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Jackal - Getting Started

You will need:

  • 1 x Jackal Helicopter
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 4 x AA Premium Alkaline Non-Rechargeable Batteries (not included)
  • 1 x Phillips Screwdriver (not included)

Install the batteries. Open the battery compartment on the back of your controller using a Phillips head screwdriver. Place the 4 AA batteries in the battery compartment, making sure you are putting these in the right way.

Charge your helicopter. Plug the controller wire into the helicopter, move the power switch on the controller into the On/Chg position, and you will see a blinking red light on the controller. The helicopter is now charging. When the remote light turns off, your helicopter will be ready to fly.

Check your environment. The Jackal Helicopter is an indoor only helicopter, so before flying, make sure you are indoors, away from any other Infrared devices, bright lights, air vents or open windows.

Turn the helicopter and the controller on. Have fun.

If you need some more help flying your helicopter, check out some of our other guides!

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general info

How long should it take to charge my Jackal?

Your Jackal will take around 30-45 minutes to charge. You will know when the helicopter is fully charged because the red charge light on the controller will go out!

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Where can I fly my Jackal?

Your Jackal is designed to be flown indoors only, so do not fly it outside! The room you are in should have lots of space to fly with no breakable objects.

Try to avoid direct sunlight or other IR (infrared) devices. The IR signal between the controller and the heli will not work well near sunlight so you may lose connection and crash.

It’s also a really small helicopter - it doesn’t take much to knock the little guy off course! Turn off any ceiling fans and stay away from any other air vents.

Follow these tips and you will be an expert pilot in no time!

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What do the controller / helicopter lights mean for my Jackal?

Here are the different types of lights you may get on your remote control or helicopter and what they mean:

  • Solid Green – Controller ON
  • Green light Off – Controller OFF
  • Flashing Green (on Controller) – Replace Batteries
  • Red On (on Heli) – Helicopter On
  • Red Off (on Heli) – Helicopter Off
  • Red Off (on Controller) – Charging Complete or Controller Off.
  • Flashing Red – Charging
  • Flashing Red (On Heli) – Helicopter gyro not calibrated. Set on flat surface.
Are you seeing different lights that aren’t on this list? If so, call our Customer Care Department at 1-800-622-8339. They’d love to help!

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How do I install batteries in my Jackal controller?

You will need: (not included with your Jackal Helicopter)

  • 1 x Phillips Screwdriver
  • 4 x AA New Premium Alkaline Non-Rechargeable Batteries of the same brand.

  • AND
  • 1 x Jackal Helicopter
  • 1 x Jackal Helicopter Remote Control/Charger

Installing the Batteries
  1. Open the battery door cover using your Phillips Screwdriver.
  2. Remove any used batteries from your remote control.
  3. Put in your new batteries as shown in the battery compartment of your remote.
  4. Using the Phillips Screwdriver, screw in the battery door cover back onto the remote control.
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    How far can my Jackal fly?

    The signal is good for around 20-30 feet. This should be plenty of distance for most indoor areas you will be flying your Jackal!

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    How long will my Jackal fly for?

    The average flight time for your Jackal is around 3 to 7 minutes on a full charge. The flight time may vary depending on where you’re flying it, the type of batteries you are using, and how much throttle you give the helicopter!

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    Can I fly more than one Jackal at a time?

    You can fly 2 Jackal helicopters together at any one time; just make sure you have 2 helicopters in 2 separate frequencies – either A, or B. The frequency will be printed on the front of the box in the lower right hand corner, or on the underside of the helicopter.

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troubleshooting & repair

My Jackal keeps spinning! What do I do?

If your helicopter is spinning in circles, the first thing you’re going to want to do is check all your rotors to see if there is any hair or debris caught in that area. Even just one little piece of hair can make your helicopter spin out of control!
Carefully remove the tail rotor also with your rotor removal tool and take out anything which could get in the way of the tail rotor spinning.

Now try and fly your helicopter. If it’s still spinning, the next step would be to “trim” your helicopter.
See that little wheel on the side of your controller that says "Trim"? This will help you get your helicopter to stop spinning.

Setting the Trim:

  1. Figure out which direction your helicopter is spinning. Are you spinning to the left (counter-clockwise) or to the right (clockwise)?
  2. Make sure your remote is pointed at the helicopter for the best possible response.
  3. Give your helicopter a bit of throttle and get it up in the air. Start trimming in the opposite direction of the spin.
    • If your helicopter is spinning to the right (clockwise), turn the wheel up going counter-clockwise.
    • Same thing goes for the other way around. If your helicopter is spinning to the left (counter-clockwise), turn the wheel down clockwise.

The trim might need to be fixed after charging the helicopter and it will definitely need to be adjusted after crashes!

Sometimes you’ll need to rotate the trim wheel only 5 times or so, and sometimes you’ll need to rotate the trim wheel up to 50 times. Try trimming it just a little bit. If it seems like it’s working, but it’s not quite there yet, turn it a few times more. It’ll even out eventually, so be patient!

If your helicopter starts to spin the other way after trimming, you may have over-trimmed! If this happens, all you need to do is trim it in the opposite direction.

If you’ve trimmed your helicopter and it is still spinning in circles, check for the following:

Signal Interference: Fly indoors. Sunlight and other strong light sources may interfere with the signal from the remote to the helicopter, so try and stay away from these. Make sure you are also not flying around other R/C product that might be sharing the same channel/frequency/bandwidth.
Batteries: For trimming to work, your helicopter needs to be fully charged. Make sure you are using brand new, premium, non-rechargeable batteries.

If your helicopter is still spinning, give our Customer Care Team a call at 1-800-622-8339 and they’ll love to help out!

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How do I charge my Jackal?

What you need:

  • 1 x Jackal Helicopter
  • 1 x Jackal Helicopter remote/charger with batteries already installed.

  1. Your remote control for your Jackal Helicopter is also your charger. The charge wire is located along the side of your remote control.
  2. Make sure that both the Remote and the Jackal Helicopter power switches are turned to the "OFF" position.
  3. Plug in the end of the charging wire into the charge port square on the side or bottom of the helicopter. You will want to make sure that the little arrow on the end of the charge cord lines up with the arrow on the charge port of the toy.
  4. Once plugged in, turn the power switch on the Remote Control/Charger to the "ON/CHG" position. You will know that the Helicopter is charging when you see the Red charging light blinking on the remote.
  5. When charge is complete, all the lights will turn off on the remote. Once complete, turn everything off and unplug and store the cord back in the remote. You are now ready to fly!
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    Are there replacement parts available for my Jackal?

    If the tail blade on your Jackal has been damaged, the good news is it can be easily replaced with one of the two spare tail rotors included in your Jackal’s box. Simply slide the old blade off and replace it with one of the new blades and you’ll be good to fly again!

    While other parts may not be replaceable, we would love to see if there is anything we can do for you. Give our Customer Care Department a call at 1-800-622-8339 and they will be glad to help you out!

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