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Top 5 Apps That Drain Your Cell Phone Battery

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized
Snapchat

Snapchat

You forgot to charge your phone overnight. You’ve been out all day without a charger. You’ve been playing on your apps for too long. There are many reasons why your phone battery dies quickly, and there are many ways to save your battery so you can stay connected and stress-free throughout the day. Whether you’re in an emergency or simply hate seeing “the red”, we rounded up the top 5 apps that are killing your phone battery. Study up and proceed with caution.

1. Snapchat
We all know how much fun Snapchat is — it quickly becomes part of our daily routine. However, this fun app is the number one killer of cell phone batteries. Major memory usage is drained as well with Snapchat. Be careful: Just because the photo is erased from the app after 24 hours doesn’t mean the app isn’t consuming most of your internal storage. The constant check ins, streaming, messaging, photo and video creation, and networking drains batteries very quickly.

2. Google Maps
It is one of the most useful apps and can truly save your day, but in doing so, it can also make your day take a turn for the worse by killing your battery. Google Maps follows you around wherever you go (for better or worse) which uses a lot of battery. Even when you’re traveling and your phone is on airplane mode, that little blue Google Maps dot still follows you. Most of the time it’s super helpful to find your way, but once your battery is dead, you’re officially lost.

3. Netflix
Netflix is one of those apps we can’t live without. Whether you’re commuting, lounging around, waiting for an appointment, or just bored at wor, Netflix fills the void of wasted time. However, we recommend that if you’re not near a cell phone charging station, you should stay away from Netflix until you’re safely near a power source. This app is one of the most dangerous for consuming battery (and data!) since it is constantly streaming.

4. Facebook / Messenger
Facebook and its subsidiary app Facebook Messenger can drain your battery very quickly. We all like to check in on Facebook, and with Messenger, you can quickly send messages to your friends and check out their day (Messenger’s version of SnapChat). But beware that after even as much as 10 minutes of social netowrking, your battery could be drained up to 20%.

5. Amazon Shopping
Amazon’s app has made it so easy to sign on and buy what you need, that it could be considered dangerous not only for your cell phone battery, but also for your wallet. Searching products, comparing prices, adding things to your cart — they all seem like normal, harmless processes. However, these simple tasks add up and next thing you know you can’t buy your favorite Harry Potter wand because your cell phone is dead.

Newsday’s David Schwartz Explains How goCharge’s ‘Atlas’ Cell Phone Charging Machine Works

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Mobile Charging Kiosk
goCharge Atlas Charging Machine for United Airlines

goCharge Atlas Charging Machine

“The system works like this: Those in need of a cellphone charge open one of the lockers by entering a four-digit code that they make up. After plugging the phone in, the user locks the door. It is opened later with the user’s code.” -David Schwartz, Newsday

This free-standing kiosk is a new addition to the goCharge fleet and has quickly become one of our more popular units for both purchases and rentals. It’s a sleek, versatile kiosk complete with ten (10) lockers (8 for phones and 2 for phones or tablets). The easy-to-use lockers provide a safe and secure environment for your device while it’s charging.
The 5’ tall Atlas looks beautiful wrapped in branding and comes with an optional 28” or 42″ HD monitor which sits atop the kiosk. Four lockable casters on the bottom of the unit make this 150 lb. kiosk easy to move.

5 Ways To Keep Your Cell Phone Charged for the Next Snow Storm

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Gaming, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Tips & Tricks
How to save your cell phone battery

How to save your cell phone battery

Whether you trudged through the streets to get to work or didn’t leave your sweatpants all day, the one thing everyone needs during a New York City snowstorm is a charged cell phone battery. Even if you have your charger with you, a snow storm could most certainly mean a power outage—which is why you should follow these tips to have your phone battery lasting as long as possible.

Turn Off Wifi or Data

You may not be aware, but Bluetooth and Wifi are power eaters—and they run in the background all day, using your phone battery for no reason if you’re not actively using those specific features. Your phone’s software searches far and wide to pick up any Wifi signals it can get, at all times. The mere act of searching takes a lot of power. However, this tactic is only recommended if you have strong LTE and Data signals. If not, your phone will try to switch between whichever signal is stronger, which uses tons of battery. So pick one over the other and choose whichever one is solid and strong.

Disable Push Notifications

Apart from emergencies, there is no need to have push notifications if you’re trying to conserve battery life. Here’s where to start: email, apps, alarms, reminders. (Also switch from push to fetch or manual for your email.) Think of it this way—when you’re not using your phone, it goes into a light sleep, using very little battery. Every push notification jolts it awake, using a bit of battery every time. If you have 5-6 push notifications per hour, this will significantly use up your battery. Turning them off will allow your phone continue in its light sleep mode, and let’s admit it—it would be nice to have less interruptions throughout your day.

Limit Screen Usage

Did you know the screen is the single most power-using part of your smartphone? Think about it: it’s the one thing that gets used every single time we use our phones. The simplest solution? Limit your phone usage. Especially in a snowstorm, where battery life is vital, try to curb your Facebook or Netflix addiction and replace it with the old-fashioned entertainment like a book or crossword puzzle. Another option is turning the brightness down or shortening the delay until your screen turns off when you’re done using it. Here’s how on an iPhone: Settings–>General–>Auto-Lock. For an Android: Settings–>Display–>Sleep.

Stop Streaming

Movies, TV shows, and more frequently these days—music. Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, they all eat up tons of battery. If you have music saved directly onto your phone, listen to that instead. If you have a computer nearby whose battery you’re not worried about, listen  to these streaming Apps on there instead of your phone. Streaming requires constant Data and Wifi, which as explained above, will use a lot of battery. Services like Pandora or Apple Music allow you to download music directly to your phone (for a premium, of course) but this means you can also listen on Airplane mode (during flights) or underground on the subway when there is no signal.

Airplane Mode or Low Power Mode

When you’re on the last leg, it’s time to take extreme action. This is the time when you simply have no other choice than to use Airplane Mode or at least Low Power Mode. Both iOS and Android phones include an Airplane Mode feature which disables Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, and Bluetooth. Of course, as the name suggests, it is meant for travel—to prevent cellular signals from interfering with airline communication, and for those times when you’re outside of the country and don’t want to be charged an arm and a leg in data fees. Turns out, it’s also useful for when you’re inside the country and running low on battery. On Airplane mode, your phone uses very little battery even with regular usage. But we suggest always limiting your smartphone usage when you’re in a battery pinch.

Nielsen Report Says Super Bowl LI Drew 111.3 Million TV Viewers and 190.8 Million Social Media Interactions

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events
goCharge Atlas Cell phone Charging Station at The Super Bowl LI Keeps People Charged

goCharge Atlas Cell phone Charging Station Keeps People Charged

According to a report from Nielsen, this past Sunday’s Super Bowl LI game drew 190.8 million social media interactions and 111.3 million TV viewers in the U.S. Did you know goCharge was at the Super Bowl LI providing free charging power for everyone at the game? With this many social media interactions across the nation, we can only imagine how many of the attendees were on their phones posting on social media during the game. Battery power is essential.

The social media interactions spanned Facebook and Twitter and were recorded based on posts related to “Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons”. Whether users were posting photos, simple status updates, or tagging friends or athletes, there was never a dull moment for Super Bowl LI fans who wanted to engage during this historical game.

There is no smarter way to attract fans and keep them engaged and charged up than renting a cell phone charging station from goCharge. goCharge rents more charging stations to more venues and events than any of its competitors. Marquis events such as the U.S. Tennis Open, SXSW, CES and The Daytona 500, event and venue managers recognize goCharge as the go-to solution for providing mobile charging solutions to their millions of visitors. We work with dozens of event coordinators, trade shows, conferences, bar and venue owners, and much more.

goCharge rents charging units from wall-mounted open bay charging stations to 40 locker solar powered charging kiosks. All of our charging solutions come with our award winning “white glove” service which guarantees that the unit is delivered, set up and returned in a hassle free manner.

Our charging station rentals give your guests the opportunity to enjoy your event or venue without worrying about losing power on their mobile devices. Better yet, our charging station rentals are free for your customers, which greatly improves their overall experience. Contact us at 844-286-4870.

If You Can Dream It, goCharge Can Build It

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Dining, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals
goCharge Custom Cell Phone Charging Stations at Major League Baseball Stadiums Across America

goCharge Custom Cell Phone Charging Stations at Major League Baseball Stadiums Across America

goCharge has built our clients countless custom cell phone charging stations from ideation to completion. From Major League Baseball to Verizon, goCharge has made many companies’ dreams come true by building custom cell phone charging kiosks catered to their consumers. Read more for the projects we’ve completed for each company, and call us today to see what we can do for your brand: 844-286-4870.

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball approached goCharge with a vision. They wanted cell phone charging kiosks for all the consumers at their different stadiums across the nation. Immediately, goCharge came up with a plan and a vision to make this happen. Within just a few months, goCharge designed, built, and deployed The MLB Table into 19 stadiums across the nation. Today, goCharge is operational in 27 of the 30 ballparks, a definite home-run!

goCharge The Eagle - An Indoor/Outdoor Cell Phone Charging Kiosk

goCharge The Eagle – An Indoor/Outdoor Cell Phone Charging Kiosk

Verizon

After Superstorm Sandy devastated the New York tri-state region, Verizon had a dream of creating custom cell phone charging stations that could be airdropped into the next disaster zone. goCharge’s “The Eagle,” a self-sustaining, solar paneled, dual sided, intelligent system, can charge up to 48 phones at any given time. In addition, The Eagle is a fully functional engagement platform capable of displaying any type of media and/or custom software. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use (and one of the only outdoor cell phone charging stations on the market), goCharge’s custom cell phone charging stations always have you covered.

goCharge at the Super Bowl LI

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging
goCharge at the Super Bowl LI

goCharge at the Super Bowl LI

Are you going to the Super Bowl LI? Well goCharge is, and you’ll find us at the Super Bowl Tailgating Party.

Stay charged on us!

Make sure to take a selfie next to the charging station and hashtag it #goCharge — we’ll reshare on our social media too.

More on The Atlas by goCharge

This free-standing kiosk is a new addition to the goCharge fleet and has quickly become one of our more popular units for both purchases and rentals. It’s a sleek, versatile kiosk complete with ten (10) lockers (8 for phones and 2 for phones or tablets). The easy-to-use lockers provide a safe and secure environment for your device while it’s charging.

The 5’ tall Atlas looks beautiful wrapped in branding and comes with an optional 28” or 42″ HD monitor which sits atop the kiosk. Four lockable casters on the bottom of the unit make this 150 lb. kiosk easy to move.

Call us at 844-286-4870.

6 Reasons Why Hospitals Need Cell Phone Charging Stations

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Hospitals, Mobile Charging Kiosk
goCharge Hospital Cell Phone Charging Station

goCharge Hospital Cell Phone Charging Station

When you’re at the hospital, you’re in an emergency environment. The hours of waiting and wondering can be taxing, whether you’re there for a positive or negative occasion. The last thing patients and their loved ones should worry about is a charged cell phone battery. It’s also the last thing on someone’s mind as s/he is rushing to the hospital. Therefore, there are many times when people are desperate for a cell phone charger in a hospital.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh goCharge Cell Phone Charging Station

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh goCharge Cell Phone Charging Station

The people who have a cell phone charging cord with them will look everywhere for a spare outlet or USB port to charge up their phones. However, in a hospital, this is very dangerous. People don’t think about the safety of charging, which can risk lives. If you plug your cell phone charger into a hospital machine’s USB, this machine can be collecting important information on a patient’s health status, or even helping them stay alive. It’s important to provide cell phone charging solutions to people when they’re in an emergency and need to use their cell phone to communicate.

Following are 6 benefits of cell phone charging stations in hospitals:

Long Island Jewish Medical Center goCharge Cell Phone Charging Station

Long Island Jewish Medical Center goCharge Cell Phone Charging Station

          1. Patients and their loved ones have a need to communicate with each other during this critical time. A charged cell phone is imperative, and with charging stations available, it’s one less stress they have to worry about.
          2. Providing charging stations will prevent people from plugging into off-limit outlets and USB that could be dangerous.
          3. With goCharge’s new data gathering platform, Canvass™, hospitals can take surveys and gather information on visitors to help improve the overall patient and caregiver experience.
            North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital goCharge Cell Phone Charging Stations

            North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital goCharge Cell Phone Charging Stations

4. goCharge’s customizable charging station solutions can be used for patient education or corporate branding, reducing the need for traditional paper materials.

5. All hospital guests and employees benefit from a charge, not only the people in the waiting area. goCharge’s cell phone charging stations can be wall-mounted, placed next to vending machines, and in the waiting rooms themselves.

6. We are in a new technological era. Providing cell phone charging stations to your guests has become a standard and expected practice. goCharge helps with installation to make the process quick and easy.

Global Mobile Business Intelligence Market to Grow to $11.13 Billion

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging
Mobile Business Intelligence On The Rise

Mobile Business Intelligence On The Rise

Business Intelligence is on the rise, and this new report by Research and Markets says the mobile Business Intelligence market size is expected to grow to $11.13 Billion by 2021. At $4.08 Billion in 2016, the market size’s major growth can be largely attributed to the transition of traditional Business Intelligence techniques to advanced Business Intelligence and analytics techniques.

It can also be attributed to the surge in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend across the globe, which is a rapidly growing policy that permits employees to bring their personal devices to the workplace (and are permitted to access privileged company information with those devices).

And with the rise in the Information Technology’s adaptation and strong usage of Business Intelligence, unique monitoring tools and applications are being developed and used to detect patterns of personal device use early to predict issues before they arise.

goCharge’s Canvass™ solution is a prime example of the adaption of the surge in Business Intelligence technology. goCharge created Canvass™ to make its industry leading charging stations even more valuable to venues and events. goCharge’s intelligent mobile charging stations offer an innovative method for business owners and venue hosts who wish to acquire hyper-local and real-time consumer insights about their customers. Collecting this customer information is crucial for measuring traffic, creating engagement, and turning visitors into qualified leads that can be contacted immediately. Your customers will be able to power a charging locker for their phone by texting a customized code that appears on each locker, which will send them a text message containing several customized survey questions, which are answered on the mobile device. After answering these questions, your customer simply places their phone in their selected locker and begins charging.

For more about goCharge’s Canvass solution, click here.

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How to Charge your Cell Phone Safely in a Hospital

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging
Hospital Waiting Room

Hospital Waiting Room

We’ve all been there: Waiting for hours in the hospital while visiting a loved one. And with hours of waiting comes hours of cell phone battery drainage. So, you look around for an outlet or that familiar USB port to charge your phone. Here’s where the danger comes in: Those USB ports on a machine are used by technicians to service and update medical devices. These devices could be responsible for keeping someone alive, or providing the appropriate dosage of medicine, or other vital processes. It doesn’t end there—you may not know it, but you may be walking around with a malware infected cell phone. More and more, viruses are smarter than smartphones—hiding in the software of the phone without the owner ever knowing. Should this malware transmit through the USB port to the hospital machine, there could be serious potential damages. Not only could the cell phone have malware, the charger could have malware, too—as well as the common USB sticks used so often these days.

Help us spread the word in potentially saving lives. goCharge provides cell phone charging stations for many hospitals throughout the country, which is the best solution to keep your cell phone charged up while the wait continues. Find out more here.

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How The Tesla Model 3 Could Change The World

By | Business Intelligence, Gaming, Lifestyle, Music Festivals
Tesla

Courtesy Tesla

Nearly half a million pre-order Tesla buyers around the world are waiting anxiously to hear any news about the new Tesla 3 model and its imminent release. While there are many innovative changes to the new model, one major one shines above the rest: its supercharger changes. CEO Elon Musk, in an effort to encourage Tesla owners to adopt home charging stations, those who joined the Tesla community after 2017 will be charges a light fee for charging their cars after their entitled 400 kWh of free Supercharging per year runs out.

This is a bummer for those had been relying on the standard, free lifetime Supercharging, but the CEO has made his feelings about publicly charging your car clear. His well known cell phone charging analogy hits home here at goCharge: Musk says, Why would anyone buy a cell phone if, every time they had to charge it, they had to walk into a store? He believes your car is equally as personal of a technology device, therefore powering it up should be in complete control of the owner.

goCharge provides the perfect in-between solution for cell phones: a personal, intimate opportunity to charge your phone in a secure and safe mechanism—all in a public place. Combining the best aspects of each environment’s advantages, goCharge’s mobile charging stations provide comfort and peace of mind while your consumers are on the go.