MobileQubes, the “Redbox of charging solutions” for mobile devices, launched the first-ever rent and return cord-free mobile charging kiosks in a pilot program in November. Baton Rouge-based design and software company Envoc partnered with the company to create custom software, delivering a unique solution to tablet and smartphone users.
Their solution targets the 165 million smartphone users who need portable charging devices. MobileQubes not only offers lithium-ion polymer contact batteries, or “Qubes,” but also twice the power at a fraction of the cost of current market leaders.
The idea for the Qubes was born when CEO Sean Carrigan’s phone died while waiting on several important calls. Him and partners Jason Palmer, CTO, and Mike Melito, President and COO, built the company and designed the kiosks, and used Envoc to take it to the next level. Envoc built the custom software solution that has an easy-to-use interface for customers that is also reliable.
Additionally, Envoc built a mobile friendly website using MobileQubes custom branding. Users can visit the company’s website and click the “Find a Qube” section to locate the nearest kiosk.
The startup is charging $4.99 for the first day of use per pack, $.99 cents each day after for up to seven days, or the option to purchase the Qubes for $39.99.
“We’re excited to be the first company providing a convenient, affordable solution to the universal problem of insufficient battery life for the 165 million smartphone users in the U.S.,” said Carrigan. “Launching the technology at one of the country’s top destination cities is proof of the confidence we have in our Qubes to get the job done – keeping consumers, fans and travelers connected and eliminating the hassle caused by a dead or dying battery.”