In this article, we will look into what a Gimbal is, what does it do, and how does the FrSky M9 Gimbal stack against the stock gimbals.

As most of us are used to using FrSky products especially products like - FrSky QX7, X9D, X-Lite; you might have noticed FrSky has launched some upgrades for these products. One of these upgrades is the updated FrSky M9 Gimbal.

What is Gimbal?

 

According to Wikipedia, “A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis”. So, what does that mean exactly? A gimbal can be any device that allows a particular object fixed on it to be rotated or moved freely around a supporting axis.

In a radio transmitter, the gimbals are the “sticks” you use to give input to control the craft you are using. Generally, we find two of these “sticks” on transmitters. One of the gimbals would be for throttle & yaw and the other for pitch & roll (Following Mode 2). FrSky M9 Gimbals are an upgraded version of the stock gimbals that come with your transmitter.

 

How does Gimbal work?

 

Gimbals on a transmitter work by sensing how much “throw” or how much you push the sticks. The gimbal can move up & down and left & right. When you move your transmitter gimbal sticks, a sensor (in case of the stock gimbals, a potentiometer) sends an appropriate electrical signal to the processor in your transmitter radio that translates this electrical signal to a position on the stick and transmits it to your receiver.

 

Okay, so what is wrong with my stock gimbals again?

So as you might have imagined, the gimbals play a very important role in how you fly your craft. As the gimbal is the main source of control for you to your craft, it is vital that they are of great quality. The stock gimbals on FrSky radios are ‘okay-ish’. They use the old style potentiometer to sense the position of the sticks.

  

The issue with these potentiometers is that one, they have a larger tolerance to measurements - simply said, they are not precise. Two, the potentiometer tends to degrade on its performance over time because of friction, etc. Three, the bearing on these gimbals arent of the best quality and will not give you a smooth feel while you use them. All these factors add up in the long run by reducing stick input quality which forces you to re-calibrate your sticks often to keep up with the degrading life and accuracy.

 

Is there a solution to address these issues?

 

Yes! Enter the new FrSky M9 Gimbals. These gimbals are designed to address all the issues previously mentioned.

 

The FrSky M9 Gimbals are designed to be a plug-and-play replacement for the stock gimbals on your radio. These new gimbals have a brand new quad-bearing set with metal construction that makes your sticks smooth. But the more important upgrade would be the new hall-effect sensors that replace the old potentiometers. These new sensors prove to be extremely precise with their input and provide you with excellent control over your craft.

 

The FrSky M9 Gimbal’s hall-effect sensors & quad bearing set up also mean that your gimbals wear out much lesser than your stock gimbals. This gives you precise control over a longer period of time and prevents the need for re-calibrating your gimbals every now and then.

 


Does this mean I should upgrade to FrSky M9 Gimbals?

The answer to this depends on how often you use your transmitter and the gimbals. If you are someone who flies slow planes or crafts, you probably needn’t upgrade. But if you are a drone racer or someone who requires extremely precise movements and well locked-in performance, it is wise to upgrade to the FrSky M9 Gimbals.

Either way, after a few years of usage of your transmitter on stock gimbals, you will probably feel the sticks being less smooth and more twitchy. This is a clear sign that it is time to change your gimbals. So why get the same old gimbals when you can upgrade to a nice new, smoother & precise gimbal? ;)

 

In this article, we have seen what a transmitter gimbal is, how it works, and how does your stock gimbals stack up to the new FrSky M9 Gimbals. Hopefully, you have now decided whether you need an upgrade or now. If you choose to upgrade to FrSky M9 Gimbal for your radio, you can pick up a pair from HorusRC.