Ayende @ Rahien

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I just got myself a UFO Mini Helicopter, it looks like this:

Mini Helicopter UFO Aircraft With Remote Control

This is the first helicopter that I got, and for a 30$ toy, it is an awesome amount of fun. The only complaint that I have is that this has only about 5 minutes of battery life.

I am really bad at flying it, too.

As mentioned, this is the very first helicopter that I bought, and I think that I would like to have a better one for the next time. Any recommendations from you guys?

  • I would like a better battery life. 30 minutes – 1 hour would be what I want.
  • Should be pretty resistant to crashes. I know that I am going to crash it a lot.

Any recommendations?

Comments

Roger Alsing
03/30/2013 11:40 AM by
Roger Alsing

Take a peek at the hexacopter, gps, camera and lots of cool features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdkTfkAD4h4

Ayende Rahien
03/30/2013 11:45 AM by
Ayende Rahien

Roger, Any link to a spec sheet? pricing?

Ryan Roberts
03/30/2013 12:50 PM by
Ryan Roberts

There was a robot dragonfly kickstarter last year. I think they are meant to be commercially available to non backers by July. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/robot-dragonfly-micro-aerial-vehicle?website_name=robotdragonfly

Count Blah
03/30/2013 02:32 PM by
Count Blah

There is of course the ARDrone 2.0

http://ardrone2.parrot.com/usa/

it's relatively stable and easy to fly, and quite crash resistant. and while it doesn't reach the 30min-1h mark, 20 minutes is not bad at all.

Jose
03/30/2013 07:27 PM by
Jose

Lots and lots of helis:

http://www.heliguy.com/

Daniel
03/30/2013 08:43 PM by
Daniel

I have not heard about an electric micro heli that was capable to fly longer than 10 minutes. I have got a Blade MCX that can fly for about 8 minutes. It is a good beginner heli that takes the most crashes without any damage. The RTF (ready to fly) version ( with 2.4Ghz remote) costs ~$80.

Kaveh Shahbazian
03/31/2013 12:39 AM by
Kaveh Shahbazian

I had a similar one - except the protector frame - and after some time you will get a hold on how to control it better. But remember it works best when It's battery is full. After 2 or 3 minutes it goes nuts.

Daniel
04/01/2013 01:46 PM by
Daniel

Build your own? http://www.diydrones.com/

Don
04/01/2013 02:59 PM by
Don

Yeah if you're looking for 30+ min then you will have to get a gasser (gasoline powered).

Jacob T. Nielsen
04/16/2013 07:54 PM by
Jacob T. Nielsen

I have tried a few over time and like Daniel mentions it seems to be the rule that they do not last more than 10 minutes.

Currently I am toying around with this one: http://www.redrockethobbies.com/Blade-Scout-CX-RTF-3-Ch-Heli-p/blh2700.htm?click=29184

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