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Gear Review: Checking Out the New ION X 40-volt Electric Ice Auger

Gord Pyzer

Review: ION X 40-volt Electric Ice Auger

Can a battery powered auger be a game changer on the ice?

Even I get caught up in the trap sometimes of calling too many things “game changers.” But that’s what the new ION X 40-volt ice auger is—a breakthrough of impressive proportions.

In fact, I have to confess, I didn’t think it was possible for a battery powered auger to live up to the game.

Boy was I wrong.

I first started changing my opinion last winter when good friend Jeff Simpson, from In-Fisherman television, paid me a visit to shoot a lake trout episode for the show. There were four of us and it was pretty cold, around -25°C.  Tough conditions for a battery-powered electric ice auger, I thought, but the ION performed flawlessly.

We ran around and drilled at least 10 to 12 holes at every one of the half dozen spots we visited each day and the ION still had plenty of punch left at the end.

So, when I heard that the new ION X 40-volt has 60 per cent more power—enough to drill 1,600 inches of ice—than the unit Jeff had brought with him last winter, well, I just had to put it to the test, as you can see in the following video.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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