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charger for multiple iPod Touch

by catrlona / July 24, 2009 8:52 AM PDT

IT technician/Instructional designer has need to charge/format 5 - 30 iPod Touch systems at one time. Does anyone know of such a device.


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Other than
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 29, 2009 9:00 AM PDT

the bases they came with, a number of USB hubs and a computer, which would charge them all at once but would not format them all at the same time.

How often would you be formatting them?

I assume you do not mean changing the content of the iPods.


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re: Charging multiple iPod touchs
by catrlona / July 29, 2009 10:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Other than

Usng a hub(s) is an interesting idea. I had heard that charging them through anything except directly connected to a PC/MAC would not work - is that not true?

Would only be reformatting when a student failed and turned the device back in.

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Recharging iPods/iPhones
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 30, 2009 12:34 AM PDT

As long as the USB bus has enough power on it, and it will have if all the USB hubs are powered by external power adapter, then you can charge these devices without a problem.
They do not need to be directly connected to a computer, just to a USB bus with sufficient power.

On the subject of reformatting:
Turning off Automatic syncing on connection would ensure that the iPods would only charge when you connect them and not sync.
Instead of reformatting them, consider having a "playlist" for them, assuming that all will have the same information on them) and when a device is turned back in you simply run the Sync operation which would be pointed at this playlist. The sync process would remove everything that is on the iPod that is NOT in the playlist.
(Sometimes the source of much frustration when the device is given as a present AND it has been preloaded with music by the giver on the givers computer. At first connection to another computer, the auto sync function will sync with new iTunes library and remove all the preloaded tracks! Sad)

Hope that helps


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iPod Toch
by catrlona / July 30, 2009 3:44 AM PDT

Well aware of the sync issues - as a tech I had way too many frustrating times explaning to students (after they had been told how to prevent this issue) that their data could not be retrieved after it had synced to a secondary computer. Sigh!!!

However, I really like the idea of a "playlist" very cool idea and so very, very simple. THANKS!

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Glad to help
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 30, 2009 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: iPod Toch

Let us know how you get on with your project


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Multiple USB port charger by Belkin?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2009 6:19 AM PDT
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USB Hubs
by bluesky_on / August 3, 2009 6:27 PM PDT

A Multi-port usb hubs would work with the situation you said.

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re: charger for multiple iPods
by catrlona / August 4, 2009 2:01 PM PDT
In reply to: USB Hubs

The use of a hub is an idea, it's just that in the environment I will be in a hub is not allowed.

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Is this a new wrinkle?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 4, 2009 9:56 PM PDT

You did not mention that limitation before


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re: charger for multiple iPods
by catrlona / August 6, 2009 11:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Is this a new wrinkle?

Not a new wrinkle, just one I was hoping I could bypass, but it does not look like it!

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by jjprofits5 / August 6, 2009 11:12 AM PDT

That's difficult. But maybe i think soon someone can invent that kind of device. Soon..

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It already has been
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2009 10:56 PM PDT
In reply to: patience..

Read all the thread


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by LucJs / August 12, 2009 5:58 AM PDT
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Now that's more like it, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 12, 2009 11:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Parasync?

without an external power supply, not mentioned, I doubt that any USB bus has the ooomph to charge 20 iPods at once.

Might suit the original poster though.


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