|-- BitChar-G RC Car
-- Price: ~$29.95 USD
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Probably one of the biggest sellers this
season is the small remote controlled cars. These first showed
up in Japan manufactured by TOMY, named BitChar-G. There have
since been quite a number of imitations, but none have really lived up
the car choices and build of the original. I received a Subaru
Impreza WRX model a few months ago, since then I have upgraded only
the motor to a 30,000 RPM unit, which is not the only thing that's
If you want one, the easiest way to get
it would probably be Ebay. There are parts and complete kits
available in many auctions. There are also hobby shops that
carry it, but they do carry a higher price.
Each kit consists of the car top and
bottom shell, four wheels, 10K RPM motor and a remote. The
remote, which also doubles as a charging station for the car,
requires two AA batteries that are not included.
The shell is about 3 inches long and
1.5 inches wide.
The front axle is not removable as
opposed to the rear axle. The car uses a rechargeable battery
that last about 2 minutes. Average charge time is about 45
seconds. The above wire that goes down the middle is the
There are four rubber wheels included.
These can be upgraded to stickier tires for better grip.
The RC car requires a bit of
assembling, make sure you work in an open space. There are
many small parts.
The remote offers two modes of use.
First is the drive mode, second being the charge mode. This is
switch back and forth with the switch in the middle. The left
rocker button moves the car forwards and backwards while the right
rocker button moves the wheels left and right.
Before setting it on the floor to run,
charge it on your remote. It will take approximately 45
seconds for a full charge. After that, drop it on the floor
and off they go.
The unit is fun, especially as an
annoyance to secretaries in offices. The fun factor stays with
it for about 30 minutes, afterwards, you just have a feeling of why
this thing does not go any faster. Good thing there are higher