Pearl River Times & Foshan Daily 2017-05-12
Since February this year, shared power bank has officially entered into Foshan. Manager Zhang from Laidian Technology Co Ltd introduced that the company has input 30 power bank leased equipment in major shopping malls such as Capitaland, Unipark, Perennial, Vanke and IKEA, and it plans to invest one million yuan ($144,858) more this year to enter into catering, KTV and bar fields.
There are 40 charging sockets on the leased equipment and “borrow” and “return” buttons on the screen. The guarantee deposit is 100 yuan ($14.49) and the deposit will return to the account after returning the power bank. The first hour is free and it takes 1 yuan per hour except for the first hour. However, users need to spend 10 yuan to buy a USB cable. Because people can only scan and borrow the power bank when mobile phone has electricity, there are a few USB cable on the leased equipment for users to charge.
A consumer is borrowing power bank in the Unipark shopping mall.
"It takes about 2 hours to charge the phone. I spent one yuan and got the 100-yuan deposit.” Huang Jing borrowed a power bank when shopping in Capitaland. She thought that this kind of power bank is very convenient, “but I have to spend extra 10 yuan to buy a USB cable. I hope we can also borrow the USB cable in the future.”
According to Laidian Technology, so far the cost of each power bank is around 85 yuan ($12.31) and the maintenance cost is very low. The leased points in Foshan lend out power banks over 3,000 every day. Thus, the investment has been achieved in Foshan.
Some investors thought that the challenges of shared charging equipment come from both profit mode and new technology. “Whether the demand for power bank is rigid and how high is the demand frequency need to be proved by market practical statistics instead of the opinions of market participants.” Investor Li Qiting thought that with the battery technology upgrading, it will become a strong strike for shared power bank.