UK startup creates network of charging power packs

December 03, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
ChargedUp has effectively created the UK’s largest phone charging network with 1000 6000mAh power bank vending machines in bars and cafes nationwide.
ChargedUp has effectively created the UK’s largest phone charging network with 1000 6000mAh power bank vending machines in bars and cafes nationwide.

London startup ChargedUp has created a network of over 1000 battery bank hire points across the UK and is branching out into the Netherlands and Germany.

The startup, founded in April 2017, has created a service that allows users to rent 6000mAh power banks by scanning a QR code through the ChargedUp app.

“We couldn’t be happier with how quickly this network has grown,” said Hugo Tilmouth, CEO. “We wanted to say a huge thank you to all the venues who have housed our machines, and to our whole userbase for helping us expand so quickly.”

The vending packs include 10 pre-charged battery power packs, each with Lightening, micro-USB and USB-C cables, which are unlocked when scanned by an app. Users can then charge their phones for £1 an hour for the first three hours, and for free after that. After this, the charge is £3 per 24 hours of use for a maximum of 10 days (£30) to buy the pack.

The power packs can be dropped back to any vending point or, once owned, swapped as many times as necessary for up to a year at no additional cost.

The company also has a deal with Octopus Energy to offset the electricity used for charging with renewable sources. It now has a vending machine in Amsterdam (where UK packs can be swapped) and is planning to expand into Germany in 2020.

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