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PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

3.2 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • The world's first remote controlled paper airplane conversion kit has a 180 feet/ 55 meter range and a crash-resistant design
  • Contains Bluetooth Smart Technology controlled by your smartphone (check compatible models below)
  • Special template paper to ensure easy folding and flying spare, micro USB cable for charging, spare propeller and rudder
  • Control by tilting smartphone or tablet right or left for maneuvering and ascend or descend using the throttle lever
  • Features battery level indicator charging status indicator and range indicators and an Air Traffic Control attribute
Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

PowerUp 3.0 durable, crash proof design makes it an easier and more enjoyable option to traditional, bulky and battery intensive remote control helicopters and planes. The PowerUp 3.0 Bluetooth, Smart Module transforms ordinary paper planes into motorized machines, controllable directly from your smartphone. It’s also an educational experience — PowerUp 3.0 meshes origami, physics and incorporates all the components of STEAM, (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math). This unique combination allows for schools and teachers to educate students on the basic principles of flight, aerodynamics, and lift. With 180 feet/ 55 meter range, and 10 minutes of flight time capability, PowerUp 3.0 is the first choice in flight.

From the Manufacturer

Features

Crash-proof design | 10 min. flight on a charge | 180 feet range | FlightAssist TM technology.

The App

Bluetooth SMART seamless connection | beginner and advanced modes | Precision turning with responsive motion | iOS and Android friendly.


Fold it

Fold a sheet of paper into a paper airplane.


Connect it

Attach the Smart Module to your paper airplane


Fly it

Tilt your smartphone to steer and increase or reduce throttle to go up or down.


Customer Testimonial

"I don’t mean to be overdramatic, but it really combined my boyhood love of paper airplanes with my boy’s love of planes and smartphones into an awesome experience to be enjoyed over and over again."

About the Startup

Describe your product in 3 words.

DIY paper drone

Where did you get the inspiration for your product?

I got excited about the project in 2007 teaching immigrant kids the principles of aerodynamics. While doing research on advances in micro indoor flight I came up with the idea for a remote-controlled paper airplane. The idea gathered momentum, and by 2011 he incorporated a company to build the device, later in 2013 I integrated the smartphone factor into the product and launched a Kickstarter to fund production. The crowd funding campaign raised over $1.2 M becoming the most funded project ever in flight category.

What differentiates your product from similar products out there?

I invented the commercial solution for powered paper airplanes. The PowerUp systems universally connect to almost any paper airplane design allowing customers leverage their know how in folding paper airplanes and adding the gravity defying magic of propelled flight. There aren’t any similar products out there which are not cheap imitations.

Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.

PowerUp 3.0 combines technology and art, it allows the customer to be involved in the creation process of a flying machine just by folding a standard copier paper. Making a sheet of paper fly and controlled for up to 10 minutes is not a simple task, the airplane must be folded and adjusted properly. Educating and explaining the creation process to my customers has been challenging, we have created a support page and FAQ data base including tutorial videos guiding our customers step by step through the creation and flying process. Once they get the hang of it, the opportunities are endless and very addicting.

Product Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 0.7 x 1.5 inches; 3.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.1 ounces
ASIN B00N8GWZ4M
UPC 885106820116 885831336470 793573896964 885750709348 885149863446 885102573023 789264295345 885141226409 881314212019 794628134468
Release Date July 1, 2015
Manufacturer recommended age 14 years and up
Item model number 500-004
Amazon Best Sellers Rank
#170 in Launchpad
#4 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > Remote- & App-Controlled Vehicles & Parts > Remote- & App-Controlled Vehicles > Airplanes & Jets
#21 in Launchpad > House > Toys

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Awesome tech gadget that works incredibly well!

The PowerUp 3.0 is the real deal. I admit I was skeptical at first, but with persistence and determination, this turned out to be a ton of fun.

I talked this up to my boy for days before it arrived. After watching the video, he would ask each morning, “Can we fly the red plane today, Dad?” Finally the perfect Saturday morning arrived: it was warm outside with a very slight breeze, and the local park was empty. I had made sure I watched the tutorial videos beforehand and had it all charged up (took only 15-20 minutes). We cleared the table and went to work. The templates provided with the kit were fantastic. As I am not a perfectionist by nature, I was very careful to fold exactly where the lines indicated. We finished creating the beginner plane (called the Invader, which I would recommend starting with) and attached the PowerUp 3.0. I decided to add a very small piece of tape to the backend just to keep it connected well to the plane (which I would recommend doing). I had also previously downloaded the app on my Samsung S4 and synced it with the PowerUp (which was a synch).

Then it was finally time for the first launch. We practiced throwing the plane several times without the motor (as recommended), made slight adjustments as needed, then powered it up. I wasn’t expecting perfection from the first flight (nor should you!), so I wasn’t at all disappointed when it didn’t go far the first time. The throttle, tilt of the phone, the angle of the wings, and the small flaps on the plane (pardon my ignorance of aeronautical terms!) all needed to be just right. It was actually incredibly fulfilling launching and adjusting, launching and adjusting, launching and adjusting some more until we finally got that first long flight.
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This is a neat crowdfunded project I backed a few months ago that delivered!

Powerup Toys has been making kits that add a battery powered propeller to paper airplanes. In this new 3.0 version, they have added the ability to control the plane with a smartphone.

Just about any regular paper will work - I followed some instructional videos on Powerup's YouTube page and built myself the 'invader' from standard copy paper. The engine clips on to the paper airplane and very quickly paired with my phone via bluetooth.

Powerup included a 1200 mah lithium ion battery pack that can charge the plane's motor in the field in my kit, but I don't think that's part of the retail package now. So you'll need to bring a USB power source along in the field. It'll also plug directly into a computer for charging.

Controlling the plane takes some practice but I was able to keep my plane aloft for a significant amount of time. The Bluetooth range is limited but this isn't something you're going to fly for long distances. I do recommend flying in fairly large open spaces with minimal wind.

What I like most about this is the experimentation that can come from the very open nature of the product. Tweaking different paper airplane designs will result in different flight behaviors. The fast charge time makes it possible to do a lot of trial and error to find the perfect design. Great for kids to learn about the physics of flight.
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I was really excited to get this for Christmas but I have struggled to fold an airplane that would work well. I consider myself a fairly good at these kind of projects and even though I'm not a pilot, I have a fair amount of aeronautics understanding. That said, I can only get a plane to fly about 1 out of 10 launches and then for only roughly 30 seconds before I can't keep it up in the air. Most of the times the plane stalls and then crash to the ground before being able to recover. I had several pilot relatives with me at Christmas and they couldn't figure out how to trim the supplied airplane design to fly. I'm excited enough about this idea that I'm not giving up but buyers should know it's not as easy as all the YouTube videos make it out to be. "Some practice" should be read as lots of trial and error with occasional bursts of satisfaction between bouts of despair. It appears that a working plane is very dependent on how well the plane is folded. What I haven't figured out yet is what tiny little thing I'm doing when I fold a supplied airplane template that is messing it up. Paper is cheap. And fortunately the PowerUp 3.0 module is quite durable. I've had to epoxy the rubber tip a couple of times but otherwise the PowerUp module is in good condition for all the crashes it's gone through.
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The paper airplane design the creator of this recommends you start with sucks honestly. I couldn't make one that had enough lift to get the machine any higher than my initial throw, but I worked at it until I got 2 or 3 good flights, and even those were not very controllable as it required maxing the power and ridiculous elevators to get any lift. Nearly lost it on top of a tall bush, almost lost it flying over someone's house. Took the motor and put it on one of MY designs that focus on low-speed lift generation, and voila! Highly controllable, gets massive altitude on EVERY throw, if I let it, and can glide back down to me whenever I want it to. The product itself is solid. I crashed it at least 50 times trying to make the recommended design work, and the unit took no damage. A solid buy for anyone who ever wanted an RC plane but was too afraid to spend $300 on something that is just going to crash and shatter on the first inexperienced flight.
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