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Old 01-24-2023, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default RadioLink RC8X - have you bought one

I'm seriously looking at getting a RadioLink RC8X. I've searched the forum and haven't found much about this radio from members of the forum. There is some YouTube stuff but not much from people who have actually been using them.

I've been using a Spektrum DX4C for years, mostly with the 3-channel SR3100 receiver. It's worked well for me and I have one SR410 receiver I'm using.

I'm changing things up a bit on my builds now and anticipate needing 5, 6, or maybe even 7 channels. At $80 Canadian for a 4-channel Spektrum receiver, I'm prepared to move on to something different. RadioLink transmitters/receivers seem to have a very loyal fanbase on this forum, promoting them every time someone asks about transmitters with 4 or more channels or how to control some specific function.

So, if you are using the RC8X, could you pass on any good, bad, or ugly, you've encountered.

I'll mention I'm retired on a pension and the price of this transmitter will blow my RC budget for the next 3 months. Having said that, the more I look into it, the more I want one. Probably does way more than I'll ever figure out how to use but very cool, IMHO.

Thanks in advance for any help/info you can provide.
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Old 01-24-2023, 12:44 AM   #2
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I've had one for 2 months now and I'm very much happy with it. It was a learning curve since I've only had spektrums but it is very easy to use. The Rx are very adorable and you will have more buttons then you know what to do with. So far the only con I have found it the inability to name the channels (winch, dig, 4ws) you just have to remember. Hopefully that is an update to come.
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Old 01-24-2023, 09:45 AM   #3
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Yes, loving it. I've had Futaba 7PXR ($700+) and many, many other radios. I also have a Flysky GT5 I use and had the Radiolink 6ch radio too. The new RC8X reminds me of the Futaba the most. The Radiolink is slower (transmitting speed) than something like that, but fine for bashers, crawlers, and i'm sure some club racing as well. Unless i'm a high end racer, i'm probably not telling the difference.

I like it as the receivers are inexpensive $15-25 and they have a lot of options. Need 8 channels, good. Gyro, available, telemetry, yes. Want a smaller receiver? They have tiny 4ch receivers that work and plenty in between.

I got it to setup with my Bully 2 MOA and it was really easy to do so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXCU9LmXIyQ

Since then I have it on the Bully 2, two Negative G cheater rigs, a 4WS Capra build, a 1/24 comp rig and it was on 6s Ryft. All work great!
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Old 01-24-2023, 05:35 PM   #4
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Thanks AzBorn928 and jamesbernatchez.

Been digging around for more info and I'm wondering if you are using the stock battery box with 8 AAA batteries or have you switched to a LiPo? If you have, are you using a 2s, what size (mAh), and how much run time are you getting?

I've seen info on the 2s 1700 mAh battery RadioLink supplies as an option and the indicated run time is 2 hours. Doesn't seem like a lot of run time for a battery that size. Years ago I had a Flysky FS-GT3C with the 1s 800 mAh rechargeable battery and, if I remember correctly, I would get 10-12 hours from a single charge. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 01-24-2023, 06:49 PM   #5
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got the v1 rc6 then the v2 once it released. was going to grab the v3 RC6, but had to wait, and then they dropped the RX8 a few months back. Glad I waited. The RC6 is very responsive so I wonder if the RX8 has a little different protocols making it a bit slower in responsive rate... In which case a simple update to the firmware can resolve.

At any rate, Got one in my cart, just need to pull the trigger.
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Old 01-24-2023, 08:21 PM   #6
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Thanks AzBorn928 and jamesbernatchez.

Been digging around for more info and I'm wondering if you are using the stock battery box with 8 AAA batteries or have you switched to a LiPo? If you have, are you using a 2s, what size (mAh), and how much run time are you getting?

I've seen info on the 2s 1700 mAh battery RadioLink supplies as an option and the indicated run time is 2 hours. Doesn't seem like a lot of run time for a battery that size. Years ago I had a Flysky FS-GT3C with the 1s 800 mAh rechargeable battery and, if I remember correctly, I would get 10-12 hours from a single charge. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks

Mine came with the 1700mah 2s lipo. I was out the other day for about 4 hours crawling in the cold and it worked fine. Was a bit low, but nothing anything I was worried about.
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Old 01-27-2023, 10:22 PM   #7
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Just want to say thanks for the input. Pulled the trigger today and just have to wait the 5-9 weeks for it to be delivered. Got my fingers crossed its closer to 5 weeks than the 9 weeks.
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Just want to say thanks for the input. Pulled the trigger today and just have to wait the 5-9 weeks for it to be delivered. Got my fingers crossed its closer to 5 weeks than the 9 weeks.
What sight? Been getting some things for my 3Racing drifter form Ali-Espress us and other than a set of body mounts thats not shipped due to dude being on vaction, everyting else (small packages) have been here in 15-16 days from the day it is shipped. Most stuff appears to be flown into Ohare in Chicago.
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Old 01-29-2023, 11:56 PM   #9
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What sight? Been getting some things for my 3Racing drifter form Ali-Espress us and other than a set of body mounts thats not shipped due to dude being on vaction, everyting else (small packages) have been here in 15-16 days from the day it is shipped. Most stuff appears to be flown into Ohare in Chicago.
Got mine from ebay. Just wasn't comfortable with trying Aliexpress for the first time with the cost of this item. Maybe use them for something fairly inexpensive where it won't matter if everything goes sideways. Just a little bit gun-shy because of some of the stories I've heard.

Also, my experience is some shipments to Canada take way longer then shipped to the US. And, shipping can be more expensive sometimes.

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