APM boards now available in the DIY Drones store!

We now have the ability to make the APM boards ourselves, so we can offer the full set of ArduPilotMega gear from the DIY Drones store. APM boards are now in stock (we'll be replenishing supply daily, so check back in a day if the current supply runs out). Starting next week, we'll be offering all-in-one packs of APM electronics.


Note that this is the new 1.4 version of the board, which makes several improvements/changes:

  • RC ports are now numbered according to RC convention: 1-8 (rather than the previous board's 0-7)
  • Now comes with right-angle connectors for your RC and servos at no extra charge!
  • New protection circuitry should make it impossible to blow out a MUX, not matter how wrong you plug in your cables.
  • Because of this new protection circuitry, the USB cable will not power the RC/servo rails. You MUST supply the board with its own power (an ESC or other power source) on the benchtop if you want to connect a RC receiver or servos. This is not an issue in an aircraft, where the whole board is powered by the RC connections.
  • The onboard regulator was replaced with a better one (more power handling, lower dropout voltage, better heatsinking). If you are supplying power directly from a battery (and removed the SJ1 solder jumper), you should supply between 6 and 9v. A two-cell (7.4v) LiPo will work fine.

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Comment by Chris Cashmore on December 24, 2010 at 12:50pm

This is GREAT NEWS. I just ordered my pilot..

Hopefully it's shipping time will be comparable to my IMU.. But.. it is Xmas... ;-)

Thanks guys!

Comment by Brad Barnum on December 24, 2010 at 2:13pm

Does this also mean that SparkFun has (or soon will have) the board back in stock, or should I cancel the order with SparkFun and reorder from here?


Thanks very much for your help.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2010 at 2:22pm
I don't know when Sparkfun will have them back in stock; they run their own production. The safe bet is to take the bird in the hand and cancel the SF order and order it from the DIY Drones store. It's a better deal, too, since the DIY Drones one comes with the right-angle connectors that you need, and the SF one doesn't.
Comment by Sebastian Gralla on December 24, 2010 at 5:10pm

where is the powerfull voltage regulator? gone?


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2010 at 7:02pm
Sebastian: yes, we removed it. Very few people were using it, and it was creating problems when people put too much drain on the system, leading to brownouts and in-air reboots. Safer and simpler to let the ESC handle all the power issues.
Comment by Rana on December 24, 2010 at 9:01pm

Merry Chris mas Anderson !

It is really nice to hear this as lot of people were paying two time shipping, even I did that.

Comment by ionut on December 25, 2010 at 5:20am
So when you'll make a only one board by
merging 2 boards?
Comment by Morten Holck on December 25, 2010 at 7:10am
"all-in-one packs of APM electronics" sounds excellent, what about the price?

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on December 25, 2010 at 8:27am
ionut: stay tuned for a range of new products coming from DIY Drones in Q1 ;-)

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 25, 2010 at 10:46am


What about the liability issue that kept you from producing the boards originally?





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