Review: Safeplus S107G 3 Channel Infrared Remote Control Helicopter (includes video)
Considering the incredible low price, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is just a cheap, junky toy. Fortunately, that’s not the case. The Safeplus S107G 3 Channel Infrared Remote Control Helicopter has excellent packaging, build quality, and feature-set.
Instead of using radio frequency (RF) technology, the Safeplus S107G relies on an infrared receiver (IR) and transmitter to control its functions. This means you need general line of sight with the helicopter’s receiver. Interestingly, this doesn’t mean that you can’t control more than one helicopter. There are actually two selectable frequencies (A and B) to control up to two different helicopters at the same time (with different remotes, obviously). This is good, because the aforementioned low price means buying more than one is definitely practical.
The helicopter itself is quite small (measuring 220mm x 38mm x 98mm) and suitable for indoor use. Its built-in gyro helps to keep flight more stable.
The Safeplus S107G helicopter’s 3.7V 150mAh li-poly battery can be charged either directly over USB using the included cable or via a cable built into a compartment on the transmitter. For every roughly 30 minute charge, expect around 10 minutes of flight time, give or take.
Once charged, to take flight, power on the remote controller, then power on the helicopter. Give the helicopter enough speed to achieve lift-off, then fly. Simple. As you can see in the video (aka, Operation Fascinate Cat – Scare Baby), in only my third attempt, I was able to achieve stable flight. This is a fantastic toy with a fantastic price of entry.
Thanks to Safeplus for the review unit.