|The Radio Controlled Models & Gadgets Blog by Gadgetbox.co.uk
If you are struggling to find inspiration for gifts this festive season, you are by no means alone. Many people experience difficulties when it comes to thinking up ideas for presents. Sadly, this means that consumers often end up spending their hard-earned cash on items that fail to impress recipients.
However, there are certain items that can be perfect as gifts for a range of individuals. For example, remote control vehicles can ignite the passions of children and adults alike.
These days there are so many different versions of the products available and, while some are targeted toward children, others are distinctly grown up.
From fun remote control boats to sophisticated helicopters and high-octane nitro radio controlled cars, there certainly is no shortage of choice.
Unlike so many presents that will be handed over on December 25th, these items can engross people in endless hours of fun. Also, they can be highly sociable and can engage groups of individuals.
So, if the idea of such vehicles takes your fancy, you may want to have a look around the rest of our website. Here at Gadget-Box we are passionate about all things remote control and provide a plethora of items.
The best thing is, rather than heading out to crowded and cold high streets, you can purchase our items online from the comfort of your own home, office and so on.
To see our full range of remote control helicopters and other offerings, simply take a look around the rest of our website.
If you are planning to get a quad bike, you might be excited by the prospect. After all, these vehicles can be great fun for both youngsters and adults alike. However, it is vital that you adopt a responsible approach to you use of mini quad bikes.
Firstly, it is vital to bear in mind the fact that these offerings are designed for off-road use, so they are often not suitable for using on highways. Also, even if you have experience of driving a car or motorbike, it may take you a while to get used to controlling a quad. They handle very differently.
Therefore, before you launch into high-speed manoeuvres, it is important to master the techniques involved in turning and cornering.
Another top tip concerns head protection. To feel safe and secure on your bike it is important to don a helmet. These items are not expensive and they help to protect your head in the event of a crash.
You might also benefit from wearing protective clothing such as special boots, trousers and jackets.
Meanwhile, it is inadvisable to take passengers on mini quads. Doing this can unbalance the vehicles and make them difficult to handle.
Another issue to bear in mind is the terrain you are on. You should check that your bike is suited to the conditions.
As long as you take issues like this into account when using your quad, you should have many hours of fun on the vehicle.
Here at Gadget-Box we sell a range of these products, along with our remote control helicopters and other such provisions.
When you are seeking new remote control vehicles, you can now benefit from a superb range of items. These days, there are so many different products available. Whether you want offerings that will travel on the ground, through the air or over water, you should not struggle to get the perfect machines.
And by coming to firms like us here at Gadget-Box, you can benefit from the convenience of ordering online. This means you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or office in order to source the products.
Also, thanks to our commitment to value, you should be able to find superb deals on the items you are after.
But to ensure that you extract optimum enjoyment and use out of the vehicles you get, it is vital that you read the instructions that come with them. If you simply rely on guesswork, you run a greater risk of breaking the offerings. Also, you may fail to gain awareness of the full range of features your vehicle has.
Therefore, although reading through the instructions may take up some of your time, it is well worth the investment.
Here at Gadget-Box we stock an array of products and may well have the ideal ones for you. Whether you are eager to make the most of remote control helicopters, remote control boats or anything else, we should have exactly what you are after.
To see our full range, simply peruse our website. You might be surprised by the level of variety on offer.
You might think vehicles like mini moto and ATV quad bikes are best suited to acres of farmland or specialist tracks, but we reckon you could be missing out on a right old barrel of laughs! Our mini quads and mini motos are selected to provide an extensive collection of vehicles suitable for various terrains. Here are a just a few ideas!
Domestic Private Land
If you’re lucky enough to own a few acres of domestic private land, a mini moto or quad could be just the ticket in terms of both practical application and entertaining the teenage grandkids! Investing in something like a quad could mark a great way to simply get around your own private estate. Quads are easy to use, cheap to run and simple enough to store in a shed or garage. They’re great fun, and with a little education and sensible use, can make fantastic family fun!
We deal with loads of business clients operating across various outdoor environments. Take the example of an outdoor pursuits activity centre; getting from A to B quickly and efficiently is essential in terms of both safety and practicality. Knowing your employees have access to safe, affordable, quick transit across your company land can be a real weight off the shoulders. Other common business environments where quads can be a real benefit include scrap yards, camp sites, outdoor storage facilities, farms, agricultural training facilities, zoos and botanical gardens.
The RCHA (Remote Control Helicopter Association) is a great U.K resource for help, advice, tips, events news and support for the U.K’s RC helicopter community. Their online sector can be found at www.rcha-uk.com
Electric RC helicopters can offer an incredibly sociable hobby. The RCHA website is crammed FULL of hundreds of forum topics, discussions, instructional videos and general chitchat about all things RC! Forums are free to use and can be an invaluable resource for novices and experienced flyers alike.
The RCHA holds fairly regular events the U.K that are attended in impressive numbers. Some of the events are simply competitions and so on, but a bizarre RCHA tradition (which we love!) focuses around World Record Attempts and radio controlled helicopters. Currently registration is open for their next FunFly event, including optional camping (for £5 per night) and participation in a few World Record attempts. This time they’ll be taking on standard hovering, inverted hovering and scale hovering.
Clubs and Affiliates
There are plenty of RC chopper clubs associated with the RCHA up and down the U.K. A simple map tool shows users where to find various local clubs and competitions. The RCHA is maintained by die-hard RC fans who are great folks to get in touch with if you need advice concerning things like local law, club meetings etc. You can either use the contact form on the RCHA website, or alternatively email website curators at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a million tips out there, but being the RC helicopter experts we are, we’ve complied our own top ten nuggets of advice just for you!
- Review your environment carefully before flight– no overhead wires, no potential human or animal casualties etc.
- Always check the integrity of radio controlled helicopters before you fly – screws, bolts etc.
- If you crash (which you probably will a fair few times at the beginning!) be sure to check your RC chopper for damage carefully – a dropped screw in a field of grass is a PAIN!
- Try to keep a record of tactics and techniques that caused problems, e.g. “tilted ‘copter too much into the wind and crashed”
- Hovering is pretty tough and requires both expert skill and more power, so if you’re on a hovering mission, take spare power and be prepared for a lot of non-hovering frustration!
- Carrying your fantastic new micro RC helicopter properly is as important as not crashing it into people’s houses. If you don’t treat it well, you can’t expect top performance.
- Join an RC club or online forum. There’s a lot to be learned from Youtube.com example videos although we also provide great online demo videos.
- Put in the time to learn a little about the mechanics of your RC hobby. We sell heaps of ready-made machines, but a little insider knowledge on your part can go a long way.
- Keep grandma away from the controls!
- Have fun!
In a recent BBC article the brilliant Ade Edmondson said the key to happiness in later life is to take up an eccentric hobby like clog dancing or beach combing. Here in Gadgetbox.com H.Q we’re pretty much averse to the idea of giving up our RC cars in favour of a spot of morris dancing, but we certainly know what dear Ade’s talking about when he sings the praises of inviting a new hobby into your life.
Grumpy Old Men
There’s something about the stereotype of the grumpy granddad that we find both endearing and slightly scary. This festive season, why not help the old grumbler out and buy something other than socks or a year’s subscription to Classic Car magazine? We reckon the average grumpy granddad would have a marvellous time with any of our RC tanks (especially chasing the neighbour’s cat, which we can’t condone but may still chuckle at!)
Time of Your Hands
Heaps of our customers are looking for something to fill their time productively. And of all the cheery folks passing through our online store, perhaps none are so fiercely dedicated as older blokes looking for a practical, workable hobby like handling model RC cars or helicopters. It’s a hobby with a massive spectrum of interest, huge scope for skill development and pretty much limitless satisfaction potential! Whether you’re a grumpy old man, a cheery bloke or even a dexterous granny looking for more of a challenge than knitting, take a look through our range today!
We’ve all owned laptops that repeatedly inform us that the “healthy battery life” of the battery is coming to an end and we should invest in a new one. Whilst ignoring the pleas of your laptop is fairly easy (keep it plugged into the mains like we do!), keeping your RC cars and related vehicle batteries and chargers up to date is more a matter of performance. After all, who wants to drive all the way to a glorious open field… only to discover your damn remote control helicopter battery is dead!All electronics have a finite lifespan (as you’ll discover when the TV remote dies unexpectedly), and in terms of RC vehicles it tends to be the battery charger that first departs this mortal world. Read the warrantee when you buy new remote control vehicles to see how long the battery charger is covered for. We make a point of sourcing products with really great warrantees, so if it fails you may be in luck! If the battery charger begins to demonstrate poor performance within the warrantee time, have it replaced. Replace your battery charger if it a) isn’t charging your batteries effectively, b) is overheating during the charge process, or c) smells odd or is producing smoke. When disposing of your old battery or battery charger NEVER put it in with regular household rubbish. Supermarkets and retail stores tend to have special bins where you can drop off your old devices for free to be ethically disposed of.
Here at Gadgetbox.com H.Q we spend an inordinate amount of time scouring the globe (quite literally; our best RC tanks hail from China!) for the best remote control vehicles the RC world has to offer. Since the festive season is upon us we’re currently working through one of our busiest times of the year. And with the popularity of RC vehicles booming in the U.K , we’re doing our best to bring hundreds of fantastic products into the Gadgetbox.com fold.
We update our sales selection as regularly as we can. We know festive shopping can be a pain, so our sales teams try to maintain a healthy supply of sale items across the board all the way from nitro RC cars to mini quads.
We currently offer free shipping within mainland U.K on all orders over £20 to make your gift buying experience a little more frugal. In terms of fuel etc, we do our best to keep delivery costs down because it means we can pass the savings on to you guys in the form of as much free shipping as possible.
We operate as both a wholesaler and an online retail supplier for regular shoppers. This pretty much guarantees that we can offer the best deals online to buyers across the RC enthusiast spectrum. And don’t forget to visit our “Spares” section for all the odds, ends and replacement parts you need for your RC vehicle.
Sometimes our blog entries might come off a bit “preachy” on the whole subject of Health & Safety, but it’s only because we’re experts and know from experience what anything from an RC helicopter to mini dirt bikes can do when not handled with the proper respect. The great British winter can often be freezing , blustery, wet and muddy. But at least two of those shouldn’t stop avid riders getting the most out of their mini quads! (Few things in life are more satisfying that powering through a huge muddy puddle, no matter how old you are!) Although a significant portion of our clients are the likes of farmers and rangers looking for a quick, easy way to move about their land, quads can also make fantastic machines for regular folks looking for a bit of outdoor fun. Our 49cc, 50cc and 110cc quads are not road legal, so you won’t be riding to the park or zipping about the roads near your house, but if you can find a large, secluded space to ride, that’s ideal. A great way to get around the whole “no public spaces” riding law is to have a word with a local farmer or landowner. As long as you’re not a nuisance to livestock or the public, some farmers may give you permission to ride on their land. ALWAYS ask first. ALWAYS wear protective head and body gear. The winter can be pretty unforgiving on fingers, so gloves are a must.
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