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Starbucks tests wireless charging in Boston

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As much as I enjoy working from coffeeshops, I equally loathe the constant jostling for a seat near a power outlet to charge my devices.

But for Starbucks customers in Boston the demand for power outlets is about to decrease. That's because in 17 locations throughout Boston Starbucks is testing Duracell Powermat wireless charging stations that will be built into tables. Of course, it's not as easy as setting your phone down on the charger. You'll need an accessory that makes the charging possible. But if you don't have one Starbucks will loan it to you.

"We are always looking for ways to help our customers recharge, both literally and figuratively. Wireless charging is not only the most convenient and simple way to recharge a mobile device, but it's environmentally friendly," said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer of Starbucks, in a statement.

However, there are no plans yet to expand this program nationwide. According to the Boston Globe, Starbucks will test the wireless chargers through the holidays. Then, early next year, the company will get input from customers and employees about the product before "next steps" are determined.

[h/t Treehugger]

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Tyler Falk

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure