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Feb 20, 2017, 12:01 PM
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Mini-Review

iRangeX iRX-i6X 2.4GHz 10CH Transmitter


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Thanks to Tobey from Banggood i received my iRangeX iRX-i6X for review on Friday 19/02/2017.

Here are some quick pictures of the FlySKY Tx alongside my other transmitters for size comparison

The unit takes 4 AA batteries, Also you can immediately enable the extra channels on the Tx using the factory menu, the transmitter is software limited to 6 channel and that can be change to 10ch via the factory menu.

Unboxing video will follow in the next few days.
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Feb 20, 2017, 12:05 PM
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I had some free time today and took more "professional" photos. Hope you like them
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Feb 22, 2017, 02:46 PM
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Here are some trivial spec details that i forgot to add:


i6X Specifications:

Item: iRX-i6X RC Transmitter
Channel: 6-10 (Default 6)
Model Type: Fixed-Wing/Glider/Helicopter
RF Range: 2.408-2.475GHz
RF Power: < 20dBm
RF Channel: 135
Bandwidth: 500KHz
2.4GHz System: AFHDS 2A / AFDHS
Modulation Type: GFSK
Stick Resolution 4096
Low Voltage Warning: < 4.2V
DSC port: PS/2 Port PPM
Chargeable: No
Antenna Length: 26mm (Dual Antenna)
Weight: 392g
Power: 6V DC 1.5AA*4
Display: STNTransflective Display, LCD 128x64 Lattice, VA 73x39mm, LCD with white backlight
Size: 174x89x190mm
On-line Update: Yes
Color: Black
Certificate: CE0678, FCC ID: N4ZFLYSKYI6X


iR-A8S Specifications:

Item Name: iR-A8S Receiver
Channels: PPM 8CH, i-BUS 18CH
Model type: Multi-rotor
Frequency range: 2.408-2.475GHz
Band width: 500KHz
Band number: 135
RX Sensitivity: -92 dBm
2.4GHz system: AFHDS 2A
Modulation type: GFSK
DSC port: PPM/i-BUS/S.BUS
Transfer method: FHSS
Data output: 1.5mm*3 Pin PPM/i-BUS/S.BUS
Antenna length: 26mm (Not including brass contacts)
Input power supply: 4.0-8.4V
Display method: LED
No ground interference ( Transmitting and receiving 1 m from the ground): >300m
Working current: 40mA
Each channel data: depend on the transmitter
Channel delay: <15mS
Size: 20*14*5.3mm
Weight: 1.2g
Certificate: CE0678, FCCID: N45ZA8S00
Feb 22, 2017, 03:44 PM
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3-pos switch


I opened mine and noticed it's exactly the same than FS-i6X. They both have 3 wires coming in every switch. I was wondering, can I change a 3-pos switch to replace one of 2-pos ones, as there is only one 3-pos, switch C. I could use second one in my contraptions.
Feb 24, 2017, 05:43 AM
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I opened mine and noticed it's exactly the same than FS-i6X. They both have 3 wires coming in every switch. I was wondering, can I change a 3-pos switch to replace one of 2-pos ones, as there is only one 3-pos, switch C. I could use second one in my contraptions.

I have not done this mod myself but i have seen others do it on a variety of transmitters. I would say its worth the try as it will probably work.

You may also want to flash the Tx to the latest open firmware too.

and yes the IRangeX is just a rebranded FlySky
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Feb 24, 2017, 05:48 AM
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One mod what i will probably do ( as i have ordered the components ) is add an SMA connector for a proper antenna.

Also to better review the Tx i have order the Flysky 2.4G 6CH FS-iA6B Receiver:

http://www.banggood.com/Flysky-2_4G-...?rmmds=myorder

When this receiver arrives i will put it on a model and do a range test.
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Feb 24, 2017, 03:58 PM
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Today i tried to see if the Tx could be use as a gamepas on the PC. There was partial success, the Tx is recognized as Flysky FS-I6X and appears on the gamepad list but inputs as not registered and you can not calibrate it either.

Not much info is available, I guess i will have to work more on that.
Feb 25, 2017, 11:51 AM
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After some research i found a way to finally connect the transmitter to the PC and use it. I had no luck with the provided USB cable that seems to be only for flashing a new firmware.

To use the iRangeX on the computer a new cable must be made. One end of the cable will be mini-din svideo and the other mini-jack mono:

* You connect pin 1 of the svideo plug to the tip of the mini-jack
* You connect pin 3 of the svideo plug to the ground of the mini jack
* Download smartpropoplus software and install it.
* Connect the new cable to your Tx and mic input on your computer
* Run smartpropoplus and the program should immediately register the inputs from the IRangeX
* Calibrate controls from you favorite sim

Note that the program supports only 8 channels (or at least in my case ) but i guess they are enough.
So only SW1, SW2 and VRA,VRB are working

The cable should be easy to do you only need to connect 2 cable together and you have lots or spare wires around it will cost nothing.
Also this cable may work with other transmitters as well but this is just a guess i have not tried it.

Attaching pictures of how to make the cable and also the program in compressed form
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Feb 25, 2017, 02:51 PM
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In continuation, i tried the same thing with the Turnigy 9xr pro using a standard male-male 2.5mm audio cable and it worked flawlessly.

The only difference was that the Turnigy is smarter and turns on automatically ( when you plug in the audio cable ) in a special mode with the RF module off.

The IRangeX i believe leaves the RF module ON and it will drain your battery faster that way
Feb 26, 2017, 11:55 AM
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Unboxing video is uploading on YouTube:

IRangeX unboxing ( courtesy banggood ) (0 min 0 sec)


Will be available shortly...
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Feb 27, 2017, 11:29 AM
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Yesterday i tested the Transmitter on the computer with Picasim and it works great.

Picasim is nice free simulator that is easy to install and works good enough with no special proprietary dongles, cables or controllers.

You can download the sim here :

http://www.rowlhouse.co.uk/PicaSim/P...ller-11074.exe

so you can test it on your own.

Just remember that you should leave smartpropoplus running in the background for the iRangeX to work in the sim.

In the sim there are about 40 planes to choose from, more of less 20 sceneries and 3 skyscapes
Feb 27, 2017, 03:31 PM
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Thanks. That was just fifth (5th) simulator in my computer...
Feb 27, 2017, 03:34 PM
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Which are the other ones ?
Feb 28, 2017, 09:11 AM
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Simulators


ClearViewSE, EasyFly 2, RC Desk Pilot and PhoenixRC. Best "cockpit fly" is in EasyFly 2, one can have realistic instruments. In general, PhoenixRC is the most advanced and versatile. I use them all.
Feb 28, 2017, 04:48 PM
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I have used RC Desk Pilot in the past not that great graphics and its way too easy to use, but its fun.

Phoenix uses a proprietary cable to lock the sim and i can not use the iRangeX

Just other sim can be used with gamepads ? smartpropoplus make the transmitter appear as a gamepad on windows so i need a sim with gamepad support.
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