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So my brother got my son and my sister's son the "Dragonfly King" remote control helicopter for Christmas. It was his favorite gift and was actually kind of neat. We were playing with it in my finished basement today when it stopped abruptly. I had just charged it so I thought it was strange. I shut it off and started walking toward the storage room where I had the charger plugged in on my work bench.

I noticed the helicopter cockpit was smoking.

At that point I wasn't sure what to do. Not really expecting what was about to happen to happen, I grabbed it by the tail and started walking toward the glass sliders to toss it outside. But it started to smoke A LOT and before I could reach the door the f'n thing EXPLODED. My son was sitting on the floor playing with his Hot Wheels toy and the debris just missed him. He freaked out.

I was shocked, and a bit panicked. This thing showered down about 50 pieces of flaming debris. Some bigger than others. In about a 6-foot radius I had a number of decent sized spots on my carpet that were on fire. I had thrown the flaming helicopter onto the ceramic tile by the back door. I yelled "FIRE" and my wife, used to me yelling strange things, didn't react. I yelled "FIRE" a few more times and she came running. She tossed the flaming helicopter outside while I grabbed the nearest object - my son's favorite "car blanket" and smothered the flames with it.

So there I was. The room full of smelly nylon smoke, the favorite gift having destroyed itself, and the smoldering favorite blanket in hand. My son was pretty upset and so was I.

In retrospect, given all possible scenarios this was probably close to best. No one got hurt. It would've been better if I had made it outside but I just didn't make it. All that got hurt was the $3,000 carpet which someone other than me is certainly going to pay for.

Link to pics is below. Every black spot on the carpet was a spot that was on fire. It was unreal.

http://www.turbojimmy.com/dragonfly/dragonfly.html

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Wow

Glad everyone was ok Jim, shame about the carpet though.

Its a shame :nono:

Childrens toys still as dangerous as in the 1970s then :D
 

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Wow Jim!! Thats horrible. Luckly no one was hurt. Might be worth talking to the manufacturer about. Im sure it's not every day remote controlled gadgets explode into fireballs. And for a $3000 carpet it couldnt hurt. What's the make of the helicopter? Others might want to stay away from them. Well good luck with whatever you do.

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Wow! Glad no one was hurt and the physical damage seems to be limited to the carpet and the blanket. Any idea what caused it to overheat and blow like that? What about your nephew's copter?

Hope everything works out well for you.
 

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Good Lord!
Glad everyones ok.

But damned, what hassle once again.....you just got done dealin with the girl damaging your bumper....now you gotta deal with consumer affairs....

I thought this kinda stuff only happened on CNN, sorry to hear it.
 

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Katshot said:
Sure glad no one was hurt. Do you think it was a defective battery? I've heard of cell phones blowing up due to bad aftermarket batteries, maybe this is a similar thing.
I think it had to be the battery. The company is "HX Toys". It's a Hong Kong-based company, I think. The instructions were written in broken english. I'll have to go after the vendor, the distributor and the importer.

I'm glad no one got hurt, but I have 800 sq. ft. of carpet down in the basement. There's nowhere to cut in a new piece - it would all need replaced. It's about 2 years old and I've been real anal about keeping it clean. It's a light color so I use a steam cleaner to keep it looking decent. I never considered it catching fire. It sucks because the carpet is in the closets, up the stairs, etc. It's going to be a pain to replace.

I filed a complaint with the CPSC. Then I called my lawyer - he thinks I have a good case. I just want the damage taken care of, that's all.

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Youy beat me to it. I was gonna say bet ya it's made in China! I've read about these bustin' into flames, but I cannot recall where or when. These manufacturers are not under the rules that American manufacturers are and they make a few such toys, and then "go out of business" and then begin anew under a new name, for ever playing the "shell game" with their name. It's sad. Sorry for what happened to you, when you so innociently were playing with a child's toy. Do as I do. Stick with American or Canadian made "stuff". Just think.....soon they are going to be building cars and shipping them HERE! Owners will tell how fantastic they are, and what crap American cars are. Don't bite.
 

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Jeeze, TJimmy, that sounds like something out of National Lampoon or something...what exactly burnt? The thing didn't use gasoline or anything for a fuel, did it? Could a battery-powered engine generate enough heat to set the plastic on fire?...

Sounds like maybe you got one of those "special models" that had been set up for the CIA to send to Castro...

Glad that all are survivors, though.
 

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Looks like pilot error to me!:bigroll:
Just kidding, glad nobody was injured, maybe next year Santa will bring you a fire extinguisher.
 

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I wish I had a video of it. The only thing that would have been more National Lampoon-ish is if it had burst into flames in mid-air. Instead, it exploded while I was carrying it. Being the smart guy that I am, I was holding the part of the helicopter that wasn't smoking.

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Randy_W said:
Looks like pilot error to me!
lol

Im sure it was a Battery Short. With such cheap manufacturing techniques and low grade wiring etc. its bound to happen every once in a while. The battery leads are supposed to be well isolated from eachother and Im sure they came in contact somewhere, either internally, or in the wiring, which would explain the explosion. Theres nothing else in there to explode.

Its exactly the same as what happens with those cheap replacement cell phone batteries.
 

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Wow, I had no idea that a childs toy with a rechargable battery could catch on fire, and then explode. Glad that no body was injured. Did you buy the toy at a store or from a catalog? The reason I asked this is that I believe I saw the same toy in a catalog.
 

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I also am interested, because I was intending on buying one of those gas type of helecopters for (me and) my 15yr son. I would appreciate your imput but I found it strange that you were operating it in the house. If it's that precise of a copter depending on what you say I will investigate it.
 

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Whoa, I'm glad that you and your family are okay. My kid's bought me a remote control Corvette. Not that my toy is made by the same manufacturer as your helicopter, but I will keep my eye out for issues surrounding the charger and battery. I can tell by the box and graphics that my RC Corvette was made somewhere overseas (China maybe?). Thanks for sharing and the heads up.
 

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SilverFleetwood85 said:
Wow, I had no idea that a childs toy with a rechargable battery could catch on fire, and then explode. Glad that no body was injured. Did you buy the toy at a store or from a catalog? The reason I asked this is that I believe I saw the same toy in a catalog.
Evidently you can only get them online. I think Target and Toys R Us online stores carry them. My brother got them from some online source, but not either one of those.

As far as the gas operated ones go, I wouldn't worry about them. They're made for outdoor use and if price is any indication they're a lot better built. This little thing is made specifically for indoor use (the slightest wind would goof it up).

It was a pretty violent explosion for such a tiny toy. I was, and still am, shocked at the damage it caused.

Jim
 
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