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Great RC Helicopter for $20: Sky Rover Stalker

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Default Great RC Helicopter for $20: Sky Rover Stalker

This is my in-depth review of the Sky Rover Stalker 3 Channel RC Helicopter, purchased for $20 USD from Amazon.

To start off, this helicopter took two weeks from the date of purchase to arrive. The box was in perfect condition. On opening the box, I immediately noticed the instruction manual. It was quite basic, and included simple instructions on how to charge and fly the helicopter. Also included was a USB charging wire, which can be plugged into a computer or wall adapter. This is a smart charger, as it has built-in overcharging protection, as well as an LED indicator to show when the helicopter is done charging. The charging time is about 45 minutes, and the run time is about six minutes. Continuing on, a spare linkage, used to connect the fly bar to the top propeller, was included. A spare tail rotor was also included, as well as one full spare main blade.

The next item in the package was the transmitter. It utilizes infrared control, which means that it cannot be flown well outside or under strong direct light. On the top right of transmitter is a trim wheel, which allows the user to correct any stray movement. The top left of the transmitter is where the mode switch is located. This allows the flier to switch between fast and slow mode. Slow mode is perfect for small spaces, such as a living room. On the other hand, fast mode provides more pitch for faster flights, and is great for large spaces, such as a gymnasium. The center of the remote is where the light switch is located. A click on this button allows the user to turn the LED light on the nose of the copter on or off. Also, the on-off switch allows the flier to choose between 3 different remote frequencies, A, B, and C. So, three of these helicopters can be flown in the same area without interference. The throttle stick is located on the left, while the front/back and right/left stick is on the right. Close to the bottom of the transmitter is a built-in system for charging on the go. Once the cover is popped open, the charging wire is exposed. This charging wire draws energy from the controller batteries, and it plugs into the same port on the helicopter as the USB charging cable. The battery door, located on the back of the transmitter, is secured by a screw. This compartment takes six AA batteries, which are not included. The transmitter range is about 40 feet.

Lastly, the box obviously includes the helicopter itself. It is about 9 inches long. It is quite similar to the popular Syma S107G helicopter. It is co-axial, so it features counter-rotating main blades, with a fly bar on the top to provide steady flights. The two main blades are free spinning, meaning that in the case of a crash, they fold instead of snapping. As it is a 3 channel helicopter, it has a tail rotor which provides front and back movement. The helicopter also has a bright LED light in the front, which is a very neat feature. A lot of the body is metal construction, including the three bars which connect the main body to the tail rotor. As such, this helicopter is very durable, as I have not damaged it yet, over the course of many crashes. Attached to the bottom are two springy landing legs. The on/off switch for the helicopter is right beside the charging port, and both of these are located on the bottom of the helicopter. The battery that powers the helicopter is a small built-in 200 mAh rechargeable li-po. The performance of the helicopter is phenomenal. It flies better than any other indoor helicopter. It has good speed, as well as sharp turning and great hovering, which give it a sporty feel.
In conclusion, this is a great RTF indoor helicopter, due to its price, maneuverability, and durability. I highly suggest this product to anyone looking for a reliable and cheap indoor helicopter.
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