Just interested in how everyone manages power supplies for laptops.
We have about 250+ laptops for year 10, 11, 12 students. And we have about 100 laptops for staff.
Currently we manage the power supplies by serial number and user must return the the exact power supply (and not just A power supply).
This creates significant management over heads trying to track power supplies to paticular user. Especially when students share them around and at the end of the year half of them hand in their friends power supply who then hands in theirs. One argument has been so that students cannot steal another students when they loose their own (but it is too easy to remove the serial number label and then we cant prove that anyhow).
I am of the thinking that you sign out, or are allocated a laptop and it comes with A power supply and A bag (no tracking of power supply serial number), and when you return it you return A power supply with A bag. If either item is missing you are charged the replacement cost.
No other place which I have worked tracks every individual power supply for a laptop but none of those were in the education arena. I think that responsibility needs to be put back onto the user of the laptop to ensure they have A power supply as we dont have the time to babysit them and track every power supply. We are talking senior students here who are about to head out into the big bad world, surely they can be made responsible for a power supply.
Would be interested in your thoughts and how you all manage these.