Starbucks Introduces Wireless Charging For Mobile Devices

Starbucks is trialing new tabletop pads in select Boston stores that will allow customers to charge their cell phones and other mobile devices without having to deal with any pesky cords. Just set your phone down on the table and compatible devices will begin charging automatically.

The induction charging system, powered by Duracell Powermat, is being tested in 17 stores (listed below) throughout Boston for a limited time to gather customer response. However, Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman already seems pretty confident customers will like it.

In a recent chat with Boston.com, Brotman said "customers are coming into our stores every day with mobile devices, and putting them down on the table. If they could be charging their device at the same time, then we've connected with that customer and met their need, maybe even before they realized they had a need for wireless charging."

Unfortunately, inductive charging currently requires an adapter to work with most cellphones, but Starbucks plans on doing in-store giveaways and loaning out some Powermat compatible cases so customers can give the new system a try.

Here's a list of the Boston stores that are part of the wireless charging trial:

#869 Federal Street

#7377 One Financial

#10599 Summer Street

#7702 Commonwealth Avenue

#870 Newbury

#883 Steaming Kettle

#16439 Cleveland Circle

#7535 School Street

#875 Devonshire

#7224 Beth Israel

#7234 Mass Avenue

#7804 Children's Hospital

#801 Charles Street

#7102 Harvard Yard

#7502 Davis Square

#7338 Central Square

#7805 One International

[via Boston.com]