Did you just take your Power Wheel toy out of the box, charged the battery, and powered it on; and it doesn’t respond? Usually when you take out your toy after winters, it doesn’t respond.
It is a very common problem and a lot of people get confused. There could be an issue in either charger, battery, or the unit. So, you need to make sure that the fault is in the battery before you think to replace the battery. Else, you will end up buying a new battery that will turn useless because the unit will remain off.
How To Test A Power Wheels Battery?
Is it a very tricky way? To your luck, it is an easy method. Indeed, there is a way to check either your battery is at fault or some other component.
What do you need?
You only need a voltmeter to check whether your battery is at fault or not. A digital meter will work the best with precise values and accurate decimals. However, the old needle voltmeter will also do the job.
What will I test?
Since we are focused to know either the battery is at fault or not, so we will check the battery. You need to check the voltage of your battery and your charger with this meter.
When you are ready to conduct the test, charge your battery first. I will advise you to charge it fully for around 8-10 hours. Check the battery again inside the toy and if the problem remains, proceed towards the test.
Conducting the test
So, now is the time to use your voltmeter to take the readings. For Power Wheels battery, keep the meter at 20. Hence, you will get the most accurate result. Locate the positive, negative, and attach the probes. Positive to positive and vice versa. Note the reading, is the amount of charge your battery is holding right now.
Then turn the charger on in an AC socket and repeat the same process. The readings will fluctuate; that is normal. Note down the readings and the voltmeter job is finished.
Analyzing the charger results
Let us talk about the charger first. Your charger must show anything between 13.5 to 14.5 volts. In this case, there is no fault in the charger. If the charger voltage values are more or less, then your charger is at fault and not the battery. Replace the charger and your Power Wheels will start to work.
Analyze the battery results
- There are a lot of possible options when it comes to battery.
- If the value is above 12.6 volts, then your battery charged fully. However, its charging capacity is low. So, it is not powering the battery. It happens in old batteries.
- If the value is between 11.8 and 12.6 volts, then your battery is not dead but is declining. You can recover it using a smart charger. They are very expensive, so it is better to buy a new battery.
- If the value is lower than 11.8 volts, then maybe a cell in the battery is dead. So, you need to replace the battery.
This was an easy guide to test a Power Wheels battery.