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Widget Wednesday: Power to Prevail – The History of the Squad Power Manager

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Now part of the Revision Military® Nerv Centr® suite of products, following the acquisition of Protonex® in October of 2018, the Squad Power Manager™ (SPM-622) is an impressive piece of equipment with an interesting backstory.

The current (4th) generation of the Squad Power Manager is a rugged and easily-carried “multi-tool” of power constructed around a suite of intelligent power management algorithms. These built-in smarts enable the Squad Power Manager to run electronic equipment and recharge batteries simultaneously – with no user programming or input required. The SPM also has the capability of scavenging power from any source in the 4-34 Volt DC range – with a converter it can also harness AC power anywhere in the world as well.

The ruggedness, ease-of-use, dependability, and flexibility of the Squad Power Manager have made it a “must have” tool for troops on extended operations and/or deployed in austere environments. So much so, that the National Infantry Association honored the Squad Power Manager with a special feature in the Winter Issue of its official publication, “Infantry Bugler”. A PDF of the article can be downloaded or read online at RevisionMilitary.com. The entire Winter Issue of “Infantry Bugler” can also be read online at the National Infantry Association’s website.

For further details about the Squad Power Manager, visit RevisionMilitary.com.

SHOT 2019—TNVC Announces the PVS-14/PBM (Powered Bridge Mount) and SAS-E (Situational Awareness Suite-Enhanced) Booth 6502

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019


Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada—

TNVC is extremely proud to announce the release of the patent pending TNV/PVS-14-PBM Powered Bridge Mount this year during the 2019 NSSF SHOT Show.

The TNV/PVS-14-PBM was originally conceived to provide an option for military and law enforcement customers that already have large fleets of PVS-14 MNVD (Monocular Night Vision Device) and provide them with BNVD capability, offering improved depth perception and motion parallax, increased situational awareness, and PID range. While purpose-built BNVD systems remain a superior solution under most circumstances, it is not always realistic for large organizations to purchase brand new BNVD systems or pay for expensive conversion programs to rebuild old devices, especially when they already have fully functional and serviceable PVS-14s.

While the concept of bridging together two PVS-14s to create a set of BNVDs is not new, the TNV/PVS-14 Powered Bridge Mount offers new capabilities to provide the best possible solution for individuals and organizations seeking to get BNVD capabilities from their PVS-14s.

The TNV/PVS-14-PBM is a “drop-in” conversion for all TNV/PVS-14s, and most current AN/PVS-14s and other PVS-14s with a single AA battery compartment (TNVC can also convert double AA units to current specifications), and replaces the individual AA cells with battery inserts that connect to the central bridge, powered by a single AA cell and allowing for centralized activation of both devices without needed to operate each PVS-14 independently. The battery inserts also feature threaded ends to allow the factory battery housing caps to remain tethered and stowed to the device, requiring no modification of the host monoculars to be used in the BNVD configuration.


Unlike most bridge systems, the TNV/PVS-14-PBM uses two points of contact, the threaded accessory mounting point and the objective lens locking ring, to ensure the best possible alignment of the devices to prevent user-fatigue created by misaligned monoculars.


The TNV/PVS-14-PBM mounts with a standard BNVS-style dovetail interface, compatible with industry standard and issued Wilcox Industries and Norotos dovetail mounts, and providing greatly improved, secure and positive lockup compared to the current USGI “bayonet” interface typically used with the PVS-14 when used with the USGI “J-Arm.”

In addition to the onboard power supply, the Powered Bridge Mount also features the capability to be used with auxiliary battery packs, such as the Low Profile Battery Pack (LPBP) used with ANVIS aviator’s night vision system, and readily available through both military supply chains and the 1033 program, allowing increased battery life, as well as allowing users to shift some weight to the rear of the helmet, and serving as a counterweight.


The TNV/PVS-14-PBM also features independently articulating arms, allowing users to adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD), as well as swiveling one or both monoculars out of the way if the user needs to use their natural vision. This rotating feature, also allows the goggle to stow more closely to the user’s helmet, both distributing the weight more evenly, and allowing the user to maintain a lower profile when the goggles stowed.


The TNV/PVS-14-PBM is manufactured in the U.S. out of Delrin polymer and 6061 aluminum to the same high standards of quality, construction, ruggedness, and waterproofing as the proven TNV/Sentinel and RNVG systems.

The Powered Bridge Mount is currently available to all customers, and will also be offered in the TNVC Situational Awareness Suite-Enhanced (SAS-E) that will include the TNV/PVS-14-PBM, Ops-Core Mission Configurable Helmet Cover Gen. II, and a BNVS compatible mount, offering a turn-key solution for users who are issued the MICH/Army Combat Helmet/ECH, offering not only BNVD capabilities, but helmet accessory rails, and improved shroud and mount, and mounting points for strobes and other IFF devices without any modifications to the host helmet.

Please stop by and see us if you’re at the 2019 SHOT Show at Booth #6502. The TNV/PVS-14-PBM as well as the full SAS-E kit are on display, along with many other exciting new products and announcements for 2019!

TNV/PVS-14-PBM MSRP: $789, Dealer and Government Pricing Available

For product inquiries, to schedule a meeting during the 2019 NSSF SHOT Show, or military, agency, or dealer sales, please contact augee@tnvc.com.

Hyperstealth Files Patent Application Which Has Been Demonstrated To Triple Solar Panel Output

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Hyperstealth has filed our first non-provisional patent under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The patent is a system and method of amplifying solar panel output.

The PCT filing allows us to file the same patent internationally in up to 152 countries.

A year ago we filed our provisional patent which provided one year of protection and a starting date of claims that can be used in the non-provisional patent.

This provisional patent allowed the inventor, Guy Cramer, President/CEO of Hyperstealth to secure the method which could increase solar panel output up to 11-13% in December 2017 to 29.5% in May 2018.

Cramer was able to develop further improvements to recently achieve 210.74% more power with Amorphous (thin film) solar panels which amounts to 3.1 times more power (100% is double, so 200% is triple the output). With Monocrystalline solar panels he achieved 180% more power or 2.8 times the output, nearly triple.

Monocrystalline is the most common solar panel for residential and commercial applications.

New discoveries in early December were included in the patent filed today should elevate these levels even further.

One obvious consideration is that this could finally allow solar power to become a viable alternative in northern latitudes which do not get a large amount of solar radiation in the fall and winter months.

It should be noted that these levels are unlikely to be achieved with many of the current residential or commercial configurations due to the panels close proximity to each other however a practical system was developed by Cramer and included in the patent application which showed a 16%+ increase in power output per panel that may be modified to function on preexisting installations.

The patent is extremely large at 110 pages, 61 which are text and 49 which are drawings which details the numerous experiments and progression of discoveries which culminated with today’s filing. Our Patent Attorney has his Masters of Science in Physics which is critical to being able to present this invention properly.

Any new claims not mentioned in the provisional patent filed a year ago will be prioritized from today’s date

There’s a lot more to the patent than discussed here but we can save that for another day.

Hyperstealth now has three remaining provisional patents which are scheduled to be filed as non-provisional patents within the next 9 months. Improvements in each of the three provisional patents has also been achieved and Hyperstealth will not reveal any intellectual property involved until all the improvements have been secured through these patents.

Hyperstealth is inviting only CEO’s of Fortune 500 Company’s to see demonstrations of this technology along with the 3 other technologies which are protected with provisional patents.

Thyrm CellVault XL Now in Clear

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

The CellVault XL easily attaches to M.O.L.L.E., webbing, and straps, and features lanyard loops at both ends, for more attachment options. It features a slim vertical profile that utilizes 1 M.O.L.L.E. webbing column, giving you more room for other gear including first aid kits, ammo, and tools.

The CellVault XL’s internal divider can keep CR123 batteries in the CellVault XL secure even when the CellVault XL is inverted. Just squeeze the front and back of the tube to release CR123s in the CellVault XL.

The CellVault’s waterproof, dustproof, durable exterior keeps your essentials safe and accessible, helping you be prepared for whatever comes your way.

A CellVault XL can store:
• Two 18650 batteries (with CellVault XL divider removed)
• Four AA batteries
• Six CR123 batteries
• Eight AAA batteries
• Small survival gear such as lighters, hooks and line, a light stick, a compass, and lip balm
• First aid gear including hemostatic clotting agents, tweezers, and bandages
• Consumables such as medication, instant coffee packets, electrolyte powder, candy
• Valuables such as emergency money, a flash drive, and keys
• Cigar/Cigarettes/chewing tobacco
• Sewing kit

Designed and manufactured in the USA.


Widget Wednesday:  Integrated Power Solutions

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Units at the sharp end often need to integrate organic and non-organic equipment for dismounted or vehicle-based systems – providing reliable power for such systems can be a significant challenge. With the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, an excellent solution for keeping the power flowing and maintaining continuous mission capability is readily available.

One such SPM-based integrated system is the C-REACH communications system from C4i Systems in the UK. The C-REACH is a modular, man-packable or light tactical vehicle mounted gateway system that provides Beyond Line of Site (BLOS) communications. Users deployed to the forward edge of operating areas have the ability to communicate mission critical information to tactical and strategic decision makers using almost any modern radio communication system. The C-REACH system allows users to achieve complete, secure BLOS communications of voice, video and data information on a global scale from a single, lightweight, self-sufficient solution.

Including the SPM-622 enables operators in even the most remote or austere environments to maintain full communications capability by harvesting and managing power from any available source – for however long the mission lasts.

For further information about the C-REACH system please visit C4i Systems.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager is also at the heart of several other integrated systems currently undergoing T&E with US, NATO, and Partner Nation forces. For further information about the SPM’s features and capabilities, visit www.PTXnomad.com or contact us at Team.Room@Protonex.com.

Widget Wednesday:  Improve Operational Effectiveness with the SPM-622 Data Log Function

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager Data Log capability allows small units to measure how much battery power they are actually using, so they can optimize their logistics, resupply, and mission loads – and reduce their Battery Burden.

The Data Log function of the SPM records:

• What devices are plugged into which ports of the SPM

• The voltage, average current and maximum current at each port in use

• The state of charge and temperature of any connected battery / batteries

• A real-time-stamp that includes the date and time of the entry

• Any errors or user alerts

The data log is stored in such a way that it does not disappear if power is lost, and the storage capacity is large enough to keep weeks-worth of usage data. Finally, data logging occurs automatically, but the standard settings can be overridden in order to capture specific or unique data of interest. Once collected, the data log can then be uploaded to a computer and displayed and analyzed using typical tools such as Excel, etc.

To access the data log function of the SPM-622, the operator uses the four buttons along the bottom edge of the SPM-622. From the main screen, press the right arrow Button once to enter the main menu. Once at that screen the operator will see the following display:

Selecting the data log option from the menu selection allows the User to view how much data has already been captured, or to change the data capture intervals. Pressing ‘Erase Log’ will delete all data in the log file.

If power usage data for a particular mission is desired, the User should clear the SPM’s data log before departure and then download the data after the mission is completed. As an example of the benefit of analyzing such data; a SOF unit deployed in a non-permissive environment was able to reduce the battery weight of their mission loads by over 30% – and still maintain full operational capability of their critical electronic equipment.

If you need further assistance, refer to the SPM-622 User Guide or contact Support@Protonex.com. Visit www.PTXnomad.com for further info about the wide range of applications and equipment supported by the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager.

BioLite Launches Limited Edition “Midnight Series” CampStove 2 Bundle and SolarHome 620

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

BioLite has introduced two of their most popular products, the CampStove 2 Bundle and SolarHome 620 as Limited Edition models. The Midnight Series features an grey/black finish due to lots of requests for a more muted colorway.

CampStove 2 Bundle

• Stove generates 3W power to charge devices
• Burns biomass: sticks, pinecones, pellets, etc
• CampStove packs easily inside KettlePot
• Boil 1L of water in 4.5 minutes
• Grilltop fits up to four burgers
• Total Kit Weight: 4.96 lbs

SolarHome 620

• 6W Solar Panel Charges System in 6 Hrs Direct Sun
• Battery: 3300 mAh @ 6.5V (20 Wh)
• Control Box + Wall Light, MP3/Radio, USB Charge Out
• 3x 100 Lm Overhead Lights With Motion Sensor
• Lights Feature 18ft Cords For Multi-room Setup
• 4.78 lbs (Includes Lights, Panel, and Control Box)

Remember, there’s only 500 of the CampStove Bundles and 800 of the SHS620 so quantities are limited and they are going fast.


Widget Wednesday:  Creating an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in austere environments

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

An SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and a few cables is like having a multi-tool for power in your rucksack. With such a system, troops can “scavenge” power from vehicle batteries or power-out ports and from solar panels or blankets to recharge batteries and run equipment – anywhere, any time.

The SPM-622 is particularly useful as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Simply connect the SPM to a rechargeable battery, an AC wall outlet, or portable generator, and the device, or devices, you want to keep powered up. As long as AC power is available, the battery is kept fully charged-up, and power for the radio is automatically converted, balanced and passed through by the SPM. The diagram below shows how this can be done to provide uninterruptible power to a SatCom radio system.

If the AC power fails, the SPM will automatically switch to drawing power from the back-up battery so that the radio remains powered up. The user is alerted to the change on the SPM’s screen, but no action is required. Once AC power is available again, the SPM will automatically revert to drawing power for the radio from the AC source, as well as simultaneously recharging the connected back-up battery.

Additional back-up power storage capability for critical equipment can be achieved by connecting up to 3 more batteries to the SPM. As long as AC power is available the SPM will keep all connected batteries topped-up, if/when the AC power fails the SPM will automatically switch to drawing power from the battery with the lowest state of charge – ensuring the most efficient use of the back-up power available.

If you need further assistance, contact Support@Protonex.com. Visit www.PTXnomad.com for further info about the wide range of applications and equipment supported by the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager.