California-based Aerospace Devices has introduced SkyDock Pro, the first single and dual 100 watt USB-C ports for inflight device charging. The devices offer superior charging and power efficiency for charging personal electronics on the flight deck, main cabin and galley. They deliver more power than competing products while achieving best-in-class DO160G testing and passing the spilled liquids and touch temperature tests.
The SkyDock Pro 100 watt USB C charger supplies 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, and 20V/5A output voltage ranges for laptops, smartphones, tablets, electronic flight bags and headphones. The SkyDock Pro USB C offers intelligent, device-driven communication that efficiently supplies each device the right amount of power and will determine a USB C cable's power rating. It also meets the new European USB C 100 watt personal device charging requirements and regulations.
In May 2022, the EU announced a mandate that required all new portable devices to utilise a standard charger by 2024 via USB C. As Europe will be the first to enforce the law, it could have implications worldwide as companies prefer to streamline products to minimise production costs. Now the US Senate and Congress are encouraging the Department of Commerce to enact the same requirements. With the increasing dependance on mobile devices in the flight deck, the SkyDock Pro USB C 100 watt single and dual charging ports are leading the future as many aircraft are moving away from the 110V AC universal outlets.
The company's personal device charging technology started with its SmartDock USB A and SkyDock FJ USB A charging ports, which were installed on the new Falcon Jet 6X.