The Bad Elf Flex firmware can be updated using a USB drive connected to the Bad Elf Flex using the supplied USB-OTG adapter.


Installation Steps

  1. Download the latest public firmware version (see table below) to your PC or Mac.
  2. Copy the file to any FAT-formatted USB drive, and cleanly unmount/eject the USB drive from your computer.
  3. Turn your Bad Elf Flex unit ON by holding the power button for 3-4 seconds, and wait until you see the main LCD screen (~30 seconds).
  4. Plug the USB drive into the supplied USB-OTG adapter cable.
  5. Plug the USB-OTG cable into the Mini-USB port on the back of your Bad Elf Flex.
  6. The left LED should illuminate with a purple status indication, indicating the OTG cable was detected.
  7. The LCD screen will display a message indicating the USB Drive was detected.
  8. Within a few seconds the Flex will start the update process.  You will usually see the all the LEDs turn purple during the update, and the screen will display a "Shutting down..." or "Updating firmware..." message.  Be patient, this can take 1-5 minutes depending on the state of your Flex.
  9. When finished, you will hear 2 beeps, and the new firmware will automatically start. 
  10. You can check the new firmware version by navigating to Settings > Flex Info.
  11. You can safely disconnect the USB drive and USB-OTG adapter cable from the back of your Bad Elf Flex.


Need orthometric height models for your region?  


Visit our Orthometric Height / GEOIDs page.  These packages can be copied to the USB drive along with the firmware update in step 2 above.


Public Firmware Releases


VersionDateDescription
v1.0.21 
(build 1098)

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03/30/2021
  • Added support for Point One Navigation RTK corrections service
  • Added GEOID99 support
  • Added CSV logging of NTRIP mount point and datum information
  • Added streaming of notifications to the Bad Elf Flex utility app

v1.0.19
(build 1092)
12/14/2020
  • Bluetooth connectivity and reconnect fixes
  • Supports new GEOID models: AUS/NZ, UK/IR/NIR, Brazil, and Caribbean  
  • Added CSV logging of MEMS accelerometer data
  • RTK baseline field now respects distance units
  • Added support for 2-20Hz track logging (requires additional license activation)
  • Added support for reduced track logging rates (every 2-60 sec)
v1.0.18
(build 1084)
10/12/2020
  • Major improvements to Bluetooth connectivity and reconnect logic.
  • Added support for US and Canadian GEOID orthometric height models.
  • Added support for pole height offset in elevation values shown on LCD, streamed to Flex app, and stored in logs.
  • Point and track logs now include NTRIP connection details, orthometric height fields, pole height, and datum in use (when available).
  • Speed values are in logs are now correctly labelled as km/h (not m/s).
  • Added support for RINEX 2.11 and 1-30 second decimations
  • Added support for raw message streaming to 3rd party apps via SDK
  • Added option for clearing Bluetooth pairings via LCD
  • Added option to delete log projects (all or individually)
v1.0.15
(build 1061)
6/17/2020
  • Fixed bug affecting charging via USB while Flex is OFF.
  • Improved Bluetooth connectivity
v1.0.12
(build 1054)
4/27/20
  • First release shipped with production Flex hardware



Beta (Pre-Release) Firmware Releases

NOTE: beta firmware should only be used by customers in our beta release program, and may require access to our matching iOS or Android beta app for full functionality. 


VersionDateDescription
v1.0.28 
(build 1134)

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10/21/2021
  • Several fixes for BT connectivity issues with iOS devices
  • Fixed bug causing custom project names to be reset to default timestamp
  • Added NMEA streaming to PC or Mac via standard USB cables
  • Added NMEA streaming to Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) head units via FTDI-based USB-RS232 cable
  • Added bridge support for LaserTech laser rangefinders for offset measurements
  • Added magnetic declination support based on current position (overridable) 
  • Added EPSG code suffix to horizontal datum metadata