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Ten Australian universities embrace Chargebar

Service provider Chargebar is now the number one supplier of phone charging stations in universities, with ten Australian institutions adopting the unique service for their students.

The small, wall-mountable units, commonly referred to as ‘chargebars’, have eight charging cables that allow students to recharge their mobile phone or tablet device for free.

The innovative service is particularly suited to universities and educational institutions due to a student’s high dependence on smartphone and/or tablet for their learning experience.

“I constantly use my phone at uni to research for assignments, access my timetable and search for information” said UNSW student Jenny Drummond, adding “it’s really stressful when your phone is low on battery and you don’t have your charger with you.”

High profile institutions such as the University of Newcastle, UNSW and University of Western Sydney have recognised this need, installing multiple charging points across their campuses.

Susannah Lynch, Manager of Marketing and Sponsorship at the University of Newcastle has received rave reviews about their installations across four of their campuses.

“We think it’s fantastic and our students love the fact that the service is both fast and free” said Ms Lynch.

Chargebar Managing Director Jonathon Tanner said universities are realising that free charging services are as important as free wifi and essential in keeping their students productive and happy while on campus.

“At this rate, we will have charging stations installed in over half of all Australian universities by the start of first semester 2013” said Mr Tanner.

This trend follows a pattern in the US market where 70 percent of all universities and educational institutions have already installed charging stations at their campuses.

 

About Chargebar

A ‘chargebar’ is a station where people can recharge their mobile phone or tablet battery for free. They are permanently installed in out-of-home locations or hired for events such as festivals and conferences. Each chargebar has 8 to 12 cables catering for 97% of devices on the market and supplying a lightning fast charge. Chargebars are the next generation of customer service, but also serve as a highly effective tool to drive foot traffic and communicate a brand’s message to a captive audience.

Chargebar lands in Australian Hotelier Magazine for the Hot Product Section – April 2012

We made it into Australian Hotelier Magazine!

Launching our new micro chargebar just 4 weeks ago, we’ve already been getting a lot of attention from the bar and club industry. The team from Australian Hotelier were the first ones to notice us – thank you! Check out April’s Australian Hotelier ‘Hot Product’ section – here you can find a write up about our latest product to boost sales in the on-premise environment.

You can download the full article by clicking here

Chargebar cures problem of dead mobile phone batteries

Service provider Chargebar has today released a free iPhone app allowing consumers to locate the nearest venue to recharge their phone or tablet battery. Best of all, it’s completely free for everyone to use.

The Chargebar app finds one of 70 venues housing the service in Sydney’s CBD and surrounding suburbs, as well as Sydney Ferries on the Manly route.

Each chargebar has 8 to 12 charging cables and caters for 96% of smart phone handsets currently on the market with a lightning fast charge. Users simply find the correct charging cables and plug in for as long as they like.

“The iPhone app makes it easy for people to recharge their phone or tablets whilst out and about. With the last of their battery power they can find a location to recharge their phone… all for free!” Said Jonathon Tanner, Chargebar’s Managing Director, adding “everyone today is completely addicted to their smart phones. To have a flat phone battery can be an absolute nightmare and a horrible, sinking feeling. There’s even a name for it – nomophobia!”

The iPhone app features addresses and opening hours of each location. Users can also propose where they would like to see more free-to-use charging stations by hitting the ‘Suggest a Venue’ button.

“The chargebar app absolutely saved me! I found the closest venue, charged up and then was able to keep in contact with my friends all night.” – Carlie Ikonomou, 21, from Hunters Hill.

“I used the chargebar app when I was up from Melbourne. It’s awesome!” Rowen Wagner, 28, from Turrak.

“Please put a chargebar at North Bondi RSL and Icebergs – we need more in Bondi!” Kade Robinson, 28, from Bondi Beach.

Chargebar believes strong adoption of the app will prove to other venues how much the service is demanded by tech hungry consumers, and that chargebars will increase over the counter sales.

“Our venues absolutely love the service because 90% of customers will buy something while they wait for their phone to recharge” Tanner said, adding “and once they know the service is there, they’ll keep coming back to use it”.

Chargebar is currently in advanced discussions with large national hospitality and retail chains and expects to boost its network by 500 to 1,000 venues across Australia in the next 3 to 6 months, with the ultimate goal of 10,000 by 2014. The company aims one day sees the service being as ubiquitous as free WiFi.

 

About Chargebar

Chargebars are free-to-use phone and tablet battery chargers installed in out-of-home locations such as bars, cafes, airports and shopping centres. Each chargebar recharges 96% of handsets with a lightning fast charge. For venue owners, the service provides increased dwell time and additional foot traffic, ultimately increasing over the counter sales. Brands can also advertise on each chargebar to take advantage of a captive audience who can’t look away whilst recharging.

 

New app to recharge hospitality venue sales

Hospitality venues looking for a carrot to keep their customers spending during hard economic times have a new solution on offer – and it’s so simple you wonder why someone hasn’t thought of it before.

Service provider Chargebar has today released a free iPhone app allowing consumers to locate the nearest venue to recharge their phone or tablet battery.

The Chargebar app finds one of 70venues housing the service in Sydney’s CBD and surrounding suburbs, as well as Sydney Ferries on the Manly route. High profile installations include the Golden Sheaf, The Ivy, The Clock Hotel and Cruise Bar.

Each chargebar has 8 to 12 charging cables and caters for 96% of smart phone handsets currently on the market with a lightning fast charge. Users simply find the correct charging cables and plug in for as long as they like.

“Our iPhone app immediately places a bar, pub, club, cafe or restaurant on the radar and starts bringing new customers through the doors” said Jonathon Tanner, Chargebar’s Managing Director, adding “with the last of their battery power they can find a location to recharge their device”.

The iPhone app features addresses and opening hours of each store, as well as integration with the ‘Maps’ app, providing each user with exact instructions on how to find the venue.

Chargebars have already proven a huge success. The company’s research suggests a customer will dwell in the venue for an average 12 minutes whilst recharging, and a staggering 90% of ‘chargers’ will purchase something while they wait.

“We have been stunned at how effective chargebars are at stimulating sales” Tanner said, adding “if each ‘charger’ spends just $5 whilst recharging, and records 500 ‘charges’ per month, then the venue can expect an extra $2,250 in sales per month, or $27,000 per year”.

These thoughts are echoed by their current venues. “I see people walk into the venue specifically to use the chargebar every day, and almost every one of them buys a drink” said Lucy, a bartender at the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills.

Chargebar believes strong adoption of the app will prove to other hospitality venues how much the service is demanded by tech hungry consumers, and that chargebars will increase sales.

Chargebar is currently in advanced discussions with large national hospitality and retail chains and expects to boost its network by 500 to 1,000 venues across Australia in the next 3 to 6 months, with the ultimate goal of 10,000 by 2014. The company aims one day sees the service being as ubiquitous as free WiFi.