There has been an unprecedented rise in the number of people interested in flying RC helicopters as a hobby in the last couple of years. A lot of this is due to the rapid advancements in technology which is making it possible to slowly bridge the gap between a toy helicopter and a more serious hobby-grade one.
For a newbie though, it looks like a very expensive hobby that involves a high risk of you ending up crashing your $200 copter on the first day. The fact is that if you are just looking to dip your toes, you do not need a high-priced helicopter to begin with. A cheap beginners craft will do just fine.
With an under $20 price tag and some very good features for an entry-level helicopter, the Sky Rover Stalker is a great choice for anyone looking to get some hands on practice with these toys.
It looks stylish and boasts of a gyro balanced engine and 3.0 channels. No mean feat at the price point.
Sky Rover Stalker
The Sky Rover Stalker is a very aesthetically designed helicopter. At 14 inches, it is not a large sized craft that will be impossible to maneuver inside a small room. The compact form factor lets you zip around obstacles and reduces the chances of a high speed crash, while you are learning the ropes.
The body is made of a durable plastic frame that does exceptionally well in beginner flights, which can be riddled with bumps and crashes. The wings do not warp or bend easily even if it falls from a reasonable lift altitude. Also, the skid landers help to stabilize your landing.
On the top, there are four wings with a single balance crossbar which helps in stabilizing it and reducing yaw.
The Stalker has a very barebones transmitter with 3.0 channels and 6 way controls which means that apart from strafing side to side, you can try all other basic maneuvers with this cheap toy helicopter. This makes it a very good beginner’s toy, even for young kids who want to experience the fun of a flying copter.
A full charge will give you approximately 6 minutes of flight time which is like the standard in entry-level models.
It would be unreasonable to expect a $15 helicopter to last like a $200 one. So, yeah, the plastic quality is not the best. But if you have reasonable expectations and are careful with the handling, then this can last pretty long. It can also help you get a good hand on the basic movements and maneuvers until you are ready for a mid-range helicopter.
The transmitter has the basic control options with two joysticks, two turbo speed buttons on both sides and a channel switcher which lets you switch channels and operate multiple devices.
Once you power it on, the transmitter connects within seconds to the helicopter and you are ready to fly it.
Push the throttle button upwards to get the helicopter in the air and then move it forward or backwards with the second joystick. The controls are pretty simple. But controlling the helicopter in the air may take some getting used to.
Even the slightest draft of wind from an air vent will send it veering off track and you must be very careful while flying it indoors. The controller is IR based and you are very likely to get interference from other electronic devices while flying. But the connection doesn’t drop out abruptly, which is a plus.
If this is the first time you are flying an RC helicopter, then you may notice that adjusting the trim causes it to spin out of control. All you need to do is rotate the knobs until it stops spinning and becomes stable.
The responsiveness is not really great but it’s pretty manageable. It doesn’t really achieve blinding speed. So, there are less chances of crashing due to the slight lag in response.
Features We Loved!
Despite having a few niggles, the Sky Rover Stalker offers enough throttle and maneuverability to keep the beginner on the edge of their toes. Once you get a hang of the controls, you will immediately start to like the way it stabilizes mid-flight.
- Beautifully designed beginner helicopter
- Bright color scheme with graphics on the canopy and the wings
- Durable plastic frame
- 0 channels to fly multiple helicopters
- 6 way controls
- Turbo Speed mode
- 6 minutes of flight time on a full charge
If you are looking for a gift for a young RC enthusiast or looking to try one of these hobby toys yourself, then there can’t be a better choice. It is the best cheap helicopter in the market.
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