OpenPPG Open Guide

OpenPPG v3.1 and v3.2 Manual

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Nothing in this document should be taken as fact (we all make mistakes). This is meant to pool the community’s knowledge in one place, so that Paul can use it as a starting off point for the official manual, which will be published on

Note from a Batch 6 customer:
It maybe worthwhile to remind all potential buyers that we are an experimental community and lots of patience and self initiative is required. The team working to produce these products are all volunteers and delivery dates are all estimates.

Table of Contents

  1. Specs
  2. Parts list / diagram
  3. How to assemble
  4. Battery installation
  5. Battery charging
  6. Harness installation
  7. Pre-flight check
  8. Controller operation
  9. Flight
  10. Suggested maintenance
  11. Warnings
  12. Video resources

1 - Specs

Thrust: 160 lbs. This should be enough for pilots weighing up to ???

Weight (no batteries or harness): 20 lbs

Peak power use: 300 amps, 48 volts

Cruise power use: ??

Flight time: 10-12 minutes for each set of 2 bonka batteries

Dimensions when ready to fly:

Dimensions when folded up:

Motor spec?

Propeller Spec? At least list a known-good config?

2 - Parts list / diagram


  1. Bottom plates cf (2)
  2. Inside legs cf (2) (need pic to show difference)
  3. Outside legs cf (2)
  4. Arms cf (8)
  5. Front motor plates cf (4)
  6. Rear motor plates cf (4)
  7. Gooseneck bars (2)
  8. 20mm Standoffs
  9. 35mm Standoffs
  10. N3 Bolts (Are these a standard somewhere that google makes hard to find? How many are needed? Why use two different sizes? Is there a minimum strength the standard guarantees?)
  11. N4 Bolts

cf - carbon fiber part

m - Metal part (I don’t see this on anything … does it apply to the bolts? The standoffs?)



Power system

  1. Motors (4) – two of which are clockwise, two counterclockwise, so that torque cancels out.
  2. Motor controllers (ESCs) (4)
  3. Batteries (2 or 4 typ) XT150 type connectors
    Controller video

3 - How to assemble

Tools -

  • Narrow nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Utility knife
  • N3 Allen key (inch/mm ??) (a second key is helpful)
  • N4 Allen key (driver is helpful)
  • Socket (sizes?) and ratchet driver
  • Soldering Iron (35Watt)

Materials -

  • Electrical tape and/or Heat shrink (sizes ?)
  • 60/40 Solder (Assuming this means 60/40 Sn-Pb … Is the type important? Did you intentionally avoid 63/37 (used for electrical work?) or the various lead-free options (may be bad for aerospace?) … or is 60/40 just the default that was good enough?)
  • Thread Locker adhesive (sug. Loctite Red 271)

Assembly -

The frame structure is assembled from paired carbon plates which are bolted together using standoffs between the plates and bolts from each side into the standoffs. The parts key together at the edges and thus lock together.

Assemble lower frame and legs

  1. Assemble one leg using an inner and an outer leg piece, nine 20mm standoffs and 18 N3 bolts.
  2. Assemble a second leg per step 1 using remaining inner and outer leg pieces. Be sure to assemble it as a mirror to the first so a left and a right leg are created.

Assemble arms and motors

Assemble gooseneck bars

Nothing about the backplates … are they part of the Wiring assembly?

Probably should also list the sequence for netting and controller.

Wiring -

Instructions for assembling the kit can be found in this video demonstration.

One possible layout for motor rotation:

This has diagonally opposite motors spinning in the same direction, so that motor torque will be balanced both vertically and horizontally.

OpenPPG can be folded up for easier transport. To make it flight ready:

  1. Lock arms and baseplate with hinges
  2. Attached hoop pieces with plastic spacers to arms
  3. Secure netting (?)

4 - Battery installation

Suggested batteries:

OpenPPG operates at between 40-60 volts. Batteries must be installed in series to obtain 48 volts. Additional batteries must be installed in parallel. For the suggested bonkas, that means you must always use an even number of batteries (to get the voltage right), with additional pairs being added in parallel to increase duration and reduce overheating. When using batteries in parallel, ensure that all batteries are charged to within 1 volt of each other. If there is a significant difference in charge then one battery could charge another at high currents, which can lead to a fire.

Batteries may be attached to frame using a large strap: [More PICs NEEDED]

Or with a DIY box: [PIC NEEDED]

Or with a DIY 3D printed rails:

5 - Battery charging

Suggested Charger:

Update added 5/6/20: The above charger is no longer available, on the OpenPPG shop or Aliexpress. The community forum suggests several viable alternatives, dependent upon which batch you own. The iSDT T8 charger along with some kind of power supply appear to be one capable of charging the 7s batteries sold on OpenPPG shop. Details for the build can be found in the Power Systems category in OpenPPG community forum or in many other RC forums. Example below:

How to charge:

Always inspect your batteries for dents, tears, or other damage before each use.

What is balance charging?
Balance Charging is a technology/technique that regulates the charging of each cell in a battery. This helps prevent overcharging of some cells, as well as fully charging others, yielding benefits to battery life, output and safety. It operates similarly during discharge cycles as well.

What NOT to do when charging:

  1. Do NOT overcharge! This may cause fire.
  2. Do NOT leave your batteries charging unsupervised.

STORAGE : Batteries should be stored at storage level (about 75% of capacity) ie : 3,8V / Cell
Storage for 6S batteries : 6 x 3,8 = 22,8 V
Storage for 7S batteries : 7 x 3,8 = 26,6 V

6 - Harness installation

Split Leg Harness:
Dudek Harness: How to attach Dudek Powerseat to OpenPPG?

7 - Preflight Checks

  1. Propeller arms locked open
  2. Cage and netting secure
  3. Batteries securely attached to frame
  4. Battery connections in correct setup (parallel & series) and connections secure and away from props
  5. Harness secure and no loose straps
  6. Turn on power switch

8 - Controller operation

To arm the motors for flight:

Batch 2: Double click the solid red button. You will then hear a tone confirming the system is armed.
Batch 3: Hold top button while double-pressing side button. Throttle will vibrate and sound arm tone to confirm
Batch 4-6: Double click top button. You will then hear a tone and feel vibration confirming the system is armed.

To disarm/turn off:

Batch 2: Double click the solid red button. You will then hear a tone confirming the system is disarmed.
Batch 3: Hold top button while double-pressing side button. Throttle will vibrate and sound disarm tone to confirm
Batch 4-6: Double click top button. You will then hear a tone and feel vibration confirming the system is disarmed.

9 - Flight

The controller can be updated or customized for metric/imperial, handedness/screen orientation, etc, via Micro B USB cable (Android standard) with the online utility at

Note: Default “battery remaining” percentage is preset to a logical/safe drain voltage to avoid damaging Lipo batteries.

LiPo batteries:

Monitor your LiPo battery voltage during flight. Land before your batteries get down to 3.4 volts per cell (40.8v for a 12s pack) or your batteries can accumulate permanent damage. Warning: Highly discharged batteries can become dangerous to charge, due to low internal resistance.

10 - Suggested maintenance

11 - Warnings

When flying with only 2 bonka batteries, batteries may overheat. It is suggested to fly with a minimum of 4 bonka batteries (or equivalent).

When flying with 2 batteries it drains a lot of current (amps) from the two packs. Flying with 4 batteries will drain at half the rate from each pack, resulting in less heat generated at the battery pack level and the connections.

12 - Video Resources

Please add links to all OpenPPG related videos below.

Published Video Title Link
OpenPPG youtube channel
PDWhite youtube channel
14 Jan 2019 Pauls Battery Charging setup
14 Jan 2019 Throttle v2 overview
13 Jan 2019 Pre-built quick setup guide v3.2
22 Jun 2018 OpenPPG 22 v3.1 Build Video (part 1)
OpenPPG 22 v3.1 Build Video (part 2) Not released yet
10 Aug 2018 Two Electric PPG Air to Air (OpenPPG 22 v3.2)
22 May 2018 OpenPPG 22 Fun Flying and Update
30 Mar 2018 Batch Two Update- Open Source Electric PPG
22 Feb 2018 OpenPPG DIY Electric Paramotor Update
18 Jan 2018 DIY Electric Paramotor Project Update (Vid #3)
26 Dec 2017 Electric Paramotor Project DIY Frame Breakdown (Vid #2)
10 Dec 2017 Electric Paramotor Project DIY (Vid #1)

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