Installing and using Betaflight Configurator for beginnersBetaflight Configurator allows you to check and change FC (Flight Controller) settings of drones that use Betaflight as their firmware. Here's how to install Betaflight Configurator on your Windows computer, how to use it, and some things that beginners should check first when they get a drone.
- Download Betaflight Configurator
- Install Betaflight Configurator
- Backup / restore / horizontal calibration
- Check connection status with radio
- Check functions assigned to each channel
- VTX transmission channel settings
- Using CLI commands
- Tune PID and Rate profiles
- Adjust your drone on your smartphone / tablet: use SpeedyBee
- Related links
Download Betaflight ConfiguratorBetaflight Configurator is distributed on Github.
There is also a link called "betaflight-configurator-nightlies", but since this is a nightly build, so-called beta version, it may be unstable or contain bugs. This version is for developers, so please do not use it for general users.
For Windows, click the file name ending with "_win32.exe".
|Windows (7, 8, 10)||betaflight-configurator-installer_[version]_win32.exe|
|Mac OS X||betaflight-configurator_[version]_macOS.dmg|
|Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS||betaflight-configurator-[version].x86_64.rpm|
|Android (Preview version)||betaflight-configurator_[version]_android.apk|
You can also follow the Github download page from Betaflight official site . If you scroll the official site ...
Install Betaflight Configurator
There are two types of USB cables: "For data communication" where all terminals are connected, and "For charging" where only power supply terminals are connected. You need to use "For data communication" to communicate with Betaflight Configurator. Please note that some cables attached to bonus of mobile phone or charger, battery are "For charging".
If you connect drone to your computer and leave it on for a long time, the VTX may run away with heat and break down in the worst case. Minimize connection time with your computer, and occasionally blow on camera to cool it. It is also effective to place a small electric fan nearby.
Backup / restore / horizontal calibration
And, if 3DCG on the screen is not level when you level the drone, you need to calibrate its accelerometer. After fixing the drone horizontally, click "Calibrate Accelerometer".
If horizontal calibration is slightly off, not only will the trajectory fluctuate during flight, but it may also suddenly fly sideways during takeoff. Look at the aircraft from front, back, left and right, and carefully level the aircraft before calibration. I think it's a good idea to make a simple stand using cardboard.
Check connection status with radio
You can also see channel map for drone (eg "AETR") in "Channel Map" column. If you don't know drone's channel map before binding, you can check / change it here.
If you change value on the screen, click "Save" at the bottom right of each page to reflect it on drone. Conversely, if you click "Refresh" at the bottom right, drone settings will be read and reflected on the screen.
On this screen, adjust radio so that pulse length should be 1500 μsec when you take your finger off the stick (Roll, Pitch, Yaw) of the radio. Also, adjust radio so that it is larger than the value in "Stick Heigh Threshold" column when it is swung to the maximum and smaller than the value in "Stick Low Threshold" column when it is swung to the minimum. For radios with OpenTX, these values can be adjusted on "OUTPUT" screen.
If value flutters when you take your finger off the stick, specify the width (up to about 10) in each "Deadband" column. If these are not adjusted, drone will not fly straight.
RC Deadband: Specifies the width to ignore the jitter of the center value of the roll and pitch stick.
Yaw Deadband: Specifies the width to ignore the jitter at the center value of the yaw stick.
Check functions assigned to each channel
In the example on this screen, ARM function is assigned to pulse length "1700 - 2100 μsec" of "AUX1 (channel 5)". Radio switch sends pulse of less than 1000 μsec when it is “down”, 1500 μsec when it is “center”, and 2000 μsec or more when it is “up”. This means that assigning a switch to channel 5 and switching it to "up" position will enable ARM functionality.
In addition, flight modes ANGLE and HORIZON are both assigned to "AUX2 (channel 6)". In this case, if you assign 3-position switch to channel 6, "down" position will enable ANGLE mode, "center" will enable HORIZON mode, and "up" will enable ACRO mode (ACRO mode will enable if no flight mode is specified).
VTX transmission channel settings
Select band field and channel field, and click "Save" at the bottom right of the screen to set. Transmission channels that can be used in each region are limited as follows, so please set accordingly. If you have multiple drones, keep all drones on same channel so you don't have to use goggles scanning feature.
Using CLI commands
Enter command in text box that says "Write your command here" at the bottom of the screen, and press [Enter] key to enter command. You can also save CLI exchange displayed on screen as a text file by clicking "Save to File" at the bottom right of the screen.
You can read current values of various setting values with [get] command and change them with [set] command. However, if you do not enter [save] command at the end, the changes will not be reflected in drone.
[help] command displays a list of available CLI commands.
[diff] command displays a list of differences from default values. If you save this in a text file when you get drone, you can always restore it to factory defaults.
[dump] command dumps list of settings.
[bind_rx] or [bind_rx_spi] command put drone in bind mode (if receiver is built into FC board).
On the drone manufacturer's website, execution result of the product's [diff] or [dump] commands may be called "CLI DIFF" or "CLI DUMP" and distributed as a text file. After resetting with [defaults] command, you can copy and paste the contents of this text file into "CLI" screen and press [Enter] key to initialize the drone to factory defaults.
Tune PID and Rate profiles
However, if you change these parameters indiscriminately, drone will not be able to fly. While studying the meaning of these parameters, try adjustments in order from the one you understand. Also, save initial values so that you can restore them at any time.
To make it easier, first try increasing P value and RC Rate value little by little to test the operability.
The information on each site below will be helpful.
It is also a good idea to apply it to your actual machine by referring to the initial value of VelociDrone shown in the figure.
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