The True-D V3 module has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. However, what is rather upsetting is that they have discovered a hardware design flaw in this module. Now, if you’ve gone and bought the True-D V3 module already then don’t worry – there is a tutorial on how to fix it. Furthermore, if you are planning on buying a new module then you should also be okay because Furious have said that this issue won’t be in any of the future modules that they are selling.
What’s The Issue? The True-D V3 Burns Out
So then. What’s actually going on is the True-D V3? Well, what seems to be happening is that there is a short circuit if the module is pressed too hard. Furious have claimed that there is a simple solution to fix this, and this problem has only affected just some of the 5000 that they have shipped around the world. So the chances are you’re probably safe, but it’s still a good idea to carry out this fix anyway.
Here is what FuriousFPV said on their Facebook about this issue:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To our True-D V3 owners:
We are getting feedback from customers that there are a few incidents that some customers got issue that when plugging the battery in, both our True-D V3 and their FatShark goggle stop working.
After trouble shooting last 2 days to find the root cause of the problem, we have come to conclusion that due to unfortunate external force to the top module panel, the header on the top module panel may touch the bottom module panel and causes short circuit between the 5V and GND of the True-D V3 module and in turns damages the LDO component on the FatShark goggle.
These incidents are very rare, considering just a few cases over total 5,000 True-D V3 units shipped. We are very sorry for the unfortunate incident and we immediately make new plastic spacers to isolate the top and bottom module panel so there is no possible short in the future. We will ship the plastic spacers next week to all customers and dealers worldwide.
For people who has issue with their fatshark, it is just a very simple LDO replacement that can be quickly fixed in a few minutes. Please send email to email@example.com if you have issues and we will assign designated dealers for you to send back the goggle for us to get it fixed or we will send you a new LDO for you to replace it. For the True-D V3, it is just shut down when it has short circuit and we will replace for you a new True-D unit.
Again we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused and we assure to you that these rare incidents are very isolated issues and we will do our best to get you back to flying.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Sorry for the delay in replying to the inquiries because we want to make sure we found the root cause before we make announcement.
Team Furious FPV
How To Fix True-D V3 Module Issue
Here is a tutorial Santiago Espindola who explains how to fix it. Information about the ‘3D parts’ that he talks of can be found below.
Thankfully this quite easily solves the issue of the burnout. FuriousFPV quickly made some spacers that can be put inbetween the top and bottom module panels. These are the ‘3D parts’ that the tutorial uses.
Thus, if you own a True-D V3 then you can simply get the these parts from the supplier that sold you your module. These parts are 3D printed so are pretty easy to add on. You can also contact FuriousFPV and ask for them to repair it for you.
This is their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, for those of you who are lucky enough to have a 3D printer, you can simply print this file.