With the latest features, a layout which will make your build clean and easy, top notch customer support, and an extremely competitive price, the Bardwell F4 AIO Flight Controller is perfect for your quad!
1. Can your VTX power your Camera? If yes, power your Camera straight off your VTX 100% of the time. If no, then use the supplied camera power pads on the Flight Controller.
Version 1.3's JST connector's pinout is:
VBat - Current - GND - NC - M1 - M2 - M3 - M4
Version 1.3 of the board is now shipping! Changes in version 1.3 include:
* 16 MB dataflash chip for Blackbox logging instead of SD card reader.
* RX4 pad at corner for ESC telemetry
* TX6 pad added so there is one additional UART for general-purpose use
* 5v pad near LEDstrip pad changed to vBat so there is a convenient vBat pad on top of the board. Use Buzzer+ for 5v if need be or there is a 5v pad on bottom of the board.
✓ 3-6s F4, AIO board with MPU 6000 gyro
✓ Superb board layout allowing for easy and clean builds
✓ Joshua Bardwell authored manual and selected features, manufactured and backed by RaceDayQuads
✓ Centrally located gyro
✓ Betaflight OSD w/131a current sensor
✓ Compact 30.5x30.5 board layout
✓ 9v filtered power out for VTXs – very strong filtering capability for clean video (the 5v output is also filtered)
✓ Power Out: 3x 5v, 1x 3.3v, 1x VBAT, 1x VTX filtered power (9v), 1x Camera filtered power (9v);
✓ 4x UARTS for FRSKY, SBUS, IBUS, SAT (2 inverted UARTS)
✓ Smart Audio compatibility and Camera Control capability
✓ Pre-flashed with BF 3.2.2 - Compatible with CLRACINGF4.hex
✓ Programmable LED pin
✓ Buzzer pins
✓ Blackbox capability
✓ No pinned-connectors – all direct solder for optimal durability
✓ Included and installed vibration dampeners
✓ 7.29g Weight
For a detailed and complete manual authored by Joshua Bardwell, please click here. The Bardwell F4 manual is distributed as an online PDF. It does not come with a hard-copy printed manual
If you are using SmartPort Telemetry wired to the TELE pad, you must go into the CLI and type:
set tlm_halfduplex = off
If you are having issues with DShot or LEDs working on BF3.3, go into CLI and type:
dshot_burst = off
SETUP TIPS FOR BEST VIDEO
When setup appropriately, the Bardwell F4 *should* not need any capacitors in order to have clean video. However, on certain setups it will simply be unavoidable. Here are tips on how to setup your board for best video quality and the least likelihood of needing capacitors for perfect video.
The general idea is that you want to limit your camera and VTX's exposure to noise. I.E. - you want to limit exposure to your Bardwell F4, since the noise is produced by your ESCs, then passed through the Flight Controller to your VTX AND your Camera. A common misconception is that noise shows itself only through the VTX, when in fact it can be shown to your video via your Camera. So, here are our tips:
2. If you aren't using it, don't wire it! Not using OSD or camera control? Then wire your camera's video straight to your VTX (not through the video pads on the FC) and do not wire the camera control.
Now, those two general tips will get you darn close! But what if your video still isn't perfect? Here's what you can do further. First, there are two types of issues. One is noise related, one is power related. Noise looks like clear lines through your video. Power issues look like black lines through your video. For a noise problem, a capacitor will work and you can add it now and ignore the tips below and go fly. For those not wanting to add a Cap or those with a power (black lines) issue, keep reading:
1. I have a noise (clear lines) issue: Follow steps 1 and 2 above. If still noisy (and you don't want to use a cap), then power your camera off of the same pads as your VTX. If this does not work, then your build requires a cap. Kind of a last resort is considering not using OSD or camera control and then wiring appropriately (depends, would you rather no Cap or no OSD in your build?).
2. I have a power (black lines) issue: Your VTX is power hungry! This is a known thing with some VTXs, like the Mach 2 and the Unify series. They simply do not do well under regulated power. You can often confirm this by testing power levels. The issue will be worse at 800mw than 25mw. The only fix is to power your VTX directly off of the battery leads. If this does not remove the black lines, you have a defective VTX or a defective Camera. We'd bet it's the Camera that has gone bad before the VTX if you are taking a wild guess. But, if all is good then now you should either A) have clear video or B) have noise (clear lines now instead of black). If you have noise, refer to steps 1 and 2 above. If that does not fix the noise, then your build requires a capacitor.
BOARD LAYOUT QUICK-REFERENCE
The table below shows the intended purpose of each of the pads on the board. Detailed instructions for wiring up the board are later in the manual.
TOP OF BOARD
ESC- : Battery voltage negative, wired to ESC.
ESC+ : Battery voltage positive, wired to ESC.
G : Ground
S1, S2, S3, S4 : Motor signal outputs 1-4.
SBUS : Serial receiver (SBUS, iBus, SpekSat) input. UART1. Can be used with both inverted and non-inverted protocols, but iBus telemetry and SpekSat binding don’t work on this pad. Can also be used for ESC Telemetry if you’re freaky like that.
TELE : SmartPort telemetry input (inverted) UART3.
3.3/5 : 5v or 3.3v output for receiver. Use solder bridge on underside of board to select voltage.
+7.6 : 7.6v filtered output for FPV camera and vTX. Max 1.2 amps.
RX6 : UART6 receive pad. Use this for non-inverted receiver input such as iBus or SpekSat. iBus telemetry and SpekSat binding work on this pad. Can also be used for other receive functions like ESC telemetry.
CAM_S : Video signal input from FPV camera.
CAM_C : FPV Camera OSD Menu Remote Control function. Connect to camera OSD input pin.
LED : Programmable LED output pin. Usable with Betaflight LEDStrip feature. Also, can be reassigned to SoftSerial via Betaflight resource remapping feature to provide one additional UART
TX4 / RX4 : UART4 TX and RX pads. TX4 is primarily intended for use with vTX remote control function such as SmartAudio or Tramp Telemetry. UART4 is the only one UART on the board with both TX and RX pads available. If UART4 is needed for some other purpose, reassign LED pad to SoftSerial and use vTX remote control that way.
BUZZ- : Negative leg of piezo buzzer.
BUZZ+ : Positive leg of piezo buzzer.
VIDEO : Video out to FPV video transmitter.
BOTTOM OF BOARD
5v : 5v output for accessory devices. Max 1.2 amps total across all 5v pads.
BAT+ : Main battery lead positive wire.
BAT- : Main battery lead negative wire.
+5v/3.3v : Solder bridge for selecting 5v or 3.3v output to receiver pad on top of board.