Are you new to airbag technology or have you been sitting on the fence about buying an avalanche airbag for a while, Snowsafe breakdown everything you need to know about the new Alpride E1 Airbag Technology and why it’s a must-have.
The brand new Alpride E1 is a fully electronic avalanche airbag, its supercapacitor technology replaces the traditional Li-ion battery and results in the lightest electronical device on the market.
Supercapacitors store electrical energy without any chemical reaction (unlike lithium-ion or lithium-poly batteries)
Supercapacitors are not sensitive to lower temperatures, meaning you get the same performance from -30°C to +40°C.
Capacitors are also lighter than “traditional” batteries.
The Alpride supercapacitor airbag system is a chargeable unit, The E1 unit can be recharged with two AA batteries in just 40 minutes, the easiest solution in the mountains, far away from electrical outlets and civilisation.
The E1 can also be recharged using a micro-USB port in 20 minutes (with a standard charger or any USB-compatible energy source: powerbank, solar, etc.).
The E1 compressor design is the same as what’s in the latest generation car turbochargers. This radial compressor technology provides high-pressure, fast inflation.
Two AA batteries provide the airbag with 3 months of autonomy. Your E1 airbag is ready for use all winter long, without you having to worry about recharging it. It’s always ready to hit the slopes.
Each time the E1 system is switched on, the electronics perform a self-diagnostic to check the function of more than 15 parameters and components of the E1.
The LEDs visible from the outside of the bag indicate the status and charge level of the E1 system: The utmost safety guaranteed.
We all know some airbag units can be super heavy and unfunctional, Alpride stepped in here to create the lightest electronic airbag on the market. The entire E1 system weighs just 1,280 g.
The great thing about the Alpride airbag unit is you can run cost-free test activations due to the USB charging point, you can run multiple deployments on a single charge. If there is a Green LED light on the airbag system you will be able to pull the trigger as many times as you wish in order to test your airbag is working correctly.
We recommend testing regularly.
Yes simply remove the Alpride unit from one bag and easily add to another size without any extras.
If you’re going on a multi-day tour you could use the Scott Backcountry Patrol E1 40 and when you fancy freeriding or some downhill action you can easily add remove the unit from the 40 and add it to the Scott Backcountry 30 or 22 Litre Backpack and Vice Versa.
The supercapacitors are passive electronic elements and are not subject to any restrictions for transport, shipment or storage. Finally, Alpride airbags are the solution for hassle-free flying.
The airbag systems are fully designed and engineered in Switzerland. The electronic circuit is manufactured and tested in Switzerland as well. We guarantee impeccable quality, for a safe product.
So there you have it, you now know how the Alpride system works and how good the technology is, if you’re looking for a simple, light and hassle-free flying airbag then we highly recommend the Alpride system.
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