You can increase the lift available in any helicopter, by simply binding 2 buttons to Collective Raise. When you push only one of the buttons, you climb as expected, but when you hit the 2nd button as well (both together), you gain some additional lift. This of course gives you additional maneuverability while the helicopter is at any attitude, not just climbing. I've tried more than 2, but with no additional gain.
Video demonstration here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpjoACgPjOc