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Vexilar Sonar Phone "SP300"

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Vexilar Sonar Phone SP300 Portable

Make & Model

Brand:
Vexilar
Model:
Sonar Phone
MSRP ($):
199.99

The T-BOX "SP300" options come in a portable system with a carry case to hold the battery and transducer cable. Your transducer is easily suction cup mounted on your boat. Easy to install on any boat, the skimmer style transdcuer and suction cup bracket can be used safely at speeds of 15 miles per hour. A safety cord is also supplied. 

The SP300 comes with a 12 volt, 4.5 amp hour rechargeable battery and you also get a fully automatic 1 amp digital charger for rapid re-charging and with no worries of over-charging the battery. Your SP300 will run for nearly 20 hours on a single charge!

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5.0

Vexilar SP-200 Sonarphone

I was one of the forum members selected to test this product, and I'm glad I was. The unit comes with very good instructions for install/setup. Features included in both the Navionics and Sonarphone app were well above average for a sonar in this price range. The apps do use a substantial amount of battery, so be prepared to charge your device on the water or turn the screen off when not actively using the app to save battery. This unit has very good adjust-ability for most settings and definitely had more settings than I knew how to use properly at first. All in all, a very well thought out product that is a value to any kayak angler out there. Tight lines friends!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Ease of use, Ease of Install, Tons of features for such a low price point
Cons:
Transducer cable was almost too long to fit in the Ride 115x console with battery
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Vexilar SP200 Sonar Phone - Not practical for this angler

Before using the Vexilar SP200 I had to order an aftermarket waterproof pouch for it, since the one included isn't -really- waterproof. That problem solved I loaded the yak and headed off to give the SP200 a try. OPERATIONALLY everything went fine. The hardware synced up with the app in no time at all and the controls were very easy to understand (albeit a bit clumsy to use in the waterproof envelope). The picture and resolution were very good.

So here's where I have "issues" with the product. When I turned the unit on (4pm) I had almost a full charge on my phone battery (96%) two hours later (during which time the phone was VERY warm to the touch) the charge was down to 4% and I elected to turn the Sonarphone off. Who knows, maybe it's coincidence (I have my doubts) but since that afternoon my phone battery would not hold a charge for more than 3 or 4 hours tops. After resetting this that and the other, I finally went down to the AT&T store where I was told that very likely -some- APP caused my phone to run hot, thus damaging the battery. Since the phone was a couple of years old, I elected to upgrade into a new phone as opposed to purchasing a new battery. During the drive home from the AT&T store, with my new "device" riding beside me, the thought occurred to me...Why the heck would I want to take the chance of ruining an $800 "device" (due to water damage, etc, etc) just so it can take the place of a $100 depth finder ? The answer (FOR ME) is that I don't...I stopped at Cabela's on the way home and bought a little $129 dollar depth finder which I will hook up this weekend.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
Used:
0-1 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Easy to install, Easy to operate, Great resolution, Quality hardware
Cons:
Do you REALLY want to take an $800 phone and use it as a "depth finder" ?
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Sonar Phone by Vexilar

I've used the Sonar Phone a half a dozen times now. I'm using an iPad mini in a waterproof case, which gives me a large screen to read. I still have my Lowrance Elite 4 HDI running for comparison and the Sonar Phone shows exactly what the Lowrance does.

Navionics is coming out with an integrated app for the Sonar Phone, which will make this product even better.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
compact, easy to transfer from one kayak to the next, can be used by more than one user at a time
Cons:
need your own device, but most of us have a smart phone or tablet
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