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Rugged AC Switched Power Distribution Unit

Tactical AC SMARTStart - Rugged AC Switched PDU

The AC SMARTStart® high reliability power distribution unit series is a rugged AC switched pdu suitable for a number of tactical operations and applications. This unit is designed to meet MIL-STD requirements including shock, vibration, and wide temperature operating range. The AC SMARTStart® power distribution unit provides 120 VAC or 220 VAC power to 8 or 16 AC loads while monitoring input line voltage and total load current. The user is able to define power up sequence order and time delay between individual mission devices at start up. Additionally, and most importantly, the user is able to lockout receptacles that are not needed and prevent unauthorized loads from being added that may inadvertently exceed the permitted load of the PDU.

Part Number7608AD2012SNHR
(1U Unit Single Phase)
(2U Single Phase)
(1U Split Phase)
Power Entry Connector MS 3454 22 Shell 5-30P Input Plug MS3454-W22-22P
Input Voltage 120 VAC 120 VAC 220 VAC
Input Frequency 50 - 60 Hz 50 - 60 Hz 50 - 60 Hz
Input Current 20A Maximum 30A Maximum 30A Maximum
Power Cord 5’ 10’ 10’
Overload Protection 1 x 1P/20A UL489 Circuit Breaker 2 x 1P/20A UL489 Circuit Breaker 2 x 2P/20A UL489 Circuit Breakers
Output Connectors (8) 5-20R (16) 5-20R 240VAC on 6 x C19 120VAC on 2 x C13
Output Voltage 120 VAC 120 VAC 120 VAC & 220 VAC
Output Current
Total Combined Load
20 Amp 30 Amp 30 Amp
Operating Temperature - 40° C to + 60°C - 40° C to + 60°C - 40° C to + 60°C
Dimensions 17.22’’L X 8’’W X 1.745’’H 17.25”L X 8”W
X 3.5”H
17.22’’L X 8’’W X 1.745’’H
  • User defined power up sequence order
  • User defined start up delays
  • Receptacle lock-out function to prevent exceeding the permitted load
  • Wide operating temperature range: - 40° C to + 60°C
  • Channel output on/off sent via SNMP
  • Current monitoring and feedback via SNMP
  • Current limiting with sequence start-up
  • Fully programmable sequence & delay on a per channel basis
  • Built to withstand extreme temperatures, mechanical shock and vibration, and other harsh elements
  • 120 VAC or 220 VAC Configuration
  • Higher current for large capacity loads
  • Protection for harsh environments
  • Rugged Field Packaging
  • 1U or 2U Designs
  • 8 or 16 outlet configuration
  • NEMA or IEC Outlets
  • External Meter
  • Customized Input/Output Voltages
  • Single or 3 Ø design
  • Higher current for large capacity loads


API Technologies is a designer and manufacturer of both off the shelf (OTS) and custom power solutions and would be happy to discuss developing a unique requirement to meet your specific application.

Remote power monitoring and power management is performed via 10/100 Base-T LAN Telnet, Web Interface, or an onboard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent capable of SNMPv2 encrypted communications. The architecture of the AC SMARTStart® HR Series has been hardened to meet extreme temperature requirements as well as the mechanical shock and vibration attributes associated with defense applications. To protect the LAN connector from dust and debris during transit, an optional RJFC2G protective cap can be utilized. The unit features a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to 60°C to assure constant communications no matter what the climate may be. If desired, the PDU can be equipped with an external temperature sensor to enable a cool down or hot start mode depending on the ambient temperature experienced in the enclosure or structure that the PDU occupies.

Another enhancement the rugged AC switched power distribution unit features is the addition of surge protection. The input and outputs are protected from voltage surges with the use of MOVs. The peak surge current rating is 10,000 Amps with an 8/20µS pulse. The maximum rated clamping voltage is 340 Volts with an 8/20µS pulse at 100 Amps. Units are available with NEMA 5-20R outlets or IEC C13 outlets. Current rating options for the PDU include 20 or 30 Amps; however, higher ratings and three phase solutions are also available.

 StandardRugged3 - Phase
Max Input Current up to 30A up to 30A up to 80A
Power Sequencing
Remote Monitoring
Status Indicator LEDs
Emergency Power Off  
Wide Operating Temperature Range  
External Temperature Probes  
Internal Temperature Probes  
Elapsed Time Indicator  
Phase detection and correction    
Communication Telnet, SNMPv2, Web