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Best Electric RC Cars, You Need to Know Why

Updated on September 12, 2016

Battery Powered Radio Controlled Cars

I have been buying RC cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, and boats for about 20 years. I don't race them; I just like to have them as a hobby. I have only been impressed by 2 RC's I ever bought, a Nikko 4x4 truck and a Nikko speed boat, both electric, 9.6v battery powered. The rules have changed with electric RC vehicles; Traxxas has changed the electric RC hobby into action packed, adrenalin pumping, super fast well balanced day of fun. Traxxas has blown the competition out of the water with an extremely fast, affordable battery powered electric RC for the hobbyist. These new Rc's can reach speeds of an excess of 60 mph, and that's not scale speed, that is actual speed!

Fast RC Cars

The first time I saw the battery powered electric RC's from Traxxas, I was amazed by the pure power of this vehicle! I couldn't believe I had wasted money on other RC cars like Nikko and New Bright that were not even close to being as powerful and maneuverable as the Traxxas. Other battery powered electric car don't have one tenth the power of a Traxxas, for example, if I'm driving up a dirt hill, my SlashVXL is sending off a rooster tail of dirt six feet in the air all the way up the hill, or when I drive it in the grass, it just rips through it like a gas powered RC.

Just like the gas powered RC cars, Traxxas has interchangeable pinion gears for dirt or street racing. Extra parts are readily available through hobby shops and online venders, parts like; tires, rims, body kits, motors, battery packs, or whatever else you need to get you RC back on the road. Slash VXL will hit top speeds of 30+ mph right out of the box, no assembly needed. Changing the 7 cell NiMH battery to a 35LiPo battery will increase the Traxxas over all speed to about 60+ mph and run time will increase to about 45 min - 1hr, I have not jumped to this stage in the game yet, I'm still learning how to handle a car going 30 mph.

Why Brushless RC Motors?

Traxxas Slash VXL comes standard with brushed motors and the next step up is a brushless motor. I bought the brushless motor because they are pretty much maintenance free, brushed motors have a little cooing fan built into the end of the motor where dirt and debris get caught and it needs to be cleaned out, I wanted to have fun without the maintenance. I had read some customer reviews about the brushed motors having an overheating problem when they ran them hard for long periods, so to avoid any RC down time, I went brushless for an extra $80, now I'm glad I spent the extra money.

Gas RC V.S. Electric RC

I didn't want to go with a gas powered RC because I didn't want to deal with all the problems and extra equipment needed to run them. Electric RC's have come a long way, and I'm not talking about the ones you buy from Toy's R us and Wal-Mart. Traxxas does for the RC hobbyist that NASCAR does for its fans; they deliver Heart pumping, adrenalin rushing fun in a box. With the electric RC, there is no fuel to buy, no pull cord to break, and no engine stalling or bogging, just pull it out of the box, charge the battery, and you're off, right after you read the owner's manual, lol. Did I forget to mention the electric RC's of today can run head to head with the gas version?

World's Fastest Electric RC Car

Take a look at the video below, it's the world's fastest battery operated electric RC car, it's driven on a real racetrack and can reach speeds in excess of 100mph. It would take some serious driving skills to run this RC car, one wrong move and it turns into a scrap pile.

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BFGoodrich Tires
BFGoodrich Tires | Source
Adjustable front struts
Adjustable front struts | Source
Simple design
Simple design | Source
Water tight receiver
Water tight receiver | Source
Maintenance free brushless  motor, You can see the axle shaft near the motor.
Maintenance free brushless motor, You can see the axle shaft near the motor. | Source
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Some of the Great Features Offered by Traxxas

· Long Range Transmitter

· Full Ball Bearings

· Turnbuckles for steering adjustments

· Sealed Waterproof Electronics (Traxxas can run in the rain, mud and snow)

· Heavy Duty Driveshaft's

· Brushless Motors (No Maintenance)

· Adjustable Shocks

· High Efficiency 12 Gauge Wiring Throughout the Electrical System for Maximum Current Flow

· Multiple Transmitter Settings for Beginner, Intermediate and Expert

· Forward, Reverse and Brakes

· Digital Steering Servo for Precise Steering

Overall, I believe the Traxxas RC's are crushing their competition, nothing even comes close to reaching the top speeds that Traxxas delivers, and the tire melting horsepower is almost unbelievable, especially from a battery powered RC car. The only thing I didn't like about the complete package is the charging system. If you don't mind waiting 8 hours for you next run, than using the charger that come with the package is fine, but I wanted to have two batteries and a quick charger so I could have nonstop fun for hours. I bought the quick charger that could charge both the NiMH and the LiPo battery for the future, if I ever dare upgrade to the lithium battery.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Leylla, for the money, these RC cars and trucks are worth it and need very little maintenance.Let me know if you have any questions.

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      Leylla 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing sueprb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and simply couldn't come across. What a perfect web site.

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Yes Cam, men and their toys :)

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      cam 

      4 years ago

      i don't have 1 yet but im so happe im 15 but men and there toys

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pool7,

      I forgot to mention, my Primal battery charger takes about 20 minutes to charge, but sometimes you need to let the battery cool down first. Having two batteries is a good idea, but I would wait to see which batteries you're going to use, LiPo or Ni-cad.

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pool7,

      I had bought a Primal surface charger by Radient. It charges both Ni-cad and LiPo batteries, I also had to by a small adaptor to connect the battery to the charger. I spent about $80 on the charger, but I have seen other chargers like the Ripmax Sigma on Amazon for half the price and can charge both batterys as well. I had made a rush decision because Christmas was closing in fast, lol. I have the Slash, and it's extremely fast with the Ni-cad battery, I recommend getting used to the speed before you jump to the LiPo battery. I have a pretty wide road with a tight corner, and I have a hard time taking the corner at top speed, so get your feet wet first :) The brushless motors are water tight and maintenance free you you're making a good choice. I'm new to the Hobby grade RC's as well, I'm used to the big box store grade RC's which absolutely suck compared to this mad machine, brace yourself for some fun. If you have other questions, let me know Pool7, and once you make the purchase, could you come back here and let me know what you think? That would be awesome, and I would really appreciate it. I want other readers to know I'm not blowing smoke with the article, thanks :)

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      pool7 

      5 years ago

      @Eddiecarrara what charger di you buy and how long does it take to charge the battery? I am very new to the hobby grade rc world. I am looking at getting the slash 4x4 brushless. Any pointers would be great.

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the input runya4real, So you must be talking a bout a gas engine if the air filter came off. That's why I stuck with the battery operated RC, I like no maintenance. I think the battery operated Traxxzx is just a fast as the gas, especially when swapping to a LiPo battery, I not sure I want to use the Lipo battery because it's too powerful as it is, lol I couldn't imagine double the speed.

      One thing that is impressive about this RC besides the power to burn the tires off, is the fact that if you roll it, 9 time out of 10 it will land on it's wheels, quite an impressive balancing act :) I have had mine for 1 1/2 years and have not had a problem yet, maintenance free is for me :)

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      runya4real 

      5 years ago

      Ok... I have been in the hobby for years... Since i was 16 .. (am now 40) . Traxxas has doone a wonderful job advertising an promoting the products,... They are pretty much the leaders when it comes to readty to run vehicles.. RTR.. But , let me just say this .. I went the traxxas route and i bought a jato 3.3.. The truck was very fast and i loved it.. Until... I was driving the truck in a parking lot and didn't notice that the air filter came off... Anyway long story short, I suckeed in a rock into the intake and it need to be fixed .. The engine was destroyed.. So i started taking it apart and got to the pistin rod... And it was eched out in the middle ... The rod had split in half and i wasn't happy.. So i called Traxxas and asked them why it was eched out in the middle cuz it forsurley weakend the con necting rod... And there awnser ... You ready? lol They said it was for areo dynamic reasons.... lmao .... mg lmao... Seriously? the rid is in a chamber .. lma anyway Traxxas isall about the come bac k by the customer... Just do reseach before you buy.....

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Olly, and like I said , if you have any other questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Olly 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, that's helped quite a lot

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Olly,

      I really didn't know much about RC's, I have been buying the ones from Walmart and Toys-r-us, then this Christmas I bought my son a Traxxas Slash 2 wheel drive. This car is incredibly fast, nothing even close to the big store brands, and the power is just insane. I spent about $450 at a hobby shop, I bought an extra battery and the quick charger, I didn't even upgrade to the LiPo battery and it's plenty fast enough for me. It came whit everything i needed to get started right out of the box. What you see in my pictures above is my sons car, we get about 30- 45 minutes of run time depending on the terrain we are driving on (this vehicle goes anywhere, and I bet the 4x4 is a monster). My son is 14 and he has no problem driving it, but I think I use it more then he does,lol. I think buying any one of the Traxxas RC's will be a great starting point for you, I bought the model with brush-less motors because they are sealed motors and you don't have to worry about cleaning the cooing fans. If I can help answer any other questions about them , I'll be right here :)

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      Olly 

      6 years ago

      I don't know much about rc cars but im wanting to start, how much would i be looking at to build a reasonably good electric also how much would it be to buy a full reasonably good electric,

      Thanks

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello cookingrecipes,

      I have always had an interest in RC cars, but I have never had the money to buy a gas powered RC car. I bought my son a Traxxas Slash for Christmas, it's battery powered, and it's as powerful as the gas powered RC's (35 mph on battery power). I was so excited about it's performance, that I went and bought one for myself too :)

      Thanks for the comment and your vote, take care.

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