Revolutionizing Ground Power Units for Helicopter Operations

Leading the charge in ground power units, StartStick brings forth a new generation of portable power units tailored for helicopters. Our groundbreaking 28V Portable/Stowable Ground Power Unit, driven by cutting-edge Li-Ion (“Nanophosphate™”) cells, redefines aircraft battery reliability, convenience, and adaptability. Bid farewell to the constraints of conventional ground power units and embrace an era marked by enhanced efficiency, safety, and autonomy, courtesy of StartStick.
Embracing Freedom: Elevating Operational Efficiency with StartStick

Choosing StartStick for helicopters is a strategic decision, addressing crucial challenges faced by operators. Traditional ground power units are heavy, non-portable, and restrict flights to fields with available support. StartStick revolutionizes this landscape, offering improved efficiencies and autonomy while lowering operating costs. Its lightweight and portable design enable helicopters to operate in remote locations, expanding operational reach and flexibility. Many operators report extended main battery life due to the discipline of using StartStick for their first start each day.

StartStick contributes to enhanced aircraft battery reliability and reduced downtime for helicopters. With a fully serviceable battery pack offering 3,000 to 4,000 starts before overhaul, StartStick ensures an extended battery life, providing a reliable and durable solution for helicopter operations.

Expanded Operational Reach and Autonomy
Extended Main Battery Life
Enhanced Aircraft Battery Reliability and Reduced Downtime
OEM Partner AIRBUS

In a unique partnership offering with Airbus, customers will receive a new StartStick Stowable Ground Power Unit included with the purchase of a new Airbus helicopter.

Smart Design Features: What you know about aircraft batteries has changed forever.
The StartStick boasts advanced features tailored for helicopter operations:
  • Lightweight and Compact: Weighing only 10, 15 or 20 lbs, the StartStick is designed for mobility and ease of use.
  • Integrated Battery Charger: Safely charge your StartStick using any 10-ampere auxiliary power supply circuit. The battery automatically shuts off when fully charged.
  • Digital Display: Real-time monitoring for essential data on battery status and charging.
  • Standard Global GPU: Streamlined connectivity with a three- pin fitting for fixed and rotary wing alike.
  • Advanced Battery Manager: Cutting-edge technology for fault diagnostics and optimal performance.
  • Durable Case: MIL-STD-810H and UNDOT 38.3 certified for resilience in challenging environments.
  • Integrated Heater: Enables operation in a full range of conditions.
Product Details

Proven Performance: With a steadfast history of excellence, StartStick has provided reliable power solutions for a wide range of rotary-wing aircraft, earning trust from esteemed operators such as those flying the R66, EC130/H130, UH-1H, and more. In addition to its proven track record, StartStick has established partnerships with leading helicopter manufacturers like Airbus, further enhancing its reputation for quality and innovation. With over 2500 units deployed worldwide, StartStick continues to revolutionize ground power for rotary-wing aviation. Explore our application guide for compatibility with even more aircraft models.

When you purchase a StartStick, you receive:
  • StartStick
  • International 28-volt Power Supply
  • Includes 120/220V 50/60hzs battery charger
  • Additional components as per the selected kit
  • 2-year warranty
Start Stick 10
  • Capacity: 9.7 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 800 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 200 Amps
  • Weight: 4.81 kg (10.60 lbs)
  • Length: 432 mm (17.25 in)
  • Width: 157 mm (7.31 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 29 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 2.8 hrs
Start Stick 15
  • Capacity: 14.7 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 1600 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 300 Amps
  • Weight: 6.76 kg (14.9 lbs)
  • Length: 539 mm (21.21 in)
  • Width: 157 mm (6.19 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 44 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 4.2 hrs
Start Stick 20
  • Capacity: 19.4 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 1600 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 400 Amps
  • Weight: 9.21 kg (20.20 lbs)
  • Length: 438 mm (21.21 in)
  • Width: 185 mm (6.19 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 60 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 5.6 hrs
All Models

No. of Starts:
** 3-4 starts/charge

Charge Cycles:
*** >1000 cycles

AC Charger Input:
110/240 volts (50/60 hz)

In-flight Charge Rating:
5 amps

Operating Temperature:
0-60°C

Storage Temperature:
-40-60°C (-40-140°F)

* Assuming 20 Amp Load
** Using StartStick application chart
*** Capacity Checks <80% of rated, ambient temp

StartStick has achieved certification to MIL-STD-810H and UNDOT 38.3 standards, meeting the rigorous requirements set by the military and is made in the USA. 

  • Lightweight, Portable
  • Improved Main Battery Life
  • Fully Serviceable Battery Pack
  • 3 to 4 Engine Starts Per Charge
  • Transmits up to 28 kilowatts of power
  • Smart Lithium Technology
  • 3,000 to 4,000 starts – Time Before Overhaul
  • Charge Port attaches to on-board auxiliary power supply
  • Short Circuit Protection
  • Impact, water, and chemical resistant polymer case

High Power Design: The StartStick’s cableless design, combined with highly conductive interconnects and a patent-pending power electronics design, enables it to deliver over 30% more power than other lithium batteries. This innovative approach allows the StartStick’s compact form factor to achieve a higher power output than significantly larger and heavier lithium batteries.

Integrated Auto-Charger: StartStick’s smart battery management system includes redundant temperature sensing and an integrated smart charger that continuously monitors over twenty-five different parameters to determine if it is safe to charge. This also allows the StartStick to charge on-board, automatically sensing when a generator/alternator is running before charging starts.

Auto-Shut Off: The StartStick actively monitors itself and will shut down if it exceeds a specified level of time without being used or charged, ensuring peace of mind.

Smart is Safe: At the heart of the StartStick is an electronic battery management system unlike any other. Running over 12K lines of code, its fully integrated charger, battery monitor, data logger, display, and high-speed controller sense and control all aspects of the battery chemistry and external environment to keep the battery safe in all conditions, contributing to our perfect safety record.

Designed to Last: With internal components, a hardened case, and software designed to deliver 10 years of service or 3k-5k engine starts, StartStick ensures longevity. Its software notifies users if they exceed any design limit, optimizing performance over its lifetime. If an issue arises, all components are fully serviceable and can be overhauled by the factory or one of our certified repair centers.

State of Health = State of Mind: StartStick’s comprehensive design and intelligent monitoring provide users with confidence in their equipment’s reliability and performance, ensuring peace of mind in critical situations.

Multiposition Extension Adapter: The StartStick Multiposition Extension Adapter is engineered to seamlessly integrate with aircraft featuring recessed GPU receptacles like the PC12, PC24, and AS350 fitted with Squirrel Cheeks. it eliminates fitment concerns as this adapter ensures secure connectivity without any hassle.

StartStick 180 Adapter: This accessory, originally designed for Bell aircraft, ensures the display is visible from the top/front for added convenience.

StartStick Single Operator Kit : Designed to secure the StartStick to the side of the aircraft while charging, this kit relieves weight from the GPU connector during operation, allowing operators to start the aircraft and complete other tasks efficiently and confidently.

Replacement Charger: Do you need another charger for your StartStick?Our Replacement Charger is designed with precision and built for compatibility, ensuring seamless power whenever you need it.

StartStick Extension Cable, 3 Foot: Designed for single pilot operators who prefer the StartStick to rest on a platform or in a stowage compartment during operation. Commonly used in business jets such as the CJ3, PC12, PC24, AW139, and A119. Other lengths up to 5ft are available by request.

Pelican Hard Case: Designed to provide unparalleled protection for your device, this case is engineered with custom-molded foam to cradle your equipment securely, guaranteeing a safe journey during transport and storage. Partnering with the renowned toughness of Pelican, this case ensures top-notch protection in any condition, offering peace of mind wherever your operations take you. Available for StartStick 10 and 20.

Applications/Platforms

Proven Performance: With a steadfast history of excellence, StartStick has provided reliable power solutions for a wide range of rotary-wing aircraft, earning trust from esteemed operators such as those flying the R66, EC130/H130, UH-1H, and more. In addition to its proven track record, StartStick has established partnerships with leading helicopter manufacturers like Airbus, further enhancing its reputation for quality and innovation. With over 2500 units deployed worldwide, StartStick continues to revolutionize ground power for rotary-wing aviation. Explore our application guide for compatibility with even more aircraft models.

What's Included
When you purchase a StartStick, you receive:
  • StartStick
  • International 28-volt Power Supply
  • Includes 120/220V 50/60hzs battery charger
  • Additional components as per the selected kit
  • 2-year warranty
Technical Information
Start Stick 10
  • Capacity: 9.7 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 800 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 200 Amps
  • Weight: 4.81 kg (10.60 lbs)
  • Length: 432 mm (17.25 in)
  • Width: 157 mm (7.31 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 29 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 2.8 hrs
Start Stick 15
  • Capacity: 14.7 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 1600 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 300 Amps
  • Weight: 6.76 kg (14.9 lbs)
  • Length: 539 mm (21.21 in)
  • Width: 157 mm (6.19 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 44 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 4.2 hrs
Start Stick 20
  • Capacity: 19.4 Ah
  • Max Current (Pulse): 1600 Amps
  • Max Current (Cont.): 400 Amps
  • Weight: 9.21 kg (20.20 lbs)
  • Length: 438 mm (21.21 in)
  • Width: 185 mm (6.19 in)
  • Time to Discharge:* 60 min
  • Charge Time (approx): 5.6 hrs
All Models

No. of Starts:
** 3-4 starts/charge

Charge Cycles:
*** >1000 cycles

AC Charger Input:
110/240 volts (50/60 hz)

In-flight Charge Rating:
5 amps

Operating Temperature:
0-60°C

Storage Temperature:
-40-60°C (-40-140°F)

* Assuming 20 Amp Load
** Using StartStick application chart
*** Capacity Checks <80% of rated, ambient temp

Proven Quality

StartStick has achieved certification to MIL-STD-810H and UNDOT 38.3 standards, meeting the rigorous requirements set by the military and is made in the USA. 

Additional Benefits
  • Lightweight, Portable
  • Improved Main Battery Life
  • Fully Serviceable Battery Pack
  • 3 to 4 Engine Starts Per Charge
  • Transmits up to 28 kilowatts of power
  • Smart Lithium Technology
  • 3,000 to 4,000 starts – Time Before Overhaul
  • Charge Port attaches to on-board auxiliary power supply
  • Short Circuit Protection
  • Impact, water, and chemical resistant polymer case
Under the Hood

High Power Design: The StartStick’s cableless design, combined with highly conductive interconnects and a patent-pending power electronics design, enables it to deliver over 30% more power than other lithium batteries. This innovative approach allows the StartStick’s compact form factor to achieve a higher power output than significantly larger and heavier lithium batteries.

Integrated Auto-Charger: StartStick’s smart battery management system includes redundant temperature sensing and an integrated smart charger that continuously monitors over twenty-five different parameters to determine if it is safe to charge. This also allows the StartStick to charge on-board, automatically sensing when a generator/alternator is running before charging starts.

Auto-Shut Off: The StartStick actively monitors itself and will shut down if it exceeds a specified level of time without being used or charged, ensuring peace of mind.

Smart is Safe: At the heart of the StartStick is an electronic battery management system unlike any other. Running over 12K lines of code, its fully integrated charger, battery monitor, data logger, display, and high-speed controller sense and control all aspects of the battery chemistry and external environment to keep the battery safe in all conditions, contributing to our perfect safety record.

Designed to Last: With internal components, a hardened case, and software designed to deliver 10 years of service or 3k-5k engine starts, StartStick ensures longevity. Its software notifies users if they exceed any design limit, optimizing performance over its lifetime. If an issue arises, all components are fully serviceable and can be overhauled by the factory or one of our certified repair centers.

State of Health = State of Mind: StartStick’s comprehensive design and intelligent monitoring provide users with confidence in their equipment’s reliability and performance, ensuring peace of mind in critical situations.

Accessories

Multiposition Extension Adapter: The StartStick Multiposition Extension Adapter is engineered to seamlessly integrate with aircraft featuring recessed GPU receptacles like the PC12, PC24, and AS350 fitted with Squirrel Cheeks. it eliminates fitment concerns as this adapter ensures secure connectivity without any hassle.

StartStick 180 Adapter: This accessory, originally designed for Bell aircraft, ensures the display is visible from the top/front for added convenience.

StartStick Single Operator Kit : Designed to secure the StartStick to the side of the aircraft while charging, this kit relieves weight from the GPU connector during operation, allowing operators to start the aircraft and complete other tasks efficiently and confidently.

Replacement Charger: Do you need another charger for your StartStick?Our Replacement Charger is designed with precision and built for compatibility, ensuring seamless power whenever you need it.

StartStick Extension Cable, 3 Foot: Designed for single pilot operators who prefer the StartStick to rest on a platform or in a stowage compartment during operation. Commonly used in business jets such as the CJ3, PC12, PC24, AW139, and A119. Other lengths up to 5ft are available by request.

Pelican Hard Case: Designed to provide unparalleled protection for your device, this case is engineered with custom-molded foam to cradle your equipment securely, guaranteeing a safe journey during transport and storage. Partnering with the renowned toughness of Pelican, this case ensures top-notch protection in any condition, offering peace of mind wherever your operations take you. Available for StartStick 10 and 20.

See it in Action
Customer Testimonials

“Great product for sure and love to recommend it with any operator!”

– Terry Miyauchi, Bell Helicopter Public Safety Segment Manager

A powerful option and great insurance policy for AW139 operators

– Eagle Copters Australasia

We have 4 of your great StartStick products which have helped us get out of some tricky situations.

– Wayne Spencer, Chief Pilot, Niugini Helicopters

Go Where You Want, When You Want, with StartStick

When you opt for StartStick for your helicopter operations, you’re choosing more than just a ground power unit; you’re selecting a catalyst for enhanced battery reliability, efficiency, and autonomy. Say goodbye to the limitations of traditional ground power units and embrace a new era of freedom and flexibility. Take control of your operations and contact StartStick today.

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