by Perry Solomon
Last month, we held Aleratec’s “My Makeshift Charging Hub” Online Photo Contest where we gave educators the opportunity to turn their homemade tablet charging stations into a chance to win prizes. The contest was not only fun for everyone at Aleratec, but it was a real eye opener as we discovered the lengths educators go through to keep classroom tablets charged and ready for students. We received numerous creative submissions, from simple but messy charging hubs, to elaborate contraptions. In the end, we left the final decisions up to the voters, and the following entries will take home 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
The Rack and Stack: The 1st Prize Winner of Aleratec’s Charge and Sync Station Mini 10 ($399 value)
A prime example of “necessity is the mother of invention,” our first place winner turns file folder racks into handy tablet holders and runs USB cables directly into a charging hub located on the floor. We couldn’t help but notice the twist ties used keep to the charging cables in place.
Stealth Station: 2nd Prize: Heavy-duty Aleratec tablet desk mount ($99.99 value)
This photo is a bit hard to see but if you look closely, our second place winner makes excellent use of limited classroom space and a very small cavity behind some bookshelves. Multiple hubs are neatly stashed on the floor, and holes were drilled to run the charging cables outside the shelves.
Spaghetti Fest: 3rd Prize: Aleratec tablet stand mount with strap holder ($34.99 value)
Few among us haven’t seen this classic example of a charging station gone awry. Our third-place winning submission is a chaotic, tangled mess of charging cables placed not-so-neatly underneath a desk, truly owning the phrase “my makeshift charging station.”
A Better Solution: Aleratec Portable Device Management
Launching the My Makeshift Charging Hub” Photo contest was great way of drawing attention to Aleratec’s Portable Device Management (PDM) products and the importance of having a trouble-free method of charging, syncing and storing classroom tablets. While we applaud the ingenuity of all our contest participants, the conclusion is the same—educators are spending a lot of energy, time and money rigging up stations to keep classroom tablets charged and synced. Aleratec PDM products make tablet deployment faster, easier and more secure with features such as simultaneous charging of up to 16 devices, a full as 2.4 or 2.1 amps per port for rapid charging times, Active Smart Charge technology, and quick synchronization. So, the next time you or a colleague spend time engineering, drilling, or jerry-rigging a tablet charging station, take a look at Aleratec PDM products and think of the time, energy and money you’ll save in the long run.
Congratulations to our winners and a special thanks again to everyone else who entered the contest. Keep your eyes peeled for the next contest from Aleratec.