When someone says Gill, most aviators and mechanics think “battery.”
“That’s definitely the way we want to be associated,” said Thomas Jones, sales manager in Redlands, Calif. for Teledyne Battery Products, manufacturer of the Gill line. That said, the line of products at the Gill booth (No. C2407) in the Heli-Expo exhibit hall sports a new device that, despite its diminutive size, is designed to keep aircraft in the field “start-ready” at all times.
The GC-024 charger assembly from Gill is a relatively new product for the company. What makes it unique is that it can be attached, via a clamp, to the Gill battery the customer wants to condition or charge. The three-stage charger is designed to be left on the battery for long periods, such as during off-season storage, and includes a charge control with constant potential that reverts to a float standby. The 2.6-pound charger is wrapped in a strengthened aluminum casing and is 7.2 inches wide, 7.8 inches deep and 3.1 inches high, allowing it to fit into tight spaces inside most aircraft.