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Tamiya Electric Car is Wind-powered

Once in a while, you’ll find a product that is good for kids, adults, and the environment. The Tamiya Electric Car is one of them.

The Electric Car requires no batteries, but is powered by the wind. The Tamiya Loopwing Wind Power Generator Set comes with a miniature windmill whose blades are able to turn with even the lightest of winds. This spinning powers a tiny turbine, and you can use that to charge the electric car.

If the car is connected to windmill charger for 5-10 minutes, then the car is good for about 1-2 minutes of playing. That may not seem like much to you, but I think we all have electric tools that charge for a long time and work for a short amount of time. I have a Black and Decker electric screwdriver that works for about 5 minutes after one hour’s worth of charging.

Parents will definitely save on batteries with this toy. Not only that, it teaches kids to “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. No wonder why it is billed as an educational toy. I’m not certain if I agree with its age recommendation aimed at those 15 years of age or older, because I think it is the younger ones who need to learn to save energy and stop using toys that just burn up batteries.

The Tamiya Loopwing Wind Power Generator Set is available at the Tamiya America site for about $67.