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Public Charging stations
One of the things we took note of in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene was the extensive use of our Union for students to plug-in and recharge every electronic device imagineable. Does anyone have these installed? I recently noticed these stations in the airport and I beleive that they had a Samsung logo.
Do you happen to remember what brand or company that the ones you used are?
I just listened to the Samsung rep video on Facebook at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkCMS8d6EwY about their charging station. He mentions that they will have charging stations in 50 colleges "by the spring semester." I can't tell if that's spring 2010, spring 2011 or spring 2012.
Has Samsung installed any of these stations at any ACUI school's? The station appears very useful, but full of the Samsung logo. Any idea how to reach Samsung to discuss how to get a station installed? Thanks. Dave Halbach
At Washington State University in our Compton Union we installed 5 Kwikboost charging stations last spring and the students love them. We chose high traffic areas where students could sit and keep an eye on their phones. The convenience we found with Kwikboost was that we could wall mount them and plug them into existing outlets. You can find their info here: http://kwikboost.com/ We've really enjoyed working with the company as well - great service and flexibility to adapt the product to our needs. I've attached a picture for reference.
Coordinator, Facilities and Operations, Compton Union
I love this idea! It would be especially nice for commuter students...
For those who have already tried this, do you see students plugging in their devices and leaving them unattended? If so, how did you address that?
We considered posting information at each station to say charge at your own risk and refuse responsibilty for stolen technology, but then decided not to. After looking at airport installations, hotel lobby installations, a library and a restaurant, we noted no statements anywhere.
Honestly, if you don't value your phone, why we we accept responsibility for it? Also, all devices have a chip that regulates charging rate and shuts down charging if overcharging is an issue. So far, not one complaint or issue.
Good luck with your project!