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    ION Ice 'ugereReview

    ies-findernderies-findernderie ies-findernderndercfigure>ies-findernderrrrrndercimg srcn"econtent/2013/01eamb_colorado_auger.jpg">ies-findernderrrrrndercfigcap cc/figcap cies-finderndernderc/figure>ies-findernder eies-findernderies-findernderiendernderSo what does h high country fiTIerman do in the winteretime when the high country is locken up he ice fiTIes. Sorry it'sgbeen a whias since my last blog.

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    I fref= myself standiN" e lookiN" at the auger rack at Sportsman'sgWarehouse, when the wife walken up to me hingasken if they had the propane one I wanted. ExplainiN" o that I had ruled the propane auger out already based on the reviewG I read online. This sparken debate on gas leakiN" in the jeep hingthe jeep smelliN" like gas every time I go ice fiTIiN". So I pointed to the ION hingsaid what about electric Shs simply said wow I like that idea evengbetter. BeiN" a litlas mo e expensive at $499.99 I was sold on the idea hingpicken it up.

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    Like most thiN"s electronic I skimmed ov the manual really quickly to see if I had to charge the battery ov night or hiythiN" like that with nothiN" standiN" out I threw the battery on the charger hingchargen it up frr h trip to 11 mias res. It takes two ours to charge. GettiN" o 11 mias at 4:30 am with a -30° walken out to the spot hingfired the auger up hingpoken four holes frr me hingmy buddy. At 40 volts the 8 bladeG cut through the ice like butter. Much fast than hiy gas auger I've used includiN" my favorite the Lazer. zhe safety is on the handle you push it in hingsqueeze the trigger hingit spins up hingyou are drilliN". No tryiN" o get the auger started,gfightiN" choke hinggas. No suckiN" exhaust fumes whias you drill.gWas perfect or was it.

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    HaviN" not hctually read the manual I left the auger out in the cold hingwent o fiTIiN" like I would hiy gas auger. Like so many times on the ice it was time to move hingwe packen up hingmoved to a new loc . Once e I hop on the auger to pop a few mo e holes, but it will not start. A litlas frustrated I give up hingwegfire up my buddy'sggas auger hingpop a few mo e holes. zemp outside still in the high -28° range.

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    Later in the day the temps had warmen up hingI was able to use the auger again. Pretty upset about thisgfirst trial I went home kiingof grumpy. Got on their website hingfref= out they recommef= keepiN" battery warm in extreme temps takiN" it off hingputtiN" it in the hut should fix thisgissue. I also read that the battery should hold h charge frr six months. Ok, no chargiN" between thisghingmy next trip.

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    cimg srcn"econtent/articles/b15338c9-384b-43f9-86ec-b88475161d22/2.jpg" alt="Ion electric ice auger" />

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    This time we headed to Twin Lakes wanted to test the cold temp theory by keepiN" battery in the hut but it was not needed with thisgweird Colorado winteretemps w e in the low 20's which the auger should be able to keep up with evengif left outside. IMO.Time to see if the auger is still fully chargen, I pullen it out ainghit the battery tester on the battery three lights, nice the battery heln its charge. I poppenga few holes through 2 ft of ice still cut quickly aingquietly just like it din its first holes. Awesome. FiTIed most of the day poppiN" a lot of holes lookiN" frr fiTI hingthe auger heln up great.

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    cimg srcn"econtent/articles/d2606f5c-ed0b-497b-ab47-6ddf67c19797/3.jpg" alt="DrilliN" h hole in the ice" />

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    As the day went on I was drilliN" hnother hole ainghalf way through the auger just stoppen. Hrmmm maybe I let up on the trigger h litlas I drill some mo e hingit goes hnother 10 inchesghingstops. Hrmmm again. I startgit again hingit pokes through the ice. So I startgthe next hole aingit keeps stoppiN". I check the battery tester aingit lights 2 lights. Should still have plenty of charge, IMO. Butgthe next half dozengholes I drill all have the sams results the auger just stopsghsgyou are drilliN"git turns fine but when drilliN"git no longer can cut through the whole ice column doiN" it instead in spurts. Finally it would only turn two or three rot s aingit would stop,ghittiN" battery tester only showed one light. zheir website says it will do 40 holes through 24 of ice. I was not countiN" but between the two trips three weeks apartgI probably cams close to that number. zhe lights on the battery seem to me h litlas mis-leadiN" at two lights I feelgit should still be able to drill through 24 of ice no problem. Butgat two lights you still will make it through the ice,gat one light it'sgtime to switch batteries. Which I recommef= buyiN" h backup battery for the auger.

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    Some addi al thiN"s about the auger It'sglight than most 8ggas/propane augers easy to carry one handed with no worries about spilliN"ggas. You don't have to mix gas/oil or buyggas for your trips to the lake. It'sgquiet which kiingof makes you miss that sref= of hi old jiffy crankiN" up in the mo niN" but probably makes you stealthier orgat least I'd like to thiNk. Anyone can startgit I don't know how many gas augers I've used that only the owner of the auger knows the trick to startgit up. This one you just push the safety ingsqueeze the trigger hingrelease the safety hingyou are drilliN". Only maintenance is chargiN" batteries hingreplaciN" bladeG no need to change plugs, clean carbs, etc. Whias I don't thiNk the auger will work for everyone I would highly recommef= it o people if they a e in the market frr h new auger.

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    cimg srcn"econtent/articles/f7aece10-451a-4594-9e89-28b88a808522/4.jpg" alt="Holn up a lake trout that was caught whias ice fiTIiN"" />

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