How to choose an RC LiPo charger

TLDR – This article went on long than I planned.  If all you want is a short rule of thumb here is it –  You need 25W of charge power for each LiPo cell, for a 5amp charge rate.  One 2s = 50w, one 3s = 75w, two 3s at the same time (or one 6s) needs 150w, and if you want to charge 2 6s at the same time, plan on at least 300w.  Why 25w per cell, and why 5amp charge rates? Read on to find out!

So, you just got your first RTR RC car! It had everything you needed in the Box including a basic charger, but now three days later, you are sick of waiting all day to recharge the battery. Or maybe you bought an RTR that did not come with a charger, and now you are searching for that “just right charger” to go with your new RC. Either way, all the available choices can leave your head spinning, if you don’t know what is important.

In this article, I am going to look at some important factors to take into consideration when choosing a new charger. Primary, I will be addressing the New Guy, but if you have been in the hobby for a few years and are looking to upgrade your charging station, there will be some good info in here for you too. Also, I’ll take a quick look at a few Chargers on the market, to show in which situations they would be useful in real life.

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Recommended Traxxas X-Maxx Upgrades

Recommended X-Maxx upgrades

There is no doubt the Traxxas X-Maxx is a beast of a truck, but even the biggest trucks can benefit from a few well picked upgrades. The X-Maxx is no exception and in this post we’ll look at some of the most recommended Traxxas X-Maxx upgrades according to RCTalk readers.

We’ll be looking at a few things that you can do to make the Traxxas X-Maxx stronger, more durable, and faster!

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How to break-in a RC nitro engine

I have seen a number of discussions that showcase stories of someone who didn’t think they needed to break in the engine before bashing their nitro RC car. Wrong!

Those people couldn’t be more mistaken. It literally only takes a couple hours and five tanks of gas, depending on your specific nitro engine and brand. Real car gasoline engines must be broken in, so why would anyone think a nitro engine would be different?

In this guide, we’re going to share with you a proper way to break-in your nitro engine.

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Needed tools for the RC newbie

Whether you are new to nitro RC, or rock crawlers, or any other type of radio controlled madness, you are going to need to have some tools handy. For most in the RC hobby, fixing and upgrading their toys is half the fun (if not more!). I have compiled a list of mostly must-have tools for the beginning RC addict, with a couple of optional ones thrown in that I have found useful over the years.

Small Screwdriver Set

Stanley screwdriver set

By small I don’t mean in numbers, I mean actually small. Have you ever seen the “jeweler” type screwdrivers? The kind that are real thin and have the top that twists? Those are great for RC. I have a set myself in my RC box, and I’ve used them tons of times. Get a set; they are cheap. I recommend both Phillips and flathead.

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