If you’re interested in using a charging station for events or adding one to your place of business, you might wonder whether you should buy or lease your charging station. The right answer really depends on your specific needs and how you plan to use your station in the short and long term. Before you make your decision, here are a few things to consider.
How Versatile Should Your Station Be?
If you host events frequently or change the floorplan of your business often, you may need to change the configuration of your station to optimize how it’s used. Changing the type of charging station used for each event gives you a greater level of versatility, but it may end up costing more in the long run. You should determine if you’re willing to pay to periodically lease different types of units, whether you’ll need the station frequently re-wrapped to include different branding, or if settling on a single unit to purchase is more cost effective for your needs.
What if you need wifi or rolling casters and a travel case for one event, but may not need these options for another? What if you promote your charging station as a way for sponsors to promote their brand at your events but the sponsor changes regularly? If this is the case, you may want to consider leasing so you have the flexibility to completely change your configuration and custom skin from event to event.
If you’re looking for the most versatile, cost-effective option, consider the InFuse Flex or the Inbox. Purchasing a custom InFuse Flex with varying baseplates and shelves will allow you to convert your charging station from a standing unit to a tabletop or shelf unit seamlessly on your own. If you prefer to build the charging power into your existing furniture, the small, unobtrusive InBox can be incorporated into almost any piece of furniture.
How Do You Plan on Using Your Station?
Consider the type of events you host or the type of business you run. If you plan events, trade shows, or conferences annually, you may be better off leasing your unit for these specific event times because you’ll only need the station for a block of time each year. You’ll undoubtedly want to re-wrap your station for each event and may need to upgrade the cables or configuration of your unit to keep up with the latest charging technology. Additionally, you may find a lower or slower ROI if you’ve purchased a station that only gets used once a year.
If your organization holds consistent events over the course of a year or your station will be used daily in a business or retail location, it may be a better idea to purchase your station as it will yield a much better ROI. You’ll still be able to upgrade the charging technology when needed, but you won’t have to go through the process of constantly re-leasing a station that your customers have grown accustomed to seeing in your location.
Will a Charging Station Benefit your Business?
If you don’t know if a charging station will truly benefit your event or business, start off by leasing your unit. While charging stations are a great way to increase business and foot traffic, we understand that every business and event is unique and you may find that one type charging station will be less effective than another. Leasing a versatile option such as our InFuse Flex or InBox gives you a great way to test out a number of different charging styles so you can figure out which option works for you. Once you find one that fits, you can always choose to buy it after you’ve tried it!
If you’re still on the fence, remember that InCharged offers a standard 3 year warranty that covers all internal parts and manufacturing defects. If that’s not enough of a guarantee, we also offer an extended 5 year warranty that includes a technology upgrade, cable swaps, and a new rewrap for your unit. This way, whether you lease or own, you can rest assured that your investment is covered by our industry-leading warranty.