Last updated: August 10, 2021

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Welcome to our big remote-controlled tank test 2021. Here we present all the remote-controlled tanks that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best remote-controlled tank for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a remote-controlled tank.




Summary

  • Remote-controlled tanks are especially a good addition to RC warships. But they also look good on their own.
  • To make every outing with your tank worthwhile, the battery life should be sufficient and the battery charging time should not be too long.
  • Before you decide on a particular model, you should think first and foremost about the age requirement and the area of application.

The Best Remote Controlled Tank: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for remote-controlled tanks

In this section we will look at the criteria that will help you find a tank that is suitable for you and of good quality. The last thing to consider is the price! Because there are outliers in every price range.

When buying, it is better to pay attention to other criteria. These are above all:

Age group / area of application

Which tank you ultimately buy should depend above all on the age group of the future owner and his or her intentions. This is mainly due to the fact that some of the models can shoot - and not "only" with infrared rays, but with real small pellets that can cause serious injuries if used incorrectly! So pay attention here:

  • The manufacturer's age recommendation
  • The specified features
  • The age of the future owner

Of course, the range of application for the tank should not be neglected. If, for example, a child primarily wants to have "something remote-controlled from the war", a remote-controlled boat is recommended first, since it cannot shoot.

If it's about battles that at least two people want to play with each other, tanks with infrared beams are particularly suitable, as these also simulate when they have been hit. If you want to go ghost hunting alone, a tank with normal projectiles is suitable, as long as you can handle them.

Features

There are a lot of features. Some of them are useful, others are more for enthusiasts. Let's start with the shooting function. This is now included in almost all tanks, as it is somehow naturally the basic element of a tank.

Depending on the model, you can shoot with different numbers of bullets of different sizes.

In addition, there is the variant of infrared light.

The decisive factor here should be whether the owner is old enough to operate such a thing and whether he wants to play alone or with friends. If two or more people are involved in the game, several infrared tanks with different frequencies of the remote control are very suitable for a battle with light and sound effects as well as real failures.

A single person mainly benefits from shooting objects with bullets, as these do not react to the infrared radiation. So here it is a matter of deciding:

  • Bullets or infrared?
  • How many balls?
  • What strength?
  • For what purpose?

Furthermore, just as with remote-controlled boats, cars, submarines and similar products, there are sometimes tanks with cameras available for purchase. These are particularly suitable for you if you either want to film the journey from the tank's point of view or want to watch the battles again afterwards.

There are not many variants, so it is really only a question of whether you want a camera or not. If you insist on it, the choice of tanks will be quite a bit smaller anyway.

Stun guns are a variant for you if you like the feeling of combat that a battle is supposed to give you. The remote control of your tank gives you a strong or less strong electric shock when you are hit, depending on the severity of the impact.

Smoke is generated from the tank's chimney to create a realistic atmosphere, as are light and sound effects, which are available in a wide variety of versions. There are shooting sounds, hitting sounds, flashing lights, shooting lights and many others.

Few of them occur at the same time, which is why it is difficult to compare these effects. The best thing is to look at your dream tank and then decide whether the number of effects is enough for you or not!

Pivoting gun turrets are a feature that should not be underestimated. They influence the battle more than some might think, because it makes a huge difference if you can turn the turret 360 degrees or if you have to turn the whole heavy tank first.

There are usually two types: Rotations of 160 to 170 degrees or 360 degrees. Our recommendation: Take the latter!

Driving in water is the last feature you can "buy". Just as driving in the open air is not possible with every tank, you should pay attention to this first - after all, it decides where you can play with it at all!

Battery charging time / running time / top speed

The charging time and running time are closely related, but should not usually be a problem if you have emergency batteries with you. Whether top speed is so important for tanks...? A matter of preference.

The average battery charging time for remote-controlled tanks is four to six hours for a driving time of 30 to 60 minutes.

Top speeds of 10 to 20 km/h are possible. If this is important to you, you can use these values as a guideline.

Engine type

It should be said from the outset that there are hardly any tanks with petrol engines anyway. However, you can read about the advantages and disadvantages of electric motors in the chapter "What types of motors are there?

Scale

The scale of the tank is important if you only drive it indoors or in difficult terrain: Here it should be manoeuvrable and not too big. Also, if it ends up in the showcase when not in use, the scale can decide on important details in the representation. The average scale here is between 1:16 and 1:24 with an average length of 60 centimetres.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a remote-controlled tank

If you still have questions about remote-controlled tanks, the following paragraphs are sure to provide the answers.

Why should I buy a remote control tank?

Remote controlled tanks, also called RC tanks (RC=radio controlled) are a niche product and are rarely found by chance on the internet. However, the fact that you have found your way to this page shows that there must be more to it. Here I will inform you comprehensively about remote-controlled tanks and their characteristics.

The following video will give you a comprehensive insight into two tank models:

Are remote-controlled tanks suitable for children?

In general, we believe that a child could operate a tank under supervision from the age of eight. However, this is considered to be the lowest guideline value under restriction of all firing functions, in safe terrain and only with suitable models! As a rule, RC tanks are only available from the age of 14 onwards under the manufacturer's recommendation.

What functions can remote-controlled tanks have?

Depending on the model, the war machines can have any number of features. These include, among others:

Feature Explanation
Infrared No ammunition is needed here. In combat with at least two tanks, infrared beams are fired within a certain distance. If a hit is made, an explosion sound is heard and the person hit is deactivated for a few seconds.
Shooting function Either via infrared or with up to 24 projectiles. Attention: Observe age limit.
Camera With built-in mini-camera
Stun gun In a fight, the person hit receives an electric shock divided into levels via his remote control. Attention: Observe age limit.
Smoke generation from the chimney Feature for realistic animation
Swivelling gun turrets Can be swivelled to different angles: 160-170° or 360°
Light and sound effects When shot or when the tank itself is hit.
Driving in water Rarely possible in low water.

Can I drive my remote-controlled tank outdoors?

In fact, that's what the tanks are mostly made for! They should be able to be driven on asphalt, gravel and also low grass.

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Remote-controlled tanks are great to use outdoors. Most tanks are designed for driving on gravel, grass or even low water, but pay attention to the manufacturer's specifications.
(Image source: pixabay.com / carro)

Nevertheless, always pay attention to the manufacturer's specifications - with particularly sensitive and/or detailed models, this can quickly lead to damage. A few tanks can even run in low water.

What technical data is most important when buying?

In addition to the features you want for your personal tank, you should always consider the technical data: How far should the turret be able to turn? How heavy and how big should the tank be, how important are the driving and battery charging times and what kind of motor do you want?

For the rough key data for this decision, I have again created a small list that shows you what is average:

Technical data Average values
Tower rotation 160-170° or 360°
Weight 4 - 6 kg
Dimensions Scale 1:16 to 1:24 at approx. 60 cm length
Driving time 30 - 60 minutes
Battery charging time (only for electric motors) 4 - 6 hours
Top speed 10 - 20 km/h

How much do remote-controlled tanks cost?

Price-wise, the mid-range of tanks has quite a wide span, ranging from an average of 35 to 170 euros. In this range, you usually get a qualitative overall package without compromises.

From 200 euros, the price range for more experienced people begins, and from 700 euros you get real professional tanks.

Are there historically recreated tanks?

Yes, there are. The most common are Japanese, American or German models that even have their own names, such as Leopard, King Tiger or Walker Bulldog.

Image source: pixabay.com / Karl-Heinz Büttner

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