How to Boost Your Phone’s Battery: Go, Sip Latte at Starbucks

Sounds weird, right?

How possibly can your phone battery take a sip of caffeine and live longer? Well, it NEVER can and it never will. So, why visit Starbucks, then?

Because the coffeehouse chain is offering wireless charging. Yes, you heard it right. Wireless charging, it is!

Earlier in June this year, Starbucks had teamed with Duracell to officially announce the introduction of Powermat wireless charging in about 200 stores across the San Fran Bay Area. And as per plan, ‘Powermat Spots’ were installed everywhere – upon tables, counters and even common areas. Coffee lovers could now enjoy a sip and charge their mobile devices as well. Of course, there was the big issue of COMPATIBILITY.

But, Starbucks managed to mint money from this issue too. For all those non-wireless phones, the coffeehouse giant went a step ahead and introduced ‘Powermat Rings’ for rent and sale at $10. So, for such phones, the process was more of a wired charging done than wireless, with a few bucks leaving the user’s wallet for good.

Now, the big question is, which phones will actually accept the power offered?

Ask me to list out which won’t; this shall be a lot easier. As of now, Google Nexus 5 and 6, Nokia Lumia, Motorola Droid Turbo and all other phones with Qi wireless charging features will stay out of Starbuck’s power supply, because the system essentially runs on PMA standards. Others, like the Kyocera series of smartphones and Samsung Galaxy S5 with compatible rear cover will stay as the players. Also, there are some neutral ones too, like Lumia 830 and LG G3, which accept the charge in both standards.

This is a disadvantage for the time being. But, it definitely urges every phone manufacturer to try including both the features in near future. But, who cares what’s compatible and what’s not? We’ll always have that Powermat Ring option at hand, won’t we? And as long as the speed’s good, why bother cabled charging?


A post by Chayanika Deka. 28th of November, 2014.

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