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YakAttack CellBlok

Make & Model

Brand:
YakAttack
Model:
CellBlok
MSRP ($):
60.00

Depthfinder installation on kayaks just got smarter! The "CellBlok" is a track mounted battery box and its top surface serves as a mounting platform for the display and transducer deployment arm. No more drilling holes in your kayak or routing wires! Simply loosen the 2 track mount knobs and the CellBlok allows you to quickly and easily move your depthfinder from one kayak to another!--- from YakAttack.us

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YakAttack CellBlok on a Native Watercraft Slayer 12

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4.0

The YakAttack CellBlok after two years of use

The Good - The YakAttack CellBlok does a great job a managing your fishfinder, battery, transducer, and cables into a portable system that can be easily transported between multiple kayaks. I needed a solution for using a single fishfinder on multiple kayaks and he CellBlok solved this issue. It is easy to attach to any to any kayak that has tracks with a turn of two thumb screws. The battery is stored securely with enough wiggle room to hide the cables/connectors in the unit. Cable management is simple with excess transducer cable being wrapped around the back of the CellBlok.

The Bad – I found the unit adds enough weight to the side of my kayak that it pulls on most of my kayaks (Native Watercraft Slayer 12, Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 11, Native Watercraft Ultimate FX 12, Wilderness Systems Ride 115x) to the side the CellBlok is mounted on. It did not pull on other larger kayaks I’ve used (Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13, NuCanoe Frontier, Hobie Pro Angler 14).

The unit is somewhat expensive and you still need to buy an arm for your transducer. This easily puts the whole unit over $100.

The sliding door cannot close when used with my Lowrance Elite 5 dsi. There is an inline fuse in the power cable and this does not let you close the battery door completely. You will have to modify the CellBlok or leave the door slightly open.

Final Thoughts – After two years of use I have found several issues with the CellBlok. These issues are not a deal breaker for me I still use my CellBlok to this day. I have yet to find another piece of equipment that does what it does as easily as it does it. Would I recommend the YakAttack CellBlok to others, certainly. The most issues I have with the unit can be address with either a slight modification to the unit or in the case of the pull adjustments to your rudder or paddle stroke. If the cost is an issue for you remember the all YakAttack products are 100% made in the USA. You are paying for quality and American jobs.

User Info

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

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Wire management, multiple kayak use, easy install
Cons:
Cost, kayak pull, door won't close all the way
YakAttack CellBlok on a Native Watercraft Slayer 12
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4.0

Portability is a plus

I wanted a turn key option for mounting a fish finder and it needed to be movable from one kayak to another since I operate out of several different rigs through the year. The Cellblok is a great option for that and has proven itself very handy. i made the mistake of buying the biggest battery i could get to fit it and had a little problem with wire management for a bit but have since replaced it with a Nocqua power pack and it does great with way less clutter and weight.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Portable, versatile
Cons:
pricey
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YakAttack CellBlok

After owning the CellBlok for about 2 months, I finally got a chance to take it out on the water. It was just as I expected...sturdy, portable, and all in one. I was afraid that the weight of the unit would make the kayak "lean" to that side. On my Propel 13 that was no issue whatsoever. Next time I will mount it on the Slayer 14.5 and see if that is still the case with that yak. I have the transducer deployment arm mounted on mine and it also worked like a champ. The unit was stable and there were no drag issues while on the Propel. This may change once I get it out on the regular Slayer, but I will edit this review after that voyage.

I had seen so many different ways to mount a fishfinder and my original plan was to permanently mount the transducer and all the wiring on both of the yaks and just switch when necessary. After seeing the CellBlok, I knew this would be the perfect setup for my 2 yaks and for any other yak I may find myself in.

If you are looking for an all-in-one setup for a fishfinder, do yourself a favor and check out the Cellblok, I have a feeling you will like it as much as I do!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
0-1 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
All in one solution, compact
Cons:
None yet
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(Updated: April 14, 2014)
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4.0

A No Drill Solution for Fish Finders?

Have you ever wanted to install a fish finder on your kayak but really dreaded drilling holes, snaking wires and having a permanent electronic fixture? Luther from YakAttack heard your concern and earlier this year released the Cell Blok, an all in one box to mount to a rail that will hold your fish finder, battery and transducer cable.

Aris from Mariner Sails sent me a Cell Blok to put through the paces and to be honest, I was hesitant. I've always kept my battery in a waterproof box below deck and this most definitely would not be below deck.

The Good - The Cell Blok is easy to put together. The assembly instruction guide helps and total time to put it together is less than five minutes. The ability to mount a diamond or circular base RAM ball mount is really nice and the preformed die cuts to secure the mounting nut is a really cool feature. When on the water the Cell Blok isn't near as intrusive as I thought it would be. I paddled two different days with it, both of which were in high winds and it didn't cause me any issues. I also really appreciated the ease with which it mounted to the tracks on my Commander 140. The included T-bolts with round knobs made it easy on and easy off for transport. I was also surprised at the stability along the rail. The wire keeper on the side of the Blok is a nice touch as well.

Needs Improvement - The only issue I really had with the Cell Blok is the sliding door for the battery compartment. It fits in a groove and slides back and forth. Maybe too well. I almost lost it a couple of times on the water. A small bungee that would run across the door and flip up or down when you needed to slide the door would keep it secure. Additionally, it would be nice if for the $60 price tag it would include a deployment arm for the transducer or have it as an optional package.

Pro Tips - A couple of things I learned while using the Cell Blok could help you too. When you are setting up the Cell Blok, make sure that you get it lined up to where the sliding door is on the inside of the kayak. My original setup I mounted it with a transducer and the door ended up being on the outside of the kayak. It slid open and let a little water in from the rough waves. I also experienced the battery sliding just enough in the chop to disconnect the battery. Had I installed it where the door was on the inside, this would have been a quick and easy fix. Hanging over the side of the kayak trying to reattach the connection was not easy. In fact I paddled back to shore and reconnected. Make sure you install the transducer on the opposite side of the door.

When you are using a transducer deployment arm, make sure you leave enough slack along the arm so you can actually deploy the arm. Lots of folks just start winding cable and then when they get on the water don't have enough slack to put the transducer in the water.

Final Thoughts - I like the Cell Blok, I'm just not in love with the price. If it came with a deployment arm I think the price would be right on. The addition of a bungee would solve potential issues but that can be done DIY in the garage if you want. If you are hesitant about drilling lots of holes in your kayak and the thought of a shoot through transducer mount makes you antsy, the Cell Blok could be your fix. If you don't have track already installed on your kayak, a GT90 or GT175 eight inch track from YakAttack could be a quick fix.

User Info

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

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Compact, Easy install
Cons:
price and sliding door
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