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Cell Phone Charging

DIY: Avoid Apple’s $29 Fix and Keep Your Battery Working Longer

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging

Apple products, specifically the iPhone and iPad, topped the charts this year again for the most gifted mobile products around the world for the holiday season. But while the company is consistently beating its competitors in volume, it doesn’t exist without some setbacks — like the older iPhone models suffering from unusually slow operating power and speed. To apologize for this inconvenience, Apple has offered its $29 battery replacement program for older iPhone models (the 6 and newer) early.

Here are 5 tips to extend your battery life. Follow these tricks and hopefully you won’t be utilizing Apple’s battery replacement program any time soon.

1. Turn off Bluetooth and Wifi
Even when Bluetooth and Wifi are not linked to any sources, they will constantly search for sources to which they can join.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap Bluetooth
3. Switch off
4. Repeat for Wifi

Turn off BlueTooth

Turn off BlueTooth

2. Don’t let it get too hot or cold
Keeping your phone room temperature is vital for battery life — avoid leaving it in the car, outside, and don’t leave it in the fridge by accident (we’ve all been guilty of that mistake). Stay away from extreme temperatures, this can cause permanent damage.

3. Dim the screen brightness // use auto brightness
The brightness on your screen is directly related to battery drainage. Think about it: if you have a dimmer in your lights at home, the brighter your lights are, the higher your electricity bill is. That’s because the light consumes energy. Bringing this concept back to a cell phone battery: Bright screen –> More energy –> More battery usage.
Steps:
1. Swipe up or down from your home screen depending on whether you’re using an Apple or Android device
2. Slide the dot on the bar left holding your finger down

Dim Brightness

Dim Brightness

4. Turn off location services, GPS
Even when the app isn’t in use, or isn’t running at all, it is still *quietly* draining your battery. Just because you’re not active on Google Maps or Waze doesn’t mean they’re not tracking you, preparing for that second you need their services. Change the settings of your phone to turn off location services.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap privacy
3. Tap location services
4. Switch toggle to off

Turn off Location Services

Turn off Location Services

5. Turn off push email
It’s less convenient, but will save a huge amount of battery life. Manually checking your mail is not only good for your battery, it’s good for your mental health. You choose when to check in, rather than that red 1 notification checking in on you in the middle of dinner. Regardless of how you choose to check your mail, when you’re in a situation where you really need to save battery, turn off everything “push”.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap mail
3. Tap accounts
4. Tap Fetch New Data
5. Tap the Push toggle to be off

Turn off Fetch Mail

Turn off Fetch Mail

Whether it’s to take a selfie, make an emergency phone call, check social media or check a score, we could all use a little more battery life in our lives.

Students and Universities Request More Cell Phone Charging Tables

By | Cell Phone Charging, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Schools and Universities, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging
goCharge Cell Phone Charging Table at Universities

goCharge Cell Phone Charging Table at Universities

From student unions to libraries to dining halls, university culture and student life demand a constantly charged cell phone battery.

Recently, goCharge worked with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide charging stations to its students. The university saw the necessity and demand by students to stay connected, and there were simply not enough places to charge their cell phones throughout campus.

Having outlets is not enough anymore — charging cords are lost, stolen, forgotten — goCharge cell phone charging stations provide the charging cords as well as other utilities for the charging station, making it easy to seamlessly integrate the device into everyday student life.

Here, students are able to be inspired by the custom branding on the charging table, encouraging them to study and do school work while charging their cell phones. “Creativity at Work.

Not only is it crucial for the safety of all students, it is a must-need in order for students to stay connected with teachers and friends about classes, schoolwork, and important updates.

Students’ cell phones are their most important and most used tool of communication, and the only way for things to run smoothly at all times is to have a charged cell phone battery for all students.

These charging stations can be wall mounted, kiosks, tables, desks, and with new wireless charging technology, the demand will grow even stronger to include this feature in cell phone charging products.

These charging tables by goCharge are placed throughout Virginia Commonwealth University. They have acrylic tops and they come in 3 heights to accommodate all needs.

Our contact at the Virginia Commonwealth University is very pleased!

Read this real testimonial:

“Karyn,

The tables are working out great so far! The students have been using them and pulling stools to sit at them.

Thanks for checking in!”
—Sarah E Banwarth, Business Manager-Information Systems of Virginia Commonwealth University at Richmond, VA

goCharge Charging Stations at Universities

goCharge Charging Stations at Universities

4 Electronics that are Now Obsolete

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is taking over

Wireless charging is taking over

With 2018 upon us, goCharge reflected on the recent history of the phone as it pertains to accessories and devices that were once revolutionary. The moving of time creates the moving of technology—whether it’s being invented or becoming obsolete.

Currently, we’re riding the wave of Wireless Charging, a revolutionary technology that will change consumer behavior and the way in which we interact with our smartphones.

The days will be gone of searching for missing cords, having to buy new cords due to outdated technology (argh!), buying extension cords to elongate your charging capabilities, searching for outlets, and many more daily headaches caused by the traditional way to charge mobile devices.

Qi enabled devices are the future. And below, we’re looking at the past.

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

While there are modern day rabbit ear antennas, also known as the television antenna, for the most part, these two metal sticks that come out of a base to catch signals are obsolete. They were designed for the reception of over-the-air broadcast television signals. However, since the invention of many modern TV capabilities (Direct TV, streaming, Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime), these antennas have long been considered outdated.

Cords

Cords

Cords

With the increased usage of wireless charging not only on mobile devices but on computers, lamps, and more, cords will gradually go out of style and become less used. In particular, when it comes to charging your mobile device using Qi wireless charging technology, there is no need for a traditional charging cord.

Tapes

Cassettes

Cassettes

The cassette tape has been outdated for some time now, however those of us born before 1990 certainly remember them. The simple days of plugging this device into the receiver and hearing music are gone. With inventions like CD’s, iTunes, and then streaming services like Pandora or Spotify, even the concept of owning music is becoming obsolete. Why own hundreds of songs when you can have a monthly subscription to thousands?

Landlines

LandlineAs the main image suggests, we can all agree that the landline is bound to go obsolete. Other than office use, many home owners today do not own landlines. As everyone as a personal cell phone, the need for a landline has become less and less important.

Tell us, what do you think we’re living with now that might become obsolete in the future?

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

By | Cell Phone Charging, Tips & Tricks

Whether you’re on a long road trip or stuck in traffic during a daily commute, a low iPhone battery could spell disaster for the bored driver. At first, it may seem harmless to plug your phone into your car’s USB port. But unless you’re desperate, charging your iPhone during your commute might be a big mistake. (And by the way, charging your iPhone like this could ruin its battery.)

Why? For starters, the USB port in your vehicle probably provides less electricity than your phone really needs to charge. As a result, your phone might stall while it charges, or worse—barely charge at all. This common battery-saving iPhone hack actually hurts your charge, too.

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

“Many people may notice that on their commute home from work their phone charged very little (if at all) during their 30 to 60 minute commute,” Brad Nichols, a technician at Staymobile, told Reader’s Digest. “This is mostly due to the fact the phone is using more power than the car charger is supplying it.”

Nichols also says that your phone could receive too much power, especially if you’re using a “Cigarette Lighter” port to charge up. Most Cigarette Lighters can supply up to 10 amps, while most chargers use one to three amps. A malfunctioning or damaged charger can provide inconsistent power to the device, resulting in sudden spikes or surges that could cause overheating, damage to the internal components, or on the rare occasion, destroy the device.

Charging your phone while on the road could drain your car’s battery, too. If you leave your car running on “accessory”—where your engine is off, but you still use the radio—the device will draw power from your car’s battery as it charges. This usually isn’t a big deal for those who own new cars with healthy batteries, Nichols says. But if your car is an older model, you might want to avoid charging your phone through its USB port.

Most importantly, it’s not safe to use your phone while operating a vehicle. “Anytime a person’s hands leave the wheel or eyes leave the road, it becomes incredibly dangerous for them and the other people around them,” Nichols says.

Bottom line: Play it safe, and wait until you get home to plug in. Next time, you’ll want to memorize the ten secrets to a better smartphone battery life, including the best way to charge your device to make its battery last WAY longer.

This article originally appeared on MSN.

The Key Benefits of Renting a Cell Phone Charging Station

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Outdoor Events, Sports

You want to engage with your customers. You want to collect information from them to prolong your relationship with them. You want them to become a loyal customer and come back for more. You want them to upload your event or space on social media and share with their friends.

Renting a cell phone charging station

Renting a cell phone charging station

There are countless opportunities to make a meaningful connection with your consumers with a cell phone charging station. But the question is, how will you best spend your time when it comes to putting the mobile charging station in your event space or place of business? That’s where the benefits of renting instead of buying come in.

When you rent a charging station, you can take the stress out of figuring out how to build it once you receive it. We make sure it’s properly deployed and set up every time. Additionally, we offer door-to-door shipping and storage; no need worrying about where to keep it after your event, since we take it back. We also offer Five Star White Glove Service, from custom branding to  installation, you won’t have to lift a finger throughout the process. We value customer service for everything we do, but when you rent a cell phone charging station from us, we’ll be with you the whole way from start to finish.

Click here to learn more about renting a cell phone charging station >>

66.5% of Adults Will Own Smartphones in 2018

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk
Smartphone ownership to increase in 2018

Smartphone ownership to increase in 2018

Two thirds of adults worldwide will own smartphones next year, according to new forecasts from media measurement company Zenith.

The country whose population will own the most smartphones is the Netherlands, with a prediction of 94% of citizens owning smartphones in 2018. The U.S. and the U.K. are predicted to have nearly 70% of their respective populations owning smartphones.

While year-over-year growth in smartphone ownership has slowed recently—last year had a 14% growth rate, this year had a 10% increase, and next year has an expected to growth of 7%—smartphone ownership worldwide is still up 3.5% from last year.

In 2018, mobile devices will account for 73% of internet consumption, the highest it has ever been. This give brands an increasingly intimate and 24/7 relationship with its consumers, giving them key opportunities to engage and interact at many points throughout the day.

 

5 tips to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

By | Cell Phone Charging, Dining, Hospitals, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events, Schools and Universities, Tips & Tricks, Trade Shows, Uncategorized

Whether it be a natural disaster, work meetings, or family outings, mobile device batteries surely don’t last forever. Our priority at goCharge is to help keep people connected by charging up — so we came up with a list of tips and tricks to keep your battery charged up as long as possible.

How to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

How to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

Turn off Bluetooth and Wifi

Even when Bluetooth and Wifi are not linked to any sources, they will constantly search for sources to which they can join.

Don’t let it get too hot or cold

Keeping your phone room temperature is vital for battery life — avoid leaving it in the car, outside, and don’t leave it in the fridge by accident (we’ve all been guilty of that mistake). Stay away from extreme temperatures, this can cause permanent damage.

Dim the screen brightness // use auto brightness

The brightness on your screen is directly related to battery drainage. Think about it: if you have a dimmer in your lights at home, the brighter your lights are, the higher your electricity bill is. That’s because the light consumes energy. Bringing this concept back to a cell phone battery: Bright screen –> More energy –> More battery usage.

Turn off location services, GPS

Even when the app isn’t in use, or isn’t running at all, it is still *quietly* draining your battery. Just because you’re not active on Google Maps or Waze doesn’t mean they’re not tracking you, preparing for that second you need their services. Change the settings of your phone to turn off location services.

Turn off push email

It’s less convenient, but will save a huge amount of battery life. Manually checking your mail is not only good for your battery, it’s good for your mental health. You choose when to check in, rather than that red 1 notification checking in on you in the middle of dinner. Regardless of how you choose to check your mail, when you’re in a situation where you really need to save battery, turn off everything “push”.

4 Ways Schools Benefit from Cell Phone Charging Stations

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Outdoor Events, Schools and Universities
goCharge at school universities and libraries - cell phone cahrging station

goCharge at school universities and libraries

It’s back-to-school-time! goCharge has been super busy deploying hundreds of cell phone charging stations in and around university campuses, libraries, student unions, and high schools. Our list of facilities grows every year, and we’re more inspired than ever by the commitment of School/Administration to provide the vital need of cell phone charging stations to its students. See below for a list of 4 ways schools and universities can benefit from cell phone charging stations.

      1. Keep your students safer
        No student should ever feel alone or afraid on campus, especially without a charged cell phone battery. Students tend to leave their chargers at home when they go out at night, or even during the day as well due to back to back schedules and lack of outlets in classrooms, which leaves their cell phone batteries depleting with each passing hour. Whether at night or during the day, there should be cell phone charging as far as the eye can see so students can charge up, feel secure, and move on with their day knowing they can communicate with anyone at a moment’s notice.
      2. Increase student life quality
        With Canvass™ by goCharge, School/Administration can learn valuable insight on their student body by implementing this innovative data gathering platform that comes with goCharge charging stations. Designed specifically to capture real-time, hyper-local insights about consumers, schools can incentivize their students using this customized engagement platform that utilizes surveys, sweepstakes/ instant win/ mobile coupons, and more. Want to know where they shop? What is their favorite food? What books they’re reading? Easy! Find out with Canvass™.
      3. Better communication, better school experience
        A vital aspect of student life is communication — not only with each other, but with teachers, professors, faculty, student groups, and more. If there are class updates or schedule changes, or a group study location change, or an update on an exam, students need to use their smartphones to check in and communicate on demand.
      4. Improve library functionality
        As one of the most populated buildings on campus, it’s no surprise libraries can get filled up — particularly during exam week. Many school struggle to keep up with the power outlet demand that is needed by students. Cell phone charging stations are the remedy to the outlet issue. Libraries can offer a variety of different “outlet hubs” (charging stations) around the facility — and since goCharge charging stations come with secure lockers, students may leave their phones in the lockers, charging, while they do research, meet with a group, or catch up on reading. No longer are the days of students hovering over each other to reach an outlet, or crowding a space with lines to charge up next — cell phone charging stations relieve traffic flow and stress in libraries.

The list goes on—there are dozens of reasons why students, universities, and libraries need charging stations, now. These 4 reasons sum up some of the major ways in which a student’s life is vastly improved with cell phone charging stations.

Charging Tables: Functional Furniture is The Future

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music, Tips & Tricks, Trade Shows
goCharge Charging Table

goCharge Charging Table

From suitcases with built in GPS’s to robot furniture, furniture that serves as just furniture is becoming a thing of the past. goCharge offers top class charging tables that serve as functional furniture: grab a beer with friends, socialize around the table (low, medium, or high), and charge your phone all at the same time. When you think about, you wonder, “why doesn’t every table have a charging port?!”

In 2012, MLB approached goCharge with a vision. Within a few short months, goCharge designed and deployed The MLB Table into 19 stadiums around the nation. Today, goCharge is operational in 27 of the 30 ballparks, a definite home-run! Learn more about Custom Charging Tables >>

The Hi-Top & The Coffee Table are the newest products released by goCharge. With all the success of the MLB Table, goCharge wanted to create a smaller table for use in restaurants, bars, universities, retail stores, company campuses, and lounging areas of all sorts. These round glass top tables with spill-proof edges also have several locations for branding and are built to last. Learn more >>