Powercrate charges and locks 25 tablet computers at the same time
By Mike Hanlon
June 22, 2012
Now here's a clever solution for transporting, storing and charging multiple tablet computers. The PowerCRATE is a portable (you can even air-freight tablets in situ) solution for charging 25 tablets simultaneously without connecting any power leads. Any brand of tablet can be used (including iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Microsoft Surface), charging can be on demand or programmed to take advantage of night-time electricity tariffs, each tablet can be locked inside its individual charging bay, it can be ordered with wheels and it stacks up to four units horizontally or two units vertically.
I can see schools all the world over seeing this news for the first time and immediately allocating one or more Powercrates for next year's budget due to the portability the solution offers, not to mention the security of the computers.
The X2 PowerCRATE also includes LED battery charge status indicators for each device and temperatures in the PowerCRATE are monitored digitally with forced air circulation maintaining optimum operating temperatures.
Also available is an ATA 300 compliant high protection lid with built-in handle and wheels if transportation, including by air freight, to other locations is required.
PowerCRATE weighs around 35 kg when fully loaded, and has a rigid, fire retardant polyethylene case that measures 315 mm (W) x 920 mm (H) x 360 mm (D).
A range of accessories designed to make the PowerCRATE as useful as possible are also available including mounting plinths to raise the height for easier access, a wheeled base, trim panels can be specified for permanent and semi-permanent installations, lockable, vented lids can be specified and security cables protect against theft while in transit, storage of charging.
Source: X2 Computing