Getting a classroom’s worth of notebooks or tablets from A to B is no trivial matter, but lockncharge’s iC 30 cart can make it one of the easiest parts of the school day. Sturdy, well-made and secure, the cart can put fully-charged computers into any classroom.
At 36.6- by 29.0- by 26.4-inches and weighing a hefty 158-pounds, the iC 30 is built like a tank and has a rugged white enamel finish. In fact, it’s so well made that it should outlast several generations of the computers that it will house.
Happily, the cart’s top slides sideways to create a 24- by 25.5-inch worktop that works well for handing out systems or for holding a large monitor. The cart’s inside has a large central storage area.
The bottom of the cart has a false floor made of four sheet metal panels. They can not only be set at three different heights, but if you pull them out, you’ll see a series of hidden power strips to charge the systems.
There are 30 110-volt grounded outlets that are protected against power surges and the iC 30 has a single AC power cord that can deliver up to 15 amps of charging current. You can wrap any excess electrical cabling around a cleat in the back. As sophisticated as the iC 30 is, the cart lacks USB power ports for charging tablets and some Chromebooks. In about 30-seconds, I retrofitted the iC 30 with a couple of 4-port USB power supplies, which made charging Androids and iPads much easier.
It comes with a small remote control that lets you pick from several power modes. They can also be accessed from a panel on the back of the cart, but you’ll need to get on your knees to get to the switches and read the LEDs.
Inside, there are side cable guides that can keep the cables from getting tangled. The cart comes with 30 Velcro ties for wrapping up the excess cables. Still, plugging in and unplugging 30 systems – particularly if they’re a mix of pads and PCs – can be a tedious process that’s made easier with the inclusion of sets of small circular numbered labels for the systems and their power cables.
Instead of dividers or shelves to hold the gear, the iC 30 has six unique plastic baskets. Each is meant to hold five iPads, MacBooks, Android tablets or notebooks. The baskets have a sturdy handle, so kids can carry a table’s worth of computers. You can get replacements for $80 each.
The baskets are big enough to accommodate Chromebooks, tablets and notebooks up to those with roughly 13-inch screens, but it can work with some 14-inch systems, like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Oddly, many smaller tablets won’t fit if they have padded cases or keyboard covers. The large iPad Pro barely fits, but you can easily fit 20 to 30 calculators into the carrier.
Solid and sturdy, the iC 30 has a padlock hasp for locking it shut and comes with a programmable lock. With smooth rolling casters, even the smallest teacher can push the cart from room to room and then lock in place. At the end of the day, the whole thing can be chained to one location, but you’ll need the optional $35 anchor kit. It comes with a lifetime guarantee on the mechanical elements but the electronics are only covered for two years.
It’s a workhorse in the classroom with the ability to store, charge and dole out computers 30 at a time. If that’s too much, the company sells similar carts and cabinets that use the baskets can hold 10 or 20 items.
Although the cart works with all kinds of computers, large and small, you can only buy it from Apple for about $1,800. Still, the iC 30 cart can turn any room into a computer lab.
+ Holds and charges 30 systems
+ Unique baskets
+ Single power cord
+ Hidden power strips
+ Slide out top
- No USB power