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FrSky Taranis Plus+ 16 Channel telemetry Radio - X8R, Metal Box , Voice - Australia NZ

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Product Description

taranis-new-case-3585.jpgNEW NEW NEW - includes this case <- we ship the NEW improved metal Aluminium Travel protection Tough-Case - see below item 9.

FrSky  Taranis +PLUS ARM cortex RC System ! thanks for your support those customers ordering FrSky Taranis in Oceania, NZ and Australia from us . We have worked hard to include our MWC "mix" with 14 channels activated :)  you still need to bind the Rx.  Dont forget we have spare X8R Rx instock and the new Hubless sensors for AMPS and the hub less Vario/Altimeter for the Taranis as well under FrSky menu and top right - the Smart port sensors are the ones for Taranis.  

binding-x8r-taranis.jpgBINDING - Short press menu ->; page (2/13) ;+; +;+;+;+;ENT (BIND will flash and it will make a squirrely noise)  - then hold down the F/S button on the Rx and power it with 5v - wait 2 secs - you will see the bind confirmation red/green ; release the hold-down on the Rx button - hit ENT button on Tx, to end the bind on Tx - - power down Rx , power down Tx and restart both normally Tx always on first - Rx will display a green LED (bound) and you will see the telemetry Rx volage (approv 5.0v on the top of the Tx LCD)  (you need to be at least 2m away Tx->Rx - if too close like 20cm it will not establish a clean link)

Worrying about which version of Taranis suits your needs?- Taranis Plus + has : -

  1. better/louder sound, less buzzing in audio (which cannot even be heard on a normal Taranis unless indoors at night in silence) ; and
  2. haptic vibe motor for vibration feedback ; and
  3. a new software Model Wizard (does not offer a wizard for helicopters yet) which has some benefits to those settng up aeroplanes from scratch - bear in mind We at Multiwiicopter already load our PARIS and DJI, DJI Phantom Multicopter programs into all Taranis for our customers.
  4. LCD White->Blue variable colour backlight

includes - All C-Tick approved ; FCC approved and CE approved items listed below

  1. Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals, Haptic feedback, Receiver model Match, Module based RF - allows for swapping over modules in Future - such as long Range, Louder amp - Audio Speech Outputs (values, alarms, settings, etc.), Antenna Status Detection and Alters, Real-time Flight Data Logging. RSSi Signal Strength Alerts, Super Low Latency ARM processor  M3 32-bit 60MHz, Smart Port Supportedincludes FrSky Taranis +PLUS Transmitter Mode 2 - with X9D RF internal module - Revision "B" series hardware (the latest) ; FrSky firmware = 2.0.9 (plus our 3 model memories loaded and checked)
  2. includes 2000mah NiMh battery (14hrs flight time)
  3. includes X8R receiver - pcb long range version antenna Rx- 16 channel  S.Bus, Smart Port enabled, RSSi
  4. includes Battery Charger for Nimh battery 110-240v USA Plug ; or AU/NZ plug only (depends on destination)
  5. includes Neck Strap 
  6. includes 1Gb MicroSD card with our special added pro-user files
  7. includes MultiWiicopter.com's MultiWii "mixes" pre-installed working examples  - save you days of setup - 16 Channels activated and all linked to switches & VR - plug and play after binding the Rx.
  8. includes MultiWiiCopter.com Team "mixes" for FPV WING plane , Flaps FPV Plane (or glider) and our RCHeli mix 120° swash - save you days of setup 
  9. NEW NEW NEW - now includes a much tougher box -  at MultiWiiCopter.com have decided to ship the NEW improved, August 2014, metal Aluminium Travel protection Tough-Case at an increase of only USD10 - amazing - its nearly 900 grams heavier due to the extra metal/aluminium content - This case is designed as "protective packaging" with precut foam - and provided as a free item from FrSky specifically Protect the Taranis product & Receiver inside it, in transit - its not a vanity item. It's now (Aug 2014) a SOLID case built with much stronger metal than the older plastic-looking-cases - It is possible it may receive dents or scratches during shipping to you, as it's function and it's reason for being, protection.  The box is packaging, above and beyond cardboard-styro-white-foam packaging supplied in other brands. This is NOT a hardcase - This box is packaging for one-way transit/shipping.  although some boxes have been dented in transit/post - no Taranis has ever been damaged inside these cases - they provide excllent product (the radio and Rx) protection for shipping one way, worldwide.
  10. Each and every X9D+ radio gets our in-house 14 point QA test to ensure is 100% perfect when you turn it on
  • Excludes training and software support - user must seek support from the Taranis OpenTx forum and Downloadable Taranis Firmware / code HERE
  • MultiWiiCopter.com pro team is a huge supporter of open source software - Consider the OPEN-Tx companion GUI - the latest firmware 2.2.0 - experts only please - at your own risk - backup first - coders paradise for super tech RC pilots - be aware this should NEVER be done by noobs as the Radio is supplied fully tested, calibrated and ready to roll - there is no "need" what-so-ever to load any firmware - modification of firmware falls outside the manufacturers warranty and MWC assumes no responsibility for open source software if you choose to use it. AT YOUR OWN RISK
  • excludes hardcopy manual (save the planet)  - user manual is Online so its 100% updated at all times here   ->>  Taranis Manual is here  <<-
  • Excludes BINDING your Tx to the included Rx- see above - "how to"    bracket-taranis.jpg
  • Excludes Failsafe setup - If youre using multiwii DO NOT use the multiwii-software failsafe ( we dont) - Reason is - the Taranis Harware failsafe is by far the better option :)  - We recommend not to use HOLD but to use pre-sets FAILSAFE for each channel in your Taranis - for Example set things like THRO Ch to a failsafe power setting you choose for your own Risk management Plan.  Remember that multicopters Altitude is proportional to RPM (without BARO engaged) which is proportional to LiPo voltage which varies over time - So if you choose hover power on 16v = 45% Throttle for Failsafe - then you loose RC contact after 10 mins flying and the LiPo is down at 14v - then the 45% failsafe throttle setting will cause your aircraft o descend fairly quickly during RTH nav.  For MultiWii-PARIS AIR+GPS for example You would engage Aux 2 (pre-set in the GUI to ANGLE+MAG+BARO+RTH) and program the Throttle to % for Hover from test flights.       
  • Excludes change over to Mode 1 if required by people who fly mode 1- the user can select other modes in the menus (long-press MENU, +, pg 1/8 , change it to 1) and alter the gimbal screws as shown in the manual to achieve WW2 modes like mode 1 if so desired. MultiWiiCopter wishes to inform ALL noob multicopter pilots that Australia is NOT a mode 1 country - that is a total myth propogated by Instructors at maaa clubs and some hobby shops who dont know any better - ALL new RC pilots must demand and fly mode 2 to stop these DOS people telling you windows 7/10 is evil and AU is a DOS country aka a mode 1 country. Say NO to Mode 1, and Fly Mode 2
  • Excludes FPV bracket 
  • Excludes 32Ch FPV GroundStation
Hero Features

Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals

• Voice and Haptic feedback

Receiver model Match

• Module based RF - allows for swapping over modules in Future - such as long Range

● Louder amp - Audio Speech Outputs (values, alarms, settings, can be programmed by the user etc.)

Antenna Status Detection and Alters

Real-time Flight Data Logging

RSSi Signal Strength Alerts

● Super Low Latency ARM processor  M3 32-bit 60MHz

Smart Port Supported


Question 1 - Which receivers does the Taranis with X9D internal module (included  on motherboard) support? answer = X8R, X4R, D6FR, V8FR-II, V8R7-II,V8R4-II, VD5M and also these older receivers D8R-XP / D8RSP ; D8R-II plus / D8R-II ; D4R-II / D4FR ;  D8R

Question 2 - Which receivers does the Taranis +DJT module (not included but widespread) support if swapped out in the back module port?   Answer = Many existing users may want to transfer over their fleet of existing aircraft using their existing DJT module into Taranis - These receivers will work with the DJT module in Taranis ->  V8FR; V8R7; V8R4; V8R7SP 

Question 3 - I want to fly a Multicopter Camera platform - so How do i get FrSky Taranis X8R Channels 1-8 on Sbus and also get Ch 9,10,11 on the top pins for my Gimbal tilt/roll and camera trigger shots?  
Answer - Yes this works great for PARIS v5r3 or dji autopilots too like NAZA or Phantom or Wookong 

  1. Backup all your Models to the SDCard First !  One at a time - select menu/longpress ENT/-/ENT
  2. Download and install the STM loader software here
  3. Download the latest FrSky Taranis PLUS+ Firmware here ; then use DfuSeDemo to update your Taranis firmware (unzip it first) with your PC software (DfuSeDemo) via USB (Taranis is off for loading firmware)
    NOTE: At your own risk - Do not use Plus firmware on a older Taranis as the LCD wont function at all - the original Taranis firmware is HERE)
  4. Program your X8R to Mode4 for Sbus&9->16 - Jumper1-> & 3->4 and powerup/BIND to Taranis D16 mode
  5. You will now get Sbus 1->16 on Sbus and also pins 1-8 will now output Ch9->16 for the Camera Tilt/Roll etc
  6. Go into Taranis MIXER page 6/12 set assign switches or knobs VR to your needs (MENU/PAGE/PAGE/PAGE/PAGE/PAGE)
  7. Re-Calibrate your sticks and pots 8/8
  8. Restore your models from your back-ups (see1 above)

 Question 3b - I want to Run OpenTx 2 (2.2.0 or other latest) BUT i cannot connect by USB - Open Tx does not see the USB connection to my Taranis - device not connected? (Taranis on/off switch set to off)

This is caused by the wrong STM driver for USB - do the following for windows Pcs

  1. Connect your Taranis by USB but leave it OFF
  2. Download Zadig HERE - it will autorun
  3. Select show ALL devices frm the menu - then Select STM32 Bootloader should appear at the top of the drop down
  4. press Install driver
  5. OpenTx will now see your Taranis and you will be able to update firmware (at your own risk)

Question 4 - How do you set the spring for throttle in mode 2? or How do you change it from no-spring on throttle, over to centering spring throttle used by dji noobs? 


Follow the instructions on this image (above)  to alter the spring force on a FrSKy Taranis throtle stick. copy to your desktop to see larger image.


This radio is made for RC & IT boys and girls who love open source and computers in a big way - Taranis not suited to RC noobs who dont know RC and cannot solve their own problems, It does not include training ;  it is complex and you MUST read ->>  Taranis Manual is here  <<- before deciding to buy one - If your a RC geek coder at heart its for you!!

If you could design your own transmitter, what would you include?  Introduce the Taranis - Embracing Open Sauce - FrSky has succeeded in introducing a transmitter at an entry level price that outperforms many systems on the market. The most important aspect for any transmitter is maintaining a rock solid near un-jammable failsafe connection with the receiver. FrSky is well known for the frequency hopping ACCST technology taking advantage of the entire 2.4GHz band resulting in excellent range and reliability. FrSky knows many things can affect the connection between Transmitter and receiver so RSSI (receiver signal strength indication) is incorporated into all telemetry receivers. The Taranis transmitter is continually monitoring the reception quality at the aircraft. Taranis will alert the pilot before signal quality becomes critical. This saves planes and makes the hobby much safer!

In addition to RSSI, Taranis has other safety features. Receiver Lock allows you to lock a specific model in the transmitter to one and only one receiver. No more flying (crashing) with the wrong program selected. Taranis has three different types of Failsafe. 1 - Hold last known commands, 2- Goto a programmed state (cut throttle, flaps down, etc. 3- No output. (Triggers flight controllers with "go home" feature.) The RSSI feature means you probably won't ever use the failsafe. Voice Alerts Just like having a copilot, the transmitter will give you voice alerts on speaker or through the headphone jack. Count down timers, low voltage warnings, landing gear down, thermal mode entered, etc. can all be set up with human recorded voice of your creation, or sound packages shared online from other hobbyists

The open-source software for the Taranis has been developed by hobbyist’s in the R/C community. The programmers of the transmitter’s firmware and companion software which runs on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh are very receptive to input and requests from users. There are no limitations based on marketing decisions. If you can think of it, chances are the Taranis is capable of doing it. With 60 model memories, tons of mixes, 9 flight modes, sequencing, servo speed, programmed delay all kinds of triggers, and the ability to assign any channel to anything, it is hard to come up with something this radio can't do. With this level of complexity, you would think the programming would be a real nightmare, but thanks to the forward thinking of the open source community, we can set up and test our programs on our favorite computer (PC, Mac or Ubuntu), it even features a handy set up wizard that will take care of most of the work! But they also made it easy to share programs freely via the USB port, or micro SD card on the back of the Taranis.

Are you heavily invested in another RF system? No worries, the Taranis actually has a normal JR style module on the back that will accept modules for other transmitting protocols. In the model setup you simply tell the system if you are using the external module, and it shuts down the internal FrSky module. Now you can use your Futaba, Spektrum, JR, Aisin, and other receivers if you have a transmitter module that fits in a JR style module bay. Our UHF friends, can pass 12 volts directly to a UHF module, eliminating dangling wires and extra battery packs.

FrSky has taken the hobby to a whole new level as they have evolved the transmitter to be more than a steering wheel. This is something truly special!

Features in full

  • Full Telemetry RSSI alarms (warns you of signal reception problems before disaster can strike) 
  • Self test of the transmitter antenna
  • 16 channels (more when combined with external module)
  • 60 model memories
  • 64 mixers, 9 flight modes
  • 16 custom curves with 3-17 points each, 32 logic switches
  • Voice or custom sound alerts
  • USB and micro SD card slot for system expansion
  • Long range system capable of up to 3 times the range of current 2.4 systems 
  • Quad bearing gimbals that are silky smooth 
  • State-of-the-art open source software
  • Super low latency for ultra quick response (9ms)
  • Large 212 X 64 backlit LCD screen
  • Real-time data logging
  • Receiver lock (program locked to aircraft - limited to FrSky receivers running PXX protocol) 
  • JR Style module bay for additional RF modules - if desired
  • Selectable flight mode (1, 2, 3, or 4)
  • 2 timers, count up or down, throttle %, talking, etc.
  • Trims - Adjustable from course to extra fine with extended and exponential trims
  • Standard trainer jack
  • ARM Cortex M3 32-bit 60MHz
  • Integrates with CompanionTX – a FREE computer program that is a transmitter setup buddy. CompanionTX (Windows/Mac/Linux) is used to set-up models with the wizard, save, edit and share your models and settings as well as simulate your transmitter or model setup.
  • USB connection for firmware upgrades, sound editing, R/W to the microSD card and integrate with CompanionTX
  • Sticks and pots can be calibrated by the end user
  • Multiple language support (Radio arrives configured for English language)

Open source community-driven firmware, so unlike with major manufacturers if you need a special function or have good improvement suggestions just raise your voice, and don't be surprised if it's implemented a couple of days later! Visit http://www.openrcforums.com to meet the developers!
It's no wonder people have been excited about this new transmitter. This hobby has never seen a more reliable and more affordable radio. FrSky has an excellent reputation for building high quality, highly reliable telemetry systems. The Taranis takes everything they have learned and pushes it to the next level!

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Product Reviews

  1. Love this radio

    Posted by Stephen Clark on 26th Feb 2016

    Excellent radio. Came pre programmed for my Knife200. I added the Amber voice pack and enjoyed programming the voice prompts and alerts, which I think sets this radio apart from others and makes it perfect for FPV.

  2. Smooth Performer

    Posted by Jerry Cornford on 7th Dec 2015

    Tried my Taranis Plus and X8R for first time today in warm weather and moderate winds. I fly a Quad with NazaM Lite and found the flying much smoother and more responsive than my previous TX which, to be fair to that manufacturer, was at least 5 years old. My only criticism is the overabundance of voice telemetry data but I disabled all but the change of modes , course settings and flight time, and turned down the volume for a peaceful flight. This is very nice equipment to fly and to set up. But being from the pre-computer and mobile generation I do wonder how I would have managed without the pre-loaded Naza flight model from the Multiwii Crew. Luckily Youtube seems to cover all the changes I needed to make. Can happily recommend this product from MWC

  3. Taranis Plus Host of Features

    Posted by Steve on 26th Jul 2015

    I have purchased this for my DJI Phantom. I originally had the Futaba T8J, and although it's a great radio, there were features that it doesn't have. Originally I kept away from the Taranis, as I was advised that programming knowledge was required. Now there is so much support for it, the radio is not difficult. Thanks to MWC for providing the setups, including the Phantom. All the hard work has been done already. Thanks guys...

  4. Forget the rest - this is the best!

    Posted by Martin Ward on 22nd Jul 2015

    After struggling with a few Radios - Spektrum, Devo... I decided it was time to get a proper radio and bought the Taranis from MWC. Configured from MWC to fly my amazing Knife Air Red. It is a revelation. I know 'people' say Futuba is the best, it may well be but at this price there is nothing close. Nothing. The voice commands and notifications are simply essential if you fly fast miniquads - who wants an OSD when your radio tells you your flight times!Slick gimbals, completely tuneable to your exact needs and pre loaded with MWC own custom settings. I know that there are heaps of features and ways to customize the Taranis but in all honesty... I just pulled it out of the case on arrival, binded it to my receiver and flew. I've been flying ever since! Even when you have this plugged into your PC to practice on Freerider the battery copes really well. Fly on your PC all night. Fly all weekend, fly on the weekdays on one charge. I wish my smartphone was as amazing as the Taranis!!!

  5. Awesome radio

    Posted by Paul Wags on 13th Jun 2015

    Updated from a Futaba T8J, just don't know why I waited so long to get a Taranis.

  6. amazing radio! awesome price!

    Posted by dan on 7th Jun 2015

    Yes everyone knows it's ugly, looks like Optimus Prime after the battle, but once you hold it in your hands you forget about the looks and it becomes all about quality... The quality of the parts it's pretty amazing, and the amount of fictions you get are pretty close to any $800 system out there... This is probably the best radio you can get for the right price...

    Menus are a bit complicated at first, but after watching some
    Videos online, it's actually pretty easy to operate...

    I'm extremely happy with it! Cheers to Multiwiicopter for the cool support... ;)

  7. Taranis FTW

    Posted by Carl on 15th Feb 2015

    Pretty happy with this Tx. It came pre configured by MWC with DJI (S900 ) set up which was handy because it helped me learn about the functions of the Tx quicker. I was a little intimidated by how detailed setting up this Tx could be, but I found it very straight forward with MWC mix in it from new.

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