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 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 theo van niekerk on November 24, 2012 at 1:59am

@ joshua thank you for pointing that out must be honest just skimmed it, would still have been nice to get the psu and cheaper price, no complaints just saying......:-)

Comment by Joshua Ott on November 24, 2012 at 2:05am

I hear you Theo, I have a lot of ill-timed purchases on my equipment shelves, but that is the price of operating on the bleeding edge of this rapidly developing tech. It's better than the old days where everything took five or ten years to improve. : )

Comment by Martin Poller on November 24, 2012 at 3:14am

Are any of the UK suppliers going to match Chris's all inclusive price drop offer?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 24, 2012 at 4:27am

I think this is the first one that will get the normal players worried. Well done.

Comment by HB on November 24, 2012 at 5:37am

I also would like to see a power module with 300 Amps !Could probably be achived by supplying diverent value shunt resistors, and we can put them in ourselves.
And have the values in the mission planner for setup.

Will the existing power module burn out if overloaded ? what are the specs ?


Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 24, 2012 at 5:52am

HB, I see there is a 180A Attopilot sensor.  That's good enough for me.  But I wonder how much voltage drop there is on these?  Is it significant?

Comment by Vincent Mees on November 24, 2012 at 6:23am

A nice complete kit at a very competitive price!!

I just hope that the recent mediatek problems with the latetst arducopter fw versions will be resolved.

Comment by HB on November 24, 2012 at 6:48am

Robert, I am actually using the 180A Attopilot with my APM2 on my Hex, due to a miscalculation on my behalf (regarding prop size) I had an unplanned landing, analysing the log showed a huge voltage drop and increase in current . It actually hit the 180A mark, ever since current reading was not working, checked Attopilot unit and it is ok ...  changed the current inputs on the APM2 from A2 to A1 last week and its working again. So damage must have been done to the APM2 current input A2 .

So I wonder about the handling with the new power sensor, and consequences of overloading.

Comment by Tissy on November 24, 2012 at 2:33pm
Does the case have mounting holes on the underside compatible with the original holes on the PCB allowing the case to be screw mounted ?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 24, 2012 at 2:56pm

Steven: No, like the the original APM 2.0 enclosure, it's designed to be mounted with double-sided tape. But if you want to drill holes to mount with screws, you can.


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