Vodafone UK is to roll out ChargeBox - a secure way to charge your mobile phone, MP3 player or games console - throughout many of its retail stores.

ChargeBox allows customers to hire a locker to charge their device. Each ChargeBox has a range of pins from the top manufacturers to ensure that as many phones and devices as possible can be charged.

Customers plug their phone or device into the appropriate pin, insert their money or pay by text to activate the charging, lock the door and take the key with them.

Customers using the service can not only be assured that their phone is safely charging but that their personal security is protected at all times as the device can not be accessed by anyone accept the key holder.

Customers of Vodafone and non-customers alike will be able to use a ChargeBox battery charging service from £1 for 30 minutes of charge. The maximum charge amount is £2 for 90 minutes.

Among the first 30 stores to receive the ChargeBox will be Vodafone London St Pancras, Vodafone at Harrods, Vodafone Birmingham Bull Ring, Vodafone Belfast Victoria Square, Vodafone Newcastle’s Douglas Way and Vodafone Bristol Broadmead from 29 September.