FAQ

How much thrust does an electric paramotor produce?

The SP140 EPPG produces 170lbs of thrust. That is more then enough thrust for heavier pilots or even tandem flights. At this thrust level is outperforms top gas motors like the Moster 185. 

With this kind of power the SP140 has different power modes so the thrust and responsiveness can be turned down.  

What is the flight time of electric paramotors

With the SP140 Electric Paramotor 1hr or more of flight can be achieved with just the power from the 4kwh battery. Efficiency of flight depends on the paraglider wing used and the amount of heavy power used. Just like racing your car vs driving normally will effect range and fuel consumption. 

More battery’s can be run in parallel to double the flight time to 2hrs but this increases weight and most will chose to trike launch vs foot launch with this extra weight.

With the typical paramotor flight averaging around 40 minutes of flight time 1hr of flight time is enough for 95% of pilots to make the switch for all the benefits of electric.

Where can the opensource firmware versions and build files be found?

With every new version of the OpenPPG versions, official files will be released shortly after the corresponding version. This will help to reduce confusion and create a foundation for clear and concise information to develop on.

Current firmware and files can be found on the Openppg GitHub or in the config tool https://config.openppg.com/

What countries does Openppg ship to?

OpenPPG ships worldwide.

What is the cost of a paramotor kit?

The cost of a paramotor kit can very from $5,000 to $12,000 depending on the equipment chosen.  The largest cost in aviation is maintenance so while the upfront cost in important considering the cost per hour of flight is what really effects cost of paramotoring.

  The cost to per hour of runtime with an electric paramotor is $0.60 VS $11.69. So after around 500hrs of flight time operating cost are around $5000-7000 on there own with a gas paramotor.

How can I get involved?

The quickest way to get involved or start contributing is to head over to the community forum. There you can propose changes, ask questions or learn more. Community Forum 

Does an electric parmotor require any maintenance?

With only one moving part an electric paramotor like the SP140 does not require any scheduled maintenance or rebuilds.

How many cycles can I get from the SP140 battery before needing replaced?

The battery is rated for 500 cycles before it reaches 80% of its original capacity.  The battery can still be use it but it might provide 40 mins of flight VS 60 mins that a new battery would hold. 

Can I order extra batteries with my order?

Extra batteries can be order with your motor. So if you want to fly some more the discharged battery can be swapped in seconds for a fresh charged battery. 

Is just the motor and battery available to buy on its own?

The battery or motor can be bought by themselves to mount to another frame. The motor, ESC, and battery are the highest cost components. In order to make electric paramotors affordable we worked hard on making the frame low cost to manufacture. Where as other gas paramotor frames will cost around $2000 we make ours for around $500 So ordering everything but the frame will not save the typical high cost expense of the frame. 

Also the Sp140 is purpose built to allowed batteries to be easily swapped and make a seamless experience.

How hard is it to transport a paramotor?

Paramotors are the most compact ways to fly.  No big hanger or trailer is required to transport them. Electric paramotors like the SP140 are even more convenient as they don’t have any fuel or oil that can spill in transit and are much more compact, and can break down much smaller the a gas motor can as they are so simple.

Learn more about the X4 and SP140 specs and compare to top gasoline paramotors at our comparison page.

Compare X4 vs SP140 PPG

More questions?

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