Our digital lives rely on power. From smartphones to tablets to wireless earphones, everything needs juice and power outlets aren’t always handy when we’re traveling, camping or commuting.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid the desperate search for an outlet when your battery ventures into the red zone. Your first line of defense against a drained battery is usually a portable battery backup pack, but that’s not your only option.
Here are some interesting ways to keep your power-hungry tech satisfied and functioning while on-the-go:
Anker is a company known for its power-related products. It recently ventured into unusual charging territory with the launch of the AnkerBox pilot program in Seattle.
AnkerBoxes are vending-machine-like sources for portable phone chargers, but it’s handled like a bike-sharing system. You simply rent a charger when you need one and then return it to an AnkerBox.
You first download the AnkerBox app to locate and rent the devices. The first 30 minutes is free, while a full-day rental costs $1.99 with a maximum cost of $30. If you lose the charger, you pay $30 to cover the cost of a replacement.
Is this the future of phone charging for busy professionals and tourists? It’s certainly an intriguing concept that seems like it would work best in big cities where people tend to work and commute in a heavily populated area. It will be interesting to see if the pilot program is successful and Anker chooses to launch the system in other cities.