updated 11:15 pm EDT, Mon July 29, 2013
Initiative uses PMA standard for inductive charging
Duracell Powermat today announced the availability of wireless charging stations in select Starbucks stores in the Silicon Valley area. The expansion of the wireless charging evaluation follows a successful test of the technology in a handful of Boston-area Starbucks locations. The stations are compatible with any PMA (Power Matters Alliance) certified devices.
Users can take advantage of the service by simply laying their PMA-compatible device down on the stations' table. Several companies, including Duracell Powermat, offer PMA-certified smartphone cases and portable batteries, and AT&T recently announced that many of its smartphones will ship with PMA wireless charging technology next year. Blackberry, HTC, LG, Samsung, ZTE and other smartphone makers have also signed on to the PMA.