Goal Zero supplies solar power systems that support USB, AC/DC power devices on the go. Goal Zero launched StreetCharge in partnership with AT&T and Brooklyn-based design studio PENSA to provide free solar-powered mobile charging stations in the streets of New York.
Watch the Street Charge in the news in the video below:
The StreetCharge is a standalone mobile charging station with no wired connection at all. The Streetcharge pole is topped with three 15-watt monocrystalline solar panels to supply electrical charge to devices. In case of cloudy or rainy days, a 168 watt-hour lithium-ion battery stands ready to provide backup power. The company estimates the backup battery can charge up to six mobile devices for days without soaking up power from the sun.
The charging stations are built to withstand wet weather, highlighting its practicality in extreme weather events. The company designed the StreetCharge to be tamperproof as well. Non-stationary charging stalls’ bases are bolted down. Portable weighted bases are also available for seasonal use and other events.
The StreetCharge sports six USB connector cables:
- 30 pin cables for iPhones and iPads
- Lightning plugs for iPhones and iPads
- Micro-USB for Android and Windows Phone
- Three universal USB connectors
Each cable can provide up to 2 amps of 5 volts to almost any smartphone or tablet. Goal Zero stated that StreetCharge will have the potential for WIFI, advertising, city directions, and lighting aside from solar-powered mobile charging. AT&T plans to install more StreetCharge units in more high foot traffic areas around New York.
See a breakdown of the Goal Zero StreetCharge components here.