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  • #1 by Jumpy07 on 04 Jan 2013
  • Flight ControllerOpen SourceGyro StabalisedSelf LevelingCare FreeAltitude HoldPosition HoldReturn HomeWaypoint NavigationPricingComments
    ArduCopter MegaYesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredHighAPM 2.5, APM 2.5+
    Rctimer Arduflyer V2.5YesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredMeduimAPM 2.5 compatible
    Goodluckby APM 2.5YesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredMeduimAPM 2.5 compatible
    AutoQuad v6.6YesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredHigh
    Crius All In One PRO V1.0/V1.1YesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredLowOption of MultiWii or MegapirateNG. V1.1 has re-enforced UsB port which was common failure on V1.0
    Crius All In One PRO V2.0YesYesYesYesYesGPS RequiredGPS RequiredGPS RequiredLowSame as above but with Onboard 16Mbit Dataflash chip for automatic datalogging
    Crius MultiWii LiteYesYesYes Low
    Crius MultiWii SEYesYesYesYesYes Low
    DJI NazaNoYesYesOptionalYesOptionalOptional MediumGPS Optional, GPS also includes MAG sensor. (No Octo Support)
    DJI WookongNoYesYesYesYesYesYesOptionalHighHigh end FC with high price, Waypoints are expensive add on. Roll's royce of FC's.
    Free FlightYesYes LowOptions of Free Flight software or Timecops 32 bit Multiwii port.
    FY-30AYesYes Medium
    Gaui GU-344Yes Medium
    Hobbyking KK2.0YesYesYes LowSoftware update v1.5 drastically improves self levelling.
    HoverflyPRO YesYesOptionalYesOptionalOptionalOptionalHigh
    HoverflySPORT Yes Optional Medium
    KKMulticopterYesYes Low
    MikroKopter Flight-Ctrl YesYesOptionalYesOptionalOptionalOptionalHigh
    OpenPilot CC3DYesYesYes Low
    Paris MultiwiiCopterYesOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalLowSensorless board for people that like soldering there own – arduino pro mini based
    Quadrino ZoomFlightYesYesYesYesYes Medium
    RabbitNoYesYesYesOptionalOptionalOptional LowRecommend buying with optional Mag board
    TMF Pro FH-X46 AQ50YesYes Medium
    XAircraft FC1212-P YesOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional Medium
    Zero UAV YS-X6YesYes YesYesYesYesHigh
    Flyduino MWC V2.0OptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalNoLowSensorless board for people that like soldering – arduino Pro Mini based
    Quadrino MultiWii AdvancedOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalNoMeduim
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  • #2 by Ross on 04 Jan 2013
  • Yet another good  post of info for everyone ~~  Thanks.
  • #3 by neagron on 04 Jan 2013
  • Thank you Craig,Marty. :scotland:
    • neagron
  • #4 by Ppuxley on 22 Jan 2013
  • Thank you Jumpy for this comparison chart and your various other guides
    I'm new here, although I have some experience in quads. At the moment I fly a multiwii controlled (JussiH) quad
    I want to upgrade and get some mission capability, so was looking at the Ardupilot Mega 2.5+. Then I came across your stuff about the Rctimer controller
    http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo=goods_details.dwt&goodsid=837&productname=
    It seems like a no brainer, it looks like it does the same thing exactly, but can you tell me if there is anything I don't get with Rctimer that I do with the Mega 2.5+?
  • #5 by Gaza07 on 22 Jan 2013
  • Hi Ppuxley and welcome to the forum the rctimer arduflyer 2.5 does exactly the same thing as the original arducopter  2.5+ its well worth buying the power module and arducopter case for it though it makes a nice neat job  ~~
    Please feel free to share any pics or video you might have of your copters  ~~
  • #6 by Ppuxley on 22 Jan 2013
  • Hi Ppuxley and welcome to the forum the rctimer arduflyer 2.5 does exactly the same thing as the original arducopter  2.5+ its well worth buying the power module and arducopter case for it though it makes a nice neat job  ~~
    Please feel free to share any pics or video you might have of your copters  ~~
    Thanks for the welcome and the very straightforward answer.I have a couple of videos on Vimeo, nothing tht special , I'm afraid
  • #7 by paulcobra on 22 Jan 2013
  • Anyone know anything about the fy901 & fy91q i've seen these pop up occasionaly
  • #8 by Gaza07 on 22 Jan 2013
  • They are a bit old now not sure many people are using them  :hmm:
  • #9 by HowDoIfly on 27 Jun 2013
  • Hi Ppuxley and welcome to the forum the rctimer arduflyer 2.5 does exactly the same thing as the original arducopter  2.5+ its well worth buying the power module and arducopter case for it though it makes a nice neat job  ~~
    Please feel free to share any pics or video you might have of your copters  ~~

    Hi Gaza, I was searching rctimer for these two items but failed to find them. Do you have any links please?
  • #10 by DarrenG on 27 Jun 2013
  • The case is only available from 3DR or 3DR resellers. As for the power module, it seems it's best avoided, has some design issues that make it less than ideal, much better to install a current and voltage sensor (RCTimer do on as do Attopilot) and dedicate a 5V UBEC to powering the APM.

    On an aside, why is the APM listed as HIGH for pricing?  It's cheaper than a NAZA-M Lite which is listed as MEDIUM?
  • #11 by HowDoIfly on 01 Jul 2013
  • The case is only available from 3DR or 3DR resellers. As for the power module, it seems it's best avoided, has some design issues that make it less than ideal, much better to install a current and voltage sensor (RCTimer do on as do Attopilot) and dedicate a 5V UBEC to powering the APM.

    I have since found some suppliers, thanks. Any idea what the design issues were/are with the power module? I've trawled several wikis but find no mention of problems.

    Talking of which, they've also left me a bit confuddled as to the power requirements of the APM - one table states 5.5v 2.5A while another paragraph says it only draws ~500ma at most. :-/
  • #12 by DarrenG on 01 Jul 2013
  • Several issues some of which are more complicated than I could pretend to understand. The best guide to powering the APM I've ever found is on RCGroups here.

    Have a good read. I've followed that guide and power mine using one of those UBECs set top 5V on the input headers. And I use a separate UBEC for powering other stuff such as lights etc.
  • #13 by ChrisH on 01 Jul 2013
  • Jumpy, could do with updating the Naza entry at some point! Now three options (Lite, V1 and V2) including Octo support on V2.

    Useful info though! ~~
  • #14 by HowDoIfly on 11 Jul 2013
  • Several issues some of which are more complicated than I could pretend to understand. The best guide to powering the APM I've ever found is on RCGroups here.

    Have a good read. I've followed that guide and power mine using one of those UBECs set top 5V on the input headers. And I use a separate UBEC for powering other stuff such as lights etc.

    Excellent, I've been down a warren of rabbit holes following a lot of posts on that forum regarding the APM and have decided to order a dedicated UBEC as advised  ~~  :beer2:


    I'm still on the lookout for a the semi-opaque case though - either they're seriously over-priced or out of stock at the moment.
  • #15 by DarrenG on 11 Jul 2013
  • I ended up ordering a case from HobbyKing to use with my ArdyFlyer APM board. My first APM is a 3DR original and came with the case.
  • #16 by powerlord on 11 Jul 2013
  • Several issues some of which are more complicated than I could pretend to understand. The best guide to powering the APM I've ever found is on RCGroups here.

    Have a good read. I've followed that guide and power mine using one of those UBECs set top 5V on the input headers. And I use a separate UBEC for powering other stuff such as lights etc.

    That rc groups stuff I'd mostly mince though.  Hardly any ESCs have linear BECS these days.  You'd be far better imho ignoring that,  and leaving all 4 ESCs to the board - you then have 4 way redundancy.  Check your ESC docs to ensure they can be wired up together first though

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 4 Beta

  • #17 by HowDoIfly on 11 Jul 2013
  • I ended up ordering a case from HobbyKing to use with my ArdyFlyer APM board. My first APM is a 3DR original and came with the case.

    I just checked there. "Limited stock", give us yer email address and we'll let you know when we can sell you one.  :hmm:

  • #18 by DarrenG on 11 Jul 2013
  • Well, as I soldered my Arduflyer earlier with the side-entry pin option, and have just realised that HK's case uses the top entry, you can have mine for what I paid for (£6) when it arrives, if you want!
  • #19 by HowDoIfly on 21 Jul 2013
  • oops, sorry Darren, missed your reply somehow, wasn't intentional.

    Thanks for the kind offer but I've soldered mine as side-entry too.
  • #20 by Poppy Ann on 19 Apr 2014
  • Hi there, does most people buy the genuine APM or one of the cheaper clones? I just ordered one from amazon and it was £60 for the 2.6 controller plus gps on a stand and case is that a decent price? it can be seen here:-

     http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buyincoins-ArduPilot-External-Compass-Controller/dp/B00JGP86S8/ref=sr_1_4?m=A2KVVEZQUSFYSM&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1397922110&sr=1-4&keywords=flight+controller

    I only got it from here as I had £40 credit in my Amazon account they have the 90 Amp power module as well for £4
  • #21 by HowDoIfly on 19 Apr 2014
  • I'm awaiting my third clone in the post as we speak. Of the two I have, both are working fine. The 2.6 has no on-board compass and that kit doesn't appear to include one. They're cheap though so it's still a good price you paid  ~~
  • #22 by Poppy Ann on 19 Apr 2014
  • i just added the OSD plus power module to go with it.
    it does say that there is a compass unit  in the GPS so should be good.
    now it is the hard part waiting for the post man to arrive with it all.
  • #23 by quads500 on 17 May 2015
  • I have read the similar charts in many forums but is there any realistic comparison between FCs (more than features). It may be reliability, accuraccy of features in numbers.  :hmm:
  • #24 by Gaza07 on 17 May 2015
  • This is from January 2013 I think things have changed quite a bit since then and maybe a new chart should be done  ::)
  • #25 by Revs on 17 May 2015
  • I was looking at it thinking 'what! no Naze32?', then I realised :laugh:

    Yes a new chart would be good, two years is forever in this game. Though maintaining it would be a full time job for the same reason.
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