You know the sound of impeding doom, right? The small bleep that echoes from your smartphone as the battery indicator light clicks to red/flashing. If you are not heading back to the office and you have no portable battery or charging cable/plug to hand? You day is about to get a whole lot more boring. Well, just as public Wi-Fi has become the standard, so too will the ability to charge your device become the norm.

Starbucks is experimenting with a charging services in the US, at the moment, however they are using Duracell Powermat’s PMA technology, a less popular standard, to gain the approval of the coffee loving public.

McDonalds however, is hoping Qi wireless charging will tempt more than the normal customers through their golden arches. The new tech is being rolled out after a small pilot in some of its UK stores. The fast food giant has just signed a deal with Aircharge to provide 600 chargers into more than 50 of its restaurants.

​Qi is reasonably prevalent with a growing number of compatible smartphones, such as the Nexus 6 and Lumia 930. Not everyone will have the ability to use these chargers, but the guys over at Aircharge will also be offering their wireless charging receivers with a microUSB or Lightning cable so everybody can join the party.

It’s worth a trip down to your local McD’s to grab a coffee and charge up your gadget and see what all the fuss is about.

Is their new ad campaign going to consist of the words I’m chargin’ it? Doubtful, but who knows?

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