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June 21, 2013

New York installing free mobile device charging stations

Move is a response to dead cell phone batteries after Sandy

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Once the project is complete, charging stations for cell phones and tablets will be available in these locations:

Manhattan:

  • Riverside Park, Pier I
  • Union Square Park, North Plaza
  • Rumsey Playfield, Central Park Summerstage
  • Hudson River Park Pier 59
  • Randall's Island

Brooklyn:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier I
  • Fort Greene Park
  • Coney Island
  • Metrotech Plaza
  • The Dumbo Arts Festival
  • The Brooklyn Book Festival

Queens:

  • Rockaway Beach
  • Clearview Golf Course
  • Socrates Sculpture Park

Bronx:

  • Orchard Beach
  • Staten Island:
  • Governor's Island
  • La Tourette Golf Course
  • Staten Island Zoo

Keeping a smart phone charged is a bigger issue than with the previous generation of cell phones. Accessing data and running apps provides a much faster battery drain than simple voice communication.

What to do

A number of manufacturers are at work to find ways to extend battery life, or produce smart phone batteries that will hold a charge longer. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to go longer between charges.

The first is obvious – turn off the phone when you are asleep or in an area where there is weak or no cell signal. If the phone is constantly searching for a signal, it can quickly drain the battery.

When you are in a meeting and don't want to be disturbed, turn the phone off instead of switching to “vibrate.” The vibrate mode uses extra power.

Turn down the brightness. Yes, you need to be able to see the screen when you are outside in the sunlight but the backlight feature on smart phones is an energy hog.

Don't let the battery drain completely. The lithium-based batteries in mobile devices are designed to operate best when they don't run all the way down. Charge it up whenever you have the chance.

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.

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