Flytech Dragonfly Review

Rarely do my impulse purchases deliver any sort of return on the investment. Even more rarely do they effectively hold my attention for longer than a day or two. This was definitely not the case this week when I was fortunate enough to obtain Wow Wee’s new FlyTech Dragonfly through Radio Shack’s limited early release. In fact I’m having trouble concentrating long enough to write this review as he sits next to me conveniently perched on the remote for a recharge because his LED eyes pulsate ominously during the charging process, taunting me to send him crashing into a wall with poor piloting skills.

I was definitely skeptical when it first came out of the box. The head/body and tail are made of Styrofoam, structured around a carbon-fiber frame reminiscent of a refillable pencil lead that also supports the ultra-light dual wing design (easily replaceable, an extra set of wings comes with the Dragonfly). I really didn’t expect to get this thing out of the box without breaking it. I couldn’t have been more wrong! This thing can take a beating like a UFC champion. It has bested every wall in the house, the corner of the piano, the flat screen, the fireplace insert, ill-advised catching attempts by a five year old (who can already fly it better than me if you are wondering about ease of use), multiple swatting attempts by unsuspecting visitors and three flights of stairs without the engineered grace of a slinky. Overall I give it an A+ for durability.

The assembly was as easy as screwing in the antenna and inserting the required 6 AA batteries in the remote. An optional stabilizing ribbon (included) can be clipped to the end of the tail to slow speeds and is recommended for beginning flight practice. The small charging cord conveniently stores in a compartment at the top end of the remote but can be a bit difficult to retrieve. The controller has a “beginner” setting for broad turns and “expert” for tighter turns and more maneuverability. There is also a trim dial to compensate for tail drifting. Other than that, it’s just your basic left toggle for power and right toggle for direction.

The remarkably light weight and uber durable Dragonfly is marketed as an indoor / outdoor flyer, but seemingly requires an ample amount of space to master indoor use (at least for me thus far) and minimal wind interference (recommended 4mph or less) when flying outside. The remote range is listed at 50 feet for outdoor flights, but I won’t be able to attest to that until the spring. The rechargeable lithium battery in the life-like looking and sounding bug has a 20 minute charge time and provides up to 10 minutes of flight time.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about the Dragonfly. I was impressed beyond all expectations with its functionality and shocked at the affordable price (under 50 bucks). Unfortunately the aforementioned 5yr. old (recommended for 8+) is not as happy with it because it no longer belongs to him…now he’s going to have to wait until they’re back in stock sometime in April. Wow Wee has done it again!


Comments

Marc123's picture

Thanks for the review Jadams,

I agree with you and the flytech dragonfly is a great piece of kit.

I am only a little dissapointed with the 10min flying time, I know this is standard, but really would wish for something more like 20-30min per charge

Robosapien V10's picture

I got one, and BOY, DO THEY FLY FAST! You need a big house or the outdoors to have it last a day. I didn't think it was so great though, mine kept having its head break in half.

Jerry turner's picture

Every dragonfly flies differently. There are hot ones and docile ones.
I put the downloadable (on the internet) tail stabilizer on all my dragonflies. It works better than the ribbon that comes with the dragonfly. The more you curve it down, the faster it flies (usually). The final word on dragonflies is that they often seem to have a mind of their own!!
I have bought about two dozen in the past two years!! At present, I have six that fly.

A five minute flight is about enough strain on my neck before I need a rest, especially if it's one of the hot ones!! Of course, with a half dozen flyers, one's usually always charged and ready to go!!

I've never had a head break or come apart, and I've been pretty rough on them, especially in getting them out of trees. I have a long pole that I use to knock them out with. Seldom have I damaged one.
Sometimes they'll spin in and they seem to have an affinity for the concrete driveway!! Again, seldom does damage occur. I've even had dragonflies (and hornets) stay in trees for weeks and endure rains and temperature extremes and still charge up and fly when the wind blew them out of the tree.

Yes, I have bought about as many hornets as I have dragonflies. Overall, it seems that dragonflies fly a little better than hornets. One of my best fliers was a red (49MHz) hornet. It was a high, fast flier. It landed high in a pine tree and stayed there for a month. When the wind finally blew it down, I charged it up and it flew as if nothing had happened!! Then, one day at dusk, as it was flying across the front yard about 50 feet high, a barred owl swooped in and, "CRUNCH" caught it in midair and flew away with it! Alas....

terry nicewonder's picture

i gotten the fly yesterday. it was pretty ok, but sometimes run out to quikly.
look all i'm saying is its O.K dont get mad with me O.K. ok just send it! arghhh
dont write that your just writing everything i say. look just stay cool. naywayz yeah thats right IT BROKE! yeah thats right it DID. i'm totally not cool now O.K about it. oh thats ok. hehe. just send it. hehe. hahahaha hreh\.
omg your giving me a heart attack no seriously if i stop talking will you send it. huhhuh. hehe. thats not what i said JUST STAY COOL. anyway dragonfly thingys O.K OK.K? :) he..he harghhgaer. hah haa sssss.*lick lips* hoooh oooo mmm mmm m m m. just send it.NO *hits me* i didnt hit you STUPPID i aint call u stapit i ont say aint wth!!! zo-my-god! i'm gona give you a hug, yeah gimme a
\hug. no!!!!!!! STOP WITH THIS NONSENCE OK GOODBYE!

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Marc123 said: Thanks for the review Jadams, I agree with you and the flytech dragonfly is a great piece of kit. I am only a little dissapointed with the 10min flying time, I know this is standard, but really would wish for something more like 20-30min per charge

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