Battery/Charger In Luggage Explodes at Chicago’s Midway Airport (But Not How You’d Think)

Here’s another reason why you want to keep batteries and chargers in your carry on bags.

For the past several years, airlines, following FAA regulations, have required that lithium-ion batteries – those that power smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops and E-cigarettes, among other things – be stored in passengers’ carry on bags instead of check luggage.

The reason for this is that they can catch fire if they’re damaged or if the battery terminals are somehow short-circuited. Although a fire in the cabin is an absolute emergency and oftentimes cause for an emergency landing, a fire in the cargo section, where no one and nothing will see/smell/detect it for a longer amount of time,  could wind up being even more potentially deadly.

That being said, there’s another reason you don’t want to keep those batteries (or frankly, regular batteries. Or chargers) in your checked luggage…

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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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Pop-Up Airport Lounge, Fire At A Famous European Theme Park & More!

Happy Sunday, friends and if you’re in the U.S., happy Memorial Day Weekend! AND if you’re reading this from the southeast U.S., I hope Tropical Storm Alberto doesn’t bother you too much!  Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.

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Considering Using FuelRods At Disney? Read This First

In 2016, Disney parks began offering the FuelRod brand of portable charging system as an option to recharge their guests’ smart phones and tablets. It sounds like an awesome deal – buy a fully charged FuelRod & phone cable at any FuelRod kiosk, and swap it out for a new fully charged FuelRod as needed. But is it really all that awesome? Well, yes and no, Well, moreso maybe not so much. Read on:

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