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Top 10 RC Helicopters 2017

If your child has been pestering you to get him or her a flying drone this year, but you're not quite sure that he or she is competent (or careful) enough to invest a significant chunk of change, consider one of these RC helicopters instead. They provide just as much fun and are great for helping someone develop their remote control flying skills. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

E-flite Blade mCX2 RTFSyma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with GyroHero RC H911 2.4GHZ iRocket 4 Channel Fixed Pitch Ready to Fly Helicopter with Battery, Balance Bar, Main Blade, Connect Buckle, Tail Blade and USB ChargerNew UDI U13A 3 Channel 2.4GHz Metal RC Helicopter With Video CameraNew WL V911 4 CH Single Rotor Helicopter Version 2 *New & Improved* BlackWL V913 27SkyCo 3.5 Channel Missile Shooting RC Helicopter RTF with Six Missiles rapid fire (Colors May vary)Safeplus S107G 3 Channel Infrared Remote Control Helicopter Flying Toy Built-in Gyroscope (Red) by SafstarSyma S102G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with GyroHaktoys HAK303 Mini 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter, Easy & Ready to Fly, with Gyroscope - Colors May Vary

Take Flight With An RC Helicopter


The RC helicopter has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. For the first few decades of their existence, most radio controlled helicopters were powered by either a special fuel known as glow fuel (which is made of a blend of methanol, nitromethane, and oil) or by actual gasoline.

In fact, it was not until the then mid-1990s that electrically powered RC helicopters began to see widespread use. The development of efficient, compact lithium batteries saw the ever more precipitous shift from fuel powered engines to electrically operated motors, and today almost every RC helicopter you will find is run using an electric battery.

RC helicopters are popular with children and adults alike. The smaller, more affordable models are akin to toys, with limited flight control options and shorter flight times, while larger, more complex and more expensive units operate essentially like full sized, helicopters, albeit obviously scaled down.

On the low end of the price scale, you can find RC helicopters for as little as fifteen dollars. These inexpensive, diminutive little choppers will usually only fly for around five minutes when fully charged, and often only have an effective control range of a few dozen feet. However, a compact and affordable helicopter like this is a great choice for the youngster just learning the hobby, especially if they will be flown indoors. This is true both because of lightweight, little RC helicopters tend to be able to absorb the damage of frequent crashes and as they don't cause much damage when they have an accidental collision or two. Most such units offer enough control to fly up and down and to move about with relative ease. Given their low cost, these toy helicopters make the perfect first RC vehicle for the budding enthusiast.

One can also slide right up the pricing scale to find RC helicopters that cost as much as a hundred dollars and more. At this higher price point, you will indeed get a vehicle that is essentially just a scaled down helicopter. Advanced RC choppers can be controlled in terms of pitch, altitude, direction, and speed. They have much the same flight control surfaces as any helicopter you would see in the sky above you, albeit with those flight controls managed from the transmitter in your hand instead of by your body in the cockpit.

In the higher price ranges, you can look for RC helicopters outfitted with cameras, lights, and with the ability to fly continuously for between ten and fifteen minutes.

Differences Between Drones And RC Helicopters


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To the uninitiated, one remotely controlled flying vehicle might seem similar to any other compact flying machine. But when someone uses the now common word drone, they more often than not referring to a quadcopter specifically. These ever more popular remotely controlled flying machines use a battery of four sets of rotors -- two of which rotate clockwise, the others that rotate counter clockwise -- to lift the vehicle upward, often requiring minimal input from the "pilot" to maintain stability.

Drones have only become popular to the point of ubiquity following the development of and miniaturization of the same batteries that led to electrically powered RC helicopters supplanting fuel powered fliers. Because drones with four rotors are inherently more stable than a helicopter, they can readily be used as platforms for other features such as cameras, GPS receivers, lights, and even adaptations designed to pick up objects or perform other functions.

An RC helicopter, on the other hand, is often a more challenging vehicle to fly, what with its one or two main rotors and its rear tail rotor requiring frequent input to maintain stable flight. The challenges of flying an RC helicopter also make their successful control more rewarding.

So ultimately, the person who chooses to use a drone is probably more interested in the images and videos they can capture using its camera, in seeing its lights shining high above the field in which they stand, checking its coordinates via GPS, or in running their drone through an obstacle course. The RC helicopter pilot is usually more interested in the flight characteristics of the RC helicopter itself, enjoying good flying as its own reward.

A Few Words On RC Helicopter Safety


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When used properly, an RC helicopter is a reasonably safe device that is unlikely to cause damage or injury. When used irresponsibly, these flying vehicles can cause both damage and injury in the extreme -- RC aerial vehicle accidents have even been linked to several deaths over the years.

To avoid injuries or property damage, first, make sure you know exactly how to fly your RC helicopter. That means reading through its manual, studying its flight surfaces and the controls on the transmitter, and reading up on or watching instructional videos about the flight characteristics of RC fliers and helicopters in general.

When you are first learning how to fly your RC helicopter, you should do so outside on days without significant wind blowing. That helps to reduce the collisions often caused by over correction, a common error new pilots make. Also try to choose an area free of power lines, low tree branches, and other obstacles. Once you know how to keep your aircraft flying stably, then you can begin to practice maneuvering it from side to side and back and forth. With that mastered, you can move on to varying flight speeds and, soon enough, be making ever sharper turns, trying out some quick changes in elevation, and so forth.

Only once you have gotten a sure hand on controlling your RC helicopter outdoors where there are minimal obstacles, feel free to move a smaller chopper indoors. Know that some larger RC vehicles, especially those with larger blade diameters, should never be used inside. If an RC helicopter is large enough to cause significant damage in a crash, then consider the fact that even an experienced operator can always lose control with the vehicle and don't put it in flight in a situation where it could become a sudden liability.

Whenever possible, only fly an RC helicopter that has been given ample time to charge its batteries. When these units are at full power, they are more responsive to control and they are less likely to suddenly drop from the air.


#10.Haktoys HAK303 Mini 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter, Easy & Ready to Fly, with Gyroscope - Colors May Vary


This was shipped to me one day earlier than expected with everything mentioned in the description and in perfect working condition. The only complaint I could make is that the tail rudder was slightly bent, with a faint stress line going across it right underneath where it is fastened below the tail boom near the rear motor.


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#9.Syma S102G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro


Very fun to fly around.... even as an adult haha! But I also let my neighbors 4 yr old son fly it around and he does fairly well. It's at the right price that you're not afraid that anyone will crash and burn it. If they do, buy another one!

I've only had one defect and that is with the battery cover on the remote, it kind of broke because the screw holding it down was stripped and I had to pry the cover off. But that's okay, duct tape is your friend.


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#8.Safeplus S107G 3 Channel Infrared Remote Control Helicopter Flying Toy Built-in Gyroscope (Red) by Safstar


What can I say this helicopter works!! I mean really works. I've tried other micro copters and they don't fly well. I was able to keep this Safeplus helicopter hover in one spot still. The others kinda squirm around and wiggle. Yet the controls on this lightweight copter keep it very still. I'm still working on the motor controls to get a solid S pattern going. BUT I'm excited other copters I've tried again don't play very well. The controls are straight forward and it's very easy to calibrate. I had a little trouble when I first started BUT it was done to low battery. Make sure you fully charge the helicopter before flying and she'll respond well..


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#7.SkyCo 3.5 Channel Missile Shooting RC Helicopter RTF with Six Missiles rapid fire (Colors May vary)


This thing really does what it's named for. Easy to fly, being able to turn the lights on and off by remote is neat. But the missile launcher is wicked! You can fire one missile at a time or all of them at once! The only problem is finding the missiles once they're fired. Damn good way to irritate your mother!


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#6.WL V913 27" Large 4 Channel 4CH RC Helicopter 2.4GHz Radio Control


1 x WL V913 Large 4 Channel 27" RC Helicopter 2.4GHz V913 .Function: Side flying Up, Down,Forward, Backward,Turn Right, Turn Left, Left Fly, Right Fly.Heli Battery: 7.4V 1500MAH Lipo Battery (Included).Heli Size :70 x 12 x 21cm.Battery for controller :6 AA (NOT included).Flying Time: About 8 min after full charge of 60 minutes.Flying Distance: About 150 meter.Frequency: 2.4G.Channel: 4 Channels.Certification: EN71,6P,ROHS,EN60825,EN62115,EMC,CD,FCC,ASTM.ITEMS INCLUDED Helicopter Body (100% Assembled) x 1.2.4GHz 4CH Transmitter x 1.Spare Main Blade x 1 Pair.Spare Tail Blade x 1.Charger x 1.Charger Box x 1.


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#5.New WL V911 4 CH Single Rotor Helicopter Version 2 *New & Improved* Black


Not like it's a professional grade RC copter or anything. It's awesome for beginners and since I got it I have graduated up to expensive 450 size copters. Wife hates them and they are money pits and my little girl is terrified of them but they leave me alone when I am flying them so that's a small win. Oh come on I'm just kidding people. Kind of.


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#4.New UDI U13A 3 Channel 2.4GHz Metal RC Helicopter With Video Camera


The new sleek U13A 2.4GHz 3 channel metal framed helicopter comes with a built in gyro to help keep flight as stable as possible.
Equipped with a video camera, the U13A adds an exciting new aspect to RC helicopters.
The digital 2.4GHz transmitter and receiver help to maintain a strong connection between the pilot and the copter. Easy to fly and with a range of 500 feet,
this helicopter is perfect for taking pictures, recording videos and making fun movies from angles that would otherwise be impossible without costly camera equipment.


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#3.Hero RC H911 2.4GHZ iRocket 4 Channel Fixed Pitch Ready to Fly Helicopter with Battery, Balance Bar, Main Blade, Connect Buckle, Tail Blade and USB Charger


Hero RC H911 is a 100 class helicopter. It is a 4 channel fixed pitch helicopter providing true radio control helicopter flight performance. It is constructed with composite plastic materials providing light weight and durability. Its elastic properties make it great for novice pilots that may crash frequently. The H911 comes equipped with a 2.4ghz transmitter with an LCD screen. The LCD screen provides the pilot with trim information and a visual aspect of trim settings.


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#2.Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro


Up/down, left/turn right, forward/backward with gyro 2 frequency is available Stable/Easy to fly Spare parts: 1PCS USB cable+1PCS tail blade(included) Charging :2 ways (USB & Controller available) Charging time: about 40mins Battery:3.7V 150mAH Li-poly Flying time:5-8 minutes Flying distance: about 8 meters


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#1.E-flite Blade mCX2 RTF


With a factory-installed 5-in-1 control unit with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 compatible receiver, main motor ESCs, mixer, gyro, and fully-proportional servos come pre-installed. Freedom from frequency restrictions and great control are ensured with the MLP4DSM 4-channel 2.4Ghz Spektrum technology equipped transmitter. The Blade mCX2’s ultra-micro size and weight make it possible to fly this heli anywhere indoors.


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