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The 5 Best Technology Gifts for Anyone in Your Life

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

The holidays are officially in full swing which means shopping is likely on your mind. Here at goCharge, we’re always on the pulse of the latest technology — from mobile devices to charging stations to global tech gear — and we pride ourselves in keeping our customers and clients happy by using cutting edge technology.

Here’s our 2018 holiday gift round-up.

1. Best New Amazon Gadget: Echo Show (2nd Generation)
These days, many people have a new roommate named Alexa. You can talk to her, ask her to play music, show you lyrics, find out information for you, and more. Amazon is constantly innovating its technology, especially its Echos, and this holiday seasons, the all-new Echo Show (2nd Gen) is better than ever. With stellar sound quality and voice command capabilities just like the original Echo, this new version can actually show things like the videos, photos, weather forecast, photos, videos, calendars, to-do lists, and your favorite playlists. With over 50,000 skills and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter.

All-new Echo Show (2nd Gen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Best Security Gadget: Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
First and foremost, this security system works with our friend Alexa (you can add voice control by combining with a screen Alexa device). With a built-in motion sensor alarm, when motion detector is triggered, WIFI cameras send an alert to your smartphone and record a short clip of the event to the cloud. This guy always know everything that’s going on. It’s powered by 2 AA Lithium batteries (included),  and you can view your home in real time with video camera “Live View” streaming mode.

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Best Earbuds: Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
Sweat and weather resistance for reliability while exercising, these wireless headphones are as convenient as they are comfortable and stylish. The charging time for an hour’s use is just 15 minutes.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Best In-Between Laptop/Tablet: ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

Budget-friendly and an easier commitment than your standard laptop, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is a great place to start if you’re looking for a convertible laptop. Weighing in at an extremely light weight of 2.65 pounds, the flexible 360 Degree hinge and 12.5″ full-HD touchscreen lets you use the C302 in tablet or laptop mode.

ASUS Chromebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Best Distraction Gadget: The Nintendo Switch

It functions as both a TV console and a portable game tablet. Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.

Nintendo Switch

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.

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.

Soaking in the Last of Summer at Amusement Parks and Family Destinations, and Keeping a Charged Cell Phone Battery

By | Lifestyle, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events

As the end of August rolls around, our hearts grow heavy as Labor Day Weekend draws nearer and summer comes to a close. So, make the most of your last few days of hot, sunny days at your local amusement parks, zoos, or water parks — and make sure you have a charged cell phone battery the whole day by looking for cell phone charging stations by goCharge.

Amusement parks and a charged cell phone battery

Amusement parks and a charged cell phone battery

Planning for a weekend of fun rides, delicious food, and family time is exciting; but one can never plan for losing something (cell phone battery) or someone (a family member, young or old). These last summer days, everything is crowded, and no matter how closely you watch, anything can slip out of your site. It’s critical to have a charged cell phone battery at venues that draw thousands of people so you can have an immediate reaction if something goes wrong.

You can never be too prepared, and that’s why goCharge is proud to be present at hundreds of outdoor and indoor venues across the nation.

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 >>