You’ll soon be able to charge your iPhone at a Starbucks location near you, if you happen to live in a larger city in the United States. The coffee company announced on Thursday that it will be bringing Powermat wireless phone chargers to Starbucks locations nationwide, starting with the San Francisco Bay area this year. The rollout will initially focus on the West Coast, and expand to major metropolitan areas across the United States through 2015.
Powermat Spots, will be integrated on tables and surfaces at Starbucks locations, allowing customers to place their smartphone onto it for wireless charging. You’ll need a compatible smartphone to wirelessly charge your device with a Powermat. If you’re an iPhone user, that means you’ll need to purchase a Duracell Powermat case from the Apple Store or elsewhere. Alternatively, there will be small receiver rings made available that, when plugged into your smartphone, allows it to be wirelessly charged on the Powermat. It is unknown if Starbucks will be providing these rings in stores.
See the video released for this announcement here: