RC Helicopters - Purchasing One As A Hobby For Both Novices And Pros
Taking up remote controlled helicopter flying can be a really fun, relaxing hobby. It can also be an expensive hobby especially for the novice. So, if you're thinking of purchasing an RC helicopter for yourself or someone in your family that may be a novice, it is best that you start with a lower grade model and work your way up until you get the hang of it. This way if you damage or crash your new RC Heli the repairs to it or to purchase another is not going to break the bank.
There are three types of a Remote Controlled Helicopter one can purchase, the first being gas powered, second being nitro powered, third being electric powered. The first type (gas) of RC Helicopter is generally the more expensive of the three and it is more geared towards those people, who have had more previous experience flying an RC Heli. The Gas powered models can range in price anywhere from $300 to upwards of $1,900. If you are not experienced with one of these and you damage or crash it, it will set you back some money! The gas powered models use an oil/gas mixture that powers the helicopter, much like some gas powered lawn tools. There are many, many mixtures the pros use but the wrong mixture can do damage or prevent the engine from starting.
The nitro powered remote controlled helicopter is generally considered for those that fall in the middle, they are not pros but they have flown an RC Helicopter before. There is no fuel to mix with the nitro powered RC Heli, the fuel (nitro) comes in a cartridge much like a CO2 cartridge. Nitro model helicopters of this type can generally be found for around $100 to $150, but have been known to cost more than that.
Be aware that with both the gas a nitro powered models that the remote control (radio) does not come with most kits and must be purchased separately which is an added cost. Not all models take the same type of control so you really need to consult with the supplier as to which type of control needs to be purchased.
The battery or electric powered Remote Controlled Helicopter costs less as you can generally get them for under $100. They come with rechargeable batteries which is more convenient because the hassle of mixing fuel or purchasing cartridges is not there, if you carry more than one set of rechargeable batteries for the RC Heli your flying experience will be nonstop, you can be flying while the dead battery is recharging! So if your battery powered RC Helicopter does not come with an extra battery (some do) it is advisable to buy an extra one, otherwise the fun will stop until the dead battery recharges. The electric models usually all come with the controls (radio) which is another plus as there is no added cost.
There are also miniature versions of helicopters one can purchase for around $30- this type of Heli is for both indoor and outdoor use. It's advisable that the novices start out with this type of Helicopter, once you master these you can move up to the bigger electric models and then eventually the larger gas or nitro powered models.
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