In just a few short years, battery-powered mobile devices have become essential in-flight tools for pilots and their passengers alike. Pilots use their tablets or smartphones to access flight plans, moving maps, charts, weather data, manuals, and more — while passengers access entertainment, messaging, and all types of productivity apps on their devices. But, invariably, all these portable electronics need an external power source to keep them charged and ready to use over a long flight. That’s where our GSB 15 USB charging hub makes all the difference.
The dual-port GSB 15 offers multiple charging options. The dual USB Type-A GSB 15 charging hub features Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology and can deliver up to 18 watts of power to each USB port simultaneously. If you have a newer portable device, including iPad Pro tablets from 2018 or later, the GSB 15 dual USB Type-C version offers up to 27 watts — enough to power two tablets or similar smart devices while also charging their batteries1. It also includes USB Power Delivery technology to provide optimal charging to every connected device. You can even choose a version that offers one of each type connector for maximum flexibility. With any option, there’s built-in protection against circuit and temperature overloads. Plus, configurable halo lighting on the plugs makes them easy to locate and access in a darkened cabin or cockpit — and the dual USB Type-C and USB Type-A/Type-C versions even have dimmable lighting.
All slimline GSB 15 charging hubs measure just over 1.5” square and stand less than an inch deep — making them among the smallest dual-port USB charging hubs ever designed for aviation use. They come in two formats: one designed to be wired into aircraft power from the back of the unit — and one that connects to aircraft power through the side (bottom) of the case. Choose the version that fits best with your application and its related space constraints.
If your aircraft is equipped with a GI 275 Flight Instrument you will also appreciate GSB 15 for its data transfer capabilities. Using a USB flash drive and the GSB 15, you can transfer databases to a GI 275 flight instrument. Databases will then also be synced among multiple GI 275 flight instruments in a single cockpit. In addition to database updating, GSB 15 can also be used to save flight logs — including engine data2 — from the GI 275 to a USB flash drive.
You can mount GSB 15 virtually anywhere. It’s small enough to fit a 1” cutout — and it’s available with an optional 1” decorative cover or mounting plates that allow for easy installation in existing, unused 2.25” or 3.125” instrument holes in the panel. And all GSB 15 models use the same power input connector, so the USB Type-C equipped versions can be an easy upgrade from an existing dual Type-A installation3. GSB 15 has FAA TSO and, consequently, European approval. The device will fit in a variety of constricted spaces — such as aircraft sidewalls, armrests or aft console positions — where most aviation USB chargers are simply too large or unwieldy to install.