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Solar-Powered Power Wheels

July 22, 2012

My little girl just keeps getting bigger, and she’s almost the right size for a Power Wheels ride on toy. A while back I got one for free – it didn’t have a battery or charger, so it didn’t run. I also had a Harbor Freight 45-watt solar panel kit. It dawned on me that […]

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PowerWheels rock Detroit MakerFaire

August 2, 2011

(Please note: there are VIDEOS at end of this posting!) This weekend was the Detroit Maker Faire ! Other members of the Milwaukee MakerSpace and I were out in force to participate in the PowerWheels Racing Series, an event where adults modify, beef-up, soup-up, and compete, driving kids electric cars. This year, the competition was […]

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PowerWheels Mods continue

July 7, 2010

On Monday, I was over at the Milwaukee Makerspace, where the makers are modifying PowerWheels for competitive racing at the Detriot MakerFair. Looks like the entries are going to be a slightly modified BIG JAKE, a highly modified GRAVEDIGGER, and Tom’s pink trike – a chopper with very little Barbie left to it. We test […]

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PowerWheels Racing: Gravedigger Motor

April 28, 2010

The Milwaukee Makerspace is at it again! This time, participating in “Power Wheels Racing” – modifying stock kids electric vehicles for more power to compete against other teams in tug-of-war, races, and maybe even PowerWheels Polo. Gravedigger is so big, that if it weren’t stock, it would exceed the rules about vehicle size! We actually had […]

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April 14, 2010

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