Walkera Devo 10
WALKERA DEVO 10 BREAKDOWN
Stock Devention Software:
Walkera Devo 10 – Stock Software Updating (Devention Software)
Walkera Devo 10 – Model Setup Installation (Devention Software) NEW
Walkera Devo 10 – Basic Menu Navigation (Devention Software) NEW
Walkera Devo 10 – Binding (Devention Software) NEW
At first glance the Walkera Devo 10 was quite intimidating, because I have gotten so used to my Spektrum DX8. It was hard to believe at first, but there are many differences with the look and how to set up models, switches, and the radio itself. I wanted to branch off to Walkera in order to try something new and Walkera has an extensive collection of rc helicopters. While doing research it seems that there is tons of information out there about Spektrum, JR, and Futaba radios, but not a lot on Walkera’s radios. My primary attraction was the price. The Walkera Devo 10 is a 10 channel radio that has all of the features that I high end radio has. You can’t beat this for $159.00!
Of course I know that in this hobby, you get what you pay for and that is a concern. However, I am still giving it a try. My first impressions are all positive. I like how it feels and the weight of the radio. The sticks are smooth and very precise. Menu navigation is a bit confusing, because I have only been using my Spektrum DX8 for the past 3 years. It is just something new that does have a learning curve like everything else in this hobby. Honestly, after messing around with the Walkera Devo 10, I realized that I was just over analyzing it. The menus and navigation are quite simple. Another plus for this radio is that if you don’t like the stock software which is called Devention, there is third party open source software that can be downloaded which is called Deviation. I am definitely going to have to try Deviation out for sure and there will be a write up coming on it.
With Deviation Software the Walkera Devo 10 really does become a very versatile rc radio. Actually the most diverse rc radio in the market right now. Without modifying your radio, Deviation Software can be installed on the Walkera Devo 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 radios. Deviation supports up to 255 different model setups. The software breaks you free from having to use the Dfuse window for file transfer, because Deviation turns your Walkera Devo 10 into an actual USB hard drive. This feature also allows you to manage models, radio configuration, change icons, and themes just by copying a file straight onto the radio (drag and drop). Themes can be reconfigured with custom bitmaps, fonts, and colors. Some of the Walkera Devo 10 switches are locked and can’t be changed. Deviation allows you to remap the switches the way you want. Deviation also supports multiple languages.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – MANUAL AND SOFTWARE
Below is a quick lick for the Walkera Devo 10 with stock Devention Software:
Here are the Walkera Helicopter setup files for the Walkera Devo 10:
In order to update the Walkera Devo 10 software and features Dfuse is needed:
The Walkera Devo 10 radio software update page:
The Walkera Devo 10 Deviation Software (Third Party):
WALKERA DEVO 10 – STOCK SOFTWARE UPDATING
Before doing anything it is always a good idea to update the radio’s software. Here is how to do it. I am going the long way with downloading the software. You can also go to the product page and click the Download link at the top.
1. Go to www.walkera.com.
2. On the Home page click Service at the top.
3. On the next page click the Download Center button below Software Update.
4. Next click Software Update as shown in the picture.
5. On the next page you will need to download the latest version of Dfuse and install it onto your computer. The Dfuse software is needed in order to install the actual update onto the Walkera Devo 10. As of 27 January 2015, Dfuse 2.0 is the most current software. For general information, the iLOOK software is for FPV aircraft.
6. Once Dfuse has been downloaded and installed on your computer, click the icon and open it up.
7. Next we need to go back to www.walkera.com to download the software update for the Walkera Devo 10.
8. Click Service one more time.
9. On the next page click the Download Center button below Software Update.
10. This time look right and click Radio.
11. On the next page select Devo 10.
12. Next download the most recent update. You will need to unzip the file and ensure to remember where you save it.
FINALLY, ON TO UPGRADING THE WALKERA DEVO 10 SOFTWARE
13. Next plug the Walkera Devo 10 into your computer using the USB port on the back of the radio.
14. Press and hold the EXT button.
15. While holding down the EXT button, power on the Walkera Devo 10. You will see a status bar on the screen like the radio is doing something, but it isn’t. This screen is indicating that you are successfully connect to your computer.
16. Now look at the Dfuse window. Before you hooked up the radio the bottom of the Dfuse window was blank.
Now the Dfuse window should be showing “devention DEVO-10 transmitter.”
17. Now that the Walkera Devo 10 is successfully connected. Go back to the Dfuse window and locate your file by clicking the button indicated in the picture below.
18. In there example there are actually two files. The first file is the one you want. Select your file.
19. Now you will see your file listed and the status bar at the bottom of the window is green indicating that your file was loaded into Dfuse successfully.
20. Next click Upgrade.
21. There will be a status bar showing progress.
22. The status bar will go full green and tell you that the upgrade is complete and successful.
23. Now the upgrade is done. Click Quit on Dfuse and restart the Walkera Devo 10.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – BATTERY UPGRADE
Out of the box, the Walkera Devo 10 gets it’s power from eight AA batteries. Be very careful when you remove the stock battery setup. The connector is very fragile and doesn’t want you to unplug it. I almost demolished mine attempting to use pliers on it.
I don’t like the AA battery setup. First, AA batteries aren’t going to last as long as a Li-Po battery. Second, regular AA batteries are not rechargeable and Li-Po batteries are. With that being said, I upgraded mine to a Turnigy 2.65 (2650 mAh, 3 cell) Transmitter Pack. The connectors are setup for Spektrum, Futaba, JR radios, but that’s okay. That’s nothing that a little soldering can’t fix.
The plug with the blue wire is the balance plug, so leave that one. I left the servo plug so that I can use it as a setup pack for setting up heli’s, so I chopped the other one off and soldered on a spare JST connector that I had laying around. Problem solved and this battery works like a champ.
It fits almost as snuggly inside the Walkera Devo 10 as the eight AA’s.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – MODEL SETUP INSTALLATION (DEVENTION SOFTWARE)
You can download full setups for the helicopters in your collection for the Walkera Devo 10. These are always a good place to start since they are Walkera’s recommended setups and they will get you in the air faster than programming the Walkera Devo 10 yourself. What I like to do is start with these setups, then modify and fine tune them for my flying style as I get used to the helicopter. I am setting up for the Walkera Genius CP V2 and this walk through will walk you through downloading that setup.
1. Of course navigate to www.walkera.com.
2. Click Service at the top of the window.
3. On the next page click Download Center below Software Update.
4. Next click Radio as shown below.
5. Next click Devo 10.
6. Scroll down past the top table to the second table of downloads. I am going to install the second option from the top. The description says that this file can be used for the Walkera Super CP, Walkera Mini CP, Walkera Genius CP (replaced by Walkera CP V2), Walkera CP V2, and the new Walkera V120D02S. I will be able to download this file and just copy it in my Walkera Devo 10 for each of those helis. Download the file that you want and remember where you save it.
7. When the file downloads it is labeled Super cp-10. This is the file that can be used with the helicopters listed above despite it’s label. Next open Dfuse.
8. Plug in the Walkera Devo 10 into the USB port on your computer.
9. Press and hold the EXT button.
10. Power on the Walkera Devo 10 while holding the EXT button. The Devo 10 shows a status bar like it is doing something, but it isn’t. That screen just indicates that the radio is in USB mode and successfully connected to your computer.
11. The Dfuse window will go from blank to displaying the radio name at the bottom of the window.
12. In the Dfuse window locate the setup file labeled Super cp-10 by clicking Config tab.
13. In the Config tab, click the first Browse button.
14. Locate your file.
15. The file will now be displayed in the Dfuse window.
16. Next click Upload.
17. Upload completion will show at the bottom of the Dfuse window. The model is now installed in the Walkera Devo 10.
18. Click Quit, unplug the Walkera Devo 10, and restart the radio. The model setup will be in the model menu of the radio.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – BASIC MENU NAVIGATION
After using a Spektrum DX8 Radio for the past three years, I found the Walkera Devo 10 a little confusing while navigating the menus. I realized shortly that I was just over analyzing it’s simplicity. I’ve summed up the basics in a couple of minutes to help anyone out that is having the same issue.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – BINDING
Again, flying Blade and Align Heli’s for the past three years, binding with Walkera Products threw me for a small loop. Walkera Helicopters come with a binding plug and like every heli I’ve flown thus far, the binding plug had to be installed and an initial binding performed in order to do setup or even fly for that matter. Walkera does things differently. Walkera Helis have a Fixed ID feature. The bind plug is used to rebind after attaching a Fixed ID to a heli in order to clear out the Fixed ID. Walkera Helis bind to any radio automatically, straight from the box. No bind plug or initial binding needed. Walkera also implements a Fail Safe feature, which makes helicopter start up a bit foreign to me, but it’s is no big deal once I understood what was actually going on. Lack of understanding the start up process may lead you to think that your helicopter or radio is defective when it is not. While doing my research I found a few videos that suggest powering on the heli before the radio because of the confusion with start up. I am here to clarify this now. Due to Walkera’s Fail Safe feature it is safe to power on a Walkera Helicopter before a Devo Radio, but this is not a good habit to form. If you forget with a different brand of radios and helis, then you will definitely find your heli spinning out of control on your work bench and possible injuring yourself.
I HAVE TO SAY THIS AGAIN, “ALWAYS POWER ON YOUR RADIO FIRST, THEN YOUR HELICOPTER….ALWAYS!” Below are the steps described in the following video:
1. Power on the Devo Radio.
2. While the status bar is displayed on the radio screen, plug in the heli (heli LED blinks twice, then goes solid).
3. Radio displays the model on the screen.
4. The heli must be stable at this point. If it is windy, lay the heli on it’s side (LED blinks, then goes solid).
5. Ready to fly.
Here is a video walk through of the binding steps above. In the video I’m binding the Walkera Super CP. Had a little problem disconnecting the battery and I hope that I got a giggle or two. I can’t wait to get micro deans on my helis.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – INSTALLING DEVIATION
There are a few reasons that I want to install Deviation on my Walkera Devo 10. First, it will be a lot of fun to learn how to use. Second, I want the freedom to be able to configure the switches on my Walkera Devo 10 any way that I want. Third, playing with the themes and fonts will be fun. Fourth, I am considering modding my Walkera Devo 10 to fly my Blade and Align helis, but we will have to see how that goes later. It would be cool to be able to use my Devo 10 for a back up radio in the case my DX8 breaks. I need to build up to that, but I am deeply considering it and if I do, you know the tutorial will be here. Now let’s get to installing Deviation.
BEFORE BEGINNING BACK UP ANY SETTINGS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR RADIO. THIS PROCESS WILL ERASE WHAT IS ON IT!
1. Dfuse is needed to initially install Deviation. If you need to install it, the walk through is above. Next head on over to www.deviationtx.com.
2. Click Download on the left.
3. On the next page click on Deviation Releases.
4. Next click Deviation 4.0.1 (the most current release as of 28 January 2015).
5. If you are not using a radio other than Devo 10 look for your radio. If you are using a Devo 10 then click on the link shown below. Download that and unzip the file, ensuring that you remember where you saved it.
6. Once the Deviation file is unzipped, open Dfuse.
7. Plug in the Walkera Devo 10.
8. Press and hold down the EXT button.
9. Power on the Walkera Devo 10 while holding the EXT button. The screen shown in the picture below indicates that the radio is successfully connected to your computer.
10. Ensure that Dfuse window goes from blank to showing your radio in the bottom of the window.
11. In the Firmware tab, click the browse button in Dfuse.
12. Locate the Deviation file (deviation-devo10-v4.0.1.dfu). It will be toward the bottom of the folder that you unzipped.
13. Make sure the file is indicated in the Dfuse window and successfully loaded once selected. Click Upgrade.
14. A status window will pop up, click Yes.
15. A status bar will appear for the update.
16. Once the update is complete and successful, click Quit.
17. Next we need to reboot the radio, so turn the radio off without unplugging it from your computer. Leave the radio plugged in.
18. Instead of EXT, this time during power up ENT needs to be pressed and held.
19. Holding down ENT, power on the radio.
20. Now you will notice that the screen is different, but this is what you want to see.
21. Next check your computer. A new window has popped up.
22. Click Format Disk.
23. Another window will pop up. This part will completely format the hard drive in the radio itself. Make sure you window matches mine exactly.
24. Once your window matches, click Start.
25. A warning window will pop up, click OK.
26. The format will take less than a minute. Once complete, click OK.
27. Click Close.
OH NO, WE ARE NOT DONE YET!
28. Open My Computer.
29. In My Computer your Devo will be showing up as a hard drive now. It depends on how many drives you have on your computer as to what letter the radio will show up as. What you need to look for is the drive that has a blank status bar and is 3.76 MB in size. On my computer, my Walkera Devo 10 is showing up as Removable Disk (F:). This is because my Walkera Devo 10 is now acting like hard drive. Now I can drop and drag my files and updates onto it. One of the pluses of Deviation.
30. Double click and open the drive that your radio is showing up as. Mine is Removable Disk (F:). It will be a blank window for now. We need to drag the files that we need onto the radio.
31. Keep that window open and open the Deviation folder that you downloaded earlier. Now we are going to copy those files over to the radio.
32. My Devo window is on the Left. The open Deviation folder is on the right. In the Deviation folder, hold CTRL and select each file to highlight the same files as I have highlighted below. You do not need the Debug File or the .dfu file.
33. One your mouse hold down the Right button on one of the highlighted files and drag to the radio window. Once the mouse is in the radio window release the Right button on your mouse and click Copy to copy the files to your radio.
34. Now the files are on your radio and the radio is now completely converted to Deviation. You can close out all of the windows and turn off the radio.
35. On first start the radio will give you a warning. This is because the current model doesn’t have any parameters set.
36. Press ENT to confirm and select OK.
37. Welcome to your new Deviation Radio!
NOTE: From this point on, you will need to press and hold the ENT button instead of EXT during power on when connected to a computer.
WALKERA DEVO 10 – DON’T LIKE DEVIATION??? – GOING BACK TO DEVENTION
If you find Deviation overwhelming at first or just don’t like Deviation you can go back to the stock Devention software. It can seem a little confusing but it is actually very easy to do. Here are the steps.
1. First follow the steps on this page for downloading the Dfuse tool and most current software upgrade from www.walkera.com.
2. Once you have Dfuse and the most current Devention software upgrade. Open Dfuse.
3. Plug the radio into the USB port on the computer.
4. Press and hold down the EXT button. (not the ENT button)
5. Power on the Walkera Devo 10 while holding the EXT button. Ensure your screen looks like mine below.
6. Now the Dfuse window will go from blank to displaying the radio.
7. Under the Firmware tab locate and upload the Walkera Update file “DEVO-10 Fw v0.7A.dfu.”
8. Click Upgrade and wait for the status bar at the bottom of the window to finish.
9. Next click the Library tab in Dfuse.
10. Locate the Walkera Upgrade file “DEVO-10 Lib v0.2.dfu.”
11. Click Upgrade and wait for the status bar at the bottom of the window to finish.
12. Your radio now has the stock Devention software reinstalled. Quit Dfuse and restart your radio.