This radio is damn near perfect for its intended purpose as a whoop or otherwise small quad radio. It’s size is smaller than a typical radio but not so small as to make it excessively difficult for large hands to use in either thumb or pinch grip. The gimbals are not full size but they’re not the smallest either. Just a bit smaller than the Tango 2. The overall casing and gimbals feel surprisingly nice regardless of its budget price. It’s got USB charging built in, runs on a 2S pack, binds D8, two versions of D16, and it’s got fantastic range to boot! Seriously fantastic! Well, not Crossfire fantastic but paired with just the SPI receiver on an AIO/whoop/toothpick board, we’re seeing an easy 5-10x the range we typically get on our QX7’s or old X9D radios on the same exact quads. We’d say in our city environment, it’s good for about 400M clear LOS with a typically crappy SPI built in Rx.
Pair this with the Emax Tiny D8 Rx there’s really not much point to anything else until you move up to Crossfire. If you’re looking for a compact travel size or budget radio, this is easily the very best option we’ve come across as of the Pandemic of 2020.
Oh yeah, it’s got vibration built in but it kinda rattles a bit. It’s the only thing that seems to remind you that it’s a cheap controller. It also runs OpenTx so you can use it with the companion app but you also don’t need to at all. It’s fully good to go without any computer.
- 2.4g (2403mhz-2447mhz)
- 8 channel
- <80mw output
- USB charging
- Computer simulator support
- 227.4g with battery installed
- Protocols: D8, D16 LBT, D16 FCC
How to change the protocol on the radio:
Hold the bind button on the back while powering on. Once on, the power light ring around the button will flash purple. One flash for D16 FCC, two flashes for D16 LBT, three flashes for D8. Repeat this holding of the bind and turning on to flip through the protocols
Awesome controller to carry around for toothpicks and whoops, and I don’t even need a backpack - I can put all my stuff in jacket pockets, hop on a bike and go to my flying spots! I like looser gimbal tension, like one on Nirvana or Jumper, this controller has a little more tension and with small weight of the controller you can almost feel the whole controller move, but firmer grip solves the issue of not having enough controller weight. Overall- best controller for the money and super portable!
Here is a video review as well:
Out of the box I noticed there was a rattle coming from inside the radio and the bind button didn't seem to work (no tactile feedback). So I had to take it apart to find that there was a wire stuck in between the bind button and the board. Found the rattle was coming from the vibration motor being completely loose inside the radio, so I taped it down.
Specs say you can plug the radio right to a PC to be able to play simulators but when I plug in, the channels are all mixed up and actually cross each other and unable to be calibrated.
Unfortunately I've reached out several times and was unable to get any support from the company. Has not been a very good experience!
If you fly whoops or toothpicks, you need this radio. Its so rad, Bob is correct in saying its damn near perfect for $40.
Easily one of the fastest things I've gotten delivered outside of Amazon Prime. Was quick and easy to purchase and a nothing was out of sorts.