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I want to buy a R/C car but can't choose between nitro powered or battery powered anyone that can help me?

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GofishRC007 (author)2012-09-07

I have a Traxxas slash 1/16 VXL short course truck and It's a lot of fun but its a mini so it flips often, a 1/5 Truck from team associated would be cool and its gas, but its huge and cost a lot. Also 1/10 scales are awesome, they flip less than the 1/16 but are less expensive than 1/5 and they come in gas and electric.I would go with electric. If you want a drift car I recommend a 1/10 or 1/16. A nitro would be sweet but would cost more than electric.For drift cars go with nitro.A rock crawler is a awesome car that can climb rocks, logs, hills and anything else. hey come in many sizes from 1/36 to 1/5 and are mostly electric. If you have a straightaway and want something fast dragsters are the way to go. They are usually 1/4 scale and gas but I've seen 1/10 electrics, but this is also very expensive and you need lots of time, money, and space. What car you get whether on-road or off-road, cheap or expensive, nitro or gas, Dragster or Drift car depends on your budget, time, and space. Research it, get opinions and test drive a few and find out what you want. Hope this helps.

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lemonie (author)2009-07-23

Electric is simple and tends to be much cheaper. Gas is a bit more complex and tends to be more expensive - but you've got a better power-to weight ratio, & you refuel rather than recharge. What sounds like your thing / budget? L

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Aron313 (author)lemonie2012-03-09

Haha doesnt seem to matter if its more expensive in paintball haha!

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finnrambo (author)2009-10-11

 get nitro  Ive had brushless and lipos before but they are so boring and just say you cant see your car you can find it from the engine noise also electrics have this ozone smell that is so bad compared to exhaust get a nitro and steer clear exceed rc those things have painful performance

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Acepilot42 (author)finnrambo2010-02-11

hey!!!!!! i have a exceed rc mad beast and it is a very good truck, but i have to say the only good cars exceed makes are the ones with "mad" in their name.

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finnrambo (author)Acepilot422010-02-16

true worth their money but just get a traxxas,hpi, or losi there really nice and completely worth their price

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Aron313 (author)finnrambo2012-03-09
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Acepilot42 (author)finnrambo2010-02-16

i would have gotten a name brand, but i am such a noob, exceed was everywhere so it seemed like a name brand company. i ordered a mad beast. then i started to watch vids. all the comments said "cheap knock off" i was like " crap, i got a cheap truck." i watched more vids. in one, it is clearly visible to see they kept the glow thing on the engine. then i was like "great, it really is a peice of crap" i drove it, the engine never stalled. nothing broke, and i dont sissy drive it either. i do plan yo get a baja 5b next. do you know if a kings motor is more fragile than a 5b? are they both durable? i want to get one, but i dont know wich.

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finnrambo (author)Acepilot422010-02-21

 just get the 5b everyone seems to love it although a 5t is nicer

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Acepilot42 (author)finnrambo2010-02-21

um i dont have the money for a 5t.

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finnrambo (author)Acepilot422010-02-24

 try prolines kit for 5b to 5t conversion after you have had your 5b for a while if you cant get a 5t all at once

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Acepilot42 (author)finnrambo2010-02-24

now i am thinking of holding off the gas for another year. wanna get a madstorm. some guy did a review on youtube and said they are good cars.

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Aron313 (author)2012-03-09

Gotta love the nitro noise, smell, speed, and easy refill of gas!

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TSC (author)2010-04-17

Gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Acepilot42 (author)2010-02-11

get nitro- it is better in the longrun

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aeromancy (author)2009-10-02

It depends. Gas tends to get the car up to a higher speed, plus you get that satisfying race car sound. On the other hand, electric is cleaner, cheaper, and makes less noise. You could always try making one with an alternative fuel and post an Instructable....

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crapflinger (author)2009-10-02

i've had quite a few RC cars/trucks back when i was a kid...and i ALWAYS had more fun with the nitros than the electrics (granted i never had PRO level electrics....though i did have a couple pro level gas trucks)...there's something about the sound of the nitros that's MUCH more satisfying than the electrics (plus you look like a dork making *vrrrrrooooom* noises while driving your electrics around)

plus...the charging thing....if you want to make a day of RC driving (or an hour for that matter) and you've got an electric car of any decent quality/speed you'll need to have a stack of charged batteries on hand....with nitro you just need a gallon of fuel and you can run the car till the block melts

plus...a catastrophic failure in an electric results in some smoke and maybe fire if some of the parts get hot enough....a catastrophic failure in nitro could result in an explosion...and explosions always = neat!

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looking4ideas (author)2009-10-01

It depends on what you are thinking to buy. I started off with Nitro for the fallowing reasons: 1) I love tinkering with my toys and with nitro motors there is more to tinker with. 2) its easyer to re fill and bash then re charge and bash 3) If you want the same power as nitro you need to go brushless and buy lipo packs then to charge the lipo pack you will need a special charger that charger needs a psu the over all cost will be more then nitro. If you ever have questions about RC cars and trucks just send a message my way and i will be happy to help you

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-09-10

electric gas is super expensive and you need special hobby gas not normal. a good electric is justas god in my opinion

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Patented (author)2009-09-03

Well I was asking the same question but I end up buying a nitro powered, because my friends were telling me that if I buy an electric one, ill pay less but ill get bored after some hours of playing and I would want to buy a gas one so I would end up paying a lot rather than only buy one but that will last long.. Thats my opinion !

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thematthatter (author)2009-07-24

If you get electric you have to remember to keep your batteries charged, but you can keep a can of nitromethane in the garage and use it when you want to play with it.

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