Heading Sensor Basic Information

The Heading Sensor enables the Jog feature and is not required for any other function of i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link. When the Heading Sensor is paired and calibrated, the Jog feature of i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link allows you to move your boat in 5 foot increments, forwards, backwards, to the left and to the right with a button press on the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link Remote.

 

Heading Sensor Availability and Coupon

The Heading Sensor is available for all motors with Bluetooth® i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link systems. The list below will advise how to get a Heading Sensor.

i-Pilot Motors:
PowerDrive and Riptide PowerDrive with i-Pilot - the Heading Sensor is an optional accessory and is available for purchase at the following link: Heading Sensor Accessory
Terrova and Riptide Terrova with i-Pilot, Ulterra and Riptide Ulterra with i-Pilot - the Heading Sensor may not be included in the box due to supply chain issues. It can be redeemed by following the instructions on the coupon* in the box with the trolling motor or by going to www.minnkotapromotions.com. Please note, some Terrovas and Riptide Terrovas come with the Micro Remote and do not include the Heading Sensor. If your motor is listed in the chart below, it will not include a Heading Sensor or coupon for redemption of a Heading Sensor. If you would like to add a Heading Sensor, you can purchase it as an optional accessory at the following link: Heading Sensor Accessory.
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Ultrex with i-Pilot - the Heading Sensor and full size remote may not be included in the box due to supply chain issues. If they are not in the box, the motor will include a Micro Remote. The Heading Sensor and full size remote can be redeemed by following the instructions on the coupon* in the box with the trolling motor or by going to  www.minnkotapromotions.com.


i-Pilot Link Motors:
Terrova, Riptide Terrova, Ulterra, and Riptide Ulterra with i-Pilot Link - the Heading Sensor is included in the box with the trolling motor.
Ultrex with i-Pilot Link - the Heading Sensor and i-Pilot Link Remote are included in the box with the trolling motor.
*To redeem the coupon for the Heading Sensor, visit www.minnkotapromotions.com to complete the redemption enrollment.

 

Heading Sensor Light Patterns

There is an LED button light on the top of the heading sensor. The light will either be red (older Heading Sensors have a red light) or it will be blue (newer version Heading Sensors have a blue light).

  • When it has power but is not paired, the light will be on steady.
  • When the Heading Sensor is in Pairing Mode, the light will flash twice per second
  • When the Heading Sensor is powered and paired to the trolling motor, it will flash once every 3 seconds

 

Mounting Considerations:

*Please see the Heading Sensor Instruction Sheet for specific mounting instructions
The Heading Sensor needs to be mounted on a flat level surface with the arrow pointed parallel with the keelline of the boat. It should not be mounted upside down and it needs to be at least 2 feet (24 inches) away from the trolling motor, anything ferrous, and anything that can cause interference. To see if the location you are wanting to mount the Heading Sensor is near something that can cause interference or something ferrous, you can use a compass. Place the Heading Sensor in the location and place the compass on top of the sensor. If the compass experiences interference, the location will not work for the Heading Sensor.

The Heading Sensor also needs a clear line of sight to the head of the trolling motor. If you are not sure about the location you want to mount the sensor, you can use double stick tape on the bottom of the sensor and place it in the location you are testing. Once the Heading Sensor is connected to power, you can try pairing it to your trolling motor and calibrating it. If either the pairing or calibration fails, the location will not work. If the Pairing and Calibration are successful, you can drill the holes and permanently mount the Heading Sensor.

There are some windshields that will prevent the Bluetooth signal from getting to the trolling motor if the Heading Sensor is mounted behind it. If you are going to mount the Heading Sensor behind a windshield, use the method above for testing the location with double stick tape.

 

Powering the Heading Sensor

*Please see the Heading Sensor Instruction Sheet for specific power instructions
The Heading Sensor requires being connected to a 12v power supply and we recommend a 1 amp inline fuse. It does have a minor amp draw and if connected to power long-term, it can drain the battery. You can connect it to an on/off switch to be able to power it off when not in use or for long-term storage (like over winter).

 

Pairing the Heading Sensor

*Please see the Heading Sensor Instruction Sheet for specific pairing, calibration, and offset instructions
With power going to the Heading Sensor, you can now pair and calibrate the Heading Sensor. Power on the trolling motor. To put the Heading Sensor into Pairing Mode, press the button and it should start blinking twice per second. Then press and hold the Pair button on the trolling motor. You should hear a long tone from the motor that changes to 3 beeps to let you know it is paired. Once the Heading Sensor is paired to the motor, you can then do the the calibration (Sensor Cal) and set the Offset (Sensor Offset) using the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link Remote.

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