The Blackbird™

On-Board Generator
As a specialty speed-independent generator system, the Blackbird™ uses patented applications of field modulation techniques to overcome traditional generator challenges. The Blackbird™ system is lightweight and compact. Designed as an under-the-hood, belt-driven power source for fire trucks, from 2003- 2012 this generator received international acceptance with over 400 units in service. The Blackbird is no longer offered commercially for truck mounted applications but the technology is avaiable for specialty applications.
    • 5kW 120VAC, or
    • 7kW 120/240VAC
    • 60 Hz pure sine output while your engine remains dedicated to its primary function
    • Compact and simple Clutched belt- or PTO-drive
    • No hydraulic fluids, hoses, tanks, coolers, or valves
    • No inverters or converters
    • Available only for special applications
  • Electrical Performance 5kW 7kW
    Voltage: 120 (118+/-2%) 240(230+/-2%)
    Continuous Output: 5000 Watts 7000 Watts
    Phase: Single
    Output Frequency: 60+/-0.5%
    Continuous Output Current: 42 Amps 60 Amps
    Input Voltage: 12VDC
    Input Current at 5kW: 16 Amps
    Generator Weight: 75 lbs.
    Control Box weight: 10 lbs. 12 lbs.
    Torque Requirements: 0-12 HP determined by output load
    Rotational Speed (Generator Shaft): Variable 3,000-10,000 RPM

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  • Through 2012 Raven offered complete Blackbird™ underhood installation kits for the vehicle/engine combinations listed below.
    As of 2013 Raven no longer provides these application kits for new installations.
    Raven continues to support the installations already in the field. Installation manuals can be found under the SUPPORT tab :

    Ford: Prior to 2013

    • F- Series 6.7L Powerstroke (2011-2012)
    • F- Series 6.4L Powerstroke (2008-2010)
    • F-series and Excursion 6.0L Powerstroke (2003-2007)
    • F-Series Superduty V-10 (gas) (2003-2012)
    • F-series 7.3L Powerstroke (1999-2002)

    International: Prior to 2013

    • 4400 Series DT570/Maxxforce9 (-2010)
    • 7400 Series DT570/Maxxforce 9 (-2010)

    Chevy/ GMC: Prior to 2013

    • 2500-3500 6.6 Duramax (single alternator only) (-2010)
    • 4500-5500 6.6 Duramax (single or dual alternator) (-2010)
    • 2500 Sierra/Suburban/Tahoe/Silverado 5.3/6.0L Vortec (-2010)

    PTO Drive: Prior to 2013