Shortlist: Avatar Style Helis 2012

Here’s my shortlist of avatar style helicopters:

Vevendo F1 103

Vevendo F1 103

click to see more pictures and reviews: Vevendo F1 103

  • gyroscope
  • crash resistant
  • 49,6 g heavy
  • infrared controller
  • spare parts and USB charging cable included
  • slow-moving forward + backward
  • 30 mins. charging / 5-8 mins. flight time (more use of the motors will shorten the flight time)

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Coaxial and Single Blade Helicopters short explained

A coaxial helicopter has two main rotors. The helicopter will rotate if  one of the two motors/rotors spins more slowly or faster than the other. By changing the speed of one rotor you will generate a torque, which will make the helicopter rotate. The torque of a hovering helicopter is zero. Thus, if one of the two rotors spins faster than the other, the helicopter will rotate in the same direction like the faster spinning rotor. In simple fixed pitch coaxial helicopters the horizontal tail rotor is responsible for forward and backward movements. Continue reading

How many channels? What does it mean? 2,3,4 & 6 channels.

The amount of channels  decides in how many directions the helicopter can fly:

2-channels: up and down, rotate right and left.
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Mini- and Microhelicopters Koax 3 channel – my personal shortlist 2012 – Low Budget and Beginner Level

What to tell about mini- and microhelicopters? You have to use them indoors. Outdoors only during calms with absolutely no wind. All of these make use of LiPo accumulators and it is best, if you let them rest for at least 10-15 mins. after flight in order to cool down the LiPo accu before charging again. Also it is a good advise not to fly these accus empty. When the helicopter starts to sink (sounds hard) it is time for a cool down and recharge break.
It seems that there are only a few model types out there and all others are based on them. Often just the design or some details are different.  Be careful to buy a model with gyro stabilization, makes it really easy to fly. The following models are all 3 channel koax helicopters using a gyro stabilization.

General hints:

  1. Never run the LiPo empty
  2. Cool down before recharge
  3. Power/speed off immediately when crashed
  4. Be careful with the ceiling the most sensitive part is often the balance bar
  5. Infrared works not outside or in bright sunshine conditions

My recommandation in this category for indoor & outdoor (calm days) flights:
Zoopa 150 Turbo 2.4 Ghz (seems to be based on Syma 107g)

Zoopa 150 2.4 Ghz

click to see more pictures and reviews: Zoopa 150 2.4 Ghz

  • Gyro stabilization
  • 2.4 Ghz remote control (works almost everywhere, long range)
  • 2 speeds / turbo
  • durable build
  • crash set and spare parts available
  • stable flight
  • auto trimming
  • not so sensitive to wind, more “heavy” model (40g)
  • 30 mins. charging / 8-10 mins. flight time

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