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ion electric ice auger

by , Posted to on 12/27/2012 5:30 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
Have been checking into the ion ice auger would like to hear some pros and cons and reviews. Was also wondering do the make a 12 volt battery charger so a guy could charge it off the pickup or four wheeler if a guy needs to move alot in one day?
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by on 12/27/2012 6:24 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/07/2002
Location: ND
I have one.  It works great.  I've had a couple friends try it that were looking for a new auger and they both bought the ION after running it.  Their are a ton of Pros...no gas, no oil, no trouble starting, no smoke/smell in the fish house, no worries if its too cold to start, its light and easy to carry at 22 pounds, it comes with an extention so you have up to 48" drilling depth.  As far as Cons....have not really found any yet...time will tell on really thick ice, but as of now I don't see that as a problem...it cuts very good.

I don't know of a 12V charger, but if you thought you needed more juice for a day maybe pick up a second battery.  The batteries are supposed to hold a full charge for up to 5 months.  The Lithium Ion technology has come a long way....they recharge very quickly.

They must be selling good.  I was in Scheels last Sunday and they didn't have any left.  Home of Economy in Devils Lake got 2 in last week and they were both sold within an hour.

If you are going to be in the Devils Lake area and want to try it, shoot me a PM.  I live real close to Creel Bay and will be out there this weekend.
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by on 12/28/2012 6:58 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/09/2004
Location: ND
 I bought one the other day and I will be honest I had my reservations. You hold it in your hands and feel like something is missing, like you should have a bigger and bulkier man sized hole-drilling apparatus, and it's sort of a let down. 

Then you take it to the hard water with you and the first hole you drill makes you giggle, look at this damn thing haha. Then hole 2 and you go wow that's faster than my gas auger. Then hole 3 you have no doubt you made the right decision. Drill 6 in the house and smile the whole time with the heater going and doors closed. 

I was between the pro 4, the ion, and strikemaster with Honda and I don't regret my decision at all. 22 # versus 38 # will add up fast on some days. I think I will love it running with the clam flip over and already love it in the ice castle. 

It honestly drills faster than my previous gas augers, I'll update with any cons but none to date. 
J
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by on 01/06/2013 12:53 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2013
Location: nd
I have an ion and its by far the best auger I've used. Just pull the trigger and dig. Plus the boar design u have no snags breaking through the ice. I haven't had the opertunity to drill enough holes to kill the battery but they say 40 holes in 2 feet of ice. charges are fast. 1.5 hrs. I don't know if a power converter would be able to charge a 40 volt battery from your vehicle or not. It also reopens old holes with ease. I would recomend it.
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by on 01/07/2013 08:48 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
If they just made a 9 or 10 inch, I'd own it tomorrow.
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by on 01/07/2013 09:10 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/13/2004
Location: ND
 Only thing that worries me about the Ion is its battery. How long will they last?  I mean look at trolling motor batteries, cordless drills, etc. After 4-5yrs is this thing going to be in the same pile as the other battery operated stuff? Maybe with TLC it will last a long time, I don't know. But I am horrible at that, I just throw it in the shed till next year. My Jiffy always starts the next season, it is also 10+years old. I just don't see the Ion lasting that long. It would be nice for the ice house though.
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by on 01/07/2013 09:21 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND

This auger is sweet. 

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by on 01/07/2013 09:48 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2002
Location: ND
I'm all about style so you wouldn't catch me dead with a lime colored auger.

Big J
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Be careful, I can be potentially deadly....
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by on 01/07/2013 09:59 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/13/2012
Location: WI
"Only thing that worries me about the Ion is its battery. How long will they last?"
 
I had the same reservations, but lithium batteries have come a long ways.  Down the road when it fails I guess you just buy another battery ($149).

One note:  The warranty on the powerhead is 2 years and the battery 1 year.  I bought my Ion from Scheels and was going to pay cash but the guy there told me to use my Scheels card and not only earn the points but double my warranty (in house).  So i now have the 2 year powerhead and 1 year battery warranty from the manufacturer and another 2 years on the powerhead and another year on the battery from Scheels.

Love the auger.  Super light and compact, 21 lbs. without the extension.  Drills faster than gas augers.  RE-opens holes great.   Expensive, but well worth it.
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by on 01/07/2013 10:05 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/09/2004
Location: ND
 
labz4me Said:
 Only thing that worries me about the Ion is its battery. How long will they last?  I mean look at trolling motor batteries, cordless drills, etc. After 4-5yrs is this thing going to be in the same pile as the other battery operated stuff? Maybe with TLC it will last a long time, I don't know. But I am horrible at that, I just throw it in the shed till next year. My Jiffy always starts the next season, it is also 10+years old. I just don't see the Ion lasting that long. It would be nice for the ice house though.

Lithium ion batteries are a different breed of battery in comparison to nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries. They are lighter and have better performance as well as a better life. 

Hopefully I get a lot of years out of the battery but if I need another one they are $150 so in a year or two hopefully closer to $100. I'm not sure what I've spent on oil, spark plugs, and sea foam over the years but I'm good with spending a bit more on a battery for the convenience factor. Also electricity is pretty cheap so I'll consider it about a wash with gasoline.

It's not for everyone but I was willing to give it a shot and don't regret it yet. She'll get a good test Thursday-Saturday in Mobridge.
J
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by on 01/07/2013 10:34 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
bullheadmaster Said:
I'm all about style so you wouldn't catch me dead with a lime colored auger.

Big J



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by on 01/07/2013 11:11 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
To me, the battery argument is null. If you figure in all the consumables of a engine, from gas and oil to spark plugs and carb kits, replacing a 150 dollar battery every 5 years is a wash at the worst case. Just had a carb kit put in a 3 year old auger and it was 110 bucks. The auger size is my hangup, but thats me.
Live hard! Die happy!
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by on 01/07/2013 1:42 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/13/2004
Location: ND
 Hopefully it works out for you guys. But my luck with battery operated equipment sucks. Even if I had one that lasted 5 years, my luck the batteries would be obsolete by then. Kinda like other stuff I have owned. Lithium ion batteries are better now, but by the time you need another one the newest model doesn't take that type anymore. Buy another auger I guess. I'm a glass half empty kinda guy I guess. Hard to give up the old Jiffy. It rides around in the back of my pickup all winter and doesn't let me down. 
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by on 01/07/2013 1:55 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
I like the smell of my Jiffy on a cold morning start. Makes me all happy inside

Lindy Fishing

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by on 01/07/2013 2:34 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2013
Location: nd
Alls I gotta say is I'm done with gas and propane. If I have to buy a battery big deal. I didn't put a dime into gas or oil or new rope sparkplug carve kit etc. Etc. This auger works good. We all have our preferences but I would have to say I'm done with combustion motors on an auger. The technology is here. Plus my hips are bad and 38 lbs across the ice sux lol
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by on 01/07/2013 3:12 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2008
Location: ND
 
bullheadmaster Said:
I'm all about style so you wouldn't catch me dead with a lime colored auger.

Big J

You were eyeing that lime green machine those guys had next to us yesterday.  


 I don’t want to kill the animal, but I do want to warn it, and say “hey, I think you’re pretty neat, but I respect your distance.” There’s bears out here, there’s mountain cougars, and biting goats.

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by on 01/07/2013 3:28 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2002
Location: ND
lwittmayer Said:
 
bullheadmaster Said:
I'm all about style so you wouldn't catch me dead with a lime colored auger.

Big J

You were eyeing that lime green machine those guys had next to us yesterday.  


You loved it and I thought it was dumb.

Big J
Just a lil' Slap n Tickle, n Tickle n Slap....
Be careful, I can be potentially deadly....
I'm a one man wolfpack...
A quote from my boyfriend Robbie. "I spent the night in jail once.  A bunch of times."
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by on 01/07/2013 3:38 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2004
Location: ND
we've been using an electric inside our permanent house for a few years now; they ROCK

but having only an 8" hole really sucks when you get to Sunday and the holes were drilled on Friday :)
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by on 01/07/2013 3:58 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
bullheadmaster Said:
lwittmayer Said:
 
bullheadmaster Said:
I'm all about style so you wouldn't catch me dead with a lime colored auger.

Big J

You were eyeing that lime green machine those guys had next to us yesterday.  


You loved it and I thought it was dumb.

Big J
Big J says walleyes are overrated. 

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by on 01/07/2013 4:01 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
i want a hybrid auger, one that runs on battery power and gas...
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by on 01/07/2013 4:14 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/31/2005
Location: ND
Enslow Said:
i want a hybrid auger, one that runs on battery power and gas...
send the request to Obama....








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