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There are several factors that go into how fast an RC can drive and they almost never come out of the box as fast as they claim.

On a side note we just ordered our very own track timing kit so were going to be able to put these things to an actual test!

Battery Type:Most Ready to Run model trucks do in fact come with a battery, normally a Nimh. When you look at the outside of a box, say a Traxxas 4X4 it is going to say something like 65mpg top speed. What they don’t tell you in as obvious a way is that you have to fork out another 40 bucks to get the Lipo battery that is going to be able to run that speed.

Pay attention to what the required equipment is to reach the speeds you want. Lithium Polymer batteries are the new hotness in the RC world and come in a wide variety of cells. The more cells you go with the more speed you get, you will want to make sure what your speed controller can handle though before running out and buying a 4S lipo and torching your RC motor.

Gearing:Another thing most people who are first getting into the hobby typically don’t know about is in order to get a higher top speed you much change the gearing. There is a give and take when it comes to the type of gearing you choose to run. In exchange for higher top speed, you are going to sacrifice acceleration. In order to hit the top speeds most vehicles claim you are going to need to gear them to a point where you wont use it for much racing other than straight driving

Making The Right Call:As a general rule you can avoid disappointment if you don’t choose your RC solely on top speed. Think about other important things like how you are going to use it. In a lot of ways it is kind of like when you buy new cars, they often claim certain Miles Per Gallon but that is typically on some sort of closed course with a 60lb driver, no seats, and the wind at their back…well you get the point.

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Any RC enthusiast you talk to will tell you that this is a great hobby, maybe even the greatest. The truth is, it is a great hobby that takes work and the right attitude. If you think you are ready to take a ride into the world of RC, there are a few things you should know first.

It Takes Patience
Too many people get into hobbies thinking its going to be all fun and games from the minute you pick it up. I did that! I wanted to be on Team Associated the day after I bought my first RC haha! Obviously that dream has to come – I guess maybe they lost my phone #. But honestly, RC is a hobby that takes time and patience. You will not be good on your first day out. At least I’ve never seen anyone be just amazing their first day trying out an RC. But it will come with time and practice.
If you are going to do your own repair work and maintenance on your RC, it will take extra time, but can be well worth it. A lot of people end up loving this and it can become one of the most rewarding parts of the hobby. Our RC Maintenance Videos and RC Tutorial Videos will help a lot combined with time and patience. Once you begin maintaining and upgrading your RC, you will become familiar with the ins and outs and different parts of your car or truck.

It Takes Humility
Like Jeremy said in 3 Signs You Are Dealing With an RC Jerk, you will run into “that guy” who thinks he knows all and is the best in the world, has been racing since he was one and yada yada yada. Ignoring those comments is going to be a pain in the butt at first, but from what I’ve learned, if you don’t ignore them and you get frustrated and upset, then the a-hole wins. Instead, keep coming back and keep getting better. Use that as fuel for your fire as some say. That is a lot better than giving him what he wants by leaving or getting pissed.
Second part of this is – don’t become “that guy/girl” when you do start getting good and have experience. Instead, be friendly to the newcomers just like someone might have done for you. Offer them advice and help if they need it. We were all beginners at one point so give back to the people who helped you by helping someone else.

It Takes Time and Money
Like most hobbies, you will need to have spare time and some extra cash in your pocket to get into it. RC is one of those hobbies that can get expensive at times. We all go into a hobby intending to devote our spare time to it but sometimes things come and priorities get set and that is fine. But if you have invested money into it and want to be good and serious about RC, you are going to have to devote the time to it. Like I said, its not something you conquer in one day.

It Takes Toughness
The first part of this concept is physical toughness. Refer to our RC Truck video where Jeremy gets hit in the face with a truck. Ouch – rough, yet hilarious 🙂 .
The second part is mental toughness. Aside from the jerks at the track that you gotta be tough enough for, there might come a day when you crash your RC or someone else does or maybe its just time to let that old RC go. You may want to cry at this point. Be aware and stay strong.

It Takes Awesomeness
You’ve gotta be ready to deal with being awesome after you embark into the world of RC. You will meet a lot of cool people and will hopefully experience a variety of different rc car, trucks, buggies, truggies and the like. So be humble, patient, friendly, and awesome and you’ll be a good RC’er!

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We’ve all heard about the importance of recycling or reusing things to create a greener planet. Well, here are a few ways you can reuse your old or worn out RC Car parts.

1. First and most obvious is taking parts from a broken RC Car and using them to repair another RC.

2. Use them as decor for a hobby room or rec room. Place your old cars on shelves to remember where you’ve been in your RC hobby. Or if you’re into RC planes or helicopters, you could hang them from the ceiling like they are in mid flight. I’ve seen people do this and it looks pretty cool.

3. If you race or bash your RC Car to the max, you may easily have a lot of worn out spare tires. Take a bunch of them from your RC and instead of gluing them to the rims, stack them up and glue them to each other. Add a piece of cardboard on the bottom and you’ve got a unique pencil cup for your desk! Ain’t that cute.

4. Use your RCs that are no longer drivable as bookends for your RC books or magazines or for any books for that matter.

5. If you have competitions with your friends say in your backyard, use an old RC as a fun trophy for the winner. The easiest way is to mount the RC to a piece of wood. You can spray paint them gold, silver, and bronze if you’d like too.

There’s just a few fun things for you instead of trashing your RC. If you have any other ideas, share them with us below!
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In summary, just get the battery that best fits your needs, I realize I took a long time to say something pretty obvious but a little thought on what you want to do with your new RC Car or Truck can save you a good bit of money down the road.

Steps

  1. If you are anything like me when you first got into RC you realized there were a lot of choices. Big decisions like what kind of vehicle to get and smaller ones like what kind of tires to use. For me no decision came easily and one I made a few mistakes with was what type of battery to get. Certainly you have to decide on some of the larger decisions like whether to get a Lipo, NiMh, or Nicad. Then you have to decide what brand you want to get, certainly that is something we will touch on in a different post. What we are aiming to help you figure out is what exactly is the difference between batteries.
  2. The number of cells in the battery will determine the voltage. In the Lipo battery world, easily the most common among RC hobbyists the 2cell pushes out just over 7volts, that is going to determine the power getting to your wheels. If you want to go faster, you go from 1S to 2S or from 2S to 3S. There are restrictions however so make sure your motor and ESC can handle it. When I got my first vehicle I ran out and bought a bunch of the most powerful battery it would support.
  3. Learn From My Mistake:
  4. At the time it was 3 or 4 3S Lipo batteries. I learned a valuable lesson however the first day I went to the track and found out they only raced with 2S Lipo batteries and I just wasted about $230! Sure having the extra speed to tool around my yard was cool but I really wanted to race so the 3S batteries were useless. So lesson one! Know what you want to do. If you want to race in leagues, make sure you check the specs. If you just want to have fun and go fast, thats a totally different type of research.
  5. After you pick out what type of battery you want to run (were sure you are rockin a Lipo because they are lighter and you typically get longer run time with them) and how many cells you want to run in series you will want to look at runtime.
  6. Definition:
  7. If you are talking about a 2S Lipo battery that is a 2 Cell in series Lithium Polymer battery and get 7.4 Volts (power)
  8. If you are talking about a 3S Lipo that means you are now running 3 cells in series and get 11.1 Volts (more power)
  9. What Does Mah Mean:
  10. The last decision you have to make is in regards to Mah. If you have shopped for batteries you will notice there are a lot of different options. Simply put Mah relates to how long you can run, the more Mah you have the longer you can draw on the battery. There is however a cost for that and it isn’t always one to one. What I mean is a battery with 5000Mah is usually more than double the cost of one with 2500Mah. (Mah stands for milliampere-hour)
  11. The bottom line is this, if you want to really burn rubber get the max amount of cells in series your motor can support. If you want longer runtime maybe settle for the 2S instead of the 3S but get the beefy Mah. You will notice the trend on this site is always to say it depends what you want to use it for and it holds true here. If you want to race it’s easy get a 2S Lipo with a decent amount of Mah.
  12. Cooling Matters Too:
  13. Keep in mind though, the longer you run your RC the hotter it will get so if you are going for long run time consider investing in a little additional cooling, if the motor or ESC overheats it doesn’t really matter if you have 10,000 Mah. You’re going to have to wait for it to cool down to keep racing.
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Warnings

  • Remember if you are going to use Lipo Batteries make sure you are always charging your RC batteries in a protective Lipo sack. (my wife makes me charge them outside!) I really questioned posting the video below because its a little over the top but check it out. Also as a disclaimer I have NEVER had this happen.


When it comes to decide which RC car to your hard earned money on a difficult decision, it’s a small guide for the first time buy, which I’m sure are overwhelmed by not only the choice, but types of RC cars available .
In a nutshell, there are two categories:
Off-Road
This is generally regarded as the most popular in the area, several sub-classes like monster trucks, rally cars, Truggies and Bashers, with the lastis a kind of on / off road
On the road
This is my personal area of ​​expertise, these machines are built to thoroughbred high eating asphalt, but it has good road, even something ages parking will hurt these babies have configuration options that you expect to see NASCAR or F1, anything camber adjusted for depreciation.
There are two major subcategories.
Electric.
This is the starting point for most people, Iimagine this a try before you embark on something that has a combustion engine. They are easy to maintain, relatively inexpensive, not break, and much, much cleaner. What they lack in power they gain in precision, never clip at the top like a pro.
Nitro (aka RC Gas or Petrol)
The grandfather of RC racing, these babies have an enormous power, the Nitro bikes a little practice, unlike electric riders, there is a slightdelay in the throttle and the break you need to get used to, but if the noise, smoke and power is your thing look no further. Nitro cars tend not to survive crashes and power due to weight and speed of the accident.
The basic rule is to stick to Electric until you are ready to run on Nitro, they are incredibly fast and many things can go wrong, you need batteries for example, and the gas may stick open. While on an electric car will not changeescape, internal combustion is a different story …
So you’ve decided what the main class you want, you must now decide what the car will be used for, there is a huge difference between the weekend warrior that tears from his local park and anyone who wants to race too seriously.
Some tips on choosing a good starter car
2nd hand RC material has no resale value, which is good for you, look in the forums and auction sites and you will be approximately 75% of the storeoriginal cost, not to mention that most owners have several ups and extra hops = they normally throw in the face.
it takes three things to get into RC, kit, electronics for the kit (cruise control, receiver, Sero, batteries) and a remote
Construction of the car is easy and you can do in 8 hours, but the birthday boy, it is best to get a RTR (Ready to Race), because they often come with all the above, check before you buy, they will tell youthis supplement you need. TT01 is a generally comes with everything you need, apart from the distance, it is worth slightly more than the remote, because it’s something you again and again.
Make sure that you will be able to spare and hop-up for the kit. (Important)
The best place to buy is the Internet, it is undoubtedly true, you get the best variety and prices of online shops.
Stay away from Nitro (gas) powered RC cars until you drive an electricElectric RC cars are easy and cheap to maintain and fewer problems in general to give.

 

Me & My RC Car

Posted: June 8, 2011 in rc events, rc tips
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I’ve always been interested in anything RC but have been away from the hobby for some years (mostly bashing and tinkering). Since then this hobby has gotten some pretty major tech advances with brushless, lipo and 2.4 ghz. This blog will document my experiences as I get reacquainted with the hobby I so enjoyed

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