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There are two kinds of battery-operated toy cars. One kind includes small toy cars that kids move once you turn them on or when you drive them with the help of a controller. The second includes toy cars big enough for children to sit in and ride.
Both kinds of battery-operated car toy cars come in a wide range of sizes.
However, no matter what kind and what size toy car you own, there is a best battery for every toy car. Let’s take a look at what batteries work best for which toy cars.
Best Batteries for Small Toy Cars
If you own a small-sized toy car, Duracell AA and AAA batteries will give your toys the best performance for the longest time.
However, Duracell batteries are expensive. While they can be seen as an investment, all toy car batteries run out sooner or later with or without usage.
You can also get Alkaline Duracell batteries instead of Lithium ones. Lithium batteries are generally more expensive than alkaline ones. Though Lithium batteries last longer, alkaline ones last a good while too.
If you don’t want to invest in long-lasting toy car batteries by Duracell, you can look for any AA or AAA batteries from other brands that fit your budget.
Some other good battery brands that are considerably cheaper when compared to Duracell include Eveready, Energizer, Maxwell, Kodak, Panasonic, Amazon Basics, GP, Ansmann, Varta, Rayovac, Uniross, and DieHard.
Best Batteries for Big Kids Cars
Various brands manufacture toy cars that kids can ride. However, the most popular toy cars are from the brand Power Wheels by Fisher-Price.
Power Wheels toy cars run best on Power Wheels batteries.
There are two kinds of Power Wheels batteries available these days. The first kind is called ‘replacement’ batteries, and the second is called the ‘replacement rechargeable’ batteries. The replacement rechargeable batteries are sold under the name Power Wheels, while the replacement batteries are sold under Peg Perego, the name with which Power Wheel toy cars were first launched.
The power of the batteries can be 6 Volts, 12 Volts, or 24 Volts. Most Power Wheel toy cars utilize the 12 Volts battery. While you should always get Power Wheels batteries for your Power Wheels toy cars, you can also use batteries from other brands.
Some of the options are:
● Safe AMP battery
● Mighty Max battery
● Schumacher Charge n Ride battery
● Fukuai 2000 Cycles battery
● Lumenivo replacement battery
You can and should use the original Power Wheels battery charger even with replacement batteries whenever you can. Using a Power Wheels charger would help the replacement batteries charge according to your car’s need.
Dimensions And Sizes Of Toy Car Batteries
The Power Wheels 6 Volts replacement battery weighs about 5.1 pounds. Its dimensions are 5.7 x 5.91 x 7 inches. The Power Wheels 12 Volts replacement is compact with dimensions of 5.7 x 5.63 x 4.5 inches. However, it is much heavier in weight as it weighs 9.6 pounds.
On the other hand, each alkaline Duracell battery provides 1.5 Volts. The Duracell AA batteries measure 1 x 3.5 x 8.9 cm and weigh 191 grams. The Duracell AAA batteries weigh less than the AA ones, i.e., 159 grams only but share the same dimensions, i.e., 1 x 3.5 x 8.9 cm.
The power of AA Duracell alkaline batteries is also the same as that provided by AAA Duracell alkaline batteries. Most remote-controlled toy cars require using two to three AA or AAA batteries together.
Replacing Toy Car Batteries
If you don’t want to constantly buy new batteries for small toy cars, you can invest in rechargeable Duracell batteries. Duracell sells both AA and AAA batteries in rechargeable form and sells special chargers for these batteries too.
When carefully handled and charged, the batteries can last for up to ten years.
You can also test your Power Wheels toy car battery through the method below before discarding it and buying a new one. You will need a voltmeter for this method.
The step-by-step procedure follows as:
● Take the battery out of the toy car and examine it for any physical damage. If the battery has any cracks, it cannot be salvaged. If there are no signs of physical damage to the battery, place it back inside the toy car.
● Fully charge the battery.
● Ensure access to both the positive and negative battery pongs.
● Measure the DC voltage by setting the voltmeter dial to 20.
● Place the positive probe onto the positive pong and the negative probe onto the negative pong. Get a reading with a voltmeter to find out if you have matched the right probes with the pongs.
If the reading shows negative, you have got the probes wrong; if the reading reads positive, the probes are at the correct pongs.
● After correctly placing the probes, get another reading and pay attention to the numerals this time. The reading on the voltmeter should read 12.6 Volts or above.
● If you find the reading on voltmeter as 12.6 Volts or above, thank your stars.
● The above reading showcases that the battery isn’t dead even if it isn’t working properly and can be fixed. It wasn’t working properly because it was allowed to completely discharge.
● Don’t be quick to despair if you don’t find the reading as 12.6 Volts or above.
● Run another reading on the voltmeter and see if it reads 11.8 Volts or over. If that is the case, it means that your toy car battery is aging. As a battery ages, it loses its ability to function at its best. The overall capacity to charge gets reduced with time which can be noticed in its performance too. It is a regular phenomenon and happens to all batteries.
● Either of the above cases can be fixed by draining the battery and charging it with a smart charge. I suggest borrowing a smart charger rather than buying one as they can be even more expensive than a replacement battery.
Once the battery is fixed, avoid draining it completely in the future. Always charge the battery when at least a 20% charge is left.
Moreover, always fully charge the battery before storing it away.