This is a 60 budget radio kind of targeting uh beginners, first timers not experienced pilots or long range pilots. So i think you know um theres gon na be a lot of people that are gon na, be complaining about this radio because its not for them and yeah its definitely not for them. Um ill talk about who this is really for later on in the video, but this is their um. Third, i guess the regeneration i dont know theres, like i dont think its. The third generation is like their fourth or fifth iteration of their radio. I did a video on the late radio 2se express lrs express lrs edition previously. This is one here so ill link that video in the description, but the new light. Radio 3 is a little bit bigger and quite a bit heavier and ill talk about all the changes here. They have the gimbal protectors on here. These are just like made of silicone or something like that. Pretty nice um the light radio 2xc had the similar gimbal protectors, but they were connected, which i actually kind of liked. So you know, i think the this new radio design is uh the gimbals a little bit further apart. So this is going to be difficult to show on camera, but yeah its uh, definitely wider. Its a wider radio and the gimbals are a little bit further apart in terms of the feel yeah it does. I dont know it.

Doesnt bother me either way, uh in terms of the distance yeah. I think this is fine in terms of the gimbals themselves. The this radio has had a very notorious history with gimbals wearing out very quickly, and you know thats kind of part of the reason why the radio is so cheap. The price has gone up, i think, because theyve sourced more expensive gimbals. Now i think, when the light radio 2 first came out, i was like 40 bucks and went to like 45. I think its the price has gone up even more uh. Also regarding whether or not theyre still gon na sell the old version, i dont know that or not i think its currently still for sale and by the way they have upgraded the gimbals on the light radio 2sc as well. If you purchase this in december, theyre saying that its got the new, the new, updated gimbals and if you have the um an old generation of the light radio tune, you want to update your gimbals or repair your gimbals. They do now sell the updated next generation. Gimbals for six bucks each, i believe so that ill link all that. Also in the description as well, but yeah, the new gimbal is a little bit different. Its got this like gunmetal color for the stick end versus this. You know. Basically, this is like a pure silver color on the old stick in, but it looks pretty much the same.

The top feels the same, but the gunmetal color here matches the lanyard hook. This is new, so some a lot of people wanted the neck strap connector there. So that they could hang it off their neck and uh, but yeah in terms of the feel they do. These new gimbals do feel better um, not a whole lot better. The main complaint i had about the feel of the old gimbals: is they just the springs? Just felt kind of mushy – and i just i just didnt, like the feel these springs – do feel a little bit better, not hull, sensor, gimbals or anything. These are still potentiometer gimbals. You know theres definitely way better gimbals out there, but for a 60 radio. Okay, you know theyre acceptable whether or not these are gon na last. I have no idea, so this is a obviously theyve switched to a new vendor uh because of all the problems with the old gimbals wearing out very quickly. You know ive heard stories of them lasting. You know not even a week, although ive had a few of them wear out on me. Theyve lasted a while. You know several months at least now you know again theyre targeting beginners. You know theyre, probably thinking people arent going to be using these for a lifetime. Theyre going to you know, learn how to fly and then move on to something a little bit higher end when they sort of figure out what they want in terms of radio, because thats going to be difficult to figure out when youre, just starting out like what Kind of a radio: do you really need, and you know whats going to you know, fit your needs and also what kind of feel youre going to like, because its all personal, the way the radio is held in the hand, the weight the way the gimbals feel And its very subjective, you know, and so some people you know, will love a radio to death.

You know swear by it and then the next guy will be like thats a complete piece of trash. I hate it. You get that quite a bit on the on the internets with the radios and the subjectivity of how people like a certain radio or dont like radio and whether or not these gimbals will last ill. You know ill, let you know in a few months ill ill. Try and use this um, you know on a you know, not a regular basis, but in a frequent basis here and there yeah. Obviously i like to travel with these kind of these small radios ive, just seen in a previous video, very convenient to use no switches to be broken off on this new one here, although these small ones here on the beat fpv, these dont break, even ive dropped. These before and theyre theyre pretty solid, even though you know i dont like these, because they can break, but these little short ones tend to not break theyve switched over to these new kind of switches. So this is sort of like a tango. Two style switch with a basically a button that gets locked in, so this is their one two position switch here and see on the shoulder here on the bottom theyre. Both two position switches here and then these this little rocker is a three position. Switch this one im not too fond of so you have a middle position and a top position.

So the idea behind these kind of switches is that theyre harder to break off well theyre, not going to break off if you drop it and uh theyre less likely to be knocked by accident, and so if one of these is your arming switch, for example, sometimes People have, you know, hit you know, brushed by the switch by accident and then disarm by accident, pretty hard to do that with one of these style, where you have to actually press in again so like, for example, this is the low position and then the n Is the high position? You can reverse this by the way in the beta fpv configurator if you want, but this is the default setup. So, basically, you have to press it and ill lock it, and then you have to press it in again to unlock it and so its pretty unlikely for that to happen. So this is why i kind of like these style switches and also theyre flush and keeps a nice low profile. You have your usb c port here on the bottom trainer ports, your setup button and your bind button. These work the same way as in the previous generation, basically turn on the radio press. The button button, the radio goes into bind mode. It lasts, i think, about 10 15 seconds, and then you got ta, obviously put your receiver into bind mode and then theyll connect up, but because this is the express lrs edition um, i use the binding phrase and again you have to use the beta fpv configurator.

Just like, with the light radio tyc version in the in that video to set up your binding phase and also adjust your um parameters for the express lrs, so like your output, power, telemetry ratio, etc packet rate, those are all um set in the beta fpv configurator. Also regarding the express lrs firmware designer its still on the old version, one series of firmware – i dont know when theyre going to be updating that to version two and thats the whole controversy with beta fpv and express lrs is theyre kind of off doing their own Little thing and because the firmware for the radio is built in to the flash, along with the express lrs firmware, so its kind of like the situation with the beta um, the beta flight, spi um or the betaflight firmware for the spi receivers that are on the All the one flight controllers for express rs that are basically the you know. Sorry. This is very confusing to me as well, but basically on certain flight controllers, with an express lrs receivers built in as an sbi receiver that express lrs firmware is baked into the betaflight firmware, so updating those, although now theres like ways to do that through nightly, builds And etc, which again i havent made a video on that because its just a whole totally convoluted process. You have to update your betaflight to update your express lrs receiver firmware likewise on this radio to update the express lrs firmware on here.

You have to update the that, along with the firmware for the radio itself, and so beta fpv has forked off that code into their own light. Radio, 3 or light radio 2 firmware and the express alerts code is baked into that. So when you flash the radio it flashes both so i dont know if theyre gon na, i dont think that i actually, i dont think that that whole situation is gon na ever get resolved or its gon na be youre, going to be able to flash and Update the firmware for express lrs in here for the transmitter part separately in the express lrs configurator just because that firmware is baked into the same firmware as the light radio 3 itself. The firmware that controls the radio. So i think pretty much if youre going to be getting this radio youre just youre, subject to be at fpv and whatever theyre going to do the updates. So again, with version 2, i dont know when thats going to be baked into the next version of the firmware for the radio im assuming theyre, going to be working on that, and that should be happening at some point soon. But right now it doesnt exist. So youre still on the version, one firmware for this particular radio, all right so lets get to the uh new feature here. This little module port in the back its a nano module day, and you can see it can take nano modules and obviously theyre targeting their own modules here.

So this is the 900 megahertz module. I suppose you can also use the 2.4 gigahertz as well, but this is all controlled via the beta fpv configurator again, because it is not open. Tx theres, no lewis script. So if you want to control your parameters here, you have to do it through the beta fpv configurator. However, when once you switch over so basically in the default configuration when you turn this on the module bay doesnt get power, it its actually turned off. So you have to actually go into the um beta configurator turn off the internal module and then turn on the external module and then reboot. And then, when you connect the next time, youll itll, itll itll, detect whats whats in here, and this is the 915 megahertz module. It detected that and then youll see the options for this to control it. So you can change the output power, the telemetry ratio and the packet rate as well as do the binding and also the wi fi update. You can do that via the configurator yeah, its the only way you can do it because, obviously its not open tx and obviously you can update the firmware through the usb port on this one as well usb usbc here. So, regarding whether or not this will work with tbs crossfire nano, this is my pbs crossroad, nano module, it does not fit so you can see here the way this is shaped and designed um.

These are not compatible. You can see they should be flush and its not going to go in there, so theres some verbiage on the product page about this module needing a certain shape. Basically, this shape the shape of the the their own nano module, but obviously this does not so im not sure if theyre referring to another version of this module, which i im not sure if its exists or not uh its possible, i dont know this is the Only one that i know about i, this is one of the i dont know its not the earlier version, but its not a my more recent version. Ive had this for a while, probably more than a year, so if theres a newer version of this, let me know and maybe ill try and get that to see if itll work with this. But again you know im not sure if its going to be able to detect that its a crossfire module in there and then can you change the parameters for this with the configurator i dont know. Obviously i havent had a chance to to connect it um. So yeah thats uh, basically an unknown at this point. You know if youre wondering if itll work with crossfire. Obviously it does the crossware protocol because thats what these nano modules support, but whether or not itll work with this particular tvs, crossfire nano module that i dont know so im thinking you know maybe like for this uh setup here.

If you happen to like the radio on 2.4 gigahertz – and you want to use a 900 megahertz uh module for longer range, i suppose you can get this uh beta fpv module as well up to. I think this goes up to 500 ml watts and do that, although you know 2.4 gigahertz is still pretty good. I dont even know its only 100 ml watts on this one here, um its uh youre, going to get more range. Obviously, in 500 milliwatts and 900 megahertz, so you know again like the power in terms of the power support it supports up to 500 milliwatts on the external module theyve beefed up the battery in here its inside its a 2 000 milliamp hour battery. I dont know what the runtime is going to be on 500 milliwatts thats not specified anywhere in the product page. I dont imagine its going to be that much its a 2 000 milliamp hour 1s battery and if youre powering an external 900 megahertz module at 500. Milliwatts is probably not going to last too long, plus the amount of power that this is going to use is probably going to be more the further away. You are or the further away you go so thats how usually it works if youre close and not flying too far away, then probably youre going to have longer power available to you, but that you know again keep that in mind. You know, as i said, this is not, in my opinion, really for professionals.

This is for beginners and if youre doing you know some sort of long range stuff for some serious work, this isnt the ready for you. This is for someone whos starting out. You know. Maybe uh just wants to see: if fpv is, you know good for them or not, and then theyre gon na sort of use it for a while then move on to a different radio at some point in the future, if they decide to stick with the hobby Anyway, thats gon na do it for this video. Let me know if you guys have any questions down in the comment section yeah. Let me know what you guys think of this new light. Radio. 3. Obviously, a lot of limitations, but you know for most of you guys that ive been flying for a while this isnt for you anyway. This is whether or not you think this is going to be for your friend that has not ever flown fpv and wants to get in the hobby and maybe its considering it. Maybe doesnt want to spend a ton of money. You know um if youre looking theyre looking at something like uh radiomaster tx16s, like 200 bucks or something like that, but theyre not willing to spend that kind of money. Maybe 60 bucks is a little bit more up the rally and thats the kind of pilot. I think this is for someone that just is considering fpv but is not really interested in spending.

You know over a certain amount of money for radio, and this one here, you know, might be right up. Their alley might be at their price point. For someone of that type of pilot, otherwise for most of the people i would say you know, look at the newer radios are coming out now, like the t pro the zorro theres, a new one, the commando 8 from my flight in terms of small form, factory Radios, they all look pretty decent. Of course they are at higher price points, so keep that in mind anyway, thats gon na.

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