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Review: Custom Educational Furnishings CEF LC-1-30 30 Tablet Security Charging Cart

Finding the right charging cart can be an endeavor for any tech department, especially when computers and tablets need to be transported safely, locked up securely, and serve many devices at once. Whether it’s for a hospital or a classroom, the right charging security cart should not be overlooked, especially as you expect a lot of travel and use from it. The new Custom Educational Furnishings CEF LC-1-30 30-Tablet Security Charging Cart is the answer for many challenges that a school, office, or business might face when storing a number of tablets securely.

The CEF LC-1-30 first of all is a compacted cart, with its size measuring 27″W x 30″D x 40″H. At this height, the cart can double as an instructor’s station, which allows the cart to be a multi-use piece of furniture for any space.  With the cable grommet on top, instructors can use the top of car for any device that also needs charging at the same time. With the two front and back locking doors, the devices inside can stay completely secure, without any risk of a break in.

The capacity of the cart includes 30 slots divided with PVC slot dividers, and can hold devices up to 16 inches in length, 11.5 inches tall and 1.375 inches thick. The space alloted for each slot can hold most tablets on the market (such as iPads and iPad minis), and even slim notebooks like Macbook Air and Google Chromebook. In addition, each numbered slot includes a cord keeper above it, allowing for easy cord management for every device in storage.

The back of the cart features even more easy-access cord management, with easy to use surge protected outlets, handle and cord wraps for tidying up cables, and optional AC adaptor brick storage trays for devices that use brick power supply. There is also extra storage space to allow for a mounted WAP, and other materials needed for the demanding classroom or office cart.

The cabinet’s durable construction is made with double faced Melamine laminate covering the 3/4″ and 1-1/8″ – 45-48 lb. industrial grade core. And unlike other carts, the CEF LC-1-30 provides 4 different finishes, allowing you to seamlessly integrate the cart with your current classroom or office, without it standing out against other furniture pieces. The four finishes include: grey nebula, natural oak, grey tenino, and cherry. The top and bottom of the cart is done in a black finish and with radius corners for safety and aesthetics, blending the entire look of the cart into a piece that is modern, functional, and consistent. The cart comes with four 5-inch soft balloon wheel casters that swivel and lock, while allows the cart to glide smoothly on all types of surfaces without damaging stored devices, and can stay mobile and stationary at a moment’s notice. Overall, it is a strong assembly that can withstand all types of environments, from a busy classroom with moving students, or quick and constant mobility up and down hospital floors.

Assembled by hand and made in the U.S., this cart can also be fitted with an optional 7 day programmable timer that can be programmed with different charging options, and wide spaced outlets that will allow wider plug heads to be plugged in at once and altogether. In addition, the cart comes with a 10 year warranty, a limited lifetime warranty on the surge protector, and a year warranty on the optional programmable timer. Overall, with its standard and custom options, the CEF LC-1-30 security charging cart can be a great asset to schools, hospitals, offices, libraries, and more. To order your cart today or see other security charging carts, check out our catalog or contact us.

Marvel Carts for Charging, Syncing and Storing iPads

When it comes to retrofitting your classroom or office technology with charging and syncing carts, it’s important to find a cart that will suit the equipment you’ll be using. For educational institutions and businesses that are using iPads, our current line of Marvel carts will definitely suit your needs. Here’s what our current offerings provide.

Marvel Carts: General Overview

All carts in the Marvel Power Center Series are made in the United States, are UL listed for their electric safety and green standards. Each of these carts have also been rewarded GreenGuard Gold certification, making them great examples of green technology.

The carts are specially fitted for 32 iPads and iPad minis, with each slot 1-inch wide, giving you space for all iPads with or without protective cases.Each slot is numbered, giving you easy identification between iPads, and also allowing for better organization for student users. The steel frame with secure doors and a lock up storage bin gives all the devices a great level of security and protection, especially as they are transported from room to room. In addition, the doors slide away easily into the cart when open, reducing any accidents of running into open doors, especially in a busy classroom with students rushing to put away or get their iPads.

The top of the cart is also handy for instructors: at 39 inches high, the 30″ x 27″ laminate top also gives an instructor a work area to put additional materials, or place their computer, laptop, or other equipment to prepare for synching.

All the cart models ship fully assembled as well, saving you time from assembling the entire cart on your own. Once you receive the cart, it’s easy to begin charging or syncing your devices, just by plugging them in.

Charging versus Charge and Sync

Marvel power center charging cartThe Power Center series gives you the option to choose a charging cart, or a charge and sync cart (with or without pre-installed lightning cables). So which one should suit your business or classroom needs better?

The Marvel 32-slot charging cart for your iPads most likely meets the most basic needs for your technology in the classroom. By charging devices in bulk, you can save your classroom time and space, and keep iPads safe and contained while charging. This is definitely useful for iPads that do not need to be synced remotely, or are connected by the iCloud and supported by a strong wireless network to meet all syncing needs.

Marvel Cart Charge and SyncThough more expensive than just the charging cart, going with the Marvel charge and sync cart give you the ability to remotely sync devices if it ever becomes needed or useful in the future. This allows for classroom technological growth, especially as teachers and administrators become more comfortable and familiar with using their iPads in the classroom, and want to increase their use over time. In addition, it can save a classroom or business from downtime if there are problems with the wireless network, causing syncing from a cloud to stall: with the charge and sync cart, you can simply sync 16 iPads at a time by connecting a computer to the cart, and running the process from there.

Marvel cart for iPadIn addition, you can get the MARVEL Power Center 32 Slot Charge & Sync Cart for iPad that includes pre-installed lightning cables, so there’s even less set up time for your IT technician. For classrooms or departments that already have a heavy workload, and are trying to meet the demands of implementing a iPad program at their school, buying the cart pre-installed with lightning cables can be a time and money saver.

To learn more about charging carts, or getting help picking the one for your office, school, or facility, contact us. We can help you decide on the best carts for your unique goals.

Best Of: Technology Carts for Education

When it comes to school technology storage, many educators look for flexible and mobile furniture with ample storage. Here’s our guide to some of the best carts for education, based on your needs.

For Multimedia Entertainment and Storage: The Hamilton Buhl SWB-80 Cart

The Hamilton Buhl SWB-80 is a stylish, all-in-one entertainment center and organizing cart that is perfect for classrooms and technology centers that rely on large-screen presentations or multimedia for their audiences. The cart is built to hold a large LCD TV flat-screen of up to 80 inches with a tilt of plus or minus 15 degrees for comfortable viewing, while using a universal twin mounting design for easy mounting, security, and stability. With protective cart handles and screen protector, swivel casters with locks, and durable steel construction, the cart is built for ease of mobility and strength. The cart also comes with a long power cord with a 4-outlet power strip, surge protector, and cord winder to allow for ease and organization of all plugged-in devices on the cart.

The bottom of the cart features one shelf for holding various devices or DVDs, in addition to a two-door cabinet for additional storage. The cabinet doors also lock, making it a secure cart to keep other electronic devices or sensitive materials save. Overall, this cart is a perfect solution for classrooms, libraries, multimedia labs, and more that utilize a large screen.

For Charging Diverse Models of Tablets and Chromebooks: The Buhl LTAB-30 Cart and the PowerStacker Tower

The Buhl LTAB-30 Cart can hold and charge 30 tablets, and compatible with iPads, Chromebooks, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Blackberry Playbook, and more. The cart has many security features that protect devices from getting stolen, and comes with 4 spare keys for the locking doors to the cart’s cabinet. In addition, cables and cords within the cart are easy to organize, and the cart comes with two, 15-outlet switched power strips that are breaker protected, complete with a 20 CFM cooling fan to keep all plugged in devices cool while charging. This is the type of cart to use if you have multiple device models that need to charge together.

In contrast, the PowerStacker Tower has modular components that allow you to configure or mix-and-match at your will 10 to 40 devices. The sequential charging ability also makes charging various devices easier without exceeding 15 amps. With the snap in dividers, your devices will also stay safe from damage while in transit from place to place.

For Small Volume Charging of Small Devices: Hamilton 10 Port USB Charging Station
For when you need to charge smaller devices like cell phones, digital cameras, and a few tablets, the Hamilton 10 Port USB Charging Station is the perfect solution. It will sit comfortably on a desk or table top, and is easy to carry around where ever you need it. It supports all popular cell phone models, from Apple to HTC, Samsung to Blackberry, or Nexus and Nokia, and can charge them all together. It’s perfect for teacher lounges, or in small-size classrooms that want a smaller charging station for tablets or small devices.

For Book Mobility and Storage: Hamilton Buhl BTDS-6 Book Truck

The durable Hamilton Buhl Book Truck is a must-have for educational settings that need quick mobility and storage for books. With deep slated shelves to ensure secure ease of moving books around, and double sides shelves, you can store even the heaviest, thickest textbooks and move them around without breaking a sweat. With non-marring casters with two locks, this cart glides easily on various surfaces without making a noise or a mark.  It’s a great option for carting books around to different classrooms, in libraries, archives, and more.

No matter what you need, we have a cart that’s perfect for your school. To learn more about carts and their advantages or specs, contact us.

How to Keep Your Audio Devices Organized

Organizing audio electronic devices, like iPods, tablets, and laptops, and their various cords and accessories can be a hassle, especially in an educational institution. With classrooms changing their different assignments and needs, or businesses working with various devices and changing equipment, keeping devices organized can quickly turn into a headache.  What is the best way to organize them all? Here are our tips and tools on how to keep your audio devices organized, depending on your system.

Audio Devices Themselves

Whether you are working with iPads or Chromebooks, organizing your devices will all depend on your own organizational needs. For devices themselves, we recommend these organizational practices.

Color-Coding: Classrooms can go a long way in organizing their audio devices with a color-coding system. We go much more in-depth on the benefits of a color-coded headphone system in the classroom, and the same ideas can be applied to other components as well. From color-coding devices with their cases, or using a range of colorful headphones, you can better match devices with students. In addition, it helps you keep your classroom more organized, especially when you are applying different assignments to students.

Besides classrooms, businesses or other organizations can benefit from a color-coded system as well. From differentiating between client or employee devices, or in-house to travel devices, you can keep track of your devices without needing to check against a device number.

Asset Tracking: Larger institutions that allow individuals to check out or borrow equipment can benefit greatly from asset tracking, scanning, and barcoding. A typical capability of libraries, it can also be one of the best ways for businesses and large companies to track and manage various pieces of audio equipment for students, employees, and clients.

Long and Short-Term Storage

Managing audio devices while in storage is another challenge that an office or classroom can face. Whether devices will be used day in and day out, or might be stored for an extended period of time, finding the right storage option that provides security and safety is important.

One great organizational tool is a charging cart: many models are versatile and expandable, making it easy to charge multiple devices at once and over time, while keeping devices safe, organized, and secure. Having a special cart can free up storage space in any room, while allowing devices to stay charged over time.

Dual charging and syncing carts are also great for when you also want to keep files and applications backed up and organized. This can be especially important with larger audio libraries and aging hardware, where syncing to cloud storage or with another device can be an important way to maintain the integrity of the data.

Cable Management

For most places, cable management is a key component to keeping electronics organized, whether in-use or while in storage. Cables can easily become tangled, tripped over, or mixed and matched with the wrong audio devices.

Our best solution for these common problems would be to use a cable box. Cable boxes allow you to easily bundle cables up and out of sight, which removes any trips or confusion around plugged in cables. BlueLounge cable boxes also come in various colors and sizes, which can make it easier to organize cables and cords across various stations, or make it easier for a teacher or technician to identify cables when they have to troubleshoot audio equipment in a room.

If your cables are put in short or long term storage, keeping them separated by type, or labeling them with simple labels, can go a long way in saving time and frustration with matching the right cables to the right devices.

Organizing your devices overall coms down to creativity, security, and connectivity. As long as you can connect your organizational system with the purpose in mind, for the device and the user, you’ll find it much easier to keep your devices together. For more tips and tutorials on caring for your devices, contact us.

Hamilton Buhl Carts & Charging Stations

Carts for Tablets, Devices, TV’s, AV,and Books

Hamilton Buhl’s line of carts range from the most basic to more elaborate rolling units, with many add-ons, such as pullout shelves, adjustable sides, stackable units and surge protectors.

Finding exactly what you need to store charge and transport your valuable equipment is easy with the extensive selection of carts. See the entire line of carts and charging stations by visiting Hamilton Buhl online. For a selection of Hamilton Buhl carts, click here.

3 Questions to Ask to Determine When You Need a Charging or Syncing Cart

When most people see a charging or syncing cart, many assume that they are synonymous with each other. In reality, not every charging cart syncs, or every syncing cart charges. Having a charging or charge/sync combo cart comes with its different advantages, but with the price difference, it’s important to know whether or not you’ll need syncing abilities. So how do you determine when you need a charging or syncing cart, or both? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your team in order to make a decision between the two.

How important does conformity matter between your laptops or tablets?

When determining how helpful syncing capabilities will be for your institution, it is important to ask yourself whether or not your community needs conformity when it comes to programs or files.

For a classroom, syncing carts can make it easier for a teacher or administrator to load and update various programs or assignments to every tablet or laptop. Audio labs, hospitals, businesses, and more might need syncing carts to keep content, records, and other important materials up-to-date and widely available for all users, no matter which laptop or tablet they are using. Syncing carts will therefore be advantageous for environments that need the ease and fluidity that comes with charge/sync carts.

There are other places however where syncing is not as useful. In programs where libraries or tech labs lend out laptops or tablets for individual use, syncing carts might not be needed, especially when these items are loaned out for long periods of time, and users are given more administrative freedoms over their borrowed technology. For example, in cases where libraries loan students the use of an iPad for 3-hour loans, syncing will not be as important as charging, especially since the iPad will change hands frequently. In other instances, syncing can be more disruptive to workflow, especially if it means that users might not have access to their tablets when they are in sync mode.

What technology is already in place for syncing?

Syncing might not be a big deal for your cart if you already have technology in place that allows for syncing in other ways. Online programs or cloud syncing and sharing would make the sync ability on a cart gratuitous, and could pose as a confusing addition to other staff members. However, if you do not have a syncing system already in place, a cart that can sync might become advantageous for your institution, and could improve efficiency for the users. Again, you will have to take into account the main users, your budget, and your support team, to see if syncing carts are worth the investment.

What does your budget call for, and do you have room for expansion?

Of course, you must take your budget into account before you decide on what cart to buy. Depending on how many tablets or laptops you will want to charge at once, you will typically find that just charging carts are less expensive than carts that can charge and sync simultaneously.

In addition, you will want to consider future expansion. If you are expecting an increase in tablets in the upcoming year, you will have to consider getting a cart that will be compatible with those tablets as well. Charging carts might be a better option for the time being, and can be in service for longer.

While these three questions are not meant to be comprehensive, they should help you consider what you might need in terms of a charging cart. For more advice and help in picking a charging or syncing cart, contact us. Our catalog has many models that might be suitable for your needs.