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Firmware discharges air-safe battery regulations

A firmware update to Anton/Bauer’s Performance Quad Charger will allow users to discharge their batteries to a specified percentage, making it easier to meet new flight-safe regulations for carrying batteries on board planes.

The International Air Transport Association rules specify that Lithium-ion batteries must have a ‘state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30 per cent of their rated design capacity’ for safe transportation on a passenger aircraft, and the free firmware update allows owners of the

Performance Quad Charger to discharge a battery to any level. The firmware is included in all new models.

The ruling doesn’t affect Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, which is why Anton/Bauer says its HyTron NiMH batteries are still proving popular with global production crews.