OpenROV v2.8 Kit Starter Bundle

Starter Bundle

This kit contains all the parts necessary to build your own ROV including batteries and battery chargers. The v2.8 ROV design is the product of years of testing and feedback from our online open-source community. We focused on improving the build process to make it more a more enjoyable and straightforward experience.

OpenROV takes about 2-3 days to assemble, with every step of the process carefully documented with photos and text. Our ROVs are geared towards those who seek an affordable ROV to deploy quickly and easily, whilst providing an enriching build experience.

Build Process

You don't need to be an expert to build your own underwater robot. Each skill is introduced at a beginner level so that you can learn the basics of soldering, assembly, and potting electronics as you build OpenROV. Our quick and knowledgeable technical support team is there to back you up every step of the way.

Tool list

  •  Soldering iron, heat gun, wire strippers, flush cutter
  • Hacksaw, small screwdriver set, needle nose pliers, scissors, utility knife, standard pliers
  • Acrylic cement, applicator for acrylic cement, Super Glue, 2-Ton epoxy and silicon based lubricant
  • Electrical tape, sand paper
  • Disposable rubber gloves, safety glasses


Once assembled and tested, flying your OpenROV is straightforward, and fun.

You do not need an internet connection or to download software on your computer. OpenROV connects to your computer via the tether and uses an Ethernet protocol. You can access the ROV cockpit via Google Chrome. Any computer or laptop that can run chrome can be used.

Flight controls are also simple. You can use either your computer's keyboard or a gamepad controller such as the Logitech F310 to pilot the vehicle during a dive. You can document all your dives by recording the desktop. We like to use a Chrome extension called Screencastify, and there are other options too.

  • OpenROV v2.8 Kit
  • Triple Bay 26650 Smart Battery Chargers with Display (2)
  • Li-FePO4 Batteries (6)
  • *Please note that Lithium batteries are non-refundable once shipped.

    Physical Specifications

    • Weight is 2.6kg
    • Dimensions are 30cm long x 20cm wide x 15cm high
    • Nominal battery life is 2-3 hours with standard batteries (3-5 hours with high capacity batteries)
    • Neutrally buoyant and highly maneuverable

     Performance specifications

    • Maximum depth of 100m (328ft)
    • Maximum forward speed of 2 knots
    • Live HD video is streamed to the surface control unit over an ultra-thin two-wire tether
    • Internal LED Lighting with a brightness of 200 Lumens
    • Water Temperature operational capability is between -10C to 50C
    • Software controlled camera tilt (+/- 60 deg from center)
    Minimum system requirements
    • OS/X/Windows/Linux
    • Latest Chrome browser
    • RJ-45 Ethernet port (a USB to RJ-45 adapter can be used for devices that don’t have a physical ethernet port.)


    • HD Webcam with 120 degree FOV, 1080p
    • BeagleBone Black and Arduino MEGA microprocessors for a flexible and powerful developer platform with dozens of input/output channels and plenty of computing power for user-designed features and experiments
    • Scaling lasers for size reference during a dive (parallel, 10 cm separation)
    • Current and voltage protection with feedback to ensure proper system function
    • External I2C bus with 3.3V power for external instrumentation, like our IMU/Depth Sensor
    • 6 additional auxiliary wires for user-defined external instrumentation or devices. One power PWM channel and one servo control channel are pre-configured
    • Payload area for mounting additional hardware or equipment (170g max payload without adding floatation) 

    Once an order is placed on our webstore, it will ship within 1-3 business days. 

    Taxes: For international orders, please note that it is the responsibility of the customer to cover any import any duties and taxes. You can use this third party online duty calculator to determine what the cost of this fee will be prior to ordering. The harmonization code we apply to commercial invoices is as follows:

    ROV's, parts and accessories: 9503000000

    Batteries: 8507600000

    Apparel (Shirts and Hats): 6109100004

    Once an order has been shipped, please allow up to: 

    1 Week for Domestic (US) orders to arrive. 

    2 Weeks for International orders to arrive. Please note that every countries' customs offices process orders at a different pace. 

    Once your shipping label has been printed in our warehouse, you will then receive an automatic email containing a tracking number, and an invoice that you can use for accounting purposes. For international orders a commercial invoice is affixed either physically, or electronically to the package for the customs agents to access.