RC Helicopter Tricks

Maintenance Hacks For RC Helicopters

Published: August 2, 2019


Categories: R/C Helicopters

It is lots of fun when you first get an RC helicopter. Then, the problems begin. It gets slow. The battery dies in what seems like seconds. You can’t hover because one or another bothersome spring is keeping your throttle down. The good news is there are some simple maintenance hacks for RC choppers that we’ll tell you all about in this article. Common maintenance issues can be resolved in a few steps, improving the helicopter’s performance dramatically. 

Can I Improve Battery Life? 

You need an X-acto knife and a small head screwdriver. LEDs are pretty, but they can weigh quite a bit, which reduces your helicopter’s air time. Moreover, they drain batteries fast, or at least faster than they’d be drained without the lights. So, removing the LEDs can be quite a good idea. To do so, unscrew the cockpit, cut the wires, and take it out of the cockpit. Take off the weight there if you want your vehicle to be more durable. Put it back (and glue it) if you want your helicopter to go faster.  

Removing Useless Parts

Most RC helicopters have a lot of parts that serve the only purpose of making them look better. Most of them have no other purpose at all. A lot of them are on the back end of the device, reducing its flight speed. You could remove all the plastic pieces and the bars. Don’t forget you might want to put them back someday, so don’t throw the parts and screws away. They are very small and very easy to lose.

The Controller

This unit is held down by a tiny spring attached to the throttle. Remove the screws on the back of the controller to take this spring out. There is a screw hiding under the charging cable. To pull it off, pull the slider back. Then, flip the controller over and take the front part off. To pull the spring out, get rid of the screw keeping the spring down. Then, put the screw back in.

Form a circle by hooking the two ends of the spring together. After that, take the circle on. Place the hooks in a downward direction so the throttle rubs against the spring, creating a little bit of friction.  Then unite the knot to get an inch extra of charging cord. Finally, put the front panel back, turn it over, insert the screws and put the slider back on.

Now, you can charge your heli and get to flying. It will climb really fast, so don’t force the throttle.

On Rods and Batteries

You can remove one or more of the panels to create a version of carbon fiber if you have time. To make the rod go faster, get some carbon fiber and extend it. Poorly balanced or weak batteries are the most common reason your helicopter won’t lift off. After 5 or 10 flights, batteries will get weak. Always charge them fully before taking the heli out to fly. Use a multi-meter to check their voltage. The exact value of a fully charged battery cell is 4.2 V. If yours isn’t, use a charger to recharge them and check again. If the value still doesn’t correspond to 4.2 V, the batteries need replacing. More info about this is available through here.

Disclaimer: No two helicopters are exactly alike. What works for one might not work for another, even if they’re the same make and model. We are not responsible for voided warranty or damage. Please exercise uttermost caution when performing modifications to your RC vehicle.  

Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow them. Contact the vendor for warranty issues

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Source: https://www.instructables.com/id/Drastically-Improving-the-Speed-Life-and-Perform/