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True Blue Power introduces lithium-ion aircraft batteries at NBAA show

When it comes to airplanes, the lighter the better.

That’s one advantage True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instruments, gives to two new products — lithium-ion main aircraft batteries for business and general aviation airplanes.

The company introduced the batteries this week at the National Business Aviation Association exhibition in Las Vegas.

The TB44 lithium-ion main battery weighs 53 pounds, a 40 percent weight savings compared with lead-acid or nickel-cadmium batteries.

The TB44 is expected to be standard equipment on a soon-to-be-announced production aircraft, the company said.

A second lithium-ion battery called the TB17 weighs 16 pounds, 46 percent less than the lead-acid alternatives.

“We have done a tremendous amount of testing and a tremendous amount of research,” said Todd Winter, president and CEO of True Blue Power in Wichita. “We’ve been working on them for a long time.”

Both are designed to monitor and communicate temperature, voltage levels, state of charge and health, the company said.

They have superior power, consistent performance, higher levels of energy output and longer useful life, it said. The two products will become part of a family of lithium-ion “main ship” batteries,” Winter said.

The batteries are not aftermarket products but are being marketed directly to aircraft manufacturers.
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