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True Blue batteries bring weight savings to PC-24
PC-24 owners now have the option of True Blue Power lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter and require less maintenance. The company's inverter can provide 2,000 watts of socket power to the galley.
NanoPhosphate lithium-ion battery technology leads to products that are less than half the size and weight of existing solutions.

True Blue Power's lithium-ion aircraft batteries are to deliver essential power to the Pilatus PC-24. Two intelligent TB40 fifth-generation (Gen5) main ship batteries, TA202 Series USB chargers and the TI2000 DC-to-AC inverter are now certified on the aircraft.

The batteries provide the PC-24 with engine start and emergency power. Weighing just 36.6 pounds (16.6 kg) each, the TB40 (40 amp-hour) batteries reduce aircraft empty weight by more than 84 pounds (38.1 kg). This weight savings directly transfers into increased payload capacity, which PC-24 operators can use for additional passengers, baggage, cargo or range. TB40 batteries are on-condition and maintenance free, eliminating the need for expensive scheduled battery maintenance.

True Blue Power Gen5 batteries communicate real-time state-of-health (SOH) and state-of-charge (SOC) data to the PC-24's advanced cockpit. Gen5 batteries are Technical Standard Order (TSO) certified and provide increased reliability, longer useful life and superior hot and cold weather performance.

“We are very pleased to now be able to offer the True Blue Power lithium-ion battery option to our PC-24 customers. The weight savings and operating performance add even more versatility to the Super Versatile Jet,” says Tom Aniello, vice president of marketing for Pilatus Business Aircraft.

“We're proud to provide PC-24 owners and operators with the superior power, performance and reliability of the True Blue Power product line, which is lighter, more efficient and requires less maintenance than competing products,” says Erik Ritzman, vice president of OEM sales and support.

The True Blue Power TI2000 DC-to-AC inverter provides 2,000 watts of reliable wall-outlet power to PC-24 galley accessories. The inverter is TSO-certified, smaller, lighter and said to be more efficient than competing units.

True Blue Power TA202 USB chargers may also be installed throughout the aircraft. The compact USB chargers complement the aircraft's high-end interior and deliver three amps of USB power per port. Recently certified for the PC-24's 10-seat commuter interior and coming in 2022 for the executive interior, the easy-to-install chargers protect against short circuit, power surges and temperature overload.

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