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Torqeedo Travel 1003, 1003C & 1103C

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Product Description

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The Torqeedo Travel 1003 and its new-for 2019 sister the 1103 C (available March, taking deposits now) are amongst the most advanced small portable outboards in the world. We think they’re excellent but we do also know and understand their 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 also read our Epropulsion Spirit motor page.

Both manufacturers make 1kW electric outboards, roughly equivalent to 3hp petrol motors, with lithium battery packs where you’d expect to find the fuel tank. But much easier to use, quieter, cleaner and easier to store. The advantages are so significant that it’s now difficult to think of a reason to buy a small petrol motor.

As of February 2019 we are still the only UK Dealer to stock and sell both Torqeedo and Epropulsion. There are many similarities between the two, and some important differences. We’ve seen and used both (not the 1103 yet, but we will, asap!), and it’s only by stocking both we believe we can listen to you 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 and new 1103 highlights:
High Power, 1000W. (1100W for the new 1103.) Apart from the Epropulsions, 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 for the 1003 is approx 14kg, and it dismantles quickly into 3 pieces, of which the heaviest (the main shaft/motor assembly) is only 9kg (11kg for the 1103C).
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! The standard 1003 is not silent (the Epropulsion Spirit is quieter), but much quieter than a petrol motor. The new 1103 is apparently quietest of them all; at 33db roughly equivalent to a human whisper.
Integral Battery, much like the fuel tank on a small petrol outboard.

And second our TORQEEDO 1003 and 1103 PRICES (February 2019):
– Torqeedo 1003S (std shaft), 532Wh battery £1449 £1340 delivered
– Torqeedo 1003CS, 915Wh battery £1699 £1570 £1540 inc FREE 12V charger, 1003 Spares Kit, and UK Mainland delivery
– NEW! Torqeedo 1103CS, 915Wh battery £1869 £1700 inc FREE 12V charger, 1003 Spares Kit, and UK Mainland delivery
– CHANGE TO LONG SHAFT on any of the above motors £50 (extra)

* See notes on specification changes lower down page. These are quite significant, and because we have fast turnover all our stock is October 2018 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, current battery of same capacity – please call us and we’ll see what we can do. For example at Southampton Boat Show this year the Torqeedo 1003 was being offered with a 320Wh battery (normally only supplied with smaller motors); thus the “headline price” was very low but we’re not sure everyone was being made aware that with this 320Wh battery the run time on full power is less than 20 minutes!

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. (As of Feb 2019, about £120 to most of France, Germany, Holland, which – with the cost savings due to our rather weak Pound! – may still be worthwhile…)

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 (neither in hold nor as carry-on). 

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, or 1103 (from March 2019), or the rival Epropulsion Spirit, talk about them, touch them, 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:
Mobile – 07768 600595
Tel – 0800 999 2535 (FREE from UK landlines)
Email – mail@nestawayboats.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: CHANGES TO THE TORQEEDO 1003
(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 2019 models have all those, AND a battery that can be charged in just 7 hrs (532Wh version), AND now the option to have a battery with 70% more capacity. If you are looking at a “secondhand Torqeedo bargain” on ebay, bear these differences in mind – and in particular find out when it was made and which battery it has! If say it’s a 2013 520Wh battery then yes, it should still work fine, but by now (in 2019) it will only have about 400Wh capacity – because (like all batteries) they “lose” roughly 4% a year – and it will be the older slower charging variety.

New Torqeedo 1103 C

THE NEW-FOR-2019 1103C

Blink slightly and you’ll miss the difference in the name – and it looks very similar too – but beneath the skin the new 1103 is quite different to the 1003, the big ones being:
(1) The new 1103 has a direct-drive brushless DC motor (more like, dare we say it, the Epropulsion!), whereas the 1003 has a faster-spinning AC motor with a reduction gearbox. The 1103 is therefore much quieter, with more instantaneous throttle response. We will of course test one on a boat as soon as we can get one, but in a tank at Dusseldorf Boat Show we found that they’re pretty much silent. We are also told the software on the 1103 is less prone to being over-protective than that on the 1003, probably because it doesn’t have a gearbox to protect.
(2) It’s an 1100W motor rather than a 1000W motor (10% more power).
(3) It’s a bit heavier (about 2kg) and the bulb (motor housing at bottom of leg) is physically longer
(4) It has a new design clamp/tilt bracket, presumably to cope with the increase in power and weight
(5) It’s only officially offered with the 915Wh battery, although we can probably swap out to the 532Wh battery (with corresponding reduction in cost) if you’d prefer that option.

We placed a forward order for 1103C motors as soon as we heard about them so should be amongst the, if not the, first to have them in the UK (mid March 2019). If previous Torqeedo new product releases are a guide to this one, then it will almost certainly go out of stock very quickly… if you think you’d like one we’re happy to take a 20% deposit now and balance when available.

UPDATE 31 Jan 2019: The new 1103C was on display at Dusseldorf Boat Show last week, so we have now seen and touched one, although not used one on the back of a boat yet. It certainly seemed very quiet, with instantaneous throttle response and a much-improved clamp bracket. It all seemed very well-engineered, and the changes underneath are much more than the looks would suggest. The only downside we could see, affecting a small percentage of customers, is that the motor housing bulb (at bottom of shaft) is quite noticeably longer than either the Torqeedo1003 or the Epropulsion Spirit. If you want to install it in an outboard “well”, this dimension may be important.
UPDATE 04 Feb 2019: Size of bulb (motor housing) for the 1103 is 323mm long (280 for 1003, 254mm for Epropulsion Spirit), diameter 124mm (110 for 1003, 108 for Spirit).

POWER COMPARISON: TORQEEDO vs PETROL

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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).

The new 1103 is 10% more powerful. We haven’t tried one on a boat yet but Torqeedo’s specification does not suggest any great increase in speed, which would make sense. 100W is important at the bottom end, whereas 100W more when you have 1000W already doesn’t make all that much difference (10% more power might equate to a 2.5% increase in speed, barely measurable). But we’d guess it’s more able to get heavier loads to speed more quickly. It does have a different propeller, again not seen yet but we’d guess beefed up internally now that the software isn’t trying to protect a gearbox that isn’t there any more.

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BATTERY LIFE (range)

Close up of motor on a RIB

The battery supplied with the 2015-on model standard Torqeedo 1003 (S or L) 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 also offer a 915Wh battery (standard with the new 1103). That’s a 70% increase in capacity – yet still in the same-size casing! RRP on these is £749, we are offering at £675. The next obvious question if you need the extra capacity is “can I buy the 1003 with a 915Wh battery instead then?” Well, yes, we offered that option from the start and since October 2017 Torqeedo made it an official product as well; the product code is 1003C (suffixed S or L) and our price is £1540 (£1590 for the L).

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…

Since it became available the 916Wh battery has been more popular, and on a typical dinghy has a realistic range of about 10 nautical miles at about 5 knots. Much more if 4 knots is enough, which in many harbours is the speed limit…

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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CHARGING

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. And about 10 hours for the 916Wh battery. As standard the mains charger comes with Euro and USA plugs; you will need a UK adapter (and in fact we supply one but it is not in the box as standard).

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. We consider it so useful that we include one FREE if you purchase the 1003C or 1103C. 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, and faster).

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).

If charging speed is important to you the Epropulsion batteries are quicker.

For more charging options and spares see Torqeedo Accessories.

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THEY’RE WATERPROOF…

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 4 or 6kg (depending on model) 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 for the 1003, 11kg for the new 1103), so will have less effect on your boat’s fore/aft trim.

Lifiting motor from water

HANDLING / STORAGE

woman carrying outboards parts

All Torqeedo Travel motors (1103, 1003 and 503) have an easy-to-remove battery and tiller, making handling much easier.  The 1003S with 532Wh battery weighs approx 30-lb (14kg) in total, of which 10-lb (5kg) is the battery, so you only ever need to manhandle 20-lb (9kg) at once. The higher capacity 916Wh battery is about 2kg heavier, and the motor/shaft assembly of the new 1103 is also about 2kg heavier than the 1003.

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 or 1103 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 well made and proving very popular.

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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 916Wh 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).

SHAFT SIZE

The Torqeedo 1103,1003 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.)

On the rival Epropulsion Spirit there are three shaft sizes; they also offer an “XS” (Extra Short) which suits most small inflatable dinghies fine and means you don’t have to tilt it up as early when coming into land on a slipway or beach.

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WHICH MODEL – Torqeedo Travel 503 or 1003 or 1103?

We are happy to supply a 503 but in our opinion this model doesn’t make much sense… the 1003 and 1103 ship 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 electric outboards a lot 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 February 2019 we are still – 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 outboards as well. 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). The new-for-2019 Torqeedo 1103C makes the competition even more intense, as it has a brushless DC, gearbox-free design (more like the Epropulsion than the Torqeedo 1003).

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