FAQ – radios

Should I buy a Turnigy TGY-i10

A 10 channel radio with colour touch screen and turnigy’s own 2.4GHz AFHDS radio system.


I would not recommend buying one of these TGY-i10 radios. If I really needed more than 8 channels I’d go with the FrSky Taranis.

The TGY-i10 custom battery pack could be a problem in the future. No RF module capability is a major disadvantage if you want to use any other system.

Turnigy are not good at supporting technical ie. may require software upgrades and spare parts. I’ve seen some poorly designed Turnigy electronics. They have produced a number of open source products and not released enough information to make them useful or allow support. I suspect this radio will have a limited following and therefore limited support.

I don’t value a colour or touch screen. More gimmick than useful; just another point of failure out in the field. I don’t see the touch screen listed as a spare part.

On the other hand

The Turnigy 9XR-pro has a large following, communities that provide improved software and support, and cheap spare parts available. Hobbyking is just the hardware supplier, and at a good price.

The Taranis is the next step up, providing more channels, additional multi position switches (useful) and controls, and a few other features that improve convenience.

The only disadvantage of the 9XR-pro and Taranis is the programming. It requires quite a lot of patience and research, but this is also what makes them very capable transmitters.  There is PC software that can help with software updates, programming, simulation etc.