No matter what type of Radio Controlled (RC) toy you choose to buy, they are all going to follow the same basic principle in how they work. It's the mechanics of how they operate that sets them apart from each other. For example, an RC Car is not going to be able to fly like a RC Helicopter or RC Airplane, and only an RC Boat is going to be able to travel on top of the water.
In order for any RC toy to work properly, they must have four specific parts; each RC toy must have a transmitter, receiver, at least one motor and a power source. The transmitter sends radio waves to the receiver - this is how you control the toy. The receiver is the antenna and circuit board located inside of the RC toy. The receiver receives the signals you send the RC toy through the transmitter so the toy can be controlled by you. Every RC toy has at least one motor, but more complex RC toys have more than one motor. The motor is used to turn the wheels, but it is also used to steer the vehicle, operate the propellers and many other things. The power source is used to power the RC toy, whether it is a gas powered engine or a rechargeable battery.
With any type of RC toy the four main parts interact together to run the RC toy. The remote control that you hold in your hands is the transmitter that sends the radio waves to the circuit board in the RC toys. The transmitter is going to include keys that you can use to control the RC toy, such as turning left or turning right. The transmitter has its own power source, usually in the form of a 9-volt battery. Without the battery, the transmitter will not be able to send the radio waves to the receiver.
Once the RC toy receives the radio waves, the motors kick into life to cause a specific action to occur. How this happens is when you press a button on the transmitter to make the RC toy go forward or backward a pair of electrical contacts touch. Once these contacts touch a circuit is completed. That circuit is then connected to a specific pin and electrical pulses are sent out to control the RC toy. For example, in a RC truck 16 pulses means the truck needs to go forward, while 40 pulses tells the RC truck to go backwards. How the RC toy knows to go forward or backwards is that the IC decodes the pulses and starts the appropriate motor.
Knowing how an RC toy works is essential to owning an RC toy because it allows you to understand how they work, which makes controlling them a bit easier. Be sure to visit our Radio Controlled Toy Stores review site for a complete look at the best places online to buy RC toys.