Starbucks is offering more perks for coffee lovers…free wireless charging stations! Sounds great, right? Walk in, get a Frapaccino and juice up your smartphone then be on your happy way. We’re totally down for it… only thing is they’re testing out their wireless charging service at their San Francisco shops first, hoping to roll it out to other stores across the nation next year. Starbucks is still in the early stages of its national deployment of Duracell Powermat chargers, which are going to be circular pads that will be embedded into counters and tabletops, so you’ll have to be a bit patient until your local Starbucks gets them. According to Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks, “[Starbucks is] thrilled to offer [their] customers that next level of convenience with Powermat wireless charging. Rather than hunting around for an available power outlet, they can seamlessly charge their device while enjoying their favorite food or beverage offering right in our stores.”
To use the Powermat chargers, lucky San Franciscoians will first need to have a compatible phone and case and if they don’t, they’ll need an add-on charging ring that simply sits on the mat to juice up their smartphone. There’s no info, yet, on whether patrons will be able to buy a Powermat adaptors the coffee shop, either, but you can snatch one up at you local AT&T store. Right now, select stores in Boston and San Jose offer Powermat, which were pilot locations. If you’re a San Fran local, check out which Starbucks shops will have the Powermat chargers here.