Review at a Glance
- Device Name: Syma S107G Mini Gyro
- Company: Xenon Project
- Price: $49.99
- Very durable. Can survive many crashes.
- Affordable price for a 3 axis gyro helicopter.
- No assembly required.
- Very short battery life.
- Will take a bit of practice.
The Syma S107G Mini Gyro is an excellent product that I highly recommend anyone interested in learning about how a helicopter works, interested in flying, or just about anyone in general.
Are you a beginner pilot looking to learn the basic dynamics of a rotary flight? Or an advanced pilot trying to test out new maneuver tricks? Or perhaps you just want to fly a helicopter as a hobby?
The Syma S107G 3 Channel Mini Gyro features a gyro system for precision movement and flight as well stable hovering. It also has trim control and is travel friendly with the ability to charge from the transmitter. It features an indoor design that is great for all ages 7+.
The transmitter is the remote control used to control the helicopter. It requires 6 AA batteries to function, which are not included in the package.
I found the transmitter relatively straightforward to use. There is a throttle stick to control the main rotors, which moves the helicopter up and down.
Next, there is 4 direction rudder control lever which controls the direction that the helicopter flies. To move forward and backwards, the helicopter would tilt the nose up or down and to turn, the tail rotors would spin.
There is also a rudder trim that helps prevent the helicopter from rotating while in flight.
This is almost exactly how a real helicopter functions.
Flying the Syma S107G
A small switch on the side of the helicopter turns it on.
I found it a bit difficult to get started and it doesn’t take that long to get the hang of it. Luckily, the helicopter is remarkably strong and can survive many crashes. I had it crash into the wall a lot and absolutely no harm was done to it, even after falling to the ground from a height of about 12 feet.
To start flying the helicopter, slowly push the throttle stick up to make it fly higher and release slowly to lower it. Very small amounts of position changes are required for smooth flying. I frequently had the helicopter quickly drop to the ground because I released it too quickly.
Controlling a smooth flight with the helicopter will take some time to get used to, but once you get the basic concepts, it can become very fun and enjoyable.
A decently large room with a decent amount of space is recommended. I live in the big city and space is a bit limited here.
Batteries and Power Supply
As mentioned earlier, the transmitter requires 6 AA batteries to operate, which are not included.
The actual helicopter, however, contains a rechargeable 3.7 V Li-Poly battery. It charges through a computer through the provided USB cable or through the transmitter/controller over a wire tucked inside.
Being able to charge it through the transmitter is very useful for travel and for times where there’s no computer available, although it does drain power from the AA batteries.
I found it strange how when using USB charging, the light on the USB wire turns off. At first, I thought having the red light on meant it was charging, but instead it meant it was done charging.
Charging time is about 40-50 minutes and on a single charge, the helicopter can fly for about 6-7 minutes. I have been able to prove these statements true although the charge only took 30 minutes. 6-7 minutes isn’t really that much so this isn’t designed for prolong non-stop usage.
Other Thoughts and Final Verdict
The Syma S107G has a special indoor design and it seems to work best indoors anyway. It doesn’t seem to play well with wind. There was a breeze coming through an open window in my house and that had caused the helicopter to turn.
Overall, the Syma S107G Mini Gyro is an excellent product that I highly recommend anyone interested in learning about how a helicopter works, interested in flying, or just about anyone in general. This remote control helicopter features the same concepts as a real helicopter and can provide fun entertainment for all ages.
The S107G comes in several colors and has an online price tag of only $24.99 ($49.99 retail).
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