Pros and Cons of the R/C Zero Gravity Mini Car
- It does drive on walls and ceilings.
- Drives on the ground too.
- Charges quickly from the controller.
- Includes L/R trim tabs on controller.
- Small, lightweight, and portable.
- Requires some smooth walls and ceilings.
- Doesn't run on carpet (not even dense, flat carpet).
- Noisy in wall mode.
- Requires switching from wall to ground mode.
- Wow! factor wears off quickly.
Yes, It Does Defy Gravity
The biggest problem with the Zero Gravity Mini Car is that it does require really smooth, bump free surfaces. This limits its use. Even on some of my less textured walls it would cling but not drive or not cling at all. As I stated above, it's a fun novelty toy but you need to know its limitations before you buy. <p>Here's a quick video we made showing my Zero Gravity Mini Car in action on several different surfaces.
Vacuum First, Then Play
The Zero Gravity Mini Car also requires clean surfaces. This is the first RC I've seen where it specfically states to keep away from hair. With all our cats and dogs, it required doing a little sweeping and dusting before running the car. Hair and other debris sucked into the car can cause it to stop working. Be sure to clean the wheels and the little "skirts" on the bottom of the car. Also, take care with the "skirts" -- white paper-like strips under the car that help maintain suction. Keep them clean and handle gently.
Caveats and Recommendations
Our dogs were intrigued by this little car driving on the walls. The cats feigned disinterest (but I know they were just as fascinated by this really big bug darting across the ceiling).
Adult supervision is needed when operating the Zero Gravity Mini Car mainly because children might not pay close attention to the smooth surface requirements or the blinking headlights signaling low battery. The car, although lightweight, could end up falling on them, someone else, or fall onto some breakable item on a table.
My recommendation: Only get the Air Hogs R/C Zero Gravity Mini Car if you have at least an 8x8 or larger, really smooth wall or ceiling surfaces. It runs fine on a flat door as well but that doesn't give you much driving room. Otherwise, it's just a little car with lights that runs around on the floor.