London-based company, ChargedUp, is taking the bike sharing model and bringing it to battery charging for your mobile.
It has developed a network of vending stations where you can borrow portable battery banks, use them for as long as you need and then return them to a station of your choosing.
You can locate a station using the ChargedUp app and then simply scan the QR code to release a battery, much as you would with a dockless bike. Each battery can charge a phone twice over and comes with connector cables for both iPhone and Android.
The cost is 50p for 30minutes, with a max of £3 for 24 hours or you can purchase the battery from ChargedUp for £30 which will give you unlimited use of the network for a year. (You can swap your dead ChargedUp for a fully charged one).
The entire ChargedUp network runs on 100% green energy, made possible by a partnership with Ecotricity.
ChargedUp aims to be the go to solution for Londoners who constantly find themselves low on battery.
Says Founder and CEO Hugo Tilmouth:
“Battery life has not managed to keep up with the demands we put on our smartphones, and running low part-way through the day is now a common, and very frustrating, occurrence. It was certainly driving us mad! Which is why we developed ChargedUp as an easy, cost-effective way to charge your phone on the go. From as little as 50p, you’ll always be fully charged.
“We also wanted to ensure that we had protecting the environment at the heart of the business, which is why all the batteries are charged using green energy from Ecotricity, whilst also utilising the sharing economy to reduce lithium battery consumption.”
ChargedUp aims to be in over 1000 venues in London by the end of 2018 and will expand beyond the capital in early 2019. The company is looking to work Pret-A-Manger, TFL and Wetherspoons to ensure you can borrow a battery on every high-street in the UK.
To welcome users on board, when you download the ChargedUp App (see: bit.ly/2lkgS5A) you receive your first two charges completely free.
The App is live and the ChargedUp stations are available to use across London today. You can see the list of stations below.
- Full list of ChargedUp stations:
- The Elephants Head, Camden High Street, London, UK
- PaStation, 76 Tottenham Court Road, London, UK
- CycleLab & Juicebar, Pitfield Street, London, UK
- Old Red Cow, Long Lane, London, UK
- Dose Coffee, Long Lane, London, UK
- The Redchurch, 107 Redchurch Street, London, UK
- Cirque, 323 Old Street, London, UK
- Groucho Club, Dean Street, London, UK
- The Five Bells, New Cross Road, London, UK
- Oxo Tower Bar, Barge House Street, London, UK
- Mother Kelly’s, 251 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE, UK
- Loves Company, City Road, London, UK
- Hoxton 7, 7 Hoxton Street, London, UK
- Swingers City, Brown’s Buildings, London, UK
- Swingers West End, John Prince’s Street, London, UK
- The Magic Roundabout, 16 St Agnes Well, London, UK
- Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX, UK
- Floripa, Great Eastern Street, London, UK
- The Marksman, 254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ, UK
- Bar Kick, Shoreditch High Street, London, UK
- The Virgin Queen, Goldsmiths Row, London, UK
- Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0EL, UK
- 7 Grams Coffee, 194 Shoreditch High Street, London, UK
- WeWork Old St., Corsham Street, London, UK
- The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green, London, UK
- Pitfield, 31-35 Pitfield Street, London, UK
- Sink Pong, 2-4 Paul Street, London, UK
- Dolcezza Bonhill, Bonhill Street, London, UK
- Oxo Tower Restaurant, Barge House Street, London, UK
- Café 1001, Brick Lane, London, UK
- Big Chill Kings Cross, Pentonville Road, London, UK
- Big Chill Brick Lane, Dray Walk, London, UK
- WeWork London Fields, Mare Street, London, UK