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.
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).
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.
|Lowrance Elite 5 Ti||Simrad GO5 XSE||Humminbird Helix 5 SI GPS|
|Screen Size||5 in||5 in||5 in|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480||800 x 480||800 x 480 pixels|
|Display Type||Widescreen, 16:9 ; WVGA color TFT LCD||WVGA Colour TFT LCD||256 Color TFT|
|Imaging||2D and Down Imaging and Side Imaging||2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging||2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging|
|Transducer Type||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor|
|Transmit Power||500W RMS||500 W (RMS)||500W RMS, 4000W Peak to Peak|
|Sonar Frequency||(50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz||Traditional: 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 Depth||1000 ft||1000 ft||1500 ft 2D|
100 ft Side Imaging
|GPS Antenna Type||10kHz Internal high-sensitivity WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS||10 Hz GPS receiver||Internal|
|Waypoint Storage||3000||10,000 points total combined waypoints / route points||2500|