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200 Starbucks Locations Now Have Wireless Charging Pads | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED Hawaii OWN Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses BUSINESS 200 Starbucks Locations Now Have Wireless Charging Pads 11/19/2014 03:32 pm ET | Updated Nov 19, 2014 500 Leigh Weingus Healthy Living Writer, HuffPost TV Wireless charging is now an option at about 200 Starbucks locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and will eventually be available at stores across the country. Pads capable of charging smartphones and tablets have been placed on tables and counters throughout certain stores. The number of available " Duracell Powermat Spots " vary depending on the size of the store, but Starbucks spokeswoman Linda Mills told The Huffington Post stores generally have about eight of them. (Story continues below) Although Powermats are only officially compatible with AT&T smartphones, like Asus and Kyocera Hydro Vibe, Powermat spokesman Scott Eisenstein told HuffPost that Starbucks locations are loaning "rings" that can be plugged into any smartphone. The device, also available for purchase for $9.99, allows customers with other phones to use the wireless charging stations. However, Eisenstein said there are always more rings available for loan than there are available charging pads. Mills says the goal of the wireless charging stations is to make customers happy. "Starbucks is continually bringing new experiences and innovations to customers to make their lives just a bit easier," Mills said. "Battery life is the [No. 1] reported frustration from consumers about their smartphones. Wireless charging capability in Starbucks stores will enhance the in-store experience by helping customers keep their smartphones and mobile devices charged throughout their day." The wireless charging stations will hardly be confined to California. The coffee chain already did a test run in Massachusetts and plans to roll out Powermats in various Starbucks locations across the U.S., and possibly Europe and Asia, within the next year. Related on HuffPost: 8 Toffee Nut Latte Starbucks The rich, buttery flavour of sweet toffee is combined with the warmth of toasted nuts and blended with our smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk; topped with whipped cream and Toffee Nut Sprinkles. Haven't heard of this holiday drink? That's because this one's only on the menu in the UK, Ireland and the Philippines. (Note the extra "u" in "flavour.") 7 Chestnut Praline Latte Starbucks Espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. This is the first holiday season that the Chestnut Praline Latte will be available nationwide. Who's excited? No one. 6 Peppermint Mocha Starbucks Espresso, steamed milk, mocha sauce and peppermint flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. This drink is good, so it's no wonder people get excited about it year after year. What's not to love about chocolate and mint together , in one caffeinated beverage? This is a holiday drink behind which we can all stand. The fact that it's not too controversial, however, makes it low on the hype totem pole, of course. 5 Gingerbread Latte Starbucks Espresso with steamed milk and gingerbread flavored syrup. Topped with spice-infused whipped cream and real molasses drizzle. Gingerbread is one of those holiday foods that people either love or hate. Every year people seem to fall for it in this latte -- presumably because gingerbread can never be dry when it's in drink form. 4 Christmas Cookie Latte Starbucks Reminiscent of the tradition of home-baked C