Lowrance Elite-7 Ti CHIRP SideScan with BaseMaps
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Another Lowrance fish finder and GPS combo new for 2016 is the Elite-7 Ti. This unit has much more to offer though, than the previous Elite-7 CHIRP or the new HOOK-7. As a general idea, it offers full StructureScan sonar (including SideScan and DownScan), it features Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen navigation through menus and functions, and it’s compatible with the new TotalScan transducer. It’s a unit somewhere in between the HOOK-7 and the HDS-7 Gen3.
Before we proceed with the presentation of this unit, the first aspect to clarify is its model number. This is the 000-12419-001, which includes the new TotalScan transducer, and comes with the Lowrance BaseMaps.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Screen: 7″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, 16:9 aspect ratio, WVGA color TFT, with adjustable LED backlight
- Sonar: 2D CHIRP, StructureScan (SideScan and DownScan)
- Depth Capability:
- 1,000 ft (305 m) for the CHIRP sonar
- 300 ft. (91 m) for DownScan and SideScan
- Frequency and Coverage:
- 50/83/200/455/800 kHz
- 300′ (91 m) on each side – 455 kHz SideScan
- 100′ (30 m) on each side – 800 kHz SideScan
- Transducer: TotalScan, transom mount, number 000-12568-001
- Power Output: Max 500 Watts (RMS)
- Power Input: 12 VDC (10-17 VDC min-max)
- GPS: 10 Hz internal, WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS
- Maps: Enhanced Elite BaseMaps
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 100; 3,000, 100 (10,000 points per trail)
Sonar and transducer
First of all, this is one of the Lowrance fish finders that offer CHIRP sonar technology, but it uses CHIRP only for its 2D sonar, and not for SideScan or DownScan. It’s capable of 50/83/200 kHz frequencies and Low, Med and High CHIRP for traditional 2D sonar, while for StructureScan, it can use 455/800 kHz frequencies.
The supplied TotalScan transducer is quite similar to the older LSS-2 skimmer. However, as its name suggests, it covers all types of sonar including 2D, not only StructureScan. This transducer is capable of 83/200 kHz for 2D and 455/800 kHz for DownScan and SideScan. Needless to say, it integrates a temperature sensor, comes with a transom mount and 24′ (7.3 m) of cable. The unit features a 9-pin connector for the transducer (which also has a 9-pin connector). However, if you would like to use an older transducer model (with a 7-pin connector cable, for example) which you might have already installed on your boat, there’s is a cable adapter available.
Since it covers 83/200 kHz for 2D, if you use CHIRP mode, with this transducer you will only be able to use Med and High CHIRP. In order to use Low CHIRP for greater depth penetration, you will need a 50/200 kHz transducer.
The Elite-7 Ti offers a depth capability of 1,000 ft (305 m) for 2D, and 300′ (91 m) for StructureScan, with the supplied transducer. However, with a more powerful transducer, it can scan up to 3,000 ft (914 m).
StructureMap and SideScan View
Just as for any fish finder with down view and side view sonar, these technologies are great to use for looking at structure, for understanding shapes, and for identifying places where fish might hide. For StructureScan (DownScan and SideScan), the transducer uses thin beams. For SideScan, the beams extend up to 300′ (91 m) on each side when using the 455 kHz frequency, offering more coverage. At 800 kHz, the side beams will cover only approx. 100′ (30 m) on each side, but the detail will be much sharper.
Given the fact that this unit can use CHIRP technology for its 2D sonar, you will benefit from a superior target separation in 2D, and a better target definition. With the correct sonar settings, clutter can be almost completely eliminated, offering a better focus on fish and other targets. The beams used for 2D sonar are conical, with an approximate cover of 20° for 200 kHz, and 60° for 83 kHz.
There are several functions available for the 2D sonar. Among them, we can enumerate Fish ID, Bottom Lock, Amplitude Scope, Circular Flasher, Split-Zoom, Temperature Graph, and several Alarms.
DownScan Overlay is also available with this unit. This particular function gives you the possibility to combine DownScan with the 2D view, in order to observe the fish arches better, in relation to the various structure targets, or vegetation.
This unit also features TrackBack, which is basically sonar recording. It gives you the possibility to record SideScan, or any other type of sonar history, to review later. The SideScan recordings can be overlayed onto maps via the Insight Genesis online application, and you can use those custom maps with your unit.
Last but not least, with the supplied TotalScan transducer, this unit should be able to maintain a bottom reading at speeds up to 55 MPH. However, in order to benefit from as many target readings and a crisp-clear imaging, the recommended vessel speed is between 3-7 MPH.
Navigation features and functions
The Elite-7 Ti integrates a 10 Hz GPS receiver, WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS capable, fast and highly accurate. Via GPS, the unit can also indicate the boat’s speed. As we’ve mentioned above, the 000-12419-001 Elite-7 Ti is the model number that comes with the preloaded BaseMaps. Even though these charts do not offer as much detail as Navionics or Lake Insight, they still cover more than 3,000 U.S. lakes, rivers and coastal waters, contours up to 1,000, providing the necessary navigation support. On the other hand, though, there are many options for map upgrades available. For example, this unit is compatible with Lake Insight, Navionics Gold and HotMaps Premium, Nautic Insight PRO and HD, Fishing HotSpots PRO, C-Map Max-N by Jeppesen, and of course Insight Genesis custom maps.
This unit can save up to 3,000 waypoints, 100 routes, and 100 trails. Waypoints customizable, a wide array of icons being available. Also, it’s much easier to mark a waypoint via touchscreen. For navigation, the unit offers several alarms, including No GPS Fix, Arrival, XTE, Low Boat Speed, Anchor and Waypoint Radius. Also, a 3D chart view mode is available.
StructureMap is also available with this unit. This function allows you to overlay the SideScan imaging with your charts. This feature works with the pre-loaded Basemaps, and gives you the possibility to add some detail to them.
As opposed to the Elite-5 Ti, this model also features the SmartSteer function, offering autopilot and other functions for MotorGuide Xi5 trolling motors, via NMEA 2000. The Autopilot can automatically control the trolling motor to navigate to a certain cursor position, waypoint, or follow a pre-defined route or pattern.
Control unit features and functions
First of all, the Elite-7 Ti features an improved design over the previous elite units. It comes with a tilt-swivel mount, and quick-disconnection system, the Lowrance QRB-5 bracket. However, the plastic corners of the unit are removable, covering a set of holes designed for flush mounting. Even though this unit features touchscreen technology, there still are several keys on the right side, one for pages, +/- for zoom in and out, waypoint button and the On/Off button. The left side of the unit features the Lowrance rubberized logo, the lower part of the logo serving as sealing cover for the microSD card slot of the unit.
As we’ve mentioned above, the unit features wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Via Wi-Fi, you can connect to the web and access the GoFree Cloud, for Insight Genesis maps and data transfer, such as software updates. On the other hand, via Bluetooth, you can sync the unit with another Bluetooth device, such as smartphone or tablet, and control its interface from your smart device.
So far, the Elite-7 Ti is the biggest unit of the Elite Ti series. It’s still a medium-sized unit, featuring a 7-inch display, with a pixel matrix of 800 x 480, 16:9 aspect ratio and PureWhite LED backlight for superior readability even in direct sunlight. The unit is IPX7 waterproof, which means it can support splashes or incidental water exposure, and even immersions.
The unit’s interface is customizable, offering views up to 4 panels. Navigation through menus, or zooming, are pretty fast. The sizes of the values on screen, such as depth, for example, are also customizable and you can change their position by dragging them in the locations where you want them.
Finally, the unit features an NMEA 2000 output. Also, a unit cover is included.
- CHIRP 2D sonar, DownScan, and SideScan;
- TotalScan transducer included;
- 3,000 ft. depth capability;
- Fast chart updates, fast navigation through menus;
- Easy to use touchscreen navigation;
- 4-panel view presentation possibilities;
- Super-bright display, excellent readability;
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity;
- MicroSD card slot reader for data backup and transfer;
- NMEA 2000 connectivity;
- Various sonar functions, such as DownScan Overlay, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Fish ID etc;
- TrackBack (sonar recording);
- High precision, 10 Hz GPS;
- Compatible with a wide array of custom charts, including Nautic Insight PRO and HD, Navionics HotMaps Premium, Fishing HotSpots Pro, Lake Insight PRO and HD, C-Map Max-N by Jeppesen, and Insight Genesis;
- Autopilot functions via SmartSteer, for Xi5 trolling motors;
- GPS and sonar overlay data possibilities, via Insight Genesis;
- Quick-disconnect mount and unit cover included;
- Available in 36 language packs;
- Fairly easy to install;
- Warranty 1 year.
- Manual does not offer a lot of detail for all the unit’s functions. You’ll basically have to figure out some of them yourself;
- Touchscreen technology may also be a downside, as you’ll have to constantly wash your hands if you’re fishing, otherwise, the display may get really messy.
The Elite-7 Ti is a fish finder and GPS unit, offering superior sonar possibilities, touchscreen technology, a fast interface, wireless connectivity, a wide array of superior charts options, and is compatible with the new TotalScan transducers. The 000-12419-001 unit covered here actually comes with this transducer and considering that the transducer itself costs approx. $300, the complete package offers an excellent price/quality ratio. It’s a unit great for freshwater fishing, but since it has CHIRP sonar and decent depth capabilities, it can also serve well for off-shore fishing.