Turnigy 9X Radio System Quick Overview

 
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Turnigy 9X Radio System Quick Overview

Turnigy 9x radio transmitter

I will describe the basic details and first impressions of Turnigy 9X radio system in this article. This radio is also known as FS-TH9X, Eurgle 9X, FlySky 9X, Imax 9X. In all cases this is the same radio, manufactured by FlySky company and sold under various brands.

You can order this radio at HobbyKing website:

HobbyKing already announced the release of the next generation of this radio. New one is going to have name Turnigy 9XR and should become available to the public by the end of the year. Current version is now easier to order as it is not immediately sold from warehouse. Anyways current version is still incredibly popular. Here are some reasons why:

  • This is powerful computerized radio system with tons of features and what is most important it is very affordable. With a price of $54 (without shipping as of date of writing), it has 9 channels, lots of customization options and works at 2.4 GHz frequency.
  • Additional receivers for this radio are also inexpensive - with a price of less than $9. But what is also great, this transmitter works with other HobbyKing recievers
  • This radio system can be used with JR modules. There is also a bit cheaper version of the transmitter which is sold without module in case you want to use it with alternative 2.4 GHz modules
  • It allows flashing of the firmware with alternative one. There are many alternative firmware projects for this radio, which provide improved features and more tuning options. Here are some links to alternative firmware projects:
  • http://code.google.com/p/th9x/
  • http://code.google.com/p/er9x/
  • Please note, flashing firmware can break down transmitter so do this at your own risk and only if you know what you are doing.

These are few major characteristics of this radio and I am not going to list all of them in this article.

Turnigy 9x box

I use the transmitters with Mode 2 set up, and I think this configuration is usually more popular than Mode 1. When I was purchasing Turnigy 9X there were only Mode 1 ones available in stock. I didn’t want to wait for stock arrival and decided to order Mode 1 as it is easy to change the transmitter configuration from Mode 1 to Mode 2. Note, that transmitter reconfiguration requires opening its case and making mechanical changes inside it, so if you are not confident you can do this I would recommend ordering the radio with desired mode.


Together with radio I would recommend to order the neck strap with Turnigy logo.

Turnigy 9x unboxing

I received my package pretty quickly, in about 2 weeks. The radio was packed in its original box protected with foam. Box included: one transmitter piece, one receiver piece and additionally ordered Turnigy neck strap. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t found any manual for the radio in the box. Even cheaper HobbyKing HK6DF radio contained one page manual with instructions how to bind the transmitter and receiver.

Turnigy 9x unboxing

I searched on the internet, and found different versions of manual in English. There were also translations to other languages. Manual is written for different brand name, but 100% compatible with Turnigy 9X.

Follow links below to download Turnigy 9X manual in English:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uploads/981111029X319857X47.pdf

http://www.filadelfosrc.com/Manuals/TX-9X-M2-Manual.pdf

Turnigy 9x batteries


The transmitter operates from 8 AA size batteries, but they can be replaced with one 3 cell Li-Po battery, for example
1.  ZIPPY Flightmax Transmitter Pack 2500 mAh
2.  Rhino 2620 mAh Transmitter Pack

Please note that battery may have different connector and you will need to replace it (requires soldering) to plug into transmitter.


Few tips and tricks

When the transmitter is turned on all switches should be in default positions. Otherwise, you will the message «Switch Error» on the screen.

Transmitter menu use shortened names for some items but you need to make sure you didn’t confuse them. For example, word «Model» is displayed as «Mode» in several menu sections.

In the system menu item «Stick set» you can choose the configuration of transmitter: Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3 or Mode 4. This changes settings in the software but sticks are set up to support just one configuration at a time. In order to change sticks configuration to have throttle in right place you may need to open transmitter case and making mechanical changes.

Standard LCD screen has no backlight. So this may cause issues reading the menu. HobbyKing sells DIY kits to add backlight to your transmitter

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