The city that never sleeps wants to make sure your phone never dies. New York City is installing solar-powered Street Charge stations in a variety of parks and other locations in the coming weeks.
The result of a partnership between AT&T and Goal Zero, each charging station includes six USB connectors. Users of iPhones and iPads can take advantage of 30-pin and Lightning plugs, while Android and Windows phone users can plug in to micro-USB cables. Three female USB ports will also be available for people to use their own cords.
Three 15-watt solar panels and a 168 watt-hour battery will give each Street Charge enough juice to power up to six devices for several days, even when it’s overcast or at night.
Beginning June 18th, the stations will start arriving — first in Fort Green Park, then on to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square and Hudson River Park.
As of now, the stations will be up until September 2013, but if the trial run is a success, permanent locations could be announced. Until then, find out more about the charging stations in this video posted by Engadget, where a spokesman for AT&T talks about the inspiration behind the project, most notably the massive power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Credit: Goal Zero