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I have recently bought the s107 model, it takes approx 1 hour 10 minutes to charge by both charging through usb and the handset. this only supplies 5 minutes of flying time. the instruction booklet advertises that it should take 40-50 minutes. quite disappointed to be honest as the desgn of the helicopter is fantastic! please advise if it is faulty and whether a replacement is necessary?

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The 5 minutes is disappointing I agree, but it seems to be normal from what I can tell. Here's a good reference: http://ezinearticles.com/?Syma-S107-Helicopter-Flight-Times&id=5130531
Today I did several use/recharge cycles, and I am fairly sure it was better at the end (went up from 5 minutes to 7). Yours may improve with use too.

As for the charging time, I don't have enough data yet to help, because I've only charged via USB and its behaviour has been weird. At first the light did not go out at all, and latterly it has gone out, but nowhere near for long enough, so on every occasion I've left it plugged in for at least 40-50 minutes. I might wonder if your USB isn't supplying enough power - apparently some laptops in particular don't supply as much power as other computers. That's only speculation but it's probably worth trying another USB source if you can. I've seen others talk about charging in 30 minutes, so there's hope yet. I'd recommend googling on "s107 charging time" - it's come up with lots of hits. Good luck.

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