Swann Sky Duel: a big boy toy

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Some things are just more fun to review than others. I can’t think of a product I’ve reviewed lately that has been as much fun as the Swann Sky Duel helicopter set. Yes, it’s a set that comes with two helicopters in the package.

It’s called Duel because you actually shoot it out with your opponent with Infrared laser guns. Hit your enemy three times and he’s blown away. Actually he is disabled and comes down for a soft landing so you don’t destroy the helicopter.

On the first hit, the opponent’s copter lights up two LED lights, one on each side of the ship. On the second hit four lights turn on, two on each side. On the third strike, the chopper spins twice and then slowly descends to the ground. In a few minutes, life is restored to normal, and you are good to go ahead.

What makes it even more fun is that the helos are actually easy to fly right out of the box. I’ve tested some that had a steep learning curve and a sharp crash rate. These birds come with two remote controls that take six AA batteries each (not included). These Infrared, multidirectional controllers have a trim adjustment for turning left and right on a dime and controls for flying in any direction.

It takes a little less than half an hour to recharge a helo and then you are rewarded with seven minutes of flying time, which seems an unfair ratio. But seven action packed minutes of flying time can be pretty intense.
You can charge from the batteries in the remote control unit, but to conserve battery life, it’s always better to use one of the two USB cables provided.

The rotor blades measure 7.2 inches with an overall body length of 8.2 inches and a height of 4.3 inches with a weight of 1.48 ounces. You also get a small Phillips screwdriver for opening the battery door on the remote. It also comes with an assortment of spare parts just in case.

Dog fighting is not the only game you get to play with these little gems. It also comes with landing pads and rules for playing a landing pad game to test your skills.

On the package it says, for Ages 14 and UP. I’m considerably older than 14, but I could do this all day long. I don’t care what anyone says. This is a certifiable big boy toy.

This kit will cost you 80 bucks, and you can get one here: http://bit.ly/YptWWc. I’m sure you will find it’s worth every penny.

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