The new Lowrance Elite Ti fish finders are an exciting and affordable offering for several reasons. First, they have the easy to use touch screen operation that you normally would only find on the high end HDS units. Second, they come in either a DownScan or TotalScan bundle so you don’t have to add on any sonar black boxes to complete your system.
Most people will be surprised to learn the Elite Ti fish finders are actually the old HDS Gen 2 fish finders repackaged into a new body (the clues are on the Lowrance website). That doesn’t mean these units use outdated technology in any way. In fact, our Lowrance Elite Ti review will show you how well these units compare favorably with the competition.
Elite Ti Series Overview
|Elite-5 Ti TotalScan||5in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS, SS||NO||YES|
|Elite-5 Ti DownScan||5in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS||NO||YES|
|Elite-7 Ti TotalScan||7in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS, SS||NMEA 2000||YES|
|Elite-7 Ti DownScan||7in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS||NMEA 2000||YES|
|Elite-9 Ti TotalScan||9in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS, SS||NMEA 2000||YES|
|Elite-9 Ti DownScan||9in (800×480)||CHIRP 2D, DS||NMEA 2000||YES|
|Elite-12 Ti TotalScan||12in (1280×800)||CHIRP 2D, DS, SS||NMEA 2000||YES|
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Lowrance Elite-5 Ti Review
What the Elite Ti has above those other units is the touch screen interface. The HDS Gen II touch system has made it’s way into these new affordable units, which is great news for anglers looking for the simplicity of touch plus down and side scanning sonar.
The mounting base is the simple tilt and swivel quick disconnect base that doesn’t require a lot of room to mount. The Elite-5 Ti is really the perfect size for smaller aluminum fishing boats and bass boats, and would even make an awesome kayak fish finder.
The Elite-5 Ti DownScan model comes with a skimmer transducer that performs the standard 83 and 200 kHz sonar duties, as well as the Medium and High CHIRP ranges. CHIRP is gaining in popularity for the clear targets it can create on your screen. CHIRP infused DownScan does the same thing for the imaging, and is a great structure finding tool.
Lowrance Elite-7 Ti Review
The Elite-7 Ti, like the 5 Ti, is also available in angler friendly DownScan and TotalScan bundles. I really believe the 7 inch size is the current sweet spot for affordable all in one imaging fish finders.
The 5 inch is just a little compact to be able to utilize split screen Down or StructureScan alongside mapping and sonar. The extra 2 inches of diagonal space give you breathing room to maximize what you can easily see fish and objects on the screen.
The TotalScan bundle comes packed with the new TotalScan Skimmer that has been designed to be an affordable all in one sonar and imaging transducer. This new transducer is key to making StructureScan affordable to more people.
The LSS2 modules are just too expensive to try to package with the Elite Ti series. Be aware that this is a very long transducer, and make sure you have enough mounting space on your rig. It would be best suited to mount under a jackplate, or under the first step in the hull where it can’t easily be damaged by debris in the water.
With the TotalScan transducer, you gain the ability to view DownScan, CHIRP, 2D, and StructureScan on your unit. These are super fun tools to learn and will help you tremendously once you get the hang of reading the images. Using a split screen of Sonar/DownScan with StructureScan, you can see all the data at once and break down water faster than ever before. It’s a great time to be a fisherman!
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Lowrance Elite-9 Ti and Elite-12 Ti
The 5 and 7 inch Elite Ti electronics proved to be so popular that Lowrance has extended the series to Elite-9 Ti and Elite-12 Ti sizes. This is great news for anglers craving larger screens for their boats. The extra inches of display really make a difference when viewing StructureScan and DownScan data, especially when split screen with the map and sonar. Fish are easier to see and distinguish from other objects.
The Elite-9 comes in both DownScan and TotalScan bundles, while the Elite-12 is currently only offered with TotalScan. The Elite Ti series remains some of the lowest cost touch display fish finders on the market. If you liked your old HDS units, you will be happy with the Elite Ti. If you can swing it, the Elite-12 Ti has a much higher pixel density than the 9 (800×480 like the 5 and 7), so everything looks clearer on the 12.
Finally, let’s talk mapping capabilities. The Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti, both have a single MicroSD card slot for optional lake map cards. The card slot is hidden under the “L” of the big Lowrance logo on the front left of the unit. It’s a sneaky placement, but once you put your map card in you can set it and forget it. The Elite-7 Ti is compatible with Navionics Premium and Platinum, Fishing HotSpots, and more.
Perhaps most importantly, the Elite Ti are compatible with Insight Genesis, the popular online custom map making program. It works by uploading your sonar recordings into the web app and converting them into contoured lake maps. Then using Bluetooth you can download the maps directly to your control head. Your maps will be publically viewable, but for just a few bucks a month you can keep them all to yourself.