THE ELECTRIC RC
If one is just starting out in RC cars hobby, ready-to-run electric
cars or trucks are the best choice because they get working with very
little effort - charge a battery pack and go. It is helpful to know
about some of the excellent, hobby-quality, electric vehicles that come
completely assembled with radio systems pre-installed. These vehicles
are classified as ready-to-run (RTR) and are ideal for backyard or street
bashing. Most of these vehicles can also be used for competitive racing;
in particular, Team Associated and Losi vehicles are raced at local
race clubs throughout the USA and Canada.
In contrast, many times it is difficult to start a gas vehicle and they
require a lot of adjustments to run in comparison to electrics. As for
top speed, either gas or electric cars and trucks can be very fast,
but generally speaking, gas vehicles have higher top speeds out of the
box than electrics. A gas vehicle will typically run in the 30 to 50
mph range, while electric vehicles will be in the 15 to 30 mph range.
In order to run any of these vehicles batteries and a charger is also
needed. A Dynamite Prophet Plus AC/DC Peak Charger (RC-DYN 4049), 8
'AA' batteries (RC-EH AA) and a 3000 or 3300 NiMH Stick Battery Pack
(RC-VEN 1532 or RC-VEN 1540) is suggestible. For the E-Maxx, an additional
Stick Pack is also needed. By the way, if you can afford it, buying
a few extra battery packs is a good idea too.
While choosing the battery pack keep in mind that higher the mAh rating,
longer is the battery run time. That is, a 3000 mAh battery pack will
provide you with twice the run time of a 1500 mAh battery pack. Battery
packs with 2400 or 3000 mAh ratings are expensive to purchase. If cost
is an issue, 1500 mAh NiCD packs are very economical to purchase and
work well in any RC vehicle. It is important to know how to take care
of batteries for the electric models and what care should be taken while
charging them, at what levels they should be discharged, what precautions
to be taken before storing them and re-using them.
In case of an E-maxx average battery run times is 8 min for 1500 mAh
NiCD Sport Packs, 10 min for 2000 mAh NiCad Sport Packs and 13 min for
3000 mAh NiMH Sport Packs. The battery run times listed are based upon
a stock E-Maxx in 2nd gear running on a typical outdoor dirt race track. If
you run E-Maxx is run in 1st gear then battery run times will be a lot
longer than the ones stated earlier. Also, it is important to note
that battery run times depend upon a number of other factors, such as,
outside air temperature, gear ratios, weight of hop-ups on your truck,
driving style and the amperage the battery packs are charged at.
Some good models for electric RC cars for On-Road Cars are HPI Sprint
Porsche RTR, Tamiya Nissan 350Z Nismo XB Pro RTR, Tamiya Subaru Impreza
WRC XB 2004 RTR, Team Associated RC10 TC4 Touring RTR, Team Losi XXX-S
Sport II Sedan RTR, Thunder Tiger TS-4 e Sport Focus RTR, Traxxas 4-Tec
In case of Off-Road Stadium Trucks Traxxas Rustler RTR, Team Associated
RC10 T4 Limited Edition RTR, Team Losi XXX-T Sport RTR are good performers.
Popular choices in category of Off-Road Buggies are Tamiya XB Gravel
Hound RTR, Tamiya XB Super, Manta Ray RTR, Tamiya XB Rising Storm RTR,
Team Associated RC10 B4 Special Edition RTR, Traxxas Bandit RTR. Tamiya
Mighty Bull XB RTR - 2WD, Traxxas E-Maxx RTR - 4WD, Traxxas Stampede
RTR - 2WD excel in the category of Off-Road Monster Trucks.
About The Author:
Peter Dobler successfully operates several web sites on the topic of
internet marketing and web site optimization. Visit his main web site
Other RC Race Car Related Information