RCU Review: Top Flight Power Point Balancer

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    Contributed by: Bobby Godwin | Published: October 2002 | Views: 46713 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Top Flite Power Point
    Precision Magnetic Balancer
    Review by Bobby Godwin (A4hawkpilot)

    Product Summary

    When was the last time you needed a balancer for your props that is more accurate than a finger tip balancer, easy to use and yet it can be fit into a flight box? What about for your spinners, or R/C car wheels and tires? Or maybe that boat prop, ducted fan rotor, or clutch bell? Well look no further than the Top Flite Power Point Precision Magnetic Balancer!

    Top Flite has answered all these needs and more with this well designed and compact unit that has a street price of only $19.99! This neat little device uses two magnets suspending a nickel-plated steel shaft between them. Just place your prop or whatever you need balanced on the shaft and secure it with the two included plastic cones that slide on to center it. This method proves to be virtually friction free and very accurate. You are able to balance objects weighing up to 5.5 ounces and propellers as large in diameter as 24". The balancer can be assembled in less than a minute and broken down in the same amount of time. It does all this while still being small enough to be stored in your flight box so you can take it to the field and is kept in its own heavy-duty plastic case.

    Case measurements are: 7.25" long, 2.25" wide, and 1.25" tall.

    There are conditions in which this balancer can be misused and should be addressed accordingly. The instructions are very clear and well written but I would suggest reading them very carefully. It outlines a couple of methods that need to be followed when using this product. It is very important that you do any balancing in a draft free environment. If you need to balance something at the field then I would suggest taking it inside your car. Another issue that needs mention is balancing the steel shaft and plastic cones themselves. If this is not checked, everything you try to accurately balance will end up with a false reading. The instructions clearly outline this step and it should not be omitted.

    The contents are held securely and easily removed.

    The case is actually used as part of the balancer. This can be achieved in less then a minute.
    Virtually frictionless balancing
    View from the top where the prop balancing shaft is "floating"
    Prop setup for balancing with cones securely holding prop straight


    Top Flite has done a very good job in coming up with a well thought out design. It should be considered a very important purchase because when it comes to balancing props and spinners there should be no second-guessing or errors.

    You will find your airframes last much longer and your engine will run with improved reliability and performance. Your R/C car can also benefit from balanced wheels and tires with smoother tracking and acceleration.

    My only concern with this product is some people not reading the instructions closely and leaving out important steps. I have run across a few people that have had it set up incorrectly and claim it is because the balancer is of bad design. Overall I would rate it a 9 out of a possible 10.

    For more information on Top Flite Products, please check their website at


    Manufacturer & Distributor Information

    Manufactured by: Top Flite
    1610 Interstate Drive
    Champaign, IL 61822

    Phone: 217-398-8970


    Distributed By: Great Planes (GPM)

    1610 Interstate Drive
    Champaign, IL 61822

    Phone: 217-398-8970


    Comments on RCU Review: Top Flight Power Point Balancer

    Posted by: videoonboard on 02/29/2008
    What's a good technique for balancing the shaft and cones? And how do you keep them balanced every time you take a cone off to put a new prop on? Thanks
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