Minn Kota Traxxis 55

  • Minn Kota Traxxis 55 Reviewed 2019 GearWeAre
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Minn Kota Traxxis 55 Review Facts

The Minn Kota Traxxis 55 is a great trolling motor that is lightweight and boasts exceptional battery life. Even with a battery that lasts up to five times longer it is able to put out fifty pounds of thrust when you power it up. This allows for the motor to be used as a primary motor on smaller water vessels and inflatable boats as well as a quiet and efficient trolling motor on larger watercraft that have greater weight limits. It is a motor that will serve well in several different roles and is reliable to help get you going where you want to go without the fear of its battery dying.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Long Battery Life
  • Powerful Thrust for Size
  • Adjusts Easily Between Forward and Reverse
  • Infinite Rather Than Stepped Control
Cons
  • Made Only for Freshwater
  • One Hand Raising Can Be Difficult
Brand

Brand

The Minn Kota brand is one that started with an invention that the company has stood by and pioneered for more than eighty years. Having invented the gear driven trolling motor Minn Kota got its start because so many other fishermen saw and wanted the same thing their founder did, the ability for greater boat control when they were out on the water. Since the product’s invention there have been new iterations, models, and even competitor product that have been made, but through it, all Minn Kota has remained a household name among fisherman and boat enthusiast. Specializing in trolling motors has given the company a perspective and focus that other large motor company’s don’t always keep in mind. At its heart, the company is one that is made by and for people who fish regardless of the waters they’re in. Getting close to over one hundred years of experience in designing and manufacturing trolling motors they brought the best they could and adjusted based on user feedback in ways that no one may have thought they would. Like they have so many time before the Minn Kota brand has shown with this motor just why they have been in business so long and what ingenuity and new ideas keep them creating and making quality trolling motors.
Terrain

Terrain

This trolling motor is great option for use in all kinds of water conditions, whether you’re fishing on a river or in a lake. Its relatively strong thrust force of fifty-five pounds, it is a reliable choice when it comes to moving you and your boat along the water and through the currents with general ease. It’s capable of taking on choppy lakes during a windy afternoon or pushing against the light current of a river in the fall with ease and minimal battery power consumption. Due to the size and efficiency, it is also a great choice for quite trolls when fishing in the weeded areas around a lake’s shore, as well as in the deeper waters you can find more towards the center of a lake. Despite this maneuverability and all-purpose intended use, this motor is not one that is meant to withstand the grime and grit of traveling and fishing while in saltwater or in open ocean environments. Its design focus is heavily on the freshwater environments of inland lakes and rivers that don’t receive the same kind of salty waters and flows as oceanic coastal cities and environments. While there are trolling motors built to endure in those conditions and work great in salt water as well as fresh water, this motor is not one of them and using it outside of its intended environments can cause damage to the motor. That doesn’t mean it is not still a great and viable option. Its robustness as well as its adjustability this motor is a fantastic option for many people who go fishing and could be a great addition for your next outing.
Price

Price

This trolling motor has a great price point especially for someone that may be looking for an inexpensive, but reliable, option when going fishing with smaller or light fishing vessels. This motor isn’t one that’s necessarily going to break the bank and is also coming with some great design features in mind. Its adjustable shaft and ergonomic handle mean that this motor can be easily maneuvered and piloted while out on the water without having to contort your upper body uncomfortably or tire your arm out before you even get to cast. The motor’s long lasting and efficient battery make it an exceptional competitor when considering spending the afternoon or entire day out on the lake trolling and hoping to catch fish. Because of the specially designed battery system this motor is experiencing five times as long battery life between charges and helping to keep fisherman and other lake enthusiasts out on the water for even longer periods of time. This helps create some great and relaxing experiences every time you decide to power the motor up. This long battery life is also a great benefit because of its ability to work without hindering the motors overall thrust and performance. This motor is still able to put out fifty-five pounds of thrust even with its extended battery life and lower power consumption. It is capable of moving through the water at a respectable and comfortable speed that doesn’t feel too slow. This allows you to quickly and quietly troll from spot to spot and get back to shore at the end of the day without having to waste big chunks of time. Because of this, you’ll be able to enjoy the water and experience more of the lake without the worry of getting stuck adrift with no motor, especially on those smaller vessels.
Power Source

Power Source

This motor’s powers source comes from the rechargeable electric battery that it uses. The rechargeable nature of the battery makes it a premier option for individuals and water sports enthusiasts who no longer want to deal with the hassle of smaller gasoline motors. By using an electric power source this motor offers a quieter, healthier, and more environmentally friendly alternative. Because it is electric the motor doesn’t release the noxious fumes that many people have come to associate with gas motors, especially larger ones, and you won’t find yourself smelling like gasoline after using it. Also because the battery doesn’t need any gasoline or other fluids it can be easily charged and maintained at home without having to go back and forth between your local gas or petrol station whenever you want to use this trolling motor. Especially in regards to inflatable boats and smaller watercraft, it also means that the weight of the motor is the weight you have to account for rather than worrying about any excess weight from gasoline. This trolling motor’s battery life is also rather long, approximately five times longer than previous products, which allows users to operate the motor for longer durations of time and more frequently without having to make sure the motor is set to be recharging every single time that you make it back onto dry land. This increased battery life is great for anytime you want to spend the day out on the water whether you’ve decided to go fishing with friends or by yourself, or you’re spending the day just calmly riding over the waves of the lake with your family in a small boat or another water vessel.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

This small propeller motor is an easy-to-use accessory great for smaller water vessels and inflatable boats. Due to its size, the motor can be easily operated with one hand instead of mechanical buttons and controls that may jam like on larger sports fishing boats. The motor’s size also means that mounting it and lowering it into the water to get yourself out there and fishing is something that can be done rather easily with minimal time and effort. The motor can also be steered and operated with one hand thanks to its ergonomically designed handle. The handle is connected to a shaft that has adjustable heights allowing you to decide how tall or short it will rest. This helps prevent boaters and fishers from having to contort their bodies in uncomfortable positions to be able to get their boat headed in the direction they want to go. This adjustable height and handle also mean that you won’t have to hold your at the same angle constantly allowing you to change your position or posture with general ease to help alleviate some of the strain on keeping your arm raised in the same position. The motor’s five times longer battery life also means that it is going to be an easy-to-use the motor you can rely on. The battery life allows you to keep using this motor throughout the afternoon or the entire day without having to head back to shore and recharge it. As a result, you’ll find yourself spending more and longer periods of time out on the water enjoying yourself and less time worrying on when you have to head back to the dock so that you aren’t stranded.
Use

Use

This motor is going to be a great option for anyone that plans on going fishing or using it in fresh water. As a freshwater motor, it will help small vessels with ease allowing them to navigate the water effortlessly. This means that inflatable boats that are able to use a motor are going to benefit greatly when using this specific motor and will be able to travel in the water without the need of exhausting yourself through rowing. This motor is also powerful enough that it can be used on larger boats with higher weight capacities. The fifty-five pounds of thrust combined with the long-lasting battery life allows for this motor to be used on boats that might be carrying more than just and your fishing gear. It has been shown capable of moving cargo canoes plus their passengers as well as smaller fishing vessels or inflatable family boats with several passengers on board. This makes it a great option for a multitude of different kinds of freshwater vessels and allows you to tap into its fullest potential.
Key Features

Key Features

This motor has a been designed with an extended battery life that gives it a life span that is five times longer. With this longer battery life boaters and fishers alike won’t have to worry about how long the motor will stay charged and operational every time that they’re out on the water. The increased battery life is great for water enthusiasts who want to spend the afternoon or whole day out on the water enjoying themselves, whether that means trolling through the shallow shoreline looking for a great fishing spot or simply making your way out on the water to enjoy a beautiful day and take in the warm rays of the sun. The battery’s great efficiency helps keep it charged and alive even after multiple uses. And while the battery’s life span has become longer and the motor uses power more efficiently it doesn’t trade these energy conserving features in exchange for poor power and thrust. This motor is still capable of putting out fifty pounds of thrust force to so that you can get from where you want to relatively quickly and with ease. The motor’s thrust is great for inflatable boats, being able to move the boat, it’s passengers, and fishing equipment, but is also capable of being used on some larger vessels that boast higher weight limits and passenger maximums. Because of this, the motor is a great buy to help give your current fishing boat a quick and light option for trolling the waters or increasing the lifespan of your inflatable boat as you avoid needing to invest in a watercraft that houses a larger motor.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This motor is going to be a great option for a wide array of individuals using different boats and water vessels. While it won't replace your main motors on larger fishing boats, it is still a great trolling motor that is not only quiet but easily operated. It's also a great main motor for an inflatable boat that wouldn’t be able to hold the excessive weight of a large main motor. It generates fifty pounds of thrust meaning it can easily maneuver these boats in the water and it is entirely capable of being operated on some larger vessels that have higher weight limits. The motors long-lasting battery life is a fantastic feature that will help keep your mind at ease and allow you to stay out on the water for longer periods of time. That sense of the day is already over is something you won’t have when using this motor as you stay out into the late afternoon and evening. Overall this trolling motor is bringing a lot of great features as well as reliability for the table without a devastating price point that hurts your pocket and makes you question whether or not it was worth the purchase.