Frsky have finally released their low budget radio (probably in response to Jumper T12 and T16). This entry level radio offers great features including the new ACCESS protocol which makes it super easy to bind and upgrade your receiver firmware (amongst other things).

The X9D Lite basically makes the X9D and QX7 radios redundant, as this one packs all the features (expect for built in battery charging on the X9D) plus a few new ones like a high speed digital module interface and battery navigation buttons. It is also cheaper! So basically this will likely become the go-to Frsky radio for people entering into the hobby looking for a decent radio.

Key Features

  • Ergonomic and compact design
  • Installed with ACCESS protocol
  • Supports spectrum analyzer function
  • High-speed module digital interface
  • G7 Noble potentiometer gimbal
  • Supports wired training function
  • Haptic vibration alerts and voice speech outputs
  • Easily accessible battery compartment (*Batteries not included, adaptive with replaceable 18650 button top Li-ion batteries)

Where to Buy

As a portable radio, the FrSky Taranis X9 Lite is a remarkable fusion of traditional radio design with the innovations of the latest ACCESS protocol. The X9 Lite inherits its classic form factor from the FrSky Taranis X9D series remote control, along with completely preserving the comfort of the classic grip design, it also adds a program scroll button adding convenience when navigating the menu further improving the user experience. For beginners, the wired training function is retained, allowing beginners to improve their skills with the security of an instructors input upon command.

Like the Taranis X-Lite Pro, the new Taranis X9 Lite also uses the latest ACCESS communication protocol, along with ErskyTX / OpenTX open source operating system, it boasts 24 channels with a faster baud rate and lower latency with a high-speed module digital interface. Additional ACCESS features like wireless firmware updates and wireless configurations will be gradually unlocked, providing a more reliable, more secure link between the remote and model. Making the X9 Lite a fully functioning remote control with tons of extra features.

Taranis Radios Comparison

Taranis X9D+ Taranis Q X7 Taranis X9 Lite
Operating SystemOpenTXOpenTXErskyTX/OpenTX
Communication ProtocolACCST/ACCESSACCST/ACCESSACCESS
High-speed module digital interface××
Program Navigation Button×
Wired Training System
Haptic Vibration Alerts
Voice Speech Outputs √
Outdoor Legible Backlit LCD √ √
Easily Accessible Battery Compartment √ √
Potentiometer Gimbal √ √
Battery Charging System ××

Basically looking at the table, there is very little reason to by either the X9D+ or QX7 radios, and the fact that the X9 Lite comes in slghtly cheaper than the basic QX7, makes the X9 lite seem like its going to be a great radio. Assuming it is as good as the previous taranis radios!