Specifically, in parks and beaches around New York City, AT&T with the help of Goal Zero will bring solar-powered smartphone charger stations. Location-wise, they’ll be deployed at Fort Green Park on June 18th, then Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, the Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park over the next few weeks. Each solar-powered pole, designed locally by Pensa, sports six USB connections: for iPhones and iPads, there’s 30-pin and Lightning plugs, Android and Windows Phone users can hook up to micro-USB, and everyone else can use their own cable with one of three typical USB connectors.
Each station has three 15-watt solar panels, a 168 watt-hour battery, and is 12.5 feet tall, so six different devices can be charged without exposure to the sun. Of course, to completely fill up your phone can take some time, but 5-15 minutes of charge could be everything that lets you get past 6PM on that wonderful device you always use with impunity.