My eldest son gave me a PowerUp for my birthday recently (he's always surprising me with the most unusual gifts!). Both of us love "things that fly", so he knew I would love this gadget.
As soon as the birthday celebration was over with, I unpacked the box, folded the plane (following the easy instructions included) and put the batteries in the charger. NOTE: minor annoyance... I wish the battery compartment didn't require the Philips screws - would be better if the cover would just slide or snap on/off for easier/quicker access. I slid the propeller clip assembly onto the nose and made a couple test flights (no power) to observe whether the plane needed trimming (adjustment of the elevons and rudder). I did bend the elevons up a little and put a slight bend to the rudder slightly to the left.
Satisfied the plane was now "tracking" alright, I charged it for the maximum recommended 20 seconds, then gave it a throw (this was in a large grassy area - do NOT fly this plane over hard surfaces - that could easily break the propeller upon landing or crashing).
My first powered flight was a total DUD! Tried again...another poor flight..the plane would go for a short distance, stall, and drop to the ground. Thinking the trim was off, I played with the elevons and dihedral adjustment and tried again - nope, still had a dismal flight. Dissappointed, I was about to give up, but tried once more. Holy smoke, that thing flew beautifully and for a l-o-n-g time!! Success at last, and it has worked flawlessly ever since - it is an outstanding and impressive product!
Anyone who owns one of these may have already guessed what I was doing wrong for my first few initial flight failures. Yep...I had the charger UPSIDE DOWN which caused the propeller to go in REVERSE! Due to MY OWN PILOT ERROR, when I released the plane to fly, the propeller was pushing the plane backwards instead of forward. So, you newbies out there - read the directions more thoroughly than I did. They clearly state to have the notched side of the charger insert facing UP when inserting into the power module when charging the propeller assembly. It's as simple as that, and you should have many, many enjoyable flights!