When I was wondering why Jumper took down the product page for the T16, I discovered they are about to release a new radio – the Jumper T16 Pro.
Just to clear up confusions about the different T16 names and versions.
The “T16 Plus” with upgraded Hall gimbals was released following the original T16. But shortly after Jumper decided to integrate the external RF module inside the radio, and released the “T16 Pro” to replace the original T16, and “T16 Pro Hall” to replace the “T16 Plus“.
All of these happened within 6 months, so it’s been a bit of a mess.
There are now only two versions, both have internal RF module, they no longer offer the external module with the T16. And prices stay the same.
Where to Buy T16 Pro?
Due to pressure from Frsky, many vendors are forced not to sell the Jumper T16. Amazon seems to be the best place to get them.
I am going to give away the original T16 on my forum next week: IntoFPV.com
Differences Between Original T16, T16 Pro, and T16 Pro Hall
Jumper integrated the multi-protocol RF module inside the radio, to free up the external module bay for your favourite module such as the TBS Crossfire.
With the T16 Pro Hall, you have Hall Sensor Gimbals. You won’t be able to tell the difference from the outside, both hall gimbals and potentiometer gimbals look the same.
The hall gimbals feel slightly more solid and smooth, something you can tell immediately when moving the sticks. Also hall gimbals is known to last longer because the sensor doesn’t have mechanical contact.
The price difference is only $10, I would recommend spending the extra and get the T16 Pro Hall.
Here is the internal of the original T16, notice the potentiometer in the gimbal, and the missing RF chip on the internal module.
Here is the internal of the T16 Pro Hall.
Also they’ve added the middle wire to the balance lead of the battery holder, so you can plug the holder directly to the parallel charging board to charge the batteries using this trick (without discharge lead).
The rest of the specs and features are identical as far as I know.
- Powered by STM32F429BIT6 MCU
- Input Voltage: Voltage: 7V – 8.4V
- Current Consumption: 350mA without external module
- Dimension: 180*190*58mm
- Weight: around 860g
- STM32F429BIT6 MC
- Industrial grade 4.3 inch 480×272 outdoor readable colour screen
- Compatible with JumperTX (An independent fork of OpenTX)
- Wheel menu button
- Gimbal Type: HALL SENSOR
- Internal Multi-protocol transmitter module
- External module bay supports TBS Crossfire and R9M
- Removable battery
- Supports Telemetry
- Memory 16M (can be expanded by Micro SD card)
- Voice function
- Vibration reminder function
- Standard JR module slot
- 6-Flight Mode Buttons (for APM and Pixhawk flight controllers)
- Two-colour LED status display
Internal PCB of the original T!6, and T16 Pro Hall.
Upgrading Old T16 to Pro Version
Already bought the original T16? Don’t worry.
You can buy the Hall Sensor Gimbals to upgrade your radio. I think it’s a good move on Jumper’s part so the early birds don’t feel left out.
Buy T16 Hall Gimbals here: https://amzn.to/2nAk3uy
You can also buy the internal RF module kit and install it yourself.
Buy T16 Internal RF Module here: https://amzn.to/2mNa5pm
As I announced on my Facebook page back in September, OpenTX will support the T16 officially soon (might be version 2.3.2). The main concern I had with the Jumper T16 was the firmware, JumperTX. Although it’s basically the same as OpenTX, but it was up to the company to provide firmware updates which is unreliable. It’s amazing news that the community will have full control of the firmware in the future.
Update (Jan 2020): you can now flash OpenTX to the T16!
Better Than Taranis X9D+?
Frsky recently released a new version of the X9D+, the Taranis X9D+ 2019. Funny enough, they also put a scrolling wheel next to the screen like the T16 :)
As I mentioned in the review of the original T16, I still feel like the X9D+ has slightly better ergonomics for pinchers. The grip is more solid and I can just pick up and hold the radio. However with the T16 I had to use a neck strap all the time. However this is not a problem for thumbers.
The level of build quality is similar, giving the T16 Pro an edge in terms of value. You are basically getting the features of an Horus X10 for the price of an QX7. And the built-in RF module supports multi protocols which is truly powerful! The new Frsky ACCESS protocol no longer supports D8 mode which is used in a lot of micro quads, so if you buy a new Taranis today, you will run into troubles flying D8.
If you want a more in-depth analysis, I explained the good and bad of the X9D Plus compared to the T16 in my review, you should check it out.
First Time Setup
How to setup T16 for the first time when you receive it.
One of the downsides with the multi-protocol module is that you have to fine tune the frequency in order to maximize range. If you are getting bad range it’s probably you forgot to fine tune it.
How to Adjust Gimbal Tension
It’s really cool that Jumper left some holes on the back of the housing, so you can adjust the gimbal tensions without tearing the radio down. See the following photo for instructions:
However you only have access to Roll, Pitch and Yaw tensions, if you want to adjust throttle tension, and ratchet you still have to take the radio apart.
- Jul 2019 – T16 Plus announced
- Sep 2019 – T16 Plus changed to T16 Pro Hall
- Oct 2019 – Added more info on the T16 Pro hall