Reviews & testimonials
Good we keep. Bad we upgrade!
In principle this means Anto’s Citroen could drift, if only LEGO motors had a bit more power…
With the addition of a third-party BuWizz bluetooth battery brick however, they do. A lot more. The BuWizz system delivers up to eight times more power than normal to the LEGO motors, and that is easily enough to spin the rear wheels on a not just a hardwood floor, but pretty much anything.
Easy to install, light, and very fast compared to lego ir. You can customize it in a jiffy, changes controlles from sliders to on off or joystick very easy too. It does what it says it does. The biggest suprise is the weight of the BuWizz, its lighter then a xl motor.
The unique feature of the BuWizz is as “Fast” mode, which provides a voltage that is higher than any LEGO-battery-based solution. It makes a noticeable difference in motor’s performance.
The BuWizz is smaller and lighter than the Battery Box and delivers more power for longer. Perhaps the best feature is that the BuWizz has a high-power mode that delivers twice the power to the motors, enabling the motors to handle high loads from large builds or driving outdoors. Finally, you can drive your Lego vehicles on the grass or up slight inclines without having to worry if the motors can take it.
The interface is simple and easy to understand and to connect. The default profiles are easy to use and the Buwizz responds very good to action on the phone. Plus a fast mode for the motor which enable 11V on it (no damage for the motor).
Therefore, I really encourage you to buy one, this is way better than sbrick. Despite the price, you have the equivalent of a working sbrick with a lipo battery which can be charger by a simple usb type B. So not too much money comparing to lego PFS solutions.
The BuWizz brick offers some huge advantages to LEGO’s own Power Functions battery and infrared set-up. With bluetooth control the device can be hidden, it isn’t affected by bright light, and you can control your models with your phone. It also offers some advantages over the previously reviewed SBrick, chiefly that it includes an integrated battery, meaning that you don’t need a LEGO battery pack, only the motors, in order to build a motorised model.
However it’s the huge power advantage is where the BuWizz really comes into its own, as it genuinely opens up possibilities that LEGO’s own system simply isn’t capable of.
The cost of BuWizz 2.0 is $134 (now there is a 10% discount). I should agree, it’s not so cheap as It would be expected. But let’s compare the prices of the similar solutions from Lego, and Lego + SBrick:
|BuWizz – $134||SBrick – $59||Li-Po 8878 – $50*|
|Li-Po 8878 – $50*||Li-Po Charge 45517 – $30*|
|Li-Po Charge 45517 – $30*||IR Controller 8885 x2 – $20*|
|Cable 8886 – $3*||IR Receiver V1 8884 x2 – $30*|
*all prices are taken from shop.lego.com for the US
As you can see, the prices are very competitive, while the performance of BuWizz Brick is much better for near the same money. But what if we calculate the cost of electronics for Buggy (BAJA TROPHY TRUCK) mentioned above? Then, the picture will be quite different: 2x SBrick + 2x Li-Po 8878 + 2x 8886 + 1x Li-Po Charge 45517 = $ 254. The price of components are almost in 2 times higher than one BuWizz unit costs.