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Unread 05-09-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

This is just a thought I had when I saw a neighbors kid riding their John Deere Gator ride on toy forever(hours). I just looked it up, it has a 12V battery rated for 12AH. Now I dont know how long this means it will last with radios and extra add-ons, but I just thought this could possibly be a nice compact unit for that extra add-ons battery. I know this thing ran a long-arse time on one battery charge, and the battery costs $80.00 with a charger which could be permanently wired and then just plugged in when you charge your cart...
Im alomost sure this battery would last just as long as your main battery pack for lights and radio
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Also...I believe these are sealed batteries and can be mounted anyway ya want
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Unread 05-09-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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This is just a thought I had when I saw a neighbors kid riding their John Deere Gator ride on toy forever(hours). I just looked it up, it has a 12V battery rated for 12AH. Now I dont know how long this means it will last with radios and extra add-ons, but I just thought this could possibly be a nice compact unit for that extra add-ons battery. I know this thing ran a long-arse time on one battery charge, and the battery costs $80.00 with a charger which could be permanently wired and then just plugged in when you charge your cart...
Im alomost sure this battery would last just as long as your main battery pack for lights and radio
---ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS---

Also...I believe these are sealed batteries and can be mounted anyway ya want
I think that is a great idea and you should buy one and test it for, um let's say a couple of weeks and post the results.
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Unread 05-10-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

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a 12 AH battery would work fine for acc..

but you need to find ouw the wattage of the setup your going to use

radio lets say 50 watts

lights 100 watts

so 150 watts total

with all the accesories running your pulling 10 or 11 amps...probably 12

so with a 12 Ah battery you could run those accesories for about an hour before a recharge.

it seems like those power wheels run for longer than they should but the kids go and stop... over and over again
this stop and go gives the small batts a "bounce back" to slightly recover voltage
and you can find bigger SLA's that will last longer but why not just buy a 20 dollar lawnmower battery?
if you have alot of accesories it can handle alot of amp draw and last for a few days
heck for 80 bucks you could buy 2 and a small solar panel to charge them and never worry about it?

My 2 cents
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a 12 AH battery would work fine for acc..

but you need to find ouw the wattage of the setup your going to use

radio lets say 50 watts

lights 100 watts

so 150 watts total

with all the accesories running your pulling 10 or 11 amps...probably 12

so with a 12 Ah battery you could run those accesories for about an hour before a recharge.

it seems like those power wheels run for longer than they should but the kids go and stop... over and over again
this stop and go gives the small batts a "bounce back" to slightly recover voltage
and you can find bigger SLA's that will last longer but why not just buy a 20 dollar lawnmower battery?
if you have alot of accesories it can handle alot of amp draw and last for a few days
heck for 80 bucks you could buy 2 and a small solar panel to charge them and never worry about it?

My 2 cents
I'd like to hear more about this idea. This cart will be sitting outside in the blaring Florida sun for 8 to 9 hrs. a day. Any links to the solar panel idea, I understand the small lawnmower battery, the solar idea caught my interest. but for $80 ???? even for 160 ??
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Default Re: Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

you can buy small solar panels at harbor freight

they are only like 5 watts

but if it sits longer than you use it....

and the panels are pretty small

so if you have a top they can be hidden easy
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Default Re: Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=96418

so this is a 15W 12 volt solar charger. I am totally lost as far as how these specs work out. Using a radio and lights as you stated earlier for 1 hour of ride time...how long would it take for a 15W solar panel to rechg. I understand no exacts are known but ballpark--1 hr. 10 hrs. 2 days????

Could it stay permanently hooked to the battery...would it ever overcharge the battery...or is the max it puts out is 12V total and could never cook a battery???

I suddenly feel rudimentally ignorant hows that for words
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Default Re: Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

NO prob

harbor freight has small charge controllers to

bot if you plan on using your radio and lights daily you might not need one

15 watts is only 1 amp or so. it could over charge a battery but not to boiling point

and if the battery was totally dead assuming the 12 AH batt it would take aprox.. 10 hours to recharge on 15 watts... simply
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I have been using a handicapped scooter battery ( U1 ) that is 35 AH and I only have to charge it twice a month? It cost me $50.00 new and is alot cheaper than a reducer and SMALL 71/2"X51/2"X71/2" and for awhile I put it in my glove box ( Battery is SEALED )until I mounted it in front of shock tower. I later hooked it up to a dash mounted power outlet for charging with a cheap 12 volt charger.
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Default Re: Kids ride on car 12V battery for Accesories.

Ever think of using a lawn mower battery? Smaller size and only about $20.00. I don't have any 12v accessories on my cart except for lights which get used 2-3 times a year. So no real need for another battery.
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I have been using a handicapped scooter battery ( U1 ) that is 35 AH and I only have to charge it twice a month? It cost me $50.00 new and is alot cheaper than a reducer and SMALL 71/2"X51/2"X71/2" and for awhile I put it in my glove box ( Battery is SEALED )until I mounted it in front of shock tower. I later hooked it up to a dash mounted power outlet for charging with a cheap 12 volt charger.
This sounds like the ticket!!!
Even with my charger and cord reel in the back I believe I still have room for that battery, just behind the charger.
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