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Lowrance Elite 9 CHIRP Review

Lowrance Elite 9 CHIRP has an average rating of 5 out of 5 based on 1 user reviews.



Every angler would rather be fishing than messing with equipment or trolling around looking for a good spot. Thankfully the folks at Lowrance kept this in mind when they designed the Elite 9 CHIRP fish finder and chart plotter. The simple set up, bright HD display, and easy operation make it a huge time saver. The unit is great out of the box but Lowrance offers several software and hardware upgrades to take the capabilities even further. Coming in at around $1200 the Elite 9 may seem pricey but it is definitely worth the investment.


On the hardware side the Elite 9 is everything a top end sonar/gps should be. The case and mounting brackets are composite and built to endure some strenuous situations. It runs off a standard 12 volt power supply making it simple to set up and get going. There are too many transducer options to list here but rest assured that whatever the depth and accuracy need, they have it covered. The 9″ HD display provides ample space for viewing up to three data screens at once. There is a high capacity Micro-SD card slot for storing user data or upgrading the maps or software.

Finding Fish

This is where the unit really shines. It combines CHIRP sonar with DownScan imaging in real-time. Then out puts this data into an easy to read overlay display providing crisp easy to read images at any zoom. Advanced signal processing makes differentiating structures, fish, and bottom readings a breeze with virtually no adjustments necessary. The CHIRP sonar allows for excellent game and bait fish identification at higher speeds and greater depths. Finding the right spot to drop anchor and start casting will take less time than ever.

Managing Maps

The Elite 9 comes loaded with maps of over 3,000 U.S. rivers and lakes almost assuring that every destination is covered. For favorite fishing spots sonar data can be uploaded to Lowrance’s Insight Genesis website to create accurate charts of areas of interest. For even more detailed charts there are various packages of map upgrades available for purchase. These include Navionics HotMaps Premium, Lake or Nautic Insight PRO, and Fishing Hotspots PRO. For those who opt for the Insight Genesis premium membership, there is access to a wealth of community knowledge including tons of recent user-generated data to help choose the right destination.


With the optional software and hardware upgrades available, the Elite 9 goes beyond boating aid into the range of professional hydro-graphic tool. Navtronics and C-Map compatibility allow integration of the most up to date navigational charts available. Combine this with an impressive array of increasingly accurate sonar transducer and GPS antenna upgrades, and this unit is capable of producing amazingly detailed charts at any depth. There is also an optional Navico Cartography Toolkit available for professional chart makers. Anything accurate enough for professional cartographers is a truly precise instrument.

Final Thoughts

While sticker shock might scare away first time buyers, the money is well spent. The standard options available in this unit are more than enough for even the most avid angler.The design is solid and the controls are easy to master. A wealth of upgrades ensures that the capabilities of the unit can scale to fit any future need. Seriously, if the need goes beyond what this thing can offer surveying equipment will be necessary. The Lowrance Elite 9 CHIRP fish finder and chart plotter is worth every penny. You can get a great deal on Lowrance Elite 9 CHIRP here.

 Lowrance Elite 9 CHIRPGarmin echoMap 93svHumminbird 999ci HD SI
Screen Size9 in9 in8 in
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display Type16-bit color TFTWVGA16:9 Color
Imaging2D, DownScan, StructureScan, Downscan Overlay2D, Down Imaging, Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging, Side Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W RMS,
30000W Peak- to-Peak
500W RMS
4,000W peak to peak
1,000W RMS
8,000W Peak-to-Peak
Sonar Frequency455/800 kHz Down Imaging
50 kHz / 83kHz / 200kHz CHIRP
77/200 kHz 2D (50/200 kHz transducer included with the 94sv version)
455/800 kHz Down Vu/Side Vu
83/200 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Side Imaging
Maximum Depth300 ft Down Imaging
1,000 ft at 83 kHz
3,000 ft at 50 kHz
2,300 ft freshwater
1,100 ft saltwater
1500 ft 2D
150 ft Side Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal high-sensitivity WAASInternal onlyInternal
Waypoint Storage30005,0003000
Plot Trails100 trails, 10,000 points / trail50,000 points; 50 saved tracks50 tracks, 20,000 points
Default Maps3000 US lake maps
US coastal maps
LakeVu HD (inland maps)Humminbird ContourXD

User Reviews

Posted by K.T.

  • 5/5

I love this product. My fishing has improved a ton since I started using my Elite 7. The downscan is fantastic and combined with the chirp it shows bottom and structures in photo-like detail. The instructions were super easy to follow, and the set up went smoothly. It only took a couple of minutes and some slight adjustments to the transducer and it was working perfectly. On my first trip out using this unit I caught the biggest bass of my career. The GPS is fast and accurate. I use it to mark structures and other waypoints which saves me a good bit of time when I get the chance to take the boat out. I fire this up and go straight to my favorite spots. I would definitely recommend Lowrance and the Elite 9 CHIRP to all my fishing buddies.

Posted by Tom


Does anyone else have issues with this unit freezing up, especially at start up. I’m launched and it reads 0.00 feet depth. Happens 99% of the time.

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