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It’s Time to Let Go of iPad Charging Cables in Schools

Time to let them go...

You’re a middle school teacher about to get students started on their work for the day but then you hear it, the dreaded, “My iPad is dead, I left my charger at home!” Or even worse, the student brings in a broken iPad device. What happened? You may never really know.

It’s been more than 10 years since the iPad first came on the scene and while iPad technology continues to be revolutionary, we’re still dealing with the hassles of charging cables and broken devices.

Broken, lost, or tangled messes of cables are a pain when it comes to managing your iPad fleet. Replacing cables is costly, impacts your budget, and wastes your time. The true cost of charging an iPad is beyond just replacing cables each year.

All those broken cables end up in the trash and ultimately the landfill. It’s even worse if the device breaks and can’t be repaired. With environmental and financial ramifications at play, what is the true cost of iPad charging, you may ask? Let’s dive in.

  1. Time & Money 
  1. Space 
  1. Electronic Waste 

Time & Money 

We already know there aren’t enough hours in the day for everything we need to do. When you add in the inconvenience of searching for, replacing, or untangling cables, the payroll hours for your IT department add up. The effort they go through to replace cables- ordering, exchanging, shipping, and storing the old and new cables is a burden. Eliminating the need for managing charging cables allows IT departments to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time on other critical IT activities. Removing cables from the workflow allows students to learn, teachers to teach and workers to work without the hassle of cables and replacement costs.


Bulky, steel charge-carts and cabinets need to be a thing of the past. In classrooms and offices, where space is already a highly valued commodity, you need a charging system that is going to be sleek, simple, and has a small footprint. With iPad devices being more mobile than ever, going home with students every night and constantly on the go in the workplace, charge-carts used for securing devices nightly, are again, obsolete, especially when you add in features like Apples Find My app to help track down lost or stolen iPad devices.

The matter of fact is that schools and businesses need a new solution. Brenthaven+’s new Power5 charging station takes up less than a square foot of space and easily allows users to drop in their devices for charging.

Electronic Waste 

According to the EPA, nearly 80% of electronic waste or eWaste ends up in a landfill. Think of the sheer volume of charging cables that have ended up in landfills so many years of the same workflow required to charge an iPad. Multiple that by hundreds of millions of iPad devices in schools and businesses and the problem is significant. Establishing recycling programs, whether through Apple or a local e-recycling company, are vital. Brenthaven is committed to sustainable practices and with Brenthaven+’s new system, our goal has been to cut down on the number of charging cables headed to the landfill each year by going cable-free. 

The Solution 

The struggles of cables are officially the past. Brenthaven+ is the solution. Our system is threefold, starting with our durable, protective cases connected to our patented cable-free adapter. They then work together charging iPad devices in our 100-watt, 5-bay, USB-C PD charging station called Power5. We believe that our cable-free ecosystem can help save time, space, and can help keep broken cables out of landfills.

Our system is a win for schools and businesses alike thanks to our rugged case design, with drop protection and TechShell certification and our easy-to-use, space-saving Power5 charging system.  

Brenthaven iPad cases can help protect your devices while Brenthaven+, along with its Cable-Free Adaptor and Power5 Charging Station, can help you get rid of cables for good. Take your iPad fleet into the an easier, more manageable future.

We hope you find this interesting and useful. If you would like to know more about these topics, discuss our product collections or receive pricing please reach out to us. Here is a link to contact us and we look forward to speaking with you.

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