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Batteries to back up cell phone available at Pa. Convention Center

 Mobile chargers are available at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Mobile chargers are available at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Pennsylvania Convention Center officials hope visitors will get a charge out of the facility’s newest amenity. 

Tom Hutchinson of SMG Management, which runs the convention center, said staffers noticed too many people hanging around portable phone-charging stations and wanted to offer an alternative.

“MobileQubes had an option where you could get a small battery charger and still continue to be mobile with your mobile device, and we thought it was a great add,” Hutchinson said.

The charger attaches to the bottom of the smartphone and can recharge a battery twice.  Hutchinson said the center now has kiosks where people can rent and return the units.

Rental is $4.99 for the first day, 99 cents for each additional day.  Similar back-up batteries sell for between $10 to $50 dollars. That, of course, requires running out and finding a store to buy one.

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