Downtown with a low battery? You’ll have an easier time getting your phone charged back up this summer, as the Rose Kennedy Greenway has added three new phone charging stations for public use.
The stations were loaned to the Greenway by the Life is good company. They’re located at the Greenway’s carousel, at Dewey Square, and at Rowes Wharf. The panels are solar powered and manufactured by Utah company Goal Zero.
Life is good received the booths from Goal Zero as part of a deal when the Utah company sponsored one of Life is good’s concert events. Tyler Wakstein, a brand partnership manager for the Boston-based apparel company, says it donated the booths to the Greenway for the season to give back to the community.
Greenway Director of Public Programming Charlie McCabe tells Boston.com the setups are safe from vandalization due to their weight—greater than 700 pounds, he says—and they are designed to withstand tough weather. They would be moved in the event of a hurricane, and will be taken down before the winter.
The units are being inspected regularly, McCabe says. Some of the wires will probably need to be replaced over the course of the season due to fraying or water logging, he says.
The booths, which bear Life is good branding, can charge six phones at a time. They are equipped with chargers for some phones, though notably not for the iPhone. But users can plug their own chargers—iPhone or otherwise—in to the system using a USB port.
McCabe says the Dewey Square booths have been the busiest so far, and all three have been particularly popular with the lunch crowd.
According to the Boston Business Journal, another booth was installed by Biomed Realty Trust in Kendall Square, and Goal Zero is in talks with other organizations to install more of the booths around Boston. The BBJ says a booth could be installed at Harvard University.Adam can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.