Best Flight Controller For Quadcopter and Multicopter


What is a Flight Controller?

A Flight controller is the Brain of your quadcopter or Multicopter.

To maintain balance the quadcopter must be continuously taking measurements from the sensors, and making adjustments to the speed of each rotor to keep the body level. These adjustments are calculated using some very complicated algorithm in order to keep the quadcopter perfectly balanced.

A quadcopter has four controllable degrees of freedom:Yaw, Roll, Pitch, and Altitude. Each degree of freedom can be controlled by adjusting the thrusts of each rotor.

What is the best Flight Controller for your drone?

How to choose the best flight controller for your quadcopter or multicopter? The is probably the first few questions you ask before building your own quadcopter or multicopter.

Some Flight controllers includes the IMU and some don’t. It’s definitely a bonus if it does.

There are two main things to considering when choosing the best flight controller for your drone.

 

best flight controller for quadcopter multicopter

Flying capabilities

  • Gyro Stabilization – the ability to easily keep the copter stable and level under the pilot’s control. This is a standard feature of all flight control boards.
  • Self Leveling – the ability to let go of the pitch and roll stick on the transmitter and have the copter stay level.
  • Care Free– The pilot can control the copter as if it is pointing in its original direction as the orientation of the copter changes.
  • Altitude Hold – the ability to hover a certain distance from the ground without having to manually adjust the throttle.
  • Position Hold – the ability to hover at a specific location.
  • Return Home – the ability to automatically return to the point where the copter initially took off.
  • Waypoint Navigation – the ability to set specific points on a map that copter will follow as part of a flight plan.

Pricing

  • Low – less than $100
  • Medium – $100-300
  • High – $300+.

 

The quality of the software, components, and build must be taken into consideration when evaluating these boards. The forum and social media links above are a great place to research opinions on these factors.

 

Here is a list of flight controller that I have collected from the internet, some of them have been outdated.

 

Board Open Source Gyro Stabilization Self Leveling Care Free Altitude Hold Position Hold Return Home Waypoint Navigation Pricing
AeroQuad 32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on Medium
ArduCopter (APM 2.5) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Medium
AutoQuad v6.6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes High
Crius All In One PRO Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on Low
Crius MultiWii Lite Yes Yes Yes Low
Crius MultiWii SE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Low
DJI Naza Yes Yes Add-on Yes Add-on Add-on Medium
DJI Wookong Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Add-on High
Free Flight Yes Yes Low
FY-30A Yes Yes Medium
Gaui GU-344 Yes Medium
Hobbyking KK2.0 Yes Yes Yes Low
HoverflyPRO Yes Yes Add-on Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on High
HoverflySPORT Yes Add-on Medium
KKMulticopter Yes Yes Low
MikroKopter Flight-Ctrl Yes Yes Add-on Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on High
MultiWii PRO / MTK GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Low
MultiWii PRO 2.0 / MTK GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Low
OpenPilot CC3D Yes Yes Yes Low
Paris MultiwiiCopter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on Medium
Quadrino ZoomFlight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Medium
Rabbit Yes Yes Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on Low
SmartAP Autopilot Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes High
TMF Pro FH-X46 AQ50 Yes Yes Medium
UAVP/UAVX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Add-on Add-on Low
XAircraft FC1212-P Yes Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on Medium
Zero UAV YS-X6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes High
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