The Fuel Rod is one of my ‘must have’ items when I visit Walt Disney World!
One of my biggest challenges at Walt Disney World has always been keeping my electronics charged. Taking videos and photos, posting on social media, my Iphone and camera would barely make it to lunch time.
There are places in the Walt Disney World parks that you can charge your devices. For example, over near the Tangled washrooms in the Magic Kingdom are some very cute little tree stumps with ports to charge your phone.
When I’m in the parks though, I prefer to be able to charge ‘on the go’ and not be stuck sitting in one place to top up my battery life.
The Fuel Rod is $30 USD and available at many locations throughout the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.
Inside of the Fuel Rod package you will find:
- One fully charged portable battery
- One 6” USB to micro-USB cable (for most Android devices)
- One Apple 30-pin to USB cable (for iPhone and iPad generations 1-4)
- One Apple Lightning to USB cable (for iPhone generations 5+)
Having that first one fully charged enables you to charge your phone immediately. When I purchased mine, it charged my iPhone fully from 15% battery. The convenience of the Fuel Rod vs the charges you buy on Amazon is the ability to swap it out in the machine for a fully charged one – at NO COST. There were some changes and updates to the program speculated in October 2019 – but Disney has reversed the decision to start charging for swaps,for now. I believe there will be a charge in the future given the company has created a “Founder” Status to grandfather people who bought the original ones under the impression it was unlimited free swaps. They released this statement in July 2020:
“SAN DIEGO – July 10, 2020 – Tricopian, Inc. (DBA: FuelRod) announces the availability of the “Founders” status in recognition of the continued support and loyalty of the most valued customers and “early adopters” (*) of FuelRod’s world-first, power-on-the-go program. The creation of the “Founders” status also resolves pending litigation against it pertaining to changes in its policies regarding charges for swapping its devices.(**) As a Founder, the customer can continue to enjoy free, unlimited swaps at any FuelRod kiosks (***). There is no cost to eligible customers to become a Founder.
Once verified, Founders will use the FuelRod app in conjunction with the kiosks to obtain free swaps under the program. The app will generate a scannable QR code that will be input at the kiosk at the time of the swap. The kiosk will then allow Founders to swap their existing FuelRods for free, even at kiosks that charge to swap.”
At $3 per swap, I know that I won’t use the Fuel Rod the way that I used to. I liked that it was light weight and while only carried 1 full charge – it was perfect because I could swap it multiple times during the day. Now that there’s a charge, I will probably just carry the bigger battery I bought from Amazon that charges my phone multiple times. Then I can charge that fuel bank overnight in the resort.
It’s a shame that the change is coming – but clearly there is a business reason for it. I just wonder if the money made from the swaps will compensate for those that won’t buy new ones?
Have you purchased a Fuel Rod? Will you purchase one now that there is a charge for swaps?