The Humminbird portable fish finder Fishin’ Buddy series currently has several models for purchase. They include, in ascending price, the Hummingbird 110, 120, 130 and 140 model units. As the model number and subsequent price increases, there are subsequent additional features that the lower models lack.
All models, except for the 110, have both a single beam down and side sonar at 240 feet and 120 feet, respectively. All have the same power output at 125 watts RMS (roots mean square) and 1,000 watts, peak to peak. They all have a built in temperature gauge, are waterproof, have a backlight, mount with a portable clamp, have a target separation of 2.5 inches and run on 6 AA batteries. Now let us discuss the differences between all 4 models.
The Humminbird 110 Fishin’ Buddy is the most basic unit of the series at an entry level price. The current manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $119.99. For just under $120 you will have a portable fish finder that will find fish, but not have all the bells and whistles of the more advanced models. Most anglers looking for a cheap fish finder will be completely satisfied with this unit.
Up one level from the 110 model is the Humminbird 120 fishfinder with a MRSP of $169.99. So for fifty dollars more, what do you get? You get a higher resolution screen, 8-level grayscale instead of only 4-level and side sonar in addition to the single beam down. Is the screen resolution and added grayscale worth another fifty bucks? Perhaps not, but the side sonar is definitely an added bonus.
Next in line is the Humminbird 130 portable fish finder with a MSRP of $219.99. What do you get for yet another fifty bucks? An even higher resolution screen, 16-level vs 8-level grayscale and a 24-40 inch telescoping transducer pole as opposed to the 24 inch fixed pole on the two previous lower models. The transducer extension will be especially helpful for those who plan to use their fish finder on different sized boats, canoes or float tubes.
Then there is the top of the line, the deluxe Humminbird 140 Fishin’ Buddy with a MSRP of $269.99. For yet another fifty dollars you can have a color screen. Everything else on this unit is the same as the 130 model. Most users say the black and white screen works well enough for them, but for those of you who really want the added contrast of a color screen, than you may want to consider this unit. The color screen will help to distinguish between vegetation types, fish schools and individual fish.
For a portable fish finder, Humminbird does offer a pretty good deal with this series no matter which unit you choose. There are other brands to consider such as Norcross Hawkeye F33P, the Garmin 140 or 300c and even the Humminbird Piranhamax 230 portable fish finder. It depends upon which features are important to you and what you are willing to spend. Whatever model you choose, having a portable unit will now allow you to find fish wherever you want to go.