A game-changer in the world of landscaping, the new STIHL AR 900 backpack battery powers all handheld products in the innovative STIHL Battery KombiSystem and delivers the extended product run times professionals have been asking for – up to 11 hours* – increasing the size of jobs that can be tackled with maximum efficiency. This super-charged lithium-ion backpack battery generates up to ten times more power than other STIHL Battery KombiSystem batteries, all with zero-exhaust-emissions and no gasoline expense.

“The AR 900 is truly an innovation in battery technology, harnessing the same power of about five AP 180 batteries, allowing professional landscapers to cover larger jobsites, and making battery operation a true alternative to gasoline-powered equipment,” said Marv Mathwig, STIHL Inc. product manager. “Run times on a single charge range from an hour and fifty minutes for the blower and up to 11 hours for hedge trimmers and extended reach hedge trimmers.”*

Designed for optimal comfort, the AR 900 weighs 15.7 pounds and is equipped with padded straps and a harness that features a hip belt and chest strap to effectively distribute battery weight for reduced fatigue. In addition to transferring handheld weight from the equipment to the backpack, this versatile battery offers quick disconnects, making transitions from one tool to another fast and easy.

The AR 900 has added convenience features to include an integrated carrying handle and a bag for the adapter allowing for easy transport. Six LED lights indicate battery status and monitor level of charge, allowing operators to check battery status before and during a job to ensure there is enough power to complete the task. With no gradual drop in power, STIHL Lithium-Ion battery technology runs at full speed until the battery is depleted.

High-Speed Charger Delivers Fast Charging Times

Designed to charge the AR 900 as well as all STIHL Lithium-Ion batteries, the efficient, energy-conserving STIHL AL 500 Lithium-Ion high-speed charger is the fastest in the STIHL battery charger line. The 36-volt system charges AP 80 and AP 180 batteries to 80% capacity in just 25 minutes and the AR 900 backpack in less than two hours. The charger automatically powers down once the charge is complete, which coupled with the cooling fan, prevents overheating. The LED display informs the user of whether or not the battery is charging. Integrated brackets allow the user to easily mount the charger to the wall.