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Powerbank-for-rent companies are a thing, because we can’t live without our phones

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What could be worse than honcho out for the nighttime, then realising your phone artillery is down to a 10 percentage fee?

A new crop of pay-as-you-use powerbank sharing corporations have heeded the call of the dead artillery in the wild.

Over 11 “power-sharing” corporations in China have been funded in the past 40 days, according to Beijing News . Their gives array from tabletop-based chargers, to powerbanks that you can take for a age, and return to a central station.

A LaiDian supremacy bank-sharing machine in China.

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One of the companies, Xiaodian, raised about $50 million in series B fund just yesterday.

The company’s app allows users to search for its supremacy stores available in 1,000 orientations across Beijing, China’s capital.

Users search a QR code on WeChat, the country’s largest messenger app, and can bill their telephones for just 1 yuan ($ 0.14) per hour. The monies get deducted from the user’s WeChat or Alipay digital wallets.

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Another service announced Ankerbox, by Shenzhen-based Anker, rents out portable chargers.

The company has launched a tribulation work in Seattle, billing $1.99 per period for a powerbank you can take with you.

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In an interrogation with Shanghai-based information outlet Interface , venture capitalist Chen Hongliang said that buyer practices have changed with increases of the sharing economy.

“We use bike-sharing services because it provides for some convenience. People used to buy makes , now they require a service, ” Chen announced. His Eyesight+ Capital pumped 100 billion yuan ($ 14 million) in Xiaodian’s April sequence A fund round.

“People used to think that you had to buy a bicycle if you needed one; now their views have changed. Today, parties think that they need to accompanying a portable charger out with them. That might change with supremacy bank-sharing.”

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