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How to Charge a Peg Perego Gator

By Irene A. Blake ; Updated April 18, 2017

Peg-Pérego John Deere Gator vehicles--HPX without canopy and HPX SE with canopy--are toy, electric-powered vehicles for children ages 3 to 8 years old. Each vehicle runs on a 12-volt rechargeable, plug-in style battery located in a battery compartment at the front of the vehicle. The battery provides enough electric power for a child to drive at speeds between 2 1/4 and 4 1/4 miles per hour (mph) for up to three hours. Peg-Pérego has made charging the battery simple--the battery connects to a recharger cable that plugs into a standard electrical outlet.

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Turn off the Peg-Pérego Gator. Remove the safety screw near the top middle of the brush guard/battery door at the front of vehicle. Unhook the side flaps and flip the door out and down.

Grasp the metal retaining rod in front of the 12-volt battery and slide it out the right side of the vehicle to gain access to the battery.

Pull the battery slowly halfway out of the battery compartment. Disconnect the plug that connects the battery to the vehicle. Pull the battery completely out of the vehicle.

Connect the plug on the battery to the 12-volt battery recharger cable.

Plug the two-prong plug on the cable into an electrical socket. Keep the battery plugged in for 18 to 24 hours--checking it every four hours or so to make sure that it isn’t leaking or overheating.

Disconnect the plug from the electrical socket. Disconnect the recharger cable from the battery.

Insert the battery halfway into the Gator's battery compartment. Reconnect the battery to the vehicle and then slide it completely into the battery compartment.

Slide the metal retaining bar into place to secure the battery in the compartment. Flip up the brush guard/battery door. Secure the door with the safety screw.


If the Gator is in storage for a month or more, charge the battery a full 24 hours at least once a month. If the battery won't take a charge, contact Peg-Pérego for a replacement at 800-728-2108 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gator batteries only have a six-month warranty.


Never charge your battery longer than the full charge period of 18 to 24 hours.

Never turn the battery upside down.

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About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.

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