Choosing the Best Micro Helicopter for YOU

The main purpose of this website is to help you find the perfect micro helicopter to meet your needs. This article is written specifically to help you do just that.

There are so many micro helicopters available that it can be hard to find the perfect one. I’m going to ask some specific questions to determine what category you fit into and then offer my top recommendation for that category. There are many other models that you consider, but in order to make the selection process as easy as possible, I’m only going to show you the best (at least in my opinion).

Are you prepared to learn and practice?

So how serious are you about micro helicopters? Are you interested in putting in some time to learn to fly? Or, are you more interested in a helicopter that you can just pick up and start flying right out of the gate? Or maybe you’re looking to buy a micro helicopter as a gift for a child that doesn’t yet have the dexterity or attention span to master some of the more difficult models?

If you want a super easy to fly helicopter that you can be flying around the room in minutes with virtually no learning curve, you want the Syma S107.

Many people consider the Syma S107 to be a toy helicopter and not a “real RC helicopter”. I agree in the sense that it is so easy to fly that it’s like a toy. But I disagree with those that feel it’s the quality that is toy like. This is a quality piece of engineering that makes it really easy to fly. It’s also very durable and cheap too at under $30. The main disadvantage of this helicopter is that the battery is not meant to be replaceable. Even though the battery is rechargeable, eventually it will require replacement.  I don’t think it’s necessary to buy a brand new helicopter when the battery dies though, so I created detailed instructions to replace the S107 battery.

I also wrote an article about where to buy the S107 to help make it easy to find the best deal on an S107.

Do you have any experience flying RC helicopters?

If you’re serious about getting into micro helicopters and willing to put in the time to practice, the next question is whether you have any flying experience. If you’ve never flown an RC helicopter before, I recommend starting with a coaxial helicopter. Coaxial helicopters have 2 sets of blades that spin in opposite directions. This makes the helicopter very stable and great to learn on. Consider this a transitionary helicopter. If you’re serious about RC helicopters you eventually want to get yourself into a fixed pitch bird, but this will have a longer learning curve. If you’re adventurous, by all means skip down and check out the next recommendation. But for the rest of us, a coaxial helicopter will build confidence for a smoother transition to fixed pitch helicopters later.

Also worth noting is that the S107 is also coaxial, however, it only has 3 channels.  Because the S107 only has a 3 channel transmitter, the controls are different than those for the other helicopters recommended here. That’s not to say that you can’t make the transition, but if you’re serious about micro helicopters, you might as well start with a 4 channel model.

The 4 channel coaxial I recommend is the Blade MCX2. It is relatively easy to fly although I wouldn’t recommend passing it around to family and friends.

Some of the good things about the MCX2 are that it has a removable battery with an external charger so you can charge one battery while you fly on another. Parts are readily available for the MCX2 in case you have a crash and something breaks. And best of all, since this is a transitionary helicopter, the transmitter and batteries are compatible with the fixed pitch helicopter I recommend below.

If you think this is the right helicopter for you, I recommend you get the MCX2 here.

Are you ready for a fixed pitch helicopter?

Okay, so you’ve read the last two sections. You’re serious about flying RC helicopters and you’ve either had some experience with other RC helicopters, or you’re just really ambitious and willing to put in the time to learn how to fly a fixed pitch helicopter. You should know that the fixed pitch helicopter is not the most advanced helicopter available, but I think it is the ideal helicopter for most people. Sure, some die-hards will eventually move on to expert level collective pitch birds, but most of us will be happy with a good fixed pitch heli indefinitely. And if you’re reading this article, chances are you’re not ready for a collective pitch heli anyway.

So which Fixed pitch helicopter do I recommend? Hands down, the Blade MSR. In my opinion the Blade MSR is the ultimate micro helicopter. It’s durable, fast, tunable, upgradeable, you name it.

The MSR is the most popular micro helicopter available for good reason, it’s a great heli. Because it’s so popular, it is also very well supported. Parts are readily available for the blade MSR. Not only stock replacement parts but upgraded parts too. Plastic, aluminum and carbon fiber parts are all available to bling up appearance and improve performance. You can even upgrade to a programmable computerized radio to truly customize the way your MSR handles. There’s even an inexpensive Ebook you can buy that offers all kinds of excellent tips on getting the most out of your blade MSR.

You can buy the MSR in a couple of different configurations. The full package complete with transmitter  is available here.

If you’re coming from the Blade MCX2 you probably already have a transmitter. If that’s the case, you can buy the MSR by itself without the transmitter.

Or, if you really want to get serious about micro helicopters, you can buy the MSR without the transmitter and then get the  DX6I computerized transmitter to go with it. This would be the ultimate setup. If you go this route, I strongly recommend you pick up the MSR Ebook to take advantage of the DX6I transmitter.

And there you have it. My top 3 recommendations that should cover virtually everyone interested in micro helicopters. You can’t go wrong with any of these if you are honest with yourself and choose the one that best fits your situation.



4 Responses to “Choosing the Best Micro Helicopter for YOU”

  1. Ron
    January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I was reading the previous review on the S107. I noticed that it commented about the two sets of main rotors and how they rotate in opposite directions. I recently wrote you about some problems installing a new battery in mine. Soldering issues where the leads came off. I replaced them per your suggestion about soldering the red lead to the solder point on the far left side and the black lead to the point on the far right – which I did. When activated both sets of main rotors spin in the same direction – clockwise. Could this be because the red and black leads are reversed and should be soldered red on the right and black on the left? Also the tail rotor does not spin at all. Thanks.

  2. admin
    January 27, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Ron,

    hmm that’s strange. No, it wouldn’t be from a reverse battery connection. Could possibly be from connecting it to the wrong points though. I double checked the wiring on my S107s though and the connection points I gave you are correct, (at least for my helis). I recall that yours was a little different though. Maybe the connection points are not the same?

  3. Alex R.
    March 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Hello dear friend:
    Congratulations for your website… it’s great !
    I have now a Syma S107, and it´s a good heli for beginners like me.
    Now I want to upgrade, and following your recommendations I’m going to purchase a Blade MCX2, then a Blade mSR X fixed pitch, and finally a Blade mCP X collective pitch heli.
    Then, I’d appreciate if you can tell me which transmitter would serve for the three helis.
    The quiestion is if I buy the transmitter for the MCP X, it would be useful for the three helis. My purpose is to habituate with a single transmitter, and of course spend less money…!
    Thanks, and best regards,
    ALEX

  4. admin
    April 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Alex, Glad you like the site. Without a doubt I’d go for the Spectrum DX6i.

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