Furukawa Electric (Tokyo, Japan) and OFS (Norcross, GA) recently introduced the FITEL S179 Hand-Held, Core Alignment Fusion Splicer. The FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer can be used on all Metro, LAN and FTTx fibers, including ultra-bend insensitive fibers. The FITEL S179 Fusion Splicer’s large-capacity battery system allows 200 splicing cycles (splicing/heating) in one charge. A 4.3-inch wide LCD screen with touch panel offers easy and intuitive operation and a proportionately wide splicing chamber makes optical fiber easier to load. For improved visibility in low-light conditions, 3 +1 LED lights illuminate the entire splicing chamber.