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If this will be your first time ordering from Banggood, you should know a few things.


The controller goes in your hands. The receiver goes in your quad. You move the sticks on the controller, and those commands are transmitted wirelessly to the quad via the receiver.

Different brands of controllers use a different protocol to talk to their receiver. So a Futaba receiver won't work with a FrSky controller. When you buy a controller, you need to realize that you're also locking yourself into which receivers you're going to buy. This is actually way more important than many beginners realize. Some brands of receiver are 2x or 3x as expensive as others. Some brands don't have a good selection of micro-receivers such as are used in mini quads. Some brands lack features like telemetry (so you can check your battery voltage and other stats while flying).

Remember, you're going to buy one controller, but you're going to put a receiver in every single quad or plane that you build, so a brand that has cheaper receivers is going to pay big dividends in the long run.

FlySky FS-i6 & X6B

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The FlySky FS-i6 is a cheaply-made radio that is totally redeemed by its software features and robust receiver selection. Once upon a time, you would have had to buy a much more expensive controller in order to get features like six channels, digitally adjustable channel endpoints, and programmable channel mapping. Today, even cheap radios are computer-controlled, and so its easy for manufacturers to add these once-premium features to a budget controller. If you're interested, you can even install custom firmware on it to turn it into a ten-channel radio!

The down-side of this radio is that it lacks the build quality of other radios. The stick gimbals especially are not excellent, and since that's the way you actually fly the quad, it matters more than you might think. But many beginners start with this radio and stick with it even after they could afford an upgrade.

Another advantage of this radio is that it uses the same FlySky receivers as the Evolution radio, and there are also higher-end FlySky radios. So if you do decide to upgrade, you don't have to refit your whole fleet with new receivers.

The recommended receiver is the X6B. Don't be tempted by the FS-A8S, which is smaller, but which has serious issues with electrical interference.

If you're looking to get into the air at the absolute bottom price, the FS-i6 is the radio you'll buy.

fRsKY tARANIS qx7 & X4R-SB

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The Taranis QX7 runs OpenTX. OpenTX is an incredibly powerful and flexible operating system for controllers. Pretty much anything you can imagine wanting your controller to do, OpenTX can do. Since I'm a real gear-head nerd, that makes it perfect for me. The down-side of this is that OpenTX can be a little complicated to learn to use at first. Some beginners struggle.

The Taranis QX7 uses the FrSky protocol receivers. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest reasons to choose a Taranis radio. FrSky has the widest variety of micro receivers for mini quads, as well as full-size receivers for fixed wings, and even long-range receivers. Most modern Taranis receivers also support telemetry. Oh, and did I mention, they all support 16 channels?

The QX7 is my personal budget pick because it has every single feature you could possibly want, decent build quality, and a pleasant, modern form factor, at a reasonable price.

The recommended receiver is the X4R-SB. The XM+ is about $10 cheaper, but it doesn't support telemetry. If you have an on-screen display (OSD) to show you voltage and other stats, you might feel you don't need telemetry. The other cool thing telemetry enables is the ability to change PIDs, rates, and vTX settings from the Taranis.

If you've got a bit more to spend, there is an upgraded version of the QX7 that includes significantly better gimbals and switches.



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This is the big brother of the QX7 above. The X9D also runs OpenTX, so the same plusses and minuses as mentioned in the QX7 summary apply: super powerful, a little bit of a learning curve. The X9D plus comes in four water-transfer patterns (carbon is the one I personally own) and has upgraded switches and seriously superior gimbals.

Personally, I like the form-factor of the X9D better than the QX7. The X9D is slightly narrower and thicker. The sticks feel closer to the edge of the radio, so there is less "reach" to move the sticks towards the center-line of the radio. The X9D also has a bigger screen than the QX7.

The recommended receiver is the X4R-SB. The XM+ is about $10 cheaper, but it doesn't support telemetry. If you have an on-screen display (OSD) to show you voltage and other stats, you might feel you don't need telemetry. The other cool thing telemetry enables is the ability to change PIDs, rates, and vTX settings from the Taranis.

Sure, you can spend more on a radio--especially if you go with a name like Spektrum or Futaba. And maybe if you were flying a $10,000 model, that would make sense. But for the typical FPV mini quad pilot, the Taranis SE is the best choice.


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The Horus X10 is the best radio FrSky has ever made. It has real and significant functional advantages compared to the X9D or the QX7. It is so much more pleasant to use in almost every way. It is a joy to look at and to touch. 

The gimbals in the X10 are significantly better designed and machined than those of the X9D or QX7. The X10 has an internal diversity antenna that some have reported gives even better range than the external antenna. It also saves you the worry of breaking off your antenna and makes it easier to store and transport the radio. The big screen on the X10 significantly improves the usability of OpenTX. You can customize the main screen on the X10 with specific "widgets" so that you see exactly what you want to see when you glance down.

Although the radio is beautiful, its ergonomics, to me, are worse than the X9D. I find the X9D to be more comfortable to hold. The sticks on the X10 also feel little further inward from the edge of the radio, so that it feels like my fingers have to reach just a bit more than on the X9D. The angular shape of the radio means that the switches are not placed exactly where your fingers naturally land. Finally, battery life on the X10 is shorter, probably because of its huge, beautiful screen.

If you buy an X10, I can pretty much guarantee you that you won't be disappointed. This is a really, really good radio. The question isn't whether the X10 will make you happy: it will. The question is just whether an X9D would make you just as happy, and keep a fair chunk of cash in your pocket.



Lumenier 3S 2500 mAh
Battery Pack for Taranis

Purchase at GetFPV

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This LiPo battery will run the Taranis for about twice as long as the stock NiMh battery. And like all LiPos, it will hold its charge in storage for ... well, kind of forever. So you don't need to worry about topping off every single time you go fly. I go weeks at a time without ever topping off my Taranis.

If you use this battery, you'll need to adjust the battery scale in your Taranis to match the LiPo chemistry. I use 12.4 volts as the top of the scale and 11.0 volts as the bottom.

If the stock NiMh battery has one advantage, it's that you can charge it simply by plugging in the charger to the side of the Taranis. DON'T TRY THAT WITH A LIPO!!! The Lithium battery must be balance charged every time, and you can't do that through the barrel jack on the side of the Taranis.

I like to charge this battery with the SkyRC B3 charger. The advantage of this charger is that it charges directly through the balance plug on the battery. You don't even need to un-plug the battery from the Taranis to charge it.

thunderpower 2S 2600 mAh
battery pack for Taranis

Purchase at Rotor Riot

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Like the Lumenier pack above, this battery will run your Taranis way, way longer than the stock NiMh. One difference is that it's a 2S pack vs. a 3S, which means its voltage range will be closer to that of the stock battery (although you'll still need to adjust the battery scale in the Taranis).

Another difference is that this battery has a JST connector and a balance plug ONLY, whereas the Lumenier pack has several additional connectors. Personally, I ended up cutting the extra connectors off of the Lumenier, because they just got in the way. 

A big reason why I'm including this pack is that GetFPV has some limitations about what countries they ship to, so many of you couldn't buy the Lumenier pack even if you wanted to. The Rotor Riot store has you covered.


Colored Switch Nuts

Purchase at Banggood

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These colored switch nuts are an easy way to add a little personalization and bling to your radio. Pay attention: the low-profile ones are for face-plate switches while the taller ones are for the shoulder switches. The nuts come with a specialized wrench for tightening them.

To be honest, I felt a little silly spending $10 on colored nuts for my radio, but I love the way they look, and it makes it easy to tell which radio is mine at the field.

Colored silicone switch covers

Purchase at Banggood

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These are more than just a way to make your radio look great. They're also nicer to touch than the bare metal, and give a slightly more positive grip.

The photo above shows the RAINBOW ones, but click through and you'll see you can buy them in solid colors too.


Custom-cut Grip Tape

Purchase at Rotor Riot

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When I first heard of this, I thought it was kind of a gimmick. But the first time I held it in my hand, I changed my mind. Especially with sweaty hands, the radio is so much more secure with this tape installed. It's a little rough, though, so if you prefer a smooth finish, it might not be for you.

Let's get this out of the way: this is basically just skateboard grip tape, so yeah, you can go spend $2 on a whole roll and cut it yourself. But you probably don't need a whole roll of grip tape, and this custom, laser-cut tape fits your Taranis perfectly. 

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This stand attaches easily to the carry handle of your Taranis. It folds flat when not in use, and folds out to hold the Taranis at an angle when you set it down. This is especially useful if you have a big external antenna or if you have a full-size Crossfire module attached to the back of your radio.


THE BEST DAMN neck-strap

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I get super excited when I see a small thing done really well, in a way that I never knew I needed. That's why I really flipped out with joy when I first saw this neck-strap. 

Here's what it does so well: it's got a releasable clip so you can put your radio down without taking the strap off from around your neck. It's a tiny thing, but it makes a HUGE difference. Especially when you have FPV goggles on your head, taking off the neck strap is a pain in the butt. But walking around with your transmitter dangling in front of you is so awkward. And an invitation to damage or even accidentally arming your quad.

This is literally the only neck-strap that I use.