TCW Technologies is known for being the company with the products that can save the expensive avionics in your homebuilt in the case of a crippling power surge, sag or complete loss of electricity. The company introduced two new products at AirVenture, a 24-volt Intelligent Power System (IPS-24V-5A) and a revision of the signature integrated battery backup system (IBBS-12V-@AH).
The 24-volt IPS fills out the company line and helps customers who are running with the higher-power radios in their panels. The IBBS is actually a smaller system than its sibling in the product line, at 2 amp-hour, and is well-matched for single instrument systems and very light aircraft (it weighs only 1.5 pounds). It can also serve as an independent power source for four-cylinder electronic ignition modules.
For more information and pricing on the IPS or IBBS, visit www.tcwtech.com.
We've tested it at KITPLANES (see Marc Cook's story in the May issue), so we know it works. But now we can say that you, too, can purchase and get immediate delivery on TCW Technologies' Integrated Back-up Battery System (IBBS). For $375 you get a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack, battery charger and automatic back-up power switching hardware that is a simple fix, installation-wise, for either a new or retrofit instrument panel. The integrated system weighs just 2.5 pounds, putting it at less than half the weight of a similar-sized lead-acid battery, and can provide 4 amperes at 12 volts for just under an hour, according to Bob Newman, Jr., co-founder of TCW. Newman has been in on the design of some other TCW safety-oriented products including Safety-Trim, Intelligent Flap-Controller and Intelligent Power Stabilizer. Continue reading "TCW Technologies Integrated Back-up Battery Now Available"