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Air Hogs Pocket Copter

Air Hogs Pocket Copter

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 10 - 12 yrs.
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $34.99

This tiny (<4 inch long) remote control helicopter really works great! Charge it up, give the trim buttons a little tweak, and this thing is flying through the air. The throttle and directional controls are very easy to use. We have owned at least 3 RC helicopters and this one is by far the easiest to fly; everyone looks like a pro flying it.

The thing we like most about the Pocket Copter is its wonderful storage case. Though not really pocket sized, the 8" x 3" x 3" case securely holds the hand held controller and the helicopter in a contoured tray. Both of these are stowed over the charger built in to the dual clip case. This is loads more convenient than carrying the rather delicate helicopter and controller separately.

A 4-page instruction guide is included with the helicopter. It provides good directions on getting started and proper operation. It also has a troubleshooting guide that, luckily, we have not needed so far. It also describes how to adjust the center of gravity on the copter to improve performance. This is a feature I have not seen before.

Users should note that charging does take quite a bit of time (around 10 minutes or more) for a relatively short flying time (5 minutes). And, the helicopter's battery needs a 10-15 minute cool down time before recharging. This allows for only about 15 minutes of flying time per hour.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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