SPM-622 Squad Power Manager

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SPM-622 Technical Specifications
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SPM-622 User Manual
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Frequently Asked Questions

I JUST RECEIVED AN SPM-622, BUT I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY TRAINING ON HOW TO USE THIS DEVICE. HOW DO I USE THIS THING?

The SPM was designed to be an intuitive power management device. Meaning, you can’t break it by plugging something into the wrong port. There should have been a quick start guide provided with the kit, as well as a larger user manual should be available to you through your command. You can also find a downloadable user manual is the Tech Spec’s section above.

Second, it’s very simple. Ports 3 and 4 are used for gathering power from external sources like an AC power supply, solar, wind, or a fuel cell. Any other device like a radio, battery, battery charger, USB charger, or cigarette plug can be put on any port. It’s helpful to start by putting these other devices on ports 1, 2, 5, or 6 first, but not required. If you happen to plug a power source or device into an inappropriate port, the SPM-622 will tell you were to move it to, and again you won’t hurt anything by trying.

Lastly, if you contact your Protonex representative or customer service, someone will be happy to give you some training over the phone, Skype, or if you’re States-side, we may be able to accommodate you in person, or come to your unit for on-site training.

MY SPM-622 KEEPS REPORTING AN OVER (OR UNDER) VOLTAGE ERROR. WHAT’S WRONG?

This error indicates that a port on the SPM has detected a voltage that is outside the normal operating range of the connected device, and has disconnected the port to protect that device and/or the power manager. While uncommon, this is the most frequent error with the SPM-622. First try unplugging all devices and power sources from the device. Try plugging the power sources and devices back in.

If the problem persists you may need to return the device to Protonex for repair. Please see the FAQs on the main Support page for more information on warrantee and how to get a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA).

MY SPM-622 ISN’T POWERING UP, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The SPM-622 requires an external power source, such as a battery, AC power supply, solar, wind, or fuel cell power. If an external power source is present ensure that the source is working properly, so a battery isn’t completely drained, the AC power supply is plugged in and functional, there is sun on the solar panel (no power available at night), the wind turbine is spinning, or the fuel cell is providing power.

If you have verified that a power source is functional and connected to the SPM, and the power manager does not turn on, you may need to return the power manager to Protonex for repair.

Please see the FAQs on the main Support page for more information on warrantee and how to get a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA).e the FAQs on the Support page for more information on warrantee and how to get an RMA.

WHAT RADIOS DOES PROTONEX SUPPORT WITH THE SPM-622?

The SPM-622 will support the PRC-148, PRC-152, PRC-153, PRC-154, PRC-117A-G, PRC-119, and PRC-137 radios, as well as many commercial and first-responder models. Many of these are supported with both battery eliminators or battery chargers – which you use depends upon how you use your radio. Talk to your Protonex representative for more details.

WHAT IS DATA LOGGING AND HOW DO I USE IT?

Data logging is the ability of the SPM-622 to periodically record the power being used by each attached device, and the distribution of power used throughout a mission. This can be useful in determining how much power is required during a mission for the logistics of future missions. After the mission, the data log must be uploaded from the power manager to a USB-connected PC for display and manipulation. This is done by using the software provided either on the CD received with the SPM kit or by visiting the support section of our website. In either location you should also find a ‘how to’ for using the data log feature of the SPM-622. To download the data log requires a USB to SPM cable, talk with your Protonex representative if you need to acquire this cable.