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A review of ARP 1816B revealed it was outdated and only described an industrial battery charger used to fully charge a 100% discharged battery in a period of 8 hours.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.