No dead air: Samsung installs airport charging stations

Samsung releases 50 new charging stations at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Samsung Mobile on Monday announced that it had installed 50 free charging stations at Newark Liberty International Airport in Terminals A, B, and C.

The shelf is a bit narrow, IMO. Samsung

Each charging station includes four outlets that allow several normal travelers or a huge geek of one to recharge their electronic devices simultaneously. The stations are built to charge devices designed for U.S. voltage--120 volts--and come with a small shelf to hold the gear. Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) of New Jersey is providing electricity for all 50 charging stations at the airport.

Samsung Mobile has already recently installed free charging stations in several U.S. airports including 54 at JFK, 51 at LAX, 12 in LaGuardia, 18 in Orlando, and 22 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Sounds great, but I doubt I'd ever use this. I mean, do they really think I'm gonna leave my phone or laptop alone at some charging station at the airport? Don't airports try to curb leaving your stuff unattended anyway? Sure you could just stand there, waiting for whatever you're charging to finish, but if you do remember to keep your knees bent so when you pass out you don't do that much damage.

Also, from the looks of it, the shelf could use more space. How do they expect me to charge my 17-inch laptop on that thing? I guess I'll be copping a squat under the station if I want to be able to watch movies on long flights.

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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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