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Rage RC 5000mAh Battery ReviewSometimes you just need an inexpensive NiMH Battery to get the job done. Sometimes you may not have a LiPO battery charger, or maybe you just want to keep things simple. Such is the need for a battery like the Rage RC 7.2V 5000mAh NiMH.

We received a pack for testing a couple of months ago and have been putting it through the BigSquidRC ringer ever since. What have we found out?

* The Rage comes with a simple “Tamiya” style connector that works on numerous entry level products.

* With a standard 6 cell NiMH form factor, the Rage easily fit in every application that we tried. We used it in several vehicles, from an ECX Torment, to a Pro-Line PRO-MT, to a Traxxas Slash, the Rage was always a perfect fit.

* We also used the Rage in the roto-start of our nitro powered Duratrax Camaro. In this application it had plenty of power and turned over the nitro engine easily.

* While the Rage didn’t have the energy density (read- runtime and voltage output) of a LiPo, it had excellent power and runtimes compared to a pair of different low mAh RTR packs that we had laying around. For example, in our brushed Torment the truck was noticeably faster when using the Rage than when driven on a 1500mAh RTR NiMH.

* We conducted a 1C (5 amp) discharge on the Rage using a Hyperion 720iNet3 to get a capacity reading. The Rage NiMH was stated to be 5000mAh, while the Hyperion showed it put out 4732mAh on its first cycle.

We had no issues with the Rage RC 5000 NiMH and can highly recommend it to you. It has a low street price of $29 and its part number is #RGRNM5000-6. Click Right Here for more details over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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TTRobotix HRP Distributing Thunder TigerIf you are a hobby shop wanting to pick up the TTRobotix line of Multi-Rotor products, it is now being distributed here in the states by HRP. The folks at HRP Distributing have a dedicated TTRobotix customer service staff on hand and will use their 3 warehouses to ship to over 1000 hobby shops nationwide.

The TTRobotix line-up is headlined by the Ghost 1. This unit will be available in late 2014 and comes with an enlarged frame with retractable landing gear. An intelligent power display is used to show battery life and has an anti-spark design. The RTF version comes with a GPS enabled flight system, a 6S LiPo battery, radio, and a 3D gimbal. This unit is priced at $1300.

The TTRobotix Super Hornet is slightly larger than the Ghost 1 and will be their first multi-rotor to hit the market. The Super Hornet also uses an enlarged frame to allow more room for mounting cameras or other items, and it also comes with retractable landing gear. Its four carbon fiber arms can be folded for easy transport, while a state-of-the-art Dragon flight system with GPS gives the Super Hornet altitude hold, return to home, and “follow me” functions. The Super Hornet ARF comes in at $999.

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rage rc battery chargerEvery hobbyist needs a good battery charger, but there are so many on the market it is hard to chose which one. Since we received one of the new Rage RC 80 Watt Multi Chargers we’ve been using and abusing it to see how it stacks up. Here is what we found out-

* The unit is AC/DC. This makes it easy to go from wall power to charging from the 12 volt battery of your car when out bashing.

* We used the Rage RC charger on a bunch of different battery packs. We used it to charge RTR type low capacity NiMH packs all the way up to 8th scale buggy 4S LiPO packs. The Rage did a solid job regardless of the type of battery we were charging.

* The end tone is loud enough to be heard, but not so loud as to tick off the guy pitting next to you.

* How easy was it to use? It was fairly average. It wasn’t the easiest charger on the market to use, but it was far from being the hardest.

* The manual was well written and easy to understand.

* The Rage came with a wide variety of connectors. From alligator clips, to Deans, to even a glow plug igniter tip, you won’t be needing to solder up a bunch of adapters to charge your packs.

We found the Rage RC Multi Charger to be a solid unit and we can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile, yet affordable, battery charger. The Rage charger has a paltry street price of $52, has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC, and Here Is The Link to its official page over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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Rage RC servo reviewRage RC from Hobby & Recreation Products has made some waves with their new servo line-up. How is that? Well, their most expensive servo comes in at a measly $12. How do the Rage RC servos perform? Do they blow their guts out if you tap a curb? Are they worth the cash? Here is what we’ve learned from using the Rage servos for the last two months.

* We received 3 test samples, one of each servo in the line-up. We tested all three in a wide variety of 1/10th scale vehicles. They were installed in vehicles ranging from a Durango DEX210 buggy to the Tower Hobbies Cutback to a Pro-Line PRO-MT.

* Out of the 3 servos, two worked flawlessly. The unit we had an issue with, the RGRS142-16-6VM (142 oz, .16, $12), worked ok, but would tend to glitch when continually turned to the left.

* We put the most testing time in with the RGRS104-16-6VM ($12). This was a metal gear 104 oz at .16 servo. When installed in our PRO-MT it had more than enough power and speed to get the job done. We’ve bashed the 104 relentlessly and it still works as well as the day we received it. Also of note, after replacing several RTR servos with the Rage, all our testers felt the it was faster and stronger than the servos it replaced.

* The cheapest of the bunch is the plastic geared RGRS084-16-6VP. It is priced at $7 and is rated for 83 oz at .16 speed. In tested it worked fine for us, but we did end up blowing out the gears after a couple of hard bashing sessions.

Overall- the Rage servos were not the fastest, or smoothest, or most powerful servos we’ve ever tested, but they did an solid job for their price point. We are definitely going to keep a few in our pit box as back up servos. If you are looking for an affordable RTR replacement servo, or just want to get a few spares on the cheap, we can recommend the Rage RC servos to you.

Want more information on all the Rage RC servos? This is the Link to their official webpage.

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Oktoberfest Team CJust in time for indoor season, HRP is a having a huge sale on Team C products. During their Oktoberfest Sale you can get some pretty big savings on just the type of products that you would be racing indoors, or bashing outside. For example, the latest high-zoot 1/10th 2wd buggy from Team C is the mid-motored TC02C Evo. They normally sell for $209 but are Oktoberfest priced at just $99. To check out all the Team C specials simply hit up This Link.

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Rage RC Products
There is a new company on the rc landscape called Rage RC. The Rage line-up is brought to you by the folks over at HRP (Hobby & Recreation Products) and is focused on new hobbyists and people on a budget. We recently received several of their products for review so we took some pictures while we unboxed them to give you a close up look.

The Rage RC line-up consists of battery chargers, batteries, accessories, and servos. In the first gallery below you can see the Rage 80 watt AC/DC charger. It can charge all the common cells that we use in rc and has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC. It is street price at just $52.

We also received several of their new servos. The servo highlighted in the second gallery has a part number of #RGRS104-16-6VM. This is a metal gear servo rated at 104 oz of torque at a speed of .16 (both rated at 6 volts). Its most spectacular feature has to be its price, only $12. Btw, they also have a 142 oz at .16 model for the same price!

For batteries we received their 5000mAh 6 cell NiMH. You can see it in the second gallery, it has a street price of $29 and a part number of #RGRNM5000-6.

You’ll have to wait a few weeks for our reviews, until then you can hit up This Link to check out all the products in Rage RC’s line.

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HRP Distributing
HRP Distributing is one of the biggest distributors of hobby products here in the states, so we dropped by their room at the HobbyTown USA Convention to take a look around.

On the air side of things, we found out that HRP now distributes Hubsan and Walkera quadcopter/drones. If you are a local hobby shop looking for a good source of these products, get in contact with HRP for pricing and more details.

On the surface side of things, their had displays for many of the lines they carry like Savox servos, Hobbywing electronics, Spaz Stix paints, G Made trucks, and CEN. Of note from Spaz Stix was their no shine exterior matte clear coat finish that easily turns a glossy paint color into a matte type of look. The “matte” look is all the rage right now, the Spaz Stix clear coat makes it super easy to attain.

If you are a dealer wanting to pick up some of their products, or if you just want more details on HRP, simply Click Here to visit their official website.

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It’s Giveaway Time! We have teamed up with the folks from HRP Distributing to give away a new SAVOX Servo and Multi Tool. The servo is a SAVOX SC-1258TG which is their Corless Digital Servo. These things are like $80! Added into the prize combo is the SAVOX 12 in 1 Multi-tool.

We have a total of Five (5) sets to give away! The deadline for entries is July 7th at Midnight cst. The following day we will announce the 5 winners chosen at by our giveaway software.

You know the drill by now, get those daily entries in for your chance to win!

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hrp distributing
Hobbywing has made a splash with the bashing crowd the last few years with their speed controllers and brushless motors. Yesterday HRP Distributing announced they have picked up the Hobbywing line of electronics, making it easier for American dealers to get their products, and thus easier for you to walk into your local hobby shop and buy one. Here is the full press release -

For Immediate Release – HRP Teams with FalconSEKIDO to Distribute Hobbywing
Products

SALT LAKE CITY – April 30, 2014 – HRP Distributing is proud to join forces with FalconSEKIDO to distribute Hobbywing products in the North America. With three warehouses, expert customer service team, $250 free freight program and over 1,000 active dealers, HRP is fully prepared to release the Hobbywing product line into the North American RC market. Hobbywing is one of the largest OEM manufacturers in the world, offering a wide variety of high performance electronic components and accessories for aircraft, boats and surface vehicles.

The XERUN Series is Hobbywing’s premium brushless surface vehicle product line designed for competition/professional scenarios. The line includes eight ESC models ranging from 90AMP to 150AMP output ratings and seven motors for 1/8, 1/10, 1/12 scale and short course truck applications, all ROAR and IFMAR approved. The EZRUN Series was created for more casual hobbyists, and includes a large selection of brushless motors, ESC’s and accessories suitable for almost every surface vehicle type. Hobbywing’s JUSTOCK Series line is the brand’s value line, with a selection of high quality motors and ESC’s at some of the lowest price points in the industry.

Hobbywing also has three dedicated lines for aircraft, helicopters and multi-rotors. The Platinum Series is the brand’s competition line, with nine ESC models ranging from 30AM to 150AMP output ratings that are RoHS complaint. A LED program card and RPM sensor are also available. The FLYFUN Series was created for novice and intermediate users and includes thirteen ESC options and accessories. Hobbywing’s SKYWALKER Series is geared towards multi-rotors, as shown by the two Quattro ESC models, which are the only two ESC’s in the world that connect directly to four motors.

The SEAKING Series is dedicated to watercraft applications. Each of the eight ESC’s are waterproof and include an innovative water cooling system to ensure consistent temperatures. A custom designed water cooled motor tube and LED program card are also available.

Hobbywing products will be available through HRP in late April of 2014. Visit hrpdealer.com or call 800-622-7223 for dealer inquires or to find a local retail shop.

Click Here to hit up the Hobbywing website, or Right Here for HRP Distributing.

HRP Hookup Program
The good folks over at HRP Distributing have a few announcements they would like you all to know about.

The first up is their new HRP Hookup Program. The Hookup program is for people in the hobby industry and qualified enthusiasts. The program gives members special discounts in exchange for feedback on the latest rc products. You can get more information Right Here.

HRP has also announced a price drop on their popular Racers Edge PRO 4 Enduro short course truck, and 25% off of select LiPo batteries. The price on the Enduro has been dropped by $60, down to $299. Check out the savings at This Link.

Savox Servos are also getting some love, HRP has announced a March Madness sale where you can save 25% off of normal pricing. You can never have enough servos and you can click This Link to check out which ones are on sale.

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hrp distributing
In industry news, HRP Distributing has announced they are ending distribution of JQ Products. Read the official press release below-

“For Immediate Release – HRP to End Distribution of JQ Products

SALT LAKE CITY – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 – HRP Distributing has announced that it has ended its North American distribution agreement with JQ Products, effective immediately. HRP will begin liquidating all current JQ Products inventory until supply is depleted. HRP strives to provide the best possible service to hobby dealers and enthusiasts alike, and will continue to offer the finest RC products on the market from the most respected brands.”

To get more information on HRP Distributing simply click This Link.

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Spaz Stix Body Painting Contest
Our friends over at Spaz Stix paints wanted us to let you know that time is running out in their body painting contest. The contest ends on February 28th and all it takes to enter is to submit a picture of a body (or bodies) that you have done with Spaz Stix paint. The winner will get a cool $250 in cash, while the top 10 runner ups will get $50 in Spaz Stix products. To get more information simply click This Link that takes you over to the official Spaz Stix website.

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LRP America
LRP over in Europe announced 3 new additions to their S10 Blast line-up today, an MT 2 monster truck, a BX 2 buggy, and a TX 2 stadium type truck. These look like cool basher vehicles (see the gallery below) so we gave the folks over at LRP America a ring to see what the chances are of these machines ever hitting American shores.

Right now LRP America products are distributed by Hobbico and HRP here in the states, but the product line is limited to ESCs and other light electronics like what was formerly being distributed by Team Associated. LRP America definitely sounds interested in bringing over their entire line and already have plans to bring over a limited selection of additional products.

At this time it sounds like they are still feeling things out whether or not the entire line will end up being sold here in America. LRP in Europe has an extensive surface and air line-up that includes many units that would fit right in with the bash crowd here in America, we hope at some point they make it over.

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