It’s a safe place to charge your cellphone while you’re out. At a bar with friends after a football game, Dave Adams noticed all their cell phones were nearly dead. That’s when inspiration struck. Dave and a friend sketched out on a napkin an idea for what would become SafeCharge, essentially a locker for your phone, with battery chargers to accommodate any phone made in the last 16 years.
Customers navigate a touch screen, swipe a credit card, and one of six charging station doors pops open. It’s about the price of a beer. SafeCharge started in a Chicago bar that Adams and co-founder Doug Charron used to live above; and has spread to 50 locations in Chicago, a few suburbs, Florida, Texas and Michigan. They’re considering expanding to malls, casinos, convention sites and stadiums: LINK