Heltec WiFi LoRa 32 (V3) is out - Will it be supported?

Will the Heltec V3 be supported?

Also why is using a battery for version 2 not recommended?

WiFi LoRa 32 (V2) * Not Recommended - Support may be dropped

It continues to be a struggle to support this very old ESP32 chip, not officially supported in 1.3 / 2.0 and support may be dropped completely.

Using this device with a battery is not recommended.

Heltec boards only have a charging circuit. So there is a danger that you discharge your lion battery too deep, which can damage your battery.
You should best use a protected lion battery with this board.

Thanks - well the good news is that I am already using “protected” batteries with
Overcurrent, Overcharge and Over Discharge Protection.

I can order a couple of these and work toward getting them supported.

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That would be great thanks.
I just ordered 4 from Ali-Express hopefully to be the 1st Beta Tester
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Hi

I just saw that V3 was added last night too.

I have boards that I ordered and I am planning on trying them out as soon as I can find them in a pile of parts :wink:

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The V3 and similar Wireless Stick Lite V3 are indeed supported as of 2.0.3 alpha. They are a significant upgrade in performance and reliability from the V2.1 and below which have been traditionality problematic hardware in my experience. For the price point, they’re difficult to beat, and I suspect they’ll be very popular devices.

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This is the correct link

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Thanks very much for adding the V3 so quickly.

For normal operation I am measuring a current draw of about 110 mA on the 3.7V line for V3.
For V2 I am measuring about 60 mA.

Is there a setting I am missing to turn off WiFi to save power or something else?

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Wifi should not be enabled by default. I suspect there are a bunch of opportunities for power savings on these devices, but ESP32-S3 support in Meshtastic is very fresh. I’m sure we’ll uncover those opportunites as support matures.

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