Dear Fuel Rod, What the Heck?

Do you own a Fuel Rod? Have you wondered what they are? Read ON and learn why I am a little upset by a recent policy change, especially at Disney.

Hey Fans, yesterday some news came out about Fuel Rod. Fuel Rod is a brand if you will, a company that supplies Back-up Batteries at certain locations, locations like Disney (World & Land). They are all-over the Parks and Resorts AND other venues throughout the US…even airports. Read on for a NEW annoying Fuel Rod Policy Change at Disney.

Fuel Rod Back-up Battery
Original Idea:

They had an amazing thought, concept. You would purchase their Fuel Rod through a fun like vending machine, the price was rather steep BUT for that price you were able to return to that same machine (or ANY Fuel Rod station) and exchange your old, DEAD backup for a new RECHARGED one – for FREE. You could do this anytime, anyplace, for as long as you physically have the back-up battery. This was the gem of the whole system.

No more dead Cell Phones, no more trying to find an outlet, no more worrying that little Johnny was gonna waste your battery by playing games in line. It was a WIN for everyone. Heck I would be on a trip with friends or co-workers and they would borrow my Fuel Rod after I just charged up, they just needed to bring me back a FRESH one when done. It was great. UNTIL NOW…

Upcharge:

So as of Nov 1 – Fuel Rod will NOW be charging $3 to recharge, to turn in your old back-up for a fresh one. This angers me to NO end. The only reason I spent $25 for a (if I was lucky) 1000-2600 mAh back-up was for the convenience of not worrying about the charging. Not worrying about if I exhausted my battery or not. Allowing me to film, take pictures, Facebook and Instagram while on Vacation. Fuel Rod what the heck?

I feel very mislead and kinda want to throw a stink and fight to get my original $25 back. The whole point was FREE exchanges. I never, ever would have purchased if I also had to pay for an exchange fee. This is beyond dumb and I hope Fuel Rod realizes this mistake and returns to the way it was. I mean, come on…why would someone purchase with this NEW business model at hand. Just go to the store and purchase 1, 2 or even 3 back-up battery packs for that same $25 or less. Charge them up the night before and pack them in your pack bag – Done!! Solved!! No need to use Fuel Rod.

Moral of the story, be smart people…plan ahead. Get a nice back-up battery pack. Charge it and enjoy!!!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Charging up at Disney World

A while back Disney tested charging locker/stations and random “hidden” outlets.  As this was a minor hit…it was clear that guests wanted to charge while being on the move.  I mean, how many people can sit for an hour with crazy, excited kids – not me.  OR want to go back to that said locker and claim a “charged” phone/device…again NOT me.  WE like to keep it moving at Disney, plus most people need phones for emergencies, taking pictures and well…facebook posts.

So…in response to that need…Disney got in bed with a company called “Fuel Rod”.  And lets just say…I am in LOVE.  What is Fuel Rod exactly?  Let me tell you ALL about it.

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A Fuel Rod is a portable (external) battery, about the size of a lipstick.  It’s basically the same kind you can buy at any store…it charges your phone or device.  So why is this “fuel rod” so great?  Well…Disney has set up “vending machine” stations throughout the parks.  You purchase this battery ONCE for $30, then as you need a charge you “turn-in” your USED one and get a NEW charged one in its place. Cool right?!?!?

But that’s not all – you can do this, Over and Over and Over again (UNLIMITED).  The whole family can use it.  Once the charge is gone, get a new one.  Pass it around the group and top everyone off.  ALL for only $30.  And you can use your credit card to purchase, I got an email instantly with the receipt.

The first time you purchase one, it does come with a few adaptable charging connection pieces, to fit most phones/devices.  OR if worried bring your own cord, it does have a USB port for connecting to your device.  And it comes in a simple clear case to keep everything together.

So why do you need this or should consider it???  I was just at Disney with 6 adults…between us all, phones were dying fast, battery power was flying out of the park and we all needed some juice.  Most of us packed our own back-up batteries but those too ran out quick…so again…unless I wanted to sit for 1 hour and charge up…the Fuel Rod was the perfect solution.  And thanks to Disney’s crazy Wi-Fi (on, off, on, off)…we needed a charge several times in ONE day.  Many times my phone was at 30% and the Fuel Rod charged it to about 80-90% – of course this was while I was also using it; posting, filming, taking pictures – all while I was “charging”.  Since I was the only one who purchased a Fuel Rod, it was getting passed around like crazy.  It became a game to see who had it next.

So for those with older kids, those with multiple devices, those who are posters (you know who you are)…this might be the solution for you too.  Again, even though I packed my own back-up…the ability to use, exchange, use, exchange, use, exchange…several times through-out the day/trip…that was a life-saver.  It’s yours to keep, so bring it back next time at Disney, use it at home and charge yourself.

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TIP:  If this sounds like something you will want/need…you can purchase it for $20 directly from Fuel-Rod (online) and then bring to the parks.  Also…since I got back (5 days ago) I heard rumors that even some resorts are getting a Fuel Rod machine…which would rock.  I remember telling people, if only they had these at the resorts…well apparently…that is coming as we speak – YAY!!!  I did screen-shot the current locations of the machines (see above) and used that to help guide me to the next…we exchanged every chance we could and we were NOT alone, this is growing in popularity.

MermaidNina:  I am a Disney Vacation Planner (aka Travel Agent) and I book and plan Disney/Universal vacations as a living…yep it’s my FULL TIME job.  And when not quoting, planning, booking dining, helping with fastpasses, getting travel documents together…I am at Disney…doing something Disney.  My services are 100% FREE as Disney pays me to do this…so contact me if looking to explore Disney.  Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, etc.  As I am not the best blogger (I know), I AM amazing at my job which of course prevents me from being an awesome blogger, lol.  I am a mom, a wife, a kid at heart and well…I am a Mermaid (with legs of course).