Amazing 4WD 1:18 RC Crawler HB-P1801 – FUN!

If you were a child of the 90’s then you likely remember when toy grade RC cars moved at a snail’s pace, chewed through AA batteries in a matter of minutes or even worse; came with a tethered remote. I am sure we probably shared that same underwhelmed feeling.

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Fast forward nearly 30 years, awaken your inner child and prepare to be blown away.

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Like the title implies, this thing is a crawler so don’t expect it to set any speed records. The crawler is geared low to increase torque, therefore, improving its ability to climb. And boy can’t this thing climb. With a max climb angle of 50°, I can’t emphasize enough how impressive this toy grade crawler is. This is by far, one of the best inexpensive purchases I’ve ever made.

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As for the runtime, that heavily depends on the surface you’re driving over. The crawler is perfectly capable of powering through the grass, but continuing to do so will deplete the battery much faster than just crawling over rocks. I average 20 minutes on a single charge when driving on dirt and rocks. I’ve managed to get up to 25 minutes when strictly rock crawling. 20 minutes of runtime is excellent for any toy grade RC, however, this crawler is so much fun that I couldn’t help but feel disappointed whenever the battery ran out. Part of that disappointment stemmed from the fact that the battery takes roughly 5 hours to recharge. I would recommend buying some spare batteries at the very least. Some owners have managed to get an hour of runtime after completing a battery mod upgrade. I’m thinking of doing this mod as well and will update accordingly.

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Apart from a ridiculously long recharge time, one complaint I’ve come across online is the location of the power switch. The switch is located on the underside of the crawler and susceptible to getting bumped. I’ve put many hours on this crawler and this has only happened once. The switch scrapped on a rock and powered off the crawler.

 

Pros:

Cons:

  • Fun
  • Slower than expected
  • 20min runtime
  • Battery takes a long time to recharge(aprox 5 hrs)
  • Great for kids and adults
  • 20min runtime
  • 4WD
  • Ni-Cd battery
  • Durable
  • Non-proportional steering(not much of an issue though)
  • Price
  • Battery compartment is a pain
  • Great climber
  • On/Off switch is located on the underside
  • Lots of ground clearance
  • Soft rubber tires
  • Several color options
  • Replacement parts are available

 

Specs:

Brand: Sold under various brand names
Model: HB-P1801 (Shown)
Dimensions:27*16*12.5
Color: Red/Blue/Green
Remote Control: 2.4G
Remote Distance: aprox. 50M
Ramp angle: aprox. 50 degrees max
Drive mode: Four-wheel drive
Meterial:ABS
Battery for car:4.8V700mAH
Charging Time:5-6hours
Battery for remote control :3 pieces 1.5V AA (NOT INCLUDE)

 

 

Buy it from your favorite place below. Prices constantly fluctuate. Compare each link for the best price.

Aliexpress.com    Get it for less on the App
(In the checkout notes, be sure to specify whether you want a US or EU plug depending on your location)

Banggood.com

Amazon    Enjoy free 2-day shipping with a free 30-day Prime Trial

Ebay

Spare Parts

Spare Battery or make your own longer-lasting battery with the following supplies:

If you already own a battery charger, choose either of these batteries:

Eneloop AA 2100mah Batteries – 4pk 

PowerMax Pro AA 2700mah – 4pk

If you don’t have a battery charger, get this kit:

EBL Charger with 4 AA 2800mah Batteries and 4 AAA Batteries

4 AA Battery Holder(only one is needed but this 6 pk was the best deal at the time of posting)

Soldering Kit

Super Glue

Instructions:

Remove the battery from the RC and set it aside. On the RC, cut off the battery connector. Leave as much of the power wires attached to the RC crawler as possible. Solder the battery holder to the crawlers power wires. Ensure to match positive to positive, negative to negative. Next super glue the battery holder into the battery compartment. Lastly, insert 4 freshly charged AA’s and put the cover back on. That’s it. You’ll now get an hour or more of run time.

 

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August 11th, 2017 by