12 V - 9 Amp Battery,
Blue Carrying Case
The Vexilar FLX-12 is one of the ice flashers released in 2017 but it is still available. This particular ice fish finder comes in various bundles, with different accessories. In this post, we’re going to address the Vexilar part number GPX1212, the one that includes the FLX-12 flasher, the 12-degree ice-ducer, and the Genz Pack.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 3-color LED readout, 525 segments
- Sonar: Single beam
- Transducer: TB0080, 12° Ice-Ducer
- Frequency & Coverage: 200 kHz / 12°
- Max. Depth: 120 ft. (36.5 m)
- Power Draw: 240 mA @ 12V
- Power Output: 1000 watts (PTP)
- GPS: No
- Charts: No
- Genz Pack: Blue carry case, battery, charger
Sonar and transducer
The Vexilar FLX-12 is a single-frequency ice fish finder. It operates at 200 kHz. It does not support 50 kHz, 77 kHz, or other frequencies. It also does not have CHIRP technology.
The unit comes with the 12° Ice-Ducer, part number TB0080. This is a pretty standard conical ice transducer featuring an outer shell made of durable thermoplastic material. It has 7 ft. (2.1 m) of cable and comes with a foam floater for extra stability. It’s important to mention here, that the transducer does not have an internal temperature sensor, and the flasher itself does not have a water temperature indicator.
The transducer casts a conical beam with a coverage of 12°. The whole fishing system has a depth range of 120 ft. (36.5 m) which should be enough for most lakes. Or course, the unit also supports the other Vexilar Ice-Ducers, such as the 19° one, or the 9° model.
Control unit features
Like several other Vexilar ice flashers, the FLX-12 features a 3-color LED display with 525 segments. The colors are RED for strong signals such as the bottom, structure, or large fish, ORANGE for medium-strength signals like softer bottoms, or medium-sized fish, and GREEN for weak signals produced by small objects like light vegetation, small fish, and your lure.
The unit’s display has a depth range of 0-20 ft. This means that if the water isn’t deeper than 20 ft. (6 m), the display will indicate the bottom. If the water is deeper than that, you will have to select a deeper range from the Range knob on the bottom right corner of the unit. There are actually four ranges available above the 0-20 ft. range. You can select x2, x3, x4, and x6, up to a depth of 120 ft. (36.5 m).
The unit has 20 interference rejection settings. The unit has a button between the Range knob and the Gain knob, for adjusting the interference. You have to press it repeatedly until all the interference goes away and you remain with a clear view of the bottom, jig, structure, and vegetation. Of course, this feature is useful only if you’re using another flasher, or there are other anglers nearby and they are also using flashers.
The Gain Control knob is on the top right corner of the unit. This actually has a double function. First of all, you can select up to 9 gain levels if necessary, for a better view of your jig, bait, or the bottom. And second of all, you can press it to dim the lights of the display which can be useful while fishing at night.
Last but not least, we should also mention here that the flasher does not have an electronic display for depth, like the Humminbird ICE 45, for example. If you want a feature like this, you will have to opt for the DD-100 Depth and Battery Gauge which is not included. It also does not have a battery indicator but does have a Low Battery Alert function. If the battery is running low, the display will give a series of coded flashes long before the unit shuts down.
Genz pack and other accessories
The Vexilar GPX1212 FLX-12 ice fish finder comes with the Genz Pack. This includes the Blue Carrying case, a 12V – 9 Amp SLA battery, and a charger for the battery. The blue case has pre-drilled holes to attach the mount of the unit. It also has pre-drilled holes for attaching various other addons, such as the DD-100 depth/battery gauge or FlexLight (these are not included).
The battery has its own slot at the back of the case. The bottom of the case has an extra compartment for cable storage. There is also a storage compartment for the transducer in the box and an Eye-Bolt which can be attached at the front of the box to serve as support for the transducer cable. Of course, the unit comes with its own tilt mount that can also be attached to a boat.
- A pretty simple and easy-to-use ice flasher;
- 3-color display – 525 segments;
- 12-degree Ice-Ducer is included;
- 200 kHz sonar with a depth range of 120 ft.
- Five ranges available: 20, x2, x3, x4, x6;
- 9 Gain levels;
- 20 levels of interference rejection;
- Blue Carrying Case included;
- Battery and charger are included;
- Low battery alert function;
- Easy to use and assemble;
- High portability.
- No digital depth display;
- No battery indicator.
The Vexilar GPX1212 ice pack includes the FLX-12 ice flasher, the 12-degree ice-ducer, and the Genz Pack which consists of the blue carrying case, a battery, and a charger. The unit offers 9 Gain levels, 5 depth ranges, and 20 levels of interference rejection. It’s a pretty simple and easy-to-use fish finder, highly portable, and can also be used from a boat.