2017 magic bands - Still good?

BethaJ

Earning My Ears
Joined
May 12, 2018
We have magic bands from our May 2017 trip. We are planning to go back March 2021. Will our old bands still be good? Any way to check?
 

FFMickey

DIS Veteran
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
It’ll work for the short range RFID such as the touch points, but the long range RFID for some ride photos might not work.
 


Fangorn

DIS Veteran
Joined
Sep 3, 2016
Magic Bands operate using RFID chips. There are two of them in each Band. One is a passive chip - it does not have it's own power supply, but instead relies on a minute amount of power that it gets whenever it touches one of the Mickey Heads. This chip should last virtually forever, provided the Band is not damaged in some way. The passive chip is used for everything that really matters: opening the door to your room, making purchases, entering a park, entering the FP line, etc.

The second RFID chip is an active chip and has it's own battery. This chip has a short-range transceiver in it, and it is that which is powered by the battery. This chip is used for get some ride photos (7DMT & PotC for example), as well as the goodbye messages that appear in IASW.

Disney has said from the beginning that battery life was 2-4 years and anecdotal evidence, including my own, seems to confirm that. Most Bands will still have some battery capacity at three years, but YMMV. But again, for all the critical stuff, a Magic Band will last until the band is damaged, Disney changes the underlying technology or they do away with the entire concept completely.

Your old bands will still work for everything that is important. There is no way to tell if the battery for the active chip still has a charge.

Steve
 

livbeatles

Mouseketeer
Joined
May 25, 2015
I have a 2015 magicband and it still worked on my 2019 trip (other people in my group had newer MBs, so I assume theirs picked up the long range stuff).
 

Fangorn

DIS Veteran
Joined
Sep 3, 2016
Can't you just put in a new battery for the features that is powers?
No. The battery is embedded in the chip itself, and cannot be replaced. The chips are encased within the plastic of the band itself. Short of cutting into the band (thereby rendering it useless) the is no way to access the chip.

Steve
 





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