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.