PIONEER previews….

Nikki, Auburn ME

Check out these Stand-up pioneers! Nikki from Auburn, ME, and Rachel from Vienna, VA, are two of the growing list of health-minded seekers around the country who are participating in our Stand-Up Pioneers Facebook Photo Contest! Notice those smiles?

Whether it’s because they are standing at work, or because they are entered to when a WorkFit sit-stand workstation for playing, you decide.

Rachel, Vienna VATake a minute to visit the site and see all these like-minded individuals. Like your favorites. And consider building one of your own.

There’s still time to enter!

 

 

2.1, 2.4, Lightning, 4, Air, Mini…what does it all mean?

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It means that a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not necessarily a square.

First, let me point out we are talking about charging speeds, and in particular, charging Apple products. The question comes up often when reviewing charging systems for a fleet of iPads, “What is the best charging speed for my solution?”

Here are the charging speeds of the various iPad generations at the two amperage rates that today’s iPad charging carts and wall stations support:

iPad Model (connection type) 2.1A 2.4A
iPad 4 (Lightning) 7.0 hrs 5.0 hrs
iPad Air (Lightning) 6.0 hrs 4.0 hrs
iPad Mini (Lightning) 5.5 hrs 3.25 hrs.

If you want to take full advantage of the 2.4A charging speeds of iPad 4, iPad Air or iPad Mini, then go with a charging cart or wall mount that is MFi (Made for iPad) and able to charge at that full rate.

DM10-1001-rem-ipad_smIf the nominal difference in charge times is not as pressing as budget limitations, or if you are using a mixture of older and newer Apple devices, then consider a charging cart or wall station that charges at the 2.1A rate.  The charging time difference could be a moot point based on your usage model and charging patterns.  For instance, are the iPads going to charge overnight anyway?

Ergotron offers both 2.4A and 2.1A iPad charging systems:

  • Ergotron’s MFi (Made for iPad) 2.4A charging carts and wall stations come pre-cabled for Lightning devices, but are also backwards compatible to swap in 30-pin cables for charging older-generation iPads. Lightning-cabled devices will charge at the full 2.4A rate, while iPads connected via a 30-pin cable will still charge at their 2.1A rate.
  • Ergotron also has 2.1A versions of its charging carts and wall stations as well. Whether using 30-pin or Lightning cables, and whether using iPad 2, iPad Air or iPad Mini, all Apple devices connected will charge at the 2.1A rate. This is an economical way to go for mix-and-match iPad generations, and if the devices will be charging all night any way.

One final note, it is also very important to make sure that the charging cart or wall station that you choose is fully safety-certified.  If not, your devices, students and staff are at risk. For more information about this, we’ve put together a brief white paper for you to share with your IT group or other stakeholders in the decision process.

Bob Hill, Global Education Manager @ Ergotron

Bob Hill

Are you a Stand-Up Pioneer? You could be.

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Pioneers should be awarded. Enter Ergotron’s Facebook Photo Contest and you could be replacing your DIY workstation with a WorKFit system.

We support your enthusiasm to stand. We’ve been working with researchers to better understand why standing more throughout the day feels so good. We applaud like-minded individuals who are braving censure and ridicule, stacking monitors and laptops on milk crates, phone books, encyclopedias, scrap wood…in a creative bid for better health.

Now it is time to set aside the slivers. Take a pic of your DIY desk. Upload it to our contest page. Garner votes. Maybe you might be the lucky one to win the ergonomic set up to make all your previous critics squirm.

And even if you are behind in the game? Now is a great time to start.