One of the essential components of any Ride on car is its battery. It provides power to the wheels, as well as to all its electronic displays and sounds. Therefore, its quality and capacity directly influence the performance and longevity of the ride-on. The most common are 12V and 24V batteries, but what's the difference between them? Let's dive into them right now to help you choose the right one, and also how to maximize their use!
What is the difference between a 12V battery and a 24V battery?
12V batteries are the most common size you can find in ride-on cars. They give an excellent balance between power and cost.
What are the features for 12V batteries?
This kind of batteries can be found in both 1 or 2 seater ride on cars for kids and can support up to 70lbs of carrying capacity, so 12V batteries are perfectly suitable for children between 2 to 8 years old who are beginning to experiment with driving with their ride on cars. Being less powerful than 24V, they can be more reliable for some parents without worrying about the speed and power the ride on car can reach.
One example is our 12V Freddo 3 Wheel 2 Seater Ride on Motorcycle Trike, which despite its super dynamic, modern and eye-catching design, is very safe. Those big wheels do their job!
The largest size (along with the 36V) is found in the larger ride on cars with maximum power!
What are the features for 24V batteries?
These beasty power units can easily move 2-seaters, with additional options of going off-road. One of the differences between 12V and 24V is that 24V batteries can support upt to 100 lbs weight capacity (or higher). Another good feature is that you won’t need to charge them nearly as often either. When you want the biggest and the best, 24V ride on cars are the way to go! A great example is our 4X4 Lamborghini Veneno, an unbeatable best seller designed just like the original, and it has 24V (2x12V).
How can I safely maximize the battery life?
Here are a few simple tips to help you safely maximize their battery life:
- Fully charge your battery for at least 12 hours (or overnight) before the initial use.
- When not using the ride-on car for an extended period of time, or putting it away for the season, fully charge it prior to storage.
- Disconnect the battery before storage (after a full charge).
- Do not let the battery compartment get wet (ie. avoid spills).
- Do not place any metal objects over the battery to prevent shorting.
How do I dispose and replace the batteries in my Ride on Car?
Eventually, even with the best care, all batteries will need to be replaced. First, make sure you dispose of the used battery correctly -- by recycling it. Do not throw it away in the garbage as it contains many chemicals that would pollute and contaminate the landfill. Contact your local recycling center, toy and electronics stores, or any automotive shop where regular car batteries are recycled. Make a safe and responsible choice!
As for getting a new battery, the good news is that despite the vast selection of ride-on cars available, the actual number of battery models are much smaller, as many units share the same power unit.
Where can I buy a new battery for my ride on car?
The easiest way is to reorder the battery from the place where you purchased the pedal car. If you have purchased your Ride on Car on our website or on another seller's website, you can purchase your new battery HERE in our Spare Parts for Ride on Cars section.
Just make sure the voltage and amps match the actual voltage and amps as indicated on the front or side of the battery.
With a little knowledge and care, you can make sure your little one will continue to enjoy riding in their ride-on toys for many years to come!