Top 5 Best RC Helicopters | 2017 Reviews
Drones are quickly becoming an integral force in both military and commercial operations around the world. They’re used to launch air strikes in war-torn areas and for surveillance and crowd control operations by police. They’re an important marketing tool for realtors marketing homes for sale, and have become commonplace in the production of news and sports broadcasts. Even your Amazon and Domino’s orders may soon be delivered by drone.
It would be a safe bet that almost everyone involved in the development of this technology became interested in it by playing around with radio-controlled helicopters or planes. RC helicopters have been around since the mid 20th century, but it wasn’t until recently that they became widely available for hobbyists and kids; today’s versions are more stable than ever and easier for newer pilots to control. They are also relatively inexpensive, making RC copter flying a booming hobby that can give budding drone designers a good education in the scientific concepts they’ll need to master – or simply let them have a lot of fun. A more detailed research on RC helicopters or drones for kids can be seen here.
Some models on the market have an internal combustion engine and use the same type of “glow fuel” that’s been used for RC helicopters for decades, most commonly containing nitromethane (which is why these models are often called “nitro copters”). These are more difficult for novices to use and potentially more dangerous. For that reason, we’ll be looking solely at electric-powered options in our list of the top 5 best RC helicopters. We’re also focusing on copters in the “toy” or “hobby-grade” categories which will provide a terrific flying experience, but don’t have some of the complicated (and more expensive) features you’ll find on models aimed at intermediate or advanced users.
That still gives us a good range of RC helicopters to cover, from simple coaxial copters to four-channel quadcopters that can buzz around like a drone on a super-secret spy mission. We’ll also touch on higher-level models. All are suitable for kids – and for adults searching for a hobby that will eat up much more of their spare time than they had ever imagined.
You may also want to check out our comprehensive Best RC Helicopter Buying Guide here.
Quick Comparison Table
Blade Scout CX RTF 3-Channel Heli
Syma S107 RC Helicopter with Gyro
WLtoys V262 Big 6 Axis RC Quadcopter RTF
Blade mSR X
Blade 130X BNF