Product spotlight: POWERCRATE – a charging solution for multiple tablets
(Editor's note: this is a press release from X2 Computing that was emailed to TabletPCBuzz)
X2 Computing, a leading provider of mobile computing solutions, in partnership with XRiver Technologies LLC, has launched an innovative range of charging solutions for the new breed of tablet computers. This portable charging solution enables up to 25 tablets to be slotted into individual docking bays and simultaneously charged without having to connect any power leads. PowerCRATE can be specified for use with X2’s range of tablets as well as corporate and education tablets from other major manufacturers. It can also be used with consumer brands such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy and new tablets including the forthcoming Microsoft Surface.
PowerCRATE can be used for on demand charging or programmed to start at predetermined times and take advantage of lower night-time electricity tariffs to reduce running costs. LED status indicators show the battery charge status of each device while forced air circulation, with integral digital thermal monitoring, maintains optimum operating temperatures. Optional lockable, vented lids and security cables protect the tablets against theft when charging. Also available is an ATA 300 compliant high protection lid with built-in handle and wheels if transportation, including by air freight, to other locations is required.
According to Francis Davis, Sales and Marketing Director of X2 Computing: “PowerCRATE provides a robust and elegant charging solution that will enable organisations to ensure the highest level of availability for tablet computers. It also provides a safer, more secure way of transporting, storing and charging multiple devices as well as taking up considerably less space than traditional solutions.”
PowerCRATE has a rigid, fire retardant polyethylene case and measures 315mm (W) x 920mm (H) x 360mm (D). It weighs around 35 Kg when fully loaded and can be stacked up to four units horizontally or two units vertically. A range of additional accessories are available including mounting plinths to raise the height of PowerCRATE for easier device access and wheeled bases. Trim panels can also be specified for permanent and semi-permanent PowerCRATE installations in hospitals, schools, retailers, bingo and other environments.
X2 Computing also supplies a range of other customized tablet charging solutions for fixed locations that can be specified in any colour to meet customer requirements. Charging solutions can also be built into lockable ventilated cabinets providing the highest level of security.