Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — FuelRod, a San Diego-based technology company announced today that it has extended access to its “ready-to-go” mobile charger vending systems to Bay Area travelers through a partnership with Oakland International Airport (OAK). FuelRod’s patented vending machines allow customers to buy portable chargers for mobile phones and tablets for just twenty dollars, and exchange used chargers for new ones at no additional cost. The launch of the vending machines at OAK marks the company’s second airport deployment in the United States, making its portable tablet charging systems available to nearly 30 million travelers.
“Airports are a natural home for our on-the-go, portable power systems,” said company ceo, Chi Yau. “Everyone has found themselves searching the airport for a wall socket to charge their (mobile) phone before or after a flight. With FuelRod, customers grab a charger quickly, plug in their phone or tablet, and keep moving through the airport. No more sitting on the floor, tethered to the wall.”
At initial purchase, FuelRod vending machines dispense mobile-charger starter kits. The starter kit includes a FuelRod mobile-device-charger, a carrying case, a USB power cable, and adapters for iOS and Android based devices. After the FuelRod has been used, customers have the option to exchange the old FuelRod for a new, “ready-to-go,” unit at no additional charge or recharge the unit using a standard power outlet. Customers are permitted to keep the carrying case, the USB cable and adapters at no additional charge.
“Oakland International Airport continues our commitment to customer service excellence by partnering with FuelRod. We realize whether you're a road warrior preparing for an out of town meeting, a student flying home for the holidays, or a family headed to Hawaii or Mexico on vacation, getting caught without a charged smartphone or tablet can be a problem," said Deborah Ale Flint Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. "We recognize the convenience and value of an innovative portable charging system like FuelRod that can be used during flight and while you enjoy our airport facilities before your flight," she added.
To date, six machines have been deployed in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at OAK and are available to airport patrons.
About FuelRod San Diego, California based FuelRod develops efficient and environmentally conscious solutions that provide power for portable and battery operated devices. Founded in 2010, the company offers battery solutions servicing a wide range of product applications from cell phones and tablets, to flashlights and remote control toys. FuelRod keeps power accessible on the go, and keeps batteries out of landfills to support a cleaner more productive planet. For more information visit: http://www.fuel-rod.com.
About the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport: The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at http://www.portofoakland.com.