VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — STIHL Inc. announces its STIHL AR 2000 backpack battery, part of the its Lightning Battery System, which allows operators to work up to 11 hours on one charge*.

“The STIHL AR 2000 is an integral part of a complete pro package as it powers a full day’s work on the job,” said Brian Manke, product manager at STIHL. “Compatible with all battery products in the STIHL AP Series, users are buying into a family of products that offer quality performance comparable to gasoline-powered products.”

As the replacement to the STIHL AR 900 backpack battery, the AR 2000 offers premium comfort, including an ergonomic hip belt and chest strap that evenly distributes the weight of the battery, reducing operator fatigue. Using the backpack battery with its power cable connected directly to the equipment takes the weight of the battery off the unit. The removal of the onboard battery and addition of the high performance cable connecting system shifts handheld weight from the equipment to the back or hip.

The AR 2000 is both practical and “smart” as it comes equipped with built-in sensors and microprocessors that monitor temperature and automatically shut down the battery if it overheats. Designed with professionals and those with large properties in mind, the backpack battery comes equipped with numerous features for the demanding professional like audible and visual recharge alerts, rain cover, sturdy housing and durable base plate.

Recharging the AR 2000 to 100% capacity takes only 130 minutes when used with the STIHL AL 500 high-speed charger.

*Depending on STIHL battery-powered product being used and application.