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Cube not showing SF30/D

I just attached a new SF30/D to a Cube Orange with latest Arduplane installed, using the I2C connector. After rebooting, the MP status display still shows sonarrange=0, as if the unit weren’t connected (but it’s getting power) . Parameters are set as specified in the rangefinder page for Ardupilot, and the i2c address (102) matches that shown in the setup software for the SF30. What else should I check?

Good day,
are you using a different power source for supply the sensor?

I’m not. It didn’t occur to me not to just use the +5V on the Cube’s i2c port. I see now that the SF30 can draw 250mA. Is that too much? I can’t find the current specs for that port.

Good day,
usually its better use an alternative power source for supply rangefinders… telemetry modules and other periphs… just uae an ubec for supply your sensor

I do have a power supply that can provide the 5v, and I already use it for the RFD900. But it’s disappointing to discover that I have to run another separate wire again rather than just plugging into the i2c port.

If you don’t want add an alternative power supply, with a multimeter you can check the draw of the I2C port.

I rewired everything to put the rangefinder on a separate power supply. Still not seeing any sign in MP that it’s being recognized. Anything else I can check?

Check out the video I linked to in this post.

That’s a nice rangefinder but it pulls too much current to power directly from the I2C connection. The I2C connection can power things like a magnetometer and other low power sensors.

I’m new to using the Cube myself but one purchase which I hope will make it easier to connect various sensors to the cube is this wire set.


I’m hoping these pre-crimped wires will make it easier to make adapter cables to sensors without the standard Pixhawk connector.

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SF30/D it’s also serial… try using UART instead of i2c

I believe I’d have to make a whole new cable, since I already wired the Molex connector for i2c. Also, I don’t have any free UARTs right now.

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