Air Hogs Havoc Heli - Colors May Vary
Air Hogs Havoc Heli - Colors May Vary
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The Havoc Heli’s cutting edge technology lets you accurately navigate the toughest of situations! Using 4-directional control this R/C delivers ultimate indoor maneuverability. Its flexible high composite body makes the Havoc tough enough for any emergency crash landing. And with multiple frequencies, the Infrared controller lets you and friends fly up to 3 Havoc’s at the same time. Swift acting controls deliver the ultimate indoor flight experience. This product is ready to run, there is no assembly required. Just put in 6 AA batteries into the transmitter/charger and charge the helicopter and you are good to go. Small enough to fit on the palm of your hand, measuring about 7.5’ long, you’ll be the coolest kid on the block by getting Air Hogs Havoc Helicopter!
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|Product Length:||13.0 inches|
|Product Width:||4.0 inches|
|Product Height:||11.0 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.43 pounds|
|Package Length:||10.2 inches|
|Package Width:||10.1 inches|
|Package Height:||4.3 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.15 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 429 reviews|
Remote-controlled helicopter with 4-way control for flying in any direction with accuracy
Flies up to 100 feet high; flashing blue LED light for night flying
Flexible, high-impact plastic body
Rechargeable LIPO battery provides 6 minutes flight time from single charge
Remote requires 6 "AA" batteries (not included)
|Average Customer Review: ( 429 customer reviews )
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345 of 354 found the following review helpful:
Fun product with misleading commercials... Apr 14, 2007
By Ethan D Van Vorst
After seeing the commercials on TV I saw this toy (a grown up toy, in my case) down at Wallyworld and picked one up after I saw the fantastic price. For the paltry price of $25 I could fly my Havoc mini-chopper around furniture, take off and land on tables, buzz family members with high speed flybys, and drive the family pets nuts. My conclusions about the Havoc are somewhat different than what's portrayed on TV though. I've never delved into RC aircraft before, something I've always wanted to do but always viewed as an "expensive hobby" that I could always take up later on in life when I had more time and money to spend on it. But the Havoc was extremely reasonably priced so I figured "what the heck" and bought one.
The Havoc itself is extremely lightweight and surprisingly durable. So durable that even after catastrophic collisions with solid objects (walls, furniture, family members, etc) the little thing shrugs it off and keeps on flying without so much as a mark on the rotors. And so long as there isn't a breeze in the immediate area it's also rather agile.
The controls are very rudimentary for such a machine, and if you've ever used an RC car controller you'll be dealing with much the same thing here. The left toggle is your collective, which moves the Havoc up and down. The right toggle controls yaw, essentially your steering. Technically there should be a control toggle for pitch (forward/backward movement) and others have commented that it's absence detracted from the product. I agree to a certain extent, but will also say that it's tough enough trying to control the Havoc with the two provided, so I understand why it's not there. Along with this is an adjustment for trim, as well as a 3 channel selector switch so that up to 3 different Havocs can be flying in the same airspace without the choppers getting confused signals.
The Havoc has several problems which prevent it from achieving the critcally good rating I *want* to give it. For starters, despite there being a controller, the Havoc is virtually *uncontrollable*. The controls, as they are, are hyper-sensitive, especially the yaw/direction control. The unit will take off and can be finagled to hover in place for several moments before it invariably begins it's random exploration of whatever room you're in. Use of the direction control results in bizarre spinning of the helicopter, and as far as I can discern, don't have any use at all. The Havoc does move slightly forward as it goes, but again, without any realistic control of left/right, this means you're ultimately going to run into something as the Havoc spills to the floor. Others have complained about the short duration of the battery (I think the fine print on the back of the box says 6 minutes, although I think 4 minutes is a more realistic figure) although I can see no other way of reasonably increasing battery power duration without substantially increasing the weight of the helicopter itself, which would nullify everything it advertises.
The bottom line here is that you end up with a helicopter that does not behave as portrayed on TV. You have one that goes up and down and can hover pretty well, but that will ultimately behave in response more to the air currents in the room more than the input from your controller. Still, it's a lot of fun and is an extremely rugged little helicopter and will amuse you for hours at a time!
129 of 132 found the following review helpful:
Unbelievably addicting. May 16, 2007
By Brian Doyle
These helicopters are fantastic. The quality of construction is superb (meaning they can crash a lot and keep going) and they are incredibly fun to fly. I can't believe some of the less-than-perfect reviews I've seen here, especially the complaints that they are hard to fly. I suspect some of these folks were hoping to be Airwolf/Blue Thunder as soon as they opened the box. It doesn't work like that. Here are some tips:
There is an altitude control and a left/right control only. There is no means for making the helicopter go forward right out of the box. In order to make them go forward you have to add a small bit of weight to the end of the nose so the helicopter dips down a little bit in the front. There are a few stick-on pads included in the box just for this purpose but I've found they're not quite enough weight. I add all three pads centered on the bottom about a half-inch under the nose and then a little extra weight (half a small paperclip or a little wire) taped right to the tip of the nose. Too much weight and it'll go forward too fast. Experiment to see what you like best. I'd recommend getting comfortable with hovering and trim before you add anything though (and be sure to read the instructions for some great tips).
The helicopter when fully charged is almost too powerful. Once it runs for a minute or so the battery power drops off a tiny bit and flight becomes a *lot* more stable. Be patient.
It takes a *really* fine touch on the controls, working both at the same time, to get solid, consistent flight and you'll only get that with a lot of practice. I'd say most people can get good in about 6 full charge/fly cycles if they have some RC plane flying experience, maybe 8 if you have no prior experience. This helicopter is durable enough for you to learn on just remember to *NOT* try to fly out of impending crashes. Instead just kill the power and let it drop, you'll do a lot less damage to the chopper that way. Also, there is a tendency to want to move your body one way or the other when you think the chopper should go in a different direction (especially if it starts to get near a wall, I've seen my wife jerk the controller to the left or the right in a panic). If you find yourself doing this (because you're *really* getting into it ;-), remember that they fly on IR not radio so you need (for the most part) to keep the controller pointed at the helicopter. If you jerk it away it won't do anything other than reduce the signal to the chopper which will give you less control. In practice though we haven't really noticed any IR signal loss so maybe it isn't that big of a deal.
We have six of these between me, my kids, my Dad and my brother. We can all fly any of them with the skill shown in the Air Hogs commercial in my living room, which is about 15'x15'x12', so I believe anyone can get really good with these if you just practice (and it's tons of fun so it won't be a problem). If you have kids less than 10 years old you will probably want to show them how to be really gentle with the controls. Of course if they play video games they're probably already really good at that kind of thing. ;)
You can't go wrong with one of these for cheap entertainment but be careful, they're addicting. It's *really* easy to get hooked and want to go out and buy all three (which is what I did, sigh, my wife had to have her own too ;-)
125 of 129 found the following review helpful:
Extra great fun with slight modification... Aug 18, 2007
By Barnaby Dorfman
I've really been enjoyiong my helicopter, but it definitely takes some time to learn and finesse to control. It's very sensitive to slight movements on the controller. I was having a hard time getting it to move forward until I added some weight to the front of the nose. I tried a few things, including a dime, which caused it to zoom forward and hit the walls before I could turn it. Then it tried taping bits of aluminum foil to the front, adding bit by bit until I got the right amount of forward motion. Now I can drive it around the house with great control. The best toy I've bought for under $[...] in a long time!
216 of 229 found the following review helpful:
I want more Jan 31, 2007
By Tyler Forge
My first impression was chintzy remote and OK helicopter. I still think the remote is chintzy, but I absolutely love the copter. It took a bit of tweaking (as per instructions) to make it behave. No problem. After that, it was just too much fun. It survived some rowdy use at a party and it did run into things and experienced some severe mishaps including being swatted into a wall. It required super glue and re-tweaking post swat.
I wish it was quicker to charge and had controls for forward and back. I don't know how long the controller will last. It isn't built for the long haul like video game controllers are. On the other hand, it might outlast the copter given various mischievious impulses.
Note: the rotor should not be allowed to hit bare skin. It hurts. Some people will pretend it doesn't hurt, but will seek revenge.
42 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Buy this RC Helicopter Mar 17, 2007
By Nick W. Kester
This is probably the best flying experience I have had with rc helicopters. I mainly fly rc planes, and have a 200 dollar helicopter that does not even come close to the instant gratification this product produces. Other indoor helicopters are difficult to trim and tend to produce large amounts of downward draft that make it very difficult to take off. The Airhogs Heli flew right out of the box. Took a little trimming and the included weights for some forward motion, but overall very easy to fly. I would recommend this Heli to all looking to start flying RC helicopters. I have probable crashed it into every piece of furniture I own, but it keeps on flying. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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