How to Setup Jumper T16 Radio

Here is a step by step tutorial walking you through how to setup the Jumper T16 radio for the first time. It explains every aspect of using the radio, from user interface, software to hardware, as well as beginner to advanced tips and tricks.

Here is my review of the Jumper T16. You can get it from

Table of Contents

Installing Battery

Out of the box, you want to install the batteries in the T16 first. You can either use two 18650 cells or 2S LiPo battery. I recommend using 18650 because they have the higher capacity to weight ratio. And the T16 already comes with a 18650 battery holder so it’s plug and play.

Which 18650 battery to buy? I personally use Panasonic NCR18650B 3400mAh because they performed the best in my test.

Alternatively, these are another good option:

To turn on the Jumper T16, simply hold down the power button in the center of the radio for a few seconds.

Radio Setup

Hold down the “SYS” button (top left) for 2 seconds to access the Radio Setup Page.

The things to set up right now are:

  • Date & Time
  • Battery meter range (for 18650, 6.0 – 8.4V, for 2S LiPo, set 7.0 – 8.4V)
  • Alarms => Battery low => for 18650, 6.6V, for 2S LiPo 7.4V
  • Backlight => You can lower brightness to save battery
  • USB mode – set it to ASK

To exit and go back to the main screen, just press the “RTN” button (top right).

Calibrating Gimbals and Sliders

Go 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.

Creating / Transferring Models

“Models” on your radio are the profiles that stores the settings for your particular RC model. There are two things you can do:

To access the “Models” page, hold down the roller button for 2 seconds from the main screen, and select “Model Select” option.

Here you can create and select profiles for each of your model. Hold down the roller button to select these actions.

Creating Multirotor Model From Scratch

To create a new model profile for quadcopter, go to the “Models” page, then hold down the roller button, and select “Create Model” option in the list.

Here you can choose a model template, but notice that there are only glider and plane available at the moment. Don’t worry, we can work around that, but hopefully the missing multirotor template will be added in the future firmware update.

For now, just select “Plane”, and then go through these setup (press PAGE button to move onto the next step)

  • “Does your model have a motor?” Yes
  • “What channel is it on?” CH3
  • “Number of ailerons on your model?” One, or two with Y cable
  • CH1 (A)
  • “Does your model have flaps?” No
  • “Pick the tail config of your model” One chan for Elevator and one for Rudder
  • CH2 (A), CH4 (B)

Once you have created the model, you can also use it as the template for future models. Simply duplicate the model instead of creating one, but note that it will copy every setting.

Creating Wing Model

For wing models, the settings are exactly the same as above (multirotor model). However you do need to change the mixer settings as described here:

Model Settings

Now is time to setup your model after creating the profile, such as Model Name and Model Image etc. Even if you transferred the models from an existing radio, you still want to make some necessary changes for the T16, such as RF Module setting.

To access “Model Setup” page, press the “MDL” button from the main screen.

RF Module Setting

  • Set Internal RF module to Off
  • Change External RF module to MULT, Change sub mode to the protocol of your choice

For example, for Frsky 2.4GHz receivers, like the R-XSR and XSR, choose Frsky and D16. Note that you can’t change channel range to Ch1 to Ch8 for lower latency, it’s default to Ch1 to Ch16. I think this is a bug and hopefully will get fixed in the future.

Finally, set Failsafe method to “No Pulse” (this is your choice, see why I choose no pulse here)

Create Switches

Switches and sliders don’t work out of the box, you need to set them up in the model profile. Switches can be used for arming the quadcopter, activating beeper etc.

Go to Mixer Page (enter model setup then press the PAGE button a few times), create a new mix on CH5, name it “ARM”, under “Source”, select the switch you’d like to use for arming (Pro tip: just flip the switch, it will automatically appear :) ).

Repeat the same steps on the following channels add more switches and sliders. There are 16 channels available for SBUS, minus the 4 channels used for the sticks, you have 12 channels to play with.

Updating JumperTX Firmware

This tutorial explains how to update JumperTX firmware.

20 thoughts on “How to Setup Jumper T16 Radio

  1. Scott Raszewski

    Hello. I just got a t16 pro. After trying to add a new model from open tx, when I disconnect the usb cable I get a storage warning bad radio data on the screen. The new model is not added to the radio. Any ideas?

  2. Jaymonvg

    Can you please explain how to flash firmware to x8r frsky receiver using Jumper T 16 radio. Taranis the option is available for flashing to receiver. I got jumper T16 and x8r, but binding is not happening as the firmware in both does not match. Please help

  3. Luis Monreal

    Hello Oscar, i just received my new t16, i have been flying for 30 plus years and always used Futaba and Jr, anyway i got the radio to learn about opentx, to make a long story short is there any way to factory reset the radio..

    thanks in advance.

  4. Polycapman

    Hello, I have problem with my T16, I cannot use as game controller to play freerider android, although i already set to game controller but freerider wont detect the T16.

    Is there any setup that I missed?

    Thanks in advance

  5. Jo Grey

    Hey how do I add model images? I added a .jpg file to the images folder and its only like 192×48 px but the radio doesn’t list it as an option when trying to set it in the model setup.

  6. D'jazz.fpv


    I would like to add wav sounds on the SD card, but all the files i’ve tried doesn’t match the radio.
    Does anybody try ?

  7. WAN MAN

    Hi, I’m new with opentx and jumper t16. Question it’s possible to use heli with Jumper T16? I mind there is a base program inside for the control of swashplat?

  8. Patrick willis

    Hi Oscar,
    Please can you help???
    I have a T16 and have been trying to set a failsafe beyond -110% to activate the RTH function on my autopilot.(MFD)
    i can get it to opeerate on my throttle stick but the failsafe will not go below 100% so the autopliot goes into random modes usually circle or stabilised which is not really ideal.I would like it to come home not fly off.
    Regards Pat, Worthing

  9. Tomas Avila

    Hi Oscar,

    I was trying to update my firmware and the website for the firmware is not found. Do you know anything about this?


  10. William A Baker

    I recently purchased one of these Jumper T16 and can’t for the life of me get the switch warning to go away..
    Everytime I power it up I get a switch warning for SD no matter what position I have it in..
    Do you think it is a bad/defective switch?

    I’ve been flying with the Taranis XD9 Plus for many years and love it but this Jumper with it’s scroll wheel and splashy colorful screen really caught my eye…

    I’ve had the Jumper module for the Taranis for some time as well..
    Any way I hope you can help me with that annoying warning..

    1. Oscar Post author

      sounds like a defective switch to me. can you confirm the switch is working? You might be able to fix it quite easily instead of asking for replacement, just check the soldering or replace the switch. They only cost a couple of dollars.


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