If your family acquired a few more gadgets over the holidays, you can be sure you’re not alone. Spending on tech products was expected to reach $33.76 billion during the 2014 holiday season, according to the 21st Annual Holiday Forecast from the Consumer Electronics Association.
With so many new personal electronics making their way into households, families face the organizational challenge of keeping those items charged and stored in a safe location when they’re not in use. Kids have a tendency to leave their devices where ever they used them last (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked my daughter’s iPod up off the floor) so designating a central spot where everyone stores and charges their gadgets can keep them protected from scratches, accidental bumps off a tabletop or, if you’re at my house, from being stepped on! However, it can also result in a jumble of cords to manage from multiple chargers.
At In Its Place Kids, we offer a number of central charging stations for mobile devices that can help to keep them organized and protected when not in use. A few of these units are shown below. (You can visit our Media Storage department to view our entire collection of organizational products for a variety of electronics, including video games.)
i-View Charging Station – Deluxe Wall Mount Unit
Provides one dock for all family members, regardless of device brand or model.
Universal Multi-Device Charging Station
Six customizable USB ports power smartphones, tablets, and electronic gadgets.
Anker 5-Port Wall Charger
Five ports designed to charge various devices at full speed.
Having a sturdy, well-built case is another critical part of keeping your personal electronics protected, especially if they belong to or are often used by kids. Shop In Its Place Kids for smartphone, iPod and tablet cases that can stand up to the wear and tear that young ones often dish out. We offer affordable cases for the latest releases of popular devices as well as older models. Below are just a few of the protective cases (various colors and styles available) in our collection of Tech Cases & Accessories:
iPad Protective Armor Case / iPhone 4/4S – Armor Case w/ Screen Protector / iPod touch (4th Generation) – Armor Case / iPod touch (5th Generation) – Designer Case w/ Screen Protector & Stylus / Samsung Galaxy S4 – Slim Fit Armor Bumper Case / Kindle Fire HD 7 – ArmorBox Kido Series Cover Case
One additional element to consider when it comes to ownership of new gadgets and gizmos is what to do in the event they are lost or stolen (and let’s face it, that doesn’t just happen to the kids!) One line of defense against loss is identifying your family’s devices with labels that allow honest people to return missing items to their rightful owners.
Oliver’s Labels! How kids’ stuff finds its way home!™ is an on-line retailer specializing in personalized labels and bag tags for kids’ items. In addition to providing fun, colorful products in a wide variety of designs, Oliver’s Labels has developed a unique Found-it™ Tracking System that can be included for free on most of their labels and tags. Via this tracking code, Oliver’s Labels acts as an intermediary between you and the finder of your child’s lost object. Here’s a sample of what a label with the Found-it™ code looks like: We are pleased to include a variety of products from Oliver’s Labels in our Label It department. You can shop our collection of their products here: Oliver’s Labels from In Its Place Kids.
We also feature in our Label It department two other great options for identifying valuable items like electronics. When you purchase The Tagster Combo Pack from Label Your Stuff, a unique ID and QR Code is assigned to key ring tags and stickers that you then register for free with Tagster. When someone finds your lost item, they can call a toll-free number, enter the ID code online or scan the QR code. Within seconds you receive a notification.
Tagster Combo Pack
We also like RuMe® Profile ID Decals from Lillian Vernon. They too feature a unique QR code and log-on URL, which allow the finder of your lost item to be in contact with you within seconds through a secure 3rd-party network. To increase the odds that someone will return your lost item, the RuMe® system offers a reward to finders.
RuMe® Profile ID Decals
You can also try to locate most missing smartphones today via built-in or third-party app “find-my-phone” features (according to a post from USAToday.com by tech writer Rob Pegoraro.) Apple’s Find My iPhone is a free app that lets you locate on a map not just your phone but also an iPad, iPod touch or Mac. In addition to suggestions for locating lost Apple products, Rob also provides information on locating lost Microsoft Windows and Android phones. You can read his full post here: How to find a lost or stolen iPhone.