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Kids Battery Powered 12v Four Wheelers

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12 Volt Battery Powered Four Wheeler For Toddlers

Are you looking for the perfect battery powered four wheeler for your kid to help them take their very first steps in 4 wheeler life? Then this guide will point you in the right direction. We will be taking a look at all the different options available to you and ultimately which is the best one for you to go for. We're also going to analyse the different aspects that you might need to consider before going ahead and purchasing a 12V ATV for children too.

Here are some of the aspects we will be discussing with regards to 12V Battery Powered 4 Wheelers:

  • How Fast Does a 12V Quad Go?
  • How Long Does a 12V Ride on Last?
  • Safety Aspects to Consider
  • What Battery Do You Need?
  • Is My Child Too Big or Too Small?
  • Storage
  • Where to Buy?
  • Warranties and Coverage
  • Maintenance
  • Do You Have a Dedicated Area of Use?
  • Where Will Your Child Go On the Ride On Quad?
  • Styling and Design
  • Models to Investigate

How Fast Does a 12V Quad Go?

When it comes to top speed of a 12V quad you will find that different models vary, however, they should demonstrate the top speed in their specifications. However, a common top speed that you will see is 2 mph amongst a lot of different vehicles. Of course, this is something that you should be considering when you purchase the model. Too slow and they might get bored of it quickly, too fast and you could be putting the safety of your child at risk. Make sure to read the recommend age suggestions as well as the safety precautions and make your decision from there.

How Long Does a 12v 4 Wheeler Last?

There are quite a lot of factors at play here such as the weight of the child, how old the battery is, is it having continuous usage, the actual model and battery itself that is being used within the 4 wheeler. However, when it comes to actually how long should you expect a decent model to go on for, you should be hoping between the 3 to 4 hour range, you will see this gradually decline over time. Then when it comes to how long will it actually take to charge up the ATV then you should be thinking about another 10 hours so. With the specific model that you are looking to purchase, you will of course have to look at the specific specifications to work out what you should be expecting it from it and whether it is living up to those.

What Battery Do You Need?

Inevitably if the four wheeler is going to get a lot of use from your toddler, then the battery is going to eventually die. So you will need to prepare and make sure that firstly you will have access to a replacement battery if needed and that secondly you have an easy means of actually replacing that battery on the ATV as well. This is something that is important to look out for before actually going ahead and buying a battery operated ATV for a toddler, otherwise it could be a rather short lived and expensive vehicle if you are unable to source a new one.

Make sure that you also are able to get a back up charging unit for the ATV as well. They should be a simple aspect to get, but it is worth taking a picture or noting down the charging unit that you have in place at the moment for the ATV (or the model you are about to get) and see if it is readily available online for purchase.

Is My Child Too Big or Too Small?

Another aspect that you want to make sure you have got right when buying a 12v battery power ride on quad is that you actually have the right size vehicle for your toddler with regards to age, size and weight. The best way to do this is firstly just looking up the certain feature of the 12v battery ATV that you are eyeing up and see what their recommendations are. Then you can make the best judgement for your child from there. Remember, there are of course certain legal aspects that you might want to research into as well.

Storing the 4 Wheeler

You will also want to bear in mind that you are going to be storing the vehicle inside as you don't want it to get damaged in the rain. So you will need to have a specific area for it getting stored. Hence, it is potentially worth taking note of the dimensions atop determine if it is potentially maybe a big too large for what you actually have room for. The advantage with these 4 wheelers is that they are generally very small and compact and usually they will sit nicely within a garage or shed, ready for the next time they want to go out and play.

Additional Features

Another aspect that you might want to consider is the actual 'features' that comes with the 4 wheeler itself. Certain things might lend themselves more to a 4, 5 and 6 year old. For instance, some models even come with built in MP3 systems so they can listen to music as they go about in their ATV as well as LED headlights, a horn and of course a nice looking dashboard. This all adds to the overall excitement and enjoyment that a kid can get from their brand new vehicle. So that's another factor you might want to consider or even a specific safety detail too.

There are some models that also mimic the sounds of a real four wheeler too. So you will be able to hear the engine revving up and going as you are driving a long. Which is pretty exciting for a kid to get involved with.

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Granted the 12v battery powered four wheelers are rather slow but you should definitely be looking into the safety aspects for your kids when riding them. The instruction manual of the specific battery operated ride on quad you get will come with it's own specific instructions but you might even need to potentially look to state level to get some additional precautions.

Generally speaking, you need to be making sure that they are wearing the right protective gear such as a youth helmet and that they are operating the 4 wheeler within a safe environment. Of course, it needs to be under your constant supervision too, so you will be able to aid and foresee any potential dangers that your child could potentially be getting into.

Warranty Coverage and Guarantees

Another aspect that you should be on the look out for when buying a 12v quad for your toddler is to make sure that the ATV is sufficiently covered by some sort of warranty coverage period. So if anything untoward was to happen with the ride on four wheeler, you are able to effectively and easily replace it. Of course, make sure you do your due diligence and research into the product and company who actually manufactures it to see how 'easy' or 'difficult' this process is. Especially, with the early days you want to be making sure that there are no odd sounds coming from the kids ATV or any strange smells.


Although it won't have the same required upkeep as an actual gas 50cc ATV, there will be some aspects that you will have to keep on top of. Mostly, keeping the vehicle clean as well as preservation for battery health. There will be recommendations on how long you should leave it to charge and when you should go about doing it, this will help make sure that you get the possible life out of it before you are having to go ahead and replace it. There should be a list of specific instructions with regards to the maintenance section but it's best to do this before actual purchase.

Where to Buy?

There are actually a whole lot of models out there that aren't overly expensive and generally the best place to look is online. You will see a lot of the major retailers as well as specialist stores and toy stores have them, selling them at a reasonable price that will also include 6v and 24v models as well if you are looking for something a bit tamer or perhaps even a bit faster if you have a slightly older child.

Before making your purchase online it might be worth also looking at them in real life too at your local toy store to see if it's up to scratch. This option won't be available with every model that you see online but it is certainly worth looking into if you are interested in doing a bit more investigation.

Where is Your Child Going to Go?

This is definitely one thing to bear in mind when you get the ATV is 'where exactly' is child going to drive it around? If it is in the garden, then you definitely want to make sure that you get one with treaded traction wheels. That said, if you do get one with heavy traction wheels, you definitely don't want your child driving round in it on hardwood flooring as it is going to cause some scratches. Make sure that they have plenty of room to go around in their ATV but it is also within a safe environment that you can keep supervision over.

Styling and Design

Another important factor that you need to think about, at least for the sake of your child, is the 'cool' factor. Does it come with shiny decals and a nice looking body? If has a rather mundane and boring look to it, chances are a toddler isn't going to get as excited compared to ones with fancy decals on that comes with a few bells and whistles. There are a whole range of models to choose from, so make sure that you go for one that actually looks the part as well.

Best Choice 12v ATV to Investigate

There are a whole different models that you will want to investigate from a few big brands as well as some not so popular ones as well (that still produce great vehicles but don't carry the same price tag).

For instance, you will be want to be looking into:

  • Yamaha 12v ATV

The Yamaha Raptor ATV is a 12 volt battery powered ride on quad that is basically a scaled down version of the full sized adult version. So it is a great introduction to the off road game. It's got beautiful detailing and is sized perfectly for kids. It offers a range of two speeds as well as being able to reverse and will make him feel just like a real rider. At 5mph it goes pretty fast and should be able to get a good amount of life out of it. It's perfect for off-road as well as being on the road and has added sound aspects to make it feel more real.

  • Kawasaki 12v ATV

Another great model to consider is the Kawasaki KFX, it offers a bit more speed than the Yamaha by an extra 1mph making it to a grand max speed of six and offers an extra lock brake power safety system. It comes with a great level of traction and twist style throttle grip giving the impression for the real thing. Plus, if you are planning on keeping your kid mainly off road with battery powered ATVs then this is definitely the model that you want to be considering.

  • Honda 12v ATV

This is certainly one of my favourite models and probably the one that I would pick out from the bunch, it is the Honda TRX ATV 12v Quad that manages to hold a rider of up to 130lbs and is intended for those ranging between the ages of 3 and 7. So if you can get this for a 3 year old, they can potentially get more than 4 years worth out of it. It is a fantastic looking model as well and certainly worth looking into when thinking about purchasing a battery operated model.

Investing in these little battery powered 4 wheel ATV ride on quads are a great way to get a child into the mix nice and early so they can go out and explore. Plus, it will help develop their hand eye co-ordination and general awareness. They will feel that they are getting the real thing with a range of different features that these electric four wheelers can offer them. Furthermore, since they are going outside with them and going over a whole range of different terrain, it's quite an empowering feeling and confidence boosting activity. Not only that, these electric battery ATVs are completely rechargeable too, so they can go at it day after day.

Of course, if you have any questions with regards to buying a battery powered 4 wheeler then please don't hesitate to mention them in the questions and answers section just above and we will be more than happy to answer. Also, if you know of any other 12 V ATV models that we haven't mentioned that you think are worth a shout out and for other readers to consider, then please leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to check them out as well.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Harry Sheen

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