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Torqeedo Travel 1003S & 1003L

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Product Description

The Torqeedo Travel 1003 is one of the most advanced small portable outboards in the world. We think it’s excellent but we do also know and understand its limitations; this page is not the usual re-quoted manufacturer blurb you’ll find elsewhere. And there is no point trying to hide the fact that Torqeedo no longer have this market to themselves; if you have not already seen it please read our Epropulsion Spirit motor page.

As of November 2017 we are – to the best of our knowledge – the only UK Dealer to stock both makes. There are many similarities between the two, but also some important differences. We have seen and tried both, quite extensively, and it’s only by stocking both we believe we can listen to what you want and recommend the one that will suit you better (rather than being a single brand dealer and forced to try and sell you that one!).

Let’s look first at the Torqeedo 1003 highlights:
High Power, 1000W. Almost all other portable electric outboards are classed as “trolling motors”.
VERY EASY to Use.Twist and go; no messing with a choke, pulling starting cord, or spilling petrol, etc.
– No Carburetor to “gum up” when stored. (Probably the most common problems with small petrol outboards.)
– LIGHTWEIGHT. Total weight approx 14kg, and it dismantles quickly into 3 pieces, of which the heaviest is only 9kg.
IP67 Waterproof, so even if you submerse them (up to 1m) they still work. Yes we’ve tried it. Brilliant for use on small boats!
Built-in GPS & Digital Display, showing battery charge state, speed, range and power draw.
QUIET! Not silent (the Epropulsion Spirit is quieter), but much quieter than a petrol motor.
Integral Battery, much like the fuel tank on a small petrol outboard.

And second our TORQEEDO 1003 PRICES (2018):
– Torqeedo 1003S (std shaft), 532Wh battery £1449 £1340 delivered
– NEW! Torqeedo 1003CS, 915Wh battery £1699 £1570 £1540 inc FREE 12V charger, 1003 Spares Kit, and UK Mainland delivery
– Torqeedo 1003S, two 532Wh batteries £1948 £1750
– CHANGE TO LONG SHAFT on any of the above £50 (extra)

* See notes on specification changes lower down page. These are quite significant, and because we have fast turnover all our stock is December 2017 or newer. If you’re considering purchase elsewhere simply ask for the manufacturing date. If you see a better price for the same product – ie current model – please call us and we’ll see what we can do.

CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE UK: Prices above include UK mainland delivery, not delivery to other countries, nor parts of UK defined as remote by couriers (their definition not ours!). We welcome enquiries from overseas but please be aware that international shipping of lithium batteries is difficult and expensive – we are happy to quote but shipping cost will depend on where you live. 

Also note, if you are thinking about “taking a Torqeedo with you” that lithium batteries of this size absolutely cannot be flown in passenger baggage. 

Torqueedo engine in action on the water

If you contact us you will be able to speak to somebody who has actually used a Torqeedo on the water, and can give genuine, useful (realistic!) advice about battery life, range, and whether your particular boat is suited to electric drive. If you are told the battery lasts 10 hours and the motor is equivalent to a 5hp petrol put the phone down – they either don’t understand the product or are lying!

We usually have stock: come and see a 1003, talk about it, touch it, and so on – then make a decision and take one away the same day if you want to! Contact us to arrange a time/date:
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(1) From mid-2015 the Torqeedo 1003 has been supplied with a battery that charges much faster, with the standard mains charger supplied. This is a really significant improvement: for the 532Wh battery it’s halved the charging time to 7hrs instead of 14. (And the newest 915Wh battery takes about 10hrs with this charger.)
(2) The 2015-onward model also ships with a USB adapter which means you can use the Torqeedo battery as a supply for your phone, camera, navigation light, etc whilst on the move. It’s a very simple, innocuous looking thing but cannot be retro-fitted to older batteries.
(3) October 2016 – you can now buy the new high capacity battery (915Wh, vs standard battery 532Wh) packaged with the motor. Previously it was only (officially) available as an extra, ie you had to buy the high capacity battery as an extra. Order ref for this version is 1003CS (or L for long shaft).

There have been many other changes over the years to the 1003: increased battery capacity, improved software, and a beefed-up transom clamp design. But current 2018 models have all those, AND a battery that can be charged in just 7 hrs, AND now the option to have a battery with 70% more capacity.


Torqueedo Travel 1003
Torqueedo Travel 1003

We have often heard of people being told the 1003 is equivalent to a 3hp petrol outboard (and the 503 to 1.5hp). Indeed the Torqeedo brochure says that! We consider that to be a misleading comparison, as a 3hp petrol motor will get many small, lightly loaded craft of the right hull form “on the plane”, and a Torqeedo 1003 won’t. The propeller supplied is not even designed for that sort of speed (it’s rated 9kmph at 790W, or about 6 knots flat out). Where the Torqeedo excels is pushing surprisingly heavy loads (when the 3hp petrol wouldn’t get you on the plane anyway) at up-to-displacement speeds. 4 to 5 knots in a typical 9ft inflatable dinghy, for example.

The acceleration up to those speeds is also impressive, as electric motors (unlike petrol ones) generate full torque from very low revs. So the Torqeedo 1003 has lots of low to mid-range push, but not the whizzy top end of a petrol. Unlike “trolling motors” it will be genuinely useful as a main propulsion unit – just not for anything much over 6 knots (12kmph).

See also Torqeedo Accessories, Torqeedo Cruise

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Close up of motor on a RIB

The battery supplied with the 2015-on model standard Torqeedo 1003 is 532 Watt hours (approx 18 amp hours at 29.6 volts). This means you should get 35 minutes running the 1003 flat-out.

BUT, in most typical small boat applications, half-power on the 1003 isn’t much slower than full power – and then it will last about an hour. And only a bit less throttle suddenly means you’ve got 90mins to two hours. Whilst that is not enough for everybody it is enough for a lot of users, if you think about how you actually use it.

If you don’t think that’s sufficient, Torqeedo now offer a new 915Wh battery. That’s a 70% increase in capacity – yet still in the same-size casing! RRP on these is £699, we are offering at £629. The next obvious question if you need the extra capacity is “can I buy the 1003 with a 915Wh battery instead then?” And now (October 2017) the answer is yes; the product code is 1003C (suffixed S or L) and our price is £1570 (£1620 for the L).

Note that we also offer the 1003S with two 532Wh batteries at £1750, which gives you an extra 16% capacity (over a single 915Wh battery) and the advantage that you can charge one whilst using the other. Some people like the idea of a “separate fuel tank” too, but this option does of course take up more space.

As a real world example, our 14ft Trio with a Torqeedo 1003 and one person on board can be driven at 3-4 knots for about 2.5 hours, using the 532Wh battery. Being realistic that is often all that many people really want or use their boats for – an hour or so each way, stopping at the pub for lunch etc. Or you might be planning to sail/row some of the distance…

Another reason some people choose two 532Wh batteries (instead of one 915Wh battery) is that if you only ever use one to go the first half of the journey, then you’ll always know the other battery is enough to get back again (assuming you didn’t have very strong wind/tides acting in your favour on the outward journey).

With the new 2015 faster-charging battery (or optional fast charger for older batteries), putting some of the charge back while, say, you’re at the pub, may be an option too.

As battery life is usually the main worry for those new to electric power, the digital display is very reassuring. Range is inversely related to speed, so if you have further to go than currently indicated, simply slow down until the range increases to the required distance. As a further precaution an alarm sounds as you pass below 30% capacity, with the display flashing a recommendation to slow down. Because they are lithium manganese based, the full capacity can be used without detriment to the battery lifetime (unlike lead acid batteries, which dislike being discharged more than 40-50%).

For spare batteries and parts see Torqeedo Accessories.

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Man carrying torqeedo in storage bags

A mains charger is included in the price of the Torqeedo 503/1003, and for the 532Wh capacity batteries (since 2015) this will take approx 7 hours to recharge a fully discharged battery. As standard this comes with Euro and USA plugs; you will need a UK adapter.

It is also possible to charge direct from a 12volt source such as your car or boat battery – eg while you’re driving to your yacht, or overnight at a camp site. A 12V lead is not included and for years we made one ourselves, but in 2015 Torqeedo finally announced their own, now in stock – see Torqeedo Accessories. 12V charging is about half the speed of the mains charger.

For the technically (and/or battery charge conservation)-minded, the “DC to DC” charging lead is more energy efficient than converting 12volts DC to 240volt AC – via an inverter – then back to DC again via the mains charging lead (which is nonetheless another possibility).

The 12volt lead also potentially provides a cheaper (than buying a second Torqeedo battery) “range extending system”, because the Torqeedo battery has separate charge and discharge circuits – it can do both at the same time. For example we’ve had an 18ft dayboat with a Torqeedo 1003S in the outboard well, and a fairly large (110 amp hour) 12volt battery where the fuel tank would normally go. With the two connected you slow the rate of discharge from the Torqeedo battery when in operation, and charge up the Torqeedo battery when stopped (or operating at very slow speeds).

For more charging options and spares see Torqeedo Accessories.

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Close up of torqeedo on boat

Perfect for use on a dayboat or dinghy – even if you capsize whilst sailing the motor will still work afterwards, to get you home (when you’re cold and and wet and have had enough!). And with the 4kg battery taken off (which can then be stored anywhere convenient) what’s left is lighter than any petrol outboard on the market today (about 9kg), so will have less effect on your boat’s fore/aft trim.

Lifiting motor from water


woman carrying outboards parts

1003 and 503 motors have an easy-to-remove battery and tiller, making handling much easier.  The 1003S weighs approx 30-lb in total, of which 10-lb is the battery, so you only ever need to manhandle 20-lb at once.

Also, unlike (four stroke) petrol motors, you don’t have to worry about laying them down on one side, or getting them wet, which makes storage straightforward.

Plus the relative silence, ease of use, lack of pollution, not spilling petrol everywhere…

Torqeedo now offer a set of bags for storing and carrying your 1003 motor. Well in fact two bags, one for the motor and one for the battery – so if you have two batteries there’s a nice protective bag to keep the spare in whilst underway. Very nicely made and proving very popular, see Torqeedo Accessories for more details and photos.

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1. Integrated GPS/information system: provides precise real-time information on battery charge status, remaining range at current speed, speed over ground and power consumption.
2. Improved mechanical stability, ruggedness and suitability for salt water use.
3. 20% higher power and approx. 10% higher efficiency, noiseless design.
4. Corrosion-free design, does not require a sacrificial anode
5. Auto-kickup feature in case of grounding
6. 532 or 915Wh battery capacity
7. Can be solar-charged during operation.
8. Audible alarm at 30% battery charge
9. Fully waterproof design, IP67 (submersible one hour, up to one metre deep without any harm).


The Torqeedo 1003 and 503 motors are available in two shaft lengths, Standard or Long.

The conventional measurement is from the bottom of the top of the clamp (ie where it sits on the transom) to the cavitation plate. As Torqeedos do not have a cavitation plate there is no direct equivalent, but approximately:
– Standard shaft Torqeedo motors equate to a petrol outboard with an 18″ (450mm) shaft (nearly as deep as some long shaft motors)
– Long shafts equate to a petrol outboard with a 23″ (575mm) shaft

Precise dimensions are shown below. The reason the Torqeedo shafts are a little longer than “normal” is that the propellers have a larger diameter than those on petrol outboards, and to work efficiently a propeller needs to operate in non-turbulent water (ie well below the surface and ideally below the boat’s hull). A larger propeller has to sit deeper, to be immersed.

(The propeller has a diameter of 292mm (approx 12″), so if a cavitation plate were fitted it would need to be at least 175mm (7″) above centre of propeller. Our shaft length equivalent figures are based on that.)

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WHICH MODEL – Torqeedo Travel 503 or 1003?

We are happy to supply a 503 but in our opinion this model doesn’t make much sense… the 1003 ships with a higher capacity battery as standard, and when you’ve taken the price differential of the battery into account the extra cost of the 1003 is negligible. It will use the same power at the same speed as the 503, but has a higher top end when you need it. At all meaningful levels of accuracy, they weigh the same (the 1003 battery is to be fair slightly heavier).

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Talk to Us!

You may have noticed there is a lot of information on our site that you won’t find elsewhere. That’s because we are great fans of the Torqeedo 1003, and use one ourselves, of choice. We understand these motors and we also understand they don’t suit everybody. We are happy to discuss the Torqeedo motors (and your particular application) with you by email or over the phone, and can arrange an on-water demonstration if required.

ELECTRIC OUTBOARD HOT NEWS… As of November 2017 we are also – to the best of our knowledge – the only UK Torqeedo Dealer who has stuck their neck out to stock the new rival Epropulsion Spirit 1kW electric outboard. There are many similarities between the two, but also some important differences. We have seen and tried both, quite extensively, and it’s only by stocking both we believe we can listen to what you want and recommend the one that will suit you better (rather than being a single brand dealer and forced to try and sell you that one).

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