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So I've been trying to trim down my gear footprint for ice fishing. The vex cases are huge compared to what the actual unit and battery take up, space wise. SO I got to thinking, how could I attach my vexilar to my pack so I could travel lighter.

I was looking at different ways to mount the vex to the pack.

I have a scosche phone mount in the car, thing is amazebawls, love it. the magnet only ever really has grabbing power within a 1/2". I don't know if the vex is magnet sensitive though.

The second idea was velcro? I don't know if I want to stick velcro to the back of the vex though...

I could try to make a mount for the vex and somehow find a way to sew or attach it.

Does anyone else have any ideas for this kind of thing?


 

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I like where you're going with this. My biggest problem with packing the Vex is the weight of the battery. Any thought on lightning this up?
I'm thinking you could mount the head unit to a pack with some velcro straps and some brackets like this screwed into the side.
 

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I like the idea of the pack, and I would just put it inside the pack. I would use a different pack i guess, more a taller overnight pack. Not really for volume as much as to provide some more space. My REI pack has a nice bottom compartment that is accessible without having to go through the top, and is where I would pack my flasher.

As for weight of the flasher battery, You may want to look at slayers gorgeous thread as he mentions the Milwaukee power source. Would kill two birds with your auger but would require a drill upgrade.

I'll dig out my pack for a picture


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Carried "Gorgeous" all the way out from Jiz Lake barely switching hands the whole way approx 3 miles. Piece o cake. Im thinking dont bother strapping the Vex onto the pack, just lay it on the pack or ice when ur using it. Id be most worried about scratching the screen.
 

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I typically use my outdoor backpack and strap my flasher and auger to the back and put my gear inside. It's not as lightweight but it's better than dragging a sled
 

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I like where you're going with this. My biggest problem with packing the Vex is the weight of the battery. Any thought on lightning this up?
I'm thinking you could mount the head unit to a pack with some velcro straps and some brackets like this screwed into the side.
Biggest problem with the vex is the battery. You can go with a Lithium battery of the same size made for e-bikes. Battery + charger online for $125. Expensive but about half the weight. I'm running these in both my Aquaview and Vex and been happy with performance.

Another option mentioned recently by Slayer is using the Milwaukee 18 volt drill battery with the adapter that brings it down to 12 volts. It works! :thumb:
 

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Here is an idea. Could use with the boxes. The Velcro sides might hold the auger attachment really well. I still think packing the flasher in the bag with a towel to protect from scratches and pulling it out when needed is a good approach. And after humping my flasher battery up and down the stairs to access the docks at Lake of the Ozarks I am convinced I need to own a Milwaukee drill and the the power source.

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro-shops-xps-stalker-backpack-tackle-bag-or-system?cm_sp=Display2014retar_DIS
 

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I found this out last week because my vexilar battery died. so I strip off the stakeons and hook it up to a makita battery I had spare for my auger. under the battery it showed what was positive and what was neg so it was a piece of cake just slid the wires in and it ran the vex all day.
 

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I found this out last week because my vexilar battery died. so I strip off the stakeons and hook it up to a makita battery I had spare for my auger. under the battery it showed what was positive and what was neg so it was a piece of cake just slid the wires in and it ran the vex all day.
Glenn does your phone work?
 

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yes mike it does, I just shut the cell off around five so work doesn't bother me. the home phone is always on. what you have in mind?
 

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I'm not opposed to running the vex out of the pack, but I tend to move a lot, so that's where my head is at, trying to keep it so I can just grab the pack handle and auger to bounce around holes. I will be looking for a lighter battery, but the vex battery isn't really that bad, this is more to get rid of the sled.

The auger needs some work, I took it out initially and the blade walked around a bit until it grabbed, so I built a centering point on it, will have to get pictures of how I did that. And the other mods I did to it to make sure it doesn't fall down the hole. Anyway, yesterday at the mile, the centering point proved to be too much point and it would not dig like it did last weekend before I built a point in.
 

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My Vex is probably 10 years old so I don't know if the newer ones will fit, but I put mine in a big Tidy Cat kitty litter container. It fits the vex case perfectly and has a plastic hinged lid on it. When it's snowing I lift one side of the lid a few inches and can watch it without it getting wet. Carrying handle too. I got a couple of them when I used to volunteer at an animal shelter, you could probably give a shelter a $10 donation and they'd be glad to give you a couple.
 
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