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Follow the Stars to an Open Outlet

Should you find yourself a tourist in Los Angeles, and are wanting to walk along Hollywood Blvd, you can get charged at Rise N Grind at Wilcox (tagged by yours truly). You can snap pictures of the stars, selfies, and the grit and grime of that part of Hollywood (not what you expected?). 

It’s got to be the first non-major coffee shop in this part of Hollywood Blvd., and is a nice, clean place to park your butt and charge your phone and other gear. 

Each of the two, large communal tables has two multi-outlets that offer 3x AC outlets and 2x USB outlets. 

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There’s free WiFi for 2 hours with a voucher you get from the order counter. There is a restroom, for customers only. 

Happy Charging!

Goodbye #lowbattery. Hello #OpenOutlet. 

A Coffee Shop with Plenty of Open Outlets

if you find yourself in Downtown Los Angeles, check out The Classic coffee place on Main Street (tagged by yours truly). 

The airy space offers lots of varied seating from a communal table to counter space to two person coffee tables. 

At most of these smaller tables is a 2x AC outlet on the wall. At the counter behind the barista there are three 2x AC outlets (see below).

And if that’s not enough, the big communal table has two 2x outlets built into each table lamp (see below). 


There’s a restroom too, for customers only. 

Overall your phone and your body will find a great place to rest and recharge. 

Happy Charging!

Goddbye #lowbattery. Hello #OpenOutlet. 

Pre-Launch Testing in Seattle

The very first tweet using the OpenOutlet app and official @OpenOutletApp Twitter account happened right here in Seattle where yours truly is exploring. And I am relieved to see that all the testing done thus far has yielded a great, bug-free save and share.

The Analog Coffee shop in Capital Hill had a 2x outlet on the back wall. Though they lacked as many outlets as they had space for people with #lowbattery phones, they made up for it in ambiance and a solid cup of coffee.

San Francisco Needs Open Outlet

At a touristy destination like Fisherman’s Wharf, doesn’t it make sense for tourists to get charged up before they continue strolling an snapping selfies or sea lions and Alcatraz?

Whether you’re from out of town or from another continent, we all suffer from premature #lowbattery. And like bathroom and snack pit stops, you’re iPhone needs some recharging as well. 

The Starbucks on Jones Street at Fisherman’s Wharf in the thick of tourists has been tagged for you, courtesy of yours truly. 

Help me find more please with the Open Outlet app. 

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Induction charging

Your Phone: Love It, Hate It


I love my phone but when the battery is #lowbattery I don’t know who to hate–my phone or my careless use of it. Of course, when blaming my phone I am including Apple. Back in the day, my Blackberry never lasted only a day but I barely did much more than phone and email, and nowhere near the volume of email I do today (far more phone calls back then). I could not surf the web with it. Potential utilization was low back then. 

Today my phone is much more than a Swiss army pocket knife. It’s my portable computer for mobile access to writing a blog post, to Shazaming that KCRW song on the radio, to Yelping that falafel place on Melrose, to checking out this week’s beautiful weather report in Los Angeles. 

And whenever I can, I contribute a outlet to my Open Outlet project to help someone one day when their hating their phone or their over utilization of their phone and have serious #lowbattery and could use a place to plug in.