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The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate Power Division developed an immediate solution to overcoming the “energy shortfall" for numerous man portable devices.

The Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System, or SWIPES, utilizes the MOLLE vest and integrates force protection, electronics and communications equipment with advanced power sources. This provides power and protection for extended mission times without the burden of power source swaps or separate power source charging. SWIPES utilizes a variety of pouch-mounted chargers and power cables for batteries, GPS units, shot detection systems and handheld communications.

SWIPES was selected as one of the top 10 U.S. Army Greatest Inventions for 2010.


  • Consists of a lightweight conformal battery, battery cable, 4-port power distribution hub and radio chargers
  • Designed for use with the following batteries: BA-8180, Conformal battery, wearable fuel cell, BA-5590, BB-2590 and LI-145
  • Allows for individual tailoring by the Soldier


  • Keeps Soldier’s radio batteries and other high drain applications charged up at all times
  • Greatly reduces the number of batteries carried
  • Can save 30-50 percent of battery weight on long missions

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