As a beginner in paramotoring, it can be tricky to choose a perfect paramotor engine. You won’t easily get the review of these paramotor engines on the internet. Only the pilots who have experienced it can tell you what it is like with each engine. Many pilots who get a new branded paramotor engine end up getting disappointed by its functioning. So no review can define well or bad working of the paramotor engine, but a pilot can.
As I have quite a good experience, I have listed down the top 5 paramotor engines that are worth mentioning. I wouldn’t say I haven’t surfed through the internet to find out more technicalities about these paramotor engines. Of course, I have put that data according to my experience but have also considered their popularity, Facebook Poll, and online research.
Of course, there are a lot more paramotor engines than the five here but if you go with anyone else, do good research. And not from just one source but multiple sources as many as you can get. This is because someone is bound to forget one or two things about the paramotor engine you can easily find in some other source.
The Facebook poll had 1131 votes. It asked questions for pilots about which paramotor engine they fly. Top 75 paramotor engines were given as the choice.
1. VITTORAZI MOSTER 185
Once you enter the world of paramotor, you will soon discover the popular paramotor engines. This paramotor engine very well dominated the sports field but also the Facebook poll. A quarter of pilots voted for Moster.
This Italian paramotor engine builder started their work in the mid-1980. In 1996, they built their first paramotor engine in Turkey and achieved first place in the world air games.
Today it has become one of the most successful paramotor engine manufacturers making moster 185 the most popular choice of pilots.
I am a regular user of moster 185 since 2016, and I can tell you it required very few hours of maintenance to date. I recently replaced the 2016 version with the 19 one, and it has amazing upgrades.
There can be, however, some teething problems you can face in the beginning hundred hours with a moster. That’s why the 19 version comes with an upgraded air box that surpasses the common manifold failure. The upgraded exhaust reduces the services required in the machine.
That suggests that moster is low maintenance, durable, and super reliable engine. It gives fuel consumption of 4 liters per hour, which is not the best, but it’s good enough for an average fuel tank. You will have many hours to fly before you need to refuel it.
Specifications of Vittorazi Moster 185
- 2-stroke cycle
- 184.7 cc Displacement
- 25 hp power at 7.8 RPM
- 78 kg prop. Thrust 130 cm- 8.50 RPM
- 14.2 kg WeightWeight pull starter version
2. MINI PLANE TOP 80
This engine got into action in 1989 and was specifically made for Per Il Volo Miniplane. It was manufactured in Italy and won second place in the poll, and more than 10% of the pilots had it. It’s product features, like low fuel consumption and low weight, made it one of the top choices among the competitive pilots. I have done a flight in this paramotor engine as well, and it’s surprising how much power this small engine can hold.
But also, you should know this is not the kind of engine big guys should go for. If you are heavily weighted, around 175 lbs or more, choose a different engine that can manage to hold your weight.
It’s a blessing for people with knee problems or back problems. As it is very lightweight and just 11.1 kg, it’s best for people who are uncomfortable lifting heavyweights.
This paramotor engine doesn’t get thirsty soon enough. Its fuel consumption capacity is good at around 1.5 to 2.5 liters per hour, which makes it a great choice for cross country flying.
Pilots can rely on this kind of paramotor engine as it is easy to maintain. With all the parts being easily and readily available in the market, it doesn’t require much or frequent maintenance.
The two-stroke engines require rebuilding when the time comes. Although the top 80 needs rebuild at the top end more frequently than the bigger engines, it produces power at a higher range. But do not worry as it is easy for a newbie to rebuild the two-stroke engine top end. Related: Cheap 2 Stroke Oil Vs Premium – Plus 7 Top Oil Choices For Paramotoring
Specifications of Top 80
- 2-stroke cycle
- 80 cc Displacement
- 15 hp Power at 9500 RPM
- 49 kg prop. Thrust 125 cm
- 11.1 kg Weight
3. SIMONINI MINI 2+
For pilots looking for an extra grunt, Simonini’s mini 2 plus would be a great choice as it offers 26 HP at 7200 RPM. This quality makes this paramotor engine perfect for big pilots, quad pilots, and microlight pilots with a single seat.
You can get a range of twin-cylinder microlight engines and single cylinder paramotor engines in the Italian company Simonini.
Did you notice anything specifically common about the first three paramotor engines? They are all from Italy! This tells me something that Italians do know how to make a great engine!
As it is smaller in size, the mini 2 plus consumes very little fuel that is 3.2 liters per hour. It’s kind of an all-rounder as it is highly reliable and power efficient.
You shouldn’t mind if you fit in the wheeled machine. However, foot launchers beware as it is very heavy actually. It is almost 7.5 kg heavier than the one we talked about above, which is Top 80. If you struggle with carrying heavyweight, it would be better you go for another lightweight engine.
Specifications Simonini Mini 2 +
- 2-stroke cycle
- 202 cc Displacement
- 26 hp Power at 7.200 RPM
- 75 kg prop. Thrust 125 cm
- 18.6 kg WeightWeight- electric start
4. MINARI F1
Yes, you thought correctly! It’s another Italian engine. Minari manufactured in Panama, which has a history of building effective engines. They produced Karts engines, Motocross, and Mini Moto when the market needed a powerful engine that is low WeightWeight and durable.
You can get both electric and manual start in Minari F1. Also, it provides a manual electric start combo and an in-flight charging battery version. The clutched version is also available as a 200 cc unit or 180 cc unit.
The Minari was at a lower; 11th position in the Facebook poll. However, many engines above have reliability issues, so it’s better not to consider them. That’s why I consider this one as my favorite 4th engine. The owners of Minari suggest otherwise, claiming it is the best paramotor and one can get in the market.
I haven’t flown this one, honestly, but I got information from the pilots about its reliability. It turns out it is fantastically reliable and causes no serious troubles. I talked to the pilot who also flown several others engine so they can compare it and give me a precise answer. I got to know that the 180 cc version is very powerful and has an unmatched throttle response.
For the pilots who are moderate to large, 180 cc is the best. Pilots heavier than that can go for the 200cc version.
Specifications Minari F1
- 2-stroke Cycle
- 181 cc Displacement
- 26 hp Power at 7.500 RPM
- 65 kg prop. Thrust 125 cm
- 14.4 KG Weight- non clutched version manual start
5. EOS 100 BOOSTER
Now this one is not Italian, surprising, right? It turns out other countries are also involved in bringing their engines into the top 5. The flying enthusiast built the Austrian company named EOS and aimed to design light, compact and powerful engines.
This company’s first engine was EOS 100, with an upgrade called booster that weighs around 9.6 kg. That’s the reason it is among the lightest paramotor engines available in the market.
The EOS hundred booster works wonders on a small engine as it offers the incredible power.
It’s a new engine in the market so nobody can say about its reliability in the long run. As of now, pilots are doing a great job in that.
Some of the comments from pilots we can consider are: my paramotor engine consumed fuel more than it was claimed. It took Up 4 liters per hour when it was mentioned 3.5 liters per hour. Max RPM: gives a good throttle response at 130 cm E-Prop.
Specifications EOS 100 Booster
- 2-stroke Cycle
- 102 cc displacement
- 21,6 HP Power at 9500 RPM
- 61 kg prop. Thrust 130 cm
- 9.6 KG Weight no clutch manual start
Which paramotor engine should I go for?
If you are only learning to fly paramotor, you should at least wait until your training period is over. Choosing a paramotor engine is a big thing that only comes after you have full knowledge of what you are doing. When you learn flying a paramotor in school, you will understand how much thrust you require and also the amount of weight you can handle. You should be able to lift and run the paramotor while being comfortable with your and its weight.
Start considering the amount of weight you can easily lift after you complete your training. Don’t consider the weight of just the engine and the paramotor. There are a few more factors you should take into account, as the weight of the tank when it’s full, equipment, and yourself! The amount of weight it sums up to is definitely a surprise.
Once you have concluded with the maximum weight you can handle, it’s time to calculate the thrust. Simonini Mini 2+, Minari F1, Vittorazi Moster can lift a heavy pilot no matter its weight. However, smaller engines like the top 80 come with limitations and can only allow the maximum pilot weight to be 175 LBS. 190 LB weighted pilots can easily go for EOS without a doubt.
Be aware of underpowered paramotors. It will be difficult for you to get off the ground, and also you will struggle to avoid running into objects. This is far more dangerous than you believe.
How much can you fly on a particular paramotor engine?
Just like engine of cars depend on its run time, a paramotor engine’s life depends on the flight hours.
Although I said the car engine is similar to the paramotor one, it is not even 90% similar. Riding in a paramotor is much more fun and is cheaper than a car.
Technically, maintenance is required for a typical paramotor after every hundred hours of flight. This is important if you want to keep your engine intact and the same even after a few hundred hours of flying. However, some pilots recommend 25 hours of a maintenance check, depending on the engine they are using.
Paramotor engine lasts as long as you keep it good. However, life is not easy, and sometimes unexpectedly, the engine fails without warning.
Paramotors are not meant to break at all, but humans make it. Humans are flawed, and so is their creation. The longevity of the paramotor depends on the maintenance and also the usage. It depends on how often do you turn on and off the engine and for how long you run it.
You can consider the bottom line to be-
A maintenance check on the paramotor engine is required after every 25 hours of flight if the engine is vulnerable. If it is very robust and durable, do the check after a hundred hours of flight.