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Will FuelRods begin charging for swap service in Disney Parks

Will FuelRods begin charging for swap service in Disney Parks

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FuelRod is a backup battery service that allows you to purchase a small, low-power battery and swap it an unlimited number of times in Disney Parks for free.  Over the last year they have begun charging up to $3 per swap at off-site locations.  It appears that Disney Parks may be the next upcharge location.

Disneyland first began removing the signage that stated “Free Unlimited Swaps.”  As of today Walt Disney World locations have also begun removing that same signage.  The Magic Kingdom locations are the first to switch up the signage.

As you can see from my friend’s recent photo of the swap location in Epcot, it clearly stated “Free Unlimited Swaps.”  The new verbage states “Swappable.”

When asked by multiple Twitter users if they plan to begin charging in the parks, they decline to respond.  When asked why they went from free unlimited swapping as promised on the signage, the company’s official Twitter responded with these comments.

“Swaps have been used so much we started charging in some areas to cover increased service after 4+yrs at the same price.”  They also stated, “Host locations determine specific price points.”  And further posted “Swap charges are determined by host locations ($0-$3).”

While it’s still speculation until the change occurs, it appears likely that FuelRod will begin charging for swap services in the parks.  I would expect the service charge to begin October 1 when FuelRod’s current discount promotion ends.

I used the service frequently, but found that the batteries became very hot in my pocket or hand when charging my powerful Pixel phone.  I recently switched to using a  Morphie 10,000 which provides me with multiple re-charges and never gets hot.  It is about the size of my phone and does weigh more than a FuelRod, but does a good job for my needs in the parks.

What do you think about the possibility of FuelRod beginning to charge for this service in Disney Parks?

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Robert Waldrop

Wednesday 18th of September 2019

Like most of the comments above, I have both fuel rods and a external charger from Amazon. I still like the fuel rods because of the weight factor – The 2 fuel rods I have weigh less than my charger brick. But I also don’t mind swapping fuel rods if I’m near a kiosk, and have a used one to swap. The swap charge is not enough to put me off, if I need a charger. Yes, I recharge my fuel rods in the room, but have swapped as well. However, I have noticed the heating factor but it’s never been serious enough to scare me off using the fuel rods.


Monday 16th of September 2019

Hi Kenny! Way to go Disney! Gauge every cent out of your adoring fans! But always remember that people can eventually become fed up...


Saturday 14th of September 2019

We finally broke down and got one of these just last month (our regular external charger had gotten left in the room and both our phones were about to die. My husband said it wasn’t a bad deal since we got to swap for free. So guess we only got one short trip of free swaps.

Sue coppola

Saturday 14th of September 2019

I have used it, not very often, on days we are park hopping, I know where the kiosks are and plan for is, I am fairly annoyed, when I overpaid for the fuel rod the first time it was with the express understanding that it would be free exchanges.

Amber and James Erickson

Saturday 14th of September 2019

Never used it. We carry our own phone quick charge brick and it last us all day for 2 phones and we recharge it for free at night.

Helen Howey

Saturday 14th of September 2019

I thought it was great when they came out and offering the free swap but if they are going to charge I will go a different resource

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