Estimated Amp Draw for 126sv: 2.5 Amps Estimated Amp Draw for LVS32: .75 Amps *Actual amps will vary due to input voltage and settings*
Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra
Have you ever watched the throttleman on an offshore racing boat? There’s only two positions the throttles are in: wide open or firmly closed when the 40+’ vessel’s drives come out of the water at over 100 mph. It’s truly impressive. Historically, Garmin’s product development worked in much the same way. When the throttles were hammered down they came out with truly impressive machines like the 8600 series. These units had HDMI output to screen mirror to tv’s, could run all of Garmin’s top of the line radars, autopilots, and Ultra-High Definition transducers. Speaking of high definition… They had full HD displays with in-plane switching technology. Obviously, all of this tech costs a lot of money. On the other hand, when the throttles were closed, they had the Echomap Plus units which couldn’t run UHD transducers, didn’t have nearly the networking capabilities , a much slower processor, and screen resolution that was a fraction of the 8600. Serious freshwater anglers had a difficult time forking over the premium for features that were primarily designed for ocean going vessels, but felt the Echomap Plus’ were somewhat lackluster. Garmin addressed this in 2019 and came out with the Echomap Ultra’s. These 10” and 12” models had higher screen resolution, better mapping that included data from Navionics, the capability to run ultra-high definition transducers, and more than one network port. These changes proved to be extremely effective as Garmin has sold a ton of Echomap Ultra’s. If you’re planning on running a fully networked Garmin system with Livescope, the Ultra is your best bang for your buck. With these units you get the premium features that matter most to freshwater anglers with a much lower cost than going with Garmin’s flagship 8600 series units.
Garmin introduced us to Panoptix in 2015. This was a revolutionary technology that completely disrupted the sonar industry. For the first time, we could see fish swim around on our screen instead of dots and arches. In 2018, Garmin followed that up with another home run… the Livescope system. Livescope is just a fancy name for the second generation of Panoptix. It operates on the same principles but offers MUCH more detail and features. The Livescope transducer consists of six smaller transducers that fire at three different angles simultaneously. This sends a massive amount of data to the GLS 10 sonar module. The GLS 10’s job is to process all of this, stitch all of the information from the six individual transducers together, and send the image to the chartplotter. Obviously all of this processing power takes a lot of good, clean voltage. We recommend wiring this up with 10 AWG marine grade wire that is independent from any other electronics. You will want to install a switch to the circuit because as soon as the box is hooked to power it runs. But the end result looks like this:
THE THREE MODES: FORWARD, DOWN, PERSPECTIVE
And no… I’m not talking about a new workout program, lord knows we have plenty of those in this world. The Livescope system has three different modes, or “views” that it can run. These are forward, down, and perspective. To access the perspective view you have to have a special mount.
To see the difference between the different views check out this video series:
You will want to use the down mode to watch your jig below you and use forward to scout for fish and find out exactly where to drill that next hole. Perspective is mostly used in shallow water and is a great way to find fish swimming within structure. RMP Recommended Additional Items