Introducing the new better, cheaper APM 2.5+ kit (with power supply/sensor, enclosure, new GPS)

We're delighted to announce the new APM 2.5+, which is the same APM 2.5 board you know and love but surrounded by lots of new goodness!  Now, for a new lower price of $179, it comes with all this, right out of the box:

  • The new APM 2.5 enclosure, available in both top pin (above) and side pin (right) styles. It's designed to keep your electronics safe while looking great at the same time! The enclosure is made of black translucent ABS plastic so you can see the board's LEDs. It protects your electronics while allowing access to all pins and connectors. The inside of the enclosure is lined with ESD safe open cell foam to ensure the barometric pressure sensor is surrounded by static air and prevent unwanted readings due to airflow over the sensor. And the screws that secure the enclosure have been moved to the top for ease of use. It's also available as a stand-alone product for $4.99. (customers who already have an APM 2.5 are eligible for a coupon code to get a free enclosure with their next order. Email sales@3drobotics.com if you don't already have one)
  • The new APM Power Module, available with either XT60 (shown) or Deans connectors. It's a simple way of providing your APM 2.5 with clean power from a LiPo battery as well as monitoring current consumption and battery voltage measurements, all through a 6-pos cable that plugs in neatly. The board is also shrink-wrapped to protect it (the bare board is shown here so you can see the innards). Been wondering what that "mystery connector" was on APM 2.5? Now you know! This will ensure that you have no brown-outs due to insufficient BEC power from your ESCs, and makes current and voltage monitoring easy! It's also available as a stand-alone product for $24.99
  • Our new Version 2 of the Mediatek GPS module. This takes all the learning we've had with the Mediatek over the past two years and wraps it up in one vastly improved product. New big ground plane antenna to improve reception! On-board battery for fast lock! New firmware for better performance and datalogging! Also available as a stand-alone product for $37.95.

Oh, and did I mention that we also lowered the price of APM 2.5 by $20 at the same time?? This is all thanks to our new production facilities in Tijuana, which allow us to make an increased volume of products at higher quality and lower prices. We're even adding a new Manncorp four-head pick-and-place machine there to handle even higher volume!

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Developer
Comment by Randy on November 23, 2012 at 5:23pm

That's a great looking enclosure!

Comment by ECODRONES on November 23, 2012 at 6:03pm
@Chris,

I have only a 5A ESC powering APM 2.0. And I really have this information in the OSD Mission Planner. It's correct?

Thanks!

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 6:06pm

If you don't have a voltage/current sensor, the data in the Mission Planner will not be correct. 


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 6:58pm

Credit to Alan Sanchez for the enclosure design. He's our Solidworks master. 


Employee
Comment by Sam Kelly on November 23, 2012 at 8:21pm

To the ones asking about the Power Module compatibility with APM 2.0, the module has pads on the underside for 5.3V, current and voltage signals. So you can solder your own wires and connect it like you would the AttoPilot sensor. It's a bit hacky but APM 2.0 owners are not left out.

Comment by Joshua Ott on November 23, 2012 at 8:28pm

The first thing I did when I received my APM1 was label all the pins included color coding for +,-, and signal, and I've done on all my boards since then, it's the best investment in avoiding future screw ups. I love seeing this information added to the enclosure, but why didn't you label the sensor/control pins 0-13?


Employee
Comment by Sam Kelly on November 23, 2012 at 8:38pm

Joshua, they are labeled on the side of the enclosure, not visible in the photo :)

Comment by theo van niekerk on November 23, 2012 at 8:55pm

would have been nice to know this is coming before i ordered apm2.5 a week ago....:-(

Comment by Joshua Ott on November 23, 2012 at 9:51pm

Sam, thanks for the clarification, this is perfect then!

Theo, read the post again-

"(customers who already have an APM 2.5 are eligible for a coupon code to get a free enclosure with their next order. Email sales@3drobotics.com if you don't already have one)"


Distributor
Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on November 24, 2012 at 1:34am

Looks great!  For those in the UK, we will be selling the ArduPilot Mega 2.5+ kits at our store next week

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