Stratus Power™

$349.00

The most affordable TSO-certified charging port

Almost everything pilots use these days requires charging, whether it’s an iPad, ADS-B receiver, or video camera. Unfortunately, older airplanes simply aren’t equipped to handle all those electronic devices, and a simple cigarette lighter plug can be quickly overwhelmed. That’s what makes Stratus Power so useful: it provides safe, reliable charging to anything with a USB plug. Install one in your panel, or add one at each passenger se...

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The most affordable TSO-certified charging port

Almost everything pilots use these days requires charging, whether it’s an iPad, ADS-B receiver, or video camera. Unfortunately, older airplanes simply aren’t equipped to handle all those electronic devices, and a simple cigarette lighter plug can be quickly overwhelmed. That’s what makes Stratus Power so useful: it provides safe, reliable charging to anything with a USB plug. Install one in your panel, or add one at each passenger seat to keep those entertainment devices charged up.

Features:

  • Dual 2.5 amp USB-A charging ports
  • FAA certified to TSO-C71
  • Cylindrical shape for easy, drill-in panel installation
  • Designed and built in the USA
  • Two-year product warranty, backed by Appareo
  • Works with 10-32V
  • Measures 1.848" x 1.848" x 1.391"

Pilot report

Pilots ask if Stratus Power will charge a full-size iPad during flight. Good news: it actually can charge two iPads simultaneously. There are two reasons why this is possible:

  1. It provides dual 2.5A, not 2.1A. Appareo engineered each port with a max output of 2.5A, knowing that 2.1A just isn’t enough to keep an iPad powered while it’s in use.
  2. Each port delivers 2.5A independently. Other common dual chargers are rated 2.1A for each port, but they actually share 4.2A between the two. With those chargers, if one device draws 2.5A, the other port is left with only 1.7A. We designed Stratus Power so the charging ports are independent — meaning each port provides 2.5A at the same time.

Here’s what one pilot had to say after a long flight experiment…

"I am a heavy user of ForeFlight on my iPad. Previously, I used an adapter (2.1A, 12V) in the cigarette lighter, but the iPad would totally lose its charge after about 6-7 hours.

I installed two Stratus Power units on my Seneca, and then over the weekend I went on a couple of relatively long flights (6 hours). For my test, I intentionally started the trip with only a 75% charge on the iPad. I plugged it into the 2.5A Stratus Power unit, and by the end of 3 hours while running ForeFlight, the iPad was fully charged! There is a world of difference between the 2.1A chargers and your 2.5A charging ports. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased."

- Tim Fino, 1978 Piper Seneca II, Farmington, MI

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Are the USB charging ports recognized by iPads as approved Apple devices, so they provide full charging speed, or do they only charge at the slower speed?
CdnCardinal on Mar 23, 2017
What is the size of the hole required to install it in the panel?
David G on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 1.6 in diameter panel hole according to their spec sheet
I don't know what I'm missing here, but isn't this a $350 lighter plug?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It also provides dual 2.1 amp outlets. The lighter plug in many aircraft (including my Cirrus SR22) cannot support 4.2 amps of current draw.
Your video states dual 2.1 amps yet your features say dual 2.5 What is it in fact? Thank you.
A shopper on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The feather is correct. The power out put was change late in the design to accommodate the latest ipad's which require 2.4 amps to charge.
Will this unit fit in the same space the traditional cigarette was located?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dimensions are 1.848 in wide x 1.848 in high x 1.391 in deep.
How does this tie in to the planes electrical system?
Jeff B on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is tied into the electrical bus.
I just received one, but not yet installed. I see there is a recent change to the amperage. How can I tell if it is the newer 2.5 amp version?
David B on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The output of this unit has always been 2.5, which is what the unit was TSO'ed for.
What is the required circuit breaker/fuse rating for this unit?
V P on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This uses a 5 amp fuse.
Stratus Power wiring. I believe such a device can be installed by the owner/repairman in an experimental airplane. But does the product come with wiring for ease of installation?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does come with the special connector and pins that mate to the back of the unit. You supply your own wire and breaker / fuse to connect to the aircraft electrical system. It only takes a power and a ground wire to hookup. You do need a crimp tool for the pins to attach them to the wires.
will it fit on a 1967 cessna 172H without cuting the exisiting panel? MJ
spike on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This unit will fit into a blank instrument space or you can mount it in the existing panel.
How expensive are these to install?
Leslie W on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our avionics shop estimates one hour.
how long to receive the stratus charger?
Are they in stock now?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3-5 Business days with ground shipping. Yes they are in stock.
What is the difference in capacity, utility and performance of this TSO'd device compared to a dual 2.1a USB adapter plug-in for a cig lighter socket?
A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Both provide a 2.1a usb Plug in.
What is the outside diameter of the face that has the Stratus label and the 2 charging ports?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The units DIMENSIONS:

1.848″ w x 1.848″ h x 1.391″ d
(Depth includes the mating connector)
Can the unit be owner installed?
Richard A on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The unit can not be owner installed.
Is this compatible with 24 Volt Systems ??
Bruce W on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is compatible with both 12 and 24 volt systems.
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