There are many choices for classroom iPad charging stations and storage systems. In my reviews, you can learn about the pros and cons of the ones that I think are the best. I also offer a buyer’s guide full of helpful tips. If you need a mobile solution to move between classrooms, learn more about the best charging stations and storage carts for schools here.
My Top Pick
- Charges up to 8 iPad devices at the same time
- The dividers are removable
- Charging automatically stops when a device’s battery is fully-charged
Best for: This charging station is a nice size for teacher with a small classroom.
Although this model works with all USB devices, it is designed to recharge up to 8 iPads at a time. The fast charging requires less time for a full charge than other low-power (one amp per port) charging stations. Each port can draw up to 2.4 amps of power. It also has 2 QC 3.0 ports to charge your devices in half an hour.
- Helps to organize up to five devices for charging
- It is not powered and does not come with any cables
- Made from environmentally-friendly, sustainable bamboo wood
Best for: Teachers who want to recharge devices by using the cables that came with the devices and keep everything organized.
A teacher can use this rack to explain sustainable forestry methods. The natural bamboo wood is harvested from a Forest Steward Council certified forest (license code C041262). The rack is manufactured in a facility that is certified as socially responsible by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI).
- Holds and Charges up to 8 devices
- Lockable for security and portable
- Comes fully assembled
Best for: Teachers who take classes on field trips will find this portable and secure charging station useful.
This all-steel item has a padded interior with rubber-coated dividers so that any devices inside will not be scratched when transported inside the box. This lockable box comes with two keys. The sides are ventilated to allow airflow to avoid any overheating while charging. This model comes with drywall-mounting hardware for those who wish to install it on a wall.
3 Steps to Choose the Best iPad Charging Station
Here are the three steps and things to consider when choosing the best classroom iPad charging station or storage system that meets your requirements.
Step 1: Analyze Your Budget
The range of prices for the products I reviewed is from about $30 for a small charging station or rack up to just under $450 for a large, portable charging cart that can charge and store up to 32 devices.
Q: Should I buy a large portable charging station?
Some school systems find that larger portable charging stations are more useful. They can be placed in one classroom for a few hours and then moved to another classroom after the devices from the first classroom are charged. Sharing these larger charging carts can be more practical for a budget-conscious school system.
Step 2: Сount how many ports you need for all the devices
You may not have to charge all of the devices at the same time. You can charge them in batches. However, you will likely want a large enough storage system to handle all the devices for the students. You want to put them all safely away so that the students are not distracted while attending class.
Q: What adapter cables do you need?
Most of these systems do not come with cables; however, you can use a cable that comes with each device. You will probably want to buy some spare cables because students may not remember to bring their cables from home.
Step 3: Charging Station or Storage Cart? With or without a lock?
A charging station for a small number of devices does not provide any security. They should not be left unattended due to the risk of the devices being stolen. Most teachers, who use small charging stations in the classroom, place them on their desks to keep an eye on the devices while they are charging.
Having a locked cabinet provides an extra level of security. If security is a major concern in your school, it is helpful to use a padlock and a chain to secure a locked cabinet to something bolted down.
If you follow these three evaluation steps, it will be easier to choose a charging station and storage system that meets your needs. It is interesting to see how education changed over the last 100 years in this article. In the past, no one expected that every student would carry a tablet and a smartphone like they do today.
Best iPad Charging Stations and Storage Systems
The list below, which is followed by the reviews, is divided into three categories: 1) charging station racks; 2) charging stations, and; 3) charging storage systems.
Good choice for teachers who do not mind using the charging cables that come with the students’ devices.
|Amazon →Walmart →|
Best for teachers who only charge a few devices at the same time.
|Amazon →Prosumer’s Choice →Walmart →|
Suitable for teachers who charge a few, mostly Apple, devices.
|Amazon → Walmart →|
For a teacher who wants to charge 10 devices fast.
|Amazon →Kavalan →|
Good for teachers, who charge Apple devices regularly.
|Amazon →NTONPOWER →|
Perfect for teachers who limit their charging to eight iPads at a time.
My Top Pick!
For Teachers who charge iPads frequently.
|Amazon →Alxum →|
Good choice for teachers who want to have easy access to the devices.
|Amazon →Belkin →Walmart →|
Best for teachers who need a modest amount of security.
|Amazon →B&H →Walmart →|
For teachers who need a cart that moves from classroom to classroom.
Has universal compatibility for teachers to store and charge 12 devices.
|Amazon →B&H →Walmart →|
This is the cart needed by teachers who move around between classrooms.
|Amazon →Stand Steady →|
For teachers to store and charge 32 devices at once.
The next section includes my reviews, which highlight the features of each choice. I share the pros and cons honestly to help you decide which one of these items is a solid choice for your needs.
The three categories of products are organized into non-powered charging racks, charging stations, and charging stations with a storage solution or a mobile cart. A teacher needs to use the cables for each device and plug them in if using a rack to organize them. More convenient is using a charging station that has a power strip. For security, teachers use a lockable storage solution. For mobility, teachers can use a charging cart.
Charging Station Racks
Natural bamboo is an environmentally sustainable resource that is used to make this Ollieroo model.
This is an attractive rack to use to organize the cables if you want to use those that come with the devices. There is a tray area under the rack that holds the cables to keep them neatly organized. Inside the tray is enough room to hold the cables for up to seven devices.
- Has magnets to hold the top to the base.
- Includes four cable savers, seven reusable cable ties, and 12 Velcro strips.
- The natural wood is practical and easy to clean.
- Can accommodate iPhone, iPads, tablets, and laptops up to 13 inches.
- Takes up small space when placed on a teacher’s desk.
- Does not come with a power strip or cables.
- Magnets are convenient but lose strength over time.
- No warranty.
Best for: Teachers who do not mind using the charging cables that come with the students’ devices.
2. Prosumer’s Choice
Prosumer’s choice offers an eco-friendly product made from sustainable natural bamboo.
This rack is an all-in-one smartphone/tablet organizer. It keeps power strips and cables of up to 11 inches in length out of sight. It transforms messy cables into an elegantly organized charging rack to store them neatly.
- This attractive rack is nice and stable.
- Holds up to five devices in place for simultaneous charging.
- There is plenty of room in the tray to hold the cables.
- Racks are removable to accommodate devices in a thick case.
- Manufactured in a socially responsible way.
- This unit is not powered and requires the separate purchase of a power strip.
- Some teachers find it inconvenient to use the students’ cables.
- Dividers may not fit securely.
Best for: Teachers who only charge a few devices at the same time.
In this video, produced by Prosumer’s Choice, you can see this rack in use.
This rack is very attractive for a teacher’s desk.
The NEXGADGET has a nice, clean, contemporary design in classic black color.
This product offers safe and fast charging for up to eight devices. It comes with eight cables and nine detachable baffles. This unit is compatible with an Apple Airpod and an Apple Watch (need to use the cable that comes with the watch).
- Universal charging for USB devices.
- The baffles glow to indicate a device placed in a slot is charging.
- Baffles can be removed to make room for a device that is in a thick case if needed.
- Includes four USB cables for Android OS devices and four Lightning cables for Apple devices.
- Smart charging provides protection against overcharging, surge protection, and short circuit protection.
- Lousy customer service after a purchase.
- Baffles are difficult to insert and may break easily.
- Baffles are too short to strongly support an iPad held in a slot.
Best for: Teachers who charge a few, mostly Apple, devices appreciate this unit.
The Kavalan model is a universal tablet and smartphone charging hub with auto-detect, smart, rapid-charging technology.
This item has 65 watts of total charging power to charge up to 10 devices simultaneously. Six of the ports are equipped with the Smart IC technology to provide the power needed by each device up to 2.4 amps. The other four slots are one amp each, which is sufficient for the slower charging of smartphones.
- Clear baffles.
- Has built-in safety features to avoid overcharging, short circuit protection, and surge protection.
- Includes five micro-USB to USB type-A cables.
- Power cord has an on/off switch.
- Neatly organizes up to 10 devices.
- Baffles are a bit short for iPads.
- Does not have sufficient power to fully charge larger devices using all ports at once.
- Possible early failure of some charging ports.
Best for: Teachers like this unit for fast charging six devices and for simultaneously slow-charging of up to four smartphones.
The NTONPOWER USB fast charging dock has 24 amps total power to provide 2.4 amps to each of the ten ports for fast recharging.
Full-speed smart charging is up to 80% faster than slower charging using a port with only one amp of power like some of the competitors’ units. This model uses synchronous rectification technology. This means the electric energy conversion rate reaches up to 85%, which causes less wasted heat and is more eco-friendly.
- This unit has a contemporary design in classic white color.
- Has side vents to help dispel any heat from charging.
- A blue LED light indicates the unit is powered on with the on/off switch.
- Rubber pads prevent slippage.
- Comes with an 18-month warranty.
- Some larger devices cannot fit in the slots.
- Baffles are not removable and slots may be too narrow for devices in cases.
- Baffles are a bit short.
Best for: Teachers, who charge Apple models regularly, like this device.
In this video, produced by Private Investigator Advice, there is the unboxing of the NTONPOWER model, and the reviewer gives a positive review of this device.
This device works well for all Apple products.
The Unitek unit comes in an attractive white color.
The power for this model provides up to 2.4 amps per port. There is enough power for about eight iPad devices. If you plug in 10 devices to charge them, the power is reduced, and it takes longer to recharge each device. It also has two QC 3.0 ports that charge your devices in a bit more than 30 minutes.
- Has built-in safety features for surge protection, to prevent overcharging, and reduce overheating.
- The dividers are removable to accommodate thicker devices.
- 2 QC 3.0 charging ports which double the efficiency of the charging process.
- BC 1.2 smart charging technology provides up to 2.4 amps per port.
- Charges up to 8 iPad devices.
- Cables are not included.
- Dividers do not attach securely to the base.
Best for: Teachers who limit their charging to eight iPads at a time.
In this video, produced by Geek Street, there is the unboxing of the Unitek charging station followed by the reviewer’s comments.
The video shows that it comes with five charging cables, but this is no longer correct.
The Alxum iPad charging station is a 108 watt, 10-port phone docking station and organizer with adjustable dividers and smart IC technology.
This unit can charge ten devices simultaneously and provide up to 2.4 amps of power to each slot. It comes with 11 pieces of high and low brackets that can accommodate devices of different thicknesses. You can use the baffles to set a suitable width for any device in a thick case.
- Smart charging technology protects your devices from damage caused by overcharging or short circuits.
- Surge protection keeps your devices safe while charging.
- Charging automatically stops when a device is fully charged.
- Can simultaneously recharge up to 10 iPhones or up to eight iPads.
- This unit works with all global electrical systems from 100V to 240V.
- Cables must be purchased separately.
- No cord management for longer cables.
- May make a buzzing sound when operating.
Best for: Teachers who charge iPads frequently.
Charging Storage Systems
The Belkin store and charge system has a unique design that makes it easy to put the devices in the system.
The system allows the recharging of ten devices at the same time. It comes in a nice gray color that fits in well in any classroom. It is designed for iPhones, tablets, and up to 13-inch laptops.
- Offers equipment protection up to $15,000 in value for a charging station’s malfunction.
- Built-in cable management reduces clutter.
- Fits devices that are in cases up to 1.18 inches thick.
- Easy access with an open design.
- Offers easy wireless syncing because wireless signals are not obstructed.
- Slots are too small for devices in thicker cases of greater than 1.18 inches thick.
- Set up is a little difficult.
- It is a bit of work to organize cables properly.
Best for: Teachers who want to have easy access to the devices being charged.
This video, produced by Belkin, shows how to use the charging station.
It is interesting to see how to open this charging unit, set it up, and manage the cables.
The Luxor model I built to last with a lockable, all-steel cabinet.
This is an excellent choice for teachers who need to have the ability to lock up the devices while they are charging. This cabinet is portable. It can also be mounted on a wall with the drywall mounting hardware that is included.
- This unit stores and charges up to eight devices at the same time.
- The interior is padded with rubber-coated dividers.
- The secure key-lock comes with two keys.
- It comes completely assembled.
- Holds up to 40 lbs. capacity, when it is evenly balanced.
- Lock is not hard to open (pick) using a hairpin.
- The cabinet full of phones can be stolen if not bolted down.
- You cannot see if the phones are fully charged without opening the door.
Best for: Teachers who need a modest amount of security with a locked cabinet will like this one.
In this video, produced by Luxor, you can see how the unit looks when it is mounted on a wall.
For teachers who do not have room on their desks, the wall-mounting capability of this unit is helpful.
The Pearington charging cart works with iPad devices of any screen size.
This sturdy cart is easy to move around on its caster wheels, with two of them that lock in place. The cart is very stable, and the handles are easy to grip. The open slots and removable dividers allow any size device screen or thickness. This model has the ability to charge up to 16 devices simultaneously.
- The charging slots are padded and the dividers are removable.
- Cable management clips are built-in.
- The caster wheels roll across most surfaces smoothly.
- This cart is designed for use in schools
- It has built-in surge protection.
- Assembly is required.
- Does not provide security.
- A bit low to the ground at only 30 inches tall.
Best for: teachers who need a cart that moves from classroom to classroom.
The Kensington lock and charge station is a universal system that can charge a MacBook, iPad, Samsung Galaxy tablet, Chromebook, and laptops (up to 14 inches).
This unit has a sturdy metal frame that can withstand tough classroom use. The security door uses a standard padlock or Kensington keyed cable locks (sold separately). There is a built-in industrial-grade surge protector. The built-in cable management system keeps cords nicely organized and reduces clutter.
- The portable design fits on any standard AV cart, that is typically used in a school environment.
- There is plenty of room for the storage of many power adapters.
- Can charge up to 12 devices simultaneously.
- Comes in classic black.
- It has plenty of ventilation for heat dissipation to prevent overheating.
- Door may not close well.
- Portability also means the entire box can be stolen if not guarded.
- The metal gets warm when the box is full of devices that are charging.
Best for: This product is available with the secured door, or without a door, for teachers who do not need security.
This video, produced by Kensington, shows the features of this charging station.
This is a nice compact unit for charging up to 12 devices.
12. Line Leader
The Line Leader is a large, mobile charging cart that charges up to 16 devices simultaneously.
This item handles laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, and smartphones. It is very stable and has a low center of gravity, so it will not tip over easily. It has four non-marking caster wheels and an ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use.
- This product offers easy mobility to move from classroom to classroom.
- It has plenty of ventilation to keep devices from overheating while being charged.
- It has a built-in power strip to charge up to 16 devices simultaneously.
- It is designed to be kid safe.
- It has plenty of room for cord management.
- Does not have much room.
- Takes a bit of practice to load and unload.
- Requires a bit of assembly.
Best for: This is the cart needed by teachers who move around between classrooms.
The Pearington mobile charging and storage cart is the largest solution that I reviewed and can handle up to 32 devices at once.
This portable cart has 30 padded bays and an extra shelf that allows two more devices for a total of up to 32 devices, which can charge simultaneously. The charging bays accommodate laptops that are up to 13 inches in screen size. It works with iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and other laptops.
- The charging bay dimensions are 12.7 inches high by 1.5 inches wide.
- The four caster wheels make it easy to roll around, even over rough surfaces, and when fully loaded.
- It has plenty of ventilation openings to prevent overheating while the devices are charging.
- Both the front and rear doors open and can lock with a key.
- It has built-in surge protection.
- Assembly instructions may be missing.
- Sometimes pieces are missing.
- Requires full assembly.
Best for: Teachers who have to charge many devices at the same time and need the security of a locked cabinet that is portable.
Many teachers cannot afford an expensive charging station, so they may need to make one. In this video, produced by Xueming Yu, you can see how to create a charging station on your own as a do-it-yourself project.
Here are some other “must-haves” to consider.
Here are my recommendations for other items that you may need.
1. Multiple Charger
You may want to buy a multiple charger for the charging racks that do not come with one.
- The RAV charger has six, fast-charging, USB ports.
- The King Future charger has ten, fast-charging, USB ports.
It is always nice to have some spare charging cables.
Besides the common USB cables for other devices that you may have, special Lightning cables are used for Apple products such as iPhones and iPads.
- This is a five-pack of short Lightning cables to recharge Apple devices. These are compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
- This is a ten-pack of seven inch Lightning cables for Apple devices.
You may need a protective case that is sturdy and yet not too thick.
3. Protective Case
A protective case keeps an iPad from being as easily damaged, especially if a student drops it.
- The SEYMAC case fits an iPad 8th/7th Generation that is 10.2 inches. It comes with a soft strap and portable shoulder strap. It also has a 360-degrees rotating kickstand to hold it at a nice viewing angle.
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There you have all my reviews and suggestions. I tried to include the best choices that I could find for each category. I hope you found the reviews interesting and helpful. For interstring reading, if you want to explore E-learning vs. Virtual Learning, read my article here.