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A recent post in the forum highlights the importance of checking the frequency on any RC toy you buy this holiday season. A pair of RC dinosaurs purchased for twin boys share the same frequency. The advice offered by the company when asked about this problem? "Have them play in different rooms." Not an ideal situation -- and depending on the range of the signal that might not even work because radio signals do pass through walls. You'll probably need to keep those RCs at least 200 feet apart. That doesn't work if two kids want to play together.

The two most common frequencies (in the US) for RC toys is 27MHz and 49MHz. If you have one of each, all is well. If you have two toys that operate on the same frequency then you're going to have problems with radio interference or crosstalk.

When shopping for multiple RC toys, look for toys that come in more than one frequency or toys that have band selectable frequencies. These usually have a switch that lets you select Channel A or B or C, etc. and the package will often indicate that you can choose multiple frequencies so that 3, 4, or 6 cars can race together or other similar wording. RC toys that come in sets such as the Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle Set, Bump 'N Chuck R/C Bumper Cars (Buy Direct), and Fast Lane Radio Control Thunder Speed Boat Twin Pack (Compare Prices) are designed with group play in mind.

Earlier this year I gave thumbs up to Jada Toys for the helpful labeling they put on some of their toys. ("This vehicle operates on 49 MHz. Can only race against 27 MHz vehicles.") More labeling along those lines plus careful attention by consumers would prevent disappointments that arise when buying multiple RC toys with the same frequency.

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Comments

November 24, 2009 at 11:04 am
(1) Steven Weidemann says:

GOOD NEWS:
I picked up one RC overdrive unit!

Bad News:
I have twins boys, so I need two!

Questions: Does the Fast Lane JLX Over Drive Radio Control All Terrain
Vehicle come in different frequencies. I have a 27Mhz right now. I’ve been
looking on the internet but can’t find the answer.

Please help!

Thanks,

Steve Weidemann

December 2, 2009 at 11:18 am
(2) Mike James says:

Steve: After some searching I found one listing for the JLX Overdrive Radio Control All Terrain Vehicle in 49MHz — and it was OUT OF STOCK. Bummer. http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Curve-Brands-52538-OverDrive/dp/B001O9BYMO But I guess that’s an indication that it does come in something other than just 27MHz. But most listings I find don’t even indicate what the frequency is.

December 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(3) Dow Kennedy says:

JLX Overdrive Radio control in Silver is the 27Mhz and the one in Black is the 49Mhz. I saw it in stock on-line but on for a day or two. Also prices have been all over the place. Orig. it was listed for $119, then it dropped to $89 ( I bought two at this price). Yesterday it was at $119 again and now today it is at $149. That is all from the Toys R Us site. You can find it at Amazon and ebay but the prices there have always been higher all the way up to $200

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