Garmin International has released the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger for aircraft which features two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18W (up to 3A) high-speed charging. The GSB 15 has received FAA certification, as well as European approval, and is now available through Garmin authorised dealers for a list price of US$349.
“The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use that allows owners and operators to easily and economically add USB power capability to their aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s VP of aviation sales and marketing.
A single GSB 15 is capable of charging two full-size tablets while using them at full backlight. Optional halo lighting around the exterior of the ports allows pilots and passengers to connect to the GSB 15 easily during night-time conditions.
Two versions of the GSB 15 are available. One version contains a connector on the back of the unit, which is suitable for panel mount installations. A second variant has a connector on the bottom and is suitable for installations in depth-constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation is simplified as the GSB 15 can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate.