electric outboard motor review ePropulsion Spirit 1.0

In our electric outboard motor review we want to share our experience with this light weight solution for dinghys.

We ended up buying an electric outboarder ePropulsion Spirit 1.0   to make better pictures and videos in 2019 of the electric surfboards and e-Foils.

electric outboard motor review ePropulsion Spirit 1.0
electric outboard motor review ePropulsion Spirit 1.0

We were looking for some time to buy a boat, but figured out that we want to have something portable.

So we went for a 320 cm dinghy from Talamex and an ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 electric outboard motor. Of course it had to be electric 😉

Talamex 320 with electric outboarder
Talamex 320 with electric outboarder

No, honestly, it makes a lot of sense to go electric as you don’t want to have the smell of petrol and oil in your car.

A Jetsurf might be fine, but an outboard motor needs more petrol and is more difficult to handle in the car.

Bringing the dinghy and an electric hydrofil to water

We did our homework and research about the different electric outboarder models and checked out Torqueedo, Minn Kota, ePropulsion and others.

First we noticed that there are a few electric outboard motors available for just 150 to 200 EUR, but we quickly found out that these are not powerful enough for us. They are just good for anglers which want to go very slowly from A to B.

Our sweet spot in terms of price and performance was around 2,000 EUR.

Next step in our electric outboard motor review was to decide between an integrated or separate battery. We didn’t want to deal with cables in the dinghy so we decided for an integrated solution.

An inflatable dinghy fits easily in the car
An inflatable dinghy fits easily in the car

The last 2 hot candidates were the Torqueedo Travel CE and the ePropulsion Sprit 1.0.

We found that the ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 had the most value for us. The performance was as good as the Torqueedo, but the motor was much more silent.

In addition ePropulsion is the sister company which does the Mertek electric surfboard. So we thought it is a good decision to keep the Euros in the community.

Charging the battery takes 2-3 hours
Charging the battery takes 2-3 hours

We took our dinghy with electric outboard motor now a few times to water. Recently mainly as a safety boat for our electric hydrofoil tests.

The motor is really silent (max 55 db) and it makes around 7 – 8 km/h with it 3 HP which is good enough for our use case.

The ePropulsion Sprit 1.0 is light and easy to handle. The swappable battery is good for several hours ride ( 1 hour at max speed) and comes with a safety magnet security leash.

The motor is about 11 kg plus another 9 kg for the battery. ePropulsion is offering a warranty of 2 years.

We hope you enjoyed our electric outboard motor review and you can find more information about the Spirit 1.0 at epropulsion.com

We are looking forward to some great pictures and videos we will be able to shoot 2019 with our dinghy with electric outboard motor.