Posted June 29, 2013 by Colin O'Boyle in Products & Tech

The PowerUp Conversion Kit Upgrades Your Paper Airplanes


Off we go, into the wild blue yonder!

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I am a big fan of “The Office.” (As such, I’m quite sad that it’s not longer on the air, but that’s a story for another day.) This past season, there was an episode accurately titled “Paper Airplanes,” in which the employees of Dunder Mifflin faced off against each other in a paper plane building/flying contest. I won’t spoil who won it for you, but I can tell you that any of them would have done better if they’d had the PowerUp Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit. I’ve yet to actually get my hands on one of these (though I really want one), so we’ll have to go off what the website has to say about them.

According to Think Geek (where it’s currently  on sale for $14.99), the PowerUp Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit consists of the propeller stalk and the battery pack. Just slide the propeller stalk (which is made of  super durable carbon fiber) onto your paper airplane, clipping the green part to the front and the propeller at the back, then press the battery pack to the green part. Hold it there for twenty seconds–not any longer or you’ll damage the capacitor–and you should hear the whir of your little engine when it’s ready to go. After twenty seconds, let it rip. Your airplane should have enough charge to fly for thirty seconds. (And thirty seconds is a heck of a lot longer than any of my paper airplanes have ever flown.)

You can check out the link to the site here, or you can head to Tailor Toys’ website (the folks who make this thing) where you can place an order for PowerUp 3.0, which is coming out in September of this year (and is currently sold out). What makes the 3.0 so cool is that you can turn any paper airplane not only into an electric airplane, but also one you can remotely control with your iPhone! Just watch this video to see the awesomeness.

Now, regardless of which conversion kit you get (if you get one at all), the most important thing isn’t the electric doodad propelling your plane, but the plane itself. That’s why I’ve provided the following links to making cool paper airplanes. Be sure to tell us which ones are your favorites in the comments below.

This first link has the most complicated designs, but some of them look pretty neat.

This second link has animated gifs to help making the airplanes easier.

The final link has designs that you can print onto the paper. Just fold on the lines and fly!

Colin O'Boyle

Colin wears many hats (only some of which are fedoras). He's a writer of strange and sundry things, from novellas about smugglers on a flying ship to short stories about the perfect prison of the future. He's also a student, currently pursuing a master's degree in creative writing. In his free time he likes to read (especially anthologies of the Year's Best speculative fiction), play video games (Borderlands 2 and Skyrim are practically an addiction), and he's working on creating a game of his own, a digital card game about Mad SCIENCE!