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NEWS – While perusing interesting tech news, I came upon the Droyd Romper on coolthings.com. This “tricycle” (it feels so wrong to call it that because it’s way cooler than that) is a 24v lithium-ion battery-powered version of the classic Big Wheel. It’s targeted for toddlers ages 3 and up and will hold up to a 66 lb rider. It’s made of plastic like the Big Wheel, has an adjustable seat, no pedals, and weighs 20 lbs. It has two speed settings: 3 mph and 6 mph (4.8 kph and 9.6 kph). You’ll get a maximum of 45 minutes of ride time (low-speed setting) before you have to charge the battery which takes about 5 hours.
It features a slow-start acceleration button so that your kids don’t suffer “whiplash” when starting out. It even comes with a parent speed control key for your peace of mind, a cool adjustable-height safety flag, electro-mechanical brakes, and automatic multicolored LED taillights and motion-activated front wheel lights for when your tyke heads out on his adventure (cue “Born to Be Wild” music). Want one? You can get the Droyd Romper from Amazon for $139.99.
I loved my Big Wheel growing up so much that I got my kids each their own. But they also really enjoyed the battery powered car I got them too. I would have loved having a battery powered anything and would have enjoyed both just like my kids. I don’t think having the battery operated style would eliminate the use and fun of the original.
Like you, Rhasson, I remember getting up speed on my big wheel, pulling up on the brake, and spinning out!! What a blast!!😁
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