Our family loves Disney World. It’s not cheap, but there are so many lasting memories to be made. We’ve purchased $15 balloons, $18 souvenir mugs and a variety of other items our kids just had to have, while passing up on many more expensive “Disney must haves”. As you’re busy creating memories, the smart phone battery is dying from all the pictures with princesses, heroes, villains and Mickey. Being able to charge your phone while in the park is almost a given unless you’re taking pictures with a true camera.
I just saw an announcement that Disney World was going to be rolling out Fuel Rod kiosks in the parks. In case you’re not familiar, these are kiosks where you can purchase a small, portable battery to recharge your smart phone. Once you purchase the battery, you get unlimited free “swaps”, where you deposit your discharged battery in a machine and get a fully charged one back (you can also recharge yourself). If the information (and pricing) is accurate, then it leads me to wonder whether the folks at Disney got played or are intentionally marking this up to obscene levels. Fuel Rod doesn’t have an announcement on their website yet, so maybe all the details aren’t quite squared away.
I ran across Fuel Rod in a couple of airports last year. I was definitely skeptical, but just kept walking past the kiosks, preferring the batteries I already carry. I finally broke down and bought one, but should have stayed skeptical. I paid $20 and ultimately arrived at the fact that there was no way the battery was worth it. So, you’re paying a premium of the convenience of kiosk location, something that’s sorely lacking right now as I’ve only seen them in a handful of airports.
The announcement about the relationship with Disney World states that the price is $30. I have to assume it’s the same size battery I paid $20 for (which is still the price Fuel Rod lists on their website).
If you’re looking for a battery the same size, you can just buy the Anker lipstick battery for $9.99 on Amazon, with free shipping.
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I’m hoping the $30 pricing is just misinformation. I’m really hoping this info helps folks make a better decision here. Even at $20, this is a bad price for a lackluster product. Don’t sacrifice money for convenience you don’t really need. Buy a good battery, charge it before you hop on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, and spend the rest on one of those really expensive balloons.
Note: the Amazon links are referral links for me. Yes, I earn a few pennies if you buy a battery through one of my links. But, I won’t make nearly as much as you’ll save if you buy a real battery instead of a Fuel Rod.