ABOUT THE POWERFAN®

The POWERFAN® is a highly engineered machine that is able to provide the freefall adventure of your life, in safety and without needing to deploy a parachute or strap yourself by the ankle to a bungee cord! It is designed, manufactured and marketed by Dropzone.

POWERFAN® PF13

Technically it is a device that will safely and repeatedly control a person’s descent, dissipating the potential energy by means of a fan. The fan is driven only by the descending person's mass and does not require an external power source. The POWERFAN® enables users to make a very rapid descent whilst ensuring a gentle landing. It is designed for use in either a recreational or developmental environment, under the supervision of a competent operator.

POWERFANS® can be used from almost anything high! Notably: existing adventure structures like ropes courses and climbing towers, trees, buildings, stand-alone poles, cliffs, caves, bridges, cable cars and cranes.

Participants generally step from an elevated platform of some description in order to begin their descent. However, the POWERFAN® can also be used to keep the participant safe whilst they are climbing the structure in the first place. This is particularly the case when used on poles or trees.

Each POWERFAN® incorporates an integral rewind mechanism to ensure a fast and efficient recall and the machine is so efficient that a through-put of one person every minute is perfectly feasible. There is also a counter to regulate servicing and maintenance schedules. Furthermore installation, inspection and maintenance can be carried out by any competent person, in-house or otherwise. 


POWERFAN® from
a tower

The POWERFAN® has been designed to conform to the relevant parts of BS: EN: 341 for rescue devices and prEN: 15567 for ropes courses. The device is also being examined by the TÜV for independent approval and POWERFAN® is working towards ISO 9000 certification.

There are currently three models of POWERFAN® available. The PF13 for descents up to 13 metres, the PF20 for descents up to 20 metres and the PF30 for descents up to 30 metres.. Both the PF20 and PF30 models are only available as part of a licence agreement. The PF30 is also available as part of a mobile unit known as the POWERFAN®POD.

A POWERFAN® PF60 for descents up to 60 metres is currently under development and there will soon be models with descent heights of up to 300 metres. All models larger than the PF13 will be available only under licence.

Further information about the POWERFAN® installation and operation and - also information relating to the inspection, maintenance and guarantee can be found on the info pages of this website.

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POWERFAN® on a Ropes Course
Freestanding POWERFAN®
POWERFAN®POD
POWERFAN® in Trees
POWERFAN® off a Bridge