Garmin Adds Power, Type-C to USB Ports

 - April 12, 2021, 6:14 PM

At this week’s Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, Garmin is demonstrating new versions of its GSB 15 USB chargers. The chargers offer both dual Type-C USB ports or a combination of Type-C and Type-A with up to 27 watts of output per port, simultaneously. Other electrical features include optimized power output to match the device being charged and short-circuit and over-temperature protection.

To help mark their locations, the new charging ports have dimmable halo lighting, which helps users find them at night. The lights can be connected to the aircraft’s lighting bus for brightness control. Side or rear power input connectors facilitate more flexible installation in space-constrained areas, according to Garmin, including near armrests or cabin sidewalls.

When installed alongside Garmin GI 275 electronic flight instruments, the GSB 15 can be used to transfer databases into the instruments with a flash drive. Users can also download data from the instruments such as flight and engine indication system information for later analysis.

The GSB 15 is compatible with earlier versions, using the same connector and fitting into a one-inch cutout. Garmin offers optional accessories such as mounting kits and decorative covers. The dual USB Type-C and the Type-C/Type-A variant each retail for $399.