By Andrew Liszewski
Little kids can tire pretty quickly, so it’s not uncommon to see a toddler or two being pulled around in a Radio Flyer wagon. But I’ll admit, I do feel a bit sorry for the parents when it’s obvious the kid has been over-indulging in the food department. (Baby fat or not, it’s still extra weight to drag around.) That’s where this Power Assist Wagon comes to the rescue since it uses two 30-watt motors to make it easier to pull on inclines or rugged terrain.
The power assist controls are located in the handle, so all you need to is select forwards or backwards, and then squeeze the handle’s accelerator. The wagon has a top speed of 2 1/2 mph so it should be pretty safe, and simply releasing the accelerator kills the power to the motors, bringing it to a stop. The 12-volt rechargeable lead acid battery is sealed in plastic along with the motors and gear box to keep out water, sand and other debris. On an 8-hour charge you can expect to get about 60 minutes of run time, so you’d better save the power assist for when you really need it.
It’s available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $179.95.