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5.0 out of 5 stars LeapPad2 + Rechargeable battery, 19 Aug. 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power (Green) (Toy)
My boys (age 4 and 7) have been using a shared LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet (Green) for about a year and love it. This new "Power" version is the standard LeapPad 2 plus the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Recharger Pack all in one box. The LeapPad2 is a great toy but it eats batteries in the standard form with 4 AA's being depleted in just a few hours.

This new version with the Lithium recharger pack is more expensive up front but will save money long term and gives more portability because batteries last longer. They are available in two colours, pink and this one which is green. The boxes differ with the pink one having more "girl" based games shown and the green one with more "boy" games.

The LeapPad is a Tablet style device which accepts cartridge games and downloads from a LeapFrog App store on your computer. Having a computer to dock the LeapPad with is essential. The games are not compatible with other iPads / iPhones / tablets or PC's so it is a closed system. Games range in price from about £3 to £25. Some of the best are only £7.50. The games have a theme (maths, reading, science, logic) and an age range from about 3 to 9. In the shops these games are colour coded like size labels on clothes hanger to aid selection.

The device has a built in camera, paint program, calculator and Pet game and you get one free game when you register the device. I chose Roly Poly Picnic which uses the device in tilt mode to roll a lady bird around a maze. Its a great free game. There is no Web Browser or WIFI connectivity. This is a closed device with no chance of kids seeing anything they shouldn't - not like an iPad. It is also safe to leave kids with as it is pretty sturdy and not too heavy. If you compare it to an iPad it comes up well short but as a toy it is great. The games hold my kids interest for about 20 minutes at a time and am happy with that. I don't want them staring at a screen all day!

The best games we have found are:
Leapfrog Leapster/LeapPad Explorer Mr Pencil Game
Leapschool Cooking with Hap (£7.50 download)
Leapfrog Explorer - Mini Games Greatest Hits Volume 1
Leapfrog Explorer Learning Game Disney Pixars Monsters University

I must point out that both my boys have improved their drawing and handwriting with this device. The attached stylus pen works equally well with my left handed youngest and right handed eldest.

[Edit - August 2014]
Buy the LeapFrog Explorer App Centre Download Card (for LeapPad and Leapster) when they are half price (£7.50) and use the LeapPad App store for more great games. Good games purchased this year
Stretchy monkey 1 and 2 - a bit like Angry birds swipe back and release the monkey upwards. Great fun.
Splurgle - Tilt left and right to move a drop of water around a maze. Turn it into ice or steam to navigate hazards
Roly Poly Picnic 1 and 2
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