Wireless charging on trains

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  1. Bantamzen

    Bantamzen Established Member

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    On some of the vehicles Transdev use for their Aireline (Keighley - Leeds, 60) services are wireless charging points. These buses haven't been around for too long and already some are not functioning. Whether this is a reliability issue or maintenance one I couldn't say, but there are only 4 per bus at the seats over the rear axle so it shouldn't be too hard a thing to keep on top of.
     
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    Certainly less likely to get broken. USB A sockets are not very tolerant to abuse, they are quite flimsy.
     
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    I suspect this is falling foul of the usual bus-company adage that if it moves it goes out in service, i.e. fixing it isn't a priority. That or they have bought cheap rubbish, another bus company favourite.
     
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    Possibly, but I suspect just like USB ports being installed up & down the network, if one falls over on a unit TOCs won't be sweating too much about getting it back working. Personally for journeys that might mean I need extra mobile juice, I'll stick to my handy Anker power bank that cost me £25!!
     
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    As will I, though on occasions everyone gets caught out. To me sockets are more useful as mains sockets for the laptop.
     
  6. Belperpete

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    As realistically we are never likely to get to a situation where there are no cancellations, what you are effectively proposing is that there should never be any other improvements! Taking your argument to its logical conclusion, do you think we shouldn't make any improvements to transport until we have fixed the NHS?

    I do think that there is an argument for not adding extra complexity. The more complex you make something, the less reliable it will be. These charging points will inevitably fail, and will require resources and time to fix. Assuming anyone ever bothers to routinely check that they are still working in the first place. While having these chargers may initially increase passenger satisfaction, in the long term they could have a negative impact if they are not properly maintained. Like when catering or wifi is advertised but not provided, passengers will inevitably be aggrieved if a charging facility is advertised but not available.
     
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    There was an incident recently where a flight had to be diverted due to a mobile device catching fire whilst charging. In that incident I think it was being charged from the owner's own power bank, but I am waiting for the first case where a mobile catches fire while being charged from one of these onboard charging points, and the mobile's owner blames the bus/train company for their charger causing the fire.
     
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    I have witnessed a situation similar to that where a passenger blamed the socket for causing her charger to fail. The guard clearly took this seriously as he taped the socket off "just in case".
     
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    When these sockets were first introduced, there were anecdotal stories of power surges damaging whatever was plugged into them. Not heard anything recently about this, until your post.

    These days, people travelling with a bag will generally have a charger in that bag, so can use these sockets. However, they are not much use to someone travelling light, as you can't comfortably fit a charger and lead in a pocket.
     

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