The process of choosing a charging cart may seem relatively straight-forward, but there are a myriad of pitfalls to avoid before you make your purchase. Don’t be the one responsible for ordering the wrong charging solution! Let us debunk some of the myths that could take you down the wrong purchasing path.
If the device fits in the cart, you can use it.
Finding the right charging solution involves much more than simply matching the name of the device with the name on the cart. To start, there’s the issue of power. Different devices use different amounts of charge, so it’s crucial to find a cart that will be able to handle the entire fleet’s power draw. The wrong cart/device mix could overload a circuit by drawing too much power.
It’s fine to choose cases for your devices after you choose a cart.
Another issue to consider before purchasing a charging solution is the size of the case on the devices. A fleet of tablets might fit nicely into a tablet charging cart, but after you add a case to each of them, they may not fit at all. If you find yourself in that predicament, we recommend you rethink the cases: it’s much easier to return cases, and find new ones that will fit, than it is to send back all your charging carts. Be proactive and avoid that problem altogether by choosing a case for the devices before you begin searching for a charging solution.
Most devices need to sync via hardwire.
In the early days of tablet charging carts, the most popular device used was the iPad® mobile digital device. To enable syncing, these devices require a hardwired connection from a host device to each of the individual devices. Thus, a fully wired cart, separate USB hub or third party Mobile Device Management (MDM) system was necessary to facilitate that connection.
As the market has become more segmented, and more Android™ devices have entered the market, a hardwired connection is no longer necessary because most Android devices sync through the Cloud. Thus, a wireless cart is the ideal charging solution for those devices.
Most charging solutions do the syncing for you.
A common misconception about the functionality of charging carts is that they sync the devices inside for you. In fact, even carts that have integrated USB syncing (i.e. a Tablet Charging Cart with Wired Sync) only offer a data connection. It’s actually the software program you are using that syncs data to the tablets, not the wiring inside the cart.
To put it simpler, your charging solution is simply the mechanism that stores, charges and transports your devices. Your chosen software program or MDM system is what syncs your devices; the wiring inside the cart simply allows the host computer to “see” and access them.
Above all else, use the resources available to you while searching. It’s not something you want to get wrong. Our team at Anthro can help you find the something that works, guaranteed. Just pick up the phone, dial 800-325-3841 and be prepared to answer lots of questions!
What has been your experience searching for a charging solution?
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