Having trouble keeping the kids busy this summer? Who isn't, these days when the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating with outdoor activity. Well, the Air Hogs Havoc Heli may just be what you need. It's an indoor remote control helicopter and this week it gets the "Does It Work?" test. You get the infrared controller and the chopper itself. The helicopter is constructed mostly of Styrofoam. It's hard to believe this tiny little aircraft holds two engines and a small rechargeable battery.
You'll need six AA batteries for the controller.
Before you can play with the chopper, you'll need to charge it up. The good news is, unlike most rechargeable products we test, this one will be ready in 20 minutes, instead of 20 hours. The helicopter charges off the batteries from the controller, so this is one electric toy that does not need an A/C charger.
When the green light on the controller goes off, you're ready to fly. This model of Air Hogs 'copter moves only in four directions: up, down, left, right.
We take flight.
At first our chopper is pulling to the left a little. That's normal. The instructions show you how to adjust the trim, to stop the spinning. We had to toy with it, but soon we were flying like a pro. We crashed a lot, with no damage. But several times we were able to land this chopper smoothly.
Regardless of what we did, we drew a crowd.
Without exception, every grown man who saw it, wanted to know where to get one. What started as an idea for indoor fun for kids, skewed much older very quickly.
Control on the Havoc Heli is not all it should be. Left, right, up and down are pretty easy, but forwards and backwards are luck and the way the air conditioner is blowing. Still, if you have a room with some space, an emptied out two car garage for instance, you can have yourself a blast with this toy.
It's very durable and lots of fun. And a 20 minute charge gets you 6 minutes of your childhood back. "does It Work?" We give the Air Hogs Havoc Heli a yes.
They're available at Target and Wal-Mart for 29.99.
The Havoc Heli will work outside, but is recommended for indoor use. Wind and strong sunlight really create havoc for the Havoc.