BeastX Microbeast Flybarless Unit

BeastX Microbeast Flybarless Unit

BeastX Microbeast

Review

The BeastX Microbeast Flybarless Unit is my favorite rc helicopter flybarless system so far!  To be fair I have only used the Align 3GX and Microbeast so far, but I in my rc heli career I will be sticking with BeastX.  Honestly the 3GX and Microbeast are pretty intimidating at first glance and the manual is a bit confusing, but you can get clarification on the setup procedures here or on YouTube.  The manual aside, the Microbeast FBL unit is very easy to setup once you go through it one time.  There are three programming menus which are very clear.  Each step of the setup is laid out on the actual unit with a series of labeled lights.

The status light to the left lights up and changes color showing you the option that you have chosen.  If your mechanical geometry is on point, it is so simple to setup up in the Microbeast.  Just go to the menu, throw on your pitch gauge, and use the rudder stick on your radio to dial in the pitch limits.  Absolutely easy, if this newbie can set one of these up anyone can.  It is also very compact in size.  Fits perfectly inside a 250 size heli.  I would do a pros and cons list, but I do not have any cons as of yet.  Rock solid product, I will be buying these for my future builds.

Here is my Trex 250 DFC Microbeast setup.  Tail servo mounted on the tail boom of course.

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Updating Microbeast Software

Whenever the Microbeast has been updated, it is recommended that the entire setup be done again.  That being the case if you just received your Microbeast, update it before you do anything.  The update process for the Microbeast is one heck of a task too.  That is why I am doing this step by step tutorial.

STEPS:

1.  Go to www.beastx.com.
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2.  Under Service on the Home page, click -> Software.
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3.  Click -> Update.
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4.  Fill in the form, click -> Submit.  Wait for the update to be emailed to you.
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5.  While you wait for your emailed update, we need to set up your computer to communicate with your Microbeast.  Go back to the software download page and click -> Download under Software Bundle to download the .msi file.4. BeastX Microbeast Flybarless Unit Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Click -> Save File
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7.  Open the .msi file that you downloaded.
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8.  Click -> Run
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9.  Click -> Next.
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10.  Check the install path.  Click -> Everyone.  Click -> Next.
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11.  Click -> Next.
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12.  Once installation is complete, click -> Close.
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13.  Now the fun begins.  Click -> Start.
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14.  Click -> BEASTX folder.
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15.  I have seen instructions that say to install the driver, but if you click -> Driver Installation whether it be here or in the actual folder on the C:/ drive you will get the following error.
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16.  I am logged in as admin, but the error occurs regardless.  The following steps tell you how to get past the error.
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17.  Get your Microbeast USB Adapter.
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18.  Go ahead and connect just the cable.  This way you can plug it in right if your computer’s USB turns it up-side-down.
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19.  Plug the adapter in to your computer.
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20.  Wait for Windows to attempt to install the driver.
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21.  After Windows fails to install the driver successfully move to the next step.
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22.  Click -> Start, then click -> Control Panel.
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23.  If you only see a few icons in this window.  Change the View by: option in the top right to “Small icons”.  Now locate and click -> System.
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24.  Click -> Device Manager on the left.
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25.  Expand the “Other Devices” menu and right click – > CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller.
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26.  Click -> Update Driver Software…
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27.  Click -> Browse my computer for driver software.
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28.  Click -> Browse.
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29.  Expand -> C:/ Drive.  Click -> Program Files (x86).  Click -> BEASTX, then highlight the Driver folder, and Click -> OK.
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30.  This should be where the driver file is on your computer.  If not you will need to look around a little.  Click -> Next.
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31.  Once the driver is installed successfully, click -> Close.
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32.  Now if you look at your Device Manager the yellow error sign is gone and (COM 4) listed at the end of the device title.  If this matches you, then you are good to go.  If back trace the steps and double check that you did not miss one.
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33.  Go back into your Start menu, open the BEASTX folder, and click -> BEASTX Updater.
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34.  In order for the software to talk to the adapter the top drop down box (in the window that pops up) needs to have COM4 in it.
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35.  Now check your email and download the update that BEASTX emailed to you.  DO NOT change the name of the update file.  Here I put it on my Desktop to make it easy to locate.  In the BEASTX window click -> Open File, locate the update file.
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36.  Connect the USB adapter to the Microbeast SYS port.
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37.  I believe some of the older version may not need power.  The Microbeast v3 definitely does so connect the battery.
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38.  Click -> Refresh and your Microbeast’s version information will fill in the bottom of the window.  That means you are connect and ready to update.
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39.  Double check all the blocks.  COM4 up top.  The right update folder listed.  If all is good click -> Start Update…
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DONE!!!!