I believe these are at Busch Gardens too.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the FuelRod company now that users will be charged every time they swap out their chargers at Disney Parks.
So random question here, and maybe I'm being naive here:
Feulrod is a business, and the purpose of a business is to try to make a profit, so unless the initial buy in for the fuel rod program is absurdly expensive there's got to be some sort of fee related to collecting, recharging, and eventually disposing of the rods, no?
I purchased one at Magic Kingdom two years ago in during the week of IAAPA 2017. They charge $30 for the device and advertised it as free unlimited swaps. That was their selling point for the program. The device itself isn't worth more than $5-$10 as its power is only rated at 2,600 mAh, which won't even fully charge your phone from a dead battery. So essentially you're paying for the convenience of the unlimited free swaps. By changing the terms and starting to charge $3 per swap made it seem deceptive, and it pretty much is as there is nothing labeled on the FuelRod kiosks saying that they could start charging in the future. This is why a lawsuit was filed and why the company reversed its decision to start charging. It was screaming false advertising.
Was it a swap fee or restocking fee?
Interesting. My very uniformed legal take: I think if they called it a restocking fee they would have gotten away from it. Then legally they could say they were charging to restock the machine rather than to get a new one.
My wife and I saw this in Festa and were fleetingly tempted to buy in. But between never having seen a kiosk before (how convenient is this really?), doing some arithmetic against the value proposition (is this company even going to be in business in a year?), and rarely if ever needing a midday boost on our phones in the first place, we skipped it.
Not surprised at all to see the revenue model change, nor to see it happen in a shady way tbh. It always struck me as an odd business model.