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Unread 12-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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Remote helicopter recommendation under $100

My son has had a remote control helicopter that he has enjoyed. The problem is battery life is only about 5 minutes. I'm looking for one under $100 that has a replaceable battery. I've read about models from Syma have good recommendations but can't tell if they have easily replaceable batteries. On his current models the battery can be accessed but you have to unscrew covers to do it. I'm looking for one that is meant to quickly be swapped. Any recommendations?

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Unread 12-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Typically your inexpensive "toy" grade helicopters have proprietary components that are sealed, so you'll need to consider something that's above the typical toy crap you find at Radio Shack or wherever.

HeliMax makes a very nice beginners helicopter that essentially flies itself:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXXVP7**&P=0

And it has replaceable batteries. It is a "Mini" sized helicopter, which means you'll need a rather large open space to fly it comfortably (at first at least, until you are comfortable with how it flies), but it's a real genuine hobby grade Helicopter. There are replacement parts available too, as well as additional batteries. You will also want to get yourself a charger that can charge multiple batteries at once for more fun time.

Here are additional batteries for it:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXVVH2&P=M

A charger is going to cost you a bit more if you want to go that route, otherwise charge times are going to be around 1-2 hours.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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Unread 12-13-2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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Blade MSR - I noticed Amazon has them a lot cheaper than they use to. $119
http://www.amazon.com/Blade-3000-mSR...ords=Blade+MSR

This is the next stage up from the coax. You can fly for about five min, but the battery can be removed & you can charge five batteries at a time. It flys like a hummingbird.
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Blades have this fabulous issue of frying the proprietary brick they include... I don't recommend any of the Blades...
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Unread 12-14-2012, 03:43 AM   #6
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Unread 12-14-2012, 11:32 AM   #7
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just picked up a few of theses, i got a syma s107 and s109 apache, the 107 is nice because its a all metal frame and is built good, i went with syma because all of the parts are replaceable, check out amazon! the battery is very easy to replace and you can get a bigger one to but not sure if it last any longer as it weights more.
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