✔ Includes two POWERUP 4.0 kits
✔ Spare and repair parts to keep your POWERUP 4.0 in good shape.
My two sons and I love the PowerUp 4.0! We had supported the project on Indigogo several months ago, and when the box came we couldn’t wait to fly! My sons 14 and 15, had no trouble following the detailed instructions to fold the plane, attach the PowerUp module, and were flying in about 15 minutes! The app was easy to download and even easier to use. They flew their planes until dark and then folded the water resistant Invader, attached the LEDs, and flew for several hours later! They highly recommend the PowerUp 4.0, and as a Dad who worries about screen time, I love the fact that they spent hours outside!! You MUST try this awesome product!!
This is the most amazing little device! With a little creativity, some paper/tape, a PowerUp 4.0 module, and a USB powerbank, you can have an entire afternoon of flight, a chance to teach or explore aerodynamics, or all three! First of all, the PowerUp 4.0 is extremely sturdy, the build quality is fantastic. My only structural concern is the bluetooth antenna, which is a thin wire protruding from a hard plastic protector. In an upside-down/flip crash it could shear off the bulk of the antenna, which would likely require replacement to properly connect again. Other than that, it's got a foam nose cushion to protect against direct impacts, and extra propellers in case you lose one. I've flown a variety of models built from anything from balsa wood, to foam, cardstock, paper, and even parchiment paper (that one doesn't work so well, tape won't stick to it). The PowerUp module tries valliantly to stablize whatever it's attached to. (This gets me thinking: I wonder if anyone has tried flying models built from aluminum foil?) NOTE: for your first few flights try to have a grass field large enough; if you try to fly it around your neighborhood without experience, you may or may not end up stuck up under your neighbor's solar panels! (True story, I did. No damage. He was gracious.) As far as range is concerned, I always fly keenly aware of the fact that the connection is over BTLE, but I've never had it go out of range for me. I've probably reached a max of 200 ft altitude, but make sure your model is pointed in a "safe" direction just in case, because if it disconnects, I suspect it'll just cut power and glide. Each model you build/fly can have dramatically different flight characteristics. I've flown the balsa model in 10-12 mph winds, but for most paper planes you pretty much need still air, if you can find it. Try flying mornings and evenings unless you have a fast model and experience. If it's gusty, probably best to stay land-bound. PowerUp Toys has built positive relationships throughout the enthusiast community, and has worked tirelessly to bring the PowerUp 4.0 to market in a trying year. I've watched them every step of the way, and they deserve to be proud: the PoweUp 4.0 module is an amazing product at an amazing price. Kickstarter Backer #536
This gadget is an incredible piece of technology. It's amazingly smart and high tech but it's also very user friendly. It lets you remote control your paper plane (or other flying thing) with just the powerup and your smartphone. The real revolutionary part of the gadget is the built in stabilization software. This means you control the steering and altitude but the plane's on-board smarts will keep it flying stable. Small gusts of wind will not knock your plane off course, the software compensates for it and you just enjoy the flying. That's the overview now the details. To set up the powerup is quite easy. You charge it up, download the free app to your smartphone and pair the powerup with the app. You start in the hanger section of the app where you choose what plane you want to make and fly. There are links to videos on making the planes. I've been flying the invader. People have been able to fly a lettuce leaf, that shows how capable the stabilization software is. Once you fold your invader you attach the powerup, bend the elevators to the recommended angle, switch to the flight page in the app, advance the throttle, throw the glider and you're away. You steer by tilting your phone left and right and altitude is controlled by the throttle. More speed will climb, less speed will descend. It's incredibly intuitive and a lot of fun. I was soon flying large figure of 8 circuits. You can also fine tune the settings once you want to try stunts. It's an amazing gadget.
The PowerUp 4.0 is by far the best PowerUp yet! I have been having a blast building different airframes to fly! While paper airplanes are fun, where this unit really shines is in building your own foam and balsa airplanes and sending them into the air! With the built in stabilization, it seems like you really can make just about anything fly! I love it and highly recommend the PowerUp 4.0!
I come from Switzerland and it is my passion to fly and build model airplanes. In our club I am responsible for the youth care. I ordered the Powerup 4.0 one year ago on Kickstarter, just to play an have fun while indoor flying. Around the Powerup 4.0 you can build your own remote controlled depron plane for less than $90. It is an easy way for young talents to get in touch with our beautiful hobby. As you can see in my current video on Youtube (https://youtu.be/WmuB2Gz-RVU), the Powerup works also perfect outside, even in windy conditions.
The POWERUP 4.0 is a propeller module, power source and flight computer that makes paper planes capable of independent flight. You can add it to any paper, light balsa wood or foam plane. To control the plane, download the POWERUP 4.0 app for iOS or Android.
The POWERUP is perfect for anyone who’s dreamed of flying. The onboard flight computer and autopilot control flight quality, making it easy to fly a variety of designs.
Very. Tilt your phone left or right to control which way you turn or use the tuning setting in the app to get extra control over your flight.
Yes. As long as it weighs under 20 grams. While its predecessors (the 3.0 and the 2.0) worked best with very precisely folded planes, the 4.0 is powerful enough to fly all kinds of models. We even tested it on a plane made of lettuce leaves… and it worked.
We support any iOS or Android device that has Bluetooth 4.0 and a gyro.
The POWERUP 4.0 has a range of 240 feet. If you go beyond that, the app will lose communication with the bluetooth chip in the propeller and your plane will land.
Thanks to the onboard flight computer and stabilizers, you can use the 4.0 in less-than-perfect weather. If you’re flying a paper plane, it’s still best to avoid rainy days though. And for the smoothest flights, aim for clear, sunny, calm days.
It depends. The POWERUP 4.0 may be a super successful gift if you’re giving it to someone who loves making paper airplanes, loves creating things and loves flying. The 4.0 is also a great starter gift for anyone looking to get into RC flight.
Yes. You can use the 4.0 to give your kids a strong foundation in aeronautics. Crafting a plane from a sheet of paper, adjusting it for a perfect glide and controlling it, provides a challenging yet fulfilling educational experience. And thanks to the extra thrust in the 4.0, you can encourage students to design foam and balsa wood planes and put them to the test too.
We designed the POWERUP module to survive most crashes. It’s made with durable carbon fiber rods and polypropylene plastic. The bumper is made with rubber. Still though… no machine is unbreakable. If you run your plane into a wall - repeatedly - your POWERUP may sustain some damage. That’s why we recommend trying to land on something soft - like the grass in your local park.
The POWERUP 4.0 is our most advanced version to date. If you want the easiest flying experience that works out the box, the 4.0 is perfect. If you like a challenge - and love tinkering with things until they work - the 3.0 may give you just the right level of stimulation. And if you just want to fly a paper plane without using your phone, then the 2.0 could be the one for you.
No. The FAA only requires registration for drones that weigh 0.5 lb/ 250 grams or more.The POWERUP 4.0 weighs less than 19 grams.
You can return an unused product within 30 days of purchase.
We provide a full 1 year warranty on all parts except for the propellers and batteries. Our battery warranty lasts for 6 months from order.