Local company installs cell phone charging stations

Posted at: 06/22/2013 7:02 PM
Updated at: 06/22/2013 9:26 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Do you often find yourself out and about without a charger and your cell phone dies? A local company has a solution.

They're called Upstate Charge and they are now installing charging stations at bars and restaurants around town.

News10NBC spoke to the founders of this company about the new idea.

Lucky's Bar in Chili is the first place you can go to find a cell phone charging station.

The process is simple. Just $3 will give you 15 minutes of charging and anywhere from 10-percent to 30-percent added to your battery life. Also, multiple phones can be charged at once.

News10NBC asked the co-founder of Upstate Charge how he and his business partner came up with this idea. He says they saw how many people used their phones and how few options there are for charging them outside your home or car.

“You're in meetings. At dinner you're having drinks or you name it, you can't do it. So we were like, we need to come up with something that lets people keep in their normal routine while charging their phones and not worrying about them dying,” said Justin Basch, co-founder of Upstate Charge.

Another question News10NBC asked was how do you keep these phone from being stolen while they are charging.

Right now you have to stand nearby to keep an eye on it. But next month they plan on releasing a version of the station where you would charge your phone in a little locked locker.

Click here for the Upstate Charge Twitter page.