Bulk iPad storage ideas

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by teachher, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2011
    Hi all -
    This is my first post, but I'm a longtime lurker. Thanks in advance to all who can help me.

    I'm a high school teacher and I recently receieved a $20,000 grant to do an iPad pilot at my school. Part of the pilot will be creating a mobile lab with 15 iPads that teachers can check out and take to their classroom to use for lessons. The problem is that the $20k is less than I requested and I hate to drop a chunk of it on the Bretford iPad cart. I mean, it's pretty cool, but it's $1600!


    I want to create some sort of DIY solution to store 15 iPads in a secure way. It doesn't need to have charging/syncing built in - I don't mind mounting a couple powered USB ports on whatever I find.

    I had a couple of ideas:
    1. I could get two of these:
    and attach them to a cart.


    I could get something like this:

    and just have one drawer for each iPad.

    Of course, neither would be as secure as the Bretford cart, but they'd be significantly less expensive. When they aren't being used I can always lock them in a closet.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Any ideas of how to store/transport 15 iPads?

  2. ctyhntr, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    My DYI suggestion. Check out this steel rifle locker from walmart for $99. Walmart only charges 97 cents to ship it. Have the school handyman install wheels, or attach it to a dolly platform so it doesn't tip over when you push it around.

    For storing the iPads, get a couple of 8 1/2 x 11 plastic folder stacking trays. They're like $3 from staples.

    If you want to turn into a mobile charging station, mount a couple of power strips inside, and run a 25 foot extension cord through out of the locker. You can keep iPads charge over night, and have it under lock and key. Add a wireless router, and turn the gun locker into a portable wifi access point. You'll never have to worry about signal strength.


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