1BEWARE YOU ARE NOT BUYING A NEW, UNUSED PRODUCT!!!
ByNate Fon July 3, 2014
The LED on the back of the right wing did not work on arrival. The battery charger had corrosion on one of the battery contacts indicating it was not a new, unused device. The seller should make it public that you are NOT buying a new product.
This radio controlled airplane is surprisingly fun to fly indoors or outdoors (in calm winds) It is extremely light and fragile but as long as you fly it in a grass yard, the aircraft's complete lack of weight means that it is tough to damage. The Night Vapor is also fun because it has lights on the frame that allow you to see it in low light conditions. We've had several kids that have never flown a radio controlled airplane come over and pick up the transmitter and fly it with very little coaching. Lots of fun, and replacement parts are very cheap. You need a radio such as the Spectrum DX6i to operate it. Highly recommended.
The Night Vapor is a cut above what you see in toy stores. It controls well because it's a true 3-channel airplane. It easily does inside and outside loops.
Radio range appears to be excellent. It has good control as far away as I want to fly this model (100 feet or so).
There are two things that will break it: Wind (anything over 4 miles per hour is dangerous), and people stepping on it. I've had mine slam full-tilt into a wall overhanging a hallway. It bounced away, and resumed flying under the wall as if it had all been planned that way.
Spektrum's "BNF" system is excellent. Any DSM2 transmitter will handle any DMS2 BNF airplane, provided the transmitter has all the controls you need. The transmitter I use for the Vapor came with a helicopter - and that saved me 30 bucks.
I love being able to get in some flying anytime the wind is still, just by stepping out the front door. It needs a bit more air than you'll find inside most houses. I just flew it at night - which is great, except that it's a little hard to see how far it is from trees in the dark. So the lights probably won't be as interesting as I thought.
I just got into R/C aircraft a couple of months ago. I started in helicopters, but have had trouble keeping them flying, so I decided to get a Night Vapor so I could try my hand at flying a plane indoors.
I have found it to be very resilent and reliable. I have flown it about 20 times so far, and crashed it numerous times with no ill effects.
I also purchased Hyperion G3 130 and 160mah for longer flying times. I get about 12 minutes of flight from the stock 70 mah battery, 20 minutes from the Hyperion 130 and 26 minutes from the 160. With the 3 batteries, I can fly as much as I can stand, recharging one or 2 while flying another. A side effect of the heavier batteries is better handling of a little wind, but any wind still makes flying pretty challenging. Basically, if you can feel a breeze, the Night Vapor is going to be tossed around by it.
I started flying outside, until I got a feel of the handling, and then was able to move indoors. I can now do several circuits of my kitchen and den before crashing, but I can often recover from a "crash" and keep flying a few more circuits.
I have this bound to a DX6i, and have added a "flaps" setting where it puts 20-35%(depending on the battery) up elevator in for slower speeds indoors, and added a mix to my gear switch that puts in 10% down elevator for faster outdoor flying. I've also set up dual rates where the low rate is 50% and that makes it easier to fly in a "scale" fashion and easier to fly indoors without having to change the throttle setting.
I do plan to add another mix where rudder will give some up elevator, and this mill make it even easier to fly.
All in all, I am VERY happy with my purchase, and feel that this will be a long-term challenge that won't quickly become boring.
I got this for my 11 year old son, who has some RC experience, mostly with 4 channel ultra-micro helicopters, both coaxial and single rotor. We were both able to fly it well almost immediately after binding it to our Spektrum DX6i transmitter. We don't fly it indoors yet, instead we fly it around the cul-de-sac in front of our house. We are more comfortable flying it during the day and at dusk, but we have tried flying it after dark. While we don't lose sight of the plane because of the bright LEDs, it is much easier to become disoriented. We no longer crash it, but while first learning we crashed it a few times. Most of the crashes resulted in no damage, but we did break a propeller and a propeller shaft. Both of these parts were in stock at our local hobby shop and were inexpensive and easily replaced.
Overall, I highly recommend this plane to beginner pilots.
Been in the RC hobby for 40 years and find this plane super fun. I enjoy flying it in the house, on the prop, super slow, making tight figure eight flight patterns. It is also lots of fun in the garden after dark. Use the 150 mhA batteries for 15-19 minute flights. Stock battery only yields 5 minutes and really does not add any additional flight performance even though it weighs less. I am going to add the micro FPV system, Fat Shark goggles, from Horizon Hobbies with this sweet little bird. The planes durability is very good, weakness is the prop shafts which will shear off the prop leaving the broken shaft piece inside the prop. Buy a set of shafts, sold in a package of two, and a couple of props to have on spare. The four port charger is a nice upgrade to keep your flying non stop. It is a little pricey at $50 but you can get it with some micro planes as a package from Horizon Hobbies for around $80. That way you can have two planes that use the same batteries and non stop flying. Another great upgrade is the Spectrum DX6I radio that will bind to Horizon Hobbies, Parkzone BNF planes and helicopter/multirotors. You can have multiple aircraft bound to this radio and lots of control features that are not available with the stock radios that are included in the RTF versions.
I bought this plane because I was having a lot of fun and success with the mini vapor. It is a little faster than the mini vapor which is nice, but it can go very slow. with a little headwind, i can get it to hover. When you are doing your first flight, make sure to find a spot outside, and without any wind or obstacles nearby. Once you get better you can move inside. Never rush things with this plane because after enough crashes you will have to buy some parts. doing high alpha is not too hard and can be mastered after a couple of flight. but one thing to note is that you should not fly any wind. 2-3 mph max. it is very light and gets thrown around. the lights are super cool and its is surprisingly easy to fly when dark. if the 3 lights in the front aren't showing than its going away from you and if they than its going toward you. So if you want to start flying RC or just whet to have fun in the backyard, than this is the plane for you.
This airplane gets more flight time than any other plane I have because it can be flown in the front yard. It is fun during the day, but at night this thing is awesome and even the neighbors come out and watch. We got one for my son because he likes mine so much. This is great for a first airplane to learn on, or great as a 10th airplane to let you fly at home when you can't get to the field.
Purchased the PZNV as my first airplane. Though I already fly RC Helicopters and wanted to give planes a try. Love flying this super light aircraft specially at night and it was super easy to use and see in the dark. Enjoy it very much specially with my Grandsons when they visit.Super easy to fly too. Would purchase another one if I ever needed to.
This is the first RC airplane I have purchased. I have been flying it almost nightly, for about two months. I have crashed it into trees, walls, concrete, and grass, at least 50 times, if not more. I have been quite impressed with the durability, even though it looks extremely flimsy. The only repairs I have made so far are new prop and gearbox once, the prop mount once, and a little bit of tape on the edges of the wings. Repairs so far have been extremely quick and easy!
If you install a new prop, be sure to make sure the angle on the blades are proper, I have had a slightly warped prop the first time that I replaced it. If it isn't getting enough thrust to take off or stay up, check the angle on the prop blades.
I recommend using the 70mAh batteries, but the 150mAh batteries can be used. However, if using the 150mAh batteries, do not do a nose dive or attempt any tricks, as the battery weight will prevent it from recovering at full speed. I get about 10 minutes of flight with the 70mAh batteries and about 18 minutes with the 150mAh batteries.
The Night Vapor, with the 70mAh battery, at enough altitude, can fly inverted for a few seconds. I have managed to do a loop with it once, but usually it will stabilize itself when attempting to.
I do not recommend flying it in windy conditions. I regularly fly in 2 to 4 mph winds, but have flown in gusty 6 to 10 mph winds for a real challenge. Perfect for flying in large open rooms, such as a gymnasium.
The Night Vapor can fly as slow as walking speed, or as fast as 15 mph.
I highly recommend the Night Vapor for people looking to get their first RC plane. Parts are relatively cheap, repairs are easy, and if you take care of it, you will get plenty of flight time out of it!