The Bretford NETBOOK36-CT 36-Unit Netbook Storage Cart (CT) features a small 32 x 26" (812.8 x 660.4mm) footprint but with wide 2.25" (57.15) computer slots to accommodate both the netbooks and the extended battery packs.
The cart includes a sophisticated Power Management System or Brain that decreases heat and electrical stress while proportionally distributing power to the netbooks. With the brain, no manual switching or timer is required. It regularly redistributes power to ensure consistent charging and to keep the netbooks cool, thereby allowing them to charge faster. The brain also senses when the laptop batteries are almost charged, then automatically decreases power, which helps save battery life and energy.
The Power Management System or Brain mounts above the top shelf and uses a microchip to distribute power and decrease netbook battery heat and electrical stress. As batteries near full charge, the electrical current is reduced to keep batteries within their thermal limit and extend useful life. A push button cycles between three power modes and LED lights indicate what functions are being performed.
The Round Robin mode monitors the power drawn on each 10-outlet electrical bank and provides power to the bank with the most discharged computers. The power needs are regularly evaluated, sending power to the most discharged batteries, allowing all computers to be charged at once from a single power circuit. The Turbo mode dedicates power to one power bank, charging 14 computers rapidly. The Auxiliary mode shuts power off to the laptop power banks and diverts it to auxiliary outlets on the power management system for a printer or scanner.
It requires only a single power cord to the wall outlet, which minimizes circuit tripping and reduces electricity consumption. At the same time, the auxiliary power outlets on the top shelf allow it to double as a presentation cart in the classroom, with room for a video projector or a printer since the brain can dedicate power to those accessories when they are needed. The 1 A electrical outlet is located inside the cable closet to provide power to a wireless router. The system is controlled by an on / off switch and features a 12' (3.65 m) power cord. The outlet is always powered regardless of the power mode selection.
Located in the back of the cart, the cable management area provides storage and identification for each computer and cord with the ability to store more than 430’ (131.06 m) of cable without clutter. Each vertical slot has a permanent laser-cut ID number for coding the computers, the slots and the cable sets, making it easier to manage and identify their location. The cart also has divider brackets to keep the power connector cables in the proper position, while holes in the divider panel allow the cables to pass through and connect easily to the computers for charging.
The rear cable closet provides organization for computer power transformers and is divided into three 12-outlet power banks, Bank A, Bank B, and Bank C. A labeling system is included to coordinate computers in the front with power in the back.
This cart has been tested by Underwriter Laboratories and certified to comply with UL 60950 Standards for safety of Informational Technology. It is certified for the United States and Canadian markets.
Intended for use with small netbook computers with 10" (254mm) screen
Note:check your computer case size against the computer compartment size.
- Welded and ships fully assembled from the factory for maximum strength and durability. Simply uncrate it and put the cart to use to store and charge up to 36 netbook computers. Shelf dividers may be removed to allow storage for larger equipment.
- Includes three 12-outlet electrical units with overload protection and on / off switch for charging netbooks and powering other equipment. The electrical units are powered through the Power Management System or Brain, which regulates the power and allows all 36 computers to charge from a single outlet without the use of a timer.
- The power management system operates in three power modes, Round Robin mode for charging all netbooks through power cycling, Turbo mode that dedicates power to a single computer bank and charges 12 netbooks quickly, or Auxiliary mode, which shuts power off from the laptop electrical banks and provides power on top for printers or scanners.
- When charging computers the system constantly monitors the battery needs and reduces power as they become fully charged to keep them within thermal limits and extend battery life. In Round Robin mode, battery charge is monitored and power sent to the bank is discharged and the power cycles through both banks and all laptops are charged together.
- The left side panel includes a cord winder to keep the power cord neat and out of the way when not in use and side panels and doors are perforated to dissipate heat generated when charging and help keep equipment cool.
- A grommet hole on the upper right panel allows a wireless router to rest on the top shelf and plug into the dedicated 1 A outlet on the underside of the top shelf for a mobile wireless lab. The wireless outlet is always hot as long as the cart is powered regardless of the operating mode.
- Easy rolling 5" (127mm) casters all swivel for maneuvering through tight spaces. Two may be fixed to provide added control when moving down a hall. The top shelf handles provide added control.
- Power module keeps the constant flow of power from a single wall outlet charging batteries where needed.
- LED lights on the power module keep you informed at a glance of what's going on in the cart.
- Laser-cut identification numbers on both front slots and back shelves help to keep computers and their cable sets in their place and immediate recognition if one goes missing.
- Cord winder on the side panel provides easy access up high, so that the cord does not get crimped under the wheel.
- Cable clutter closet keeps the cable sets and adapter bricks organized, everything in its place, with easy access.
- 3-point security on both front and back doors with programmable combination padlocks, plus recessed doors make it difficult to pry them open.
- Constructed using an average 30% post-consumer recycled steel content and finished in environmentally friendly powder paint. The steel components are 100% recyclable at the end of the product life cycle. They are certified to GREENGUARD Children and Schools Indoor Air Quality standards.
- Made in USA, Chicago area manufacturing facility using union labor.