Review: Radiomaster AG01 Gimbals Upgrade for TX16S

by Oscar
Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s 2

The stock hall sensor gimbals in the TX16S radio are great and should be enough for most people. But if you want the best possible precision and smoothness then you should check out the latest AG01 gimbals from Radiomaster.

Where to Buy?

Each box come with a single gimbal, extra springs, lubricating oil, damping oil, Allen key and manual.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Unbox

Closer Look

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Close Up Front Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Back

The new Radiomaster AG01 gimbals look way more expensive than the “plasticky” stock gimbals in the TX16S.

AG01 is in fact much heavier than the standard hall sensor gimbals due to its fully CNC milled housing, 83g vs 34.5g to be exact. The AG01 gimbals feel much more sturdier.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Compare Stock Standard

Left: AG01; Right: Stock Gimbals

One major advantage of the AG01 gimbals is the convenience of spring tension adjustment. You can use the screws in front of the gimbals to adjust spring tension, which means you don’t need to take apart the radio to do so anymore. It’s actually the same concept as the gimbals in the Eachine version of the TX16S, but the build quality of the AG01 is WAY nicer.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s 1

Here’s the manual explaining which screws can do what.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Manual

Inside the box, there are lubricant and damping oil. The damping oil can be applied on the back of the throttle, between the metal plates and plastic piece. It’s kinda like sticky grease, it makes the throttle stick extra smooth without feeling too slippery. The lubricating oil can be applied on the bearings and rotating parts. It seems like they already applied these in the gimbals out of the box anyway. You can also purchase these jars separately.

Radiomaster Gimbal Damping Oil Lubricant

If you find the stock springs too tight even after loosening them all the way, you can replace them with the extra springs provided, which are looser.

Installing AG01 Gimbals

Take apart the radio.

Remove the sliders as they get in the way of the gimbals. There are only two screws on each slider.

Then remove the gimbal by taking out these 4 screws.

Take out of the original gimbals and their CNC plates.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Install 1

Then install the AG01 gimbals. Don’t worry about orientation, you can only fit them one way, just follow the cut out on the faceplate, and make sure it’s “locked into place” before putting the screws. That’s it, put it all back together.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s Install 2After installing, you should calibrate the sticks.

Radiomaster Ag01 Gimbals Tx16s CalibrationGo to Radio Setup page again, then press “PAGE” button a few times to go to “HARDWARE” page, select “Calibration” option to calibrate the sticks and sliders. Just follow the instruction, it’s pretty straight forward.

Thoughts on AG01 Gimbals

Gimbal stick end size is 4mm, same as the stock gimbals. They come with some cool looking stick ends, very grippy but they might leave some marks on your thumbs as they really dig into your skin.

As a hybrid pincher, personally I prefer these Lotus stickends: http://bit.ly/2BoTQo1.

Stick travel feels roughly the same as the stock gimbals.

The AG01 gimbals almost cost as much as the TX16S radio it self. To be honest, I believe the stock gimbals work just fine for the majority of people. I flew in the simulator for about an hour straight with the stock gimbals, then swapped to the AG01, I do feel there’s a small increase in smoothness and precision, but it’s very subtle and I don’t think it makes a huge difference in my flying. But if you are looking for the best of the best in this hobby, then the AG01 are great :)

Gimbal LED light

Radiomaster released their own version of the Gimbal LED light mod for the TX16S.

Not the kit from Radiomaster, but result is similar

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I previously reviewed a 3rd party option of this gimbal light mod, the result looks quite similar, but the RadioMaster version is much, much easier to do. No soldering, no fiddling around with LED strips and tapes, just plug and play.

Radiomaster Gimbals Led Light Ring Tx16s

However, it’s a purely aesthetic mod, and I don’t find it very appealing being a practical person. It doesn’t make my life any easier, and it actually makes the screen harder to see with the bright light coming from the gimbals. But it does look super cool at night. I wish there’s an option to turn the light on and off.

Also note that it recesses the gimbals and pushes the sticks into the radio by about 3mm, so it will make the sticks feel different. Just something to be aware of.

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