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WLtoys Large V912 4CH Single Blade RC Remote Control Helicopter With Gyro RTF
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- WLtoys V912 Helicopter
- Control Distance: About 150m Flying Time: About 8 Minutes Charging Time: About 60 Minutes
- 3D action & side flying Up, Down, Forward, Backward, Turn Right, Turn Left, Left Fly, Right Fly
- Frequency: 2.4GHz Channel: 4 Channels
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Description: Item Name: WLtoys Large Single Blades RC Helicopter Function: 3D action & side flying Up, Down, Forward, Backward, Turn Right, Turn Left, Left Fly, Right Fly Frequency: 2.4GHz Channel: 4 Channels Control Distance: About 150m Flying Time: About 8 Minutes Charging Time: About 60 Minutes Transmitter Battery: 4 x AA Battery (Not Included) Helicopter Battery: Rechargeable 7.4V 1500mAh Package Included: 1 x Helicopter 1 x Balance Charger 1 x Manual 1 x Transmitter 2 x Main Blades 1 x Tail Blade 1 x Built-in Battery
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Unboxing: Out of the box I was like a kid on Christmas (I'm 30 but still a big kid). The helicopter looks fantastic. The body is very similar to the v911, but feels and looks so much stronger due to all of the metal parts. Although I was aware of the dimensions of the helicopter when I ordered it, seeing it in person my first thoughts were "wow this is big". The physical build quality is great and I have no doubts that the heli could take some punishment in the event a harder crash should happen. The remote was a very nice surprise. I was expecting a remote similar to my v911 which is nice, but nothing to write home about. The remote that comes with the v912 is more of a step in the direction of hobby grade remotes. Both the v911 and the v912 can be controlled by this remote and vice versa. One side note... If using this remote with the v911 the mode button does not have the same result and will cause the heli to do a 360 while pressed (while a neat trick, could be confusing if not expected).
Flight: So this is where it gets tricky. I will start with the pros as I did have some positive takeaways from this heli.
PROS: Outdoor flight in wind is much more enjoyable due to size and weight over the v911. The helicopter is responsive for its size and has plenty enough speed for pilots looking to go to a larger helicopter or for first time 4 channel pilots (really not my recommendation if you are a first time 4 channel pilot simply because of weight and momentum of this heli). By default my remote came set at 80% which seemed like a good setting for the first two flights, but I moved the responsiveness up to 100% after that to get more reaction from the heli. The power from the stock motor are very acceptable. The because the of the weight this heli does gain a good bit of momentum will in flight, and I feel the motors are plenty strong enough to counter the momentum with proper stick control. Sounds great while flying though the air. When flying by over head you can hear the buffer of the blades just like a full size heli. Flight time per battery charge is very reasonable and pretty standard for this size heli.
CONS: I noticed on my first flight that the remote had lost communication with the helicopter briefly causing the helicopter to stop responding and drop towards the ground. The interruption was brief and the heli regained signal and I was able to gain control without a crash. Since I had opted to fly the heli straight out of the box, I chalked up the hiccup to a low battery power on the heli or possibly with the batteries I used in the remote. After a full charge of the heli battery ad replacing the remote batteries with brand new pro cells I went back to the soccer complex I fly at to give the heli another test flight. I had made a mental note from my previous flight of altitude and distance away from me when the heli cut out to see of I was having a range issue. In my previous flight the heli had roughly 30ft of elevation and 65 yards of horizontal distance away from the remote. In my second flight I increased my altitude to roughly 15-20ft and and started flying horizontal the length of the soccer field. 25 yards into the flight the heli lost signal once again just as it had done in the first flight. Again the heli did regain signal while falling, but I was unable to keep the heli in fully in flight. After a quick touch and go the heli was back up and hovering. I turned the heli around and flew back to me to investigation any potential damage to the skids from the touch and go. AS expected by the build quality there was no damage to the heli. I attempted 6 more flights in 3 different location that I fly other helicopters and planes (trying to eliminate the chance of radio interference, even though none of my other RCs have trouble at any of these field), and the same results of signal loss and interrupted flight all six times. The range of these flight are well inside the capabilities of this receiver and remote, however I could not get the helicopter outside of 1/2 its capable distance without loosing radio communication and control of the flight.
Due to the trouble I experienced in the CONS section I choose to return the heli to Amazon. I also purchased a MJX F645 F45 around the same time as the v912. The build quality between the two is very comparable and flight charactaristics are very similar with the edge going to the MJX. The MJX was later developed a problem with the battery, but the flight was much more predictable and was able to fly well outside of the projected range of its stated range and that of the v912. I would likely give another v912 another go since I have had a positive experience with other WLtoys products, however I have noticed I am not the only reviewer that has had drops in signal with this model.
With all of that positive stuff I will say, like many others, the main drive motor burnt out within 3 days and I was forced to return. However, since then I have been kicking myself as I bought the MJX f645 as a replacement and it is easily no contest to the V912. The MJX 645 responds more like a school bus then a helicopter, takes 3 hours to charge (this only takes an hour), I was not near as impressed with the remote, and it just felt more like a toy to me. The $70 that I spent on the V912 was easily worth the money even only lasting the 3 days. If you go ahead and get one, I would suggest buying another main motor and tail motor. That way when one fails you can be back and running again in no time. My suggestion would be to buy this heli with the MJX 645's replacement main motor (they are compatible) as the motor for the MJX has a better reputation. Every part on this thing is replaceable and I was able to find anything on Amazon.
Overall build quality is great. The controller alone is worth the money which both looks and feels professional grade. I like the multiple modes that you can select on the controller and switching between high and low rate is easily done with a button press at the top of the controller which can be done mi-flight. The heli is built out of metal and is very durable. I crashed it once bad enough to bend the balance bar but I was able to straighten it up and it flew like a champ again.
Overall now that I have owned both the MJX 645 and the V912 I will be purchasing the V912 again with spare parts and be good to go. Even with spending $20-$30 in extra parts it is much better then spending $600+ on a professional helicopter with the V912 being very close to the same thing.
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Cons: The tail motor. It's weak.Read more