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Choosing the Right Event Charging Station

July 7th, 2022 COMMENTS
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The first rule of event or trade show marketing – attract attention. You want to be noticed by potential clients. But that’s just the first step. You also want clients to spend time with you. Event charging stations do just that. 

Why Invest in an Event Charging Station?

Most events and shows are electrical deserts, forcing attendees to search for outlets in inconvenient locations. How often have we seen an unattended phone, tablet, or laptop charging in some remote corner of the show hall or ballroom? Modern event charging stations solve that problem by offering attractive and practical designs for any event or booth. Wired and wireless charging solutions are available as bistro and coffee tables, reception counters, backlit pedestals, and even larger conference tables. All with flexible graphic branding opportunities. 

Our Favorite Trade Show Charging Station Options

If your mental picture of a charging station is the ugly charging tower at the airport, then you will be surprised at how charging station designs have evolved. No more messy tangled wires or soulless institutional colors and surfaces. Modern event charging solutions are built to compliment your design and to serve multiple purposes, not just charging. Consider the following options: 

  • Wireless Charging 
  • USB A and B Ports
  • Backlit Graphics
  • Locking Storage
  • Vinyl or Fabric Graphics
  • Bistro, Coffee, and End Tables
  • Monitor Mounts 
  • Programmable RGB LED Lighting

Why Invest in a Phone Charging Station?

There’s the obvious answer. It’s 2022. Our electronic devices are indispensable to every aspect of our lives. And until someone invents a battery that never needs charging, we’re dependent on a community of “free” charging solutions at events, trade shows, and gatherings. Charging takes time… which opens the door to conversations. That’s the first step in any business relationship. What was candy in 1990… Giveaways in 2010… Is charging options in 2022. 

At trade shows, charging options are essential for another reason. No one working in the booth has to leave to charge their phone. 😉 

Event Charging Station Rental or Purchase?

Not everyone needs an event charging station for multiple shows. For those situations, a rental may be a better option. Renting also allows for greater design flexibility, since shapes, colors, and sizes can be changed based on the theme or the size of the event. For example, many events require multiple tables or counters for casual conversations or sales presentations. In those situations, a one-time purchase may not make sense. Renting does. 

Purchasing has advantages as well. There are more design options as well as the ability to customize colors. Plus, it’s a one-time purchase and the expense can be depreciated over multiple events.    

10 Event Charging Station Solutions from Classic Exhibits

1. MOD-1471 Wireless Power Tower. Hard to Miss. This 7 ft. tall charging tower includes double-sided backlit graphics, (4) charging pads, and a brandable countertop. 

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2. MOD-1474 Charging Monitor Stand. Back-to-Back. Dual monitor mounts, charging pads, and LED perimeter lights make this a versatile charging solution at any event.  

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3. MOD-1474 Square Charging Table. Business as Unusual. This sophisticated design brings the boardroom to the show floor with backlit graphics and wireless charging. 

4. MOD-1463 Portable Charging Table. Portable and Powerful. A smaller bistro height table with (2) wireless pads, LED perimeter lights, and a durable aluminum base. 

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5. MOD-1458 Wireless Bistro Table. Pretty and Popular. Available for purchase or as a rental, this popular charging table is an unassuming upgrade to any event. 

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6. MOD-1706 Parsons Charging Counter. Just Plain Smart. A sophisticated design choice where countertop space and locking storage is required. 

7. MOD-1700c Backlit Charging Counter. Big and Bright. This backlit counter with fabric graphics includes (4) charging pads, an internal shelf, locking storage, and easy modular assembly. 

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8. MOD-1585c Reception Counter. Elegant Curves. Fully assembled, this custom counter has LED toe-kick lighting, vinyl graphics, and ample storage. 

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9. MOD-1452 Charging Coffee Table. Casual Comfortable. Relax, chat, and charge the phone while talking about business or baseball or BBQ. 

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10. MOD-1486 Conference Charging Table. Show Me the Money. Get down to business with this stylish conference table (slash charging table). Three designs, all with backlit graphics.  

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Want to see even more designs?  With over 60 charging station kits, there’s a counter, table, monitor stand, or kiosk to fit any need. All are customizable, most are modular and easy to assemble.  

Spring Savings are in Bloom at Classic Exhibits

April 13th, 2022 COMMENTS

Did some bunny mention a sale? Spring Savings on LED Lightboxes, Wireless Charging Counters, and Wall-mounted Lightboxes through May 31. For more information about these Spring Savings, see the Exhibit Specials page in Exhibit Design Search.

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Explore Our Newest Charging Station Counters

October 14th, 2019 COMMENTS
Charging Stations for Trade Shows and Events

In 2016, we decided to design attractive charging solutions for trade shows and events. At the time, most charging solutions resembled sea monsters with tentacles or space aliens from a B movie. Not much has changed. Most are still ugly.

At Classic Exhibits, we never stopped introducing new designs, like the over 40 tables, counters, kiosks, and towers in our Charging Gallery in EDS. Not enough? Add wireless charging to the 200+ counters in our Counters and Pedestals Gallery for just $125 per pad.

Perhaps it’s time to consider phone and tablet charging like intermittent wipers. How did we ever survive without them? 

Custom Charging Counters for Trade Shows and Events
Backlit Charging Counters for Trade Shows and Events
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How to Market Wireless Charging Stations

June 14th, 2019 2 COMMENTS
How to Marketing Wireless Charging Stations

This week, I received a promotional email from Plum Grove Inc., a printing and marketing company and a Classic Distributor Partner. I was impressed (and delighted). Not only was the email design attractive, but it was also compelling and timely.

Wireless Charging Station eBroadcast

Recently, we upgraded Classic’s line of InCharg™ Charging Stations by adding wireless capability, a feature found on many Apple and Samsung smartphones (as well as others). Many exhibitors now include charging stations in their trade show booths as a convenience to attendees and to their staff. Plum Grove recognized that trend… and reacted.

See the full email image below. I love the compelling introduction, the benefits and features, and the overall organization. It’s a well-crafted and visually interesting marketing email. Nicely done Plum Grove!

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How to Win the Hearts and Minds of Trade Show Attendees

May 29th, 2019 COMMENTS
Wining the Hearts and Minds of Any Trade Show Attendee

Trade shows can be brutal for attendees and exhibitors alike. Just consider the intensive planning, travel, installation, and long hours before, during, and after the show hours. It’s a big commitment, both physically and financially, so smart trade show marketers look for creative tricks to entice attendees to visit their booth

Of course, there’s no substitute for the basics of pre-show marketing, exhibit design, branding, and staff training. That goes without saying. Beyond that, many exhibitors neglect to create an environment where attendees feel comfortable and want to spend time. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to win the hearts and minds of potential clients. Feed them. Give them a place to relax. And get them charged up!

The Five Essentials

1.  Food/Candy. If you have ever attended a European trade show, you know that many exhibitors have (at the very least) cheese and crackers in the booth. Unlike in Europe, serving food can be problematic at most U.S. venues because the convention center has an exclusive contract on food and drinks. Which means being creative with the food you offer.

Most venues will look the other way if you are giving “selective” guests candy, protein or breakfast bars, or even bagged cookies. More elaborate promotions like ice cream sundaes or taco bars require show approval, but smaller items are rarely a problem if handled discretely. Trade show attendees welcome munchies after strolling the floor for hours, especially if it’s presented as a special treat unavailable to the general public.

The 5 essentials to any trade show booth

2. Water. Like food, most venues are very protective of drinks since the markup is so lucrative. However, many exhibitors pack cases of water in their crates for their use during setup and for the staff during the show, which they keep in the storage closet or counters. You certainly don’t want someone fainting in your booth from dehydration, so having some spare water is probably a good idea as long as it’s not being handed to every attendee passing by your booth. Wink. Wink.

Here’s an idea you might consider. Eco-systems Sustainable Exhibits, a designer and builder of eco-friendly trade show displays, brings branded boxed water to their events. Boxed water is more eco-friendly than plastic bottles and is more efficient to produce and ship. Plus, it’s unusual and rarely identifiable as water by the show halls. Click HERE to learn more about Boxed Water. 

3. Entertainment. Face it… you yearn to be entertained at a trade show. If there’s a magician, you stop and watch. Same with virtual reality demos. Entertainment doesn’t have to be expensive, and it should never be a distraction from your messaging. But there are always ways to intertwine your message with a simple game like electronic darts or Wack-a-Mole or golf. The key is to attract the right attendees, not just anyone bored and eager to win a prize. If you don’t feel you have the time or the creativity to create and manage the entertainment, work with your exhibit house. They know lots of companies dedicated to matching your show objectives with targeted entertainment.

4. Comfortable Furniture. EVERY ATTENDEE appreciates comfortable chairs or loveseats in a booth, regardless of the booth size. Furniture encourages clients to linger so you have time to assess their needs and suggest solutions. Thankfully, modern rental furniture comes in a wide variety of styles and colors to match most exhibit designs and colors. As an exhibitor, you need to decide if you want private or semi-private meeting spaces, whether you need tables, and how you need to structure the space. Keep in mind, you are not creating a lounge for everyone to plop down, answer emails, and check their social media. It’s for business and business conversations.

BTW – Don’t let anyone tell you that booths should never have furniture because it will encourage your staff to sit and do nothing. That’s a not a furniture issue. It’s a training issue which indicates that the booth staff doesn’t understand your company’s trade show goals.

Charging Stations for Trade Shows and Events

5. Power/Charging. Why fight it? Everyone has a smartphone. Some have several, plus a tablet or laptop at the show. And even with the improved battery life of most devices, we’re all power nomads searching for an electrical oasis on the show floor. Be smart. Give them what they want with charging stations. Thankfully, modern charging solutions don’t have to look like something you stole from the airport. There are contemporary bistro, coffee, and meeting tables along with standalone charging kiosks. All with branding options that complement your overall graphic theme. Many include both USB and wireless charging options. Many are available for purchase or to rent. See a wide selection HERE.

Gone are the days when you exhibitors could rely on bold graphics and an attractive exhibit to draw attendees into their booth. Trade shows are more competitive and complex than ever before. You need to understand today’s attendees – what they want and expect and how they decide which exhibitors to visit before and during the show.

Nothing is more important than quality touches with a potential client on the show floor. Creating an atmosphere that’s welcoming, inviting, and entertaining is a step in the right direction to win the heart and mind of your next big customer.  

–Mel White


Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, custom, rental exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or