Garmin unveils new USB charger

Garmin International has released the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft.

With FAA certification, as well as European approval week, each GSB 15 contains two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18 W (up to 3 A) high-speed charging.

A single GSB 15 is capable of charging two full-size tablets while using them at full backlight. Optional halo lighting around the exterior of the ports allows pilots and passengers to connect to the GSB 15 easily during night-time conditions.

“Tablets and mobile devices have become a mainstay in the cockpit and it’s essential to ensure they’re powered and available throughout an entire flight,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use that allows owners and operators to easily and economically add USB power capability to their aircraft.”

Two versions of the GSB 15 are available and allow for easy installation in space-constrained areas. One version contains a connector on the back of the unit, which is suited for panel mount installations. A second variant has a connector on the bottom of the GSB 15 and is ideal for installations in depth-constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation is simplified as the GSB 15 can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate. A slim, lightweight design makes it suitable for installation in any cockpit.

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