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Sounds like a swam of angry bees. And not great for the colourblind.
29 September 2018
This charges via a USB port (cable supplied). Mine wasn't charged on arrival so you might want to consider charging it up Xmas eve. But it doe only take an hour to charge.
It flashes red when low and solid green when charged. (According to my wife. Not great with a colourblind.) In between charging it is important, apparently to wait 10 or 15 minutes for the battery to cool down so this might not be ideal for an impatient child. And bare in mind the charge does only last five minutes per charge.
The globe is lightweight and delicate, so I wouldn’t suggest this is suitable for a heavy-handed child. You also have to be quite dexterous to push home the USB charger into the central slot without damaging all the little components surrounding it.
You get four spare rotor blades and a rotor removal tool.
It's one of those instruction books where on each page you get one line of English and nine lines of foreign. But once you find English instructions on page 5 it goes a bit easier.
Once it is charged, it’s a bit like a manic magician’s conjuring ball. Mine worked straight off. It’s pretty noisy – it sounds like a swarm of angry bees. You let it go and it hovers on its own. And then you encourage it to glide about by moving your hands around. To stop it, you turn it upside down and switch it off. It gives you quite a workout chasing it about. :-)
It is a fun novelty, but it is quite delicate. It says on the box you can give this to an eight-year-old and I’m sure that’s the case, but I would suggest this might be more suitable for maybe an older child of 10 and onwards.
It's usable indoor. It might be a bit prone to escape outside.