Turnigy 9X Review – 9 Channel RC Transmitter

by Oscar

The Turnigy 9X is one of the best RC transmitters out there at the moment for it’s price. For $60, you’ll get a 9 channel transmitter (8 usable), a receiver and a bind plug, but with no battery. I have been using this transmitter for over 3 months now, so I decided to share some of my opinions about this product. If you are not familiar with RC system or never own a RC transmitter before, you might find it a little difficult to use, because there is no user manual! However you will find it very helpful there are tons of Youtube Videos and instructions online.

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Good things about the Turnigy 9X

I bought this RC transmitter primarily for my multicopters. Although we only need 4 channels to control a copter, it’s beneficial to have more spare channels in case we upgrad our hardware to allow GPS etc functionality in our system.

It looks nice, sticks have a nice smooth feel. There is no ratcheting feel to the throttle. The range is increditible with the original transmitter module and receivers. I tested 500m (around 1500 feet) and it’s still working great. I can’t go further because that’s how big the park is. I love the “profile” options, which allows you to program and save different settings in a profile. I believe you can have 9 profiles max. This is particularly useful if you have multiple planes so you don’t have to change any of your settings when switching in between.

The setup needs a bit of patience but once somebody gets to know how to use the menu it is a piece of cake. Even there are a lot of videos on youtube explaining how to program it. I have not had any problems or glitch from this product so far.

The Tunigy 9X I have is a version 2, there is now an in-built 2.4GHz antenna and the new system looks little different to the older version. The 2.4GHz side of things is vastly improved over the original system (pending flight tests to confirm that). It’s now a frequency hopper at an incredibly low price.

There are many modifications you do can on this transmitter, check out these posts to see how: Basic mods and Advanced Mods.

Emh, the down side

The transmitter module can be replaced but the antenna is actually hardwired to the module so you can’t actually “just” remove it or replace it with another. For some reason, they’ve soldered the antenna cable directly to the module’s circuit-board, rather than using a removable connector. This means that to fit another 2.4GHz module (e.g. Frsky), users are going to have to unsolder it.


A negative is the awful 8-cell AA battery holder that comes with the radio.  it’s a very tight fit and getting the cover back on can result in the tags breaking off, worse though is that the battery holder is is far too tight in there, this prevents the batteries from sliding along to maintain contact (pushed by the spring) if the case is flexed, even by a tiny degree the batteries will lose contact resulting in your radio going dead. You can fix this by getting a purpose-built low discharge LIPO battery pack to ensure reliable operation and easier battery fit.

Second is the very annoying and loud BEEP!!! You get a loud beep every time you press on the buttons very annoying as it’s waken up my house mates a few times when they are sleeping. To fix that I cut the leg that goes from a transistor to the speaker and added a 220 Ohm resistor in between.

Third, the screen is a bit hard to see, you can buy a replacement screen with back light from hobbyking for this transmitter to fix this.



In summary, it’s exceptionally good value for $60, I would recommend it!

You can buy it from here: Turnigy 9X RC transmitter and Receiver.


  • It’s cheap!
  • 8 channels – enough for many planes and multicopters
  • You can choose Heli, glider and acro settings
  • Nice graphic LCD display
  • Decent smooth servo movement
  • Alternative Firmware available
  • Much Room for some powerful Modifications


  • Replacing modules difficult
  • Battery holder difficult to fit
  • No failsafe with the original module/receiver

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Celso 17th March 2022 - 1:48 pm

Only Heli, across and glider modes. Which do you use for a quadcopter?

John 22nd August 2020 - 12:44 am

Hi. Was wondering if i could use this radio as a slave for flight training with a futaba and if they have the same cord. Or a spectrum that takes a trainer cord

Tapio 15th May 2017 - 1:58 pm

I have been trying to locate a micro Whoop RX/controller that would be compatible with my 9X V2 (and original TX module). So far, no success, and I’m totally lost with all the different protocols… Any tips? Thx!

Oscar 15th May 2017 - 3:14 pm

Can your 9X v2 support external Frsky TX module? that seems to be the easiest option to me.

Richard Bennett 17th November 2016 - 3:18 am

Hi Oscar- Just a quick question: Does the 9X8C v2 receiver that comes with this radio have a serial (cPPM, etc.) output? It’s really not evident at all on the unit itself and I can’t imagine that a product this advanced to not have it.
Keep up the good work. I’ve enjoyed your articles immensely!

Regards, R. T. Bennett

Oscar 22nd November 2016 - 1:33 pm

It’s been a long time but I don’t think it does as far as I can recall. you might want to get a frsky TX module for the 9X and use Frsky RX for PPM.

Lars Thorpe 26th November 2016 - 12:40 pm

Hey, Oscar; Does it have mode selection? I like my rudder on the right with my pitch, and my roll on the left with my elevation.

Oscar 28th November 2016 - 3:54 pm

Yes it does, you can create models that have different settings

Ken Kahler 20th August 2015 - 3:32 am

“Hi Oscar” I have a 7.4 battery pack I would like to use in my 9X will it operate at that voltage? If not I guess I’m stuck with the 8 pack of AAs.

Oscar 20th August 2015 - 10:18 am

Hi Ken
not 2S, but 3S lipo! hobbyking sells one that is specifically for the 9X… 3S 2650mah i think it was? that’s what i am using at the moment!

Estefan Berman 27th June 2015 - 6:03 pm

Oscar: From one teacher to another, you are excellent. I should have read your blogs before getting into the world of quads.
I bought a simple RTF mini as a trainer in the meantime.
That said, I need your advice. I built an Arris 250 quad kit and it set up well on open pilot. But I have been unsuccessful with getting the Turnigy 9x to set up. I can’t get past the flight mode switch. I might later on follow your modify ideas but I want another TX. How is the Walkera Devo 8S or the Devo G400 F7 with FPV (new model)? Or should I get a Taranis? I want potential for growth but easy set up.
Also, can you recommend a good Lipo charger?

Oscar 1st July 2015 - 1:31 am

sorry i am not familiar with openpilot GCS, I currently only work with Baselfight/Cleanflight…
If you have difficulties setting up the 9X, the Taranis is not going to help you, because it’s even more complicated :)
As for Lipo charger, I am using the Accurel-6 and I love it :)

Art 23rd April 2015 - 1:09 pm

I am planning to build my own quadcopter and taking a look at the Turnigy 9X RC transmitter and Receiver. What is the range of this combo?
Thank you

Oscar 24th April 2015 - 1:14 pm

I tested mine, it’s about 300 to 500 meters.

Marcelo 7th December 2014 - 10:36 pm

Hi Oscar,

Thanks for the very nice information.

I am trying to decide on my frist controoler and say that now there is the 9xr pro.

Is it worth paying the difference?

What is the best value controller for you?


Oscar 8th December 2014 - 9:38 am

Hi Marcelo, sorry I haven’t used the 9XR before, so I can’t comment on it.
I am using the 9X and it’s been great.
In fact i have not used any other expensive high end controllers, but with all the upgrade and improvements i have done on the 9X, it’s been working like a charm for me, so I am not even thinking of getting another one yet :D

David 21st August 2014 - 10:32 pm

Hi, thank you so much for your really interesting blog that helps the newbies like me getting into the hobby. :)
I saw a new version of this transmitter came out (Turnigy 9XR). What do you think of it? Is it more worthy than the 9x? Thanks. :)

Cheers from France!

Oscar 22nd August 2014 - 11:39 am

Thank you for the kind words David :)
It is a new version of 9X, it comes with backlight, and programming pins (which you need to DIY on the 9X). It’s also got some other features I can’t remember. However, there are mixed reviews on this one, some people don’t like the ergonomics. There are reviews of this model on Youtube.

David 22nd August 2014 - 3:54 pm

Thanks Oscar, I’ll take a look at these. :-)

Donnie 25th May 2014 - 6:50 pm

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am posting to find what theme you are using on your page

Guile 5th December 2013 - 3:21 pm

Hehe, just had a look, those pages are realy nice and well done!
You should emphasis on them in here!
They are why we love the 9X ^^

Zella 4th March 2014 - 12:25 am

Great post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
Very useful info specifically the last part :) I maintain such info a lot.
I was looking for this particular info for a
long time. Thanks and best of luck.

Guile 5th December 2013 - 2:04 pm

“Alternative Firmware available”
Too bad you did not explain a bit more on this part, because this is THE THING about this transmitter.
I did not even poweed it once with the stock firmware.
With the open source er9x firmware, it turn a *ok* transmitter into a 500$+ once.

Something interesting
It is the first transmitter to have an open sourceopen source firmware, and its success made its builder build a true native open source transmitter : the Taranis

Oscar 5th December 2013 - 2:39 pm

too bad you didn’t check out my other posts about 9X mods… :-)