Oncore Develops 6-Bay Battery Charger Designed for Classroom Apple(R) Notebooks
A leading supplier of replacement power products for the education market, Oncore Power Systems today announced it has developed a 6-Bay Charger specifically for Apple MacBook and iBook computers that recharges up to six batteries. Oncore is also introducing a power upgrade kit that includes the 6-Bay Charger and six replacement batteries, specifically intended to give new life to older classroom computers.
The new 6-Bay Charger is designed to serve a need within the education market where laptop usage in the K-12 classrooms has grown steadily over the past 15 years. Students first began using Apple computers in the classroom back in 1983 when Apple offered every classroom in California a free computer. Today classrooms across the U.S. use laptops and teachers have incorporated the technology into their lesson plans.
In classrooms, students work at their desks with laptops, many of which are older models still using original batteries. With new batteries offering a maximum of 3 hours of run time, power continuity is critical for classrooms to maintain a smooth transition from one student or class to the next. An Oncore 6-Bay Charger and a pack of six replacement batteries can keep an entire class powered up continuously and cost effectively.
The Oncore 6-Bay Charger immediately reviews the state of health of the battery and safely charges each one with an automatic charge cycle. The 11″ x 7″ charger holds six MacBook or iBook batteries and can recharge six empty MacBook batteries in less than 8 hours. The Oncore 6-Bay Charger was designed as a companion to Apple laptop computers, with a sleek, white design and low profile.
“Budget cuts are keeping schools from upgrading equipment, and many classrooms are using older notebooks. Students at our local schools have complained of batteries that last only 10-15 minutes before needing to be changed. This is a distraction for the students and the teachers. What schools need is a low cost power upgrade solution tailored for their specific needs. The right charger, combined with six new high capacity Oncore batteries, can maximize students’ run time and improve a school’s performance on older notebooks at a fraction of the cost of buying a new machine today,” said Mark Rapparport, president of Oncore Power Systems and the design leader behind the new charger.
The new Oncore 6-Bay Charger sells for $395 in single unit quantities and is currently available through PC Mall Gov (www.pcmallgov.com), 800-MALLGOV and other preferred resellers. The Charger is also available in a value power upgrade kit with 6 high capacity Oncore batteries.
About Oncore Power
Oncore Power, founded in 2002, provides high performance replacement power products for laptops and electronic devices to a variety of market segments including education. Oncore also offers a complete line of copper and fiber optic networking cables. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Oncore Power products are available through resellers such as PC Mall, PC Mall Gov, Mac Mall, PC Connection, Gov Connection, SHI, Insight, Buy.com and others that purchase via distributor Ingram Micro. For more information, please visit www.oncorepower.com.
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