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Widget Wednesday – SPM-622 Squad Power Manager

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

You might have seen the recent announcements from Protonex, and wondered just what the heck a ‘Squad Power Manager’ is. If that’s the case, or even if your unit has already been issued them, this overview / refresher might be useful.

In a nut shell, the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager intelligently manages energy transfer to and between batteries and electronic equipment. It is an intelligent power harvester and scavenger, it is an automatic voltage converter, it is a universal power hub for charging batteries and running equipment, it’s safe and easy-to-use, and it’s robust enough for tough missions in harsh environments.

It enables troops in the field to:
• connect multiple different electronic devices and batteries at one time
• run electronic devices of any type from a common battery, and from different batteries
• run multiple devices and recharge different batteries concurrently
• harvest power from solar blankets, vehicle outlets, car batteries, and other sources


The SPM-622 has proven itself as a mission-essential tactical tool with deployed teams because of its ability to drastically reduce their battery burden, while simultaneously increasing their up-time and operational effectiveness.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager currently supports a wide range electronic equipment for specialist applications; including Prolonged Field Care; EOD; Unmanned Systems; Radio and SATCOM Operators; Recon, Surveillance and Target Analysis; Dismounted Infantry Situational Awareness; and more…

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Ballard Subsidiary Protonex Receives $1.9M Follow-On U.S. Army Power Manager Order

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, USA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the Company’s subsidiary, Protonex, has received a $1.9 million follow-on purchase order for the supply of SPM-622 Squad Power Manager Kits to support U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).

Capt. Christopher Hawkins, of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, and an interpreter speak with local national soldiers to gain information about a village during training Oct. 23 at Fort Benning, Ga. (Spc. Noelle E. Wiehe/Army)

“This follow-on order through the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Soldier supports the mission of the U.S. Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades,” said Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Military Sales. “The SFAB’s work is critical in supporting partner training in austere environments and the U.S. Army’s focus on these field forces is contributing to the growing demand for power management solutions.”

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager is a tough and compact device which weighs less than a pound and enables military units to optimize power for multiple electronic devices, including portable radios, GPS systems, medical instruments, Explosive Ordinance Demolition equipment as well as tablet and laptop computers.

The SPM-622 can draw power from any source – including battery, solar, vehicle, AC, or scavenged energy sources – to run equipment or recharge batteries. It delivers deployment-proven benefits to military forces that include:
• Dependable power for more than 100 electronic devices currently used by troops;
• Lightened load for troops in the field by reducing their battery burden;
• Reduction in battery logistical support requirements; and
• Increased energy flexibility for troops operating in austere environments.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager system is developed and is produced by Protonex at the company’s facility in Southborough, Massachusetts. To date more than 5,000 units have been deployed by the United States and NATO Partner Nations.

Revolution House Media Selected as PR Agency to Launch Social-Driven Solar Brand in the US

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

[SAN FRANCISCO, CA, FEB 27, 2018]– WakaWaka, a social-driven B-Corp from The Netherlands, distributed in over 40 countries worldwide, has selected Revolution House Media as its public relations partner for the US. Founded in 2012, WakaWaka has distributed its award-winning solar powered chargers, lights, power banks and panels to over 250 humanitarian projects in more than 60 countries, providing safe and sustainable light and energy sources to over 1 million people. From Africa to Syrian refugee camps, to Haiti and Puerto Rico, the contributions of WakaWaka have helped boost family and community health while providing longer productive hours.

Translating to “shine bright” in Swahili, WakaWaka was founded by Maurits Groen, climate and sustainability expert and Netherland’s Most Sustainable Person 2015 according to Dutch newspaper Trouw, and Camille van Gestel, product development specialist, to fight climate disruption. Kerosene lamps and stoves are pollutive and impose health risks. One-third of the world’s population does not have access to electricity or reliable electricity. As part of WakaWaka’s mission to increase access to sustainable energy worldwide, the brand uses a percentage of sales to donate at least 10,000 products (lights or power) each year to people living in humanitarian crisis. Consumers have the ability to choose the project where their purchase will have the greatest impact, including areas hit by natural disasters. Most recently, WakaWaka teamed up with the Sierra Club to send over $2000 worth of light and power to Puerto Rico. Learn more by visiting

Included in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list of the most innovative and promising ideas in clean technology, WakaWaka’s product line includes solar panels, power banks, lights and chargers for outdoor adventurers, travelers and those looking for sustainable personal power options. The brand’s patented Intivation Sunboost Chip, combined with 22% solar panel efficiency, provides the industry’s most efficient solar chargers.

“WakaWaka’s commitment to empowering those living without reliable electricity, along with its dedication to sustainability, is really what attracted us to the brand,” said Revolution House Media founder, Kate Ketschek. “Their patented technology and industry-leading performance are sure to gain the attention of outdoorists and travelers alike in the US. Personally, the Power+ saved me from sure media relations ruin as my phone would threaten to die at the end of each day at Outdoor Retailer!”

“Having heard nothing but positive feedback and great stories about Revolution House Media from current partners and industry affiliates, we didn’t hesitate to start working with Kate,” said WakaWaka Global Sales Manager Retail, Alexander de Gaay Fortman. “Her track record speaks for itself, and for a small but strong upcoming brand like WakaWaka, we needed to work with someone who knows the outdoor space in North America through and through. Kate showed us at Outdoor Retailer that she has a creative approach to her work, immediately inviting us to her impactful and fun Roller Derby Media event.”

TNVC Releases Thermal Remote Battery and Cradle

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The TNVC Thermal Remote Battery (TRB) is an external rechargeable battery for thermal imagers and weapon sights.  Utilizing a 6700mAh battery, the TRB can provide over 13 hours of power to your thermal device.  This allows you to hunt all night without needing to replace expensive batteries.  At the end of the hunt, simply plug the battery into a USB power source to recharge and prep for night two!


The TRB comes with a form-fitting, slimline polymer cradle that attaches to standard M1913 Picatinny Rail.  The polymer cradle is milspec impact-resistant to protect the battery from field abuse.  It mounts offset to the rail, to keep the package slimmer to the weapon rail or scope.  The cradle features cutouts to display current battery charge, access to the power button, and an opening for the recharge cable port.  This allows you to keep the battery in the cradle while recharging (it can also be easily removed from the cradle for recharge, allowing you to keep the cradle secured to the weapon).


The TRB replaces the need to use disposable batteries or short-life internal rechargeable batteries in thermal systems.  Operation is simple: Charge the TRB battery until all four charge lights are lit, insert the battery into the cradle where it seats with the power-out cable (power-out cable is permanently affixed in cradle), plug power out cable into thermal device and press the power button on the battery.  The TRB can be attached to thermal devices with disposable batteries installed.  After the thermal device uses up the installed batteries, the user simply turns on the TRB to continue the hunt.


TNVC is including  free with every purchase of FLIR’s new PTS line.  Future cables are in the works for other thermal scopes.

Price: $95.99, available now on the TNVC web site.

Military Hardware LLC – Nugget USB Charger

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Not only was this not available when I was in, but the connector to fashion your own was more expensive than this complete device. The Nugget attaches to a BA-5590 or BB-2590 battery, which seem to be stacked everywhere in a deployed situation, and use it as a multiport USB charging station.

• Dual 2.3 amp USB ports
• Compatible with all USB-charged devices
• Powerful enough to charge two tablets at once
• Rugged, one-piece over-molded design
• Small and light-weight
• USB 3.0 hand-shaking between Nugget and device delivers maximum allowable current

Get The LT, The Handcrank Is Calling!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The K-Tor Power Box reminds me of the G-76 handcrank generators we had when I was in the Army. The story goes that when the XO on an SFOD-A was a Lieutenant, it was his job to crank the generator to power the team’s radios. Once the XO position was converted to a 180A Warrant Officer spot, the tradition mysteriously ended.

Size Folded: 12 in by 5.5 in by 3.5 in, weight 4 lbs 11 oz, power output 120 volts DC 20 watts. It has a standard three-print plug making it compatible with most portable electronics chargers like cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, etc.

They also offer a 10W 120V DC @2Hz generator which is smaller in size.

SHOT Show 18 – TNVC

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018


TNVC has introduced Remote Battery Case for the FLIR PTS 233, PTS 536 and PTS 736. It mounts to a Pic Rail and will offer an additional 13 hours of operational time.

Protonex Lands $1.6M Power Manager Order

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Protonex Technology Corporation has received a $1.6 million purchase order for the supply of its PTX-brand Squad Power Manager (SPM-622) Special Operations Kits. The purchase order was the first issued by the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Soldier, as part of the newly approved program of record, with ‘Milestone C’ approval having been received in late September 2017.

“This order represents a continued commitment to support U.S. Army Special Operations Forces’ requirement for intelligent power management systems,” said Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Military Sales. “This requirement is important for Protonex as it will support not only Special Operations Forces, but also the Security Forces and Assistance Brigades, or SFAB’s, newly established by the U.S. Army to support training of partner forces in combat theatres. We believe this first order since obtaining Milestone C represents a significant opportunity and helps to streamline orders for other U.S. Army units moving forward.”

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager is an agile and rugged device that weighs less than a pound and enables units to pull power from any source to recharge batteries and keep electronic devices operational – including portable radios, GPS systems, field medical equipment, EOD equipment, computers and other mission essential electronics.  The in-built intelligence in the SPM allows it to draw power from solar panels or blankets, vehicle and aircraft power outlets, an AC wall socket, generator-powered micro-grid, wind turbine, scavenged batteries, etc.

The Squad Power Manager delivers critical benefits for military force, including: reliable energy regardless of changing battlefield conditions; reducing the weight of the battery burden carried by soldiers in the field; reduction of logistical support; and energy flexibility for troops operating in austere environments.

The SPM-622 was developed by Protonex Technology Corporation and is manufactured at the company’s facility in Southborough, Massachusetts. To date more than 5,000 units have been deployed by United States and NATO forces.

Further details about the full range of PTX brand power management solutions can be found at