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I recently installed the Furious FPV AcroWhoop V2 into my Tiny Whoop and synchronized with 18,000kV motors and 255mAh LiHV batteries. Believe me, it is a monster. It flies similar to a mini quadcopter. Initially, when I started flying Tiny Whoops, I bought the affordable Beecore. The Beecore, despite its attractive features came with certain deficiencies. Particularly, the Bind and Boot functions were supposed to be accessed using very tiny solder pads. It was quite a complex task to get it bound and configured.
An acquaintance of mine ended up damaging his Beecore beyond repairs. So, I lent him mine to let him stay in the air for some time. A local hobby store in my neighborhood showcased the AcroWhoop V2 which caught my eye and I grabbed it at once.
The AcroWhoop was evidently slightly more expensive and I was not cognizant of its features until I bought it and got it configured. At that point in time, I considered it nothing but a gizmo similar to Beecore with extra shipping charges.
When I bought it, I was quite pleasantly surprised to be honest.
- F3 board
- Full range Furious FPV FrSky supported receiver
- Telemetry options
- Comes with a bind button rather than bind solder pads
- Integrated with Betaflight 3.0 pre-flashed
The fact that the USB port is mounted vertically is what has really enchanted me. The other Tiny Whoop boards have the USB port mounted horizontally which make the ducts come in the way when trying to plug it in. The vertical USB resolves this issue and the ducts do not get in the way anymore. There is lots of space between the camera and the USB port.
Initially, as soon as I plugged the board into the computer, Betaflight was already pre-flashed onto it. So, I unplugged the board, pressed the bind button, plugged into the computer again and bound it to my Taranis. It cannot get simpler than this!
In addition, all the configurations had been done by default. The UARTs and ESC protocols etc. were all preconfigured. I simply had to toggle the Airmode on, set up my arm switch, ensure that the receiver was functioning properly and I was ready to take off.
I, generally, do not get over-excited about default settings on a board, but brushed boards can sometimes turn out to be unreliable. So, all the pre-configurations in this scenario was really exciting.
The flight controller also comes with rubber grommets. The Beecore had poor quality and uneven rubber grommets. The AcroWhoop came with appropriately molded and symmetrical ones. This shows the attention to detail that has been put into this device by the developers.
The only complaint that I had about the board layout was that I literally made a mess of soldering the new PowerWhoop connector onto the board and so had to do it again and again until I got it right. I do not fancy soldering the wires through the pads as I prefer soldering onto the pads.
The Whoop will not be able to sustain a harsh crash that a small solder joint would get dislodged.
Configuring the telemetry option had its thorns and thistles. The configurator does not offer a lots of options rather than switching on the Telemetry and VBAT options.
When I tried to find the sensors on the Taranis, I found 14 different sensors. None of the sensors included CELS or VFAS (the two sensors for detecting voltage). It was rather annoying since I was able to see the voltage in the configurator when a battery was connected but was not able to identify the sensor.
I contacted Furious FPV customer’s support and received a response promptly with a CLI dump to load into the board and see if things improved. But nothing happened.
Then I remembered from my experience of using Naze32 boards that did not send VFAS or CELS until the board was armed. So, I armed the board and then discovered the sensors. It worked like a charm as I could see VFAS and CELS.
The reading in the radio was slightly different from the one in the configurator and I am still working on it to get it right.
Despite the solution being super easy, it was quite considerate of Furious FPV customer’s support to respond so promptly. It was quite heartening to see such a forthcoming attitude on their part.
Finally, a feature-rich F3 flight controller equipped with telemetry and a full range receiver, worth $45, is a great offer. You will not be using the receiver to its full capacity but it is always nice to get voltage notifications so that you can land your quadcopter safely before the battery runs completely out of juice. With other boards such as BeeBrain costing about $50, this seems to be a pretty attractive option.
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