By THE NATION
ChargeSpot – the shared power bank rental service from Japan and the world’s first transnational power bank sharing service provider – has expanded its reach with the recent launch of its service in Thailand. The perfect solution to local users and travellers who need to add some juice to their mobile phones and other electronic devices on the go, it allows users pick up a power bank at a ChargeSpot station and can return it at any station in the countries where it has a presence.
ChargeSpot currently has more than 5,000 power bank rental stations in Hong Kong in collaboration with 7-Eleven, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and New World First Ferry. There are over 17,000 stations at leading shopping malls and convenience stores in Japan, such as Lawson, Aeon Japan, and Shibuya 109, and more than 10,000 stations in Taiwan.
Here, the company has entered into partnerships with Siam Piwat, operator of Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Iconsiam, Kerry Express, Baiyoke Hotel Group and Vana Nava Water Jungle as well as Kasikorn Bank. By the end of 2019, the number of power bank rental stations in Bangkok should reach 5,000 and top 35,000 stations across Asia.
“Thailand – one of the top tourist global destinations – is a hub of internet connectivity, and also a centre of startup investment in Asean. ChargeSpot on-the-go power bank rental service has received an overwhelmingly positive response in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and we also expect the same in Thailand. ChargeSpot machines allow users, both locals and tourists, to be more carefree with their mobile phone’s battery. The advantage to this is, our users can rent in one country and return in another. This allows a level of freedom to travel and recharge no other service can currently provide,” chief executive Tomson Chiu said during the recent launch at Siam Paragon.
“Our aim is to become an icon of the innovative lifestyle and to help customers enjoy hassle-free shopping experience while remaining connected. OneSiam Group shopping malls that gives one hour of free use until June 27,” added Naratipe Ruttapradid, senior executive vice president of Siam Piwat’s operations.
“Kasikorn Bank is the leading digital banking platform, and has the largest volume of debit card and credit usage. We aim to enhance our services and online banking transaction to ensure maximum benefits for customers. Through our partnership with ChargeSpot, we believe we can accommodate our customers to process online payment via both Kasikorn Bank debit and credit cards efficiently. We have a special deal to get ChargeSpot at no cost for one hour for anyone using the deposit payment or topping up via Kasikorn Bank debit and credit cards on the ChargeSpot mobile application from today to August 31,” says Worasa Koravignarin, first vice president of the bank’s cards and personal loan product management department.
To make use of the service, download ChargeSpot mobile application or access it via WeChat or Line to search for the nearest ChargeSpot station. Then scan the QR code to simply rent the power bank. Rental stations are located in Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Iconsiam and all Baiyokegroup of hotels. The rental service rate starts at Bt15 per hour for the first 3 hours (flat rate) and comes at no additional charge for the first 24 hours. Additional fee for additional days is Bt30 per day.
However, users need to pay a deposit of Bt450, which will be returned to them when they return the power bank.
ChargeSpot power bank is available in a portable compact size at 7 x 1.5 x 14.5 centimetres with a capacity of 5000 mAh, and it is compatible with all Android and iOS smartphones with micro-USB, Type-C and Lightning charging port. The power bank is protected by 8 safety systems, namely output voltage protection, output current protection, heat control protection, overcharge Protection, energy release protection, short circuit protection, surge protection, and antiripple system.
To find out more about ChargeSpot, go to http://ChargeSpot.net.