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See Protonex at Warrior East

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Protonex Technology is coming to Virginia Beach
July 13th thru July 14th

See our PTX Power Management Solutions in action at the ADS Warrior East Show
Booth #1530
Virginia Beach Convention Center

Protonex – SPM-622 Special Forces Roll Kit

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Today’s Special Operations Forces often operate beyond the reach of established supply lines, and often cannot build fixed infrastructure due to the nature or length of their deployment. The PTX SPM-622 Special Forces Roll Kit was developed by Protonex specifically to provide a solution to this challenge and it has been proven in multiple deployments with US and International SOF units.

The PTX Special Forces Roll Kit combines an SPM-622 Squad Power Manager with cables and accessories for electronic equipment commonly used by US and Allied Special Operations Forces. Each kit includes an SPM-622, a lightweight solar blanket, connectors for civilian and military batteries and vehicles power outlets; as well as smart cables for NATO military radios, satellite communication systems, smart phones, tablets and laptop computers.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager enables the operator to maintain constant operability of critical systems by “scavenging” power from any available source and automatically converting that power as required by the connected device or battery. Thanks to its intelligent power management system, the SPM-622 can also simultaneously charge military and COTS batteries. It operates efficiently at temperatures ranging from -20° to +60° C, and will even function when totally submerged.

The SPM-622 Special Forces Roll Kit enables units to maintain constant operational effectiveness, while greatly reducing their battery burden – even the most undeveloped and austere environments.

The kit can be purchased on the Class IX NSN schedule, under GSA contract, from authorized Distributors and Systems Integrators; and directly from Protonex Technology Corporation.

The SPM-622 Special Forces Roll Kit will be on display at next month’s Warrior East.

NSN 6150-01-625-1021

For further product and application information visit www.PTXnomad.com

CANSEC 2017 – Protonex Adaptive Battery Charger ABC- 812

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The ABC-812 Adaptive Battery Charger works with a wide variety of batteries. What I find interesting about it is that when a new battery is introduced, Protonex creates a new adapter, called a battery cup, to allow the ABC-812 to work with it. The ABC-812 currently supports all standard US and NATO military battery types, Snap-On and DeWalt tool batteries, the Aeryon Labs “Skyranger” UAV battery, and has 4 USB ports for recharging phones, tablets, laptops, etc.

Additionally, it will charge different types of batteries at the same time and the device automatically evaluates the power source (AC wall socket, vehicle or aircraft DC plug, vehicle battery, field generator, solar blanket, wind turbine, etc.) and adjusts charge rates to maximize power and minimize charge times. For instance, the fullest battery gets charged first via pulse, allowing it to be put back in use the quickest whike the others are trickle charged. In addition to four battery bays per charger, there are also four USB ports.

The charger also monitors the lifecycle of each battery, providing the user with data on how many times each battery has been charged and discharged.

Finally, the cost per battery is cheaper than anything else on the market (ABC cost divided by number of batteries it can charge at once – less than $400 per battery vs. $1000 or more for competitor products).

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Protonex Exhibiting at CANSEC 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Protonex Technology Corporation will be at CANSEC 2017 in Ottawa May 31st – June 1st; booth # 530 (Ballard Power Systems).


Visit the stand to see and learn about the PTX brand power management systems – and about the full problem-solving capabilities that Protonex can deliver. Recent examples include:

· a customized Panther SATCOM system power solution, using the proven SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, for a US special operations end-user organization
· a miniature fuel cell pack that successfully powered a Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAV in test flights earlier this year
· a hybrid, stand-alone, off-grid power station for the Joint Interagency Field Experiment (JIFX) 17-3 that took place last week in California

Visit booth #530 to learn more about the full range of capabilities and solutions that Protonex can deliver.

For further information about Protonex, visit www.protonex.com

Protonex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems.

Protonex Presents – Remote Power Management for Prolonged Field Care

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Over the last two decades, the demands for proficient power management systems have made dramatic changes. Increased medical capability and automation of laboratory, documentation and monitoring equipment has changed how patients are managed in the field.

Additionally, decreased size and power consumption has led to the deployment of equipment and capability that originally would have been reserved for first world hospitals in the most remote and inhospitable places on the globe.

During this time, Special Operations Medicine went from the most basic urgent care, to rivaling rural emergency rooms from 20 years ago.

One area that consistently poses a challenge in power management is power supply for medical devices. Fortunately for special operations medicine, they’re not alone; as power management has been a struggle for all specialties of combat operation. As the technologies evolve and deployment of new devices happens, the solutions are fielded by non-medical unit personnel. This fielding oftentimes inhibits the proper use of the devices and critical integration requirements, forcing medical personnel to deliver less than their full capability available to units on the battlefield; a perfect example of this is the Squad Power Management Kits by army infantry and special operations units.

The Squad Power Management kit is comprised of a power management unit with a set of cables for harvesting power from a variety of sources, and another set of specialized cables to deliver power to the equipment organic to the unit. Currently, Protonex has deployed over 5,000 SPM kits to both the US and international militaries. The US Army alone has supplied over 3000 SPM kits to their infantry units and another 1100 kits to Army Special Operations.

This modernization program has increased capability to our deployed troops, results in long term cost savings to the military and a decrease in the combat load for our troops. Unfortunately, none of these deployed equipment sets include medical cables.

USSOF elements have a unique mission requirement to provide extended field medical care to patients in remote AORs. 1st Special Forces Command (A) and 75th Ranger Regiment have fielded SPM 622 kits through the Nett Warrior Program. These units could purchase additional cables at a low cost to upgrade their existing SPM kits to Medical Kits, allowing medical personnel the ability to provide care for patients for an extended period. In acquisition terms this is the equivalent of adding a SOF MOD kit to share funding for SOF equipment with the parent service. This provides an opportunity to increase capability with little additional cost by leveraging existing P2 funded equipment. Further, by broadening the utility of the issued equipment, the unit maximizes its investment. Essentially, the additional capability provided will allow medics to sustain patients for if they have access to other military and civilian batteries, vehicles, and aircraft.

US military medical personnel have the ability to procure SPM 622’s and/or add medical cables to existing kits to give them the ability to provide extended field medical care in remote AOR or on extended patrols. This equipment which is already organic to Army Infantry units, Special Forces ODA Teams and Ranger Regiment can be leveraged by unit medical personnel when needed to manage the challenges of power consumption in remote locations. As the USSOCOM mission set transitions to a more decentralized area of operations, these issues will become more pronounced. It is important that units know the capability of their organic systems and the deficiencies their currently issued equipment has concerning medical equipment.

The following medical equipment cables are available for purchase as accessories to the currently issued kits. Additional cables can be developed as needed for minimal cost to suit special equipment that may be organic to a unit but not common to the rest of the enterprise.

For more information on the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and its capabilities, please contact Protonex at 508-490-9960 or [email protected] For further discussion on the utility of the kit in operational use, please comment below.

About Kyle:
Retired Special Forces Medic and Medical Research and Development Sergeant Major in the USASOC Combat Development Directorate. Served as one of of USSOCOM’s leading experts in development and fielding of special operations medical equipment and tactics, techniques and procedures. Served on the Department of Defense’s Joint Program Committee for Combat Care, as well as the subcommittees for Forward Surgical, Intensive, and Critical Care and Hemorrhage Control and Fluid Resuscitation. Currently a Product Development Consultant for SAM Medical and Board member of BlackBox Biometrics Inc. Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from University of Maryland University College.

Lead The Way Fund Gala

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund will be hosting its 3rd Gala Benefit this evening at Pier Sixty in NYC in support of our wounded and active duty U.S. Army Rangers and their families. Tom Brokaw will be back again as the Master of Ceremonies and the United States Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition) will be honored with the Sgt. James J. Regan Lifetime Achievement Award. The USSOCOM Warrior Care Program supports Special Operations Forces (SOF) Wounded, Ill, or Injured service members and their families by providing a model advocacy program to enhance and strengthen their quality of life.

Protonex Technology Corporation is proud to support the great work of the Lead The Way Fund and has donated a custom Glock pistol for the auction portion of this evening’s event. Protonex Director of Military Sales, Ray Summers (himself a former 75th Ranger Regiment NCO) will also be in attendance at this evening’s Gala.

Protonex Launches Updated EOD Kit

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Universal Power Kit, based on Protonex’ industry-leading SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, dramatically reduces the weight and clutter of batteries, chargers and power adapters currently used by military EOD teams.

The original SPM-612 EOD kit, pioneered by Protonex in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NavSea) and Navy EOD Training & Evaluation Team Two, was deployed to all Navy EOD teams in 2014. The teams subsequently reported a reduction in charger and adapter weight from 45-lbs. to 9-lbs., with a correspondingly large decrease in space taken up in the EOD team vehicle.

The Navy EOD teams were also the first to request that Protonex package each intelligent power manager kit in a rugged “roll kit”, keeping the equipment organized and ready for use while decreasing volume and weight. More than 90% of all power management kits shipped to every branch of the U.S. military and many allied militaries are now requested in nylon roll kits.

The updated EOD Universal Power Kit includes the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, with additional power-handling and intelligence, as well as full waterproofing (the SPM-622 can be used while submerged up to 1-meter). Additional equipment support also now includes the latest Minehound® and other metal detectors, as well as DeWalt® and Snap-On® tool batteries and other EOD-specific equipment.

“The new enhanced EOD universal power kit builds on the capability established with the original SPM-612 kit and gives today’s EOD teams the most advanced universal power solution available,” said Michael Skinkle, Protonex EOD Account Manager. “When used in conjunction with our Adaptive Battery Charger, EOD teams have a total power management solution that is more efficient and rugged than other options.”

The SPM-622 EOD kit (Protonex part number 010-458) is available directly from Protonex or through GSA Advantage, the NSN Class IX Schedule from ADS, Darley Defense and Federal Resources.

For further information about the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager, and the full range of Protonex power management solutions, visit www.PTXnomad.com.

Protonex Showcases Power Management Solutions at IDEX 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

VANCOUVER, CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, U.S.A. – Protonex Technology Corporation (“Protonex”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it has launched its industry leading intelligent Power Manager and battery charger products in the Middle East.

Protonex is exhibiting and demonstrating its lightweight Power Management solutions for soldiers at the IDEX 2017 Expo and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 19th to 23rd.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and the VPM-402 Vest Power Manager are lightweight, rugged, easy-to-use devices that provide universal power delivery to any load from a variety of power sources, such as A/C wall outlets, vehicles, batteries as well as from renewable power sources including solar, wind and fuel cells. With thousands of Protonex power managers now deployed to every major USSOCOM element, soldiers from Allied defense forces will be able to seamlessly share power with American forces and with one another, running and charging multiple systems quickly and easily.

Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Sales said, “Our recently announced EAR99 export classification for the SPM and VPM Power Managers paves the way for accelerated allied procurement of these mission critical devices. The enthusiastic reception we’ve received from allied partners has encouraged us to exhibit for the first time in the Middle East and Europe.”

Protonex is demonstrating its SPM and VPM products, as well as the Company’s new ultra-high-speed commercial and military battery charger. Visitors at IDEX 2017 can meet with Protonex and see product demonstrations at Exhibit Stand #01-A01, which it is sharing with Aeryon Labs.