Uni gets new charging stations

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The new phone-charging station on the first floor, already in use.

On January 11th there was an unexpected addition to the first floor. Students flocked to see the new phone-charging station.

According to Associate Director Dr. Ida Nuckolls, it is a charging station from kwikboost, only for phones.

“It’s a sign of the times,” says Nuckolls. “Everyone has some sort of electrical items needing charging.”

“I see students crawling up under water fountains to plug in their devices and that makes me nervous,” Nuckolls says.

Charging stations at the Illini Union gave Nuckolls the idea to have some at Uni. Callie Montgomery, who is an IT tech associate according to Nuckolls, helped figure out where to place the phone-charging station in Uni.

“We went to every hallway, every room, every corner,” says Nuckolls.

The PFO offered to purchase more for Uni, but Nuckolls was unsure how many they’d be able to get. The current charging station cost $899, and an additional $299 for the ledge. It was purchased by Uni.

The University of Illinois was not involved in getting the charging station.

“The U of I hasn’t paid anything for it,” says Nuckolls. “If anything, they’re providing the electricity.”

The same vendor who put up the charging stations in the union put up the station at Uni, which is why it has the UIUC’s name on it.

Arrival of the new charging station for the second floor.

Nuckolls says that a student who helped her plug it in and test it told her that Uni really needed something for laptops. So, on Wednesday, January 31, Nuckolls arranged to get another charging station not exclusive to phones. It was an Isle Power Tower from KI, and will also cost $899.

“We want to have them in convenient places,” says Nuckolls. She says she’s open to ideas on where to put the stations. The Isle Power Tower will be on the second floor.

When told that a charging station would be coming to the second floor, freshman Rani Ramrattan said, “I think it’s good, because we only have one outlet that we can use,” as she indicated at an outlet in the middle of the hall. Freshman Elliot Gangler agrees. “I think it’s good to have a couple outlets,” he says.

Some students think the phone-charging station is a good idea.

“I like it,” says senior Anna Ding about the phone-charging station. “I think a lot of people don’t bring their charger to school, so I think it’s useful.”

However, others haven’t found it helpful yet.

“I’ve never used it,” senior Jake Robbennolt says. “I usually have my phone charged.”

Junior Emma Hummel hasn’t either. “It seems really expensive,” she adds.

Whether it’s a worthwhile investment remains to be seen, but a couple phones plugged into the charging station is already a common sight.

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2 Responses to “Uni gets new charging stations”

  1. Theodore Mueller on February 24th, 2018 7:42 pm

    Congratulations. If the prices stated are true (almost $1200), Uni or a donor fund has paid about 10 times as much as alternatives sell for on the internet. Doesn’t anyone “comparative shop” anymore?

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  2. Martin Wu on February 26th, 2018 10:05 am

    The idea of charging station for laptops was proposed by Christina Wu, as a freshman, and was brought to the board meeting of PFO in March of 2017. After a lengthy period of feasibility study, the models were selected and brought in to the school, and we welcome feedback and comments. But we remain true to Christina’s original idea — a charging station for laptops. In the February meeting 2018, the Board of PFO approved of purchasing three charging stations, each on the first, second, and third floors of the school. The university community has always been very supportive to the school, although the charging stations are funded by the PFO in order to speed up the benefits to students.

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Uni gets new charging stations