3D Robotics


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:

  • 3689487855?profile=originalThe 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)
  • 3689487915?profile=originalThe 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
  • 3689487864?profile=originalOur 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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    Guys, Drone Savant is right (can't believe I said that).  ...give them a break!

    Last week must have been quite an ordeal for lots of merchants across the country.



  • I got mine yesterday (to Sweden), ordered on Black Friday. Very happy with the service.



  • Mine was from 11/25, still says processing. What a joke! 

  • I ordered it on 11/29/2012 and the items still not yet shipped :(

  • Les, the IC is the TI INA169 high side shunt monitor: http://www.ti.com/product/ina169
  • Chris,  Would you please provide more details on the Power Monitor interface?  Specifically, what the Power Montior Module outputs on pins 3 (ADC 12) and 4 (ADC 13) for voltage and current montoring.  I am building my own Power Distribution Board that goes between the batteries (2x 4C) and all of the loads of a quad, and it would make sense to incorporate the functions of the Power Monitor Module on it.

    I see from the 3DR-APM-Power-Module-V10 schematic that Pin 4 is the V_BATT signal, scaled through a 13.7K / 1.5K divider, giving a scaling factor of approximately 10:1 (14V at the battery output would give about 1.4V to ADC13).

    What is unclear is the relationship between the current through R3 and the output voltage of the current measuring chip (which is unidentified on the schematic) V_CURRENT that goes to Pin 3 (ADC 12).


  • Darro Lin, I'll get back to you on that. The RFD900 is a power-hungry device that can draw up to 800mA by itself. The rest of your electronics are OK.
  • 3D Robotics

    Darro: Yes

  • Is the currently capability of the new APM power modlue sufficient to run the APM2, mediaTek, pitot pressure sensor, ultra sound pinger, and RFD900 1W telemetry radio?
  • Chris, thanks for the update.  I appreciate the time & effort it takes to compare the GPS modules.

    Also thanks for the new case with screws on the top.  I hacked up a 2.0 case which works quite well but am looking forward to getting a proper case with a power module. 

    Doug B.

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