Fishfinder FAQs & Bluetooth Pairing

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Here you’ll find all you need to know about Charging and Cleaning your FishHunter smartphone fishfinder, as well as Fishfinder Skin Care and Bluetooth Pairing. You can also check out FishHunter’s YouTube page that’s regularly updated with new demo videos.

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1. Bluetooth Pairing

Important reminders:

- It takes about 2 hours to fully charge your FishHunter sonar.

- Your fishfinder body does not operate in air; it only works when it is placed on the water surface. Please deploy it in water before you begin the following Bluetooth connection process.

- Your fishfinder connects to your mobile device using Bluetooth connection. The fishfinder broadcasts a signal that your phone will pick up and connect with.

Step 1:Ensure your fishfinder is fully charged by following the charging instructions above.

Step 2: Place your sonar into water.  You will see that the sonar’s red lights are blinking fast and eventually stay lit to indicate that the sonar is “waking up.” If the red light is not on, the sonar is OFF. step1 Step 3: Open the FishHunter app. If this is the first time you have opened the app, you will need to login. Please login. If you have already logged in, then please go to the bottom menu and select sonar by pressing on the fish icon labeled “Sonar”

Step 4: Select the “PAIR FISHHUNTER” option. Please note that the app may prompt you to turn on your Bluetooth. You should do so before you continue this process. step4

Step 5: The app will scan for available FishHunter fishfinders within blue tooth range. This step may have to be repeated a few times depending on your phone or tablet. step5

Once your phone finds the FishHunter, it will populate the app with the device name and number.  Select your FishHunter hardware by pressing on the screen where you see the name listed. After the pairing is complete your FishHunter will appear on the “PAIR SONARS” list. step5-2

Step 6: Click on your fishfinder name and our app will open the “SONAR SETTINGS” screen. The “Sonar Settings” screen will allow you to change the settings to your preference. step6

2. Charging & Cleaning

Take a look at the pic below. The left most pad is dirty – it has a thin film of debris that’s dried up on its surface. The right-bottom pad is clean as you can tell by the shininess. The right-top pad started with the same thin film of debris but was partially cleaned, but not fully. In this situation, the fishfinder will not charge as it will not make good electrical contact with the charging base.

Once the left pad and right-top are fully cleaned (so that they’re SHINY like the bottom-right), the fishfinder will make good electrical contact and be chargeable.

This thin film is a result of salt and other elements in the water that end up drying and creating a thin crust on the pads when pulled out of the water if they are not cleaned with fresh water. Thus, it’s important to clean the fishfinder with FRESH water so that the bottom pads are SHINY. The sooner you clean it, the easier it is to clean. Once the crust dries, you have to apply some pressure to remove the crust.

When attaching the fishfinder to the charging base, if the charging light (white light) doesn’t glow, it means the pads are dirty and need to be cleaned.

SUMMARY

Left Pad: Dirty, needs to be cleaned with fresh water or a stainless steel cleaning solution
Right-Top Pad: Partially cleaned but still dirty, needs to be cleaned with fresh water or a stainless steel cleaning solution
Right-Bottom Pad: Clean

Below you can see the 3 states of dirtiness (dirty, partially cleaned but still dirty, clean).

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VIDEO: How To Charge Your Fishfinder

3. Skin Care

Here’s an example of a skin that’s not fitted properly. Notice that it’s not “flush mounted” at the top and could result in tearing when thrown in the water.

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Prior to throwing into water, the user should properly “fit” the skin so that it’s flush mounted at the top. To “fit the skin”, the user should pull up from the bottom of the skin. See pic below.

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Users should NOT pull from the top of the skin. Rather, they should “push up” from the bottom of the skin as seen above. The user should “push up” evenly so that the skin eventually gets “flush mounted” at the top. See pic below.

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Once the Skin is flush mounted, it should fit like the above pic. At this point, there’s very little stress on the skin and it will not tear.

4. Comparison Chart (Under $350)

FishHunter Humminbird 345c Portable NorCross HawkEye F33P Fish Finder Vexilar SonarPhone Garmin Echo 550c Lowrance Mark-4
Portable Battery Life 6-8 hours Not portable 30 hours 4 hours Not portable Not portable
Exterior Coating & Exchangable Skins Thick rubber protective skin plus 1 exchangeable skin No No No No No
Sonar Frequency 381 kHz 200 kHz / 20° @ -10dB
83 kHz / 60° @ -10dB
200 kHz 125 kHz 200/77 kHz 83/200 kHz
Operational Temperature -30C to 35C 14F to 95F
(- 10C to 35C)
1F to 95F
(- 17C to 35C)
-20C to 80C 23F to 95F
- 5C to 35C)
14F to 95F
(- 10C to 35C)
Auto Depth Ranging 3 settings: 10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet None Yes None None None
Ability to Change Sonar Settings (Depth/Frequency) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portability and Connectivity Bluetooth connectivity; no cell connection required; no installation required Installation required No installation required Wifi connection Installation required Installation required
Sonar Output 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view Raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view
Ice Fishing Compatible Yes No Yes No No No
Warranty 1 year manufacturer’s warranty & 30 day money back guarantee! One year warranty 2 year warranty One year warranty One year parts and labor warranty One year parts and labor warranty
Price $229.00 $349.99 $89.99 $129.95 $296.67 $199.00
Works with Smartphone Yes No No Yes No No

5. Comparison Chart (Over $350)

FishHunter Humminbird 688ci HD DI Combo Garmin echo 551dv Lowrance Elite-7 HDI Garmin Echo 550c Furuno 5.7″ Color LCD Fishfinder FCV-627
Portable Battery Life 6-8 hours Not portable; battery not included Not portable Not portable Not portable Not portable
Exterior Coating and Exchangeable Skins Thick rubber skin, plus 1 exchangeable skin No No No No No
Sonar Frequency 381 kHz 200 kHz / 20° @ -10dB
83 kHz / 60° @ -10dB
50/77/200 kHz (50/200 kHz or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz 200/77 kHz 50/200 kHz
Operational Temperature 381 kHz -30°C to 35°C 0°C to 35°C -15°C to 55°C -15°C to 55°C -15°C to 55°C
Auto Depth Ranging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Depth Ranging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ability to Change Sonar Settings(Depth, Frequency) Yes Depth and frequency are auto-adjusted Depth and frequency are auto-adjusted Yes Yes Yes
Portability and Connectivity Bluetooth connectivity; no cell connection required; no installation required Installation required Installation required Installation required Installation required Installation required
Sonar Output 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view Raw sonar view only 2 options: fishview and raw sonar view
Ice Fishing Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty 6 months manufacturer warranty & 30 day money-back guarantee! One year warranty One year warranty One year warranty One year warranty One year warranty
Price $229.00 $499.00 $699.99 $699.00 $499.99 $774.55
Depth Range 100 ft 600 ft 2300 ft 300 ft (91 m) 455/800 kHz
1000 ft (305 m) 83/200 kHz
2500 ft (762 m) 50/200 kHz
1,900 ft fresh water
700 ft salt water
Up to 3937 ft (1200 m)
Works with Smartphone Yes No No No No No

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