Review: Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter

by Oscar
Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Hand Hold

The new Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 is probably the simplest and cheapest radio on the market that support Frsky D8 and D16 protocols. Not a fan of the complicated OpenTX? Then this radio might be for you.

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Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Unbox

T8 Lite V2 Specs

  • Mode: Mode1/Mode2
  • Size: 160*130*45mm
  • Weight: 218g
  • Frequency: 2.400GHZ-2.480GHZ
  • RF Module: CC2500
  • Protocol Options: Frsky D8/D16 V1
  • Transmission power:  20dbm
  • Antenna gain: 2db
  • Up to 1km range @ 20dbm (depending on the receiver)
  • Built in 3.7v 1000mah Lithium battery
  • Built in USB-C charging
  • Firmware: Independent developed system (NOT OpenTX)
  • Up to 8 channels
  • Quad bearing potentiometer sensor gimbals

Differences Between T8 Lite V2 and T8 Pro

It might look that way, but it’s NOT the same radio as the Radiomaster T8 Pro we reviewed previously. Apart from the missing removable display on top, it also DOES NOT have OpenTX. It’s basically a much more simplified and cheaper radio, in case you don’t want to mess with the complicated OpenTX system.

It’s cheaper because it’s using potentiometer gimbals in the T8 Lite. They feel almost the same as the previous T8 Pro, but they most likely won’t last as long as hall gimbals.

There are 5 LED lights under the power button that indicates battery level.

Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Hand Hold

There are four switches, the front two are 3-position switches, the two on the back are two-position.

Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Switches

The T8 Lite V2 doesn’t have a module bay, so you won’t be able to use external RF modules like the Crossfire and ExpressLRS. It only supports Frsky D8 and D16 V1 protocols.

Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Back Hold Grip

You can find the bind button on the back of the radio, and the pins for the screen are also missing, meaning it doesn’t support the detachable screen from the T8 Pro. It’s irrelevant anyway since it doesn’t have OpenTX.

Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Back Bind Button

Apart from these differences, it feels exactly like the T8/T8 Pro. They have the same form factor, stick feel and weight. It also has the same 1S 1000mAh LiPo inside. There is a USB-C port on top for playing FPV simulator and charging. There’s a trainer port too.

Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Usb C Trainer Port

To go into bind mode, just hold the bind button on the back for 3 seconds. D8 mode and D16 modes have different beeping patterns, all explained in the manual. You can bind it to multiple D8 and D16 models and it will remember it.

Calibration mode can be activated via the bind button too.


Radiomaster T8 Lite V2 Radio Transmitter Manual Instructions

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Bruno mat. 6th February 2022 - 3:18 pm

Between it and Betafpv lite radio 3, which one do you recommend?

Oscar 6th February 2022 - 3:33 pm

Save up and get the Zorro

Bruno mat 6th February 2022 - 11:47 pm

It’s because I live in Brazil, friend, T8 lite costs R$ 234, Beta Lite radio 3 R$ 330 and Zorro is costing R$ 700, it’s not hard to save it all would take a few months

devpoi2 9th January 2022 - 11:22 am

Thanks i can connect my mac
But I’m sad that I can’t upgrade the module(crossfire etc..)
I have to buy another controller

Devpoi 17th December 2021 - 6:56 pm

Is it possible to connect to pc?? Or mac

Delcadro 28th December 2021 - 11:40 pm

“There is a USB-C port on top for playing FPV simulator and charging.”

Krotow 29th December 2021 - 10:52 am

Possible – yes. But it will work as simple HID joystick. It unfortunately have proprietary software, not compatible with OpenTX.