Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island get new installations

AT&T gives beaches solar-powered charging stations for cellphones

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Ladies and gentleman, the sun will now charge your phone — for free.

Brooklyn beaches have always been a great place to relax and soak up the sun, but as of Tuesday, earth’s favorite star will also juice up your cellular appliances thanks to several solar-powered charging stations that AT&T installed in the sandy regions of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island. The charging stations are part of the cellular service provider’s post-Sandy pilot program to make sure no storm stands in a Brooklynite’s way of placing a call.

“This is a direct outgrowth of superstorm Sandy,” said AT&T spokeswoman Kerri Lyon.

Following the storm, AT&T’s employees provided power for distribution centers throughout the borough. They quickly noticed that one of the biggest demands amongst storm-racked New Yorkers was a place to charge their phones.

“They were desperate to charge their phones, and connect with family,” said Lyon.

These charging stations, which boast multiple phone adapters, six chords, and are made by DUMBO tech firm Pensa, are being considered as a solution to meet Brooklyn’s emergency phone charging needs — albeit, at the beach.

So far, it’s working well.

“They’ve exceeded our expectatio­ns,” said Lyons. “They’re not just using them, they’re buzzing about them.”

Where to find your nearest solar-powered phone charger.

• Manhattan Beach: Oriental Boulevard and Erwin Street, near the snack stand.

• Brighton Beach: On the Boardwalk at Fourth Street, near the new comfort station.

• Coney Island: On the Coney Island Boardwalk at W. Eighth Street.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
I think it takes a half hour to charge your phone. I don't think the technology is better than that yet, but I sure wish my phone would quit getting faster and would start lasting twice as long and charging twice as fast.
July 10, 2013, 7:14 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Ha, nice thought, but if we get another Sandy, those chargers will be like a gas tanker in Mad Max.
July 10, 2013, 8:53 am

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