ELECTRIC RC CARS
Electric RC cars are great for beginners. They are most user-friendly
and come as ready-to-run. They use 7.2 volt battery packs and electric
motors. They can be easily modified with faster motors, ball bearings,
and high power batteries. Earlier the electric car kits needed assembling
and were not available as ready to run. The car kit, radio, controller,
chargers etc had to be bought separately. Today it is much easier to
buy a one-in-all box from the same manufacturers. Plus the accessories
from the same brand or manufacturing company are also available thus
ruling out any compatibility problems.
Electric Remote control cars are good for beginners as they require
less maintenance and emit no fumes. They are quieter as compared to
their Nitro cousins and are less problematic. These electric cars are
capable of speeds up to twenty five miles per hour which is quite convenient
for beginners. Faster motors, ball bearings and high power batteries
can push the speed up to forty miles per hour.
Electric touring cars are quite popular as they have quite a real look
and feel. Some have four wheel drive (4WD) or two wheel drive (2WD).
Electric RC Cars have two types of transmission designs. Belt driven
Electric RC cars are more stable in corners where as shaft driven have
higher top speeds. HPI Dash RTR, Associated RTR TC3, HPI Micro RS4 Nissan
Skyline are all good beginner’s cars and one can have fun with them
playing indoors, street or garage.
These electric cars are accompanied by some neat accessories that make
RC hobby all the more fun. The radio control unit comes with a transmitter,
receiver, two servos with servo horns, and batter holder for receiver
plus an on/off switch. The radio control unit controls the speed and
the direction of the car. The batteries and charger accompany the model
to provide the necessary power. To provide enough power a 7.2 volt battery
pack is equally essential. They can be Nickel – Cadmium (NiCad) or Nickel
Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. Tamiya, Orion, Trinity, Sanyo
and Panasonic are good brands to buy.
Battery charger comes in two types -Timer and peak detection charger.
With the timer charger full charging of the battery needs to be monitored.
The peak detection charged, although comes in expensive, but does a
better job of charging the batteries. It can automatically sense if
the battery is fully charged and will automatically shut off the power
supply. Thus is it prevents overcharging that destroys the batteries.
Tekin or Novak can prove to be reliable brands as battery chargers.
TRX 2.5R Racing Engine comes with EZ-start push button electric starting.
Its new Power-tune cooling head promotes even heat distribution. Its
silicon seal provides super sealing and this sealed design provides
precision tuning. Refined design and manufacturing produces smooth and
durable gears. Its microprocessor senses vehicle speed and optimizes
forward and reverses shifting. Precision rubber-sealed bearings are
used in exposed locations provide ultimate in protection and low maintenance
in dirt & nitro environments for super smooth performance.
There are more sophisticated models available in the market for electric
cars to choose from. Although the newbie’s can choose from simpler models
but old hobby holders can have as much fun with the enhanced and upgraded
models as well.
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