Ice fishing is right around the corner and everybody is starting to do their research into ice fishing gear for 2019. Of course, at the core of every ice anglers, gear arsenal is the electric auger. In this post, I go through why I chose what I did, why I think electric is the way to go, and the pros and cons of each. You can get all of this information below to help you with your decision. Let me start by saying that in 2017 I bought my first electric auger, and at that time I was associated with NO ice fishing companies. In fact, I bought two electric augers: the first was in March which was the 50V. The second was in November which was the 40V (I returned the 50 for the 40). I paid $550 out of pocket at that time and the only special was 2 batteries instead of one. Since then I\u2019ve also used the K-Drill (with multiple variations of drills), the Ion, Jiffy propane and gas, StrikeMaster gas, Eskimo\u2019s propane auger and more. This is my opinion based on those experiences and my pre-purchase research. WHY CHOOSE ELECTRIC AUGERS? https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vu6nrRXrj5xE&t80s I understand that many people struggle with the idea of an electric auger, so let's start with that. In the past, technology wasn\u2019t where it is now and often times it provided more hassle than benefit. Electric augers didn\u2019t have enough battery life, weren\u2019t reliable, etc.. However, like with all technology it takes time for the right innovation to develop. In the world of electric augers, that technology has finally developed. THE PROS OF ELECTRIC AUGERS Electric augers, in general, are now very powerful and very reliable, plus they still have a long list of additional benefits including: No oil - No Priming, Choking, Etc.Less MaintenanceLightweightQuietQuick Start to DrillReverse (clearing out holes and getting out of jams) Cleaner in Wheel HousesIn many models, the auger is engineered in a way that it cuts FAST Of course, as a female, upper body strength for me is limited. Therefore going with electric (now that it\u2019s reliable) was a no brainer. The StrikeMaster 40V (vs. other brands) Now there are many different types of electric augers, and in the video, at the top of the post, I go over WHY I chose what I did. THE ION WASN\u2019T FOR ME If you like a different unit - then great, but this is my experience. I personally tried the ION, and at that time I felt it was really slow and wasn\u2019t able to drill as many holes per battery. I hear last year that changed. ANY DRILL ATTACHMENT HAS LIMITATIONS The K-Drill units work just fine, but the drill it\u2019s attached to is often the problem. I have ran across soo many people who buy the K-Drill only to find out their drill doesn\u2019t work with the auger. This is usually because: The drill isn\u2019t the right voltageThe drill batteries don\u2019t have enough amperageThe batteries have been used all year and don\u2019t hold a strong enough chargeThe unit overheats and stops spinningThe batteries struggle in cold weather Essentially, drills we use for everyday life aren\u2019t meant for ice. Getting something like the K-drill is only as good as the drill and batteries you have with it. If you have been using your drill all year long, the batteries aren\u2019t going to be as efficient as they could be during the ice. Not to mention, the standard batteries on drills are often only 2 Ah, not giving you nearly the battery life you need. The same goes for the amount of voltage. Using the K-Drill isn\u2019t as simple as just buying the bit\u2026 you need to have the right drill and drill batteries to go with it. Many, many people don\u2019t. This suddenly makes these drill setups much more expensive. When you start factoring these things in, you can find a designated electric auger - meant entirely for ice - for the same price. Whether you are talking about the ION or the StrikeMaster - these units tend to hold up better and be more reliable - because that\u2019s what they are built for. I picked the 40V then because it was the newest technology at the time. I would pick it now because after many years of use it's proven its quality and value, over and over again. STRIKEMASTER SPECIFICATIONS The StrikeMaster 40V is jam-packed with some pretty impressive specs. I ramble off a few of the key features to know about below: Specifications: Auger Weight (8 in.): 24 lbs. Auger Weight (10 in.): 27 lbs.Single Charge (8 in.) in 16\u201d of ice: 100 holes.Single Charge (10 in.) in 16\u201d of ice: 70 holes.Internal battery management to preserve the longevityComes with a 5 amp hour battery (sometimes you get a deal for 2)Comes with a fast charger that charges each battery in roughly 2 hoursElectric Brushless MotorLimited 2-year manufacturer's warranty on motor, battery, and charger. In fact, the 40V was such a hit that StrikeMaster has stopped making gas augers entirely. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BATTERY? The number one hangup I hear about deals with the batteries. Below I break through some of the biggest battery myths. In this instance, I\u2019m talking only about the 40V (although I\u2019m sure this holds true for some other designated units as well). COLD WEATHER ISN\u2019T AN ISSUE I\u2019ve used my StrikeMaster 40V auger in -40 F\/C weather with no problems. The battery was fine. In these situations, just remove the battery (which is literally a click of the button) and keep it in your jacket. Temperature is not a factor in this situation. BATTERIES ARE CHEAP WHEN YOU DO THE MATH People complain about replacing the batteries, but when you do the math this is a complete non-factor. If you have a battery that lasts you 4 years, and you pay $130 a battery (which is what you can find the batteries online form) that\u2019s $32.50 a year. Not only is that stupid cheap, but don\u2019t forget that gas and propane cost money too. YES, YOU CAN DRILL THROUGH FEET OF ICE If you are going to be drilling through 2 feet of ice, then you will need extra batteries. However, I\u2019ve drilled through almost 4 feet of ice - with 0 issues. THE CONS OF GOING ELECTRIC No real review is complete without discussing some of the drawbacks. With electric augers, there aren\u2019t many - but there are some. When the ice is thick you will need more than one battery (if you plan on hole hopping). This can be a little bit of a bigger expense upfront and a little bit bigger replacement fee (but if you do the math, per year it\u2019s nothing). You can charge batteries in your truck ONLY if you have enough watts. Our 110 won\u2019t do it, my parents 400 watts will.If it catches, it can jolt the powerhead hard - and it can hurt. This happens with both the regular drills and the designated electric units such as the 40V. MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE 40V The 40V has hands down been the best ice fishing investments I\u2019ve made. It\u2019s lightweight, reliable, and soo easy to use. I can throw it on top of my flip over and I can haul it around no problem. I\u2019ve used it up at Winnipeg, many, many, many times. I appreciate the ability to clean out the hole with reverse, and I love the one-click start. If the batteries are really, really cold it will take a couple of button clicks to get it to spin - and if it catches, I have gone for a bit of a ride with the powerhead. In fact, I even used it in -40 F\/C (yes, 40 BELOW) weather in Wekusko Falls when we shot the video below. IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU? No matter how much I think it makes sense to go electric, many people still don\u2019t feel that way. Gas augers still work (despite being loud, smelly, and a hassle to start) and propane has come a long way in terms of weight. Both still work - they all drill holes. However, if you are in need of an upgrade, or something different, then I\u2019d consider investing in the latest technology which is electric. I also recommend you check out: Review of the MarCum Recon 5How to Record Underwater Camera FootageHow to Use the Jigging Rap Learn more about the 40V right here.