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Traxxas slash 4x4. great R/C starting point.,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Traxxas RTR 1/10 Slash 2WD 2.4GHZ with 7 Cell Battery and Charger (Styles and Colors May Vary) (Toy)great introduction into the R/C world, "i" think. the brushless slash 4x4 seems almost indestructable, atleast when it's off-road. if you ride it on the street and a "full scale" automobile runs over it, it will definitely be smashed-up pretty good though. everything on the traxxas slash seems to be made very tough, and well. also, i couldn't help but notice how thoughtout the overall design was. (if only our real "full scale" cars were designed so well.) the truck is designed so that every single one of the 100 or so parts are easily replaceble (if you can use a screw driver), and/or modifiable. when i say everything, i mean everything from screws and pins to gears and hubs. most of the parts cost $3-$10 per pair at a hobby shop. if you are lookin to upgrade to aluminum or titanium racing parts, it's slightly more expensive. most of the pricey stuff, such as motors and batteries, can be found cheaper online. everything on this truck can be swapped out for high performance parts, including the chassis. all parts can be found online, at various websites.
the speed. the 1/10th scale slash with the brushless motor is very fast outta the box. if you have never operated an r/c truck in this class, or above, you will be very surprised how fast it is. give yourself some room the first few times you run it, so you don't scratch it all up on your first outting. the battery-pack will take a very long time to charge (about 6-8 hours) with the supplied charger. make sure to charge it all the way the first few times, or you'll screw up the memory, and never be able to charge the battery to 100%. i would suggest buying a peak charger (charges battery in approx. 45 mins.), and a couple spare battery-packs. it may be smart to do so at the time the truck is ordered. the supplied 3000mah battery only offers about 15 mins of run time.(then it would take another 6-8 hrs to charge the battery,if you are still using supplied charger.) i chose to buy 4300mah packs, and they last a bit longer. the truck may even be faster with them.
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012 12:42:26 PM PST
An Engineer says:
If you want to harness the full potential of the truck pick up a LiPo battery. In addition to the added speed you will also get longer run times and less wait time while charging ... and LiPo's hold a charger on the shelf ready for the next time:
Bastens LiPo 7.4V 5000mAH upgrade battery and balance charger kit for the Traxxas
Also pick up a heatsink for the motor. This will keep it cool and lasting longer.
Bastens 540 550 560 can ( 35mm O/D Inrunner) size Aluminum side mount silver heatsink fin
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