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    Best cost - hmmmmm.....

    Option number 1 for charging iPads via 3rd party:

    Cost around £300 for the trolley

    Option number 2 for charging iPads suggested by me & the LEA consultant:

    Cost; £11 for the crate, £12 for the two extension cables

    I think I win here?

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    Security?

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    The crate is locked in my server room (not the office pictured above, the SR has no windows) when not in use and only I have the key. The crate is given out to a class for the day, and I get it back each afternoon. During the day they all leave their laptop trollies open anyway for a "quick access" at the pupils' want & need so no difference there.

    Not the most ideal solution but the safety of both above methods is pretty much the same, except that anyone poking around the school after-hours wouldn't know / be able to see the iPads stored inside the SR, as opposed to the obvious tech-trolley in the hallway.
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    I've got an 'Option 2' here - biggest problem was disappearing chargers and Apple Leads

    Me and the DT Technician created a board which is attached a third of the way up the crate and can only be removed with a screw driver to make removing the chargers inconvienient at best, and it seems to have done the trick.

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    I can see potential here for a fire risk, I would not be happy at that personally.

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    I'd be going for a dedicated trolley as option 2 lends itself to damaged ipads, damaged power leads, missing power leads, easier theft, and fire risk. From what I've been told in both my last school and current school, loose multi adapters are not allowed due to H&S too.

    Howeverm £300 for a trolley seems cheap. I'd've expected £800+ for one.

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    Well I am one of the most thrifty people around I personally would opt for a setup based around the trolley option. I agree with localzuk above that £300 seems reasonable for a trolley, and that is speaking from a school myself that hasn't bought much new stuff recently and that struggles to provide us with any realistic budget.

    Sticking them in a plastic box that looks better suited to freshly washed clothes doesn't appeal to me as a suitable approach in a youthful educational environment, particularly for rather pricey units!

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    I've seen an iPad solution which has 20 slots and they all stand up in said slots, all of the charging, etc is built into the base of the unit. I can't remember who makes it though but will look in the catalogue on my desk on monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyc View Post
    I've seen an iPad solution which has 20 slots and they all stand up in said slots, all of the charging, etc is built into the base of the unit. I can't remember who makes it though but will look in the catalogue on my desk on monday.

    Look anything like this? Charge and Sync multiple iPads / Products / Paratec

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    I agree, We went with solution 1. And instead of the power adapters charging the units we have them powered from a big USB hub and cables are neat. Works a treat. I can post a picture if anyone is interested?

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    Now I just need to find the best price for 16 white Ipad 2s!!! Anyone help?

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    option 2 is not compatible, you need to upgrade cost, flashyness and make it more white before it'll work with Ipads.

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    I'd go with a trolley too; but not that one! A proper one with a proper power supply built in would be "best answer", but that one isn't much better than the plastic crate.

    Guess where I keep my "data logging only" laptops? In a plastic crate! However, our general purpose science lappys do live in Lapsafe trolleys.

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    If your happy with just sticking them in a plastic box, could you not ask Tech real nicely and get them to make you up a small wooden 'shelving' big enough to place the ipads into, multi sockets on the back, job done. looks abit better.

    Then students or staff collect the ipads?

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    Can I ask what the fire risk is?

    Older LapCabby trolley's have two extension leads going into them, which is just what is going on here? Except with the LapSafe they go in to a very small compartment at the bottom with very little ventilation. But that's another rant.



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