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Aug 06, 2016, 01:40 PM
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New Product

MotoLab Typhoon F4 Flight Controller and VTX

The new MotoLab Typhoon F4 flight controller and Typhoon VTX are now released to the wild. They're in stock at Heli-Nation, RocketCityFPV, DefianceRC and others.

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Typhoon assembly and setup instructions will be concentrated in this post.

Here are the updated specs:

Typhoon F4 Flight Controller:
168MHz STM32F4 version of Tempest
100+A PDB with motor current sensor
MPU6000 gyro/acc on SPI bus
Up to 4 serial ports plus USB
Up to 6 Dshot motor outputs
Serial inverters for SBUS and S.PORT
1.5A 5V regulator with short-circuit protection
LC filtered 5V for VTX and camera
Plug-in connection to VTX board
38x40mm board size with 30.5mm mounting hole spacing

The Typhoon F4 is compatible with Betaflight using the new MOTOLABF4 board target.

The F4 board mates directly with the VTX board with no external wiring between the two.

Typhoon VTX:
25/200/500mW switchable, 40-ch video transmitter
Betaflight OSD
MicroSD slot for Blackbox
Direct plug-in connection to camera and antenna with available custom cables
Pass-through connector for camera joystick
38x38mm board with 30.5mm mounting hole spacing

The Typhoon VTX is a self-contained video system, operating on filtered 5V provided by the Typhoon F4. The video is isolated from the PDB motor current noise and delivers cleaner video. The VTX is controlled directly from BetaFlight with no extra firmware loading required.

The VTX board connects directly to the camera and antenna cables with minimal external wiring in the video circuit.

Note: The VTX board is not powered from the USB input. The board should NOT be powered from lipo without an antenna connected.

Joshua Bardwell's review of the Typhoon

Betaflight F4 Flight Controller and FPV vTX in one! MOTO TYPHOON | also, T-Motor F40III first look (23 min 16 sec)
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Aug 06, 2016, 01:41 PM
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Tempest V1.2

* Single connection for the lipo to power both the flight controller and ESCs.
* On-board 1.5A 5V current-limited switching regulator for direct connection to lipos up to 4S, or up to 6S with power filtering.
* 1A rated LC-filtered power output for VTX/camera.
* USB interface independent of UART channels.
* Three hardware UARTs.
* Reverse current protection on lipo and USB inputs for problem-free ESC calibration.
* Dedicated serial LED/transponder output with regulated 5V and GND.
* On-board buzzer driver with 5V and lipo voltage option.
* Built-in VBAT monitor with low-pass filter from lipo input.
* Dedicated SAT receiver interface with 3.3v using JST connector for compatibility with Spektrum/LemonRC cables.
* Dedicated PPM and serial receiver interfaces with 5V power using 0.1" headers.
* Compatibility with receivers using Spektrum 1024/2048, SBUS, SumD and SumH receivers with built-in inverter.
* High-quality gold plated multilayer printed circuit board.
* Connector location on the board edges for convenient access to serial interfaces and other peripherals
* PWM outputs on the corners near the motors.
* Plated holes for all connections, with the exception of USB and UART 1 on quick-connect JST-SH.

Setup and troubleshooting information for MotoLabs boards is found here:

Tempest uses the same firmware and setup tools as other MotoLab boards, so the information there applies directly.
Last edited by Moto Moto; May 07, 2017 at 07:59 PM.
Aug 06, 2016, 03:22 PM
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Very nice moto, looks great
Aug 06, 2016, 03:59 PM
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Yes indeed I like this chip here sir!
Aug 07, 2016, 10:45 AM
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Nice, may need to toss this troublesome Evo for this
Aug 07, 2016, 12:07 PM
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This looks promising
Nice product Moto, just a quick question- are there any components on the underside of the board? if yes , is a pic available?
Also i am guessing the form factor is 38x38 ?

Aug 07, 2016, 08:04 PM
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There aren't any parts on the bottom. It's smooth copper. The board is about 38x40mm, not counting the lipo pad wing.
Aug 08, 2016, 12:58 AM
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Very nice. Any pics of the Tempest wired in a quad?
Aug 08, 2016, 10:35 AM
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Here's one. I suggest running the wires underneath and up through the holes, and then soldering from the top.

Aug 08, 2016, 12:51 PM
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How do you solder the wires from the top? I mean if you solder let's say if you solder 3 motors, how would you turn the board for the last motor's cables?

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Aug 08, 2016, 12:56 PM
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Tin the wire end. Slip it into the hole from the bottom (may need to bend the wire a little to get in in the hole).
Then solder from the top and trim the excess off.
Aug 08, 2016, 12:58 PM
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The connectors are close to the edge. Lift the board slightly, insert the wires, and solder the free end on the top. Twist and pre-tin the wire ends first.
Aug 08, 2016, 01:21 PM
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Ok I got it thanks

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Aug 08, 2016, 02:07 PM
Aug 08, 2016, 03:53 PM
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does an xt60 fit in the battery holes? kinda looks like it...

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