It was almost a year ago when I wrote about the Fuel Rod, something I had seen pop up in an airport or 2. I strongly doubted that the product was worth the price, but frankly hadn’t seen a kiosk in a while so didn’t have evidence one way or another. Now that I’m seeing the kiosks for Fuel Rod popping up in more airports, I figured it was time to give it a try. I purchased a Fuel Rod, recharged my phone with it a few times (recharging the Fuel Rod in between) and swapped it out a few times at a kiosk.
The purchase process isn’t difficult. They’ll even sell you 3 at a time! :O
It’s a quick touchscreen interface and the battery comes in a small plastic container with a couple of different charging tips.
I plugged in the iPhone adapter and began charging my phone. For point of reference I have an iPhone 6s. My phone was at around 20% when I plugged in the battery. Like previous battery tests I’ve performed, I did my best to stay off the phone and minimize screen usage. I got a grand total of…..66 points of battery life. Maybe the battery wasn’t full charged when I got it? I plugged it in overnight and tried again. I got 68 points that time. Truly abysmal given the $20 investment. As one last attempt to salvage the $20, I tried exchanging the battery for a new one. It’s a quick process, see:
Thankfully, I didn’t need the clear plastic case for the battery to exchange it in the machine, since I promptly lost it after buying. Unsurprisingly, the second battery performed the same as the first.
Bottom Line It For Me, Ed
These batteries perform pretty horribly. For $20 you should want a whole lot more charging power. Do yourself a favor and buy the Power Core Mini from Amazon.
It’s ever so slightly slimmer than the Fuel Rod and costs $12.99. Or, you can buy the slightly older “last year’s version” for $9.99. Either way, you’ll easily be able to charge most phones all the way. I can charge my phone almost twice with this battery. If you’re into more battery power, I’ve got a review of the other Anker sizes on the market.
But, whatever you do, don’t spend $20 for a bad battery and the ability to swap it out in a few airports. Buy the right battery, charge it before you leave on a trip and you’ll always have reliable charging in your backpack.
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