Pilots ask if Stratus Power will charge a full-size iPad during flight. Good news: it actually can charge two iPads simultaneously. There are two reasons why this is possible:
1. It provides dual 2.5A, not 2.1A.
We engineered each port with a max output of 2.5A, knowing that 2.1A just isn’t enough to keep an iPad powered while it’s in use.
2. Each port delivers 2.5A independently.
Other common dual chargers are rated 2.1A for each port, but they actually share 4.2A between the two. With those chargers, if one device draws 2.5A, the other port is left with only 1.7A. We designed Stratus Power so the charging ports are independent — meaning each port provides 2.5A at the same time.
Here’s what one pilot had to say after a long flight experiment…
I am a heavy user of ForeFlight on my iPad. Previously, I used an adapter (2.1A, 12V) in the cigarette lighter, but the iPad would totally lose its charge after about 6-7 hours.
I installed two Stratus Power units on my Seneca, and then over the weekend I went on a couple of relatively long flights (6 hours). For my test, I intentionally started the trip with only a 75% charge on the iPad. I plugged it into the 2.5A Stratus Power unit, and by the end of 3 hours while running ForeFlight, the iPad was fully charged! There is a world of difference between the 2.1A chargers and your 2.5A charging ports. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased.
I am confident that the two Stratus Power units will provide the power I need for my long flights. THANK YOU for designing a solution that really works!
-Tim Fino, 1978 Piper Seneca II, Farmington, MI
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