Today, we are bringing you a late but necessary review, because we are in front of one of the best flight controller ever.
Some months ago we would have grab one's head regarding integrating one components with other ones in a composed PCB. This FC is on of that cases. It's an All-In-One. PDB + FC + OSD. We are gona break down it's qualities..
- 100A continuous, 160A peak.
- 5V 3A BEC , although is not recomended to drain more tahn 1,5A ot of it due to some elements from the FC are taking it's current from it.
- Shunt resistor, or consumption meter up to 145A.
- F3 Processor.
- Gyro mpu6000 connected over SPI (faster than average).
- 3 free uart ports. They do not share any of then with USB.
- SD socker for "infine" BlackBox.
- Automatic NTSC/PAL.
- 100% compatible with Betaflight. It can be configured from well known BF configurator.
We have tested it on three configurations. And it's giving an excellent result.
- Tmotor Fpack f40v2 2400kv
- Tmotor F30A + f40v3 2400kv
- Racerstar 20A + BeeRotor 1806 2900kv
In the 3 setups we are using dshot600 and 8Khz/8Khz pid and gyro loop cicle, with a system load close to 30%. We should empashize too how easy it is to configure this board as it has been developed hand in hand between FPV Model and BorisB.
The physical installation of this board is a bit more complicated than we are used to, due to the VCC and GND pads in the lower side of it as positive battery pad. In the upper side of it we have the remaining connections. ESC's and negative battery pad. The rest of the elements that can be soldered are small holepads that go through the board so they can be soldered from up to bottom or the other side. We should also take in account two small jumpers that need to be bridged to select the voltages that are going to feed to some hole pads. One of them will be 3v or 5v, being the last one the more common choice. This will feed the receiver. The other one will feed the vtx and can be chosen between 5v and VBAT. Both jumpers are in the lower side of the board. We also have to take in account that GND small pads are hard to solder due to the GND copper layer being bigger than usual, so it will take us an extra time heating it up to do it properly.
Taking everything to account, the setup planification of this board is really necessary and we should think about it before we start, more than any other reviewed so far.
What do we like about it:
- Build quality it's quite amazing. Long time no see such thing.
- Restrained system load under full feature set enabled.
- Onboard OSD
- Developers behind this board and the recognition they deserve.
- Price! 40 bucks shipping included.
What we don't like about it:
- Soldering both sides of the board.
- GND copper layer is bigger than usual and it's a bit difficult to solder.
- F4 processor, why not?