“ Where can I charge my phone? Is there a power point around here? ”
These are the two most popular questions asked of event staff working at the Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre in WA. Followed closely by “What’s for lunch?”
When we’re away from home, traveling, or out and about, many of us spend way too much time worrying about where we can charge our phones. Especially while at a conference trying to get critical work done, using apps that quickly drain batteries. Who hasn’t had that dreaded feeling of despair upon seeing a low battery alert, or felt the anxiety of watching your power drop under 10%, knowing that it’s not even noon and you have a full day ahead?
Fulfilling the need to charge our phones is universal, undeniable, and at times unattainable. The obvious solution is to plug your device into a power socket when it requires recharging. But most buildings aren’t outfitted with enough power points to meet our ever-increasing demand. If you’re lucky enough to find an inconveniently located place to charge, you’d better be up to the challenge of sitting on the floor for half an hour just to get some juice while guarding your phone. That is, assuming you had the foresight to bring along your power adapter.
One remedy for event organisers to meet the charging needs of their attendees is to install additional outlets. But infrastructure updates are costly. Also, outlets don’t provide any protection against breakage or theft. As you can imagine, a convention hall floor is not the safest spot to store a device.
Reacting to this common problem, the team at Seven West Media and Arinex event solutions, the organisers of the hugely successful Resources Technology Showcase 2019, teamed up with LocknCharge to come up with an innovative solution. Mobile device charging lockers were deployed at three strategic locations throughout the show: one event charging station on the main exhibition floor for the 6,000 attendees, one in the Seven West Media Hub for journalists and reporters, and one for the keynote speaker sessions allowing the resources sector executives to stay connected.
Easy to use and accessible, FUYL Tower 15 Charging Stations provide an ideal solution to a growing problem. Event phone charging stations can be placed in open public areas where they’re needed most. Working much in the same way as a hotel safe, users choose a locker and assign a PIN to store and charge their device safely. Each compartment is equipped with a power outlet and a 2.4 amp USB port, which charges almost any device, including iPads, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, Chromebooks and more. Fast charging capability, while devices are securely locked away, provide much-needed relief from the angst caused by a dead phone. Charging stations can also save money by eliminating the need to install new power points.
Conveniently located, the Towers were in constant use throughout the Resources Technology Showcase and proved to be a real hit with delegates and staff.
This additional resource added a level of comfort and flexibility for visitors, further enhancing their experience. While we can’t help with your lunch menu, we can help provide the answer to your event’s most common questions about charging and power points. If you would like to learn more about having charging stations at your event, please contact us here.
May 21, 2019 | San Antonio, Texas
“We’re more than a school. Somos familia.” That’s the message James Bonham Academy demonstrates through active engagement of parents and the community in supporting student learning and development. The multicultural, multilingual K-8 school is a part of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).
Recognizing that education is not a “one size fits all” package, SAISD offers more choices than any other district in the area for students to pursue special interests and career goals. One extracurricular offering growing in popularity at Bonham Academy is their volunteer-run robotics program. Preschool-age through 8th grade students participate in the construction, operation and use of robots and the computer systems that control them.
Educators all over the nation are working to inspire students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs like Bonham Academy’s robotics club, and as more and more of them are deployed, new lessons and best practices emerge.
In order to operate a successful robotics program, schools first need accessible, fully charged tech for their students. As a result, “mobile STEM labs” are a new concept quickly catching on as a cost-effective, sharable solution for delivering hands-on STEM education tools.
With three different age groups utilizing laptops, iPads and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robots at Bonham Academy, volunteer David Lopez explains, “We needed a way to store, charge and lock several types of devices – an all-in-one solution flexible enough to accommodate all of our charging needs.”
After a Google search and an eye-catching Facebook ad about laptop carts for schools, Lopez contacted LocknCharge for more information on our open-concept charging carts. He liked what he saw and he liked what he heard.
The design gave them the versatility he was looking for. Utilizing a combination of Baskets by LocknCharge and wire racks inside their carts, Bonham Academy can fit everything they need to run the three groups of robotics club effectively and efficiently.
As a purely volunteer service that a few parents provide, Lopez recognizes the importance of that efficiency. “We’re happy whenever we can reduce setup time and instead dedicate that time to the children of the school,” he said.
Charging used to be somewhat of a hodge-podge with different devices charging in different locations, but they’ve now consolidated everything into one cart – streamlining the setup and tear-down process.
Unlike some alternative options built by the manufacturers of the STEM technology, the LocknCharge Charging Carts are more affordable and flexible. They’re multi-purpose and not tailored to any specific device; thus won’t become obsolete as the technology is redesigned in the future. And the future is really what they’re focused on. As their vision states, Bonham Academy is shaping and empowering culturally literate and innovative global learners and leaders.
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For nearly 200 years, the London Zoo has made studying and conserving wildlife their number one priority. As the world’s oldest scientific zoo, situated within a Royal Park, the London Zoo draws far more attention for its historical significance than its cutting-edge technology. It also draws a lot of tourists. And with tourists, come mobile devices.
After witnessing several visitors fall victim to the same battery-draining mishaps, ZSL’s interim retail manager, Alison Lumsden, had an idea. She could improve and modernise the customer experience, and raise more money for conservation efforts in one move: a device charging kiosk.
“We are a charity. We don’t receive government funding. So nearly every penny we make goes back into conservation, and we are always looking for ways to generate extra funding,” said Alison.
She set out to find this paid device-charging amenity she had in mind, and at RetailEXPO, she met LocknCharge sales manager Craig Foster. Together, they made it a reality. After a series of conversations about the goals for this project, they landed on a FUYL Tower Charging Locker as the ideal phone charging station solution. The FUYL Tower features 15 individually lockable compartments that can accommodate anything from mobile phones to laptops.
Unlike some of the alternatives such as portable charging batteries, the FUYL Tower stays put. It’s right where you leave it every time. Additionally, Alison liked being able to customise the Tower to fit her retail space. Their custom wrap and signage include step-by-step instructions for using a locker along with pricing for the locker and cord rentals. The Tower matches the ZSL brand seamlessly.
With intelligent remote management, the FUYL Tower puts the zoo staff in control of assigning specific compartments to single users. Admins can remotely open doors, deny access to a reserved locker, and stay on top of any abnormal usage or technical faults. The digital keypad controls compartment security and gives visitors peace of mind to leave devices behind as they wander the grounds.
When the FUYL Tower lockable charging station was delivered to its spot in the gift shop adjacent to the zoo’s exit, it was unboxed, assembled and immediately put to the test to figure out which of Alison’s four operational ideas would work best. Zoo staff and LocknCharge representatives worked as a team to make sure they had addressed every worst-case scenario. They had the Tower up and running in less than a day. Also exceeding expectations: the Tower’s profitability. They’ve had a steady flow of zoo visitors putting the FUYL Tower to use.
“I was very impressed with Craig and the whole team. Everyone was super helpful, and that partnership is really important to me. I’d give customer service at LocknCharge a 10 out of 10,” said Alison.
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9 Reasons Why Schools & Teachers Love LocknCharge
Over the past 20 years, we’ve been listening to the needs of teachers, IT staff members, administration and students. And because of what we’ve learned during these critical conversations, we’ve designed mobile device charging carts and stations that relieve pain points specific to challenges in education. Our products boast features not offered by our competitors: high-quality components, top-loading cart designs, Baskets by LocknCharge, ECO Safe Charge™, compact designs, lifetime warranties and much more. After talking to thousands of educators around the world, we’ve jotted down just a few of the reasons why schools using our products love LocknCharge. Check out ’em out:
Time-saving baskets allow teachers and students to quickly, safely and easily distribute devices every day, putting up to two weeks of class time back into the hands of teachers every year.
Compact device charging stations, save valuable real estate in space-strapped classrooms, allowing more room for expanding class sizes.
Our budget-friendly product lines save schools serious money while still offering time-saving features like baskets and top-loading cart designs.
Simple and organized cabling of our products will cut cart setup time in half, easing the burden of a device deployment on your schools’ IT Teams.
Ultra-secure locking systems protect mobile devices from theft, breakage and loss, giving teachers peace of mind that their devices are always safe and sound.
Excellent Customer Support is always here to help with any questions or issues that may arise. You can count on us to be there for you.
We are the experts in mobile device deployments, and our Customer Success Managers are here to help find the solution that’s right for each of your schools’ specific needs.
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At LocknCharge we think of you as more than just a customer, you’re family. We pride ourselves in treating you like we treat our own families, with care, attention and thoughtfulness. That means we’ll always go the extra mile for you, even if that extra mile is a walk across tiny interlocking toys! Here are some other ways we show how much we care:
We Build High-Quality, Long-Lasting Products
Our customers deserve products to be thoroughly tested and built to withstand heavy usage. Our design and manufacturing process ensures that our products meet the highest standards. Manufacturing facilities employ robust procedures to ensure that customers are getting a high-quality product that’s made to last. That’s why LocknCharge products are built in ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facilities.
“Supporting your product has been a breeze. Give my thanks to the team for being a great product with awesome support!” – Chris from Carlsbad, CA, USA
“I have recommended LocknCharge to several people now based on my experience with you. Thanks for the great support and really nice product.” – Matt, EdTech Network Administrator from CO, USA
We Deliver Exceptional Customer Service and Support
It’s no secret that our widespread customer success is due in large part to our customer service staff. LocknCharge focuses on hiring extraordinary people who strive to do what’s best for the customer while also being extremely easy to work with, and fun too! They’re our expert problem solvers, providing the right answers to your inquiries as quickly as possible—sometimes before you even know what questions to ask. They’re passionate about our products and know them inside and out. They’ll conduct research, proactively inquire and follow up, making sure our customers are always satisfied. It’s the reason they receive countless thank you emails covered in exclamation points.
Because we take the time to stay in touch, we get to know many of our customers on a very personal level. We don’t just care about how your LocknCharge products are working. We also care about your son’s playoff soccer game last weekend and how your new adorable puppy is fitting in with the family. We just have one expectation in return. Pictures! Send us lots of pictures!
“We’ve been a customer with LocknCharge for the past four years, and our customer experience has been incomparable to any other company. Willingness to work, flexibility, and always caring for the customer, LocknCharge is one of our valued strategic partners when it comes to the success of our students.” – Israel Oliveros from Coachella Valley Unified School District, CA, USA
“Thank you so much. If I had known it was this simple, I would have contacted you long ago.” – Carole, In School Intervention Program/Special Education from Texas, USA
We Bring you Peace of Mind
From our Lifetime Warranty* to our extremely secure solutions, you can rely on us to protect your devices and the data that’s on them. Our Carrier™ Charging Stations are made with high-quality welded steel and come with stainless steel locks and keys. An optional anchor kit locks the whole Joey™ Charging Cart to the floor or wall with a heavy-duty chain and keyed lock. And a built-in mechanical combination lock makes our Putnam™ 18 Tower charging station ultra secure.
In addition, all of our products are backed by a lifetime warranty. This security gives CTOs, teachers and administrators peace of mind so that they can focus on what’s essential—giving students the best education.
“As a CTO for a school district, LocknCharge has really brought us peace of mind. We’ve had a couple of break-ins at school sites, but the best that they’ve been able to do is touch the cart and a couple of wires. No iPads have ever been stolen out of a LocknCharge cart. As the person in charge of 20,000 iPads in our school district, we feel peace of mind and safety and security with these carts in particular. We love them!” – Michelle Murphy, CTO Executive Director of Technology Services, Coachella Unified School District, CA, USA
We’re dedicated to going above and beyond for you.
Everyone at LocknCharge is consistently focused on what matters to you. We each share a common philosophy that the customer comes first.
Do you have a brother you can always depend on to give you a ride to the airport? Or a cousin who brings those delicious pies to a holiday dinner year after year? What about a father who tells dad jokes that are so corny you just have to laugh? We’d like you to think of us as another dependable member of the family. We’d like you to think of us as another dependable member of the family. You can rely on us in tough situations to make your life easier and bring a smile to your face to brighten your day.