Laptop Charging Carts

A charging cart is designed to provide storage and electrical power to laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, iPads, or other specific mobile devices. The cart may be designed to accommodate only specific technology, such as the USB charging carts, or it may supply an array of general electrical outlets for use with standard 110V-120V chargers.

Styles

Charging and Storage Station/Cart: A cart designed for charging and storage provides separate spaces for a predetermined number of chargeable devices with integrated power supply, individual outlets or ports, and ample space for devices in each compartment.

Charge and Sync Storage: The unique charge and sync storage units provide stationary or mobile storage for laptops, tablet PCs, iPads, netbooks, or other similar devices with individual compartments for each device to store safely behind closed, locking doors.

Laptop Depot: The laptop depot units provide safe, secure and stationary storage for five to eight laptops, depending on the size selected. The units have ventilation cutouts for air circulation and integrated power outlets for charging the laptops while stored. Mounting hardware allows the unit to be secured to a desktop, underneath the desk, or in other locations for fixed placement and theft deterrence.

Laptop Security Cabinet/Cart: Some security cabinets and security carts are specifically designed for laptop, or other tablet-style and/or laptop-sized devices, with locking doors to ensure safekeeping. The interior is divided into compartments sized for laptops and smaller devices, with a power source available for each compartment in most carts to enable recharging while stored.

Laptop Storage Cart: Laptop storage carts have specially designed storage compartments to fit standard laptops, including Mac Books, and similarly sized or smaller devices such as netbooks, Pad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Nook, or other tablets. These carts almost always include some type of electrical assembly to provide power for recharging devices while stored.

Tablet, iPad, Netbook Charging Cabinet or Cart: Charging cabinets designed to accommodate tablet PCs, iPads, and netbooks support devices smaller than standard laptops and provide individual spaces with safe storage and power supply for up to a preset number of devices.

10-Laptop, 20-Laptop Cart: A laptop cart listed as 10-laptop or 20-laptop is indicating the number of individual laptop computers or similarly sized technology devices that can fit within the cart at a given time.

18-Unit Cart: An 18-unit cart will contain spaces to hold 18 individual laptops, netbooks, or other similarly sized technology devices.

24-Unit Cart: A 24-unit cart provides 24 spaces for laptops, netbooks, or similar portable technology devices with an integrated charging system to allow the devices to recharge their batteries while safely stored.

30-Unit Cart: A 30-unit cart has 30 individual spaces of equal size that accommodate up to 30 individual laptops, netbooks, tablets, or similar devices for safe storage and power supply for recharging.

32-Unit Netbook Cart: A 32-unit netbook cart offers spacing in preset shelves for up to 32 netbooks, which are usually significantly smaller than a standard laptop. These carts may accommodate other devices that are sized similarly to netbooks.

Edges

Matched Edge: Matched edge refers to laminate or melamine finish applied to the edges of storage units and furniture panels to match the surface finishes.

Charging Storage Cart
Charging Storage Cart

Laptop Security Cabinet Cart
Laptop Security Cabinet/Cart

Cart Components

Adjustable Shelves: Adjustable shelves in laptop charging carts have preset spaces that allow the user to move or remove the shelves for larger customized compartments.

Apple Configurator App: The Apple Configurator App is a computer or mobile App designed for use with the iTeach Storage System from Balt. The App allows the user to sync the Apple devices while they are stored and recharging within the iTeach cart.

Back, Rear Cord Management: Many laptop-charging stations have rear or back cord management, keeping the power cords and wires in the back portion of the storage unit. This setup allows the charging plug to reach the individual charging bays or compartments to charge devices but keeps the bulk of the cables neatly in the back.

Built-in Handles: Mobile storage carts often contain a built-in handle for guiding or steering the cart during transport.

Built-in Timer: Charging carts with built-in timers allow the user to set a timer for the recharging cycle and have the unit automatically stop supplying electricity at a given time. The timer provides a means of controlling electricity usage and preventing devices from over-charging causing battery loss over time in many types of rechargeable batteries.

Central Power Supply: A central power supply is located in the middle of the cabinet or storage unit, provided access from the left or right side reducing the need for power cords to reach across the storage shelves.

Charging Status: LED lights, or other charging signals, usually indicate the charging status, telling users which devices are charging and which have reached a full charge.

Contoured Shelf Corners: Laptop charging carts with contoured shelf corners have rounded front corners to the storage shelves allowing a space for power cords to run safely, without risk of crushing or damage.

Cord Winder: The cord winder may be located inside or outside the locking compartment and it may be a single attachment for wrapping the cord around, or a set of hook-like structures that accommodate circular or figure eight cord wrapping.

Cooling Fan: A cooling fan enhances select storage units, providing forced air circulation to keep equipment cooling while stored and recharging.

Cooling Vents: Cooling vents are positioned on side panels, back panels, and in some door panels of laptop charging carts. The cooling vents allow hot air to flow out from the storage compartment, reducing risk of equipment overheating. They also allow air to flow into the storage cabinet to help cool electronic devices, which generate heat while powered on and charging.

Cushioned Drawers: Cushioned drawers are found in select laptop and device charging units, with nonskid padded mats in each compartment to prevent devices from sliding and provide cushioning from bumps and impact during transport.

Digital Timer: A digital timer is available as an optional enhancement for select laptop charging stations and carts. The timer provides a means of scheduling and stopping the charging cycles for devices that are stored within.

Electrical Assembly: The electrical assembly is usually a power strip or similar device that provides electrical outlets for devices to charge or operate. The electrical assembly will have an extension cord or power cord that reaches nearby outlets for the power supply, reducing the need for a larger number of electrical outlets to accommodate the lot of devices.

Electrical Unit: Laptop and device charging storage units often have one or more electrical units within the storage compartment to allow organizing and recharging of portable devices.

External Outlets: External outlets are power outlets placed on the exterior of the storage unit, accessible from the outside even when the cabinet is locked and secured.

Extra Outlets: Extra outlets are those electrical outlets provided in addition to the ones for the individual charging spaces in a storage cart or cabinet.

Flip-Up Handles: Carts with flip-up handles have steering and turning handles on the end(s) or side(s) of the cart that rest flat when not in use. The hinge-style attachment allows the handle to be lifted when needed, in a flip-up style motion.

Formed-In Handles: Formed-in handles are handles that have been built into the structural components of the cart, as opposed to handles added after the cart is finished.

Grommet Holes: Grommet holes are usually circular and found at the back panel or interior shelves, allowing cable and wire pass-through for neat networking of devices, or for power cords to supply recharging power during storage.

Indicator Lights: Indicator lights let the user know that the device is receiving electricity through the cart’s electrical unit assembly, and some carts are designed to have the indicator change to inform users when a device is fully charged or how much time is remaining to fully charge each device.

Individual Cord Holders: Laptop carts with individual cord holders have an integrated cable management system that provides a cord hold for each laptop or device.

Interior Shelf Cutouts: Laptop storage and recharging units sometimes feature cutouts in the shelves, allowing wires to run vertically without risk of crushing or damaging the wires.

Locking Top Access: Locking top access refers to a top access panel or door, as opposed to a front cabinet-style door, that locks for security.

Magnetic Labels: Select laptop charging units include magnetic labels that attach to the metal drawer compartments. The magnets are not strong enough to cause damage to the devices, but are strong enough to attach to the front edge of the drawer compartments and provide a system for organizing the stored devices.

Mobile Device: Mobile device refers to cell phones, iPads, iPad Mini, tablets, and other portable technology devices that usually provide the option to add cellular connectivity with the addition of a SIM card.

Nonmarring Casters: Nonmarring casters are casters that do not mark or damage flooring.

Nonskid Mat, Nonslip Mat: Many laptop carts and charging stations feature nonskid or nonslip mats in the drawers or individual laptop compartments, providing a safe, cushioned space for each individual laptop to be stored without concern of unwanted movement within the compartment.

Nonslip Top Surface: The top shelf or top surface of many laptop and technology carts features a nonslip mat or other nonslip surface finish to prevent items from slipping off the top while in use or transit.

Numbered Slots: The individual slots or compartments for laptops and devices are numbered, in sequence, in select models depending on the storage unit design. The numbering allows the stored contents to be cataloged with relative ease, and aids inventory efforts in large facilities.

On/Off Switch: Many surge protectors and electrical assemblies include an on/off switch, allowing the user to cut power to all devices at once if desired.

Optional Timer: An optional timer is available for select laptop charging units for added control of the power supply for recharging laptops and devices.

Padded Handles: Padded handles feature a foam-style cushioned wrap that enhances comfortable grip and hold while in use.

Partitions: Laptop and device charging and storage units often contain partitions to separate the recharging devices. Partitions may be vertical and/or horizontal, forming fixed or adjustable compartments, shelves, or stand-up spaces for each device.

Peripherals: Peripherals is a term used to describe all devices attached to the main computer system. The keyboard, mouse, speakers, external hard drive, or other devices connected to a computer are considered that computer’s “peripherals.”

Power Management Dividers, Power Management Control: Power management dividers allow the user to charge some devices at one time and other devices at another time. Some storage units offer power management control, such as the iTeach Tablet Charging Cart which determines which devices require more charging than others and personalizes the power supplied to each individual device.

Predrilled Mounting Holes: Pre-drilled mounting holes are provided for all laptop storage units that can be mounted to a wall, floor, or other furniture. The holes are pre-drilled to provide simpler setup and all mounting hardware is included.

Rack Rails: Rack rails allow devices to be mounted within a compartment. Similar to the rack rails used in IT and server departments, these rails have predrilled holes for mounting devices and the holes are spaced to support an efficient setup with ample room for air circulation.

Rear Access Panel/Door: A rear access door or panel may be a locking door at the back of a laptop storage cart, with lock for security, providing access to the rear components of the cart such as the electrical assembly and the individual devices’ power charging cables. The rear access may alternatively be a removable back panel, with or without lock, depending on the storage unit design.

Recessed Power Panel: A recessed power panel is set into the frame of the storage unit, reducing the risk of damage to the power assembly from impact, bumps, and other contact in bustling environments.

Removable Dividers: Dividers in laptop storage carts separate individual devices or compartments. The removable dividers allow storage compartments to be resized or changed to accommodate different needs.

Removable Shelves: Laptop carts with removable shelves offer the option to increase individual storage compartment spacing for larger laptops or devices. The shelves may also adjust, in preset positions, to accommodate different needs.

Retractable Door: Retractable doors have a roller-style assembly and slide into the cabinet or storage compartment, much like a garage door. The door may slide up like a garage door, into a runner along the top interior of the compartment, or it may slide to the left or right, into the side of the compartment, depending on the storage unit design.

Removable Back Panel: Laptop storage with removable back panel provides access to the rear side of the storage unit, usually where the electrical assembly is for power supply to recharge devices.

Sliding Shelves: Select laptop storage cabinets feature sliding shelves, with the shelves set on drawer-style runners to allow easy access to devices.

Sliding Top Access Panel: A top access panel or top access door that is set in a sliding runner, as opposed to hinged attachment, slides to allow access to the contents within the storage cart.

Slotted Panels: Slotted panels allow airflow into and out of the cart, removing heat generated from powered-on recharging devices and replacing warmed air with cooler air from outside the storage unit.

Smart Charging System: A smart charging system, such as the charging system in the iTeach Storage Units, detects the device that is plugged in for recharging and automatically supplies the power needed at a rate that is best for that particular device.

Surge Protection: Surge protection is integrated with many electrical assemblies and power strips as a way to reduce risk of damage caused by power spikes, surges, and electrical outages.

Top LED Lights: Top LED lights refers to the LED lights that indicate which devices are charging, which devices are fully charged, and on select storage units the lights indicate the number of hours required for a full charge per device.

Universal Charging System: A universal charging system provides power for a variety of devices without specific limitations. This is in contrast to an iPad charging system that may only accommodate USB ports for iPad USB charging cables, for example.

USB Charging Cables: USB charging cables are power cables that connect to a computer, power supply, or electrical outlet adapter and provide recharging power to devices. These cables come with the devices when purchased new or can be purchased as replacements from manufacturers or retailers.

Work Top: In general, the work top is the top open surface of a cart, storage unit, presentation stand, or desk. The work top may be used as an additional storage shelf, or it may be used to support the instructor’s materials or other materials used in professional and school settings.

20 CFM Fan: CFM refers to the “cubic feet per minute” which indicates the capacity of the fan installed within the storage and charging cart or cabinet. Therefore, a 20 CFM fan would be able to circulate and cool 20 cubic feet per minute.

Built-in Handles
Built-in Handles

Built-in Timer
Built-in Timer

Rack Rails
Rack Rails

Retractable Door
Retractable Door

USB Charging Cables
USB Charging Cables

Construction Materials

All-Steel Design: Laptop carts listed as having all-steel designs are constructed from steel, with steel sides, back, top and bottom panels, as well as steel shelves and dividers. The connections are all metal-to-metal and the overall design is often finished with durable powder-coat paint.

Cam and Post Assembly: Laptop storage units that have cam and post assembly are easy to set up, with round cams that fit into predrilled holes on select panels. Posts are inserted or screwed into predrilled holes on opposite panels and the extending portion of the post fits into the cam.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Paint Finish: Steel carts and steel components of our laptop storage units are finished with paint. The paint finish is almost always cured for a powder-coat finish, offering a long-lasting smooth and durable style.

European Hinges: European hinges are contained within the storage compartment for a concealed design. These hinges allow the doors to open and close easily, with the hinge joint kept inside the cabinet when the doors are closed. This design reduces risk of damage or tampering and creates a smooth external appearance.

High-Pressure Laminate: Carts and storage units finished with high-pressure laminate offer a reliable, durable surface finish that resists scratches, stains, and impact. Laminate is applied under heat and pressure, with several layers beneath the colored surface finish for added strength.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is often listed as thermofused melamine and it is applied under heat and pressure, similar to high-pressure laminate. Melamine uses fewer layers under the colored surface finish, in comparison to high-pressure laminate. Melamine is extremely durable with a damage-resistant finish that resists scratches and stains as well as impact from regular use.

Mounting Hardware Included: Mounting hardware is included with all laptop storage units that accommodate mounting to walls, floors, or other furniture.

Steel Frame: Laptop storage with steel frames may have an all-steel design with steel panels forming the frame structure, or they may have a combination style with steel components forming the corners and support elements, with laminate or other finished panels comprising the full sides, back, base, top, and/or doors.

Welded Frame: Steel laptop storage units with welded construction have steel components that have been assembled by the manufacturer and welded for a permanent fix.

Features

Additional Storage Space: Select models of laptop charging and storage units feature additional storage space, such as open shelves or compartments within the locking cabinet. Additional storage space provides room for accessories, charts, sign-in/sign-out sheet, or other items that are associated with the stored devices.

Bolt Down Installation: Stationary laptop storage and/or charging units may offer bolt down installation, with mounting hardware included. These units may be bolted to a tabletop, desk, floor, or wall, depending on the storage unit design.

CSA Certified: CSA certified products have been tested and verified as safe and up to standards set by the CSA or Canadian Standards Association.

Damage-Resistant, Scratch-Resistant, Stain-Resistant: Most laminate and melamine finished units specify some level of damage resistance. The finishes of these products are very durable and generally withstand regular use without scratches, stains, or other signs of wear.

Doors Fold Flat Against, Flush With Sides: Carts and cabinets with doors that fold flat or flush against the sides indicate the door hinges offer a full 270-degree swing.

Fire-Resistant Design: Select steel models of our laptop and device charging storage units specify fire-resistant design.

Four-Dial Lock: A four-dial lock has four rotating dials with the numbers zero through nine. These locks require the four dials be adjusted to display the access code in order to open the lock. The four-dial lock is a common security enhancement added to briefcase or attaché design, but can also be found on select locking storage units.

Fully Assembled: Laptop carts and storage units that are shipped fully assembled come ready to use immediately.

Green Features: Green features generally refer to the use of environmentally friendly materials, such as eco-friendly paint finish, as well as the use of recycled materials in the design and production of a given product.

Heat Dissipation: Most storage units designed for laptops, computer equipment, and other electronics feature vents or other enhancements to help remove or dissipate heat generated by the equipment.

Locking Doors: Most laptop storage and charging compartments have locking doors to secure the expensive equipment when not in use.

Locking Front and Back Doors: Carts with locking front and back doors provide front access to the stored devices and rear access to the chargers and power assembly, with locks on both doors for security.

Perforated Side, Back, Door Panels: Cabinets and storage units with perforated side panels, back panel, or door allow greater air circulation to help dissipate heat and keep electronic devices cooler.

Recycled Materials: Laptop storage made with recycled materials may feature recycled post-consumer plastics, metals, or wood components used to enhance the “green features” of the design.

Reprogrammable Lock: A reprogrammable lock allows the user to change the lock code or combination as desired.

Simultaneous Charging Capability: Many laptop storage units in our collection offer simultaneous charging capability, indicating that the storage unit contains an integrated way to supply electrical power to all stored devices for charging at the same time while stored securely.

Stationary or Mobile Options: Laptop storage units with mobile and stationary options offer a choice of cabinet styles with flat base for fixed placement, or a mobile base set on casters for transportability.

Theft Deterrence: Theft deterrence ranges from the use of locks on doors and drawers to the ability to bolt down or mount storage units, such as a laptop depot.

Three-Point Lock System: The three-point lock secures the locked positioned in three locations, reducing vulnerable or weak points where a locked door may be pried open.

UL-Listed: UL, Underwriters Laboratories, is a safety-testing laboratory organizing that operates over 60 labs that are approved for testing, verifying and setting standards for safety in the United States.

Ventilation: The sides, back panel, and/or door of many electronics storage units feature ventilation in the form of cutouts or perforated detailing that allows air circulation when the storage unit is closed. The ventilation helps dissipate heat generated by running laptops and other devices, improving safety when stored.

Weight Capacity: Weight capacities are given to indicate that the structure can support up to that weight, when evenly distributed, without risk of damage to the cart, shelves, or base and frame.

Wire Management: Wire management is a general term applied to integrated features that help keep technology and power cables organized and clutter-free.

Wire Organizing Space: Laptop carts with wire organizing space have a specific area built into the cart design that provides room for organizing power cables, wires, and other technology clutter.

270 Doors: Carts with 270 doors have hinged doors that open 270 degrees, offering complete access to the interior of the storage compartment for loading and unloading with ease.

Locking Doors
Locking Doors