For generations the remote-controlled car, in all its variations, has been one of the most popular toys for children and adults alike. These days there are a lot more options than there were 20 years ago, but they tend to fall within one of three major categories. This article will help to familiarize you with the positive and negative aspects of each group so that you can make a more informed decision and give yourself an idea of where to look for an RC car that suits your tastes.
Gas-powered remote control cars benefit from their tiny internal combustion engines by having the potential for significantly more speed than their electric counterparts. Not only that, but the power of the vehicle remains sustained until there is no more fuel left in the tank. Many people find that their electric RC cars slowly lose their ability to spin their wheels as they approach the end of their battery life. Of course, it is always faster to quickly fill up a tank rather than charge a battery for hours. Is the additional cost worth the convenience? This decision largely depends on personal preference.
Mini remote control cars, as the name implies, are much smaller than their full-sized brethren. For those with limited space either inside or outside of their homes, this may be the best option. Out of the group, they are the most affordable and are available at many stores that do not sell full-sized cars. For younger children or those who have not had any kind of remote-controlled vehicles before, this is probably the best option. Don't let the low prices fool you though; these little guys pack plenty of punch, and some even have swappable parts and motors! Start your experimentation here.
Old school remote control cars use an electric motor on a frame that's usually heavy-duty plastic, with batteries that are almost always rechargeable. This tried-and-true design is a foundation that remains essentially unchanged, but there are countless variations available for you to choose from. Some designs will be more sturdily built, or offer a unique functionality; take a trip to your local hobby store for some examples. Many electric RC cars come as a package; you get the car, remote control, battery and recharger. If you plan on driving around often, it might be worthwhile to invest in a second battery so that you can keep a rotation going.
Remote control cars are a classic favorite and typically a person's first RC toy. Once you're hooked, however, branch out and explore other remote control vehicles, such as remote control planes, helicopters and boats.