AxisFlying ExpressLRS THOR TX PRO Module Review 👍
So this is what the module looks like and it comes with a moxon type antenna. I believe its uh sma its an sma antenna. So you can see its a little bit bigger than your standard jr module um bay here, because this is kind of targeting those guys that may not necessarily want to use express solaris with an open, tx radio and for those radios that dont have open tx. You cant use a lure script. Obviously so now we have. These transmitter modules are coming out now with the built in screen, so you can control the packet rate, output, power and some other features via this button, and this screen – and you know some unique features of this – is that this is totally detachable from this. Basically, a module box adapter it just twists off here, and they have this like um plug in the bottom. That goes to the pins here. That goes into the jr module bay and if i have an open, tx radio with a module bay or some or actually any radio, with a module bay that uses crossfire, for example, this w fly. This is the uh et16s. I havent made the video in this one yet im gon na show you that in another video with this working on this radio, so thatll be in a future video but yeah itll work with any um radio that has a module bay that uses the crossfire protocol. However, if you want to use this with other radios, that dont have a module bay, you can just detach this, and you have this little five pin plug here that locks and you can pop this off thats what it looks like there and theyre going to come Out with additional cables for other radios like futaba and spectrum and other types of radios, those cables were not included in this review or the sample they are available for purchase.
I think theyre going to be about 10. They told me so it depends on which radio you want to use this with. I dont have links for those, yet i dont think they have actually put those out yet, but they should be coming out pretty soon, but you can see here with the wires kind of coming down here going into this module. They, when you plug this into your module bay, you want to make sure these wires dont get pinched, so theres a little bit of a recess here, you can see where the wires will go. You just dont want to make sure that doesnt get pinched and accidentally cut when you put this into your module or put this into your radio. So this other unique feature is this little drawer, that is in the module bay adapter. You can store stuff in here. If you want extra receivers whatever – and i dont know what this qr code is for, it looks like its for some sort of speedy thing. It looks like a spd up there anyway, so thats a little hidden compartment there in this module by adapter, but all the obviously all the electronics are in this component right here and in this whole setup, here kind of reminds me of the full size, crossfire module Which, i think, goes up two watts this one goes up to one watt and thats another distinguishing feature of this. You know most other modules like that.
Come with a screen like this, like, for example, the bid fpv one here. This one goes up to 500 ml watts and yeah its a lot cheaper, ‘ 40 versus a hundred and forty dollars for this one and yeah thats um, one of the things that uh ive been hearing about in terms of complaints about this is. Why is this so expensive, its a hundred dollars more than the beta fpv module double the power, but also much better engineering, much better build quality. They are working with the developers properly compared to the sort of the bizarre situation with beta fpv thats. One of the reasons why i havent made the video on this one yet because theres a lot of issues and quirks that are going on with us, its you, you can use the screen, but it is based off of theyve built their own code and forked off The express lrs code to use the screen, which kind of works and kind of doesnt work and its still based off of the 1.x code, whereas the thor is now using the two. The version 2 branch actually says version 2.1, beta thats on here for use with the screen, and none of this stuff is going to get merged back into the beta fpv module until version 2.1 is finalized and no one knows when thats going to be, but the Actual code for controlling these screens and the buttons actually in version 2.
1 beta, which is why they forked off their code and its all this its kind of a mess right now, and so, if you want to use this with the screen working, you have to use Bid fpvs code and its version one code, not the version two code and theres a lot of stuff thats, not working right now with this module, which is why ive kind of held off on this video. I wanted to wait until all the code was merged back in and we had a functional module here before actually fully tested it so thats why you havent seen this video, because basically, its a crippled, its its kind of crippled and based on version. One code with like beta fpvs code for the oled screen: yes, it works it powers on you can connect with version one receivers, but i havent fully tested. Yet, however, you know im going off a little tangent here and people were asking me. Why is this so much more expensive? Well, you know the build quality is worse on the beat fpv. They have a lot of issues with working with developers, whereas the people at access flying are doing a much better job of you know, being in communication with the developers making sure that their code is working correctly and that their code is being merged back into the Main branch of the um – i guess the wherever the github is wherever theyre doing their development, and so with that you can actually update this in express lrs configurator.
You dont have to use any third party software uh. However, when you want to, for example, update this. So you can change your settings in the configuration also to make, for example, put in a binding phrase. You do have to go to the i think its the far right section at the top called the get pull requests. I think and theres a special drop down for the access flying uh module with their code, for that has this code in here for the screen and then once you flash that with your updated uh config changes like the binding phrase, then it will work with your Version two receivers: this is based on version two code. So if you have any old version, one receivers youll have to update those to version two um in order to bind with any version. Two modules like this one would be, and of course you know you cant go back to version one this one in case youre like oh, i wan na. Why i just i dont care about the screen. I wan na just go to version one and bind up to my version. One receivers you cant do that with this one. This is basically version 2 and going on forward for for this particular module. Okay, so again, additional things here that youre going to see in this one that youre not necessarily going to see in some cheaper modules. You got a nice color tft screen here, whereas the other uh modules, theyll have screens will probably just be black and white or some sort of lcd, or maybe an oled screen would just you know, you know basically white black and white colors um.
You have a cnc aluminum heatsink here, and this um basically allows for passive cooling of the internal components if youre using a lower power setting. So you know if youre not going above, like 250 ml watts, youre, probably not gon na, be generating enough heat. Where you need the fan and the passive cooling of this cnc aluminum heatsink here will be adequate enough to basically keep everything cool without any additional noise of a fan going in the back here now, if you want to boost your power up to 500 milliwatts or One watt, then the cooling fan will kick in at a temperature of internal temperature of 50 degrees. I think celsius, and then the fan will kick in inside here and you have some vents here for the air to escape. The cooling fan here is supposedly that, according to their specs upgraded a special kind of like vortex man, i think theyre calling it i dont know its um. You know they say its less noisy than other typical fans and it costs more. So those are some of the additional things that youre going to see in this one, which adds to the additional cost, and hopefully you know a better user experience. You know. Obviously you dont want a very noisy fan. Uh. You know blasting way behind your transmitter, while youre flying you know, thats, probably going to be distracting, so something like a quieter fan is going to be useful in that regard.
Now the xd30 – here you may need that, depending upon your radio, some radios can handle outputting enough power that this will draw on. One watt, where you dont need to plug in an external power source um other radios may need that. So it just kind of depends on your radio, whether or not youre going to require additional power or not. I think for most smaller radios youre, going to if youre going to run one watt youre going to probably need to plug in an xc30 battery voltage range is 2 to 5s. It does have over voltage protection. So if you do plug in a 6s battery by accident, it wont burn burn this out, which is nice, and then, of course, you have a usbc port here, for your firmware updates, of course, has a wi fi built in, of course, for wi fi updates. It does have the backpack feature as well. So thats still thing like the backpack feature is still kind of a new thing. In version two um still a work in progress, so, for example, with the backpack feature, you can use the module to control your video receiver and your goggles. If you have the backpack backpack component installed on your goggles, so i think, like certain ones like fat sharks, sky zones and a few other ones are supported its still in development. Of course you can. I think you can also control also your video um transmitter settings as well through um some of this other code.
I actually havent delved too much into that. I notice its still kind of a work in progress, so i havent really used that feature yet, but this one has that, whereas some of the modules may not have that backpack feature or it may come at an additional cost all right. So this is the receiver that they sent along here. You have basically your dipole antenna, pretty long lead there, microphone, connector and it looks just like every other express lrs receiver out there pretty much the same and, of course, its based on the same esp 32 chip and has the uh. You know wi fi update feature as well, so basically, this is what the screen looks like now. The screen will actually power off if youre holding your radio like you would normally hold it like this uh. If youre flying theres a motion sensor inside here, so that um, if it detects that youre flying and not using the screen, it should uh turn the screen off to save power, so lets see yep turned off and then it turned back on there. Let me just show you that one more time, especially turn off here, if youre normally flying like this, if youre not flying where the radio is kind of like in this orientation in some other weird way, if you hold the radio over your head, for example, then This probably isnt going to work yeah the screen as soon as you rotate the radio here, i guess the built in gyro will sense that the you want to use the module and well turn the screen back on and then theres also an uh uh like a Power function like an auto low level power function inside here.
So if youre not connected to a receiver, the the module will go into a low power setting so its not drawing a lot of battery and draining the rate of the battery inside your radio so thats. Another nice feature of this one, all right so to get into the menu just press over to the right of the joystick, and then you go up and down on the joystick, secure the different menu and see a packet rate transmitter power, telemetry ratio, motion, detection, fan Control bind mode, update, firmware and then to go into here. You just press the button and then you up and down again to show the different selections and then press to confirm transmitter power again: 10 milliwatts, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, a thousand telemetry ratio – and you see the different telemetry ratios available to you. So again. This is you know: without using a lewis script, you can control um all the settings, so you can turn off that motion control if you want, if you basically want the screen on all the time, leave that on fan control its on auto right now, you can See that theres new or you can hear theres no fans lets turn that on confirm. I can barely hear it. I yeah, i can barely hear it at all. I dont think its even coming out on the microphone youre, probably not gon na – be able to hear it so its uh im just gon na turn that back to auto then theres bind mode.
Of course, you need to go and do your binding press send bind request and then update, firmware and back to packet rate. So this screen here and these whatever menu options are available, may change in the future depending upon when they finalize version 2.1. So something to keep in mind, but right now this is what it looks like: okay, so thats gon na do it for this video you know um. You know regarding the question whether or not this is something for you or not. I dont think everyones gon na need a thousand milliwatts on 2.4 gigahertz its going to take you pretty far. So these are really this. This module is really for those guys that are looking for long range control and uh. This is not really for everybody. Most of the modules are going to cost less um. You know they probably have less build quality. Maybe you know not not so nice in terms of whether or not theyre going to be reliable long term. Who knows you know you get what you pay for these days and you know yeah its going to cost you less and yeah. Maybe you dont need the one watt of power. I think for most people that arent going super long range. In my opinion, you know: 250 milliwatts is plenty most of the time im flying on 100 watts. I dont really fly that far anyway or even less power, even less than 100 milliwatts.
I have no problems on express lrs, so you know i often get that question. Should i switch from crossfire to express lrs thats, a thats, a tough question for for me to answer, because everyones situation is a little bit different for me, i am switching my stuff over just because the receivers are so much cheaper and i have i have a Lot of faith in the developers that theyre going to be making a lot of improvements to the ecosystem overall and were seeing a lot more variety of products out there. The downside, of course, is that theres, a lot of change thats happening yeah its hard to keep up theres a lot of things you have to flash and reflash, and sometimes things think so. Sometimes things dont work and you have to go out online and to the discord, server or facebook, or someone asked questions so theres. You know theres a lot more work involved versus a commercially supported product like tracer or crossfire from a company like tbs. So my answer to you guys is: if you need a lot of hand holding you want customer support. My suggestion to you is: you need to stay with those commercially supported products and pay for those services, because they are going to do the handholding and they are overall easier to use easier to use products. However, if you are, you know a little bit more handy. Can do research not worried about needing someone to hold your hand? You can you know youre, you can go out there and and find answers for yourself.
More proactive then express lrs might be fine for you. You might be totally good and if you can figure things out and get things to work most of the time youll be in good shape, and you know i i would. I have no no reason to not recommend express lrs for those. The guys that are willing to you know do a little bit of work. A little bit of you know, footwork to get stuff working because you know its yeah. You know, i think, once youve done a few flashings or you know, flash a few things a few times and youve got sort of an idea of how things work its not that difficult you you get, you know you basically get a custom accustomed to it. You just have to sort of keep up with all the changes thats, the only major difficulty. Besides that you know, i think it works just as reliably as crossfire with one exception. I think, because of the code thats in the spi receivers, which is baked into betaflight for three like an earlier version of 43 ive, had some issues with failsafes on those receivers, because its like older code, with some bugs in it still and um, not being able To update those receivers without having to go through a merge with the betaflight code is kind of a problem, something that i havent really im kind of waiting to see what happens with that before i make a video about things i dont want to sort of bash.
It for no reason at all, but yeah ive had some problems with that other than that all the other receivers have worked fine for me outside of the issues with the some of the receivers going into boot, loader mode that has to do with certain flight controllers. I made a video about that previously, you can look on my look on my channel uh in the express lrs playlist. If you want to see that video but yeah other than that, ive had any problems as long as you have the code uh pr. The same code versions on the receiver in the transmitter and you have the proper settings and for the most part, everythings just work that ive had any problems outside of the spi receivers. Okay, thats going to do it for this one. I will have another video with this module on this radio here. This is the w flaw et16s. If you want to get this uh, if you have a non open, tx radio and you want to use express lrs, this is a great module to get for your radio anyway. Thats good.