I’ve said this from the get go! Think I spent $20 on one that’ll charge iPhone 3 times.People, just buy one at Amazon, I have a model the size of a fun size KitKat bar, it can charge my iPhone 8+ 2.5 times, I simply make sure to plug it in every night when I plug in my phone and I’m good to go. It cost less then $15 too.
I'm not denying that.Haters're gonna hate. That's as inevitable as this change was.
And even that is pretty rare as long as you have access to a plug for a few hours a day. Even the smaller portable chargers will charge a phone 2-3 times on a single chargeI'm not denying that.
Why spend $30 on a poor quality battery when you can spend $40ish on a larger capacity battery that's a bit larger (in size) and support faster charge rates? Only reason I can find is if you're stuck and absolutely need a charge.
You are correct. I'd gotten one before their roll out at Disney at an airport I was traveling though. I've noticed many of those kind of locations charge for swaps now, typically $1-3. The free swaps forever were never going to last even at the $30 Disney price. Particularly with a more captive user base the cost of keeping up with collecting, testing, recharging, and reloading adds up.From what I understand, this isn't totally a Disney change, they have been charging for swaps at other locations for a while now.
I do have one that I bought a couple years ago, it is a convenient size. It doesn't give my phone a full charge (especially if I continue to refresh for FP+ availability and take pictures), but it is enough to hold me over until I can get somewhere to plug it in.
Yes, the free swaps are part of the reason I bought one, but mostly because my battery was dead and I had left my (much larger/heavier) Anker in the hotel that day.
There aren't any Kiosks near me, so I have only exchanged it at Disney (including when I was there last week), but I have used it rather regularly and charge it at home. after about a year of using it, the capacity wasn't what it used to be, so I was looking forward to getting back to Disney to swap it out.
Even at the $3, it will probably be worth swapping it out each trip or so to get a 'fresher' battery to use until the next time I am down there (we go about every year or so)