SDCC attendees, check this shit out.
It happens to the best of us. We stand in line for 3 hours waiting to get into Hall H, and another hour and a half sitting in a panel. During this time, you play on your phone. Take pictures of the fucking long ass line that follows you and tell your friends on tumblr. Maybe some awesome cosplayers walk by and you just have to take their pictures.
After 5 hours of standing, sitting, blasting your energy rays, you’re finally out. You get to the exhibit hall, pull out your phone to call your friends and- FUCK!
Your phone is dead.
You pull your wall charger out and look for a spot. But there are entire colonies of people surrounding each power outlet you find doing the same thing. Charging their phones.
You’re at a loss. What do you do now?!
You see this sweet ass machine? This is a Fuel Rod Station. There are 7 of them at SDCC. What are they? They are machines that dispense portable phone chargers for only $20. And it includes a micro USB cable to charge most phones, and adapters for all Apple devices.
"Okay," you say, "Is it reusable?"
You bet your costumed ass it is! You can take it home and recharge it yourself.
"But what if it dies at Con? Them I’m stuck with the same dilemma!’
Hahah. You’d think you would be, huh? Well, lemme tell you something. You can go back to these machines and exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one. For the low low price of… Umm… Free.
That’s right. If you charged your phone and your friend needs to charge theirs and you took all the juice, just go get another one. For free.
Is the battery good? I’d say so. In the time it took me to write this post, it charged my power-guzzling phone 25%.
Only downside is that these machines do not take cash. Debit or Credit cards are just fine.
So, yeah. Definitely worth $20. Buy it on the first day.
This is actually a brilliant little business model. I assume it’s a start up since the website is still pretty bare-bones [fuel-rod.com], but I hope to see it pop up at other conventions. Even if not or if it goes under and I never see one of their vending machines again, I now have a extra battery for my cell in a little plastic case with 3 different adapters and the ability to recharge my phone (at least) from 15% to 100% — all for $20. Not a bad pick-up at all. The adapters alone should have set me back more than that.
But seriously, the free switch out at the machines for a 100% charged battery? Please appear at more cons and in airports. I love it.