Anywhere Bak-Pak™ Provides Uninterrupted Power For XM Weather Systems

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XM Weather has become the most popular datalink weather system in aviation. But if your Wx Worx receiver loses power, even for a fraction of a second, you lose weather data for up to 15 minutes. The Anywhere Bak-Pak™ is a standby battery backup that attaches directly to the base of the WxWorx unit.

Control Vision Corp., makers of award-winning Anywhere Map and electronics and software for General Aviation announces Anywhere Bak-Pak™, an auxiliary power supply designed as a companion to airborne XM Weather systems.

XM Weather has become the most popular datalink weather solution in aviation. It is fast, convenient and makes real-time national weather radar an affordable reality for thousands of pilots. XM Weather is broadcast via satellite to air and marine craft equipped with the WxWorx satellite receiver which transfers these signals to onboard computer displays.

Control Vision President and CEO Jay Humbard said, “The WxWorx receiver is powered by the aircraft’s electrical system. If a spike or surge causes it to lose power, even for a fraction of a second, the receiver re-sets itself and must re-acquire a national weather picture. This can take as long as 10 minutes.”

To address this, Control Vision designed Anywhere Bak-Pak™, a smart standby power supply for the satellite receiver. Instead of receiving power from the aircraft, the WxWorx receiver is powered by the Bak-Pak’s internal Lithium Polymer batteries. The user-installable Anywhere Bak-Pak™ attaches directly to the base of the WxWorx unit.

CV’s chief of engineering, Greg Yotz, explains, “The Bak-Pak is now the primary power supply for the WxWorx unit. There is never a surge or spike in the power and the unit never has to re-set itself. If for any reason the aircraft loses power, the Bak-Pak is there to provide 2-3 hours of uninterrupted power, thus continuous delivery of XM Weather data.”

Anywhere Bak-Pak™ (AW159) provides standby power for all applications using the WxWorx satellite weather receiver. It is priced at US$195.00.

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