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HK KK HC adds rugged case to the KK 2.x, is not a secret message

HK KK HC adds rugged case to the KK 2.x, is not a secret message

April 25, 2014 10:35 | By | Add a Comment

The nifty KK2.x is an awesome flight controller regardless of whether you have one of the earlier or the later models. Now Hobbyking adds a Hardcase variant into the mix: Realizing you only really need the display and buttons during initial setup, they moved those components into a separate programming box, while also giving the main controller a rugged case.

hkhcInternally, it’s a KK 2.1.5, which means a solid MPU6050 sensor and excellent performance and stability. The connectors now exit to the side, which is good news for a lot of people who had problems with the layout of the KK 2 board until now. The external programming box is hot-pluggable, allowing you to connect and disconnect it at any time. The previously optional buzzer is now already installed inside the controller case. In our review we found the KK 2.1.5 board to be ideal for both people looking for great stability as well as aerobatics.

The whole thing is being sold for USD $35.- which is slightly more than a “naked” KK 2, but in our opinion a very welcome upgrade. Now Rolf just needs to add GPS support… 😉

Product video after the break.

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KK 2.1 Flight Controller Review

KK 2.1 Flight Controller Review

February 23, 2014 14:42 | By | 11 Comments

The KK 2.1 is here! This incremental hardware update features new sensors and a beefier microcontroller, but does this improve performance? Read all about it in our review after the break!

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A bunch of new Quadcopters from Hobbyking

A bunch of new Quadcopters from Hobbyking

February 21, 2014 17:10 | By | Add a Comment

HK has updated their growing catalogue with several interesting new multirotor offerings:

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The Micro-X is a tiny MultiWii Quadcopter with a lightweight frame that has the flight controller integrated into it. You may be wondering why this is new given that they already have several versions of this available – well  this model comes with two batteries, and the DSM2-Receiver is integrated on the PCB. It’s about USD $50.- which is a pretty good price.

47075(4)The FPV250 frame is a one-piece frame for mini-sized FPV quadcopters. You can fit any 50×50 standard flight controller like the Crius AIO or the KK 2.0/2.1 boards, and it has tabs and mounts for small fpv cameras and video transmitters. Being a one-piece frame means that while it’s very rigid and certainly repairable with epoxy, severe crashes mean you’ll have to buy a whole new frame. However, it’s $10 a piece so we can’t complain!

47013-1(2)The SK450 is a ready-to-fly quadcopter featuring a KK 2.0 flight controller, 20A ESCs, four 2213 motors and a full set of 8×4.5 as well as a set of 10×4.5 props. This is an interesting package because not only is the KK flight controller absolutely excellent (even more so with RC911’s amazing “++” firmware), but you get props for both heavier payload (battery, camera) as well as for aerobatic flying. Also included is a Turnigy 5x radio system, so this is really a complete RTF package. The KK 2.0 looks a bit strange, given that they’ve phased out this model in favor of the KK 2.1 recently, but from our tests you should not let that deter you as the 2.0 board flies just as well.
Sadly though the Turnigy 5x, although functional, is pretty much a throwaway radio and brings the package price to USD $190.0,-
If you already have a radio and/or you want a better radio, you should consider building our $120 Quadcopter instead. You can get a really nice computer radio for the $70 you save. That said, the idea is a good one and maybe HK will release a version without TX, or with a Turnigy 9x lateron.

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KK 2.1 Flight Controller First Look

KK 2.1 Flight Controller First Look

December 20, 2013 20:25 | By | 4 Comments

The new KK 2.1 arrived! This updated version sports an MPU6050 sensor, which should remove the rotation rate limitations of the KK 2.0 controller. A full review is coming, in the meantime check out the first look inside.

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KK 2.1 Flight Controller released, sports MPU6050 goodness

KK 2.1 Flight Controller released, sports MPU6050 goodness

November 27, 2013 13:07 | By | 2 Comments

HobbyKing just released their KK 2.1 flight controller. It’s a hardware upgrade from the already-great KK 2.0 and features the same tried and tested integrated display and buttons.

What’s new then? Mainly an upgrade to the excellent MPU 6050 accelerometer/gyro sensor chip, as well as a big fat Atmel Atmega644PA for additional outputs and more program memory.

The KK 2.0 was already an excellent flight controller (see our review), and the little integrated LCD proved to not only be highly crash resistant, but incredibly useful in helping with setup – making this a lot easier and quicker than setting up a Naza actually. With this upgrade one of the minor negatives of the KK 2.0, the limited maximum rate of rotation sensing that can result in the flight controller becoming confused during extremely fast flips, is greatly improved.

The KK2.1 can be yours for USD $30.- via Hobbyking.

Specs and video after the break.

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Holybro KK Board, yet another KK clone

Holybro KK Board, yet another KK clone

June 18, 2012 12:13 | By | Add a Comment

Yo Bro! It’s the Holybro KK Multicopter Flight Controller, the latest version of the aging controller board design by Rolf “CapteinKUK” Bakke, featuring… the same old Murata gyros? The same “latest version 5.5” PCB that has been sold for well over a year now?

Look, the KK boards were the mainstay of the multicopter revolution, but in 2012 there’s simply no valid reason for getting one of these anymore. The “Bro” version sold at GoodLuckBuy is relatively cheap at $20 and comes in several pre-programmed versions for X, Y, Single-, Dual-, Hex-, etc. -copter… but why get this when you can get the better Eagle N6 / i86 for the same money? Not only is the i86 smaller and lets you select airframe type with simple DIP switches, but the STM 3D gyro is simply generations ahead of the aging Murata gyros on the KK board.

Hobbyking sells their KK board by pitching those gyros as being “high end” – but in fact the ENC type Murata gyros are not even being produced in volume anymore, they have been phased out back in 2008, and Hobbykings own HK401 helicopter gyro ditched the aging Murata ENC sensor for a new gyro sensor in 2011. It is said that these gyros are less vibration sensitive than SMD gyros, but we tested the i86 with props that were not quite balanced, and the SMD-gyro powered board still flew as stable as any gyro-only board.