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).
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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).