Review: Illuminati 32 flight controller
Finally, I received my new Cleanflight flight controller with integrated OSD – the Illuminati 32. Sadly HobbyKing didn’t provide any information about the board. There is no manual included, just a product specification from Quanum. Here are some of the hardware specifications, that I can confirm:
Hard case size: 38.45×38.45x11mm
Board only: 35x35mm
Weight: 12.2g with case / 5.6 without
STM32 F103 MCU
Invensense MPU6050 Acc/Gyro
Atmega Mega 328P for the OSD
NO compass as advertised on HobbyKing!
The STM32 F103 and the MPU6050 are the same as on the Naze32. The MS5611 barometer is pretty standard too. I would not use the board without the hard case because the mounting holes quality is not good in my opinion. Check the pictures below and decide for yourself. The hard case has a good quality and doesn’t look cheap.
You have a maximum of 6 PWM outputs and all of the connectors are the same as on the OpenPilot CC3D board. It could be a problem for beginners to connect the board to the copter ESCs. Almost all ESC have 3-pin servo connector and you can connect that one straight away to the flight controller. You will need to modify and solder the included cable sets as well as the cables of your ESC. If you want to connect a GPS over the I2C bus, connect to the connector with the SDA & SCL markup. And wrong name on the back 🙂
The board came preloaded with the Cleanflight 1.8.1 version. You cant connect the flight controller to Cleanflight Configurator when the board is in “normal mode”. To either update the firmware or setup the FC you need to use the dip switch: 5, 6 ON and 1, 2, 3, 4 OFF. Personally, I don’t like to always change these for “only” connecting the board to Cleanflight Configurator.
For updating the firmware to the latest Cleanflight, select the firmware for the Naze32.
I haven’t managed to test the KV OSD yet, cause I have always used MinimOSD, but you can find firmware and GUI here. Not sure if its possible to flash the MinimOSD firmware on it.
Conclusion: I like the integrated OSD and the additional barometer. What I don’t like are the mounting holes and that in “normal mode” I can’t directly configure the board. I can’t recommend the board for beginners because of the non-standard PWM-out connector. If you think the Illuminati 32 is not for you, check out my Cleanflight Best Flight Controllers article.
Update 2017.10: Currently there are many new and much more advanced flight controllers in the same price range. Here you can find the Top 5 Betaflight boards, which run on the newer F4 processor.
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