Charger for Battery Powered Ground Support Equipment
This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) describes two general types of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) battery chargers. The conventional industrial battery charger typically requiring up to 8 hours to recharge a 100% discharged battery, hereafter called “Conventional Charger”. The other type a fast battery charger typically used as an opportunity charger for ground support equipment, hereafter called “Fast Charger”. Recommendations that apply to both types will refer generically to “charger”.
A review of ARP 1816B revealed it was outdated and only described an industrial battery charger used to fully charge a 100% discharged battery in a period of 8 hours. Newer technology now allows fast charging of the battery in the truck during idle opportunity time. ARP 1816C was re-written to address chargers used for both charging methods.