It’s a normal occurrence to enter a classroom and find each student working diligently on an iPad or other tablet device. An iPad cart or tablet cart is convenient way for schools to safely and conveniently store and charge all of those devices. iPad carts vary in capacity and features, but most lock to keep tablets secure, are ventilated to prevent overheating when charging, and have wheels or casters so that the entire cart and all of the devices can be moved from classroom to classroom. Convenient cord organization systems are a nice addition and some carts have cool features like card reading locks and the ability to sync of all the iPads to a single Macbook.
Best iPad Cart Options for Schools
The Learniture 30 Bay Tablet Charging Cart conveniently and securely stores, charges , and transports iPads and tablets from classroom to classroom. It can store and charge up to 30 iPads and yet it takes up relatively little space; it’s only 20 x 24.5 inches and 38.6 inches tall. Rolling casters and sturdy handle make moving the cart easy. The door locks to keep tablets secure.
It may seem a little on the pricey side, but the NETVAULT Cart is one of the most secure iPad carts available. It stores and charges up to 40 iPads, tablets, or eReaders and even has room for tablets with cases. It has adequate ventilation to keep tablets cool while charging, sturdy wheels that can be locked, and a comfortable handle for moving the cart. The interior features innovative wire management to keep cords organized and untangled and the interior shelves can be reconfigured to fit different size tablets. It also allows the cart to be useful long-term, as it can be altered to accommodate tablets and devices as technology changes. The most notable feature of this iPad cart is its extremely secure three point locking system that will keep your school’s tablets safe from theft or any unwanted access.
The MultiCharger-X by iLuv is a convenient iPad cart for smaller classrooms. It’s a small tablet cart, but it has some highly desirable features, especially for classrooms that use iPads exclusively. Standard features include space for safe storage and charging of up to 10 iPads, a locking door, proper ventilation, and wheels that make it easy to move. What is has that many carts don’t have however, is the ability to sync the iPads that it stores. When the iPads are in the cart and plugged in, they can all be synced simultaneously with a single connected Macbook. The top of the cart is the perfect size to fit the laptop for syncing and a single click of a button switches the cart from charging to syncing. Also, the cart can be expanded; connect one or two more carts in a chain and all of the iPads can be synced using the same Macbook.
It says it’s for the “home office”, but the Luxor Mobile Home Office Tablet Charging Station is a great tablet cart for schools. It features two shelves that fit 15 iPads or other devices each, for a total of 30 tablets stored and charged simultaneously. Shelf space is 11″ high and 15″ deep and will easily fit a variety of different tablets. Each tablet has a one inch wide space that makes it easy to remove and replace tablets safely, without bumping the other stored tablets. Rubber dividers between tablets offer another layer of safety. The interior has two 16 outlet power strips for charging and interior clips to help keep cords organized. This iPad cart is well ventilated, easy to move, locks securely, and has a padded top.
The LUXOR Tablet Computer Charging Station is similar to the Luxor iPad cart above, but has the addition of an innovative lock that uses a key card instead of a traditional key. The lock is simple and easy to use; just swipe your card in front of the locking mechanism and the door unlocks! This cart stores and charges 30 iPads or other tablet devices, has plenty of ventilation, rubber coated dividers, a padded top, and casters and a handle that make it easy to move.
The Economy Mobile Laptop Charging Storage Cart and Workstation is an attractive tablet cart, constructed of wood with a ventilated metal back panel. Eight shelves hold two devices each, placed flat on each shelf, for a total of 16 iPads or other devices. Two front doors allow for easy access to tablets and the back has a small locking door to access the electrical assembly. Interior clips keep charging cords neat and organized. This cart rolls on three inch casters (two locking).
The Sandusky Mobile Tablet Storage Cart stores a lot of iPads: up to 40! It’s downfall is that it’s doesn’t come set up for charging all of those tablets. But, it has a convenient back door that would easily facilitate the addition of power strips for charging. The bottom shelf doesn’t have dividers and isn’t set up for storing tablets, so it would be a perfect place to set up charging stations. It is well ventilated to allow for proper air flow when charging. All three shelves are adjustable and have anti-skid mats installed to prevent devices from sliding around, and the top of the cart has an anti-skid surface as well. Heavy duty casters and no chip, anti-corrosion white powder coated finish make this a sturdy, practical option.
An iPad cart provides a safe and convenient place to store and charge iPads, tablets, and other devices for classroom use. Do you use an iPad cart in your classroom? Tell us about in the comments below!
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