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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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 23, 2012 at 2:32pm

Ok good, I didn't think it made sense to run servos off it.

Comment by Gerrit Jan Baarda on November 23, 2012 at 2:50pm

Pricing for the uBlox module seems a little weird:

If I order the APM2.5+ without GPS (159.99) and a separate uBlox module (49.99) total cost is 209.98,

but is I order the APM2.5+ directly with uBlox GPS its 229.99? 

Comment by mquintilian on November 23, 2012 at 2:53pm

does the power module only work for the apm 2.5?

Comment by ECODRONES on November 23, 2012 at 3:38pm
Congrats for new component and parts, really nice variety and nice prices.

Let me understand: There are new power module that is already on sale, is available also for my APM 2.0?

What's advantage features to buy it, because with Mission Planner already have the power consuption, battery voltage etc... whats the deal?

It's my lipo setup:

http://api.ning.com/files/VnrVzmhl-Cw7oKPluFm1jIjrXtKIUf05uTBBDF6GQ...*HNpgz1V/DSCN1104.JPG__Thanks!
Comment by ECODRONES on November 23, 2012 at 3:48pm

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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on November 23, 2012 at 4:10pm

Great to see these new products from the 3DR camp Chris!

We have all of these items in the store ready to order at BYOD, shipping will start next week on all pre orders placed.

Regards

Martin


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 5:02pm

Marcelo: the power module is designed for APM 2.5. APM 2.0 does not have that connector. The Mission Planner will only display that information if you have a power/current sensor attached. It is not built into APM. 


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 5:03pm

Gerrit: That's because the stand-alone uBlox is on sale this weekend. On Monday it will return to its usual price. If you want the cheaper package price this weekend, order them separately. 

Comment by Miguel Martín Mateo on November 23, 2012 at 5:17pm

Could the APM Power Module be used with APM2 as a current and voltage monitor selecting the wires that match whit the board conectors? And/or also supply power to the board throught RC receiver or throught APM output rail?


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 5:21pm

Miguel: Yes, I suppose you can cut the wires and attach connectors that will work with APM 2.0. But for that you could also use the AttoPilot sensor, which is cheaper. The choices are all described in the manual here

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