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Wltoys 144001 1/14 RC Car $108.62 ($106.21 with eBay Plus) + Delivery ($0 to Select Area) @ Liangn_zn via eBay (AU Stock)

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Been looking at the 144001 or the 124019 and settled on the 144001 to start off my hobby.

After missing out on a few previous deals
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/637287
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/636822

Found this deal on ebay using the PLUS12OFF deal for Ebay Plus members

The deal is for the single stock 1500mAh battery.
But I'll be purchasing a separately larger battery and after reading many forums spare parts from other sellers and a good quality charger and off road tyres/

First-time poster, hope I got everything right?

Enjoy!

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    Charging Time: About 3 Hours
    Playing Time: About 7 minutes

    • +2 votes

      More like 10 minutes play time and a better charger is a must.

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      Buy another battery and better charger. Or get one from kmart that runs on AA batteries.

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    Thanks OP. I am looking at the same although I'm just starting out with my research and forum reading. I wish there was a simple "wiki" somewhere that linked directly to the spare parts required (and that are compatible) along with a short explanation of what it is, why you need it etc. Save everyone dredging through forums to come up with a similar conclusion. But then again, maybe the research time is all part of the experience!

    • +2 votes

      Hey @macfudge I found this helpful video, and the author beyond RC has a few other videos on the 144001.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaYJ32fXgRY

      Also found The RcKiwis had a few helpful tips which include
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4veIER3ehY

    • +3 votes

      Depends what you mean. There are no "required" spare parts. All genuine replacement parts are available through eBay/Amazon/Banggood/AliExpress. You get a full parts list, explosion diagrams and part numbers in the box with the car. Replacement parts are easy to find.

      I tend to agree with your last comment. You have to do the research and get your head around everything.

      If you want a decent wiki, Quadify RC is probably the place. Lots of posts about replacement parts, upgrades, fixes etc.

    • +1 vote

      Actually a good plan researching for spares before even buying the rc. Can take 2 weeks if you need overfortnight parts from china.

      Spur gears (if plastic), differential gears (if plastic) are good to have spares. Push rods for the front tyres since they're surely gonna break when you crash the car.

    • +3 votes

      There are heaps of parts available online. This is very popular car and people have even upgraded to metal parts. A quick YouTube search will show heaps of upgrades.
      I recently crashed one at full speed into big rock, was testing full speed in the street and steering is very sensitive and i probably didn’t know what’s left and right(thanks to my skills), heard a great bang and thought this will be last day. Was surprised to see nothing was broken, instead one shock absorber was badly bent, probably other plastic parts survived due to their flexibility. At the end was able to rebuild shock without any extra parts, just needed some hydraulic oil(bought for my 1.8 T jack).

  • +1 vote

    What are people’s recommendations for a battery or batteries, and also a decent charger?

    • +2 votes

      Batteries https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/10723726/redir

      I recommend ISDT chargers.

      • +1 vote

        ISDT are top notch, nice screen lots of functions.

        I've got a Q8 myself and imo is overkill for this, unless you plan charging multiple batteries using a parallel tree (not recommended for beginners) or sticking around long enough to run 4s cells and up. It'll probably cost $100 to get the power supply and charger lol

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        Something like this ?
        Looks like its an entry level model ISDT that runs off a USB-C power source..

        https://www.banggood.com/ISDT-and-URUAV-PD60-60W-6A-Battery-...

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          Don't know too much about that one. I use a Q6 nano, but it's a 12v charger and requires a power supply to run from 240v.

    • +1 vote

      Batteries: turnigy or gens ace
      Charger: skyrc imax b6

      At this price point though it might just be cheaper buying the wltoys brand usb charger and batteries (if there is a 3 pack version)

  • +2 votes

    Bought this during last deal and strongly recommend.
    I bought this for my 10 years old son, car is super fast for him. Majority of time he plays with controlled throttle which means battery and motor is not stressed at all and doesn't heat which probably slows battery drain. At the time of purchase I was also thinking of spending extra on battery and charger based on numerous comments. After my personal experience I think they both work fine for my son. While charging time is same around 3 hours I think battery gives him around 40+min to 1 hr playtime (I know it's sounds very strange). He can't put/pull the T charging plug and this is the rough duration I felt between when he requests me to charge and install battery.
    You can always buy battery and charger, would suggest to give it a go first, especially if this is your first RC.
    I have taken extra battery and charger which might cost around $100 off my wishlist and added wltoys 12428 instead. I am not saving the $$ here but in true OZB fashion getting more value for my money :-)

  • +3 votes

    Just a safety note on batteries and chargers if you plan on buying better ones. To avoid potential lipo fires, it's suggested you only charge at a rate of 1C (1 hour rate). Charging faster will add extra heat and may cause a fire. Only do this if you lipo pack is specifically rated and is from a quality brand.

  • +2 votes

    Probably not of great concern to those considered this deal for use during lockdown but worth noting that WLToys recently announced the 144010 with brushless motor etc. It's pre-order from certain suppliers with availability sometime in September.

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      Yep. Seems to be about double the price though. Around $200aud.

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        I saw it somewhere at AU$180 but like I said, it was just a comment for general info especially for those that might be considering buying this, then doing a brushless conversion anyway.

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    do you recommend any other WLtoys model that are not as fast as these? I dont want to buy it if my child is going to only play at half the full speed.

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      You can try their crawlers(i am also very new to this), personally i don’t think its an issue speed control is super easy and there is a knob on the remote which controls power. Don’t be surprised if you find your child is better at controls than you. As they build skills and confidence they can go full throttle. Having an option in the car is probably better than buying a slow car.

    • +2 votes

      I'm 40 years old and drive mine around at half speed most of the time. Still bucket loads of fun. I only crank it up to full speed of I have big, open concrete or tarmac area to drive on.

      You could look at the 12428 which is more off road oriented and a bit slower. Still probably risky to drive around at full speed most of the time though.

      I don't see why it's a problem. You wouldn't go to a car dealer and ask for a car that has a maximum speed of 100kmh because you you won't use speeds above that…

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        no jus trying to see if there is a cheaper version of these that only goes at say 30kmph. but thanks for your tip.

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          There's not. You could look at the A9x9 models but they're not much cheaper and aren't as repairable.

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      Have a look at the hbx 16889 brushless too… also comes under other names such as Linxtech 16889, bezgar 7 etc.

      It’s a great car for the money, not quite as fast too speed as the 144001, but it’s lighter and takes more of a beating without bending/breaking things. Also handles off-road/grassy terrain a bit better with the larger tyres.

      I have 2 144001 & a 16889 brushless… all great cars but I think the 16889 is better value for a general ‘basher’ car.

  • +2 votes
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    I paid significantly more for mine, got the standard battery and its not bad.
    Just be ready to order more parts for it if you hit anything at anything over about half speed.

    I put it into a gutter at about 60km/h after hitting a bump and had to replace some bushes. Lots of the breakable parts are 3d printable if that's your thing too.

    Really don't underestimate how fast it is just out of the box.

  • +2 votes

    $103.34 here using SAVER10OFF and the 8% off store code AWER5236, they stack.
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Wltoys-XKS-144001-RC-Car-High-Sp...

    Dont need ebay plus.
    Great little cars.

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      Thanks, cost me $97 delivered.