The Magic of Kids Electric Cars
Kids seem to be fascinated with fast moving toys, especially kids electric cars. The ones they can drive or ride on will always hold a special place for most children. Perhaps it’s the urge we feel when we’re young to imitate our parents. But whatever the reason, there is no doubt that kids electric cars make an incredibly exciting and fun gift for a child.
The range of battery powered electric cars for kids is astounding. You can find just about any type of ride on car from Jeep to Mercedes Benz to Hummer and beyond. Tractors, planes and boats are also available. You could even buy your 5-year-old the Ferrari sports car you always dreamed of!
6 Volt Kids Electric Cars
These electric cars for kids generally come with either a 6 volt or 12 volt rechargeable battery powering the motor. For younger kids age 3 to 5, a 6V battery may be the more appropriate option. Top speeds max out at around 2 1/2 mph in both drive and reverse. This level of power makes these kids ride on toys less suitable for uneven ground. Hard, level surfaces like sidewalks, driveways and hard indoor flooring work much better.
12 and 24 Volt Kids Cars
Kids electric cars with a 12 volt battery can go around 5 mph. Older kids up to around age 7 or 8 will enjoy the extra power which provides the ability to traverse more varied surfaces including lawns and even slight elevations.
There are 24 volt battery operated ride-on toys on the market as well. Since some models of these kids electric cars can reach speeds up to 15 mph, they can be dangerous for smaller kids. They cost a little more than the 12v models but their popularity among older kids make them a super special gift.
Whichever type of battery powered kids electric cars you opt for, be sure to ask about battery life and performance. A good battery will run longer on a full charge than one of lesser quality. It will also last for many years and many recharging cycles. The time it takes using the charger to juice up the battery is also a factor. A full recharge can take anywhere from 8 to 20 hours. Battery life and performance will also depend on how hard the vehicle is driven and how well it’s cared for.
Fisher Price Power Wheels, Peg Perego and Remote Contral Cars
A couple of the better known brands of kids cars available on the market include Fisher Price Power Wheels and the Peg Perego brand of ride on toys. You can find most models and brands online from retailers such as Amazon,com and Walmart.com. Ebay also has sellers of Peg Perego, Power Wheels and other ride ons. Prices vary from around a $100 to several hundreds of dollars and more. And be prepared. Shopping for just the right kids car can be a lot like adult car shopping. Many have options including mirrors, phones, horns, radios lights and sound. You can even find electric remote control cars. These electric RC cars are great because a parent can operate them while the child rides, an extremely useful feature for very young children.
But as fun and engaging as an electric kids car can be, there is something to be said for activities that are more physical. For those parents who want to provide their child the experience a kids ride on toy can bring, but with a little healthy daily exertion added to the mix, pedal cars or pedal go karts could be something to check out. But know that they might not have the same effect as electric kids cars.
For kids 12 and older, a go kart or one of the many kids electric scooters might fit the bill nicely. Prices are reasonable and the excitement and adventure factor is right up there with the best of gifts. But for younger kids, kids electric cars are fantastic.