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General Chat Thread, 16 Port USB Charging Hub For iPads And Other Apple Devices? in General; I don't know about other schools, but our bursar would never let us buy a $700 USB charging device from ...
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    I don't know about other schools, but our bursar would never let us buy a $700 USB charging device from the U.S.A.

    Surely there must be a company in the U.K. which sells chargers like the one posted by DaveP?

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    Just bought in 2 sets of of the Classroom Solution from KRCS for an undisclosed school (not mine)
    https://www.krcs.co.uk/pages/education/mobile-learning
    Sturdy stuff and charges & syncs. But lots of cash though, the case on its own from the quotes I remember were just over a grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    the case on its own from the quotes I remember were just over a grand.
    It's insane how much these things cost. Why are they so expensive?

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    Loxit do a charge/sync trolley now aswell (16 or 32 unit versions available) Loxit Lapbank iPad Charge/Sync Trolley 16 | iPad Trolley | iPad Cart | Loxit, no idea on pricing though as am not interested enough to check up on it myself.

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    Bretford do this:

    PowerSync Tray for iPad | Apple Product Guide

    No idea how much it is though.

    Ben

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    Looking at the originally posted product you are correct in that it doesn't appear to do sync as well however they do have products that fill that slot too

    DS-IP Sync-and-Charge Kit

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It's insane how much these things cost. Why are they so expensive?
    Because these devices have to have some thought put into their design, and then someone has to manufacture them. If each iPad is drawing 2A as it charges, you can fit half a dozen of those on a standard 6-way power strip. Any more than that and you'll burn the fuse out, so anything that charges more than 6 devices at a time must be doing something a bit more cunning. If you're making anything in quanaties of less than, say, 10,000 it's not practical to set up a cheap production line in China, so you have to pay people to manufacture stuff for you more manually, which means you need cash for premisis and wages for 3 months before you start.

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    The products made by Datamation as posted are powered by the Cambrionix tech from Cambridge

    Depending on what the cost of that board is from Cambrionix it would be simple enough to have an enclosure fabricated.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Depending on what the cost of that board is from Cambrionix it would be simple enough to have an enclosure fabricated.
    If you're planning on using it in a classroom, bear in mind it seems to need a 38A power supply.

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    Guess it would with the power requirements of 16 ipads all fast charging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Guess it would with the power requirements of 16 ipads all fast charging.
    If the aim is to charge devices overnight, then the idea might be to have something that can charge 6 devices at a time. A bunch of six-way mains adaptors connected to some kind of switchable adaptor controlled by an Ardunio or a Raspberry Pi should do it - just have it turn one bank on for a couple of hours, then the next and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    If you're planning on using it in a classroom, bear in mind it seems to need a 38A power supply.
    I believe that you're confusing Amps here. For example, ff you look at a typical laptop power supply, you will see a label showing two sets of figures, in and out, the one I'm using now shows:

    Input - 100/240V at 1.5A
    Output - 19V at 3.42A

    It is the input Ampage figure that is relevant to the mains power supply. Typically a standard wall outlet is rated to supply 13A, so, I should safely be able to run 8 of such power supplies for a single socket (8 x 1.5 = 12 amps). Note, this is for a laptop which is capable of drawing enough power, not only to run and charge itself, but also to run several USB ports at the same time. You should check the figures on the power adapters you wish to use.

    EDIT: Just found these figures for the genuine Apple iPad charger:

    Input 100-240V 0.45A 50-60Hz
    Output: 5.1V 2.3A

    So, 28 of these could be run from a single 13A socket (28 x .45 = 12.6 Amps)....
    Last edited by tonyd; 30th January 2012 at 01:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyd View Post
    I believe that you're confusing Amps here.
    Good point - you're right, that's 38A at 5V, not 240V. I imagine it'll need something a bit fancier than your average wall-wart style transformer, though.

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    The DS-IP-PP16 is a versatile and powerful charging device. It is extremely compact and can charge iPads and iPods and a bunch of other types of smart phones. If you don't have the room for three foot long power strips with block plug spacing, this product is ideal. iPad Charging: USB hub charges 16 iPads, iPods, iPhones



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