What is a Power Manager

Power Managers are small, portable, multi-function devices that pull power from a variety of power sources, convert the power as needed, and push it out to run connected devices and to charge batteries. They solve the operational power challenges faced by units using equipment such as; radios, satellite phones, GPS receivers, laptop and tablet computers, unmanned vehicles and aircraft, medical equipment, power tools, and more.

Working with the US military, we developed our PTX series of Power Managers to ease “The Battery Burden” and increase the operational effectiveness of today’s Warfighter.

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Every Power Manager performs three fundamental tasks:

  • It harvests energy. The Power Manager automatically recognizes what energy source is connected, and pulls energy from that source as efficiently as possible.
  • It charges batteries. A Power Manager can charge multiple different types of military and commercial batteries – automatically determining the charging parameters needed.
  • It powers equipment. The user simply connects the smart cables for the electronic devices needed, connects an energy source, and the power manager automatically delivers the power needed.

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Our Power Management systems can also handle batteries of virtually any chemistry – lithium-ion, lithium polymer, NiCad, Lead-Acid, Metal Hydride, or Iron Phosphate – and the intelligence built-in to the system ensures that there’s no risk of damage, over-charging, or other safety hazards.

Each Power Manager also contains four main components:

  • Software-controlled power converters – with all the sensors and controls needed to be effective, multi-purpose, portable battery chargers.
  • The intelligence to only use power converters when they are needed – for example, if a radio connected to one port is compatible with the battery connected to another, the Power Manager will route power directly from that battery to that radio.
  • Built-in voltage and current, temperature, and device ID sensors at each port – which inform the intelligence that manages everything safely and appropriately.
  • True plug-and-play performance – the internal software is programmed with thousands of real-world use cases so that no special programming or user-configuration is needed by the user.

rappellingForces often operate beyond the reach of established supply lines, and/or cannot build fixed infrastructure due to the nature or length of their deployment. Our Power Management systems simplify logistics and battery management, reduce ‘The Battery Burden’, extend operational capability, and reduce a unit’s energy footprint.

PTX Power Management systems are currently deployed with every branch of the US military, and are also in use with the forces of many Allied Nations as well, including: United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Sweden and the Czech Republic – with trials and evaluations being conducted with several more.

Finally, we are also working with the NATO Power Team to standardize our interface in order for users from across NATO to more easily share power. With all of this, and more, we are working to ensure that troops will never run out of power – no matter where (or long) they’re deployed.