Who Uses Charging Stations?

I’ve been through a few airports and seen those rapid charging stations where you pay a few bucks for several minutes of juice.  The rapid charging station pictured was developed by SmartCarte and was found living inside the Las Vegas airport.  It offered various adapters to charge your favorite gadgets.  The cost was $3.00 for 30 minutes of charge, and it accepted major debt and credit cards.  All you have to do is plug in your device to the appropriate adapter, swipe your card, and watch the time pass as your device is brought back to life.  A small screen keeps track of how much your card is being charged while delivering power.

I’ve never suffered from an empty cell phone battery when traveling, but apparently there are many in need of a recharge.  A video from SmartCarte states that 70% of air travelers carry a cell phone, and the need to recharge batteries is on the rise.  They claim that the chargecarte unit is able to charge your PDA or cell phone in half the time of a regular charge, giving you 50% charge in 30 minutes.

Reasons I avoid charging stations:

  • It’s expensive.  The cost for electricity used to charge your device is multiple what you pay to charge in your own home.
  • I don’t feel safe letting my device hang out while charging; I’d have to stand guard the whole time.
  • No guarantee that it will give me a quality charge. The charging station clearly states: Quality of the charge depends on the quality of your battery.
  • It’s possible to locate unused electrical sockets in seating areas.  There may not be a lot, but there are usually a few places to plug in for free.
  • Not sure I feel comfortable giving my device the “rapid charge” described by SmartCarte.  I spent a lot of money on my devices, and having them get fried is my last desire.

Has anyone ever used a rapid charging station, or would you ever use one?  Share your experience.