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SJH posted 03-08-2011 04:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for SJH   Send Email to SJH  
I just purchased a HDS-5. Reading the owners manual, I didn't see an option in their data overlay section, to show current speed. I saw the time option. Is there a show speed option, lister under the "other"?

To power up unit at home, is the Cigarett power cable part #99-10 the best option?

No, I haven't had it out of the box yet, and there's still a foot of snow on the ground in MA. So it will be another 6 or 8 weeks before I get the boat in the water.

My goal is to use the simulation mode, to learn its functionality.


jimh posted 03-08-2011 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Stan--I don't think a plug designed to fit into a cigar lighter socket in a vehicle would be a good choice for powering at home, unless you happen to have a 12-Volt power supply with a cigar lighter power socket. I bought an extra power cord for my HDS-8 so that I could run it on my bench from the bench 12-Volt power supply.
RobP posted 03-09-2011 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobP  Send Email to RobP     
Just tear the box open. You will find the power cable has a + and - cables. Just get a couple of alligator clips and a small 12v battery. That way you can power it. I have some pictures some where the might but I have to head out to work. Will try to post up tonight or tomorrow morning.
SJH posted 03-09-2011 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJH  Send Email to SJH     
Thats a good idea about using alligator clips. I have a couple. I'll have to give it a try.

Jim, I already have an adaptor for a cigarette plug, to a 12 volt transformer, that I use when I play with my Garmin GPS. That should work.

Thanks for the ideas.


SJUAE posted 03-09-2011 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     

Before you rush out and power it up make sure you include the inline fuse in your set-up just to be on the safe side with you new toy. If you want you could even try it in the car (with the heater on :) )

Don't forget to download the latest updates from the Lowrance website


RobP posted 03-10-2011 07:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobP  Send Email to RobP     
If you have not opened up the box here is a picture of the back of a HDS8 but the 5 is the same along with the power/NMEA 0183 cable and the sonar cable.


The red and black cable are the power, the yellow is a wake up cable for accessories. The other Orange Yellow Green Blue and bare wire are for the NMEA 0183 connection to a GPS.

Like Steve suggested an in-line fuse is a good idea especially if hooked up to a bench top transformer or to a 12v outlet in your car.

SJH posted 03-10-2011 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJH  Send Email to SJH     
I connected power using the aligator clips. It worked great. Now I'll add the fuse. GOOD IDEA !


SJUAE posted 03-10-2011 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     

Just add a Whaler and water and your good to go :)



andygere posted 03-11-2011 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Many 12-volt jump starter packs (really just a small 12 V battery with integral jumper cables) also have a 12 V cigarette lighter outlet. These make a convenient temporary power supply for marine instruments. Splice some alligator clips to the leads on a cigarette lighter plug from the auto parts store.

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