet within the side and main lobes. These objects must be large enough to sufficiently reflect the sonar signal. Some of these objects can be things like the face of a sharp dropping bottom, a large rock, or even a good size fish or tight group of smaller fish. 40
Cone angle vs Diameter of Coverage
D epth 20 Beam angle has a large effect on the 10 1.4 1.6 2.2 3.4 3.5 performance of your flasher. There is more to 20 2.8 3.2 4.3 6.7 6.9 it than simply area of coverage. The correct 30 4.2 4.7 6.3 10.0 10.6 beam angle to use depends entirely on your 40 5.6 6.3 8.4 13.4 14.1 application. If you are fishing for suspended 7.9 10.6 16.7 17.6 fish then you would be pleased with the 60 8.4 9.4 12.6 20.8 21.2 performance of the 19 cone. However, if you 70 9.4 11.0 14.7 23.4 24.7 were going after fish that are holding right on 80 11.2 12.6 16.8 26.8 28.2 the bottom along a steep drop-off, you would 90 12.6 14.2 20.0 30.1 31.7 have better results 15.7 21.0 33.5 35.3 with the 9. This 120 16.8 18.9 25.2 40.2 42.3 is because of 23.6 31.5 50.2 52.9 something called dead zone. Dead zone is an area within the transducers cone of sound that is blind to you. The wider the beam angle the greater the possible dead zone. The sonar will mark bottom as the nearest distance it sees. If you are fishing over a slope, it may see the high side of the slope, at the edge of the cone, and mark that as bottom. The fish that are holding on the bottom on the low side of the slope will be invisible to you because they are actually within the bottom signal on your depth finder. A narrower beam angle will reduce this effect.
Your depth finder puts out a constant amount of power, or sound energy. It does not matter where you have the gain level set. Gain simply controls how much you amplify the signal that is returned from below. Therefore, a narrow beam transducer will appear to be much more powerful than a wide beam transducer. This is because you are putting that same amount of power into a smaller area. This can be an advantage if you are fishing in deep water or a detriment if you are fishing in shallow water. A narrow beam transducer can be overpowering in shallow water. The use of the LP (Low Power) mode on your flasher, or the optional S-Cable (page 42), will solve this problem. Remember to NOT use LP mode or the S-Cable in depths beyond 20 feet. You will find that you need to turn your gain control up much higher than normal. This will give a noisy display and make interference from other units much more likely.
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Pa rt s an d A c c es s o r i es
T ransom M ount H igh S peed S t yles (25 C able ) TB0044 - 19 Cone Angle TB0084 - 12 Cone Angle TB0030 - 9 Cone Angle TB0045 - Dual 9 or 19 Cone Angle* *Includes detachable switch assembly
Optional Transducers and Conversion Kits
Transom style transducers include the mounting bracket and have 25 feet of cable length. Conversion kits include the transducer, flasher mounting bracket, power cable, and installation hardware.
T ransom S t yle C onversion K its
TK-144 - 19 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-244 - 19 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-184 - 12 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-284 - 12 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-130 - 9 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-230 - 9 Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-145 - Dual Cone Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-245 - Dual Cone Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD BK0044 - Suction Cup Mount for all of the above High Speed Transducers. Offers dual suction cups for extra holding power. P uck S t yles (25 C able ) TB0023 - 19 Cone Angle TB0087 - 12 Cone Angle TB0027 - 9 Cone Angle TB0037 - 7 Cone Angle TB0032 - Dual 9 or 19 Cone Angle* *Includes detachable switch assembly Puck style transducers include a trolling motor mounting tie and A.C.E. adhesive for in-hull mounting. All have 25 feet of cable length. Conversion kits include the transducer, flasher mounting bracket, power cable, and installation hardware.
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TK-123 - 19 Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-223 - 19 Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-187 - 12 Complete Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-287 - 12 Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-127 - 9 Complete Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-227 - 9 Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD TK-132 - Dual Cone Transducer Conversion Kit for the FL-8se and FL-18 TK-232 - Dual Cone Transducer with Conversion Kit for the FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD BK0023 - Suction Cup Mount for TBPuck Transducer BK0027 - Suction Cup Mount for the 12, 9, 7, and Dual Puck Transducers
A luma D ucer TB0023A - 19 Cone Angle TK-123A - 19 Transducer with Conversion Kit for FL-8se and FL-18 TK-223A - 19 Transducer with Conversion Kit for FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD I ce -D ucers TB0050 - 19 Cone Angle TB0080 - 12 Cone Angle TB0051 - 9 Cone Angle TB0033 - Tri 8/12/20 Cone Angles
AlumDucers come with A.C.E. adhesive and have 25 feet of cable length. Ice-Ducers come with float and stopper. Cable length is 7 feet.
Spe c i f i c at ion s
Operating Voltage: Current Draw: Power Output: Frequency: Display Resolution: Target ID (FL-8se & FL-12): Target ID (FL-18 & FL-20): Target ID (FL-22HD): Display Colors: Interference Rejection Weight: Dimensions (FL-8se & FL-18): Dimensions (FL-12, FL-20 & FL-22HD): Depth Scales FL-8se: FL-12: FL-18: FL-20: FL-22HD 10.5 - 15 Volts (12 Volts Nominal) 200mA 400 Watts (Peak to Peak) Maximum 200 kHz 525 Lines of Resolution 1 Minimum 1/2 Minimum 1/8 Minimum 3 - Red, Orange, and Green 10 Steps 1.1 Lbs. 4.4H x 6W x 3.5D 4.8H x 6W x 2.4D
0-20', 0-30, 0-40', 0-60', 0-80', and 0-120'* 0-20 LP, 0-20, 0-40, 0-60, 0-80, and 0 - 200 0-20, 0-40, 0-60, 0-80, and 0-200** 0-20 LP, 0-20, 0-40, 0-60, 0-80, and 0-200 0-10, 0-20, 0-30, 0-40, 0-50, and 0-60
* FL-8se Custom deep model available. Changes deepest range from 120 to: 240. Contact Vexilar customer service for more information. ** Custom deep model available. Changes ranges to: 0-30, 0-40, 0-60, 0-90 and 0-300. Contact Vexilar customer service for more information.
Ser v i c e a n d S u ppor t
If you find that you need help please contact us. Have ready the model number and, if possible, the serial number of your product. Please be sure to read this manual thoroughly first. A ddress Vexilar, Inc. 6667 West Old Shakopee Road, Suite 101 Minneapolis, MN, 55438-2622 T elephone (952) 884-5291 F ax (952) 884-5292 E mail email@example.com W eb S ite www.vexilar.com Business Hours 8 AM to 4:30 PM M - F Central Time
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