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Ultra-lightweight Battery Gives Robinson R44 More Useful Load

True Blue Power TB17 Lithium-ion Battery Now Standard Option on R44 Helicopters

WICHITA, Kan. (March 29, 2021) — True Blue Power, the first company to receive FAA TSO certification for lithium-ion batteries, today announced the company’s TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion main ship battery is a standard option on Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44. Weighing only 16 pounds, the TB17 gives R44 operators an additional 13 pounds of useful load compared to the helicopter’s standard lead-acid battery.

The TB17 is ideal for use in extreme environments and engineered with a built-in automatic heater. It outperforms lead-acid and NiCad batteries in extreme temperatures, from -40°C to 70°C.

“With the TB17, your engine will start in the most demanding operations,” said Erik Ritzman, Vice President of True Blue Power. “This battery delivers higher voltage during engine start, which means improved starter performance, less wear and less maintenance,” continued Ritzman. “Even better, capacity checks are only required every two years and useful life is four times longer than any other battery.”

For more information about the TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery, contact Erik Ritzman, Vice President of True Blue Power, at (316) 630-0101 or visit truebluepowerusa.com.

About True Blue Power

True Blue Power specializes in the design and manufacturing of power solutions for the global aerospace industry. This includes USB charging ports, inverters, voltage converters, emergency power supplies and advanced lithium-ion batteries. Select products feature proprietary NanoPhosphate® lithium-ion battery technology, which offers stable chemistry, faster charging, consistent output, excellent cycle life and superior cost performance — this translates into smaller, lighter products that are less than half the size and weight of existing solutions. For additional information, please visit truebluepowerusa.com.