I’m not sponsored by HobbyKing or any of their brands (Turnigy, TrackStar, Quanum, etc.), but I’ve found that they’ve been a boon for someone getting back into any radio control hobby on a budget.
Truth-be-told, I feel like more of a product tester than anything. That is sort of what sponsored drivers/pilots do anyway: they get access to the newest stuff for testing and feedback.
I just do testing and feedback on the stuff I buy, and since it’s so darn cheap I don’t really mind.
Most products I purchase are severely lacking in the documentation (instruction manual) department, but that’s part of the reason they’re so cheap. I’ve also had a few issues with the products themselves, to name a few:
- 7mm Wheel spacer pack that included 3 hexes at 7mm wide and one at 5mm wide.
- Charger missing a USB port as advertised
- Turnigy 9x EEPROM ERROR
- Multi-charge lead with reverse polarity on the walkera connectors
In all the cases I’ve either received a replacement or a refund to purchase a similar product (to test!). Here’s a list of stuff I have that I would easily recommend to somebody else:
- Set up board
- Ride height gauge
- Chassis balance set up tool
- Shock oil
- Gear oil
- Various greases
This list will surely grow, but as you can see, HobbyKing is my go-to place for electronics, tools, and consumables. I’m not saying they’re right for everyone – you may be better off using ProTek RC from AMain to avoid the inconsistent quality and the shipping time & cost. Whatever your choice is, don’t fall head-over-heels for the mega-conglomerates. Pick and choose wisely.