April 15, 2021

Garmin enhances USB chargers for aircraft


Garmin International on April 12 introduced new models of its GSB 15, a USB charger designed for a range of aircraft, now available with 27W USB Type-C charging ports. Maintaining its existing compact and lightweight design, the new GSB 15 models include two USB ports that support up to 27W of power output per port simultaneously, allowing pilots and passengers to charge most mobile devices while they are using them. Other enhancements include new dimmable halo lighting around each port and new USB Power Delivery (PD) technology.

“With USB Type-C models and new USB Power Delivery technology that is designed to provide optimized power output, pilots and passengers can truly get the most out of their devices,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The combination of a sleek design and options for rear and side power input connectors make the GSB 15 an ideal charging solution for every cockpit or cabin.”

The new models of the GSB 15 are offered with either dual USB Type-C ports or an option that includes a combination of USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports. Both new models include two 27W USB charging ports that can provide enough power to charge most later generation mobile devices during use in the cockpit and throughout the cabin.

The GSB 15 is available with a rear or side power input connector, allowing for installation in space-constrained areas such as near cabin sidewalls or armrests. Garmin also points to the new USB PD technology that enables the GSB 15 to provide optimized power output for a specific device. In addition, new dimmable halo lighting located around the exterior of the USB ports allows pilots and passengers to connect to the GSB 15 during nighttime conditions and utilize the lighting bus to control brightness for optimal viewing. The GSB 15 also provides owners and operators with short circuit and over-temperature protection.

New models of the GSB 15 include dual USB Type-C ports or a combination USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports. The new models of the GSB 15 continue to offer pilots the option to transfer databases to the GI 275 electronic flight instrument using a USB flash drive. In addition, owners and operators with a GI 275 and GSB 15 installation can record flight data, including Engine Indication System (EIS) data, and upload this information to a USB flash drive for an in-depth analysis.

The GSB 15 is compact enough to fit a 1-inch cutout. Installation of the GSB 15 can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate. Aircraft owners and operators with an existing GSB 15 can utilize the same connector as well as a compatibility with original wiring for the new dimmable halo lighting feature. Optional accessories include GSB 15 mounting kits and decorative covers.

The GSB 15 can be purchased through a Garmin Authorized Dealer with a list price of US$399 for the dual USB Type-C variant, and a list price of US$399 for the combination USB Type-C and USB Type-A variant (installation not included).

(Photo: Garmin)