Electric Ice Augers Make Drilling Ice Fishing Holes Easy

New versions of lithium-battery powered ice augers provide plenty of torque to drill through even the thickest ice.

Guy holding a fish on the ice
If you want to catch fish through the ice, an electric auger makes the drilling easy.Pixabay

Electric augers function similarly to lithium-battery powered lawn care equipment such as lawn mowers, and offer similar advantages. Unlike with gas-powered augers, you don’t have to fuss with mixing fuel or priming the auger. They’re simple to use and dependable. Electric energy doesn’t provide as much torque as gas or propane, but with the right construction, an electric auger will provide plenty of torque to drill scores of holes through thick ice on a single charge.

ION 39250 8" R1 Electric Ice Auger, Green/Black

Drill Easy

This drill’s composite polymer blades are tough and strong. The 8-inch blade size is ideal to cut holes for most species and is still small enough to drill quickly. A 5-amp lithium-ion battery provides impressive battery life.ION

One big bonus of an electric ice auger is that you can use it safely inside an enclosed space. This means you can drill and redrill holes inside of ice shelters without having to worry about fumes or carbon monoxide.

THUNDERBAY Cyclone 120V Lithium Ice Auger (Powerhead w/ 8" &10" Auger Bit and 18" Extension)

Versatile Machine

The length of this drill can be adapted to the user. You have a choice of two hole sizes. A display, ergonomic handle grip, and a shaft addition make it especially easy to use.THUNDERBAY

Bring backup. Electric ice augers will begin to slow down and drill inefficiently when the battery loses its charge. Most electric ice augers advertise long battery life, but bringing a fully charged spare battery will give you peace of mind.

ION 39300 10" R1 Ice Auger

Large Blades

This machine drills holes wide enough to pull out the biggest lunkers. A planetary gear transmission and high-capacity battery make the drill functional and efficient.ION

Consider the species you’re going to target. You don’t want to lose a nice fish because the hole you drilled was too small. For trout and panfish, 6-inch holes work well. An 8-inch hole can handle larger trout and bass. A 10-inch hole will allow you to pull big lakers, pike, and musky through the ice.

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