The Stratus Power Pro fills a need for quick power in the cockpit.
Appareo announced on September 9 the update to its Stratus Power in-cockpit charging system, the Stratus Power Pro. The new TSOed unit aims to address the need for a quick-charging solution while in flight.
FAA-certified to TSO-71, the dual 3.0-amp unit has USB-A and USB-C connectors that allow for the charging of both new and legacy portable devices. The charging ports are backlit with blue-tinted LED lighting for easy location in dark flight decks. The update to the Stratus Power provides 20 percent more power to recharge smartphones and other devices while in use during flight. The connectors on the Power Pro are backwards-compatible with the Stratus Power units, making for a convenient swap for owners who want to upgrade. The unit is US-built, and it comes with a five-year warranty. Retail price is $399 and it’s available now.
“The emergence of Appareo’s line of certified power products was born from experiences with our popular line of Stratus ADS-B receivers,” said Kris Garberg, president of Appareo Aviation in a press release. “Our customers were experiencing NAV/COM noise from radio interference caused by their cheap charging electronics, which was worrisome and potentially unsafe. Unfortunately, TSO’d power chargers were hard for our customers to find at a reasonable price, so our goal with this product line was to provide the best-value charging ports with minimal amount of installation time, to reduce the total cost.”