Charging Station Buying Guide

Charge, Sync, Secure and Organize Tablets and Chromebooks

What is a charging station and what does it do?

Mobile devices have transformed every organization, from schools to hospitals, retail stores and corporate offices. Charging and storing dozens of high-value devices such as tablets and Chromebooks™ in limited space is a big headache and an even bigger security risk. A charging station is a convenient locking cabinet or cart that helps put an end to cable sprawl and missing assets by providing a location where multiple devices can be charged, synced, stored and secured.

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Why is a charging station a good investment?

Tablets and Chromebooks represent a substantial investment, both in hardware and valuable data. A classroom full of tablets can easily tally more than $10,000 in hardware costs alone. Inside a charging station, your devices are surrounded by steel. The doors lock for controlled access without interfering with charging, so devices - and the data stored on them - remain securely protected from theft.

What types of charging stations are available?

Various types of charging stations are available from Tripp Lite to accommodate mobile devices of all types, including laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and even smartphones.

USB charging stations are used for tablets such as iPad®, Android™, Kindle™ and Microsoft Surface™ models, as well as for smartphones. Each station is equipped with 16, 32 or 48 USB ports, providing up to 2.4A of high-speed charging power per device. USB charging stations also support syncing.

Some AC charging stations can accommodate up to 16 or 32 Chromebooks, MacBooks® and other notebook computers and laptops, as well as tablets. Others are designed only for tablets, using the AC adapters that come with the devices. An AC charging station provides a total of 1,440 total watts of charging power.

Tripp Lite's line of charging stations gives you the option of a wall- or desk-mountable cabinet (CS models) that supports future conversion to a cart using the optional handle/caster kit or a charging station cart (CSC models) ready for mobile use.

tablets plugged in via USB cable USB charging stations provide up to 2.4 amps (12 watts) per device, automatically matched to each tablet's top charging speed.

plugging into AC power outlet AC charging stations provide up to 12 amps total, with a standard AC power outlet for each device.

Can a charging station sync my tablets?

Tripp Lite USB charging stations provide convenient syncing of tablets while they charge. Simply connect the USB uplink port to a host computer. The sync function will automatically update software, back up important data and can return tablets to standardized/authorized configurations after use. Wired syncing complements wireless functionality by providing high-speed, high-bandwidth device access, reducing congestion on your Wi-Fi network. The charging stations are also fully compatible with wireless syncing. Throughout either syncing process, the cabinet can remain locked, keeping devices protected.

syncing tablets via USB uplink port

Where can a charging station be placed in my environment?

Charging stations support several deployment options, including wall-mount, placement on a desk, table, countertop or floor, or use as a mobile cart that aids distribution of devices across multiple classrooms, different departments or several floors in a building. Tripp Lite's selection includes cabinets that convert to a mobile cart with the simple addition of a handle-and-casters kit (CS models). Or, choose one of Tripp Lite's new ready-to-roll mobile carts (CSC models) with wide-grip handle and locking swivel casters pre-installed.

What features should I consider?

Capacity Charging stations are available in configurations to accommodate up to 16, 32 or 48 devices.
USB or AC USB charging stations are intended for tablet charging. AC charging stations can accommodate tablets, while some AC models have larger interiors designed to charge and store laptops up to 17 in.
Ventilation Several devices charging simultaneously can generate a lot of heat. Tripp Lite's charging stations, with flow-through ventilation, help prevent overheating.
Security Features To protect devices from theft, the charging station must have a lockable door. While all of Tripp Lite's charging stations lock securely, some models also include a padlock hasp and rear ports for a cable or chain bicycle lock.
Input Power Cord Length A long cord gives you the flexibility you need in placement of the station. Tripp Lite's charging stations all include a generous 10 ft. cord.
Built-in Cable Management Integrated cable management keeps charging cables untangled and outlets and AC adapters hidden from view during use.
Protective Shelves and Removable Dividers Your charging station's shelves should have a protective coating that prevents scratches and scuffs on your devices. Removable/adjustable dividers provide more space to accommodate thicker devices.
Stationary Mounting or Mobile Cart Choose a cabinet ideal for stationary wall mounting or desktop use, or choose from Tripp Lite's new selection of mobile carts that include a reversible wide-grip handle, swivel casters, a power cord wrap and a solid-top work surface.
Colors Most of Tripp Lite's charging stations are available with your choice of a black or white powder-coat finish.

What accessories are available?

  • Most of Tripp Lite's cabinet-style charging stations (except the CS16USB and CS16USBW) can be converted to a mobile cart with handle and casters using an optional kit (CSHANDLEKIT or CSHANDLEKIT2, depending on model)
  • USB cables for charging tablets are supplied by the user; Tripp Lite offers a wide selection of certified cables to meet your specific needs
  • As with all electronic equipment, Tripp Lite recommends plugging your charging station into a surge protector, rather than directly into an outlet
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