You’re never to old to race with a RC Car. I was involved in a challenge where the goal was to buy a RC Car for under AU$50 and then race.

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EACHINE EAT08 RESEARCH

After some comprehensive research and some hesitation, I purchased the Eachine EAT08.

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The reasons why I decided to purchased this unit were:

  • was under the $50 budget. I ended up purchasing it for around AU$40 because it on sale (Christmas period).
  • based on the description the speeds were 25km/h – 30km/h
  • it looks like a beast
  • the tyres were grippy
  • comes with two batteries (a full charged battery lasts for around 20 minutes but its also great to have a spare. You can plug the battery to a power bank)
  • has LED lights so you can play with it at night

On race day, I was competing against 3 other RC cars. One of the RC cars was actually over the budget (a few $) but we still decided to let them compete, however their RC car was much faster than mine due to size and because it there was a motor for both the front and rear wheels. My one was only rear wheels drive.

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Here’s a photo of the other RC cars:

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I ended up winning most of the races, even beating the faster RC car since it was hard to control. The faster RC car was this one Feiyue fy15:

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It’s pretty fast and it’s smaller in size (1/20 compared to 1/14). It’s a bit harder to control so I wouldn’t recommend this for kids. The Eachine EAT08 would be perfect for kids as it’s easier to control and it’s fast. The other RC cars were slower than mine and I wouldn’t recommend it.

After using the RC cars for a few weeks there’s a few pros and cons that I want to share with you all. Here’s my list:

EACHINE EAT08 – CONS

  • lost most of the pins that hold the top shell. The unit comes with a spare pin but that’s not enough. I think after a few hits and jumps you can easily lose the pins. You can use a paperclip to hold down the shell if you end up losing all the pins
  • no switch to turn off the lights. It would have been good to have a switch to turn off the lights that way you can save more power and be able to run the RC for longer
  • the stick controller uses 3x AAA size batteries. It would have been better if it used AA

EACHINE EAT08 – PROS

  • long range. Whilst most of the other people had to follow their RC, I was able to control the Eaton EAT08 for over 40-50 meters
  • 2 batteries – this was a deciding factor for me. I wanted the ability to continue playing with the RC car after the battery was depleted
  • easy to control – the transmitter has a throttle that you can pull (go forward) or push (go backwards). It also has the wheel on the side to control the steering
  • able to drive on the grass. Unlike some of the other RC cars, they don’t work on grass
  • it’s fast. There was no way to measure the speed but I would say that the speed is around 20-25km/h
  • I was able to perform jumps using custom ramps made out of cardboard
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FINAL VERDICT – BEST RC CAR UNDER $50

Overall, I was not only impressed with the speed of this RC car, but I was ecstatic that I won the races. It’s a great first-timer RC car and the best RC car that is under $50. It’s not only great for kids but also for adults to play with since it’s easy to control and it’s fast enough to beat some of the RC cars. Here’s a video of the unboxing, some test runs, jumps and bloopers.

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