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Lowrance HDS-12 Carbon Fishfinder Chartplotter w/TotalScan Transducer
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Lowrance HDS-12 Carbon Fishfinder Chartplotter w/TotalScan Transducer is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 92.
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Lowrance HDS-12 Carbon Fishfinder Chartplotter w/TotalScan Transducer

Lowrance HDS-12 Carbon Fishfinder Chartplotter w/TotalScan Transducer is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 92.
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The new Lowrance HDS Carbon Fishfinder Chartplotter features an ultra-clear SolarMAX HD multi-touch display with high-bright LED backlighting and advanced anti-reflective coatings to create wider viewing angles suitable for any lighting condition.

Loaded with a dual-core, high-performance processor, the HDS Carbon delivers faster redraw speeds and quicker response times to easily power Dual-Channel CHIRP sonar, Dual Network Sounder, StructureScan, and StructureMap. The HDS Carbon utilizes integrated wireless and Bluetooth connectivity that supports the most advanced marine technology, including a Network Analyzer that notifies users when new software is available and a Service Assistant that transmits a detailed network report directly to technical support for custom hands-on assistance.

• Ultra-bright HDS SolarMAX HD displays with greater resolution and a wider range of viewing angles.
• High-performance dual-core processor for smoother navigation and faster sonar updates.
• HDS Dual-Channel CHIRP Sonar - Dual sonar-range coverage from the same transducer.
• HDS Network Dual Sounder allows you to cover more water and mark fish targets more clearly from a network of CHIRP sonar transducers.

Internal GPS Antenna - 10Hz position update rate provides ultra-accurate trails, smoother chart performance, and maximum position accuracy. Supports WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS corrections.

Precision-9 Compatible - The Precision-9 Compass supplies accurate heading and rate-of-turn information to Lowrance autopilot, radar, and navigation systems over an NMEA 2000 connection. With an internal array of solid-state sensors constantly measuring motion and orientation on nine axes, the Precision-9 also provides pitch and roll data to compatible equipment.

Extensive Mapping Options - The HDS Carbon comes with built-in C-MAP basemap charts for Coastal and Inland US waters, a world background reference map, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis, Insight PRO by C-MAP, Lake Insight HD by C-MAP, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics, and more.

Insight Genesis Custom Maps - Make your own maps using recorded sonar logs; upload data to an Insight Genesis account; view secure custom chart details online; add optional custom color layer, vegetation, and bottom-hardness overlays; then download to a microSD card for use on the water. You can also share custom maps with the global Insight Genesis Social Map community.

Multi-View - View two charts simultaneously, in 2D or 3D perspective view, with independent control, range, and overlay capabilities.

Dual microSD Card Slots

Built-In CHIRP Sonar - Dominate with greater sensitivity, improved target resolution, and superior noise rejection for clearer, easy-to-see bait fish and game fish targets. Delivers multiple CHIRP and Broadband Sounder frequencies from a single transducer.

Dual-Channel CHIRP Sonar - Increases visible fish targets with two CHIRP frequency channels (low, medium, or high) at the same time. Keep favorite high CHIRP frequency visible for increased target separation close to the bottom or in tight schools, while at the same time viewing the low frequency channel to see more of the water column with wider and deeper cone angles.

Dual Network Sonar Views - Let you cover more water and see more fish targets from a network of CHIRP sonar transducers. Watch sonar views from a bow-mounted transducer and an in-hull or transom-mounted transducer at the same time on the same display.

Simultaneously View CHIRP Sonar with StructureScan 3D or StructureScan HD - To get the best possible view of fish and structure, below and to the sides of your boat.

Built-In Support for StructureScan HD Imaging - Enjoy picture-like, 180° views of structure and fish below your boat.

Built-In, Award-Winning Broadband Sounder - Display and mark gamefish, baitfish, and structure at higher speeds and at greater depths, down to more than 1,000 ft.

TotalScan Skimmer Transducer - The all-in-one TotalScan Skimmer Transducer receives Broadband and CHIRP sonar, plus StructureScan HD with SideScan and DownScan Imaging, making it possible to target fish and search for fish-holding structure with the same transducer. This transducer simplifies installations by allowing anglers to get all their sonar with only one transducer to install.

StructureMap Capability - Use live or recorded StructureScan 3D and StructureScan HD logs to create stunning underwater images of lakes, rivers, or the sea floor. StructureMap can be viewed as an overlay and toggled on and off to provide the ultimate in situational awareness in relation to both chart and bottom detail.

DownScan Overlay Technology - Overlays DownScan Imaging onto CHIRP Sonar or Broadband Sounder returns.

TrackBack - To review and save key hot spots. Scroll back through sonar or StructureScan HD imaging history to review structure or fish targets and pinpoint the location with a waypoint.

Easy-To-See, LED-Backlit, Multi-Touch, SolarMAX HD Display - SolarMAX HD touchscreens produce wider viewing angles from anywhere in sight. Using a unique balance of high-bright LED backlight and advanced anti-reflective coatings along with superior color accuracy and a boosted high-resolution viewing panel, a wider operating temperature range, and added moisture-proof optical layers produce clear visibility in any lighting situation.

Simple To Use - Unique Lowrance interface features quick-response touchscreen or keypad control, intuitive software, and protective coatings to deliver performance in the most rugged on-the-water conditions. Lightning-fast, fingertip access to all HDS Carbon features.

Quickly Make Adjustments - HDS Carbon has a high-performance processor that produces lightning quick redraw speeds and faster sonar updates. It easily powers the intuitive user-interface including scrolling menus, cursor assist, snap-to setting markers, and innovative preview panes with quick-touch slider bars.

Stay Connected - Integrated wireless connectivity with the Lowrance GoFree App and other onboard devices allows you to download software updates and map purchases for immediate use. You can also view and control the display wirelessly using supported tablets and smartphones.

Network All Components - Plug-and-play compatibility with Lowrance performance modules, including Broadband Radar, SonicHub2 Marine Audio, SiriusXM Marine Weather and audio, and Class B AIS and DSC VHF. Also compatible with industry-leading technologies, like Mercury VesselView Link, Bluetooth control of Power-Pole shallow water anchors equipped with the C-Monster Control System, and the SmartSteer interface, featuring control of MotorGuide Xi5 trolling motor and the Lowrance Outboard Pilot.

Wireless Diagnostic Tools - The Network Analyzer detects devices with out-of-date software, while the Service Assistant allows users to send a detailed report of networked devices to Navico Service for quicker resolution of software/technical issues.

Dual Ethernet Networking Port

Micro-C Connection For NMEA 2000 Devices

• Display: 12" diag.
• Resolution: 1280 x 800
• LED Backlighting with Adjustable Display and Keypad
• Power Output: 500W RMS
• Media Port: Dual microSD card slots
• GPS and Sonar Overlay Data
• Split Screen Presentation

• Depth Alarm
• Shallow Alarm
• Standard Fishfinding Features Like Colorline or Grayline, ASP, FishSymbol I.D., FishTrack, and More
• Temperature Readings
• EchoSounder Frequencies
455/800 kHz (StructureScan HD)
85-145 kHz, 130-210 kHz (CHIRP)
83 kHz/200 kHz (Narrow Band)
• Max Sonar Depth: 1,000 ft.

• NMEA 0183 Interface: 1 x RS422 port
• NMEA Output: NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
• Power and Video: Red 10-Pin Power Connector
• Transducer Port 1: Blue 7-Pin Connector for Broadband and CHIRP Sonar
• Transducer Port 2: Black 9-Pin Connector for Use with StructureScan Transducers
• Two Ethernet Ports
• Wireless Connectivity

• Operating Temperature: 5°F to 131°F (-15°C to 55°C)
• Product Width: 12.92" (328 mm)
• Product Depth: 3.35" (85 mm)
• Product Height: 8.85" (225 mm)
• Power Supply (Supply Voltage): 12V DC (10.8-17V DC min-max)

GPS Navigation
• Routes: 200
• Waypoint Storage: 5000
• Man Overboard Feature
• Plot Trails: Up to 100 Trails With Up to 10,000 Points / Trail
• GPS Alarms
• Background Mapping: Includes Built-in C-MAP Charts for US Waters and World Reference Background Map

• 83/200 kHz Broadband Sonar Frequencies
• Medium and High CHIRP Frequencies
• 455/800 kHz StructureScan Frequencies

• Max Depth: 1000' at High (200 kHz)
• Max Speed: 55 mph

SideScan Imaging
• Max. Range: 600' (300' to each side) at 455 kHz / 200' (100' to each side) at 800 kHz
• Max Speed: 35 mph
• Mark Objects: 15 mph
• Optimum Speed: 10 mph

DownScan Imaging
• Max Depth: 300'
• Max Speed: 55 mph
• Mark Objects: 35 mph
• Optimum Speed: 10 mph

• Width: 2.3"
• Length: 10.2"
• Cable: 24'
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  • Ultra-bright HDS SolarMax HD touchscreen display
  • High-performance processor for faster sonar update
  • HDS Dual-Channel CHIRP Sonar
  • Integrated wireless connectivity
  • Broadband, CHIRP, and StructureScan HD all-in-one
Accepts Data Cards Yes
Antenna Internal
Dimensions 12.92"W x 8.85"H x 3.35"D
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Display Size 12.1" diag.
Display Type HD
Included Cartography US Base Map
Max. Depth 1000.00 ft
Model Number HDS-12 Carbon
Network/Interface NMEA 0183 / NMEA 2000
Operating Frequency CHIRP 83/200/455/800kHz
Power Output 500.00 W
Speed GPS Speed
Temp Yes
Transducer TotalScan Skimmer
Waterproof Yes
Unit Weight 13.06 lb
Brand Lowrance
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HDS Carbon, Sweet I have now been running a HDS carbon 12 on my bow for over a year. I can honestly say I am very impressed with the Carbon. The processor speed of the unit for mapping you can zoom in and out very quick with no lagging, screens come up very quick and the user interface is so simple. You can access any menu and make changes to the unit within a few screens not like some other brands and their clunky menu system. Set up of the unit was easy and understandable. The clarity could be sharper as they didn't increase the display resolution as I would have expected as they did on the HDS Carbon 9 which I have two of at my console.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lowrance Does it Again! Just when you think a fish finder can't get any better, Lowrance proves you wrong! I started out using a Lowrance Elite 7, then upgraded to a Lowrance HDS 12 and 9 Gen3. I loved my Gen 3 but the only "issue" I had with them is I found them to have a bit of lag when navigating through the menus. Since then I have upgraded to the HDS Carbons and what a difference! These units are fast! Zero lag and the quality of the SolarMAX screen is on a level of it's own! Thank you, Lowrance for building quality products that year after year lead the field in technology advancement.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate Setup I put two Carbon 12’s at the console of my Ranger to get as much screen space as I could. Now I can split the Structure Scan to look left on one and right on the other and still have screen leftover to add map and downscan. I can see every little detail on the bottom. The features I like most about the Carbon is the easy of networking all the units together, SolarMax screen and they are fast I mean real fast. I also add a Point-1 antenna and now no more map spinning. This setup has allowed me to maximize my time on the water for catching fish not just fishing.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Numerous features I ordered my new boat with a 12” carbon at the dash and a 9” on the front. This is my first experience with touch screen units and they are impressive. The units are very responsive with graphics that are vivid, even in full daylight. The ability to monitor items on the NEMA network is very useful. It is also great that they can connect to my home wireless network and download updates. My only suggestion is for configuration presets so that a beginner like myself can set the unit up for shallow fresh water with one or two clicks.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome unit! I currently have 3 HDS Carbon 12's on my new Lund 2175 Pro V. One is rigged on the console, one on the bow, and one at the transom so one is visible from anywhere in the boat. I have them all networked together with both NMEA with a Point 1 antenna and Ethernet and the Lowrance 3D. With all the units networked, I can share map data, sonar data and set up the screen views on each as I want so that I can view the sonar from my bow mount MotorGuide transducer while at the same time viewing the Downscan at the transom. And the side imaging can be viewed from any unit, right or left or both. With the two Ethernet ports on each unit...I also have a Sirius WM-3 weather module which is a big plus out here in Montana where we aren't always able to get cell coverage for weather.....but I can get the real time weather and radio from the Sirius via Satellite anywhere, and anytime. I use the Sonar Chart Live a lot and it is pretty awesome to be able to get real time, on the water mapping while you are fishing. I have come to rely very much on my Lowrance units to find and then catch fish. When I see what I want, I get pretty excited. I am an avid walleye fisherman and finding them sometimes is the hard part. Once I find them they generally are not that hard to catch. I spend a fair amount to have what I have for electronics but frankly it is some of the best money I spend. Even though I am retired and a part time fishing guide I still have a limited amount of time I can spend on the water and my Lowrance units make it as productive and as efficient as it can be.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ever I have 2 Lowrance Carbon 12s on my Ranger Bassboat, and in 40+ years of bass fishing this is the first unit I can clearly see the screen in bright sunlight with polarized sunglasses! With the fast processing speed you can't out run your map, which is especially important when following a route between dangerous shallows. I love the Carbon units and all their networking with my outboard engine, 3D StructureScan, Point 1, digital gauges, and more. Best of all I can see fish on my Carbons and catch them! How can I not love that!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome unit purchase the HDS 12 6 months ago. It has been a great unit for its chart plotter/fishfinder capability it has great bottom separation when your looking for lake trout and salmon on the bottom. I have this unit on my 33 Tiara
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best I have a two HDS Carbon 12s on my 2018 Nitro Z20. I recently replaced HDS 12 Gen 3 units with the carbons. The biggest thing I noticed with the carbons is the speed of startup and switching between pages as well as the refresh. This helps me see what I need faster without running over a spot several times. I fish several bass tournaments as well as a big series tournament director. I hear several people talk about their units and most run Lowrance and love the ease of use that the Lowrance units bring to the table. I love the compatibility between my Motorguide Xi5, Power Poles and my Lowrance units, it makes it easy and convenient. With structure scan and 3D I am able to locate structure and cover I would not normally find to put more fish in the boat.
Date published: 2018-02-19
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