Protocol - Predator SB 3.5-Channel Remote-Controlled Helicopter - Black/Green

Enjoy the realistic flying performance of this Protocol Predator SB 6182-2J helicopter, which utilizes an electronic gyro stabilizer for precise omnidirectional flight. The servo-driven, single-blade system ensures reliable outdoor operation.

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Best Buy Customer Reviews

4
Fun tough little outdoor heli Posted by: from: boston ma on Used to be in RC hobby and had a few helicopters, some really high end and some generic store bought, wanted to get back in it extremely part time so I picked this up. For the price this heli is a lot of fun. With the Gyro it makes it super simple to fly out of the box. Haven't crashed it yet and have flown about 6 times pushing it to the limit (as far as you can without roll).Defiantly meant to fly outside or in a large indoor court or hanger. The 2.4 ghz control is basic but seems to have great signal strength , pushed it above the good old New England Tree Tops in my yard and flew it out 300 ft or so without loosing signal. The battery can be removed and charged on better charger if you have available, basic 2 cell lipo balance wire. Extra batteries can be purchased for around $10 on the web. All in all really fun, but if you are looking for something that is challenging and extremely maneuverable hit up a hobby shop because this one is not the one. Great starter for someone or just fun to clip around.

36 out of 37 found this review helpful.

5
Best value for the money! Posted by: from: Tulsa on Handles outdoors great. Not hard to learn. This is my second helicopter from Protocol. First was TigerJet and reviews were spot on. One thing to be careful about first time out-- don't let it get so far away that you can't see it well enough to control it. The controller works to like 350 feet away, but at that distance, you can hardly tell what direction it is going. Maybe with more experience it is a different story. But I crashed this several times on asphalt and it still flies great. Power down before you crash so the props don't spin into the ground. I feel I gotmy monies worth on this one.

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

4
More battery life- 5star toy! Posted by: from: on First flight I "hit through the cycle" (bounced off my 3rd story roof, hit a cable line, slapped a tree branch, bounced it out of the grass a few times trying to land it softly) and it's still going! Been through 3 charge cycles now, and as everyone else has pointed out, the charging time is bad. The battery life is best on a trickle charge however, so in the long term, it's for the best. But it sure stinks trying to play when it's dead in 10 minutes and you're done for an hour. Our weather changes by the hour here, so it's a bummer that we might get a 5 minute flight in one day. but it's a hoot!! I think it's pretty fast, and hovering over your head, it sure sounds like the "chop chop chop" of real helicopter blades! Throws a ton of air under it, and is NOT COOL INDOORS! My poor dog, ceiling fan, wall, fish tank, thankfully I don't own any birds!! It's good times, I would buy another one if I broke this one, but I think that's actually going to be a tall order, as I'm already getting the hang of this, half hour worth of flight time, on a 37 year old's brain mind you, it's not rocket science, it's r/c helicopter science!

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

5
very neat chopper Posted by: from: allen tx on I originally went to get the Protocol - Tough-Copter 3.5, then i saw this one. I figured bigger is better. lol . I am VERY happy with this one! Ive crashed it plenty and nothing has broke yet. Im very surprised at how durable it is. Although i now want the 4th channel, after looking around I found that the SYMA F1 is pretty much the exact same chopper and they make a 4channel upgrade for $12.50, it adds the second servo and linkage. AWSOME!! the circuit board even has an extra slot for the 4th channel.. i swapped the original servo to the second port just to see if it works and BOOM! IT WORKS,, Ive ordered 2 upgrade kits from SYMA and plan on buying another chopper.. SO much fun!

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

4
Not a bad starter R/C helicopter Posted by: from: on Not bad for a starter R/C helicopter. I'm surprised how durable it is, as the first few flights I had getting used to the controls, I crashed it multiple times into the ground and a wooden fence. I did fracture a little bit of the body cover, it has stood up to the crashes so far. I've gotten about 20 or so flights total in, and crashed most of them, but yet its still very much in tact and working great. So, it has my seal of approval for durability. Battery life isn't great, but other than that, it really is worth the money. So, for a intro into the R/C helicopter venue, this is the one I'd recommend. Hope this helps.

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

5
PREDATOR SB HELICOPTER Posted by: from: ca on The PREDATOR SB HELICOPTER is ez to fly built tough i crash mine into a light pole hard and it still work then i crash in to my house hard and sill fly like new Hard to fly when windy which you may lose it i recommend not to fly on windy days THIS IS ONE TOUGH HELICOPTER

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

5
Great for first time users! Posted by: from: Temple TX on We have used this Helicopter for two months and it has taken many crash landings that we were sure caused damage, but every time it had only minor scratches and still flies perfectly. Love the light feature for flying at night!. Easy to learn commands and loads of fun with the 12 minute run time and 20 minute recharge time.

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

1
Great design, but one MAJOR flaw Posted by: from: Albuquerque, NM on The Protocol Predator SB 3.5-Channel R/C Helicopter is a great looking helicopter and it's size/design allows for controllable outdoor flight HOWEVER this R/C aircraft has a MAJOR FLAW...it is designed and advertized with full functionality, which includes a strafing control feature. this enables the helicopter to remain facing forward but slide left and right HOWEVER the servo, control arm, NOR Remote allow you to do so. When I was attempting to adjust the trim to correct a constant strafing issue i discovered that there is NO servo or arm to control this. it had the connections for the servo to attach to the rotor shaft, but it only had a screwed in piece prohibiting that function. This wouldn't have been a big issue if it wasnt for the fact that the helicopter was improperly trimmed and it was ALWAYS strafing right. It is literally impossible to correct due to the missing servo and arm. No amount of adjustment with keep it from always flying to its left because it is simply not adjustable. I flew it for 2 minutes and returned. For outdoor flight, invest a little bit more and get a chopper from a Hobby store. There are helicopters the size of phones that can handle outdoor flight while this one couldn't get itself straight.

12 out of 16 found this review helpful.

5
Really happy with this helicopter Posted by: from: Bellevue, WA on I relied heavily on previous ratings to purchase the Predator. I am very happy with it. It is fun to fly, durable and works great. I have not had any major crashes (yet) but have landed pretty hard on grass with no issues. As stated by others, it needs to be wind free to experience controlled flight. Flight time is about 8 minutes, charge time 80 minutes. It would be nice if the battery was quickly removeable to just swap batteries once one lost its charge. I had a much smaller indoor helicopter previous to this one, so was surprised to see this one is double in size. You will need a big space to fly this indoors.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

2
Looks nice and appears to be durable Posted by: from: on My only problem with this helicopter is that it only flies for about two and a half or so minutes and then needs a rest. after resting 30 seconds or so it will fly for another maybe 1 minute period and after another rest it will fly for another 20 seconds but that's about it. I may have a poor battery that came with it I am not sure. when I charge it, it does charge up to the full amount of voltage and even above that.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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