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Author Topic: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric  (Read 4260 times)

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Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« on: Oct 11, 2012, 05:15 PM »
I would like to purchase an electric auger this year and I would like to get in right the first time. I had my eye on the StrikeMaster for about a year now but I see all the hype for the Ion. If the Ion is all that it is claimed, the decision should be a no brainer. However I still that little voice in the back of my head that says stick with the tried and true product. I really don't want to wait a year to see how the Ion holds up. I have a bad shoulder and have decided on an electric as the way to go. What would you do? In reality I would like to find a big woman to drill my holes for me but that ain't happening!

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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #1 on: Oct 11, 2012, 05:49 PM »
I guess I would go for it if I wanted an electric auger. One thing to bear in mind is replacement batteries run $150 if ya ever need a replacement.
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #2 on: Oct 11, 2012, 05:51 PM »
The Strikemaster electric auger has been out for a long time already, probably over 10 years so chances are if you need parts for it another decade down the road you can get parts. The ION will probably be around a few years and then drop off the face of the earth. The Electra Lazer looks best to me because you can run it off of the on-board battery or plug it into a quad, truck or other vehicle with a 12v system or even plug it into a cigarette lighter to charge. With the ION you are stuck with using battery packs only. The Lazer will not get as many holes as the ION and may drill a little slower but over the long haul I see it being a better option. The Lazer also takes standard Gel Cell 12v 9ah batteries which you can buy for around $20-$25 each which are a lot cheaper than the ION batteries. Up to you, it is just a fairly easy choice for me. There are videos of both on Youtube so do some searching.

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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #3 on: Oct 11, 2012, 05:58 PM »
What would you do? In reality I would like to find a big woman to drill my holes for me but that ain't happening!

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If your not stuck on a big woman to drill your holes I would suggest hanging out with the bikini ice team gals, they can handle augers with the best of the men.  @)


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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #4 on: Oct 12, 2012, 07:28 AM »
It all depends on what type of fishing you do. If you are on foot all the time, you might not like the strikemaster as you will only get a few holes before it is dead. But if you are on a quad or truck you can just hook it up to your battery and drill as many holes as you want.
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #6 on: Oct 12, 2012, 07:56 AM »
If your not stuck on a big woman to drill your holes I would suggest hanging out with the bikini ice team gals, they can handle augers with the best of the men.  @)
Yeah, but how much fishin would he get done??  :whistle:
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #7 on: Oct 12, 2012, 09:23 AM »
My concern with the batt powered ones...a gas engine will last a long, long, time if you take care of it, but how often will that ION battery last? Batteries gotta go sometime, even the best of 'em, I'm just sayin'.  ::)

                                   

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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #8 on: Oct 12, 2012, 09:49 AM »
My concern with the att powered ones...a gas engine will last a long, long, time if you take care of it, but how often will that ION battery last? Batteries gotta go sometime, even the best of 'em, I'm just sayin'.  ::)
For whatever my opinion is worth, I would go with the new Strikemaster 4 stoke with the Honda engine. I would give the battery augers a couple more years to see how they pan out in the long run!! ;)2 :whistle: :icefish:
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #9 on: Oct 12, 2012, 10:36 AM »
For whatever my opinion is worth, I would go with the new Strikemaster 4 stoke with the Honda engine. I would give the battery augers a couple more years to see how they pan out in the long run!! ;)2 :whistle: :icefish:

They lose their "punch" after a couple years if they even last.that long. Problem with an ice auger is it will sit around during the off season with no use which makes batteries go to crap even faster in my experience. I would rather replace a $25 9ah gel cell battery than a $150 LiON. Can buy a bunch of extra spare gel cells also.

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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #10 on: Oct 12, 2012, 10:50 AM »
They lose their "punch" after a couple years if they even last.that long. Problem with an ice auger is it will sit around during the off season with no use which makes batteries go to crap even faster in my experience. I would rather replace a $25 9ah gel cell battery than a $150 LiON. Can buy a bunch of extra spare gel cells also.
I would just rather buy unoxygenated gas and run a good additive!! Start it up once a month in the off season and you're good to go!! That Honda 4 stroke should last a lifetime with decent care!! IMHO!! ::) :icefish:
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #11 on: Oct 12, 2012, 11:51 AM »
Honda is overrated IMO. I have worked on them and really do not see what all the fuss is about. I know Honda was putting plastic camshafts in their small weedeater sized engines a few years ago but I do not know if they still do. So I would not give them the nod for longevity. The old 2-stroke Tecumsehs have been known to last for decades even when not being treated the best. I see a place for electric augers I just would rather use a hand auger or a 2-stroke gas auger.

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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #13 on: Oct 12, 2012, 12:03 PM »
Honda is overrated IMO. I have worked on them and really do not see what all the fuss is about. I know Honda was putting plastic camshafts in their small weedeater sized engines a few years ago but I do not know if they still do. So I would not give them the nod for longevity. The old 2-stroke Tecumsehs have been known to last for decades even when not being treated the best. I see a place for electric augers I just would rather use a hand auger or a 2-stroke gas auger.
I guess time will tell, won't it?? Have fun with your hand auger!! My arthritis doesn't like them anymore!! :o ::) :thumbsup: :clap: ;)2 :whistle: :icefish:
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #14 on: Oct 12, 2012, 12:05 PM »
If weight isn't an issue id go with a jiffy pro 4 propane auger!! Im used to carting all my gear in my arms and buckets so it doesn't bother me and now that I have a sled again its no concern at all!
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #15 on: Oct 12, 2012, 12:20 PM »
If weight isn't an issue id go with a jiffy pro 4 propane auger!! Im used to carting all my gear in my arms and buckets so it doesn't bother me and now that I have a sled again its no concern at all!
That's another great alternative, and as long as you have a sled, the weight isn't an issue! Walmart has had a pretty decent price on the 1# cylinders, plus there are kits to recharge the bottles! Info on doing that is here on the site somewhere!! Was something about putting the bottles in the freezer first to more fully charge them!! Good luck this ice season!! :icefish:
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #16 on: Oct 12, 2012, 01:33 PM »
I got the strikemaster last year and love it ! It works for me and how I fish ! I've cut well over 20 holes in 14-16 inches of ice on one battery ( it still said fully charged ) I have the wheeler so that option is nice . In the wheel house no fumes .
  Electra augers are not for everyone and the Electra has been out for awhile . Strikemaster in my option has great customer service . Dont get me wrong I like the IOn but it's new I'll let them work the bugs out first .
If you have your heart set on going electric I would go with the Electra . Cost less batteries are less and it's had the time to prove itself ( in the electric auger field )
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #17 on: Oct 14, 2012, 09:19 AM »
That Ion is a nice looking auger..
All you guys worried about the battery, check out their FAQ section:
http://www.ioniceaugers.com/foundations/store/storepage.asp?page=FAQ

Says it will last 600-800 full recharge cycles. And charges from dead to full in 2.5hrs..

Lighter, better, more efficient, no maintenance, no gas, same price.. No brainer...

Its also worth noting, the Ion will do 40 holes thru 2 FEET of ice on a single charge. Anything less than 2 feet your gunna get more holes..
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #18 on: Oct 14, 2012, 05:50 PM »
You just have to keep them charged up like any flasher battery. They wont drain themselves in a month like a SLA does. The batteries should last 5-6 years before you see any change in performance.. that goes with any lithium battery.
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Re: Ion (New) vs StrikeMaster Electric
« Reply #19 on: Oct 14, 2012, 06:25 PM »
The only thing i dont like about the Ion is the battery warranty of 1 year..
Kinda leaves me thinking that they dont trust them much longer than that.
I think 3 year warranty on them would have gone a LONG way to helping with sales.
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