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Air Hog Smash Bots Troubleshooting

Air Hog Smash Bots Troubleshooting Guide

Controller Has Low Functionality ¶ 

The controller responds poorly or not at all.

Distance From Robots ¶ 

At large distances the controller will have a diminished impact on the robots. Move closer to the smash bots and try again. You should probably be within 3 feet.

Battery Issues ¶ 

Each controller requires two AAA batteries and each bot requires three AAA batteries for a total of 10 AAA batteries. The smash bots use batteries quickly and a rechargeable battery station might be a useful purchase. Make sure batteries are near full charge for the best results. Make sure batteries are oriented in the correct direction. Look at our Air Hog Smash Bots Front Panel Replacement guide to see how to remove and replace the batteries.

Channel Select Issues ¶ 

The controller has three settings: OFF, A, and B. When not in use it is a good idea to use the off setting to save battery life. When in use make sure the controllers are on different channels; one on A and one on B. Make sure the robots are also set to the corresponding channels.

Interference ¶ 

With short length radio signals, interference from other devices can occur. If the smash bots are reacting to commands sporadically, interference is a likely cause. Make sure that no high power electronic devices like HAM radios are transmitting near the smash bots.

Internal Malfunctions ¶ 

The main board for the controller may be broken and needs replaced. For steps on how to access and replace the main board go to our Air Hog Smash Bots Front Panel Replacement guide.

Robot Does Not Respond to Commands ¶ 

The robot responds poorly or not at all.

Low Batteries ¶ 

Each Smash bot requires three AAA batteries. Make sure batteries are near full charge for the best results. Make sure batteries are oriented in the correct direction. Diminished performance is a symptom of low batteries. Replace the batteries and try again.

Channel Select Issues ¶ 

The smash bot has three settings: OFF, A, and B. When not in use it is a good idea to use the off setting to save battery life. When in use make sure the smash bots are on different channels; one on A and one on B. Make sure the controllers are also set to the corresponding channels.

Internal Malfunctions ¶ 

There might be an internal malfunction that isn't allowing the smash bot to work. The motherboard or radio receiver might need replaced. To replace the motherboard go to the Motherboard Replacement Guide, and go to the Radio Receiver Replacement Guide to replace the radio receiver.

Sticky or Missing Keys on the Controllers ¶ 

The keys on the controllers will not respond or aren't there.

Keys Are Missing ¶ 

If the keys are missing on the controllers, purchase new ones and replace them.

Keys Can't Be Pressed ¶ 

When there is something under the keys holding up the keys, the keys cannot be pressed. To fix it, remove the keys and clean the area underneath. Then snap the keys back into the initial positions and try again. For help on opening the controller, go to the Front Panel Replacement Guide.

Robot Does Not Move Forward ¶ 

When commanded to move forward, the robot malfunctions.

Distance From Controller ¶ 

At large distances the controller may lose control on the robots. Move the controller closer to the smash bots and try again. You should probably be within 3 feet.

Surface is Uneven ¶ 

An uneven surface could make smash bots hard to move forward. Move to an even surface and try again.

Batteries are Low ¶ 

Low batteries will diminish smash bot performance. Change the batteries and try again. Consider purchasing a rechargeable battery station and ten AAA rechargeable batteries.

Internal problems ¶ 

Internal problems can lead to malfunctions. You might need to replace parts. Consider checking the radio receiver internal motor and the motherboard.

Robot Does Not Correctly Spin ¶ 

When commanded to spin, the robot does not follow the command and malfunctions

Distance From Controller ¶ 

At large distances the controller may lose control on the robots. Move the controller closer to the smash bots and try again. You should probably be within 3 feet.

Surface is Tilted ¶ 

An uneven surface could cause smash bots to topple while spinning. Move to an even surface and try again.

Batteries are Low ¶ 

Low batteries will diminish smash bot performance. Change the batteries and try again. Consider purchasing a rechargeable battery station and ten AAA rechargeable batteries.

Internal problems ¶ 

Several internal problems can lead to malfunctions. You might need to replace a malfunctioning part. Consider checking the motor and the motherboard.

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