The Torqeedo Travel 1003 and its new-for 2019 sister the 1103 C 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 June 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 used the three main models – Torqeedo 1003 & 1103, Epropulsion Spirit – and it’s only by stocking both brands we believe we can listen to you and recommend the one that will suit you best (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 quietest of them all; at 33db roughly equivalent to a human whisper (effectively silent in water).
– Integral Battery, much like the fuel tank on a small petrol outboard.
And second our TORQEEDO 1003 and 1103 PRICES (July 2019):
– Torqeedo 1003S (std shaft), 532Wh battery
– Torqeedo 1003CS, 915Wh battery
– NEW! Torqeedo 1103CS, 915Wh battery
– CHANGE TO LONG SHAFT on any of the above motors £50 (extra)
NOTE ON 1103 AVAILABILITY (20 July 2019): we do currently have the 1103 motors in stock (S & L) but don’t hang about… they’re selling faster than Torqeedo can make them!
* See notes on specification changes lower down page. These are quite significant, and because we have fast turnover all our current stock is May 2019 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. The battery size is often a cause of confusion, but if you want the higher capacity versions they will be more expensive. For example at Southampton Boat Show last year a Torqeedo 1003 was being offered by one dealer 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 the 320Wh battery the run time on full power is less than 20 minutes!
CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE UK: 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).
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 directly 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, 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 – email@example.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 1003 (standard with the 1103). Previously it was only (officially) available as an extra, ie you had to buy the high capacity battery as an extra. Order ref for the 1003 with 932Wh battery 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.
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 have now tested one on a boat and the noise of the water splashing on the hull as we drove forward was louder than the motor! To all intents and purposes therefore, it is silent. We are also told the software on the 1103 is less prone to being over-protective than the 1003, probably because it doesn’t have a gearbox to protect, and thus far this seems to be the case.
(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 and were amongst if not the first to have them in the UK. As with previous Torqeedo new product releases they have been extremely popular and sell out almost as soon as they come in! If you know you want one, even if it’s not for a month or two, it’s worth getting yourself on the list to make sure one is available when you do want it (20% deposit with balance due prior to shipping/collection).