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Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines
Drive, Train and Autopilot
Power Off the Donkey Car
Donkey Car S1: Getting Started Guide
About Lesson

Donkey Car S1

Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines

This product is not a toy. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN below the age of 12. Read this document carefully and fully understand the instructions before you start. By using this product, you hereby signify that you have read this disclaimer and warning carefully and that you understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions herein. Failure to follow the safety procedures could result in fire, electric shock, or may cause damage to properties or injuries, and could void the warranty.




  1. Read through the safety and operating instructions before operating Donkey Car. Follow the operating instructions throughout the use. 

  2. Retain the safety and operating instructions for future reference.

  3. Keep the Product dry. Do not use the Product near water or place objects filled with liquids, such as glasses or vases, on the Product, or otherwise expose the Product to liquids or moisture. If the Product gets wet, carefully unplug all cables with dry hands and wait for the Product to air dry completely before charging. Do not dry the Product with an external heat source. Do not charge the Product near water or in extremely humid conditions.

  4. Do not expose the Product to extreme temperatures. Do not use or place the Product near heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus that produce heat, including amplifiers. 

  5. Do not cover or block the product. Remove all packaging before using the Product. Do not cover the Product with cloth or other objects or block airflow to the Product by covering it or trying to operate it in an enclosure, such as a box. Do not place the Product in a built-in installation, such as a bookcase or rack, unless proper ventilation is provided. Do not place the Product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. 

  6. Avoid rough handling. Avoid shaking, striking, dropping, or jarring the Product. 

  7. Gently clean the product. Turn the Product off and unplug the power adapters before cleaning. Handle the Product only with clean, dry hands. Do not submerge the Product. Clean the Product with a soft cloth that has been slightly dampened with water and a touch of rubbing alcohol. Wipe off excess moisture and make sure that the Product is dry before powering on. Do not use compressed air products, such as air dusters, for cleaning. Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaning products, spray cleaning fluid, or similar chemicals on the Product. 

  8. Use the power adapters and cords correctly and safely to avoid fire and shock hazards. Use only the included power adapters with your Donkey car. Unplug the power adapters during lightning storms or when you don’t plan to use the device for long periods of time. If power adapters or cables appear damaged, stop using them immediately. If a provided plug does not fit into a power outlet, consult an electrician – 2 do not force the plug into the outlet. The provided plugs are polarized, with one blade wider than the other. This is for safety – do not alter the polarized plugs. Do not overload a power outlet by plugging in too many electronic devices, as this could cause a fire. Do not use the power adapters outdoors. The enclosed power adapters are designed for use with Donkey car only. Do not use them with any other devices. 

  9. Do not attempt to repair the Donkey car yourself. 

  10. To prevent hacking, unapproved third-party access, and exposing the Donkey Car to other security risks, always use a secured wireless network. Robocar Store Limited makes no guarantees for damage resulting from inadequate security. 

  11. Operate Donkey car in dangerous, hazardous, or public areas where use is not permitted (high voltage power lines, train stations, airports, trains). Check whether use of Donkey car is permitted before using it in public areas or public transport.

Choking Hazards


The Donkey car starter kit has various small parts, which may present choking hazards to small children and pets. Keep the donkey car and its accessories away from small children.


Repetitive Injury

When you perform repetitive activities such as playing games on your smart device controller, you may experience occasional discomfort in your hands, arms, shoulders, neck, or other parts of your body. Avoid excessive play. It is recommended that parents monitor their children for appropriate play. Take frequent breaks and if you have discomfort during or after such use, stop use and see a physician


Seizure, Blackouts and Eyestrain

A small percentage of people may be susceptible to blackouts or seizures (even if they have never had one before) when exposed to flashing lights or light patterns such as when playing games or watching video. If you have experienced seizures or blackouts or have a family history of such occurrences, you should consult a physician before playing video games or watching videos. Discontinue use of Donkey car and your smart device controller and consult a physician if you experience headaches, blackouts, seizures, convulsion, eye or muscle twitching, loss of awareness, involuntary movement, or disorientation. To reduce risk of headaches, blackouts, seizures, and eyestrain, avoid prolonged use, hold your smart device controller some distance from your eyes, use Donkey car in a well-lit room, and take frequent breaks.


Raspberry Pi 4 Model B


  1. Any external power supply used with Raspberry Pi shall comply with relevant regulations and standards applicable in the country of intended use. 

  2. This product should not be overclocked.

  3. Do not expose this product to water or moisture, and do not place it on a conductive surface whilst in operation.

  4. Do not expose this product to heat from any source; it is designed for reliable operation at room temperatures.

  5. Do not expose the board to high-intensity light sources (e.g. xenon flash or laser)

  6. Operate this product in a well – ventilated environment, and do not cover it during use.

  7. Place this product on a stable, flat, non – conductive surface while in use, and keep it away from any conductive items.

  8. Take care while handling this product to avoid mechanical and/or electrical damage to the printed circuit board and connectors.

  9. Avoid handling this product while it is powered. Only handle by the edges to minimize the risk of electrostatic discharge damage

  10. Any peripheral or equipment used with Raspberry Pi should comply with relevant standards for the country of use and be marked accordingly to ensure that safety and performance requirements are met. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to, keyboards, monitors, and mice.




  1. Never alter, puncture, or impact the battery.

  2. Do not directly connect the terminals with metal objects. This will short-circuit the battery, resulting in heat and electrical discharge.

  3. Never expose the battery to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. 

  4. Always verify the voltage of the battery that has been out of service for greater than six months.

  5. Always charge or store the battery in a non-conductive, fireproof container or bag.

  6. Store LiPo batteries at 3.8V +/- 0.05V per cell for best practice.

  7. Make a visual and physical inspection of the battery for any damaged or loose leads or connectors, damaged packing, or any irregularities which may cause a short circuit and eventual failure.

  8. Verify that the positive terminal of the batteries is connected to the positive terminal of the charger. Confirm polarity with a voltmeter if unsure.

  9. Check the voltage of the battery using a voltmeter to make sure batteries have the voltage capacity listed on the battery label.

  10. Ensure the charging connector is compatible with the battery.

  11. Users should check the polarity of the battery cable and charger lead carefully before connection.

  12. Ensure the charger is in good condition before charging the battery.

  13. Never discharge the battery at an ampere rate higher than specified on the battery label.

  14. Never allow the temperature of the battery to exceed temperature advised by the manufacturer. 

  15. Never discharge the battery to a voltage below which they are rated by the manufacturer when measured under load. Battery (connected to donkey car) discharged to a voltage that lower than the approved voltage may be damaged, resulting in loss of performance and potential fire when the battery is charged.

  16. If the battery becomes damaged, hot, or begins to swell, discontinue charging or using immediately. Quickly remove and disconnect the battery. Place that battery in a safe, open area away from flammable material in a LiPo fireproof bag to observe. Do not use this battery again or ship it. Failure to follow these steps can cause damage to battery, personal property or cause serious injury. Damaged or swollen batteries can be dangerous. Dispose them in the manner required by your city or country. In the event of a fire, a Class D dry chemical fire extinguisher must be used. 

  17. If the internal contents of the battery come into contact with your skin, wash the affected area(s) with soap and water immediately. If it comes into contact with your eye(s), flush them with water for 15 minutes and seek immediate medical attention.

  18. Do not expose the battery to excessive physical shock.

  19. Do not attempt to dismantle, pierce, distort or cut the battery and do not attempt to repair the battery




  1. Never use the charger unsupervised.

  2. Ensure the charger supports your battery. If the charger can charge different types of batteries, ensure the correct charging mode is selected.


  1. Only operate the charger in a cool ventilated area and keep it away from flammable objects.

  2. Always charge the battery at a maximum rate of 1C unless specified by the manufacturer.

  3. Never charge the battery inside a Donkey Car.

  4. Never charge the battery when they are too hot (above 100°F).

  5. Ensure the charger is set to the correct cell count and voltage listed on the battery label.

  6. Never overcharge batteries beyond the capacity listed on the battery labels.

  7. Always check the voltages of the batteries before each charge session to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe starting voltages. If the starting voltage is below the recommended level, then the battery has been over-discharged or experienced a failure and should not be charged again.



  1. In the event of a crash, disconnect the battery from Donkey Car and check the car and the battery carefully.

  2. Do not touch any moving components (gears, wheels and shafts) of the car when the wheels are spinning.

  3. Avoid running the car in crowded areas and near small children.

  4. Make sure that no one else is using the same frequency in your area when training the model using the joystick controller or the R/C transmitter.

  5. Avoid running in the rain. Clean and dry thoroughly in a dry shaded area if the car unit, battery and/or the motor get(s) wet.

  6. Put the car on a car stand when inspecting the car.

  7. Store the car and the battery pack separately when not in use.

  8. Never abuse, submerge in water, throw, drop, puncture, violently kick or step on Donkey Car. This can damage the devices and compromise its safe operation.

  9. Never operate Donkey Car in dangerous, hazardous or public areas where use is not permitted (high voltage power lines, train stations, airports, trains). Check whether the use of Donkey Car is permitted before using it in public areas or public transport. 

  10. Keep Donkey Car visible when operating it to avoid injuries or damages to people, animals or property. Ensure that no one is standing nearer than 1m from the Donkey car when in operation and that you keep a safe distance between Donkey Car and people, animals, and property.

  11. Periodically examine Donkey Car for potential hazards such as cracked, damaged or otherwise broken parts. In the event of such damage, do not use the Donkey car until it can be replaced or repaired.

  12. Do not clean the Donkey car with a solvent, denatured alcohol or other inflammable solvents. During cleaning, make sure to unplug the power adapter and charger with dry hands.

  13. Do not use Donkey Car at altitudes higher than 6500 feet (2000 meters) above sea level.

  14. Drive Donkey car on suitable surfaces. Although Donkey car can drive on a variety of surfaces, it works best on smooth, flat and hard surfaces (such as carpet, tile wood floors, and concrete).


Wiring connection

  1. Make sure that the positive terminal of the batteries is connected to the positive terminal of the IN port of the MM1.

  2. Make sure that the positive terminal of the ESC is connected to the positive terminal of the OUT port of the MM1.

  3. Ensure the cables are connected appropriately and are not loosen.


Use and storage

  1. Do not use the Donkey car if its chassis has been broken and the battery’s plastic cover has been cracked or compromised in any way. 

  2. Do not expose the battery to excessive physical shock. 

  3. Do not expose the Donkey car and its battery to heat or dispose of a fire. 

  4. Do not put the battery in a microwave oven or in a pressurized container. 

  5. Do not attempt to dismantle, pierce, distort or cut the battery and do not attempt to repair the battery. Do not place any heavy objects on the Donkey car, the battery or charger. 

  6. Do not clean the charger with a solvent, denatured alcohol or other inflammable solvents. When cleaning, be sure to unplug the power adapter and charger. 

  7. It is essential to avoid short circuits. Avoid direct contact with the electrolyte contained within the battery. The electrolyte and electrolysis vapors are harmful to health. 

  8. Do not subject the Donkey car and its battery to large temperature variations. Do not place your Donkey car near a source of heat. 

  9. Disconnect the charger when you are not charging the battery.

Battery disposal


Discarding the Donkey car and its batteries in your general household waste can be harmful to the environment. Damaged or unusable batteries must be disposed of in a container specially reserved for this purpose. When disposing of the battery, follow appropriate local guidelines and regulations. For further information contact your local solid waste authority  


End of Life Product Disposal 

At the end of this product’s life, DO NOT dispose of the product in your general household waste. Instead, please dispose of this product separately in accordance with your local laws and regulations, in order to prevent possible harm to the environment or human health from uncontrolled waste disposal. For more information on the separate collection systems for waste electrical and electronic equipment that are available for consumers, near your home, free of charge, please contact your local municipality authority.