FuelRod, the reusable, portable, swap-able battery system that allows you to charge your device on the go, can now be found in all three of Orlando’s major theme park organizations – but there’s a catch.
Being known in the theme park community for offering free, unlimited swaps at its Walt Disney World kiosk locations, the company is now charging for swaps at select locations across the country.
Currently, FuelRod kiosks at Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando offer free swaps for guests who purchase a kit for $30 ($20 online and at select airports). However, Universal Orlando Resort now charges a $3 swap fee for guests looking to get a fresh, new battery.
When asked about this change, FuelRod shared this response on their company Facebook page:
“Because swaps have been used so extensively we’ve had to start charging at some (non-theme park) locations in order to address more frequent service requirements […] “We are a small company trying our best to balance a sustainable business model and customer expectatinos. Swaps have been used extensively, but our service techs do not work for free and the utility companies charge us for the electricity we use to recharge, so we have had to adjust our pricing after four years at the same price.”
What’s worth noting about this statement is that Universal Orlando is a theme park – which makes it interesting that guests are being charged for battery swaps there. FuelRod did not respond when we reached out for comment.
The question is, will we see this new swap fee be introduced to other theme park locations? FuelRod kiosks can currently be found at the following Florida amusements and theme parks:
- Aquatica Orlando
- Discovery Cove
- SeaWorld Orlando
- WonderWorks Orlando
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Adventure Island Tampa
- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
- Walt Disney World Resort
You can check out select FuelRod kiosk locations in your area here.
While we don’t know if this new service charge will go into effect at other theme parks in the area, guests who purchase a kit do have the option to recharge their portable batteries at home with the included USB cords.
FuelRod is also offering five free swaps if you download their app and sign up for their free membership.