Read my guide on replacing a compatible module.
There are two different versions of this module:
- C3FN4 with 4Mb flash
- C3-2M with 2Mb flash. This version is not recommended for Tasmota due to low flash space.
Flash using Tasmota Web Installer and select Tasmota ESP32-C3 option.
For esptool.py download f.e.
tasmota32c3.factory.bin and run
esptool.py write_flash 0x0 tasmota32c3.factory.bin
To put ESP32-C3 in flash mode GPIO8 needs to be pulled high and GPIO9 pulled low. Some devices have that by default.
You can purchase (AliExpress, Amazon, Banggood) a test board for effortless flashing.
For normal operation connect EN to VCC (pull high) to enable the C3 chip. GPIO9 has an internal pullup and it needs to be high on power up for the module to boot so try and avoid that pin similar to GPIO0 on ESP8266.
ESP32’s are power hungry on boot and the USB to serial adapter might not be able to provide enough power for that. Use a stable 3.3v power supply that can supply more than 500 mA.