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Maybe you've been thinking of getting Power Wheels for your little one for the upcoming holidays. Perhaps you know your child will want to go at max speeds on this thing, so you're thinking, what are the fastest Power Wheels out there?
The fastest Power Wheels have a maximum speed of 6mph (9.5km/h). This is not much more than the average speed on the market, which is 5mph (8km/h). If you purchase one of these vehicles, be sure to get one with the high-speed lock-out feature, which is designed for optimal safety.
In this article, I'll go into depth about the 5 fastest Power Wheels. I'll explain their different features, and I'll also explain what you can do to make any of the models go faster (which is actually super easy). Let's get into it!
DC Super Friends Kawasaki Batman
The DC Super Friends Kawasaki Batman vehicle has cool Batman graphics, a pretend canon, and the ability to go through relatively rough surfaces such as gravel and mud, thanks to its Monster Traction System.
This vehicle is built for safety – it has a Power-Lock brake system, which means that as soon as your child removes his/her foot from the pedal, the vehicle automatically stops. Here are the rest of the features:
- Parent-controlled high-speed lock-out designed for optimal safety
- A maximum speed of 2.5 and 6mph (4 and 9km/h) depending on whether the high-speed lock-out is on or off
- Twist-grip throttle to make the vehicle go faster
Jurassic World Dino Racer
This vehicle is just like the regular Power Wheels Racing ATV, except that it has a green raptor design, allowing your child to ride around on a dinosaur! Another cool feature is the dinosaur's mouth opens and closes manually, which your child might just love!
This vehicle is also designed for one passenger. It has a system for changing speed and direction that is super easy to use – below the handlebars are three buttons: green, yellow, and red. The green button makes the vehicle go at full speed (6mph / 9.5km/h), the yellow button is for low speed (3mph / 5km/h), and the red button is to go in reverse.
The Dino Racer seats one and supports a maximum weight of 65lb (29.5kg).
So far, we've looked at Power Wheels that feature the batman design and the Jurassic World design. A lot of kids will like these vehicles because they make them think of the movies they've seen.
But this Jeep Wrangler was deliberately designed to look like the real thing. Part of the reason children like Power Wheels is because of the feeling of independence they get when they are driving. It makes them feel grown up!
Well, what better way to do this than to let them drive in a jeep!
This vehicle was designed to have a bigger cockpit area so the children can have more legroom. It also has a larger wheelbase, which means it is more stable. It has two forward speeds and one reverse speed.
When the high-speed lock-out is activated, it goes 2.5mph (4km/h). When you deactivate it, the vehicle goes up to 5mph (8km/h). In reverse, it reaches 2.5mph (4km/h). The Jeep Wrangler is very popular; it has over 10 different designs to choose from!
The Dune Racer was created for the adventurous types. It also has the Monster Traction drive system, which allows the vehicle to drive on all different types of surfaces.
It has enough space in the cockpit for two riders, and it features a hidden storage compartment located under the hood, where they can store their gear.
The Dune Racer has two forward speeds and one reverse speed. The forward speed is controlled by the parent-controlled high-speed lock-out, so if you feel your young one is not yet ready for the higher speed, you can easily ensure the speed is limited to 2.5mph (4km/h).
Otherwise, the dune racer is limited to 5mph (8km/h). In reverse, the Dune Racer goes up to 2.5mph (4km/h).
Barbie Dream Camper
The cost of most Power Wheels ranges from $250-$350. This baby goes for $450. But before you run away, check out its features:
- The back opens to reveal a play kitchen with 14 food accessories, a pretend campfire, and a grill
- Pretend GPS with voice directions from Barbie
- Sound system with three songs
- Parent-controlled high-speed lock-out
- Power-Lock brakes
It's up to you to decide whether all these accessories are worth the extra cost!
The Barbie Dream Camper has a maximum speed of 5mph (8km/h). The max speed of most Power Wheels is 5mph, with only a few of them going at 6mph (9.5km/h). But if your child wants to go faster, the difference between 5mph and 6mph is quite small.
What you can do is modify the vehicle to make it go faster, which is what we're going to get into right now!
How to Make Your Power Wheels Go Faster
Maybe your child's favorite model is not one of the faster ones, or maybe 6mph just doesn't cut it for your kid, and it needs to be faster. Well, for the more adventurous ones, luckily, there are ways for you to make it go faster than 6mph.
One way of doing this is to purchase an 18-volt battery to replace the 12-volt battery that comes with the Power Wheels. To do this, here is what you will need:
- 18-Volt battery
- 4 Small Male Connectors
- Wire Crimpers
- Lamp Cord / Flexible Wire
Then, follow these steps:
- You want to use the wire crimpers to cut a length of approximately 8 inches (20cm) from the lamp cord.
- You then want to strip the lamp cord so that it has two lengths on each side (this way, each side will be able to connect to the positive and negative charges).
- Then, take the crimpers and remove around 1 inch (2.5cm) of the rubber which surrounds the lamp cord, to expose the wire.
- At this point, you will have four pieces of wire exposed – two on each side. Take the connectors and place one on each side – use the crimpers to secure them onto the wire.
- Now, on each side of the wire, you will have one positive charge and one negative charge. Take one side of the wire and connect each side to its corresponding charge on the battery.
- Open up the battery compartment on your Power Wheels vehicle, and grab the connector that usually plugs into the 12-volt battery.
- Take out the 12-volt battery and place the connectors from the lamp cord into the corresponding charges.
- Close up the battery compartment, and your vehicle is ready to go!
Here is a video that demonstrates the entire process:
As you can see, using this 18-volt battery makes the vehicle go significantly faster! If you would like to use the battery used in this video, it is the Milwaukee M18 Battery.
If you do not have the rest of the required material, you can go to a hardware store to get them, or if you prefer the convenience of online shopping, here's the rest of it:
- InstallGear Wire Cable
- TICONN Connectors Kit
- Bantco RC519 Wire Crimpers
With the holidays approaching, getting your kid a Power Wheels vehicle may be the ultimate gift. We've had a look at the fastest vehicles on the market, and we've established that getting the fastest one won't make a difference since most of them only go 1mph slower than these vehicles. If your child wants to go fast, it's pretty simple to make that happen; if you have some money you're willing to invest, that is.