Micropter R/C Copter, retail $17.99
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Excite (URL not known)
Last updated 02-22-13

This isn't a flashlight, household lamp, Christmas light set, or other thing that glows, but it *DOES* have a flashing blue LED in it, so what the hey. I have only evaluated remote controlled (RC) toys several times before, so please bear with me here.

I love things that fly; that's why I took the bate (I saw it on a shelf at a nearby Right Aid store while I was there to pick up other things)

This is a very small, lightweight, easy-to-fly remote controlled helicoper. It fits in the palm of your hand, and is designed exclusively to be flown indoors; its construction is such that you won't gouge holes in walls or couches or break lamps when you crash (note I said "WHEN", not "IF", because you WILL crash it at least a few times while learning to fly it!!!).


This toy is remarkably easy to use for a helicopter...here's how to get it off the ground:

As with any rechargeable product, charge it first (see directly below), and then you can pretend to fly a dragonfly (well, that's what the kitty cat thinks it is).

1: On the bottom of the Micropter R/C Copter's body right in back of the charging port, there's a tiny on/off switch.
Use a fingernail to slide this switch toward the right (as the nose of the heli is facing forward) to the "on" position.
A white LED "spotlight" in the Micropter R/C Copter under the front cowling will now come on.

2: On the remote control, turn the "on/off" switch to the "on" position.

3: Place the Micropter R/C Copter on a flat surface; the floor is a good place. Orient it so the tail faces toward you.

4: Aim the red part of the remote at the Micropter R/C Copter.

5: Push the left-hand stick on the remote control forward and then let it go back -- this "arms" the heli. Gently push the left-hand stick on the remote control forward once more.

5: The Micropter R/C Copter should now lift off the ground. Congratulations, you're now a pilot!!!
Please refer to the furnished instructional materials for additional tips on how to fly the toy.

For additional instructions & tips on how to fly, please read the instructional material that comes with the product.

Turn the Micropter R/C Copter and remote control off when finished using them.
Same switches as before, but slide them in the opposite direction this time.

The battery in the Micropter R/C Copter itself is rechargeable and is not designed to be changed; however the batteries in the remote will need to be changed from time to time.

To do this, unscrew & remove the phillips screw from the battery door on the underside of the unit, using a phillips screwdriver that you furnish yourself. Set the screw aside.

Remove the battery door, very gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the six used AA cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert six new AA cells into the compartment, orienting each cell so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in each chamber.

Finally, place the battery door back on, and screw the screw back in.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

To charge the battery in this heli, slide the door on the lower portion of the left side of the remote control so it's open.
In the compartment you just exposed to atmosphere , you'll see a thin cord with a small plug on the end.

With the helicopter turned off, plug this into the female receptacle for it on the underside of the helicopter, right next to the "ON/OFF" switch. The male portion of this plug is circular, so you need not worry about getting the plug to fit the receptacle for it on the copter -- just plug it in.

Turn the switch on the Tx to the "on" position. A green LED on the remote should now come on.

After a maximum of 20 minutes, the green light will turn off. If the red light on the remote goes out at any time during the charge cycle, turn the remote off & back on again. When the green light turns off, turn the Tx off, and gently lift the heli off.

Fully charging the Micropter R/C Copter's battery (20 minutes) should give you ~6 minutes of flying time.

Although not stated in the instructional materials, you should wait at least 15 minutes before recharging the heli's battery after you've run it down in order to allow it to cool.

This RC helicopter is meant to be used as a toy in a dry area indoors, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large claw hammer in order to smash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoñata is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

This product is recommended for children of 8 years of age or older; younger children can injure themselves on moving parts or by swallowing something they should not (like an AA cell).

Photograph of its remote control.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in this helicopter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the white LED in this helicopter; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 460nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 452.507nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows the Micropter R/C Copter being flown in the house.

That music you hear is zax from the Commodore Amiga demo, "Software Make the Dance Foam Oil" by the Amiga demo group, " Rave Network Overscan" from early-2011.

This product is not sound-sensitive; the zax may safely be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

I added, "NSFW!" to the title because they drop the F bomb in the song two times.

This video is approximately 14.5555734566 megabytes (14,902,429 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than seventy two minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

This video shows the Micropter R/C Copter being flown in the house.

Video content is the same as http://youtu.be/1bx0madlEh4 but with no zax because not everybody who comes here (or goes to YouTube) to watch R/C heli vidz would desire the unwelcome earwhipping.

This video is approximately 14.5560534519 megabytes (14,918,429 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than seventy three minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

I cannot provide either of these videos in other formats, so please do not ask.

Product was purchased at a Right-Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 02-15-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Toy R/C helicopter
    No. OF LAMPS: 3 (1 in heli, 2 in Tx)
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: +3.7 v LiPo rechargeable (heli), 6x AA cells (Tx)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WEIGHT: 24.30g (0.860 oz.)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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