With the proliferation of Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and the undeniable need to keep your phone ready for your arrival, onboard aircraft charging is an understood need. Garmin’s GSB 15 provides an FAA-approved, permanently mounted source of USB power.
With two USB ports, the GSB 15 cranks out 18 watts (3 amps each), which should be enough to provide a phone or tablet enough power to run and charge at the same time. “Tablets and mobile devices have become a mainstay in the cockpit and it’s essential to ensure they’re powered and available throughout an entire flight,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use that allows owners and operators to easily and economically add USB power capability to their aircraft.”
Garmin will offer two versions. One has a power connector on the back of the unit, while another has the connector at the bottom so that it can be mounted near cabin sidewalls or wherever depth is an issue. Retail price is $349.