Military Takes Advantage of Tecate's Unique Ultracapacitor Modules



PowerBurst® Series Are Ideal for Use in Many Military Applications...

As applications for ultracapacitors grow, the military market segment has demonstrated an increasing need for custom ultracapacitor modules to address a variety of power challenges, and the military has now made an unprecedented turn to Tecate for assistance in filling this need.

Tecate is pleased to announce that its custom PowerBurst® Ultracapacitors have become the military's preferred solution, based on the unique characteristics of ultracapacitors, which allow quick power delivery, superior low-temperature operation, and the ability to handle up to a million cycles.

PowerBurst® custom modules are replacing or augmenting batteries in a multitude of military applications, including backup power for electronics in military vehicles, fire control systems in tanks and armored vehicles, and airbag deployment; backup power/memory hold-up for emergency handheld radios; GPS guided missiles and projectiles; cold-engine starts and active suspension in military vehicles; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); buss voltage hold-up during peak currents; and meeting bridge power needs for data retention when switching from ground to on-board aircraft systems. 

Ultracapacitors can replace batteries in short-term applications and allow for a dramatic reduction in the battery size in peak current applications. In addition, ultracapacitors are maintenance-free, which is a tremendous long-term benefit, eliminating both the high field replacement costs related to batteries and the need for toxic battery disposal.

Tecate offers custom cell sizes, packaging and mounting options, active and passive balancing, temperature monitoring, and overvoltage protection. The talented mechanical and electrical engineers on the Tecate Group design team are able to quickly size a module and make recommendations for other specifications based on their long experience in the custom module industry. Initial sizing requirements can be easily determined by using the convenient Tecate Design Tool. Quick-turn prototypes, ideal for proof of concept, can be available in as little as two weeks. 

Tecate's standard offering of ultracapacitor modules include our PBL 5.4V and PBL 16.2Vmodules and PBLL, PBLLE, PBLS, and PBM module series, which provide a variety of capacitance values, voltages, and interconnect options to chose from, all with lives of over 1 million cycles. With capacitances from milliFards to 3000F, Tecate offers a wide array of modules to meet virtually all capacitance requirements. For more information, visit

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