JJRC Q46 Speed Runner RC Car Review

Preface

After my previous experience with a remote control car, I wasn’t just ready to jump on the bandwagon for another one. But GearBest wanted to send this car…. And it was another by the same brand that broke on me. JJRC. So I was skeptical. This is the JJRC Speed Runner Q46. Spoiler: it’s orders of magnitude better than the Q39!!!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

There’s one version of this car, but it’s available in two colors:  red (seen here), and blue.

Price

Currently this car is going for $84.32 on GearBest!


Short Review

This car is so fun.  I love it, and it’s held up well to my unskilled maneuvering.  It’s worked well.  It’s fast.  It turns

Long Review

What’s Included

  • JJRC Q46 Speed Runner Remote Control Car
  • 3000mAh 7.4V battery
  • Handheld controller
  • European Wall wart with US adapter
  • Screwdriver and hex tool
  • Manual

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Package and Manual

The box is simple cardboard, but highly printed.  There’s a photo of the red colorway on one side, and the blue colorway on the other.  One short end has the undercarriage, and on the other end, the controller.

The manual is a small pamphlet, with a bunch of info about using the machine.  Most of it is fairly obvious though, and the “troubleshooting” section is fairly useless.  If you buy this car you likely already know how to use it.  If you don’t, the manual will help.  If you have trouble, you’ll probably turn to online sources anyway, and the manual wouldn’t be of help.

Build Quality and Durability

Very much unlike the other JJRC I reviewed, this car is built extremely well.  It has extra weight to go along with that build quality, but it feels extremely sturdy.
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It’s also a great looking car, too.  The red paint is a very deep red – very much like actual car painting.  It’s not “plastic red” “paint.”
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The front has a nice mean look, and quite a stance.  The rear is fun and business, with the spare bolted on.

The undercarriage is legitimately well built, with a proper metal skid plate.  Most of the other parts are plastic, though.  A few high stress contact points are metal – much of the drivetrain is metal, for example.
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The rack and pinion is held together by Philips screws.  Not unusual.  Note the different sizes used.
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The photo below is looking into the back of the car.  Note the T-Connector.  The axle and drivetrain are covered in plastic.
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There’s a light bar up top, and the lights actually work, and work well.
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Here’s a shot with the lights on.  Since it’s hard to see what lights are on in broad daylight, I included a shot unfocused, which makes it much easier to see the LEDs.

And some gratuitous interior shots.  The detail is fine, but not extreme.  There are two seats, and no doors.

The back of the car holds a spare, which is exactly like the other 4 tires.  It’s held in place with a nut, and a driver is included with the package.  Also note in the photo below the two cotter pins that hold the “trunk” closed.  The battery is contained very snugly here in.
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Size

This rc car is a 1:12 scale vehicle.  The official dimensions are: 18cm tall, 23cm wide, and 38.5cm long.  The car weight 1609g.  While the car might be small enough for playing in small yards, it’s quite fast, too!  So bear that in mind.

Power

JJRC includes one battery for powering the Q46.  It’s a 3000mAh 7.4V 20C LiPo, and claims to allow 9 minutes of runtime, and requires a 2.5 hour chargetime.  Nine minutes isn’t a long runtime, that’s for certain, so it’ll be worthwhile to grab a few spares, and keep them charging while playing with the Q46!

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As it’s a 2s cell, it has the proper balance charger, and a T-connecter for actual charging.  I find T-connectors to be very hard to use, but it’d be fairly simple to swap this out for a different type.
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The package includes a charger as well.  In all honesty, I did not use this charger, though I’ve used chargers like it in the past.  I used the awesome SkyRC Imax B6 Mini.  I recommend you grabbing one of those, too.  Great charger.
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Here’s a shot of the trunk open.  The battery holder is very specifically sized, and I don’t think you’ll fit much more than this 2S LiPo in there.
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The connector comes from the motor under the battery holder, and connects aroudn the back.  Though it’s a bit exposed, I don’t think it’ll get worn unnecessarily.  It could likely be routed differently, but then it’ll be hard to connect to the battery.

Traction

The big tires are knobby and quite squishy.  They provide good traction on flat, and often so much grip that the car will topple over.  Which is not to say that the car is top heavy – it’s weight rides nice and low.

There’s a good bit of travel in the suspension.
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Though this isn’t a rock climber, I still tried it out a little.  Never got this board climbed, though.





If I’d been climbing something like rock, I think the car would have done it with little issues.

The Flats

Here are a few videos of just driving the car around (and crashing it into stuff).  This is a fun, fun car.  It’s very fast, and gets up to speed almost immediately.



Sorry for my lack of focus here – video isn’t my primary expertise….

Sweet Jumps

I only took the car off one sweet jump!

It performed admirably.

User Interface and Operation

A controller is included.  It’s a 2.4GHz system, with a trigger for speed and a wheel for direction.  It’s possible to adjust the trim of the wheels, but mine were already perfect.
I found the trigger to just be too sensitive.  I’d go from crawling to flat out much quicker than I intended.  I want a longer travel, smoother ramp controller.  I think the controller though, is quite cheap – if you can source another, better one, this car will be even more fun.  It’s powered by 3xAA cells.
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The car has an on/off switch, too.  It’s on the bottom, toward the front right.  Very easy to access (unlike the JJRC Q39).
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Conclusion

What I like

  • Speed
  • Build quality and color are great
  • Heavy, feels very sturdy
  • Rugged

What I don’t like

  • 9 minute battery life is expected, but too short.  Offer seconds inexpensively!
  • Controller triggers is much too sensitive

Up Next

Tomorrow I’ll review the Skilhunt H03F RC.  Hope you’re excited for that one too!!

Notes

  • This remote control truck was provided by GearBest for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.org.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this car, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons.  Note I’ve upgraded that sheet so that now, you may subscribe and get notifications when the sheet is edited!!

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