So you've found the perfect solution for staying juiced up during your month-long African safari, but how are you possibly going to keep all 16 iPads powered until just before it's time to go? Why the Datamation Systems PowerPad 16 ES-IP-PP16 USB Charging Hub, of course! Sure, there's no practical household application for the PP16, even in the most gadget-obsessed of families, but it'd be more than welcome in an enterprise environment or even an airport (especially an airport). The PowerPad's maker claims that it was "designed for charging Apple devices," though there's no reason you wouldn't be able to put 16 2.1-amp USB ports to use with other battery-powered devices. And we do need to address the elephant in the room -- that rather beastly fan-sporting housing -- but as Datamation points out, the thing can always live under a counter and out of view. Hit up the source link for a closer look.
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New USB Charger Powers 16 iPads at a Time

A convenient USB charging unit provides full power to 16 iPads, iPhones or iPods in a compact device from Datamation Systems

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charging large numbers of iPads, iPhones and iPods is a challenge for many schools, businesses and other organizations. A new 16-port professional USB charging station now makes this possible.

Compact, light and easy to use, the Power Pad 16 (DS-IP-PP16) provides the optimum power required for charging iPads and other iDevices. It can be used to replace bulky power strips and the AC adapter bricks of the standard chargers.

Created by Datamation Systems, the leading provider of security carts and cabinets, with the expertise of Cambrionix state-of-the-art USB technology, this is the latest addition to an extensive suite of charge, sync, security and storage products for iPads and other devices.

"The PowerPad 16 can be placed in a cabinet, cart or carrying case. It can also be mounted on a table, wall or under a counter," said Joe Mazza, Datamation Systems' Vice President. "It is perfect for tech centers, trade shows, travelling labs and training centers."

The Power Pad 16 has been used in retail environments where charging large numbers of iPads and other Apple devices has to be reliable and fast in the least possible space. Service depots report it is a perfect tool to eliminate the jumble of wires and chargers.

Designed for charging Apple devices, this will also charge many other USB-powered devices, virtually any that would charge using a standard Apple USB-connected AC adapter. It is not a "universal" USB charger but Datamation Systems is creating other versions that will accommodate most USB devices.

Datamation Systems carts, cabinets and transport cases are used in thousands of schools, libraries, hospitals and offices.

These new iPad, iPod and iPhone charging systems and other products are available from major computer sellers or directly from Datamation Systems. Additional information can be found at Datamation's iPad and Tablet webpage.

Established in 1963, Datamation Systems is the nation's leading provider of security carts, cabinets and anti-theft devices that protect notebook and desktop computers, printers, projectors and AV equipment. They also provide multi-bay battery chargers to help manage battery use in classrooms and other settings. Visit Datamation Systems' web sites at http://www.ipadcarts.com or http://www.pc-security.com.