The Kombini FC is developed by FuriousFPV. It’s a PDB integrated F3 flight controller.
We previous reviewed the Piko BLX, which is designed for smaller builds such as 3″ micro quads. To me, the Kombini feels like a step-up from the Piko. There are features that were missing on the Piko and allows higher current.
Thanks to HeliDirect for sending me this board for testing.
Spec of the Kombini FC
- F3 Processor – MPU6000 SPI Bus (supports 8K/8K and low gyro noise)
- Built-in PDB
- Supports up to 5S LiPo
- PDB uses 4oz inner copper, supports up to 150A of current
- Built-in 5V 2A BEC
- Supports Transponder
- Supports SBus, SumH, SumD, Spektrum 1024/2048, XBus, and PPM with a built in Spektrum satellite port
- Built-in LC filter
- Push button for bootloader
The Kombini has a similar layout to the Piko BLX.
You might notice there is a JST header connector. It’s for the OSD which FuriousFPV is working on. It should integrate very well with the setup I think.
It weights 6g, sized at 36mm x 36mm (same size as a Naze32 board).
So far it looks and sounds great!
So far I like the idea of combining PDB – where running your ESC power directly on the FC without additional power distribution board, would greatly simplify building, and clean up the wiring mess.
Price seems to be reasonable at $49 (If this FC proves to work reliably). A decent F3 FC currently on the market is at least $30 (non clone). A PDB would costs another $10 to $30 depends on quality. Not to mention the weight saving, compactness and cleaner wiring.
There are a few things that haven’t been mentioned on the official website about this FC:
- FC passthrough for ESC flashing/programming works
- built-in current sensor – can be used for OSD and telemetry
- 12V regulated voltage outputs in final version (according to FuriousFPV)
- There is no “built-in” buzzer, only buzzer pins
Release date for the Kombini is the 15th of Aug.
FuriousFPV is also developing blackbox recorder that is going to be a great match with the Kombini – Furious External blackbox.
Hopefully I will build a quad with this FC soon! Stay tuned.
Update Sep 2016 – Prototype board not working
5V failed on the prototype board, it just won’t power up with LiPo, but works when USB board is plugged in. Seems like the 5V regulator is not working.
Update Oct 2016
I received the production version, which has added the 12V BEC and some other components on the bottom as you can see.
But unfortunately, the diode (D4) fell off during quad assembly, so I couldn’t test the FC, issue reported to FuriousFPV and waiting for a 3rd board.