DarwinFPV ELRS F411 AIO FC Review 🔩
So this is a whoop style or toothpick style 25 and a half millimeter mounting um pattern all in one flight controller board, and they have made a board like this. Previously uh its very similar, but this one comes with a built in express lrs, spi receiver, so somebodys going to like that something youre, probably not going to like that. Obviously, if you want to save a little bit of weight, uh, putting an express lrs receiver on here is a good way to go. If you dont mind the sort of the downsides of it being a spi receiver in terms of the form factor it, it looks very similar in terms of the size and everything compared to the previous one, its at f411 as well. Its 15 amps bursting is 17 amps for the esds. Also one two three s – and this is one of the very rare um – i guess – whoop style flight controller boards uh with a built in spi receiver that does up to 3s. I think the one from b to fpv does one to 2s. This one will do one to 3s and in fact, its based off the same firmware target. It uses the beta fpv f4. The sx 1280 target its the same target thats on this one as well and thats because of the built in express lrs spi receiver. So we got a 16 volt 220 microfarad capacitor already installed and its already stalled it on got the micro usb port.
Here you know vertical on the bottom: pretty capable of a whoop style flight control board, and these are the all the esc effects on the bottom. You see the voltage regulator there thats a 5 volt 3 amp. I believe i might be chewing about that ill. Put it up on the screen here, i dont remember these all the exact specs. You can see the little mounting holes for the plug if you want to use the plugs, so here are all the goodies that come in the bag. Xd30, of course, got your mounting screws, your grommets, your nuts and, of course, the motor plugs. If you want to use this with motors that motor plugs, you can solder those on, if you want, i personally im not going to use those and for those of you that dont want to use the motor plugs the motor output soldering holes are right here. For that theyre also pretty tiny theyre, not as tiny as the actual motor plug soldering points. But if you want to solder up the wires directly theyre right on the corners like that and theyre labeled, so um thats. What im going to be doing im not going to be using the plugs so on the other side here, weve got a bunch of pads and some of them have labels some of them dont, and there is a nice diagram ill. Stick it up on here. In the video, so you can see how to wire this up and its on the main product page as well.
But you probably want to go there and download that and save it somewhere, because its not included in the documentation that is in the box. And if you want to know what all the pads are and everything, i would consult that documentation and theyll explain all the wiring. The pads are fairly big for a board this size, and you should be able to solder on here. If you have a reasonable amount of soldering experience, whats interesting is on over here and very hard to see these extra four pads right. There are actually broken out for the usb port. So if you put this into a build where you dont have easy access to the micro usb port, you can solder on a usb port extension here and put that somewhere else on your quad. If you want to be able to plug in your usb and also its good, if you, if you rip off the usb on this side over here, for it from crash whatever, then you can always access the solder on an external usb port here and theres four Pads and um ill be able to configure the board. That way, you can see here that the board is like a two layer board so like the bottom layer is where all the ac stuff is, and then the top layer is where all the flector stuff is, and obviously you have a micro, fl connector there for Your receiver antenna – this is the receiver antenna that is included it its kind of funny that theyre putting such they put such a huge and heavy antenna in here.
Obviously, where we put, this is going to be very solidly protected, but i think its overkill, for i think for most uh things that youre going to use something like this for this antenna is way overkill in terms of protection but yeah its a good intent im. Actually going to probably use this in something else and use a different like a happy model antenna on this one for the receiver tanks, you dont really need something that big for the kinds of things youre going to probably put something like this in thats. Only one to 3s im going to be pretty light, alright, so this is how much the uh, the boardways, with the capacitor already soldered on so its about 5.6 grams, pretty good weight for the size and uh. The one last thing i do want to touch upon on the esds is theyve already pre flashed bluej firmware onto these escs. So if youre looking to rpm filter 48 kilohertz all that its already pre flashed down here. So if youre, a big fan of bluej uh esc firmware its already on there and ready to go now regards to the version of xbox lrs thats on here thats built into the flight controller im told its v2 firmware im, not sure which build it is. I im thinking its the rc 1 or rc2 build, but its not 100 clear to me. However, you can always flash this to rc2, which is the latest that um as of the time of this video and uh.
If you check out the link um from my video like a couple weeks ago, theyll explain how to flash and update these boards to the latest code, which will have the latest express lrs code in it as well. Because the code for express lrs for the receiver is built into the betaflight code and as of the time this video, its a bitfight43rc2 and thatll, have the latest updates and bug fixes for extra solar s version two in it. So you probably want to do the flashing of the update on this board at some point to bring it up to date anyway, in terms of the pricing in this board, its uh coming, i think, around 55 or 60 dollars not too bad. Obviously, a little bit more than the beta fpv. I think that is one two percent, its coming around 45 or 50 dollars, but this one will go up to 3s and the esds are 15 amps versus 12 amps, so the capabilities are a little bit better. Now, in terms of the overall quality, its gon na be hard to say until they actually fly it, but ive flown the um uh, the one that did not the previous one, that didnt have the built in receiver and thats been holding up for me pretty well And i have then i have actually two or three of them and all the builds that i have are still working: no no burnt easies yet and no dead flight controls yet so uh.
Although the quality in terms of the construction doesnt, look like amazing or anything like that, i do like the fact that its fairly decent solder pads and as long as youre not doing anything super crazy. You know they are again 15 amp basis if youre not flying this on a 5 inch with 23 or 6 motors youre, probably going to be okay with this board anyway, thats its gon na cover for this video. Let me know what you guys want to see this in any suggestions.