Lowrance Elite 5X, Mark 5x Pro, Mark 5x, Mark 5X DSI Operating instructions
Mark 5x, Mark 5x Pro & Elite 5x sonar
Installation & Operation manual
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Basic Operation .......................13
Split Zoom ......................................14
Working with menus .......................16
Exiting menus .................................17
Selecting a Fishing Mode ...............17
Restoring Defaults ..........................18
Standby mode ................................18
Sonar Operation ......................19
Viewing Sonar History ...................19
Table of Contents
Auto Sensitivity ...............................20
Depth Range ..................................21
Sonar Options menu.......................21
Settings Menu ..........................24
Surface Clutter .....................................25
Keel Offset ......................................26
Temperature calibration ..................26
Mark and Elite Series Installation
This document covers the installation of the transducer and display unit installation, which includes connecting the unit to power and installing the unit on the bracket mount.
Make sure you read all the installation instructions before drilling holes in your vessel. Check the transducer cable and power wires to make sure they will reach the desired mounting location for the display unit. If they will not reach, you either will have to select a different mounting location for the display unit, or extend the transducer cable and /or power wires.
One piece bracket (Recommended Tools and Supplies — not included)
1” (25mm) or 5/8” (15mm) drill bit
Marine grade above-or-below waterline sealant
Marine grade epoxy (Shoot-thru-hull install only)
#29 (0.136”) (3mm) drill bit Zip ties (trolling motor mount)
Phillips (Slotted-head) screwdriver TMB-S bracket kit (Skimmer trolling motor mount)
A. Select a transducer location
To function properly the Skimmer transducer must be in the water at all times and in a location that has a smooth flow of water when the boat is moving.
If the transducer is not placed in a smooth flow of water, interference caused by bubbles and turbulence may cause the product to not perform properly. The unit also could lose bottom signal when the boat is on plane.
Install transducer at least 1’ (.3m) away from the engine’s lower unit.
Poor locations dot
B. Aligning Ratchets on Transducer bracket
You will use the ratchets to ensure the transducer is installed parallel to the ground.
Insert the ratchets in the bracket with the letter “A” aligned with the dot stamped on the outside of the transducer bracket.
Slide the transducer into the bracket and temporarily slide the bolt through the transducer bracket.
Align dot and letter
Hold the transducer assembly against the transom. Look at the transducer from the side. If it is parallel to the ground, then the “A” position is correct.
If the transducer can not be adjusted so its face is parallel to the ground, remove the transducer and ratchets from the bracket. Reinsert the ratchets into the bracket, this time with the letter “B” aligned with the dot stamped in the bracket. Reassemble the transducer and bracket and place it against the transom.
Place the transducer and bracket against the transom.
Check to see if the transducer will adjust so its face is parallel with the ground.
Repeat this process until the transducer can be adjusted so its face is parallel with the ground.
C. Assembling the bracket
After determining the correct position for the ratchets, loosely assemble the transducer and bracket assembly.
D. Attaching Transducer to Transom
1. Adjust the transducer so its face is parallel with the ground and its center line is even with the bottom of the boat hull.
Bottom of hull
Hold the transducer and bracket assembly against the transom. When the transducer and bracket are properly aligned mark its position on the hull.
Drill the mounting holes for the transducer bracket.
Use a #29 bit (for the #10 screws).
The transducer centerline must be even with the boat hull. Its face should be parallel to the ground.
When mounting your transducer, make sure to leave some slack in the cable near the transducer.
Run cable over the bolt and through the bracket.
If you need to drill a hole in the transom to pass the connector through, the hole size will depend on the connector on the end of the transducer’s cable.
Do not overtighten the lock nut; otherwise the transducer will not be able to kick up if it strikes an object
E. Make a test run
After the transducer is installed make a test run to ensure the transducer is installed properly.
Use the slots in the transducer mounting bracket to loosen the screws and slide the transducer up or down, if adjustments are necessary.
Shoot-thru-hull Skimmer & Pod transducer installation
Before attempting any installation on boats with flotation material sandwiched within the hull, consult the boat manufacturer.
Do not remove material from the inner hull. Careless grinding on the hull could damage hull integrity. Contact the boat dealer or manufacturer to confirm hull specifications
In a shoot-thru-hull installation the transducer is epoxied to the inside of the boat hull.
A transducer can not shoot through wood or metal hulls. Wood and metal hulls require either a transom mount or thruhull installation.
Transducer epoxied to hull
For shoot-thru-hull applications many boat hulls have a flat keel pad that offers a good transducer mounting surface.
Make sure the Skimmer transducer is oriented so the nose of the transducer is facing the bow
(front) of the boat. If the transducer has a built in temp sensor, it will only show the temperature of the hull, not the water temp.
Before you epoxy the transducer to the hull, make sure the area is clean, dry and free of oil or grease.
On vee hulls try to place the transducer where the dead rise is
10° or less.
The surface of the hull must be flat so the entire transducer face is in contact with the hull. Also, make sure the cable is long enough to reach the sonar unit.
To use shoot-thru-hull installation:
1. Sand the inside surface of the hull, where the transducer is to be epoxied, and the face of the transducer. Sand the hull until it is smooth to the touch. The sanded area should be about 1-1/2 times the diameter of the transducer.
After sanding, clean the hull and the face of the transducer with an alcohol wipe to remove any dust.
Apply a thin layer of epoxy (about 1/16” or 1.5 mm) on the face of the transducer and the sanded area on the hull.
Be careful when mounting a transducer inside a boat hull.
Once epoxied into position, the transducer can not be removed.
Press the transducer into the epoxy, turning it to force out any air bubbles from under the transducer face.
Make sure there are no air pockets in the epoxy layers.
Stop pressing when it bottoms out on the hull.
Apply pressure to hold the transducer in place while the epoxy sets. Be careful not to move the transducer while the epoxy is setting. Allow the epoxy to set before moving the boat.
When finished, the face of the transducer should be parallel with the hull with a minimum amount of epoxy between the hull and transducer.
Sand transducer face and mounting location
Apply epoxy to transducer face and mounting location.
Epoxy transducer to hull.
Trolling motor Skimmer and Pod Installation
The TMB-S trolling motor bracket (Part No. 51-45) is an
accessory and is available through LEI Extras at www.lei-extras.com
. The TMB-S bracket is used to attach a one-piece bracket skimmer transducer to a trolling motor.
Plastic ties (not included)
The Pod transducer does not need a TMB-S trolling motor bracket to be installed on a trolling motor. It only needs a hose clamp
Move transducer cable to back side of shaft
Installing transducer on trolling motor:
Using the components supplied with the TMB-S bracket attach the skimmer transducer to the bracket as shown in the diagram.
Internal tooth washer
Slide the adjustable strap (hose clamp) through the plastic bracket on the skimmer transducer or through the Pod transducer slots and then slip the strap around the trolling motor.
Position the transducer so its face is pointing straight down when the trolling motor is in the water.
Tighten the adjustable strap securely to the trolling motor.
Make sure there is enough slack in the transducer cable for the trolling motor to turn freely.
The top of the Pod transducer is curved to fit the contour of the trolling motor, so you do not need a TMB-S mounting bracket.
Mounting display unit
Before mounting the display unit mount, make sure there is nothing in the area that will obstruct the display unit when it is installed on the bracket.
To install bracket mount:
1. Place the bracket on the desired mounting surface and mark the four mounting holes. If you want to run the unit’s cables up through the mounting surface, make a mark in the center of the bracket mounting surface.
2. Drill pilot holes for the four mounting holes. If desired, use a 1-inch (25mm) bit to drill the center cabling hole in the mounting surface.
If you are running the cables up through the mounting surface, push the cables through the mounting surface and then pull them through the cabling hole in the center of the bracket.
Align the mounting bracket with the four mounting holes and use the supplied screws to fasten it to the mounting surface.
Connect the display unit to the bracket mount.
Connecting display unit to bracket.
Connecting to Power
1. Connect the black wire to a ground.
Attach a 3 Amp fuse to the end of the power wire and then connect the fuse to the positive (+) terminal on the battery. (Use 18 gauge wire to extend the power or ground wires.)
Connect the Power cable to the
Power port on the back of the display unit.
Red (power) wire
3 Amp fuse
Black (ground) wire
Optional temp sensor
Optional paddlewheel speed/temp sensor
: Opens pages menu; allows you to select a page to view
Keys: used to zoom in/zoom out
: controls cursor & selects items on menus
: Opens settings, context and page menus
: finalizes menu selections
: controls backlight level and turns unit on/off
Turn unit on/off
To turn on/off the unit, press and hold the
key for three seconds.
Adjusting the backlight
and press the keypad left/right.
from the System menu and press
This unit has four page screens: Sonar, Split
Zoom, Split Frequency and Split Flasher.
Displays the water column moving from right to left on your unit’s screen.
Displays a 2X zoom in the left panel with the sonar view in the right panel.
Displays 83 kHz frequency in the left panel and 200kHz view in the right panel.
(Mark 5x Pro and Elite 5x)
Displays a sonar flasher in the left panel with the sonar view in the right panel.
Accessing Settings menu
Accessing Sonar menu
Selecting Menu items
Sonar settings menu
Working with menus
Select the scrollbar and press the keypad left (decrease) or right (increase).
Select an on/off menu item and press
Press the keypad up/down to select the desired item and press
Switches letters to uppercase/ lowercase
Switches keyboard between
Alpha and Qwerty layout
To input text:
1. Select the desired character and press
2. Repeat Step 1 for each character.
3. When text entry is completed, highlight
If a screen or menu has an exit option (Close,
Return to screen, Exit dialog) highlight the exit option and press
If there is no exit option press the
key repeatedly to close all menus.
Selecting a Fishing Mode
Fishing modes are preset packages of sonar settings geared to specific fishing conditions.
Use Shallow Water mode when fishing in less than 100 feet of water; otherwise your unit may not track bottom properly.
Fishing Mode Options
Bottom brown/blue background;
50% ping speed
Bottom brown/white background; best suited for depths less than
Bottom brown/white background;
50% ping speed
Deep Water Deep Blue; 50% ping speed
Bottom brown/white background;
50% ping speed
Bottom brown/white background; slightly lower chart speed
Bottom brown/white background;
50% ping speed
Bottom brown/blue background; higher ASP; slightly lower chart speed
Resets unit options and settings to defaults.
Enables advanced features and settings.
Elite 5x backlight menu
Mark series backlight menu
Lowers power consumption by putting the unit into a sleep mode and turning off sonar.
Press any key to resume normal operation.
Advanced Mode features
Enables Upper and Lower Limits
Sensitivity Enables manual control of sensitivity
Colorline Enables manual control of colorline
Enables manual control of surface clarity
Ping Rate Enables manual control of ping rate
Enables Arrival, Off Course and
Enables units for Distance, Speed,
Depth, Temperature and Bearings
Leaving the unit in
Standby with the boat turned off will drain the battery.
Using your Sonar
This section has instructions for viewing sonar history and making adjustments to the sonar menu.
Viewing Sonar History
(Mark 5X Pro & Elite 5x only)
You can review your sonar history by pressing the keypad to the left until the screen starts to move in reverse.
Blue sonar history bar
Exit cursor mode
to remove the cursor from the screen.
The sonar menu has options and settings that affect the appearance of the display.
(Color options for
Elite 5x only)
Move the blue sonar history bar all the way to the right to resume normal sonar scrolling.
Used to make adjustments to Sensitivity and Colorline.
Colorline can only be adjusted when the unit is in advanced mode.
Colorline (Advanced mode only)
Separates strong sonar echoes from weak sonar echoes. That makes it easier to distinguish fish or structure from the bottom.
Reddish-blue soft sonar returns
Wide yellow hard sonar return
Controls the level of detail shown on the display. Too much detail will clutter the screen. Conversely, desired echoes may not be displayed if Sensitivity is set too low.
Elite 5x only
Mark series units have a monochrome display, so wide bands of gray indicate a hard sonar return, while softer returns are shown as dark, narrow lines.
Sensitivity set to 65 percent.
Sensitivity set to 85 percent.
Keeps sensitivity at a level that works well under most conditions.
You can make minor changes to sensitivity with Auto
Sensitivity turned on. You will have to turn it off to make significant adjustments.
surface. Upper and lower limits must be at least 6.5 feet (2m) apart.
Frequency (Mark 5x Pro & Elite 5x)
Allows you to select the transducer frequency used by the unit. This unit supports two frequencies: 200kHz and 83kHz.
Selects the section of the water column — from surface to bottom — shown on the display.
Ping Speed (Advanced Mode)
Ping Speed controls the rate the transducer uses to send sonar waves into the water.
Custom Range — Upper/Lower Limits
Used to select the upper depth and lower depth of a desired portion of the water column, allowing you to select a range that does not include the water
Sonar Options menu
Provides access to sonar display settings and configuration options.
Allows you to see the amplitude of real-time echoes before they appear on the display.
Sonar options menu
Split Zoom and Split Flasher
Switches the sonar display from full screen sonar to a split screen view. See Basic Operation section for more information on Split
Zoom and Split Flasher pages.
Displays fish echoes as fish symbols instead of arches. Fish ID is not as effective a fish finding method as the default fish arch setting.
Allows you to change the look of the display using palettes with varying degrees of color and brightness.
Pauses the sonar chart, allowing you to get a closer look at sonar echoes.
Elite 5x color menu
Mark 5x & 5x Pro color menu
Used to display selected data on the Sonar screen.
To select overlay data:
4. Select a the desired overlay data type and press
Return to overlay
Shows/hides the Overlay data display on the sonar screen.
Customizing Overlay Data
Overlay Data size can be resized, moved or removed from the display from the
Overlay data menu.
Overlay Data screen to make adjustments to overlay data.
Used to make adjustments to your unit’s configuration options and settings.
Adjusts unit settings like language, mute audio and advanced mode.
Selects the language used on menus and text boxes.
Mute Audio, Advanced mode and Restore defaults are covered in the Basic Operation section.
Displays software information about this unit.
Controls Sonar options and display settings like Noise Rejection, Surface and
In this mode, the unit sends sonar signals only to the depth range you select, instead of automatically searching for the bottom. That makes it easier to focus on suspended fish.
Noise Rejection counteracts sonar signal interference by reducing onscreen clutter.
Fishing Mode is covered in Basic Operation section.
Surface Clarity (Advanced Mode only)
Surface Clarity reduces surface clutter by decreasing the sensitivity of the receiver near the surface.
Reset Fishing Mode
Switches Fishing Mode to the default General use setting.
Accesses the Installation menu, where adjustments can be made to Keel Offset, Water
Speed and Temp calibration settings.
All transducers measure water depth from the transducer to the bottom. As a result, water depth readings do not account for the distance from the transducer to the keel or from the transducer to the water surface.
Before setting keel offset, measure the distance from the transducer to the lowest part of the keel. If the keel is 3.5 feet below the transducer, it will be input as –3.5 feet.
Calibrates data from a temp sensor with data from another temperature source, to ensure accuracy of temperature data.
Reset water distance
Resets water distance value to zero.
Keel Offset (-3.5 feet)
Enables alarms and allows you to set alarm thresholds for the Shallow alarm and Fish
Allows you to select the unit of measure for
Distance, Speed, Depth and Temperature, when the unit is in Advanced mode.
Shallow alarm sounds a tone when your vessel enters water shallower than the selected Shallow alarm threshold.
Fish alarm sounds a tone when a fish symbol appears on the display. Fish alarm will only work with
Fish ID turned on.
(Basic mode) (Advanced mode)
Used to simulate sonar activity.
5.4” H (134mm) x 6.8” W (174mm);
6” H (152mm) with bracket
: (5” diagonal) High-contrast film
Supertwist LCD; 16-level grayscale definition; 480x480 monochrome
: (5” diagonal) Enhanced Solar
MAX™ 480x480 color
: Cold cathode fluorewscent lamp (11 levels)
: 1600W PTP 200W RMS
Mark 5x Pro:
2400W PTP; 300 RMS
: 4000 PTP; 500W RMS
10 to 18 Volts DC
10 to 17V
3 amp automotive (not supplied)
: 800ft (244m)
Mark 5x Pro/Elite 5x
: 1000ft (305m)
Mark 5x Pro/Elite 5x
Skimmer with built in temp sensor
20 feet (6m)
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