What the heck is an ice fishing flasher (ie. ice fishing fish finder)?
Why do I need the best ice flasher?
|Product||Vexilar FLX 28 Ultra Pack|
|Portability||Fits inside 5-gallon bucket||Carrying case included||Fits inside 5-gallon bucket||Built-in carry handle||Fits in your pocket|
|Pros||Auto zoom at 6ft or 12ft, 300ft max range, low power mode, weed mode, night mode, low battery warning||Infinitely Adjustable Zoom, Super Fine Line Technology||Depth/battery display, 200ft max rnge, low power mode, bottom lock mode, durability||Battery status indicator, shuttle mount for sled, excellent sunlight readability||Traditional flasher display, wireless Bluetooth connection, zoom feature|
|Cons||No bottom lock mode, not able to use on open water, heavier||Display brightness a minor issue||Zoom limited to bottom 6ft||No depth display||Prone to connectivity issues, reliant on smartphone for display, less discrimination than dedicated units|
|Verdict||A premium unit that really has it all. This is an investment that can pay dividends.||Everything you need in a flasher to optimize fishing in shallow or deep water, with zooming at different depths and two transducer options||On par with the LX-5i. Nice enough you won't outgrow it and quality enough to last. Compared to the Marcum, somewhat comes down to personal preference.||Another solid option, but arguably not the best if you're making the investment||Great budget option with year-round functionality|
|Additional Features||Built-in tackle box, adjustable rod-holder, enclosed battery casing, demo mode||Soft pack included||Built-in tackle box, adjustable rod-holder, soft pack optional||Four control buttons - zoom, gain, noise and beam; four depth scales at 20', 40', 80' and 200'||Measures water temp, depth finder to 130ft, mapping function to mark fishing spots|
|Transducer||Pro View Ice Ducer (9 degrees to 30 degrees with gain adjustment)||Dual Beam 8/20 degree||12 degree (Also compatible with 19 degree, Pro View, and Tri-beam)||19 degree and 9 degree||Scanning resolution separates objects at a distance of up to 0.25ft|
|Battery & Charger||12 volt 9-amp battery; digital charger; on/off switch||12 volt 9 amp battery; 3-Stage automatic charge||12 volt 9 amp battery; digital charger||12V 7 amp battery||Lithium, 3.7V Rechargeable; 6hr non-stop use; recharges in 2hr|
|Weight||13 lb||11 lb||11 lb||11.9 lb||3.5 oz|
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Deciding Between The Vexilar Pro Pack II and Ultra Pack For Your Ice Fishing Flasher?
I’ll run through a few things here. First, the Ultra Pack has an actual battery on/off switch. When you turn it off you can be sure that it isn’t using any additional battery or drawing power. The Pro Pack doesn’t have this switch.
With the Ultra Pack, the battery is enclosed and inaccessible from the back. There are two battery leads instead located on the front of the unit. So overall, the casing unit is more square/boxy and then it has a piece that juts out from the back to store the transducer. The ProPack housing is circular design. Both allow your ice fishing flasher to fit into a 5-gallon bucket.
The battery leads are exposed on the Pro Pack II. This leaves it vulnerable to a short circuit in the case of rain, but the fact that there isn’t additional plastic casing for the battery means that the back is open and accessible, and lighter in weight. Furthermore, this becomes a moot point if you just pick up a soft case.
Both have a rod holder, small tackle box, and eyebolt on the front for the transducer holder. Both great options for a Vexilar FLX 28 or Vexilar FL-18.