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Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses | Review & Guide

Introduced in 2009, the Oakley Fuel Cell is one of the most iconic Oakley styles still being produced.

The larger brother to the ever-popular Oakley Gascan the Fuel Cell is a home run for bigger faces.

Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses Review

For this review, we wore a pair of Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses in Black Ink with Prizm Ruby lenses (Product Link).

This has consistently been one of our go-to pairs over the years thanks to their casual styling and shape.

Now let’s jump into our review.

Rectangular Design

Starting with the frame, you first notice the Fuel Cell’s thick-looking, rectangular design. But don’t take that in a bad way.

Instead, this design makes it a true lifestyle pair that can be worn in just about any setting. And that’s probably why this is a favorite frame amongst law enforcement officers and military alike.

Focusing on the Fuel Cell’s earstems, they offer a simple, curved, and tapered back look to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. And thanks to this frame’s curved lens geometry you have plenty of side protection for your peripheral vision.

Because of its size and rectangular shape, Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses generally look best on larger heads and people with oval or round faces. But remember it never hurts to try on a pair at the store even if you don’t fit into one of these categories.

Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses
Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses featuring Prizm lenses with complete UV Protection – Photo: eBay

O Matter Frame

The frame itself is made of lightweight and durable O Matter material. This nylon blend is most common on lifestyle frames like the Fuel Cell because it’s comfortable all day and can be easily cleaned.

For more information check out our full guide to Oakley O Matter frame material.

One material you won’t find on the Fuel Cell glasses – Unobtainium. Unlike sports pairs that typically have Unobtainium ear socks or nose pads for added grip, the Fuel Cell just uses the O Matter frame.

But honestly, it’s not missed on this frame. We still had no issues using our Fuel Cells for light activity and for a lifestyle frame you shouldn’t expect to be running a marathon in these.

Oakley Fuel Cell Temples provide a three point fit
O Matter Oakley temples provide a perfect three-point fit and optical precision – Photo: eBay

Lenses

Oakley Fuel Cell lenses are made of the company’s impact-resistant Plutonite lens material featuring HD Optics (HDO) for clarity. This means they filter 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays, plus harmful blue light up to 400nm.

The pair we reviewed featured Prizm Ruby lenses, which feature an awesome orange color plus plenty of innovation. That’s thanks to the contrast-enhancing, glare-reducing Prizm lens technology built into the lens.

We’ve already covered why we love Prizm Lens technology in our dedicated guide. But regardless, we had a great time with these lenses.

And depending on how much of a statement you want to make you can find Fuel Cell colorways with a wide range of lens options including Prizm Black and Prizm Deep Water Polarized. Plus you still have the option of Iridium and Oakley HDPolarized lenses.

Oakley Fuel Cell Lenses Prizm Ruby Polarized
Fuel Cell Plutonite Lenses are tested against high-velocity circumstances and extreme high mass to exceed ANSI Z87.1 compliance – Photo: eBay

Replaceable Icons

One of the unique features of this frame is the Fuel Cell’s replaceable icons. This means you can change the Oakley “O” icon on the temples of your frame.

You can easily change the icon by just simply pressing the icons in and out of the frame. They use a friction fit so you don’t need to use too much force here.

Replaceable Icons on the Oakley Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell Oakley O Icons use a friction fit and can be easily swapped to change your style in seconds – Photo: eBay

Size and Dimensions

As we mentioned earlier the Fuel Cell is a larger frame (bigger than the Gascan). We’ve included the exact specifications below so you can compare them to your favorite Oakley sunglasses:

  • Frame Width: 127mm
  • Temple Length: 130mm
  • Bridge Height: 19mm
  • Lens Height: 40.5mm
  • Lens Width:  60mm
Ruby Prizm Polarized Iridium lenses are made of pure Plutonite and exceed ANSI optical standards – Photo: Oakley

Limited and Special Editions

Since the Fuel Cells’ debut over a decade, Oakley has released countless special and limited edition Fuel Cell colorways that are a mix of art and science.

Some of our favorites include the Fuel Cell Artist series like Troy Lee and Don Pendleton and others like the Infinite Hero and Ducati.

Keep reading for our complete list of every colorway in the next section.

Oakley Limited Edition Infinite Hero Fuel Cell Sunglasses – Photo: eBay

Colorways Available

We’ve included a complete listing of Fuel Cell sunglasses below for reference.

Colorway (Frame / Lens)Original Price
75th Ranger Matte Black / Bronze Polarized$160
75th Ranger Matte Black / Grey$110
82nd Airborne Matte Black / Grey$110
101st Airbone Matte Black / Grey$110
Alinghi Polished Black / Black Iridium Polarized$161
Argentina Polished White / Ice Iridium$130
Black Ink / Prizm Ruby Iridium Polarized$173
Black Ink / Ruby Iridium$84
Black Raceworn Ornage / Torch Iridium$140
Blue Black / Black Iridium$150
Blue Black / Grey$113
Brazil Matte Black / Emerald Iridium$140
Brown Tortoise / Bronze Polarized$140
Brown Tortoise / Dark Bronze$120
Canadian Olympics Matte Black / Black Iridium$130
Canvas Polished Black / Grey$200
Carbon / Violet Iridium$120
Carbon Camo / Black Iridium$150
Cerakote ACU Green / Warm Grey$120
Cerakote Desert Sage / Tungsten Iridium Polarized$180
Cerakote Desert Sage / Warm Grey$120
Cerakote Graphic Black / Black Iridium$153
Cerakote Graphite Black / Black Iridium$180
Cerakote Graphite Black / Warm Grey$120
Cerakote Mill Spec / Black Iridium$120
Chip Foose Polished Black / Black Iridium$130
Concept Studio Artisan Autumn / Grey$700
Concept Studio Artisan Spring / Grey$700
Concept Studio Artisan Summer / Grey $700
Concept Studio Artisan Winter / Grey$700
Concept Studio Bazooka / Black Iridium$700
Concept Studio Corbin Spring / Grey$700
Concept Studio Corbin Winter / Grey$700
Concept Studio Factory Pilot / Black Iridium$700
Concept Studio Zoo / Black Iridium$700
Coyote Matte Black / Tungsten Iridium$160
Dark Grey / Grey$140
Desert Tan / Prizm Grey Polarized$193
Desolve Bare Camo / Prizm Tungsten$150
Deuce Coupe Polished Black / Black Iridium$150
Ducati Matte Black / Grey Polarized$155
Ducati Matte Black / Warm Grey$110
England Polished White / Ruby Iridium$130
Ferrari Matte Black / Ruby Iridium$160
Grey Smoke / Black Iridium$110
Hawaii Polished Black / Black Iridium Polarized$180
Italy Polished White / Black Iridium$130
Jupiter Camo Polished Black / Black Iridium$180
Livestrong Polished Black / Black Iridium$140
Locog Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
London Collection Polished Black / Black Iridium$150
Maoli Polished Black / Fire Iridium$130
Matte Black (Steel Flag) / Black Iridium$133
Matte Black (Texas Flag) / Black Iridium$133
Matte Black / Black Iridium$130
Matte Black / Deep Blue Polarized$180
Matte Black / Gold Iridium$160
Matte Black / Grey$110
Matte Black / Grey Polarized$140
Matte Black / Ice Iridium$140
Matte Black / OO Black Iridium Polarized$180
Matte Black / Prizm Black Iridium Polarized$126
Matte Black / Prizm Black Polarized$196
Matte Black / Prizm Daily Polarized$170
Matte Black / Prizm Deep Water Polarized$173
Matte Black / Prizm Grey Polarized$173
Matte Black / Prizm Jade Iridium$143
Matte Black / TR22$143
Matte Black / TR45$143
Matte Black / Warm Grey$110
Matte Black Flag / Black Iridium Polarized$200
Matte Black GDK / Grey$140
Matte Black Science / Violet Iridium$120
Matte Black Tonal Flag / Grey$110
Matte Black USA Flag / Grey$110
Matte Dark Grey / Warm Grey$180
Matte Dark Grey Science / Emerald Iridium$120
Matte Olive Ink / Prizm Tungsten$155
Matte Onyx / Black Iridium$155
Matte Tortoise / Tungtsen Iridium$130
Matte Translucent Blue / Prizm Sapphire Iridium$143
Matte White Science / Chrome Iridium$120
Max Fear Light Polished Black / Black Iridium$150
MLB All Star Polished Black / Grey$110
MLB Angels Polished Black / Positive Red Iridium$140
MLB Cardinals Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
MLB Dodgers Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
MLB Mets Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
MLB Phillies Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
MLB Rangers Polished Black / Positive Red Iridium$140
MLB Red Sox - Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
MLB Yankees - Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
Multicam / Warm Grey$120
Multicam Alpine / Black Iridium$150
Multicam Alpine / Black Iridium$150
NYC Exclusive Polished Black / Black Iridium$130
OD Eagle Matte Black / Grey$130
OD Eagle Matte Black / Grey Polarized$180
Para Jumper Matte Black / Grey$110
Piston Bone / Black Iridium$150
Polished Black / G30 Black Iridium$120
Polished Black Ink / Black Iridium Polarized$170
Polished Black Ink / Emerald Iridium$120
Polished Black Ink / Ice Iridium Polarized$170
Polished Black Ink / Ruby Iridium$120
Polished Black w/ Dark Grey History Text / Black Iridium Polarized$150
Polished Black w/ Dark Grey History Text / Ice Iridium$150
Polished Brown Smoke / Dark Bronze$100
Polished Clear / Chrome Iridium$110
Polished Clear / Torch Iridium$130
Polished Clear / Violet Iridium$110
Polished White / Black Iridium$110
Polished White / Chrome Iridium$110
Polished White / Gold Iridium$130
Polished White / Grey$110
Polished White / Grey Polarized$150
RAID Matte Black / Grey$110
Reground Black / Warm Grey$110
Rootbeer / Dark Grey$110
Rust Decay / Fire Iridium Polarized$650
Satin Black / Black Iridium$130
Satin Black / Prizm Black Iridium Polarized$170
Silver / Fire Iridium$110
Snow Park Polished Black / Black Iridium
Soft Touch Black / Grey Polarized$120
Soft Touch Matte Black / Grey$130
Spain Polished Black / Warm Grey$110
Special Forces Matte Black / Grey$110
Stephen Murray Polished Black / Black Iridium$130
TACA Polished Black / Warm Grey$150
TDF Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
Team USA Dark Grey / Grey$140
Thin Blue Line Matte Black / Prizm Black Iridium Polarized$133
Tradeshow Grids / Black Iridium$700
Travel Polished Black / Black Iridium$120
Troy Lee Polished Black / Black Iridium$180
Ultrablend Black / Black Iridium Polarized$220
Ultrablend Desert Sage / VR28 Black Iridium Polarized$200
USC Polished Black / Grey$110
USC Trojan Polished Black / Grey
Woodland Camo / Bronze Polarized$170
Woodland Camo / Shallow Blue Polarized$190
Yankees Pinstripe / Black Iridium$140

Final Thoughts – Our Review and Recommendation

We have worn the Fuel Cell off and on for a few years now, but for this review, we consistently wore this frame for the better part of a month. And we definitely continue to love this frame.

Despite the lack of Unobtainium, our Fuel Cells provided all-day comfort even during 10-hour days.

Overall we’d definitely recommend Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses for anyone who wants a large but casual frame for everyday life.

But if you need a sportier frame for baseball or running, you’re better going with Radar or Flak lineups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Oakley Fuel Cells Z87.1 Safety Glasses?

No, Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses do not meet ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses standards.

While the Fuel Cell’s lenses offer uncompromising protection and exceed Z87.1 impact resistance standards, the frame does not. This is typical of Oakley frames as only specifically stamped frames meet safety glasses standards.

If you’re looking for a similar style Oakley safety frame you’ll want to take a look at the Oakley Det Cord. This frame is stamped to meet ANSI standards and offers the same protective lenses made of Plutonite.

To learn more about Z87.1 compliant Oakley sunglasses check out our full guide to Oakley Safety glasses.

Oakley Fuel Cell in Matte Black
Despite the lightweight O Matter frame, they are not ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses since the frame is not stamped – Photo: eBay

Can you Buy Prescription Fuel Cell Sunglasses?

Yes, you can buy prescription Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses through Oakley’s website or your local eye doctor.

Oakley authentic prescription lenses are available for single vision and progressive prescriptions. Plus you have the option of purchasing Standard, Prizm Everyday, or Prizm Sport lenses in a variety of colors.

For more information check out our complete guide to ordering and buying Oakley prescription sunglasses and glasses.

Are Oakley Fuel Cell Replacement Lenses available?

Yes, Oakley Fuel Cell replacement lenses are currently sold directly through Oakley’s website (Product Link).

That means you can switch your old lenses for shiny new ones whenever you feel like it. And you can actually purchase a wider variety of replacement lenses than what is available in the current sunglasses options.

But if you’re looking to save on the $70+ replacement lenses from Oakley you have plenty of options.

Besides waiting for an Oakley seasonal sale, you can also purchase replacement Fuel Cell lenses from a variety of aftermarket suppliers. For a complete comparison check out our guide to the Best Oakley Replacement Lenses.

A variety of Fuel Cell replacement lenses are available from Oakley, but even more, are available from aftermarket suppliers – Photo: Oakley

Where to Buy Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses?

Since the Fuel Cell is a current frame style, you can buy them directly from Oakley’s website and authorized retailers (Product Link) starting at $122 for the regular clear lenses and up to $182 for Prizm Polarized.

But if you’re looking to save you also have plenty of options. You can often save 30%+ off new Oakleys through aftermarket sites like our Oakley Forum Exchange and eBay.

For more information check out our guide to Never Paying Retail Again for Oakleys. And be sure to sign up for the Oakley MVP Program where you’ll get early access to promo codes, special offers, and discounts!

Plus if you’re looking for sold-out or discontinued Fuel Cells, be sure to read our guide to buying and selling used Oakleys.

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I don't do much in mine, but wear mine out while walking... I have an Ultrablend (cerakote SI pair)

While the frame is kinda large, it pales in comparison to some of the sports and active frames.

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I bought a pair of oakley fuel cell as they were in the lifestyle range of oakley and now after i received them and wear them , they look more like riding sunglasses then lifestyle ones, can anybody who own a pair of fuel cells comment about where all do they use them and can they use them with practically anything in the day to day life ?

I have a few pairs but i only use them while walking and driving and stuff like that. They are great for everyday use but if you are going to use them to any sport, they may not be the best choice.
What Fuel Cell did you buy? Show us a pic
 

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I bought a pair of oakley fuel cell as they were in the lifestyle range of oakley and now after i received them and wear them , they look more like riding sunglasses then lifestyle ones, can anybody who own a pair of fuel cells comment about where all do they use them and can they use them with practically anything in the day to day life ?
I wouldn't consider them riding sunglasses at all.
 

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I have an infinite hero pair, wear them for general day to day stuff, sitting outside coffee shops and pubs mostly. Not riding, they don't fit tight enough for that.
 

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To me, "lifestyle" means "versatile", you can wear them for whatever YOUR day-to-day brings.

I ride an '05 FLHR(road king) and commonly wear Fuel Cells when riding, but I have a windshield on my bike and the wind wont knock my hat/shades off. I like the coverage and protection I get with the large frame and bullet proof lenses.
 

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To me, "lifestyle" means "versatile", you can wear them for whatever YOUR day-to-day brings.

I ride an '05 FLHR(road king) and commonly wear Fuel Cells when riding, but I have a windshield on my bike and the wind wont knock my hat/shades off. I like the coverage and protection I get with the large frame and bullet proof lenses.

In this pic I'm wearing Army Ranger 75th Inf. Fuel Cells with IH etched Black Iridium lenses. Perfect for my style of riding:)

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...and thats my little bookie-boo:D
Nice bike bro