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chopper
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Posted - 09/13/2006 :  13:04:33  Show Profile  Visit chopper's Homepage  Click to see chopper's MSN Messenger address
The best place right now seems to be Gruber Power Systems. He is currently giving a small discount to all members of this forum.

Here is their ebay store, click on the "scooter batteries" link and you'll see the listings for modifiedpowerwheels.
http://stores.ebay.com/Gruber-Power-Services

Or, they give a slight discount if you search on eBay for "modifiedpowerwheels"
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=modifiedpowerwheels&category0=

If you are looking for something more specific, check out their website. Here's a link to "all batteries":
http://www.gruberpower.com/gruberpower/advertising/Batteries/Allbatteries/

Edited by - swhenrik on 04/20/2008 08:40:39

swhenrik
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Posted - 12/14/2007 :  13:44:48  Show Profile  Visit swhenrik's Homepage
I think we need to throw this warning in here also:
If you like your children, even a little bit, NEVER EVER use a lawnmower/automotive/motorcycle battery in a Power Wheels. Here's why:
http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=697

If you are not confident with crimping or wiring, and/or are in a huge hurry to get your vehicle up and running again, you can get a Power Wheels Battery from a local store that sells Power Wheels. Plug it in and go. But you are going to pay for it!!!

If you want an original Power Wheels battery, and don't need it THAT DAY, hit up www.hobbymasters.com, and don't forget to put in the "modifiedpowerwheels" discount code. It will save you money over buying at the local PW retailer.

If you are in a hurry, but can handle a little wiring, some stores carry standard SLA batteries. Off the shelf batteries are typically 7.2 to 8 AH size, but some stores like Batteries Plus may have better selection. If you find a place that sells any of the items below, they should have batteries also.
- Electric Scooters
- UPS units (Uninteruptible Power Supplies)
- Emergency lighting
- Fish locators/depth finders
And obviously "Battery" stores should have some.

Ordering online or through eBay can save you money, but be VERY cautious of the source.... batteries that have been sitting on a shelf for a long time may have limited or no capacity when you receive it. This is one reason for recommending Gruber, if the battery isn't "perfect" when you get it, they'll take care of getting you one that is.

If using an aftermarket battery, remember that it doesn't include a fuse or breaker like the original battery had. More info on that here:
FAQ - Do I need an inline fuse/circuit breaker?

When you do decide on a battery.... and spent a fair amount of money on it, you want to take care of it. Using an automatic charger is considered a "must" in my opinion. More on that here:
FAQ - Which charger should I use?

Edited by - swhenrik on 06/25/2008 12:59:04
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gseric69
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Posted - 08/08/2009 :  07:51:24  Show Profile  Visit gseric69's Homepage
Check the Market Prices for Ebay Batteries thread. Bonner tries to keep updated prices for Gruber and Power-Cell batteries posted.

Also Powertron offers 12V 14AH replacement batteries that have the same plug as a Power Wheels Grey 12V cube battery and are pretty much the same size as well, so no wiring or mounting modifications are needed.
This link here was current as of 8/8/09 from Ebay seller ptron2
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Replacement-Power-Wheels-Fisher-Price-12V-Battery_W0QQitemZ290334113908

36V Peg Perego Apache - Project: Super Power Police Jeep, 18V Metal Frame Jeep - Project: Sarge
Dragon/Craftsman Pickup Hybrid (WIP), 18V John Deere Off Road 4x4 (Gaucho, SOLD!)
12V Lil Jeep, 18V Turbo Sun Jammer Jeep, 12V Super 6 F150 Blue Thunder,
18V Lightning McQueen & 12V Lightning McQueen w/Duratrax Motors (Sold)
18V Green & Blue Ninja Quads w/19T's, 18V Dora Quad with 21T's
12V Harley Bat Bike w/Duratrax Motors, 12V Pink Harley (Future Trike)
Future Builds: 12V Xtreme Machine, 12V PW Fire Truck, 6V Wild Thing Super 6 & Mach 5
RIP: 12V Super 6 Suzuki Quad w/Seperate Brake pedal (Decommissioned/Parted)

Edited by - gseric69 on 08/08/2009 07:54:33
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