Electric Paper Airplane Tips
How to fold, adjust and fly your PowerUp - Electric paper airplane - Download the PowerUp Guide
- Learn how to properly construct your paper airplane.
- Your paper airplane must fly successfully BEFORE installing the conversion unit.
- Bend the rear elevator tabs UP. This will balance the heavy nose during flight.
- After installing the conversion unit, test fly again BEFORE charging it with your battery pack.
- If you attempt to fly on hard surfaces the rear propeller may pop out. If this happens, please refer to the instructions - how to install a propeller properly, Installing incorrectly may result in poor performance or even damage the module entirely.
A well constructed paper airplane is necessary for successful flight's
- The PowerUp electric module
- The PowerUp charger
- Three (3) AA non-rechargeable batteries (not included)
- A Phillips screwdriver (to load batteries)
- A piece of printer paper or notebook paper
- A pair of scissors
Flying conditions Check
- Zero to 5 MPH wind
- PowerUp should only be used in large, outdoor fields
- Do not fly on damp or rainy days
- Concrete surfaces are not recommended
Building Your Aircraft
The trick to crafting a great paper plane is symmetry. The PowerUp module will fit on almost any plane design that does not exceed eight (8) inches in length. But the propeller can only enhance your plane’s performance if it is structurally symmetrical and flies well on its own.
Here are instructions to building the Nakamuru Lock paper plane that we find simple and effective. Remember that your first plane might not be perfect, so have a couple extra sheets of paper handy to nail the design. Give it a try, or choose from some of our other paper plane models on from the DOWNLOAD tab.
For additional tips on folding your plane, check out our videos above.
Prepare for Takeoff: Adjustments and Test Flight
Attach the PowerUp module securely to the nose of your plane.
Using your scissors, cut elevators into the wings of your plane. Adjust them slightly upward. These will help control the aircraft’s movement up and down.
Cut a rudder tab on the back of the plane (below the wings). This will help control the aircraft’s movement left and right.
YOU’RE ALMOST THERE!
Give your plane a test flight to make sure it’s flying properly before charging your PowerUp. If it’s not flying smooth and straight, refer to the table below to get your plane on course, or follow Shai’s tips in this videos above.
If adjusting the plane isn’t working, you might also want to check out our video on how to throw a paper plane. Throwing a paper plane is like riding a bike—practice makes perfect, you just have to get used to it!
Always launch your airplane facing into the wind.
Start Your Engine
Insert the charger’s nose—logo facing upwards—into the front receptacle of the PowerUp module. For your initial flight, do not charge for the full 20 seconds just in case additional adjustments need to be made to the airplane.
Ready for Takeoff!
It’s time to see what you’ve got! Charge the PowerUp for up to 20 seconds then toss the airplane smoothly slightly above the horizon and let ‘er rip... Once you get the hang of it, take a video and share your best flight with us on Facebook.
We hope you have a safe and pleasant flight!
A Few Quick Reminders
- Do not charge your PowerUp module for more than 20 seconds, as this may damage your module.
- Your paper airplane should be capable of flying straight without power before charging the module.
- Check out our video section if you are having trouble with any of the preparation, or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sure to get back to you.
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