You want to know more about electrically triggered airbags, we guide you in your purchase. These airbags are the new arrival on the mountain safety market. The airbag balloon(s) inflate in less than 4 seconds via a turbine that runs on an electric battery. Then, the inflation under pressure is maintained for two and a half minutes to remain at maximum height during the avalanche. Once this time has elapsed, the airbag balloon deflates to leave enough room for the victim. The forerunners of this electrically triggered airbag system are Black Diamond and Pieps in 2013 with Jetforce technology, the system that allows you to do without a gas cartridge. Black Diamond airbags guarantee up to 4 successive triggers per temperature down to -20°C. In 2018, Scott introduces a new Alpride electric trigger system with its E1 bag. This system works with two AA batteries (also featuring a battery that can be charged via USB) that comes to power the inflatables in less than five seconds. Depending on the charging mode, the autonomy of this E1 airbag varies from 2 weeks to 3 months with two activations.
The big advantage of the electric airbag is that since there is no gas cartridge or lithium-ion battery, when you travel by plane, there are no restrictions to take it with you and ride safely around the world.
Thanks to this system, which does not require the replacement of either the trigger unit or the gas cartridge, it is possible to test the triggering of airbags without incurring any additional costs. This allows you to practice and feel more comfortable with your equipment if you find yourself in an avalanche situation or simply to check that the triggering is correct over the years.
Another advantage of an electric fan inflation system like the Jetforce is that you can check the functional status of the airbag with lights located on the handle.
The only downside to buying an electrically triggered airbag is that the price is a little higher than a cartridge airbag, but in return you don't have to buy the cartridges or trigger units.
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