Starbucks to Offer Free Wireless Charging in San Francisco

There is no longer a need to drag your cell phone or laptop charger to Starbucks. Soon Starbucks will be offering wireless charging stations in all of their stores. The pads will start in San Francisco shops first, with expansion to other cities starting next year. Each store will have about 10 Powermats.

The chargers are Duracell Powermats. Here’s what they look like:

Starbucks Wireless Charger

IMG: via Starbucks

Starbucks previously did a test run of the Powermats in Massachusetts.

To take advantage of the free power, customers would need a compatible phone and case, or an add-on charging ring that sits on the mat.

Only certain smartphones are compatible with the Powermats, including Nokia phones, the Nexus 5 and the LG G3. If you have any other phone, you’ll need a charging accessory. Duracell will be selling compatible iPhone cases, or you can purchase a small “ring” accessory that you can plug into your phone.

Seems like a lot of work, but people who frequent Starbucks often may be willing to purchase these accessories. However, according to Gizmodo, too much wireless charging can damage your battery.

You can see a list of Powermat Starbucks stores here.

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