Torqueedo Portable Power

Torqueedo's electric kayak motor will get you home even in current or breeze.

Kayaking is a great way to get a water's-eye view, but novice kayakers may fear that a strong current, stiff breeze or fatigued arms will leave them adrift. An electric Ultralight 403 kayak motor ($600) from Torqeedo fits any size kayak via mounting bracket and gives paddlers peace of mind by powering them home at a speed of about 2.5 mph for 26 miles on a single battery charge. For additional range, pack the solar charger (sold separately). Exceptionally quiet, the motor can be used when stalking fish. Weighing just over 15 pounds, the 403 is simple to set up and stow. Torqeedo, 815-444-8806; torqeedo.com

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