Lumenier Launches Innovative Drone Prop Quick Swap System as Industry Initiative
POPO® eliminates the need for a prop nut and wrench to attach propellers to motors. A full set of 4 props can be removed and replaced in about 25 seconds without tools. This provides convenience in the field, as well as speed and simplicity under race day pressure.
The ability to quickly remove and reattach a full set of props is a key safety feature for drone enthusiast that are frequently repairing and tuning their drones. POPO® prevents cuts from sharp propeller blades since there is no longer a need to hold the motor tightly while tightening a nut.
The POPO® system prevents prop slippage which is a common error for new pilots who accidentally don’t tighten lock nuts enough. The system fastens props into place with an audible click. No guesswork on tightening the lock nut.
Importantly, POPO® is also fully backwards compatible and supports any existing propellers on the market today. This enables drone pilots to continue to utilize their current props while migrating to a POPO® compatible motor. Likewise, POPO® compatible propellers can be used on regular motors.
POPO® is an industry initiative and compatible motors and propellers will soon be available from the world's top brands. Manufacturers such as T-Motor, Emax, Lumenier and more will soon offer POPO® compatible motors.
Likewise, leading propeller companies like HQ and Gemfan are already working on compatible propellers, which will be released over the coming weeks.
How does it work?
POPO® implements an elegant push button quick release mechanism in the established 5mm prop shaft. Props that are POPO® compatible can use the mechanism as well as be mounted without POPO® compatible motors, allowing pilots to easily mix and match. The system does not get in the way of mounting without POPO® compatible props, which are mounted with a conventional lock-nut and wrench, just like it works on any other motor today.
To mount a POPO® compatible prop, you place the prop onto the shaft, press the button, lower the prop onto the motor, release the button and then slowly turn the propeller while pushing the prop onto the motor. Pilots hear an audible click when the button pops out, indicating its ready for flight.
Lumenier has been selling POPO® compatible propellers for well over a year. The popular 5” Lumenier Butter Cutters and 5” and 6” Lumenier Gate Breaker props are already POPO® compatible. Lumenier is licensing the POPO® IP and specifications to many propeller manufacturers. Other manufacturers will be releasing their POPO® compatible propellers in the coming weeks.