US Army Develops Portable Charger to Bring Power to Soldiers in the Field

May 29, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The US Army Research Laboratory has developed a military-grade Universal Battery Charger (UBC) that is made to help soldiers to keep their electronics powered up.

According to Dave Schimmel, Project Manager Soldier Warrior, there is a high requirement for portable power source among soldiers, especially when they are in the Tier-1 environment.

However, the conventional batteries are heavier and bulkier. Also it is difficult to supply so many batteries and also if they can’t be recharged they are rendered completely useless.

US Military Grade Universal Battery Charger (UBC)

Recharging of different types of batteries in the same field raises compatibility issues too. It even causes damaging of batteries and equipment.

But this new UBC device will work with any power source from a generator to a simple car cigarette lighter. It also has built in solar panels, so that it can be useful even when no other power source is available.

The size of the UBS is similar to a shoe box and weighs just 6 lb (2.7 kg), so it can be easily carried by a soldier in the field.

Like many other military-grade equipment, the UBC device is also ruggedized and waterproof, making it survive all weather conditions.

As the UBC is a universal device, it can charge different kinds of batteries at the same time. It is believed that the device can charge eight batteries and two USB devices simultaneously.

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