Are you in the market for a great RC helicopter for yourself or your kid? Do you know very little about RC helicopters, and you need some help?
Then you are in luck. In this post, we are going to be looking at some of the features you should look out for when buying an RC helicopter.
Before we look at which features you should note, let’s take a quick look at some of the best RC helicopters with the longest flight time available on the market.
|The JRC Helicopter with remote control|
|SYMA RC Helicopter S39|
|RC helicopter S37 Aircraft with Altitude hold|
|The Walkera V450D03 6Ch RTF Heli w/Devo 7|
|The Holy Stone HS120D FPV Drone|
|The SNAPTAIN S5C Drone|
|Helizone Lightning Bird WL V911|
|The Blade Scout RTF 3-Ch helicopter|
|The Tenergy Syma S107 helicopter|
The JRC helicopter is a mammoth beginner-friendly remote control helicopter with great quirks and features.
The JRC Helicopter was initially designed for beginners, and it sports a dimension of 18.5 x3.2 x 7.84, so it's a reasonably large RC helicopter.
The JRC comes with an advanced gyroscope technology that helps beginners and experts alike maintain control during flight.
It is made from a sturdy metal alloy, it is safe, and it complies with most international safety standards.
The JRC helicopter has a flight time of 18 minutes. Its flight time is at least double of what most RC helicopters offer; that is why it is at the top of our list.
The SYMA RC Helicopter is an impressive S39 aircraft with 3.5 channels and Gyro-sensors for better control and balance.
The SYMA was created with the beginner in mind, so that means that it comes with great features that new RC users will enjoy.
Some of those features include a large alloy body and anti-collision system that protects the helicopter from accidental spills and crashes. It also comes with an impressive indoor mode that lowers voltage and saves power.
This impressive power-saving feature extends the life of the SYMA helicopter by nearly double and gives it an overall flight time of about 7 minutes. That is why it is on our exclusive list.
It also complies with many international toy safety regulations.
The RC helicopter S37 aircraft by far one of the largest RC helicopters currently available on the market.
If you are interested in large and cheap RC helicopters, then this one is definitely meant for you. It has the dimensions of 185 x 3.26 x 7.84 inches
This ginormous RC helicopter comes with all the standard bells and whistles. It has regular features like the altitude hold, an alloy shell, a soft material blade, and a full 3.5 channel directional control.
It also comes with cool features like an LED light and gyroscope sensors.
It has about 12 minutes of flight time and an ergonomically shaped controller.
4. JJRC JX01
The JJRC JXO1 is an amazing collision-proof beginner-friendly RC helicopter from JJRC.
Like most helicopters from the JJRC, this one comes with tons of amazing features and quirks that set it aside from other helicopters and earned it a spot on our super exclusive toy list.
The helicopter comes with an impressive gyroscope and sensor system that allows you to maintain absolute control both indoors and outdoors.
It comes with two large helicopter batteries in the package, which improves the flight time of the helicopter.
The additional battery makes the JX01 last 12 minutes, one of the RC helicopter's longest flight times ever recorded.
The battery life is not the only impressive thing about this helicopter. It also happens to be made from a unique new alloy material that crash-proof.
The long name attached to this cool looking helicopter is not the only thing remotely impressive about this beast.
Under its shiny and edgy outer layer are high-speed digital servos, a 2600 mAh lipo battery that promises about 7 minutes of flight time, and a brushless motor.
In addition to this impressive battery capacity, it also comes with an impressive 6-axis gyro control system.
The blades are made from a rigid carbon fiber material, a flybarless structure. The frame of the helicopter is made from very durable plastic, and this special helicopter is capable of impressive stunts and high stakes maneuvers.
The Walkera durability and flexibility are what earned the RC helicopter, its special place on our list.
The Holy Stone is a beginner-friendly, child quad RC helicopter or drone with a full HD camera.
Like the other drone we talked about in this review, it comes with a bunch of impressive safety and control features to help beginner’s better control drones.
This RC quad helicopter comes with features like the Follow-me mode, which commands the drone to automatically follow the owner.
It also comes with the gesture recording feature, the auto-return function, the headless, and an altitude control feature.
The great features that come with this RC helicopter are definitely impressive, but none of them are as exciting as the 18 minutes of run time, and the 300-meter control range.
These exclusive features make this drone stand apart from other competitors in its field.
That is why we also added onto our list.
This drone is not just like your typical RC helicopters with long flight times; it offers users so much more.
The Snaptain S5C drone is a powerful Wi-Fi controlled beginner-friendly drone for filmmakers and enthusiasts.
Like most drones on this list, it comes with handy controls that aid new drones and RC helicopter users.
On the controller that comes with this great drone, you should be able to find handy features like the easy 360 flip button, the smart voice control, the land, takeoff, and return commands.
This drone offers complete immersion while in use. It also comes with a crisp 720p video transmission and a big battery that provides users with 16 minutes of flight time.
The Snaptain drone comes with a simple ergonomically shaped controller for better control and balance. And a great control app that also helps you collect and use video footage.
The Helizone Lightning bird is a positively electrifying black and white accented RC helicopter for beginners.
Not only does it come with an impressive form factor, but it also happens to have an impressive 4 channel single rotor for better control.
The lightning bird uses the latest 2.4 GHz transmitter and comes with a large 3.7w 300mah battery that gives it an overall flight time of about 12 minutes.
The Helizone thunderbird made it onto this list because of its enhanced battery life and superior design aesthetics.
The lightning bird weighs under, which means it's small enough to transport with very little effort. Any new hobbyist will absolutely love this small but powerful RC helicopter.
The Blade Scout is an inexpensive RC helicopter with all the great features and quirks of more expensive helicopters.
Like most modern RC helicopters, this cool pint-sized helicopter comes with 3-channel directional control and a 2.4GHz radio controller.
It also comes with an advanced gyroscope, advanced dual rotor blades, and an impressive 17-gram body. This helicopter is by no means revolutionary.
It, however, made it onto this list because it's so well priced, and it has a battery that provides about 10 minutes of flight time.
The Tenergy Syma S107 helicopter is an aesthetic yet powerful beginner-friendly RC helicopter for children.
On the outside, it comes with a very edgy design that accentuates its unique style and speed. It comes with two levels of alloy material fans.
The controller that comes with this amazing device allows two helicopters at the same time.
It comes with dimensions 3.8 inches (body) x 7.5 inches for (main rotors), so it’s small enough to transport without incident, and it can be flown indoors.
The reason why this helicopter made it onto our list is because of its impressive flight time. Due to its battery capacity, form factor, and minimal size, it has a flight time of about 30 minutes.
RC helicopters are not as complicated as most people make them out to be. All you really need to know about before making a decision are the really essential parts. Before you make a purchase decision, you should know about;
The type of helicopter channel you want
In very simple terms, the more channels a helicopter has, the harder it will be to control. As a beginner, you want something like a helicopter with about 3 channels. When you get used to flying the helicopter, then you can advance to sue a 3.5, 4, and even 6 channel helicopter. The higher number of channels indicate how much control and directions your helicopter can fly in.
Think about the availability of the parts
Some RC helicopter parts are not as easy to find as others. When in search of the perfect helicopter for you, you need to choose the products with parts that are easy to track down.
RC helicopters can use either glow fuel, electric batteries, or gasoline. In this guide, we only reviewed helicopters with batteries, as those types of models tend to be more silent. They also last longer on average.
For example, the Holy Stone HS120D FPV Drone has the longest battery life on our list. This is typically twice as long as other popular glow and gasoline options.
Final remarks and Conclusion
Finding the perfect RC helicopter with a long duration of the flight is not that hard. After reading this guide, you should have everything you need to make an informed buying decision.
When you pay special attention to the key safety features, power sources, channels, and sizes, you should be able to find a product that appeals to you.