Lowrance HDS Carbon Chartplotter/Fishfinder Buyers Guide

Lowrance's new HDS Carbon chartplotter / fishfinder has a redesigned LED SolarMAX HD display. The Carbon's SolarMAX HD touchscreen is enhanced with a wider viewing angle to make viewing this screen easier in those awkward angles. Advanced anti-reflective screen coatings and top notch color accuracy with the boosted high-resolution viewing panel, makes this screen one of the most rugged units in almost any environment. 

What's New With HDS Carbon

Ultra-bright HDS SolarMAX™ HD displays with greater resolution and a wider range of viewing angles

High-performance dual-core processor for smoother navigation and faster sonar updates

HDS Dual-Channel CHIRP Sonar – dual sonar-range coverage from the same transducer*

HDS Network Dual Sounder – cover more water and mark fish targets more clearly from a network of CHIRP sonar transducers

*requires dual-channel CHIRP sonar transducer

 

The HDS Carbon equips a dual-core, high performance processor that results in faster response and quicker course plotting. It also packs enough power to run the latest and greatest technology like the StructureScan 3D, VesselView Link and Lowrance Outboard pilot

Not to forget about CHIRP. The  HDS Carbon has a built in two channel Chirp that can handle up to two different frequencies at the same time. This means there is now the ability to use a combination of two frequencies of either low, medium, or high. This dual channel CHIRP will allow user to use a high frequencies for marking great bottom detail and schooled fish while using a low CHIRP to get that wide cone angle that is much desired while trolling or looking for suspended fish marks. With the Dual Network sonar view we can now network two transducers into the same HDS Carbon and view them at the same time. This is ideal to see your trolling motor mount ducer along with the transom mount or in hull ducer at the same time. To Take advantage of these CHIRP abilities take a look at some of the Airmar transducers that are available. 

 

Another addition to the HDS carbon unit is the integrated WIFI module. This means that the GoFree wireless module is now built into the HDS Carbon units. This is a great feature for downloading software updates or upgrading charting software on the go. This also lets you connect via smart phone or tablet to integrate your devices with these units. 

 Specifications-

Overview
Display 12 in./305 mm (16:9) Widescreen
Resolution 1280x800
Backlighting LED
Power Output: RMS (PTP) 500W
Languages 36
Media Port Dual microSD card slots
Display
Display Resolution 1280x800
Display Type SolarMAX HD
Display: Backlighting Yes
Backlighting Type LED With Adjustable SolarMAX™ HD Display and Keypad
Multi-language Display Yes
GPS and Sonar Overlay Data Yes
Split Screen Presentation Yes
Display Size 12 in./305 mm (16:9) Widescreen
Sonar
Depth Alarm Yes
EchoSounder Frequencies 455/800 kHz (StructureScan® 3D/HD), 40-60kHz, 85-145kHz, 130-210kHz (CHIRP), 50 kHz/83kHz/200kHz (Narrow Band)
EchoSounder Max Sonar Depth [m] 1524
Shallow Alarm Yes
Standard Fishfinding Features: COLORLINE™ or GRAYLINE®, ASP™, FishSymbol I.D.™, FishTrack™, and more Yes
Temperature Readings Yes
Transducer Type Multiple selections Lowrance and Airmar®
Networking Connectors
NMEA 0183 Interface 1 x RS422 port
NMEA Output NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000®
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000®
  • Power and Video: Red 10-pin power connector
  • Transducer Port 1: Blue 7-pin connector for Broadband and CHIRP Sonar
  • Transducer Port 2: Black 9-pin connector for use with StructureScan® 3D, StructureScan® HD and SpotlightScan™ transducers
  • Two Ethernet Ports
  • Wireless Connectivity
Technical/Environmental
Operating Temperature 5°F to 131°F (-15°C to 55°C )
Product Width 12.92 in \ 328 mm
Product Depth 3.35 in \ 85 mm
Product Height 8.85 in \ 225 mm
Power
Power Supply (Supply Voltage) 12VDC (10.8-17VDC min-max)
GPS Navigation
Navigation: Routes 200
Navigation: Waypoint Storage 5000
Man Overboard Feature Yes
Plot Trails Up to 100 trails - up to 10,000 points / trail
GPS Alarms Yes
Custom Mapping

Insight PRO by C-MAP, Lake Insight HD by C-MAP, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics®+, Navionics Platinum+, Gold and HotMaps® Premium, Fishing Hotspots® PRO and more.

Background Mapping Built-in C-MAP charts for US waters and world reference background map
Other
Languages 36
Output Power [kW] 500W RMS
Memory Card Capable Dual microSD card slots

 

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