Tripp Lite
1111 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
+1 (773) 869-1776
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Charging Station and Charging Cart Buying Guide

Charge, Sync, Secure and Organize Tablets and Chromebooks

What are charging stations and carts and what do they 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 Chromebook™ computers in limited space is a big headache and an even bigger security risk. Charging stations and carts have a locking steel enclosure 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.

charging station applications

Why is a charging station or cart 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 or charging cart, 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 and carts are available?

Tripp Lite offers charging stations and carts to accommodate mobile devices of all types, including laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and even smartphones.

USB charging stations and carts 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 and charging carts also support both wired and wireless syncing.

Some AC charging stations and carts can accommodate up to 16, 32 or 36 devices, including Chromebook and MacBook® computers, other notebook computers and laptops, as well as tablets. Other models 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 CSC36AC has dual charging zones with 1,440 watts per zone; the zones alternate charging to help prevent overloads.

Tripp Lite's charging stations give you a wall- or desk-mountable cabinet that supports future conversion to a cart using an optional handle/caster kit. Charging carts come ready for mobile use.

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

plugging into AC power outlet AC charging stations provide up to 1,440 watts total (per zone for CSC36AC), with a standard AC power outlet for each device.

Can a charging station or cart sync my tablets?

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

Tripp Lite AC charging stations and carts support wireless syncing, even with the cabinet locked.

syncing tablets via USB uplink port

Where can a charging station or cart be placed in my environment?

Charging stations support wall-mounting, as well as placement on a desk, table, countertop or floor. Most charging stations can be converted to a mobile cart with the simple addition of a handle and casters kit.

Charging carts come ready to roll with locking swivel casters and a wide-grip handle. Carts make it easier to distribute devices across multiple classrooms, different departments or several floors in a building.

What features should I consider?

Capacity Charging stations and carts are available in configurations to accommodate up to 16, 32, 36 or 48 devices.
USB or AC USB charging stations and carts are intended for tablet charging. AC charging stations and carts can accommodate tablets, while some AC models have larger interiors designed to charge and store laptops up to 15 or 17 in.
Dual Charging Zones Dual charging zones can help prevent overloads. Tripp Lite's CSC36AC has dual charging zones and a built-in timer that alternates charging hourly between the zones.
Ventilation Several devices charging simultaneously can generate a lot of heat. Tripp Lite's charging stations and carts have flow-through ventilation to help prevent overheating.
Security Features To deter device theft, the charging station or cart must have a lockable door. While all of Tripp Lite's charging stations and carts 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 or cart. Tripp Lite models 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.
Non-Scratch Shelves and Removable Dividers Shelves should have a protective coating that prevents scratches and scuffs on your devices. Removable/adjustable dividers provide more space to accommodate thicker devices.
Workstation Features A solid worktop can act as a writing surface and protect devices from accidental spills. If you plan to house a wireless router in the locked enclosure, an RJ45 pass-through port is a convenient feature. External outlets can also come in handy for powering monitors, projectors or other equipment. Tripp Lite's CSC36AC charging cart has all of these workstation features.
Stationary Mounting or Mobile Cart Choose a charging station ideal for stationary wall-mounting or desktop use, or choose from Tripp Lite's new selection of mobile carts that include a wide-grip handle, swivel casters, an input cord wrap and a solid worktop.
Colors Most of Tripp Lite's charging stations and carts 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 or cart into a surge protector, rather than directly into an outlet.

Why Buy from Tripp Lite?

We know you have many brands to choose from. On the surface, they may all seem alike. It's what you don't see that makes the difference. With Tripp Lite, you get solid engineering, proven reliability and exceptional customer service. All our products undergo rigorous quality control before they are offered for sale, and independent testing agencies verify our products meet or exceed the latest safety and performance standards. Our commitment to quality allows us to back our products with industry-leading warranties and responsive customer service. It's the Tripp Lite difference.




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Tripp Lite
1111 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609
United States

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