Public Charging Stations To The Rescue

Running on 1%? Check out these tips for using public charging stations.

When you’re out and about, you don’t always have access to a charger. But oftentimes, that’s when you need your phone the most. A dead battery can cut off your access to maps, emergency contacts, and other vital information. Luckily, public charging stations are cropping up more and more, allowing you to stop for a quick power boost before continuing on your way.

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How to find public charging stations

Public charging stations are great – but only if you can find them. Some stations, like ChargeItSpot – which offers free and secure cell phone charging – list their locations on their website. Just enter your zip code and see where the nearest ChargeItSpot is located. This particular charging station uses the locker format, which allows you to plug your phone into an individual slot, lock it, and leave. While the idea of leaving your phone unattended might give you pause, charging lockers are generally very secure.

If you live in a mobile-friendly city, there might be more charging stations. In New York City, for example, Links are available. Links are converted pay phones that offer free public Wi-Fi and device charging. So while you’re sightseeing, you can stop on the sidewalk to charge your phone.

Otherwise, you might be able to find public phone charging stations in malls, department stores, college campuses, some businesses, or even at events. Keep in mind that not all charging stations use the locker format. Some may require you to wait nearby. But as long as there’s an open charger compatible with your phone, you can power up and get back to your day.

Other alternatives

Can’t find a public charging station? If you know you’re going to be out all day, pack a portable power bank with you. They allow you to charge your phone without having to locate a charging spot and wait in a single location. You could also consider asking your Uber driver to use their car charger or see if a library or coffee shop has any available outlets for visitors.

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