One of the best ways to spend some quality father and son time is to explore a hobby together, and there aren’t many hobbies that are more interesting to young boys than operating RC toys. RC toys are the gateway to real cars, and they teach young kids the basics of car electronics and radio technology. But if you aren’t up-to-date with the newest RC trends, you might not recognise all the different types of RC toys available today. Speaking of which, you’ll come across RC cars, RC buggies and RC monster trucks for sale, all of which are very different and offer a different RC experience.
Personally, my favourite RC toys are RC monster trucks, for a couple of different reasons. For starters, they’re extremely durable and can handle any type of terrain. RC cars and buggies are fun, for a couple of days at least, then they become kind of dull because you can’t ride them on any type of terrain. Monster trucks, on the other hand can be driven virtually anywhere, and your kid won’t get tired of them as fast.
That being said, there are even categorisations in the types of RC monster trucks for sale, depending on the type of motor they have. The two types of motors you’ll come across are nitro and electric. Moreover, you can choose between RTR (ready-to-run) and monster truck kits (need to be assembled). For starters, an RTR monster truck is recommended, as you can run it as soon as you remove it from the box. RTR trucks generally come with two channel radios, which is ideal for novice hobbyists. However, this takes away from the DIY assembly experience, which you might prefer.
Electric engines are more beginner-friendly, but less powerful in comparison to nitro engines. Generally, the better the battery, the more powerful the RC monster truck. Nowadays, lithium-ion batteries are widely available, so most manufacturers take advantage of them. Modern lithium-ion batteries are extremely powerful, last long and recharge quickly. Electric RC monster trucks can be extremely fast as long as you have some spare batteries around.
Nitro engines, on the other hand, are for more experienced hobbyists. The sound that nitro engines make resemble the sound of the F1 racetracks, which can be quite exciting. These engines are capable of spinning at high speeds (20.000 RPM and more), and if you compare the power they produce pound-for-pound with the power a car produces, you’ll find out that they have more power than the most advanced super cars. However, nitro monster trucks are expensive, difficult to operate and potentially dangerous, especially if you’re new to the hobby.