Posted on 19, September, 2018
Last Modified on 25, August, 2023
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Everybody has a smartphone.
It's easy to see why — they're essential tools for the modern world. But between GPS navigation, social media, games, and work-related apps, users are finding their batteries drained well before they get home to charge up. The average brand new, out-of-the-box smartphone has around a 10 hour battery life, which will only lose capacity over time. Especially if you're due for a phone upgrade, you're probably all too familiar with the stress of being out and about with a dead battery and no way to catch a ride or navigate home.
Luckily, businesses and institutions are starting to realize how important it is to keep visitors' devices charged. Phone charging stations are becoming more and more commonplace, just as smartphones and tablets have. Savvy business owners know that these convenient fixtures create a welcoming environment, reduce customer anxiety, and can even assist their own digital campaigns.
Visitors who encounter one for the first time might wonder: Are charging stations free?
Yes, they are most often free to use! Many public places and businesses offer mobile phone charging stations as a free service to their customers and guests. Most USB kiosks have an open design for freely placing and retrieving devices. The idea is that visitor would want to stay near their device while it's charging, and for business owners, that could mean more paying customers. Perhaps a cafe offers courtesy charging, which might entice visitors to grab a coffee or a bite to eat while they wait. Or the service center at a car dealership may choose to offer free charging to enhance customer experience while waiting for regularly scheduled maintenance.
Another cause for concern among guests: Are public phone charging stations safe?
The answer is yes, as long as you take the proper precautions and use fixtures that are designed to keep user data safe. There is no shortage of news articles and guidance out there that give the overly-broad advice, "don't use public phone charging stations." They often cite the possibility of "juice-jacking," or theft of private data through the use of charge cables, as a potential danger. There's something to that, as both power and data travel through the same port and use an all-in-one cable to do it. However, so long as you're using data blocking cables, which only allow for power to be transmitted, not data, then there is little cause for concern.
Value to Businesses
Trade Show Booths
After walking around a convention center for several hours and making connections, people often need to charge their smartphones. A courtesy charging kiosk will entice visitors to enter your trade show booth or sponsor’s lounge. Not only is this a great way to get people to check out your business, but it can also be a space to feature promotional messaging. Our custom printed charging stations are digitally printed in full color to feature any company's logo and branding. Models with an LCD screen are even more effective for engaging users with your content. Refilling trade show attendees' batteries while educating them about your business is ideal for building a positive and memorable experience for your brand.
Waiting rooms are also great for featuring phone re-charging kiosks. Whether it's a bank, hospital, or a mechanic's garage, these fixtures are always a welcome sight. While visitors wait in the queue, they can recharge their smartphones at their leisure. This is also an ideal place to feature promotional literature about special services. Use a smartphone charging stand with brochure or catalog pockets to make the most use of your space.
Phone recharging docks in cafés do more than make customers feel welcome, they encourage them to stay a little longer and perhaps spend a little more! Placing a recharge station by the bar or table gives patrons another reason to take a seat. Patrons will be more patient and willing to sit down, enjoy beverages and appetizers, and put their device aside. While they wait, they're more likely to make another purchase.
Value to Public Spaces
Airports are among the many high stress areas that are perfect for cellphone recharging kiosks. People often compete for access to the few available power outlets, adding to the normal anxiety of travel. With mobile device charge stands, there's enough space for everyone. Travelers with fully charged batteries are more likely to enjoy their experience at the airport.
Students of all ages have smartphones these days, and while they have advantages and disadvantages, they'll always have a draining battery. Device kiosks are excellent for classrooms that allow tablet use as a learning tool. When phones or devices are not allowed, charging stands are the perfect solution for temporarily banning them from use. Teachers can store students' phones during a test or when they become too distracting for learners. No matter what reason the smartphone is taken away, it will always come back with a full battery!
Phone charging kiosks are great for libraries too. Visitors aren't using their device while reading and checking out books, so these convenient fixtures are ideal for accommodating them. In university libraries, charging stands help students working long hours on research reports. These fixtures can also benefit the group by removing distracting elements from your study group.
Want a totally secure area for powering devices? Our charging lockers store electronic devices in locking metal compartments. Device re-charging cabinets and carts are perfect for schools and offices that supply laptops and tablets. Students and employees can take the devices at the beginning of the session and return them to power up for the next group to use. We provide a line of individual compartment lockers that are ideal for personal devices in public places. This style has a secure space for each phone or tablet with both a combination lock and a keyhole.
Wireless Charging Tables
New iPhones and Samsung phones are compatible with cordless recharging technology. Our wireless charging tables include built-in pads that power devices without getting in the way. This line of trendy tabletops is a great choice for cafés and coffeehouses where customers would typically start to pour out when their phones lose a charge! The natural convenience and unobtrusive design will keep the crowds coming to restaurants for more.