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Lowrance Elite 5 Ti Review

Lowrance Elite 5 Ti has an average rating of 4 out of 5 based on 5 user reviews.



Lowrance understands the passion that anglers have for fishing. Keeping this in mind, the company continues improving tools that make the pastime more productive and enjoyable. For the convenience of people who fish for fun or profit, Lowrance introduced the Elite 5Ti fishfinder/chartplotter at the beginning of December 2015. The comprehensive device comes equipped with a host of features while being user friendly and providing optimal performance.

General Description

Upon opening the box, anglers find the Elite-5 Ti device, a quick release mounting bracket, an adapter cable and a power cable along with a user’s manual. The unit measures 10.9 x 8.2 x 9.2 inches and weighs little more than three ounces. To the right of the display, the front of the fishfinder has the power on/off button, the zoom-in/out buttons, scroll controller and the menu button. The unit can be mounted on a vessel using the external mounting bracket or by inserting the device into the boat dashboard. The quick release design also ensures the safety of the unit when it is not in use.

The Elite-Ti is so named for the Touch Imaging technology that the series offers. The five-inch touchscreen features backlighting and a 16:9 ratio display area that provides images in 800×480 resolution and full color. Wireless Bluetooth connectivity enables anglers to download software upgrades or Insight Genesis maps without ever leaving the water.

Elite-5 Ti Functionality

The Lowrance fishfinder provides TotalScan capability due to the all-in-one Skimmer® transducer that provides CHIRP, Broadband Sonar, StructureScan HD and DownScan Imaging. Fish tracking is easy with the Elite-5 Ti. Track fish using traditional arch images. However, each Lowrance unit uses Advanced Fish Symbol I.D.™ that functions in auto mode. The feature displays fish in typical fish-shaped symbols viewed in four different sizes. CHIRP works at low, middle and high frequencies of 83/200 /455/800kHz.

The Elite-5 Ti features CHIRP sonar that emits electrical impulses from the transmitter to the transducer where they are converted into sound waves. When the waves contact a living or an inanimate object, it returns to the transducer where it once again converts into electrical signals that are amplified and displayed as images on the touchscreen. As the waves travel at around 4,800 feet per second, the time it takes for a wave to enter the water and return determines the distance of the object from the boat. The many waves released and returned then provide an image of everything from the boat to the bottom of the body of water.

In addition to CHIRP, the unit features DownScan Imaging and StructureScan, which is also known as sidescan. DownScan imaging provides anglers with a multi-dimensional monochromatic view of the watery terrain from the viewpoint of marine life. The technology provides a clearer picture of what actually lies beneath the water’s surface. StructureScan or sidescan provides a look below the water along each side of the vessel simultaneously, which creates an image range similar to the perspective of flying over a boat’s location.

Use the higher frequencies when fishing in shallower depths to get better image definition and target differentiation. There is also less background noise interference. Low frequencies are ideal for deeper water depths but offer less definition and differentiation. Handy for fishing in fresh or saltwater destinations, the Elite-5 Ti functions all year long in temperatures ranging from 5° to 131° Fahrenheit ( -15° to 55° Centigrade).

Additional Functions

The TrackBack feature enables anglers to scan back and forth through the sonar images to review structures or compare fish populations. From this mode, users can mark favorite waypoints. The device is capable of storing up to 3,000 waypoints. An internal antenna provides extremely accurate GPS function in addition, the Elite-5 Ti comes with a detailed map of the United States. A microSD card slot proves useful for using external memory devices for extra storage.

Along with operating in a user’s choice of 31 different world languages, the Elite-5 Ti is compatible with a wide selection of American or Global lake and nautical maps made by Insight and third-party partners. The maps are available online through the GoFree Cloud. The ease of use, long list of functions and affordable price make the Lowrance Elite-5 Ti the perfect tool for any angler. You can get a great deal on Lowrance Elite 5 Ti here.

 Lowrance Elite 5 TiSimrad GO5 XSEHumminbird Helix 5 SI GPS
lowrance_elite5tisimrad go5 xsehumminbirdHelix5
Screen Size5 in5 in5 in
Screen Resolution800 x 480800 x 480800 x 480 pixels
Display TypeWidescreen, 16:9 ; WVGA color TFT LCDWVGA Colour TFT LCD256 Color TFT
Imaging2D and Down Imaging and Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom MountTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power500W RMS500 W (RMS)500W RMS, 4000W Peak to Peak
Sonar Frequency(50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHzTraditional: 83/200 kHz
CHIRP (mid and high)
DownScan: 455/800 kHz
StructureScan: 455/800 kHz
200/83 kHz 2D
455 kHz Down Imaging and Side Imaging
Maximum Depth1000 ft1000 ft1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
GPS Antenna Type10kHz Internal high-sensitivity WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS10 Hz GPS receiverInternal
Waypoint Storage300010,000 points total combined waypoints / route points2500

User Reviews

Posted by Yonder

  • 5/5

I would just like to say that the Elite 5 Ti is easily the best fish finder I’ve had. You can sync it up with a tablet and the 5″ screen adjusts to scale. I use a tablet with a 10″ screen so I have twice the viewing area and I can still control every feature. So I basically have an Elite 10 for an Elite 5 price. I can use the bigger screen for split views showing side scans, down scans, sonar, charts, and trip info, so I’ve got everything I could possibly need to see with a touch or two. I would call it outstanding, and highly recommend this to anybody using the old fish finder technologies.

Posted by Ronnie

  • 3/5

I have a 5 Ti for charts on my boat, and a 7 Ti for the sonar. The touchscreens makes operation simpler than pushing buttons. But the 7 provides advantages; for instance the 5 Ti touchscreen the buttons are small and can’t be adjusted. The waypoint text on the 5 is also too small and difficult to read. It would be nice if they could be adjusted. The informational displays take up too much room, and it seems impossible to get a simple, clean display for basic things like speed and depth. But the GPS positioning is highly accurate and updates to the charts are fast even at 20 mph. The sonar images are very clear and impressive, though the Downscan transducer is surprisingly small compared to the Totalscan. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another Lowrance.

Posted by Billy

  • 5/5

Superior product. Very easy to install on my 2017 Grizzly 2072 MVX CC. First time out I found the structure I was looking for and marked my new waypoint for future use. Display is more than adequate and easy to read. The touch screen feature is very fast for marketers by waypoints, changing screens and setting up overlay screens. Love the features and functionality of the Elite 5 Ti. The total scan feature allows me to make wider sweeps and save time when trying to pinpoint the structure I am looking for. This means I save fuel and time. The fact that I can use my iPhone as a hotspot and link my Elite 5 Ti to it is awesome. It allows me to update my unit on the water and can download other upgrades as well. This unit is all you need to find structure and fish. Great job Lowrance for an affordable unit that pretty much does it all. I would recommend this unit to everyone.

Only change I would make is a second power cable only, for indoor upgrades and updates. Bluetooth is great, but easier if I had the unit by my PC. KEEP THE BLUETOOTH PLEASE.

Posted by Lou

  • 2/5

Was one of the best GPS/Fishfinder combo I have ever had, and I have had a few. It worked great last season (new), but this year, all went to hell. The depth readings in shallow water (5 feet or less) seem to confuse the unit, it locks up, sometimes gives 1.5 feet (no mater how deep) or 1500 feet. It seems to start working after a few minutes once over 6 foot deep but does sporadically lock up. Then, the GPS side goes crazy placing the cursor on the screen even though the screen was not touched, and you can’t clear the cursor so if you are navigating, you drive off the screen because it is locked onto where the cursor is. After some times, 10 to 30 minutes, it starts to work again. So, I tried some of the suggestions from Lowrance and did a soft reboot, did not fix the issues, so I did a hard reboot, the only thing this did is cause the unit to lock on the startup screen going no further. After about 15 times of shutting the unit off (by cutting power b because the on/off switch would not turn unit off) it booted up, but locked onto the language selection screen not allowing me to choose a language, just locked there. So another few shutdowns and restarts and it decided to allow me to select the language and booted up. It was working when I shut it down the last time, but I’m not convinced that it won’t start all the bugs again. Not sure I would buy another Lowrance product after this experience. The unit is only on it’s second season. When it works, I love it, but freezing up all the time makes it unreliable.

Posted by Matt

  • 5/5

Love it. Easy to use nice view. Works good at all speeds my boat offers. Touch screen is nice and responsive.

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