PHOTOS - A new way to charge your devices in the parks with FuelRod kiosks

Jul 07, 2016 in "Magic Kingdom"

FuelRod kiosk
Posted: Thursday July 7, 2016 2:45pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has partnered with mobile charging kiosk operator FuelRod, to bring a new way to charge your devices to the Disney World theme parks.

The FuelRod kiosks (each themed to the area of the park where they are located) enable you to purchase a FuelRod portable charger with a credit card, and have the ability to make an exchange at any FuelRod kiosk for another fully charged FuelRod charger.

FuelRod expects its device to add around 8 hours of charge to a phone, or 4 hours to a tablet.

For a one off fee of $30, you get a FuelRod charger, complete with a 6” USB Type-A to micro-USB cable, which is used by most Android devices, an Apple 30-pin to USB cable, and an Apple Lightning to USB cable. The charger and cables belong to you once purchased.

Although you can exchange your FuelRod for a fully charged device at anytime, you can also charge the FuelRod yourself with any USB charger.

Disney has previously tested various charging solutions, including kiosks that store your phone in a locked chamber to recharge, as well as adding various charging areas in the parks that require you to bring your own charger and cable. 

There is no doubt that the FuelRod solution is a useful service, particularly with the ability to exchange it for another fully charged battery at any time. A family visiting with multiple devices could make good use of this during a trip. But for a single user, it would be significantly cheaper to purchase one of the many USB charging devices that retail for around $10, and ensure it is charged in the hotel before heading to the parks.

FuelRod kiosk locations at Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
  • Curtain Call Collectibles

Epcot

  • Disney Traders

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Celebrity 5 & 10

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Island Mercantile

Disney Springs

  • Marketplace Disney Photo Imaging
  • DisneyQuest

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • ESPN Clubhouse Shop
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ford91exploderApr 20, 2018

Having BOTH is the only way to go, Charge the big one at home leave it charged for emergencies and use the fuel rods for daily trickle service on flights and at the park.

ford91exploderApr 20, 2018

I have both fuel rods and a big rechargeable battery that will keep my phone going for days, The Fuel Rods are great for travel as I can get a fresh one at each airport after my flight without needing to find a outlet for my charger.

GlacierGlacierApr 19, 2018

These are not owned or operated by Disney. The batteries are swappable at non-disney kiosks. As such, these batteries are remaining generic so they can be swapped without sudden Disney characters popping up in regional airports or other amusement parks.

ppete1975Apr 19, 2018

I'm still shocked these aren't Disney branded yet (at least from the pics ive seen). You think magic bands and pins are popular if you had these with Wall-e Wreck it ralph mickey Donald etc.. then had ones for every festival special event.. people would collect them. I know id have a couple if they did.

GringrinngghostApr 19, 2018

The insides of the FuelRods are 2600mAh (18650sfor those playing at home'not sure if it's the 20A or 40A Variant.) For those who don't know, most 18650 cells are rated for between 300 and 500 cycles, so A fuelrod that might last a guest one per day can last upwards of 2 years at Disney, however I am unsure what their replacement program is like. For the remainder of this post, I will quote my lengthy post on it.

seascapeApr 19, 2018

I have my own chargers but love the fuel rod since I dont have to charge it and can swap them anytime I want. They have machines in all the parks, Disney Springs and the resorts I stay at. Why not make it easy and only have to carry one for both my wife and I.

Gabe1Apr 19, 2018

I beyond the rod have a stick and a Anker by far the Anker wins however I love the rod in parks. Too many times I forgot to charge the stick at night or left without it. The rod just never leaves my park stuff It has worked well for my family. I highly recommend Anker for power emergencies it has lasted days for us. It is a good one but so much heavier than the rod.

GlacierGlacierApr 19, 2018

Yeah, they need to pump up the amperage. My phone can only trickle charge but as I mostly keep my phone in my pocket it's ok.

BairstowApr 19, 2018

True, but the problem is that at their fullest possible capacity, the amount of amperage supplied by the Fuel Rod batteries is too pitifully small to be worth the "convenience" of swapping them out. It would be like paying for a service where you can get unlimited soft drink refills from all the quick service restaurants but they only give you a thimble-full at a time.

GlacierGlacierApr 19, 2018

These guys are much smaller, and are theoretically infinite. Sure, it's an 1040ish mAh battery, but when there's 34 location in WDW (5 in MK, 1 in AK, 2 in HS, 3 in Epcot, some in the water parks, and the remaining split between resort hotels) you can just swap it as you go about your day. And you don't have to remember to charge it each night (though you can if you want to).

disneygeek90Apr 19, 2018

I bought an 11,000 pack nearly 5 years ago and it is as reliable as ever. I can get 4-5 full phone charges on that thing in one charge. If I'm going to the parks for anything more than a couple hours, I always toss it in my bag.

BairstowApr 19, 2018

For the same reason not everyone has sunscreen with them- not everyone knows how much they'll need it or remembers to bring it. Personally, the last several times I've visited a theme park I've had a battery pack with me, since I use my smartphone as my only camera and tend to shoot a lot of pictures and video. The battery packs that Fuel Rod offers were acceptable in 2016 but are now far outstripped and outclassed by more recent packs from Anker and other companies. On my last trip I carried an 11,000 mAh pack that was just strong enough to get me through a full day of photos and other usage.

jakemanApr 19, 2018

I think it's just personal preference. We've used them a few times and it's just generally easier to drain them and swap them out then keep up with our own and have another cord to deal with at night.

disneygeek90Apr 19, 2018

Why aren't people just buying their own on Amazon and charging each night?