Something Free At Walt Disney World & Disneyland? Of Course It Couldn’t Last…

People always say you never get anything of substance for free at Disney parks. And you really don’t. I mean, even their free dining program isn’t truly “free” – you’re paying it via some other avenue. So when Disney started selling Fuel Rods, the “first reusable, portable charging system allowing you to charge mobile devices on the go & recharge or swap for a fresh one instantly,” and offered free swapping, I was skeptical.

At first I thought the idea was dumb, simply because of, among other things, the price point of the Fuel Rods themselves (they were 50% more expensive than anywhere else they were available), the lack of swapping ability outside of Disney, and what a crappy charge the Fuel Rods gave your phone. Wow, did I get a lot of flack for that from hardcore Disney fans, LOL!

About 6 months later, I re-examined the whole Fuel Rod thing and one new thing stood out – there were admittedly many more kiosks around, particularly at theme parks, which meant there were more places to switch out. I still thought there were much better portable rechargers out there, but agreed they were OK during specific circumstances.

Then things started getting ugly…

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Airlines Are Preventing Dangerous Electronics From Planes. How Can You Find Out If Your Stuff Is Allowed Or Not?

Recently, several airlines have banned passengers from bringing certain Apple MacBook Pro models onboard planes as either hand baggage or inside checked bags. The underlying reason is that the batteries in the recalled laptop computers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

I was reminded of this when I went to check a reservation on the Singapore Airlines website.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017 is the affected model. This article on Business Insider is keeping up on all the airlines who have banned the computer. If you have this model of computer, here’s Apple’s website giving instructions on how to get it repaired for free.

This isn’t the first time airlines have taken action to prevent a certain electronic product onboard airplanes. How can we forget the highly publicized problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

So this begs me to ask the question, how can you find out if your electronic products, such as computers, smartphones or even headphones, are a subject of a manufacturer recall? Continue reading “Airlines Are Preventing Dangerous Electronics From Planes. How Can You Find Out If Your Stuff Is Allowed Or Not?”

FuelRods: Our Updated Opinion Of The Reusable, Portable Charging System For Mobile Devices

FuelRod is a reusable, portable charging system that allows you to fuel (charge) your mobile device on the go, and then recharge or swap for a fresh one at any FuelRod kiosk. After a relatively slow expansion, they came into the reality of millions of people when they were introduced at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2016.

When we first wrote about FuelRods a while back, we made it no secret that we had a very “ho hum” attitude about them. Besides a FuelRod’s inability to fully charge a modern smart phone, there were very few places to swap batteries outside the Disney parks, which made its convenience pretty limited.

Well, one of those things has changed, which is why our opinion of FuelRods has altered a little.

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Removal of Foreign Transaction Fees, Hotel Paying You Cash When They Don’t Follow Policy, + More…

Here are the posts we saw last week, written by other travel bloggers, that we learned from, made us think or maybe chuckle a little bit. We hope you enjoy them, too!

 

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