Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2015-03-09
Many teachers are using multiple iPads in the classroom, but with school budgets tight, they might not have the luxury of a full charging cart to keep multiple iPads fully juiced throughout the day. Here’s a fast, easy, and most of all inexpensive way to build a DIY charging station.
Tips on the Right Charger
When it comes to electrical products, safety always comes first. So, when choosing the charger, don’t forget to check the UL certification on the label, which tells you that the device has been tested and won’t short out or do anything electrically funky.
Some charging devices can charge multiple iPads, but they might have only 1 or 2 charge ports rated at a full 2.1 amps, which is what iPads need to charge at the fastest speed (as with the standard Apple adapter). So, finding a charger with all ports rated at 2.1 amps is essential for maximum efficiency.
Step 1: What You Need
The USB SuperCharger from IPEVO. It’s only $59, and it can charge four iPads simultaneously. And because each charge port is rated at a full 2.1 amps, the charge time is just as quick as with the standard Apple adapter. It’s also UL-certified.
Table or Shelf Space. Carve out a small but dedicated space in your classroom to keep the iPads when you’re not using them. This’ll cut down on misplaced iPads or accidental damage, and it’ll make sure unused iPads are getting charged throughout the day.
(Optional) 2 Magazine Holders. Like this cheap 2-pack from Staples. It’s not essential, but it works out a little better than just stacking the iPads on top of each other on the table. For one thing, each iPad is easier to grab and put back.
(Optional) An Additional USB SuperCharger. This’ll push you a little past $100, but with 2 SuperChargers you could charge 8 iPads at the same time! For larger classrooms, this could easily be worth the extra cost.
Step 2: Setup
The USB SuperCharger only needs a single electrical outlet to install. It also has a good amount of weight, so wherever you place it, it’s not likely to slide around or tilt up in the air. See these couple of real-life examples for typical setups. If you do choose to use magazine holders or something similar, you’ll be that much more organized.
That’s all there is to it. For around $100 or less you’ve got a setup that’s doing the job of a charging cart that costs 5, 10, or 15 times as much! Have fun.