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RC Car and Truck Accessories Reviewed

This article was originally published in RC Driver’s August 2015 issue.

MANUFACTURER: Cow RC
PRODUCT: PIT LAMP
PART NUMBER: COW-PL-BLK/ COW-PL-WHT
PRICE: $34.99
LINK: cowrc.com

RATINGS (Low 1-10 High)
QUALITY: 9
OPERATION: 10
EASE OF USE: 10
VALUE: 9RC-Car-and-Truck-Accessories-Reviewed--Pit-Lamp,-Portable-Speaker,-ESC-Cage-2

Cow RC is a company that focuses on making sure your hobby experience is the best it can be while you are at your workbench. The latest edition to their line of support equipment is the Cow RC Pit Lamp. The lamp is available in black or white and stands about fifteen inches tall when folded down. The light portion unfolds to shed lots of light in your pit space with its OttLite 13w 600lm bulb. The base and lamp cover are plastic with an aluminum center shaft and two pivots so you can position the light how you need it. Cow RC also offers several wraps for the light so you can give the lamp a cool custom look. Let’s just say the lamp works so well and looks so cool that each of the RC Driver editors now has one on their workbench, we like it that much!

MANUFACTURER: EcoPower
PRODUCT: PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
PART NUMBER: Black-ECP-9010 Grey- ECP-9012
PRICE: $19.99
LINK: amain.com

RATINGS (Low 1-10 High)
QUALITY: 8
OPERATION: 8
EASE OF USE: 8
VALUE: 8

RC-Car-and-Truck-Accessories-Reviewed--Pit-Lamp,-Portable-Speaker,-ESC-Cage-3Music is certainly a part of RC life and when you roll through the pits of an RC race, you’ll see a variety of music devices pumping out all types of songs. Some are being played off of cell phone speakers which sounds horrible or off of large mobile device players that take up valuable pit space. EcoPower offers this space saving, great sounding Portable Blue- tooth Speaker. We Bluetooth connected one of these to our iPhone and set it up in our pits for a race day. The speaker pumps out some good sound and only breaks up if you try and blast it; at normal volume it’s perfect. Power on the little unit lasted most of the race day but we did find the range on the Bluetooth connectivity to be rather short; we had walked about six feet away when it lost signal. This is a neat little item to tack on to your a-main.com race supply order.

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MANUFACTURER: RPM
PRODUCT: CASTLE SIDEWINDER ESC CAGE
PART NUMBER: 73272 and 73275 PRICE: $7.99
LINKrpmrcproducts.com

RATINGS (Low 1-10 High)
QUALITY: 10
OPERATION: 10
EASE OF USE: 10
VALUE: 10

RC-Car-and-Truck-Accessories-Reviewed--Pit-Lamp,-Portable-Speaker,-ESC-Cage-1We’ve shown RPM’s ESC cage several times on the pages of RC Driver in past issues, but we wanted to give it another shout out because its truly a great product for bashers running Castle Creations Sidewinder 3 and Sidewinder SCT electronic speed controls. The cage is made out of RPM’s famous ultra durable plastic, is offered in blue or black and comes with all the necessary hardware to bolt it to a Traxxas style two-boss mount. The cage secures the ESC by clamping it between two plates and a switch cover is also included to secure the switch; no more two-sided tape anywhere! We secured a SideWinder 3 ESC into our Traxxas Slash 4×4 Adventure truck project and took it out for a beating. The cage kept the ESC secure and the switch no longer suffered from being bounced around which would happen on hot days when it was only secured with tape.

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