Analogue Voltage Sensor (X8R2Analog) for FrSky X8R Receiver
Please note that this is a 3rd party product brought about by FrSky users, and is not an FrSky manufactured product.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please refer to the content in the 'Specification' tab above for info about an important firmware update
This sensor is used to report voltages via telemetry between the X8R receiver and the FrSky Taranis transmitter. It utilizes a small 8 pin microprocessor to sense a voltage via an analog to digital converter and a voltage divider circuit. This board has its own 3v3 power supply and is fully self contained. There is a blue power indicating LED that will light when connected to the s.port interface on the X8R receiver.
0.0 - 18.2v (will support higher voltage, but will only report the ranges listed e.g. will report 18.2v until battery voltage drops below 18.2)
NOTE: DO NOT exceed 25v or you will damage the microprocessor.
Hi-Resolution jumper: Selects the resolution that the X8R2Analog uses to report voltage.
Jumper installed: Improves accuracy (useful for 3S and smaller batteries)
Jumper not installed: Normal accuracy
Note: Make sure you enter the correct MAX voltage in the Taranis telemetry setup so the scaling of the values are correct.
Use a standard servo extension cable to connect to the s.port connection on the X8R (not the s.bus connection). This device must be the only or last device in the s.port chain as it does not support pass through. Please verify the pinout prior to connection with specific interest on matching the positive and negative wires. Serial to S)ignal, positive to +, negative to -
Connect to the voltage source being monitored. Please maintain the correct polarity. One of the terminals is labeled Analog-In, this is where the + or positive terminal of the battery you are monitoring attaches. The other terminal is labeled GND, this is where the ground of the battery you are monitoring attaches... See the diagrams and notes below.
Note: if you are using the FBVS-01, you can connect that to the Ground and Voltage In connections. You will also need to remove the left most through hole resistor, the one closest to the microprocessor, and replace it with a jumper wire.
These do not provide pass-through of the s.port connections so this must be the only or the last device in the chain.
If you are using an FBVS-01 external voltage divider, you will need to remove and jumper the resistor highlighted above. Just clip it's leads and pull heat the pin and pull them out and replace it with a wire jumper. This resistor is a 15k 1/6watt resistor if you need to replace it in the future.
Connect a servo extension cable between the s.port on the X8R and the s.port connector on the X8R2Analog board. Be sure and maintain the proper connections. Serial to S)ignal, positive to +, negative to -.
If you will be using this to monitor the voltage of a 3S or smaller LIPO battery, you may jumper the high resolution jumper to gain a little more accuracy in the voltage readings. Be sure you adhere to the Voltage Range warning if applicable. For 4S batteries up to the max voltage limit, you may leave this jumper off.
Connect the voltage source that is to be monitor to the Analog-in pin location. If you use multiple ESC's or BEC's and your X8R receiver shares a common ground with them, you do not need to connect the ground on the analog-in pins. Only connect the analog-in connection to the positive lead on your LIPO battery. If your X8R receiver is powered from a separate battery or does not share a single point ground with the LIPO battery being monitored, there is a 47 ohm resistor that should be installed in series with the ground of the battery you are monitoring. This will act as a fuse in case your primary ground fails and will protect your receiver and the X8R2Analog interface.
Please note that this is a 3rd party product brought about by FrSky users, and is not a FrSky manufactured product.
Newer versions of the X8R receivers are making their way into the
market, we're assuming this is a new firmware load in the receivers. But
regardless, the new firmware is causing some problems with the X8R2Analog sensor.
The problem is that if you power up both the X8R and the X8R2analog at
the same time, you won't get the A2 value from the X8R2analog sensor.
If you simply unplug it and plug it back in, it will work.
New firmware is available to remedy this issue.
The link below are the instructions and file for flashing the new firmware to the
X8R2analog - it's pretty easy.
This firmware will also update the units to work with the X6R as well as