A Unique Contest for a Unique Crowd

Aleratec’s “My Makeshift Charging Station” Online Photo Contest gives educators a chance to turn their tangled and messy homemade tablet charging stations into a chance to win prizes.

At Aleratec we all understand how resourceful and ingenious educators can be. It wasn’t until we attended ISTE 2014, however, that we discovered exactly how inventive they could get with charging their various tablets, Chromebooks and other devices. As educators and administrators stopped by our booth to look at Aleratec PDM devices designed to charge, sync and safety store tablets for the classroom, many voiced a similar comment: “You should see what I have rigged up in my classroom!”

Off-the-grid solar-powered charging  station.

Off-the-grid solar-powered charging station.

That gave us an idea. Why not run a contest for educators and let them post their crazy contraptions and let others vote on the top three submissions? We recently launched the contest and as submissions begin to arrive, we’re learning something—educators will go to great lengths to make sure their students have the best opportunities for leaning. If that means creating a charging station inside a plastic bin or nailed to a two-by-four, so be it because classroom tablets must be charged, synced and ready to deploy.

Enter the “My Makeshift Charging Station,” a truly unique online photo contest that gives educators a chance to win prizes simply by posting a picture of their homemade station on the contest page. So what would literally take just a few moments of their time, will result in three lucky contestants receiving some very nice prizes:

1st Prize: Charge and Sync Station Mini 10 ($399 value)

2nd Prize: Heavy-duty Aleratec tablet desk mount ($99.99 value)

3rd Prize: Aleratec tablet stand mount with strap holder ($34.99 value)

The “My Makeshift Charging Station” contest will run from now unit October 8, 2014, and when the contest is over, we’ll choose the prize winners based on the top three with the most votes. The ultimate goal of the contest is to bring attention to Aleratec Portable Device Management and how these products can transform charging and syncing tablets in the classroom from atime-consuming hassle to an efficient and ready-to-deploy process. In the meantime, however, we’ll have a great time viewing and interacting with the many resourceful educators out there who take the time and the chance to enter. Good luck! 

It's a copier cart and tablet charging station!

It’s a copier cart and tablet charging station!


For more information and to review contest rules click here.

This blog was written and posted by Perry Solomon, President & CEO of Aleratec, Inc.

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Compatibility Is King

Aleratec’s USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Towers take versatility to a whole new level.

by Perry Solomon

Most of us at one time or another have made that fateful purchase of a product that, as it turned out, was compatible with every type of device with exception of the one you own. Adding useful, new compatibility was a focal point for Aleratec engineers when we designed our new USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA and USB HDD Copy Tower SA family, which is why you’ll see all three units work with USB-connected 2.5” external hard drives and SSD drives. 

Before design and engineering phases began, we surveyed end users for input and asked what features they would like to see on future Aleratec USB flash drive duplicators. Time after time, the ability to work with external hard drives was the number one requested feature. In other words, make a USB duplicator that not only clones USB flash drives but also works with 2.5-inch USB-connected external hard drives and USB-connected external solid state drives as well. And while you’re at it, include sanitization functions. A tall order. Fortunately, Aleratec engineers are adaptable.

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower family are compatible with USB flash drives, USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and solid state drives, and include sanitization functions for 2.5-inch external hard drives. (flash drives, hard drives and cables not included)

USB Flash Drives and More

Three models in the new series include the 1:7 USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA, the 1:23 USB HDD Copy Tower SA and the 1:31 USB HDD Copy Tower SA for fast duplication of 7, 23 or 31 flash drives at a time. Not only do these powerful stand-alone duplicators copy or compare multiple USB flash drives, they are compatible with USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and Read more ›

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Take a Tour of the Aleratec Outlet Store

Great deals await on Certified Factory Refurbished products.

by Perry Solomon

A lot of e-commerce websites have outlet stores for bargain hunters, and Aleratec is no exception. Outlet sections are a great way to make room in the Aleratec factory refurbished hard disk drive duplicatorwarehouse by selling products at reduced prices. Not all outlet stores are created equal, however. Aleratec’s Outlet Store sells Certified Factory Refurbished hard disk drive duplicators, USB duplicators, shedders and other Aleratec products, and it’s popular among customers who appreciate a good bargain. If you haven’t purchased a product on the Outlet store or are not familiar with what factory refurbished products really means, here’s a quick summary that may entice you.

How Does A Product End Up in the Outlet Store?

Aleratec’s Outlet store contains products that have been returned under our return and refund policy. There are a number of scenarios that can result in returned merchandise. Authorized resellers may be overstocked and need to clear room for other merchandise or will return products due to cosmetic damage such as scratches or dents that occur during shipping. Sometimes a customer will order the wrong product for their needs and simply send it back. In a great majority of cases, the returned product arrives back to us in full-functioning condition. The Outlet store also contains brand new products that work flawlessly, but did not pass our stringent quality standards, whether it’s a scratch on the product’s case or Read more ›

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How Do Non-Scratch SATA (NSS) Connectors Protect Hard Disk Drives?


The 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser Duplicator is one of many hard disk drive duplicators from Aleratec that uses Non-scratch SATA connectors.

by Perry Solomon

There are many factors, both external and internal, that can cause a hard disk drive to fail. The most notorious, of course, is a head crash, but there are other hidden threats to the hard-working hard drive. After all, hard disk drives are mechanical devices with many moving parts, and like any mechanical device, some parts can become damaged and eventually stop working.

An Ounce of Prevention

Aleratec makes some of the world’s best hard disk drive duplicators, and we’ve learned a thing or two on how to protect hard disk drives during the duplication process. One very important preventive measure is the Non-Scratch SATA (NSS) connectors included on our most popular HDD Duplicators. To the laymen, a SATA connector may seem insignificant; however, a scratched hard disk drive connector will send chills down the spine of an IT professional who knows what can happen when Read more ›

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