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.

Wireless Charging: What You Need To Know

By | Wireless Charging

What is wireless charging technology and how is it going to change consumer behavior?

Wireless charging has been around for more than 100 years, however the lack of devices that would have demanded the technology of wireless charging inhibited the trend from growing.

Wireless Power Consortium

Image: Wireless Power Consortium

Now, with Apple’s late-to-the-game inclusion of wireless charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the whole industry has lit up again. Though a variety of phones have featured wireless charging for years, Apple plays a big marketing game, therefore when it makes a move, people pay attention.

What is Wireless Charging?

Without getting too technical, the key element in the concept of wireless charging centers around electromagnetic fields that transfer energy (charge) from one place to another through something called electromagnetic induction.

Qi Charging

Pronounced “chee” charging, Qi is developed by Wireless Power Consortium, and has 247 members. New iPhone models feature Qi wireless charging, along with more than 90 other phone models, and it is predicted that wireless charging will become something of a norm in most public places. There are already thousands of Qi wireless charging spots in public places like libraries, hotels, and restaurants, and WPC members are continuing to install wireless charging points in more than 25 countries.

The Benefits of Wireless Charging

How many times have you left your charging cord somewhere only to realize it’s gone once you’ve arrived at home and desperately need a charge? In the near future, this concept will be obsolete—as will charging cords—thanks to wireless charging. Smartphone users with wireless charging capabilities can charge their phones wirelessly throughout the day without searching for cords or outlets.

Phones that don’t have built-in wireless charging capabilities are also able to benefit from the wireless charging convenience. Simple wireless charging accessories will make all phones compatible with wireless charging.

The Cons

Wireless charging is slower than using a cord. This drawback is something each consumer will have to decide whether or not it’s worth the waiting time over using a traditional charging cord. Additionally, it is harder to use the phone while it’s wireless charging than when it’s charging with a cord. Perhaps advancements in the technology will improve this, however for now, this is the situation.

But whether you like it or not, rumor has it that eventually all phones will only be able to charge wirelessly. This means that businesses and other facilities looking to provide mobile charging as an amenity to their clients and customers would be wise to get in on the ‘Wireless Charging Bandwagon’ now.

So, tell us, will you be utilizing wireless charging in the near future? What are you looking forward to most?

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.

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3 Key Ways to Extend Your Battery Life with iOS 11

By | Food for thought, Tips & Tricks
iPhone battery life for iOS 11

iPhone battery life for iOS 11

While iOS 11 has brought a handful of new features that improve the iPhone and iPads that download the new update, it has three major setbacks (as do most first releases of a new operating system by Apple):

  • Bad battery life
  • Sluggishness
  • Crashing

As far as battery life goes, we’re not surprised. Each time a new update comes out from Apple, a wave of complaints floods social media and Apple forums. See here:

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

Below, we suggest 3 key ways to extend your battery life with the new iOS 11:

1. Find the problem

The first and easiest way to alleviate battery drainage issues with the iOS 11 is to check the source of the problem by going to Settings –> Battery. Whoever the culprits are, and disable Background App Refresh. This feature is responsible for allowing your apps to run “in the background” — sometimes it can be 24/7. To decrease battery drainage, turn off this feature for your top 5 apps that are using the most battery.  Go to Settings –> General –> Background App Refresh.

2. Disable Wi-fi, Bluetooth & Airdrop

Of course, only disables these features when not needed. And, don’t forget, when you’re on Wi-fi, you can disable cellular data to save battery life as well. When these features are on, they use a lot of power, so it’s important to switch them off when not in use. How to turn off Airdrop: swipe up from the bottom of your phone, tap on AirDrop, then tap “receiving off”.

3. Enable low power mode

With the inclusion of Low Power Mode starting this year, you’re now able to switch your phone into a mode where it automatically uses less battery life. Usually this is reserved for when your battery is really low, but you can also use it as a reserve function if you don’t know when the next time is that you’ll be able to charge. This mode even disables or reduces the power of some apps that you’re not able to do yourself. The quickest way to turn on Low Power Mode is to say “Turn on Low Power Mode” to Siri or you can do it in the Control Center, manually. For the super old-fashioned way (kidding!) go to Battery –> Low Power Mode.

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.

 

Should you charge your mobile phone overnight?

By | Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks
Why you shouldn't charge your phone overnight

Why you shouldn’t charge your phone overnight

Experts say no, according to a USA Today feature, since batteries are technically in constant decay from the moment they are put to use.

Apparently, the more time your battery spends plugged into a charger, the capacity it has to hold a quality charge gets lower and lower.

So, what’s the right way to charge your phone?

Charge more frequently for less time. Instead of plugging it in overnight, charge it before you go to sleep and when you wake up.

Don’t wait until your phone gets to “low battery”. Instead, consider the 30-40% range your new “red zone” and charge up when you battery hits this percentage. That will help preserve the capacity of your battery.

Watch the original video here >>

Keeping Festival Goers Charged Up At Global Citizen Festival

By | Music, Music Festivals
goCharge at Global Citizen Festival - cell phone charging stations

goCharge at Global Citizen Festival – cell phone charging stations

goCharge made a big splash at the Global Citizen Festival this weekend which took place in New York City’s iconic Central Park and featured artists Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, and Alesia Cara. We know we had a blast, and judging from some of the quotes we got from festival goers, we’re happy to have kept everyone charged up and connected so they could have a blast, too!

Only some of the quotes from happy smart phone owners:

“We were so happy to find these amazing cell phone charging stations! These need to be everywhere.” — Alyssa A.

“Why don’t they have these on every street corner? With these awesome lockers, I know I can leave my phone safe and secure while charging!” — Derek N.

“My phone was about to die when my friend told me she had spotted cell phone charging stations. I charged up while drinking a beer waiting for the next performer to go on!” — Michael S.

It’s not goCharge’s first rodeo when it comes to music festivals and outdoor events. goCharge helps hundreds of thousands of people stay charged and connected to friends, loved ones, and family members at hundreds of events throughout the nation and the world. Being out doors should never mean being out of luck with your smartphone, and with the boom in cell phone charging stations, we’re lucky it is becoming a thing of the past!

Some more photos below:

 

goCharge at Global Citizen Festiival - mobile charging stations

goCharge at Global Citizen Festival – mobile charging stations

goCharge Aids in Hurricane Irma Support in Partnership With Chase by Providing Mobile Device Charging Stations to Local Communities

By | Uncategorized
goCharge partners with Chase to rollout 30 cell phone charging stations in Floria for Hurricane Irma relief

goCharge partners with Chase to rollout 30 cell phone charging stations in Floria for Hurricane Irma relief

goCharge is proud to have teamed up with Chase in a partnership rollout to provide power to the communities affected by Hurricane Irma by placing cell phone charging stations throughout Florida.

All citizens and those in need of power may use these 30 mobile device charging stations for free to ensure they are able to charge up and stay connected to family and loved ones. goCharge charging stations provide multiple, easy-to-use lockers for a safe and secure environment for cell phones and tablets while they’re charging.

goCharge has been providing its Charging Station solutions to JP Morgan Chase since 2011, primarily for external conferences and external experiential events across the country. This is their first time placing the Stations in actual Chase branches. “Our customers are our number one priority,” said David Walke, CEO of goCharge. “Chase wants to make sure everyone is safe, charged up and able to communicate with family, friends, and others. Our mobile device charging stations provide a safe haven for Florida citizens, and on behalf of Chase, we’re happy to work with Chase to touch the lives of so many.”

Florida cities where the charging stations are located: Cocoa, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, North Port, Orlando, Oviedo, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Tampa, Zephyrhills, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Largo, Ocoee, Delray Beach, Pinellas Park.

goCharge is well-known for its high-quality customer service which was a priority for Chase when selecting a partner. goCharge will be on high alert throughout the next few days and weeks as thousands of beleaguered citizens find relief and power through mobile device charging stations.

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.