Jan 9, 2015
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About 200 Starbucks stores in the Bay Area are now offering patrons a place to charge their smartphones for free using wireless technology, including at West County locations such as Point Richmond and El Cerrito.

Along with free WiFi, the stores feature Duracell Powermat stations on some tables and counters.

We tried it out at the Point Richmond Starbucks on Friday and found that it worked and was easy to use. We also know the store on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito currently features the technology.

Patrons can borrow or purchase a “ring” at the stores to plug into their phones. They can then simply place the ring on the Powermat to start charging.

Starbucks announced in November it was installing the phone charging stations in Bay Area stores with plans to roll them out nationally.

Ran Poliakine, CEO of Powermat Technologies, says Bay Area residents “no longer have to worry about making it through their day with limited battery power.”

“They know that the nearest charge is only as far away as the nearest Starbucks,” he added.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.