One of the most important features to consider when choosing a laptop cart is cable management. When scheduling your charging station deployment, remember to factor in the time (and expense) of wiring the carts and setting up the power bricks. No one really has the budget to invest hours and hours of IT staff time managing power and syncing cables. The less time it takes, the better for you, your IT staff and your deployment schedule.
It can take anywhere from 30 minutes (minimum) to 90 minutes or more to wire one charging cart depending on the device and the cart. Some manufacturers use clip systems, which can be difficult to wire and can make removing the devices cumbersome. Some clip systems are on the front and others are on the slots. Either way, they can easily break off and get lost.
To minimize wiring time, look for a quick-wiring system, which can include sliding wire holders or a guillotine system. Black Box carts have a sliding rapid wiring system, which significantly reduces wiring time, is easier to use and enables fast changes in the future use. Another bonus of the Black Box system, is that it enables faster distribution of devices during class.Here's how a Black Box customer, Will Howey from Applied Data Technologies, described the system when he was preparing 1,300 carts for deployment (in under six weeks) in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. “The cable management system on the carts allowed us to wire each cart in under 30 minutes,” added Howey. “From my experience, that’s two to three times faster than other cart manufacturers.” To see the entire case study, click here.
To eliminate the need to prep and wire carts completely, some manufacturers offer packages that include carts and the mobile devices. The carts are pre-loaded and wired before shipping. This option can potentially save you a lot of time and money. If you are interested, Black Box can work with you and your reseller partner to set up a pre-loaded cart package.
For more info, download this white paper on how to Reduce Time and Costs in Device-Based Learning.