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Powered Mounting Docks for Rugged Tablets

There are many reasons to mount a rugged tablet to a forklift, truck, or other vehicle. If you decide to mount a tablet, you are faced with many questions, but there is one you have to ask: How are you going to supply power to your tablet?

Rugged tablets have batteries, and many have the potential to last through an entire work shift. But when running numerous applications, and with work days often running longer than eight hours, sometimes batteries can’t keep up. There’s nothing worse than trying to get work done and running into issues because the battery in your rugged tablet died. This is when having a powered dock helps.

Not all powered docks are complicated and expensive. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a charger that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter in your car or truck. In other situations, you may need something more specialized. Many available powered mounting docks offer additional or reinforced ports that increase the functionality or ruggedness of your tablet. Those particular  mounts need to be hardwired to the battery of the vehicle to draw enough power to operate the tablet. In these cases, you need to  make sure you have the proper equipment. Power converters and proper clamps and brackets will ensure your tablet remains safe and functional.

If you are mounting your tablet to a forklift, it’s vital to know what kind of forklift you are operating. There are powered docks that can be hardwired directly to the forklift battery, but you need to know how much power the forklift battery is pushing out. Too little and the tablet won’t charge, too much could damage your tablet. You may need to purchase a power converter to avoid too much power being transferred to the tablet. There are several types of forklifts, each with different battery voltage ranges. It’s important to know the forklift specifications to ensure you use the proper equipment to keep your tablet safe.

A rugged tablet is designed to be mobile. Depending on the design of the powered dock you choose, you may sacrifice that mobility. There are many docks available that allow you to mount your tablet, keep it secure, and won’t limit the mobility of your tablet. With a quick snap of a switch or flip of a lever, you can take the tablet with you. MobileDemand’s powered forklift/vehicle mount for the xTablet T1680 is one such example.

T1600 Powered forklift-Vehicle dock

A powered dock for mounting can ensure your tablet will work as long as you do. With a little research and the proper equipment, you can easily find the right dock for your needs.

Not sure which powered mounting dock you need? Contact a MobileDemand Rugged Tablet Expert, Sales@MobileDemand.com or 319.363.4121, and we can help you find the right tool for the job.

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