Radio-controlled toys are no longer just for kids' fun – many adults are engaging with this fascinating hobby as well. It is becoming even more popular as technology steps forward and makes these toys twice as exciting with new, never yet seen features, and the various customization options.
These days there are plenty of online stores that offer a wide variety of RC toys for people. However, how do you choose the right one for you, and which toy to pick? Let's find out in this article.
RC Toys: How It All Started
It would be fair to claim that the history of such toys has started with remote-controlled cars. Their history goes back to 1966 when a company called Elettronica Giocattoli released a tiny version of a Ferrari car model, powered by nitro. It became so popular that just a year later, RC cars came into mass production by other companies. However, those models were rather primitive at those times and not nearly as technically-advanced as those that you can see in stores now.
It was the 70's that introduced the first electricity-powered RC car. It was a Japanese company called Tamiya that came up with an electric version of a Porsche, and, basically, put a start to the electric car models as we know them now. A few years later, the very same company introduced Buggy car models, trying to reach an even wider audience. These RC trucks attracted everyone's attention and quickly turned into the central figure of various competitions. It would be fair to claim that those tiny models, in many ways, influenced the creation of something that we now know as Monster Truck cars.
So How Does It Work?
Even though remote-controlled toys are no longer something unusual, there are still some people who have little to no understanding of how those functions. First of all, it would be fair to claim that even though cars are known to be the most popular radio-controlled toy, there are plenty of other options such as:
- RC helicopters
- RC robot models
- RC airplanes (including drones that are now on the peak of their popularity)
- RC tanks
- RC boats, etc.
As you see, if you decide to dive into the world of radio controlled toys and make it your hobby, you will have plenty of options to choose from. However, let's find out how those function using a good old RC car example. Note that different types of RC toys will have some distinctions in how they function; however, some parts are similar to every RC toy out there, be it a helicopter of a Rovan Monster truck. These are the following:
- In other words, it can also be called a remote controller. You will use this to send radio waves to a receiver built into your toy.
- Without this part, your toy wouldn't be able to function as it receives commands from the transmitter through an in-built antenna.
- Like a Petrol engine in a real car that moves all of its parts, RC car's motor is responsible for its move, for example, a Brushless type of motor.
- Power source. It can be a set of non-rechargeable batteries, however, now most manufacturers are installing more advanced options.
In other words, remote-controlled toys' function idea is quite simple – they are dependent on radio waves that you send to a toy from a transmitter in your hands that it receives with its antenna. Then the signal goes to the motor, and the toy moves. Just as simple as that!
How Do You Pick the Right RC Toy For You?
People are now given such a wide range of options to pick from that when you enter a store, it is hard even to decide what type of radio-controlled toy you want. For this occasion, here are some pieces of advice just for you.
- Decide where you want to use it. Obviously, different types of toys require different types of surfaces. You will not be able to use an RC airplane on the water, and a toy car in the air, so make sure you have a clear understanding of your desires.
- Do you want to participate in competitions? There are plenty of options out there for people who want to compete with others, using their remote-controlled toys. However, for such a matter, you would need to buy a higher class of a remote vehicle (which at times can be quite pricey) or pick the highly customizable one. Also, keep in mind that more expensive toys are usually of better quality and will last longer.
- Do you have any brand preferences? It is not necessarily a quality issue, rather a matter of preferences, when it comes down to picking a brand of your future toy. Different manufacturers have different peculiarities of their products, which you may or may not like. So dedicate some time to do a little research before actually going to the store, this way you will be able to avoid unpleasant surprises.
- Pick out the motor type. There are two major types of motors in the world of RC toys. Regardless of what kind of toy it is - be it a Smart Robot Lawrence or some kind of a dirt Buggy, there is a brushed and brushless type of motor. What is the difference, you might ask? Mostly the price and the quality. Brushed motors have been used for RC toys since the very beginning of their existence and still can be found on cheap models. At the same time, brushless motors are mostly used for expensive toys as they increase their durability, time of use, and speed.
RC toys can be plenty of fun, no matter if you are a total beginner or have been enjoying them your whole life. Your age doesn't matter either, modern toys are so appealing and engaging that can be interesting for adults as well. Hopefully, these tips will give you a more in-depth insight into the world of RC vehicles, and you will be able to pick the best one for you!