We have here a product that combines stunt car fun with drone flight abilities. It promises double fun, and sturdy cage looks like it will handle a lot of stunts that go wrong. Can it deliver on this promise? We are going to put that to the test. The Hyper Stunt Drone is a part of Air Hogs, a line of toy manufactured and owned by the Spin Master Company, based in Toronto. The line specializes in remote control toys, especially the ones with stunt capabilities or interesting features. It is expected from a company like this to always find more ways to crash and bump the toys around while maintaining sturdiness so the game can last longer. So let’s see what this little daredevil has to offer.
- Dimensions with cage – 9 x 2.6 x 10 inches
- Dimensions without cage – 2 x 2 x 1 inches
- Weight – 8,8 ounces
- Battery – 3,7V 140mAh LI-Po
- Flight time – 6-8 minutes
- Charge time – 40 minutes
- Transmitter – Physical controller 2,4Ghz
- Transmitter battery – 2 x AAA
- Distance – up to 120ft
- Special features – Protective cage, stunts
Air Hogs – Hyper Stunt Drone PROS
- Small size – extremely small size allows indoor use and easy to carry around and store
- Controller – drone has a small and simple to understand and use a controller.
- Difficulty settings – choose beginner and advanced mode
- Speed control – there are 3-speed settings that allow you to choose how fast the drone goes
- Stunts – Flips and 3D rolls, stunts, protective cage that enables it to roll up the walls, over the floor, and keep it always landing the right-side-up.
- Price – Very affordable
Air Hogs – Hyper Stunt Drone CONS
- Protective cage. It is not sturdy enough to take everything you can throw at it. Sometimes it can bend and get into the path of the blade.
- The wall rolling. The main- feature stunts like wall or ceiling rolling require some practice. They are not really achievable for beginners.
- Indoor use only. It is really small and lightweight, which makes it very sensitive to winds. It can be flown outside only on days without any wind.
Well. This little drone cannot be called plain looking. You wouldn’t normally expect a quadcopter to have two big wheels. But this one does. They have two functions. First one is to protect the blades. The second one is awesome and what we are interested in. They are the deal makers and what makes this drone stand out from the crowd. They will enable the Hyper Stunt Drone to climb walls, roll down the floor and ceiling, and perform all kind of jumps. And they keep the drone alive while doing all that. They can be taken off the drone quite easily, and the drone will fly and behave just like a normal one. Also great is the fact that if the drone falls to the ground, it will always turn to right-side-up, so you can continue flying. No need to come to turn the drone around.
The dimensions are9 x 2.6 x 10 inches when equipped with wheels and the weight is 8.8 ounces.
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A standard 2,4Ghz frequency transmitter is well designed. It rests well in the hand, it is slick and without too many buttons. It is easy to get around and understand. The possibility of accidental presses is reduced to a minimum. It has a red LED indicator for informing you that the transmitter is connected to the drone and that the drone is calibrated. It requires two AAA 1,5V batteries, which are not included in the package.
The drone comes with built-in Lithium polymer rechargeable battery 3,7V and 140 mAh. It is non-replaceable, but that is quite often with drones this size. Not much power at first glance, but it’s enough to keep this lightweight drone up in the air up to 7 minutes. It takes around 40 minutes to recharge again.
Beginner and Advanced modes
It can be adjusted to suit both beginner and more experienced users. The beginner mode numbs the drone a little bit, slowing it down. When the user gets the hang of controls, the advanced mode can be used.
One push stunts
You can easily pull off backflips, barrel rolls and more with dedicated one-press stunt buttons.
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Rolling on Any Surface
Thanks to its protective wheel-shaped cages, it can basically go over anything. You can roll it over the floor, up to the wall, or on the ceiling.
It makes the learning period easier. Once you get the hang of it, you can enjoy it at full speed.
Hyper Stunt Drone Flying experience
This little guy is equipped with gyro-stabilization assistance, so the flying is smooth. It does not have features as auto take-off or autoland. This might make things more difficult on the beginners, but on the other hand, it keeps the remote transmitter clean of excess buttons that can be confusing. No trim functions or headless mode either. The flight characteristics somewhat change when the cage-wheels are on. They make the drone a little bit heavier and slow reacting. Even on the highest speed setting the drone might seem a little slower than others. Also, the stunts like climbing up the wall need a lot of practice. In the beginning, the drone will often just bounce off the walls.
Due to its small size, it is mainly for indoor use. Outdoor use can be an option only when there is no wind. The tiny drone can also get easily lost outside.