December 17, 2017

Futaba replacement?

Well hello there dear old blog! It's been a while now. I haven't forgotten about you, I just haven't done much on the bench lately.

BUT. I did get myself a radio on the HobbyKing sale maybe a month back. Being a Futaba fanboy, I never expected that I would ever in my life buy a Flysky system. But now I have, I got myself a Turnigy Evolution. I've been looking at alternatives to the bulky Futaba, at least for the leasure flying I do at the office and now that it was on sale I ordered the Evolution at 35€, incluing a receiver.


60€ radio to the left, 600€ radio to the right


Ok. So, there's a small price difference between the 14SG and the Evolution. Don't get me wrong. The 14SG is a flawless radio, at least by the time it was launched. It has never ever glitched in the transmission and the telemetry was a great addition and quite unique in the price range before the Taranis arrived. I really love that radio.

But for flying quads, especially indoors I need two major features.

  • 6 channels
  • Voltage telemetry
And the Evolution has that. Yes, it has telemetry. And the receivers are dirty cheap. And the radio was dirt cheap. In fact, I think I can outfit most of my rotor crafts with receivers for the price of one single Futaba receiver. 

But how bad can it be? I'll get back on that if I have issues with it.

I will not forget to mention there are alternatives to the Evolution out there as well. One of them is the TBS Tango. It's a purpose built radio for quad racing and has some nice features in therms of programming. It is quite expensive, and comes without a transmitter. Which makes it ridicously expensive.

And coming up is a multi protocol radio called iRangeX iRX-IR8M. It looks like a knockoff of the TBS Tango and comes with multiple radio circuits built-in. I won't order one until there are some decent reviews online. My guess is that it will have a bit better gimbals than the Evolution and a poor feature set in the software. It's mostly the form factor, the basic telemetry and the multi protocol feature that will push this product.

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