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Havok Heli, retail $39.90 (www.havokheli.com)
Manufactured by Spinmaster (www.spinmaster.com)
Last updated 05-11-11

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've seen it advertised on United States TV over the last several weeks as of early-December 2007) and also why I added a seperate section titled "PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO FLY" on my website.

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 right side of the Havok Heli's body, there's a tiny on/off switch.
Use a fingernail to slide this switch down to the "on" position.
A blue LED in the Havok Heli's body will now come on, and then begin flashing in a series of three quick strobes, off, three quick strobes, off, lather, rinse, repeat. A movie clip farther down this web pages shows this.

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

3: Place the Havok Heli 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 Havok Heli. Gently push the left-hand stick on the remote control forward.

5: The Havok Heli should now lift off the ground. Congratulations, you're now a pilot!!!
Reading this web page will give you a good idea of the process of flying it.

If the Havok Heli does not respond (ie. the blades don't turn), set the "A B C" switch on the remote control to another position. Do it again if necessary. The bottom of the Havok Heli's fuselage (body) is marked as to which channel (A, B, or C) the remote should be set to.
For additional instructions & tips on how to fly, please read the instructional material that comes with the product.

Turn the Havok Heli 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 Havok Heli 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 the Havok Heli, slide the door on the lower portion of the top 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 Havok Heli turned off, plug this into the small receptacle for it on the right hand side of the Havok Heli's body.
This connector is keyed to fit the receptacle on the Havok Heli only one way; please do not force it or you may irreversibly damage the Havok Heli and it might not fly for you again.

Turn the switch on the remote control 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 remote control off, gently unplug the cord from the Havok Heli, stow the cord in the remote control's compartment, and slide the door back closed.

Fully charging the Havok Heli's battery should give you ~10-12 minutes of flying time.

According to the instructional materials furnished with the product, you should wait 15 to 20 minutes before recharging the 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 cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" 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 cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata 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.

I believe that the maximum range is 100 feet (30 meters); though this is not stated in the instructional materials.
The remote control uses IR (infrared) LEDs instead of radio waves; there are three channels (channels A, B & C) that will allow up to three models to be flown at the same time.
The approximate wavelength of the LEDs in the remote is 920nm.

The Havok Heli has what's called an "auto stable" system, in which two smaller blades positioned above the main rotor have small weights on their ends. This helps keep the helicopter more stable during flight, and helps ensure that even beginner pilots can fly the toy.

The body of the Havok Heli is made of a very lightweight foam (known by most people as StyrofoamŪ), so it can withstand crashes and it won't gouge holes in walls, break lamps, or damage couches & chairs if it's crashed into those articles. As a matter of fact, it was designed *EXCLUSIVELY* to be flown indoors. The only real hazard is to the eyes of its operator or other people & pets in the room; so you'll want to be careful about that.

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 or one of the spare tail rotors).

When purchased from the above website, the set also includes a landing pad, two "men" to rescue, a rescue hook, and a CD-ROM that shows you other Havok products in development or soon-to-be-released. Also included is an instructional sheet that tells you how to set up & use the above-mentioned items.

I spelled it "Havok" instead of "Havoc"..."Havok" was a demo group for the Commodore 64 computer from 1989 to 1992.

This was formerly a PicooZ product. It is now an Air Hogs product.

I have misplaced this helicopter, and after much searching, still cannot find the {vulgar term for having intercourse} thing!!!
(Edit, a short time later): Found it!!!

Does this look a lot like the web page I made for this helicopter?
Thought you'd say so.
These helicopters are similar enough to one another that I could use its web page as a template for this one.

Photograph of its remote control.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the flashing blue LED in this helicopter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red "Power" LED in the remote control for this helicopter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the yellow-green "Charge cycle in progress" LED in the remote control for this helicopter.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the flashing blue LED inside its body.
This clip is approximately 1.6 megabytes (1,704,622 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the helicopter flying.
One of the kitty cats can be seen in this movie; thankfully he is just
showing mild curiosity - not batting the helicopter out of the air or anything.

This clip is approximately 3.5 megabytes (3,574,458 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

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

Test unit was ordered on 12-19-07, and was received at 2:42pm PST on 01-11-08.
Product was on backorder until 01-07-08; that's why it took so long to arrive.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 01-20-08
This helicopter does not fly with anywhere *NEAR* the precision as shown in the television commercial.
It lifts & falls with decent control, but it does not fly forward or reverse very well at all - much like this helicopter from DealExtreme.

UPDATE: 01-20-11
This helicopter now flies remarkably well after the tail rotor from a mortally-wounded X-Smallest Copter was "transplanted" onto it. The videos above can do the talking in this case!!!

UPDATE: 05-11-11
I have moved all but two videos to this web page so that people who do not really want to be bombarded by all of them will not be when they just want some other info. about this heli.

    MANUFACTURER: Spinmaster
    PRODUCT TYPE: RC helicoper
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off on side of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Styrofoam & plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 6xAA cells (remote), 3.7 volt Li-Poly rechargeable (helicopter itself)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2 spare tail rotors, 3 nose weights, rescue figures & hook, landing pad, CD-ROM
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    R/C ratingR/C ratingR/C ratingR/C rating

Havok Heli * www.havokheli.com

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