Minn Kota I-Pilot For Powerdrive V2 (Minn Kota) (1866210)

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It's a pain, literally

Jul 20, 2010
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Pros:Potential is awesome, quality of construction is very nice.

Cons:You can't actually USE the damn thing!!!

The Bottom Line: Wait a couple years for the I pilot... Settle for the V2 with Co-pilot.  The problems are so serious that the functionality of the system is severly impaired.


I bought this product as a dedicated system, not an add on. The only form of control is through the I Pilot remote. I have two other Minnkota motors, including a co-pilot remote V2, which is great.

Problem- The remote buttons on the I Pilot are so hard to depress that you find your thumb getting sore- quickly. The resistance is in part due to the plastic material the remote is faced with being too hard, and possibly the spring resistance beneath the switches being hard as well. How hard is hard?

I had an engineer in my company run a pressure test comparing the Co-pilot remote and the I Pilot remote. The co-pilot remote switches activate at 6 oz. of pressure, but the I Pilot switches takes 38 oz- that's two pounds 6 oz, or 6.3 times harder than the co-pilot. Steering along a shoreline in a light breeze, you will be turning power on or off or steering 2-3 times a minute.

I've called Minnkota to ask what can be done, but nobody seemed to understand or realize that it's a real problem. They transferred me to Tim Holland who is apparently the interface between customer service and engineering. He doesn't answer, so I left messages (twice) but nobody returns the calls. This is a very expensive product that sucks, and the service is rating the same way. Thats not what Minnkota has shown in the past.

The product is a great idea, and no doubt the first of a new generation of trolling motors. Unfortunately this and a couple other issues make it almost unusable. I would recommend avoiding the product until MinnKota gets the problems worked out.


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