Humminbird Helix 10 Fish Finder Review [2021 Tested]

Humminbird has made great strides in recent years when it comes to targeting intermediate level anglers who are not looking for the cheapest fish finder on the market, but are also not willing to spend a small fortune on one either. The Humminbird Helix 10 is one of the most popular mid-level fish finders the company has produced in recent years and it’s an excellent option for pleasure anglers, as well as competitive fishermen and women. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at the different features Humminbird added to this model and explain how each one is able to make your time on the water more productive. 

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Humminbird 411420-1 Helix 10 Chirp MEGA SI+ GPS G4N Fish Finder
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Humminbird Helix 10 Overview 

The Helix 10 provides exceptional sonar technology that’s capable of delivering crisp and clear imaging at depths of up to 3,500 feet when using the device’s CHIRP sonar. Humminbird manufactures this fish finder in three different models that include the Helix 10 CHIRP, Helix 10 DI+, and the Helix 10 SI+. The main differences between the three are that the DI+ and the SI+ offer increased imaging range, as well as high operating frequencies. 

The Helix 10 comes with a 10.1-inch high resolution screen that is fully waterproof. The screen is very easy to read and prominently displays vital information that helps you make the best decision about where to fish on any given waterway. It also offers split-screen mode that allows you to view multiple views at once. 

The GPS mapping technology allows you to save up to 2500 individual waypoints and gives you detailed maps of more than 10,000 lakes in the United States, as well as a map of all coastlines along the eastern and western U.S. coasts. 

The key features include:

  • Mega Side Imaging
  • Mega Down Imaging
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar
  • Keypad Control
  • Internal GPS
  • AutoChartLive
  • Bluetooth

CHIRP Sonar 

The Helix 10 operates using what’s known as CHIRP sonar (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse). This technology is capable of delivering multiple frequency pulsations at once to help provide you with a more detailed image of what’s beneath your boat. The Helix 10’s CHIRP system offers a narrow, wide, and full mode which lets you select just how much of the water below you want to target. 

The narrow mode provides a much more detailed display of the water column below your position. This is ideal for times when you want to gain as much insight as possible and get as much detail as you can using the CHIRP system. Wide mode is more suitable for getting a more broad view of what’s under your boat, but won’t deliver as much intricate detail as the narrow mode. Full mode is more of a combination of both wide and narrow mode, which gives you a much more broad range of imaging. 

On-Screen Display 

One of the greatest things about the Helix 10 is the outstanding clarity and detail that the screen offers. The screen can be easily adjusted to give off just enough light so that you can read your display on bright, sunny days, as well as night time. 

The Helix 10’s larger screen makes it perfect for using split-screen mode. You can easily run the device’s mapping feature alongside the CHIRP sonar to get a better understanding of what the bottom looks like along a creek channel or in other areas of a freshwater lake or coastal area. There are different combinations that you can use when it comes to split-screen mode. Many anglers prefer to use a combination of DownScan Imaging and mapping or SideScan Sonar to give them a more complete view of their surroundings. 

Unfortunately, the Helix 10 doesn’t offer a touch-screen display, but the device is quite easy to use. Most anglers have no problem getting accustomed to the Helix 10’s many different modes and features in a short amount of time. 

GPS Mapping 

The Humminbird Helix 10 offers high-precision mapping capability that allows users to create a huge number of waypoints and routes that can easily be saved. This comes in as a very useful tool for tournament anglers who need to maximize their time on the water and fish along the most productive areas instead of wasting their time trying to figure out where they are on the lake. 

Many users prefer to operate the device in split-screen mode and use either the CHIRP or the DownScan sonar capability alongside the mapping feature. This lets you get a better understanding of what the bottom looks like and makes it very easy to identify underwater structure and depth changes that will be likely to hold fish which you can return to at a later date. 

The Humminbird Basemap pack offers extremely detailed mapping on 10,000 United States lakes, as well as solid maps of every inch of coastline along the continental U.S. You can also purchase an upgraded Lakemaster series, which is regularly updated to show any recent changes such as new ramps and other features that are important to anglers. 

Connectivity 

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Helix 10 is the device’s ability to be paired with other devices through Bluetooth functions. This allows you to view what’s on the screen of your fish finder display on your phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth capable device. This is very useful if your display is located at the cockpit of your boat and you want to take a quick look at the screen without having to move from the bow seat. 

The Helix 10’s connectivity features allow it to be paired with new smart trolling motors like the Minn Kota i-Pilot, which can take you along pre-programmed routes on a lake. This ability would allow you to put all your focus on fishing while your boat motors along on its own using the predetermined GPS route that is designed to bring you to the points you want to hit. 

MEGA+ Imaging

Lastly, the MEGA+ Imaging feature uses much higher frequencies to provide you with what looks like a live video stream of what’s happening beneath the boat. Anglers have reported that this feature is so sensitive and detailed that you can actually watch fish swim around underneath your position. The MEGA+ Imaging is only available in the DI+ and SI+ models of the Helix 10. 

Bestseller No. 1
Humminbird 411420-1 Helix 10 Chirp MEGA SI+ GPS G4N Fish Finder
  • Keypad control: Master HELIX at the touch of a button. Access the preloaded views from the...
  • MEGA Side Imaging+: See the world below like never before with a crystal-clear Side Imaging viewing...
  • MEGA Down Imaging+: Get unprecedented underwater clarity with Down Imaging coverage down to 200 feet...

Specifications

Item Number104622
SeriesHELIX
Display Size – Diagonal10.1″
Display Pixel Matrix1024H x 600V
Sonar-StandardDual Spectrum CHIRP, MEGA Down Imaging+, MEGA Side Imaging+
Sonar-Coverage20°, 42°, 60°, (2) 86° & (2) 55° @ -10dB
Sonar-Optional50 kHz, 50/Low Airmar CHIRP
CHIRP – Frequencies SupportedFull Mode (150-220 kHz), Narrow Mode (180-240 kHz), Wide Mode (140-200 kHz)
Sonar-Frequencies Supported50/83/200/455/800 kHz & 1.2 MHz
Depth-Sonar1,200 ft (standard transducer), 3,500 ft (optional 50 kHz)
CHIRP – Imaging-Frequencies Supported455 kHz DI+ (435-535 kHz), 455 kHz SI+ (405-505 kHz), 800 kHz DI+ (800-860 kHz), 800 kHz SI+ (780-840 kHz), MEGA DI+ (1100-1200 kHz), MEGA SI+ (1050-1175 kHz)
Depth-Down Imaging125 ft (800 kHz), 200 ft (MEGA), 400 ft (455 kHz)
Range-Side Imaging (Side-To-Side)800 ft (455 kHz), 250 ft (800 kHz), 400 ft (MEGA)
InterfaceKeypad Control
FeaturesBluetooth, Built In GPS, Built In Mapping, CHIRP Digital Sonar, Down Imaging, Dual Spectrum CHIRP, MEGA Imaging+, Networking, Side Imaging, Wi-Fi
Memory Card SlotDual SD
Compatible WithAIS, AutoPilot, Minn Kota i-Pilot Link, Minn Kota Talon/Raptor, NMEA 2000, Radar, MEGA 360, One-Boat Network, Minn Kota Built-In MEGA DI, Minn Kota Built-In MEGA SI, Minn Kota US2 Sonar
Power Draw1.2 Amps
Power Input10.8-20 VDC
Power Output Peak-to-Peak8000 Watts
Power Output RMS1000 Watts
Screen Snap ShotIncluded
Sonar RecordingIncluded
Mount-StandardGimbal
Mount-Standard Size13.44″ W x 7.5″ H x 4.2″ D
Mount-Optional Size13.44″ W x 7.12″ H x 1.32″ D
Transducer Mount LocationTransom
GPS ChartplottingIncluded
GPS TrackplottingIncluded
LakeMaster CompatibilityYes
Coast Master CompatibilityYes
Navionics Gold/HotMaps CompatibilityYes
Navionics Platinum + CompatibilityYes
Platinum CompatibilityYes
Heading Sensor GPS CompatibilityYes
Upgradable SoftwareYes
View Preset KeysYes
X-Press Menu SystemYes
Custom Digital ReadoutYes
Custom View SelectionsNo
Display Colors Grayscale16-Bit
Display Size8″ – 10″
SpeedIncluded
TemperatureBuilt In
Temperature AlarmYes
Temperature GraphYes
Transducer IncludedXM 9 HW MSI T
HDMI CompatibleNo

Final Verdict 

If you’re looking to make the jump from low-level fish finder to mid-level quality, the Helix 10 is an excellent option that is packed with useful features. The display quality along with the many different views and features are some of the main reasons why so many anglers choose this particular model over other brands. 

Last update on 2021-10-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Donny Karr
 

Donny Karr is an avid outdoorsman and writer whose work has been featured in magazines and websites for nearly a decade. He enjoys bass and crappie fishing in the lakes around the southeastern United States, as well as trout fishing in the streams and rivers of the Appalachian mountains. He enjoys keeping up with the latest news and gear items in the fishing industry and is always looking forward to his next outdoor adventure. Donny has written for Georgia Outdoor News, The Outdoor Trip, Man Can Outdoors, Global Fishing Reports, and Bassmaster.