Momma Told Me: The @AirHogs Elite Helix X4 RC Copter- Or Top Secret Code For 'Way Cool'!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The @AirHogs Elite Helix X4 RC Copter- Or Top Secret Code For 'Way Cool'!

Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
Momma Told Me: Anything worth learning takes time.

I know what you're thinking, it's negative 700 degrees outside (or least it feels that way), the Ice Age is imminent, and you're about to show my an outdoor toy. Surprisingly, but quite understandably, the Helix X4 Stunt Copter, by Air Hogs, is actually an indoor preferred toy. This fairly advanced RC (remote control) toy is not for the faint of heart, with impressive maneuverability and speed. Unfortunately, these aspects can be attributed to the patented lightweight body which makes it incredibly durable to crashes, but near impossible to operate with minimal air disturbance. Translation: While you can use the X4 outside, the air must be completely calm to do so.
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
Because the Elite X4 RC Copter is slated for ages 12+, primarily due to complexity of operation, this is one remote-controlled investment you may wish to supervise operation until it's operator gets a good grasp for the controls. But, beware, any man-children in your home are likely to become quickly addicted, and a second copter may need to be acquired! This intriguing 4-blade quad-copter runs on a staggering 8 AA batteries, or may be charged via USB cable. The remote will require the batteries, regardless of charging method, but I suggest the copter itself be charged via USB to significantly extend the life of your batteries, and increase the charging speed. If this device has any downfall, in my eyes, it's the hour charging time for 20 minutes of use- which, in truth, has been researched to be fairly comparable for units in the same price range. So, consider me just plain impatient.
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
What EXACTLY is an Air Hog? It's actually a diverse brand of remote-control operated flying devices. Air Hogs is a brand well known among the RC community for it's entry and mid-range devices that offer varying skill adaptation levels. The 12+ suggested Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter was maneuvered by Sabrina (11) in about 2 charge cycles. And, by 'maneuver' we mean flown for several minutes without crashing into anything. Naturally, the goal of the X4 is to learn stunts such as stalling, 360 barrel rolls, angled turns, swoops, and more. The ability to switch between Novice and Expert flying modes greatly aids in this, as the initial setup of the controller can be intimidating. Not only can the user adjust the speed and height of the X4, but the 350 dual stick controllers allow precision turning which can be tricky at it's fast moving speeds.
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter Controller
Our Helix X4 took many, many, many spills during the learning phase, and never lost a peel of paint, or took a chip. I was very pleased with how durable this extremely lightweight copter was. My biggest advice is to begin operation entirely indoors where there are vaulted ceilings, or better yet in an open gym area. This little RC copter picks up height and speed fast, with minimal encouragement, and a large open space with no air disturbance will be crucial to those precious first charges where it's new user is learning to fall in love. Another aspect I found fairly 'fun' was the stealthy buzzing sound the little blade fans made during operation; while they were not overly loud, they made me crack a smile for their realistic rendering.
Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt Copter
In all, I think the Air Hogs Elite helix X4 should be perfect for any owner with previous RC Copter experience, or otherwise teenage operators with interest and patience. This would make a great parent-kid activity, learning and mastering the multiple tricks instructed and documented on the brand's YouTube channel. Perhaps most important is the opportunity to download the instruction manual at any point (since those always seem to go missing), and a full support form from other users and company ambassadors. I'm no RC master, but, in my humble opinion, this is a very unique and durable little RC copter that is well worth the investment. (It's very addictive!)

What Daughter Says: Looking for a new hobby? Consider checking out the world of Air Hogs RC Copters.


SavingsInSeconds said...

This is a great toy for my BFF's sons, who are a little too old for the typical remote-control cars but still like toys like this. I like that it's a little on the grown-up side.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Wow, this almost looks like a droid! I can't believe humans can build a TOY that flies! I always bought Air Hog Toys for my kids, so many FUN FUN toys.

Elizabeth Parker said...

It's definitely -700 degrees out, lol! Looks like a fun toy.

Rebekah said...

How cool! I know some kids who would love this.

Debi Gerhart said...

Looks like a great toy. I will have to check this out for my son

Lena B said...

This looks like so much fun . Maybe when the kids get older. I do know my husband would have fun with it