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Borgelt-B500
Speed-to-Fly Vario
with 2-channel audio and averager,
Glareshield Control and Display (GCD) unit,
and high performance GPS
Borgelt-B2500
Flight Computer
Total Energy Probes

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Overview
Manufacturers of quality soaring instruments for more than 25 years.  Intelligently designed instruments that deliver the high quality information you need to make better in-flight decisions.  The Borgelt B40 and B50 have received rave reviews for many years as high quality, easy-to-use variometers.  The new B400 and B500 promise offer the same features as well as some new and innovative features. The B2000 Flight Computer is an excellent complement to the B500.  It offers an easy-to-read navigation display for those who find PDAs impractical in the cockpit.

News
Borgelt Instruments announces the new B700 and B800 variometers.  These sound pretty interesting.  I have not decided yet whether or not to stock and sell them.  Borgelt has reduced the dealer discount.  I don't see making enough profit to justify stocking them.  It's a shame because I have enjoyed working with Mike and Carol Borgelt and like their products.


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Borgelt-B400
Borgelt-B400 B400 Variometer with Audio and Averager
The B400 is a very nice audio variometer with average display at the press of a button, or on the optional external DAD-S or DAD-L digital average display.  It also offers a unique backup battery pack utilizing 4 AA batteries for 7 to 8 hours of operation.  It is available in both 57 and 80 mm sizes.

Versions

  • B400-57K - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400-80K - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400-57M - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: m/s
  • B400-80M - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: m/s

Features

  • 57 or 80 mm sizes (in stock)
  • Knots or m/s (in stock)
  • Press button for 20 second average on main display
  • Optional external LCD average display (small or large)
  • Battery pack (4 x AA) for 7 to 8 hours of standby power (with audio)

Details
Manual


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$650 No
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Borgelt-B400B500R Repeater for B400 or B500
2nd-seat repeater for use in 2-place sailplanes.

Versions

  • B400B500R-57K - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400B500R-80K - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400B500R-57M - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: m/s
  • B400B500R-80M - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: m/s

Options

  • 57 or 80 mm sizes (in stock)
  • Knots or m/s (in stock)

or

$330

No
longer
available

 

Borgelt-DAD-L Digital Average Display (DAD) for B400 - Large
Sale - These units are somewhat obsolete - since the B400 and B500 have been replaced by the B700 and B800.
This is a highly recommended option for the B400.  You can press a button on the B400 to see the 20 second average, but it is much easier to view this external LCD display.  If you have never flown with a variometer that has an averager you will be surprised how useful an averager is.  It really helps you determine the average climb rate even when half your circle is in lift and half is in sink.

Dimensions
Width: 49 mm (1.9 inches)
Height: 24 mm (0.9 inches)
$75

formerly
$105

No
longer
available
 
Borgelt-B500
Borgelt-B500b B500b Speed-to-Fly Variometer with Audio and Averager - With GCD2 Glareshield Control and Display and GPS
Sale - This product is new (never used), but somewhat obsolete because it has been replaced with the new Borgelt B800.  I have 1 new B500b unit in stock in the 57 mm size.  Note that this product includes the GPS and GCD2 display.  Prices on other sites for the B800 do not include those items.
The B500 replaces the B50 in every way and some very interesting future features are planned for this powerful system.  It is a speed-to-fly variometer with audio and averager.  The glare shield mounted display and controller allows the pilot to view the average lift and adjust values such as MacCready, bugs, etc.  A high-performance GPS is included with the B500.  It is impressive because it provides GPS data at a rate of 4 samples every second.  Most GPS units provide GPS data only once every second.  GPS, airspeed and vario data can be sent from the B500 to a PDA for use by soaring flight software.  Another interesting feature of the B500 is that is includes 2 audio speakers.  The stereo speakers are used to help the pilot center thermals.  When thermaling the sound is switched to one speaker when the circle should be opened in that direction. When cruising the stereo sound is used to tell you when to turn left of right to direct you to the waypoint you are navigating to.  The high-speed GPS data should enable it to be a fast and powerful thermal centering aide - better than any system that uses a GPS with 1 second sample rate.

Versions

  • B500b-57K - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B500b-80K - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B500b-57M - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: m/s
  • B500b-80M - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: m/s

Included

  • B500 System Unit (57 or 80 mm sizes - both in stock), (Knots or m/s - both in stock)
  • B500 GCD2 Glareshield Control and Display unit.  Displays average and thermal history data and task navigation data.  Allows the edit of MacCready, Bugs, and other flight data.  The GCD2 supports virtually unlimited waypoint databases.
  • B500 HP_GPS - high performance GPS that outputs 4 position samples every second
  • Outside air temperature (OAT) probe
  • 2 Speakers - for stereo thermal centering aide

Features

  • The B500 has a two channel audio and is supplied with left and right speakers. The audio sounds can be switched depending on various circumstances. When thermaling the sound is switched to one speaker when the circle should be opened in that direction. When cruising the speed command sounds come from the side where the next turnpoint lies.
  • GPS navigation display (on GCD2) with turnpoint database (unlimited turnpoints with optional GCD2 with mini-SD card reader), wind information, and final glide computer
  • Variometer with 2-channel audio
  • Graphical Climb/Airmass history on GCD2
  • Averager (on Glareshield Control and Display (GCD2) unit
  • Speed-to-fly (blue and amber lights on vario dial)
  • Green LED on vario dial for "lift is better than average" (climb mode) or "airmass is rising" (cruise mode)
  • Red LED on vario dial for "lift is less than average" (climb mode) or "airmass is sinking" (cruise mode)
  • GPS and air data (airspeed and variometer) send to PDA for use in soaring flight software

Options

  • PDA_PS ("B" Version) power converter for use with PDA with Serial Data Combiner
    This 2nd generation version of the PDA_PS is designed to be mounted in the instrument panel.  The 4 switches and PC connector are then easy to access.  That makes it easy to connect a PC to the B500 for setup and data transfer. The Serial Data Combiner is mounted on the PDA_PS and allows your PDA or B2000/B2500 to utilize GPS and other data (including pressure altitude) from a logger or FLARM unit while still receiving B500 air data and configuration information.  See details below.  $179 

Manual
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2 Speakers
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Outside Air Temp. Probe

Optional

$1730

No longer
available
 
Borgelt-B400B500R Repeater for B400 or B500
2nd-seat repeater for use in 2-place sailplanes.

Versions

  • B400B500R-57K - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400B500R-80K - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: Knots
  • B400B500R-57M - Size: for 57 mm (2 1/4") instrument hole, Units: m/s
  • B400B500R-80M - Size: for 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Units: m/s

Options

  • 57 or 80 mm sizes (in stock)
  • Knots or m/s (in stock)

or

$330

No
longer
available

 

 
Borgelt-GCD2 Borgelt-GCD2 Glareshield Control and Display with built-in mini SD Card Reader
Note: This unit is an option when ordering a B500. 
The GCD2 is an the same as the standard GCD plus it includes a built-in reader for a mini-SD card.  The memory card can store multiple, large waypoint files with hundreds or even thousands of waypoints.  Includes 1 x mini-SD card with adapter
$295 No
longer
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Borgelt-PDA-PS PDA/Logger Power/Data Connection Module with Serial Data Combiner
Sale - I think these would work fine with either the B500 or B800. I have reduced the price to get them out of my inventory.

Note: This unit is an option when ordering a B500. 
This unit is "plug and play" and takes power and data from the B500 system and provides 5 V power and data for a PDA and 12 V power and data for a GPS flight recorder.  The PDA and GPS connectors are wired using soaring industry standard DB-9 connectors.  A switch is provided for connecting the GPS flight computer to the PDA for task declarations and flight log downloads or for connecting B500 composite GPS/air data to the PDA.  Provision has also been made for connection to the B2500 flight computer.  This 2nd generation version of the PDA_PS is designed to be mounted in the instrument panel.  The nuts on the DB-9 connector are used to secure it to the panel.  The 4 switches and PC connector are then easy to access.  That makes it easy to connect a PC to the B500 for setup and data transfer.  This unit does not include the power/data cables for connecting to a PDA or GPS. The Serial Data Combiner is mounted on the PDA_PS and allows your PDA or B2000/B2500 to utilize GPS and other data (including pressure altitude) from a logger or FLARM unit while still receiving B500 air data and configuration information.

Panel Mounted Switches and Connectors

  • Toggle Switch - Logger/FLARM
  • Toggle Switch - Flight/Declare
  • DB-9f Connector - PC
  • Toggle Switch - Flight/PC
  • Toggle Switch - B2000/B500 (Connection to PC)

Connectors on the back of the unit

  • Cable with RJ45 Connector - Connection to B500 "PC" port
  • Cable with DB-9f Connector - Connection to B2000 or B2500
  • DB-9m Connector - Connection to Logger (optional)
  • DB-9f Connector - Connection to PDA

$179

No longer
available
 
Total Energy Probes
Borgelt-TE-Probe-Fin Total Energy Probe, Tail Fin Mount
Mount not included.  2-piece unit that must be joined using epoxy, assembly instructions included.  Unlike the ILEC TE probes which use rubber o-rings to seal the connection between the mount and the probe, the Borgelt unit uses a rubber tube to hold the TE probe in place and make the seal.  I imagine that both methods are equally good.  The ILEC method is easier to install in my opinion.
Works with the ILEC TE Mount.  TE Mount not included
$75 No
longer
available
 
 
Borgelt-TE-Probe-Fuselage Total Energy Probe, Fuselage Mount
Unlike the ILEC TE probes which use rubber o-rings to seal the connection between the mount and the probe, the Borgelt unit uses a rubber tube to hold the TE probe in place and make the seal.  I imagine that both methods are equally good.  The ILEC method is easier to install in my opinion.  Includes mounting tube. 
$75 No
longer
available
 
 

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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