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Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon

Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon

Brand: Lowrance
Category: Chartplotters | Fishfinders
  • Screen Size: 9" Wide SolarMax™ Display
  • Input Type: Touch Screen | TouchPad Control
  • Pre-Loaded Charts: C-Map USA enhanced
  • Chart Card Slots: 2 - microSD | 32GB
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Sonar: Dual CHIRP | Broadband | StructureScan



Key Facts Full Specs | Manuals | Videos 


Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon



Lowrance HDS Carbon 9 - Review


What’s New with the HDS-9 Carbon… Unbeatable views of fish and fish-holding structure by combining premium Lowrance® CHIRP sonar and StructureScan® 3D images with a bright, high-resolution Super Wide – 9″ SolarMAX™ HD display, which can be viewed from any angle – even through polarized sunglasses.

No Lag Time – Very FAST… Powerful performance that delivers the fastest chart redraws, rapid sonar updates and quicker response times via a dual-core processor engineered to easily power top sonar technology like Live Network Sonar, Dual-Channel CHIRP, StructureScan® 3D with enhanced SideScan and DownScan Imaging™, plus future high-power upgrades.

Dual-Channel CHIRP – Deep water and trolling anglers will never miss a fish when watching two Lowrance CHIRP frequencies at the same time on a dual-channel CHIRP split screen. Run a High CHIRP panel for the best target separation close to the bottom or in the tight schools, a Medium CHIRP panel to cover the widest area, ideal for watching bait schools under a transducer in shallow water, or go deeper with a Low CHIRP panel to cover more of the water column.

FishReveal™ Smart Target View – FishReveal makes fish easy to see. By combining traditional CHIRP sonar with high-resolution DownScan Imaging you get a precision view of bottom detail, structure and bait fish. With FishReveal there is no need to display CHIRP sonar and DownScan Imaging in a two-panel split-screen display. CHIRP sonar is laid right over the DownScan Imaging.


Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon - FishReveal™ Smart Target View


TotalScan Transducer – TotalScan™ combines Broadband Sonar, CHIRP Sonar, StructureScan® HD and DownScan™ Imaging technology into one easy to use unit. Target fish and search for fish-holding structures with the same transducer. No more need for multiple transducers hanging of the back of the boat.

StructureScan® 3D Ready – Easily pinpoint fish locations and key fishing areas in and around structure where the fish hide with the three-dimensional views of StructureScan combining enhanced SideScan and DownScan Imaging. SideScan gives you picture-like views up to 600 feet to each side of your boat, while DownScan Imaging with FishReveal™ makes fish identification easy, using high-detail images of cover and structure below your boat. * Requires a StructureScan 3D transducer and module to unlock the full potential of your fish finder.

Live Network Sonar – Cover more water in less time when viewing sonar from up to two transducers at the same time – on the same display – with Lowrance exclusive Live Network Sonar.


Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon Live Network Sonar


SolarMAX™ HD Display – Optimum Performance in any Weather, see fish, structure and chart detail better than ever on the high-resolution, super-bright SolarMAX™ HD displays. The screen is bright and clear with easy viewing from any angle, even in direct sunlight, and through polarized sunglasses. The ultra-responsive multi-touch screen works even when the display is wet.

Plug and Play Compatibility – Easily build a system around your HDS Carbon. Add Broadband Radar, SonicHub®2 Marine Audio, SiriusXM® Marine Weather and audio, DSC VHF, as well as industry-leading technologies, like Mercury® VesselView® Link, Bluetooth® control of Power-Pole shallow water anchors and the SmartSteer™ interface, featuring control of MotorGuide® Xi5 trolling motor and the Lowrance® Outboard Pilot.

Wireless Connectivity – With integrated wireless connectivity, downloading software updates and C-MAP Genesis maps directly to your display is a breeze.

Smartphone Control – View and control the HDS-9 carbon display from your smartphone or tablet using the free Link App. Backup and restore waypoints, routes, trails and display settings directly to your mobile device. Protecting your valuable fishing data against loss or theft is easier than ever.


Lowrance - HDS Carbon vs Gen 3

HDS Carbon vs HDS Gen 3


Lowrance HDS Carbon Integration Options

HDS Carbon Integration


Resources: Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon – Help & Support

“The new Lowrance Carbon units give you a ton of processing power for clearer pictures and faster performance. I found them to be noticeably faster than my previous HDS Gen3 graphs that I ran on the same setup.”

Jason Sealock – HDS Carbon Review by Wired2Fish.com



Lowrance HDS Carbon Specification 2018


Lowrance HDS Carbon Quick Start Guide




Key Facts:

Lowrance HDS-9 Carbon


  • Multi-touch 9″ Widescreen
  • 1280 x 720 HD SolarMax™ Display
  • Super Bright @ 1300 nits
  • Dual-core processor – Fast Fast Fast
  • Built-in 10 Hz GPS
  • Full Control via touchscreen or keypad
  • Built-in: Broadband, DownScan & StructureScan.
  • Built-in Dual CHIRP (Low, Medium, High)
  • Sonar output – 1kw depending on Transducer
  • Wireless connectivity
  • NMEA 2000® and Ethernet connectivity
  • Preloaded C-MAP® US Enhanced mapping with 1-foot contours on more than 3,000 lakes
  • Chart upgrade options include C-MAP, Navionics and more
  • StructureScan® 3D with Optional Module
  • DownScan, StructureScan® HD, and TotalScan transducer ready
  • SmartSteer™ control of Outboard Pilot and MotorGuide® Xi5 Trolling Motor 
  • Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor
  • SonicHub®2 and SiriusXM® Marine Weather/Audio compatible
  • Broadband Radar™ ready
  • Mercury® VesselView® Link compatible
  • 2 micro SD cards slots up to 32GB







Model HDS-9 Carbon
Physical dimensions 6.65" x 10.43" x 3.47"
168.92 x 264.95 x 88.2mm
Weight 4.14lbs (2kg)
Water rating IPX7 with card door closed
Display type Touch | TouchPad
Display size 9" diagonal
Display resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Display - Brightness 1400 nits
Power consumption 2.3A @ 13VDC - Full backlight, Sonar on
Supply - 12v DC (10.8-17VDC)
GPS Antenna 10Hz internal
Mounting options Gimbal Bracket | Flush Mount

Maps & Memory

Model HDS-9 Carbon
On-Board Memory 32MB
Accepts data cards 2 microSD
Waypoints 5000
Routes 200
Track log 100 Trails | 10,000 points per trail
Preloaded Maps Built-in C-Map USA enhanced base map(Americas)

Insight HD, Insight Pro, Insight Genesis, C-MAP, Navionics-W/sonar chart live

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model HDS-9 Carbon
Radar compatible 4G & 3G (Broadband)
Sonar compatible Integrated: Dual CHIRP | Broadband | DownScan | StructureScan | Network Sonar
Compatible: HD/StructureScan | StructureScan3D | SpotlightScan
Supports AIS NAIS-400 AIS
Weather SiriusXM via WM-3 (USA only)
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes
Supports FUSION-Link SonicHub | SonicHub2 | FusionLink
Black Box sonar support Yes
Planning Software Compatible Yes - Insight Planner
App-Control Compatibility Yes - Link | Android & IOS
Remote Input Device - compatible LR-1 Remote Controller
Alarms Navigation
Radar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model HDS-9 Carbon
Transmit Power 1kw RMS | when connected to a 1kw transducer
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable 50/83/200kHz (Broadband)
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable 455/800kHz (StructureScan)
CHIRP sonar technology Low/Mid/High CHIRP
ClearVü | Down StructureScan® HD - DownScan
SideVü | Side StructureScan® HD - SideScan
Forward View No


Model HDS-9 Carbon
NMEA 2000 compatible 1x Micro-C
NMEA 0183 input ports 1
NMEA 0183 output ports 1
Marine Network Ports Ethernet | 2x 100Mbit | 6 MFD's max
Video input ports 1 - Composite video RCA - single channel via optional adaptor
Video output ports No
Wireless connectivity Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes


Model Lowrance HDS-9 carbon

In The Box

In The Box HDS-9 Carbon display
Fasteners (4x 6G x 1.5 panhead PH1)
Power/NMEA 0183 cable
Fuse holder (ATC blade)
Fuse (5 A)
Caps (3x for HDS-7, 4x for HDS-9/12/16 - for ethernet, NMEA
2000, StructureScan)
Documentation pack
Dash gasket (HDS-16 only)


Downloadable PDF:


Lowrance HDS Carbon Operation Manual

Lowrance HDS Carbon Installation Manual



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