New from BetaFPV
BetaFPV, a well-known hobbyist manufacturer, recently announced the 3rd iteration of its entry-level LiteRadio control equipment. The new remote comes without a display and is portable and lightweight, making it easy to keep with you at all times. Compared to previous models, it has a similar appearance. But its built-in battery now has a capacity of 2000 mAh instead of 1000 mAh. The developer claims that the battery life of LiteRadio 3 is up to 15 hours. Further details about all the features of the new app! Let’s fly!
Key features of BetaFPV LiteRadio 3 control equipment:
- Built-in multi-protocol module supported by FrSky FCC, FrSky LBT, FrSky D8, Futaba S‑FHSS (Optional; Transmitter power: 100mW)
- Built-in 2.4GHz ExpressLRS module (Optional; Switchable transmitter power: 25/50/100mW)
- Bay for external TX modules ELRS Nano/TBS CRSF Nano
- Improved control stick mechanics
- 8 output channels
- Remote control system adapted for Drones/Aircraft
- OpenTX Firmware
- Manage Settings/Menu via BetaFPV Configurator
- Built-in power supply with a capacity of 2000 mAh (autonomy up to 15 hours)
- Built-in charger (charging via USB‑C port)
- FPV simulator mode
Appearance of the new control equipment LiteRadio 3:
Operating frequency range:
Number of channels:
Futaba S‑FHSS/Frsky FCC D16/Frsky LBT D16/Frsky D8, ExpressLRS 2.4G
ELRS version: 25/50/100mW
Fresky version: 100 mW
Types of supported UAVs:
Charging / Connecting to the configurator / Connecting to the FPV simulator
Built-in 1S 2000mAh
Operating time on one charge:
up to 15 hours
LED status indicator for battery:
Green — power on
Red — power below 3.5V
Blue — nutrition is optimal
New sticks and switches
The mechanical part of the control sticks has been improved compared to previous LiteRadio models, and the switches have been replaced with less fragile buttons. USB‑C connector allows you to charge the battery and use the radio control with FPV simulators.
BetaFPV Configurator is a utility designed for the radio control system that allows you to configure it — and in fact allows you to forget about the lack of a built-in display (for Windows PC and Mac OS X, you can download it here). Through the software, you can calibrate sticks, update firmware, assign buttons, manage ExpressLRS configuration, and more. The operating system is OpenTX.
*BetaFPV Configurator interface.
LiteRadio 3 is available with a choice of built-in multi-protocol module compatible with FrSky FCC, FrSky LBT, FrSky D8, Futaba S‑FHSS (100 mW), or built-in 2.4 GHz ExpressLRS module (25, 50 and 100 mW). If you need other protocols such as Crossfire or ExpressLRS at 868 MHz, then the LiteRadio 3 is equipped with a nano-sized bay on the rear panel, allowing you to place various TX modules to expand its compatibility, such as BetaFPV’s ELRS Nano TX Module:
Assignment of buttons and controls
The purpose of the buttons and controls of the new LiteRadio 3 remote control:
How to switch protocol?
To change protocols and TX modules, do the following:
- Turn off the remote.
- Then turn it back on by pressing and holding the BIND button.
- The color and flashing frequency of the status LED before the buzzer is triggered will change according to the table statuses below.
The Frsky version can support 4 different internal protocols, including Frsky D16 FCC, Frsky D16 LBT, Frsky D8 and Futaba S‑FHSS. The protocol is indicated by how long the LED blinks at power up before the buzzer sounds.
Note. The LiteRadio 3 Frsky version only works with the D16 ACCST 1.X Frsky protocol. Therefore, if you are using a Frsky receiver with D16 ACCST 2.X or ACCESS version, binding will not be possible!
What about the LiteRadio 2 SE predecessor?
The developer draws the attention of the consumer to the fact that previous models purchased directly from BetaFPV stores in December 2021 will have improved LiteRadio 3 sticks, and will also be compatible with the aforementioned BetaFPV Configurator software. The ExpressLRS add-on can be upgraded to ELRS 2.0.
Availability and price
LiteRadio 3 is already available for purchase both on the developer’s website and on various Internet marketplaces for $59.99 (excluding taxes; in ExpressLRS 2.4 GHz or FrSky versions, with default stick modes Mode 2 (throttle on the left) or Mode 1 (gas on the right).
The list of recommended additional accessories includes: LiteRadio 3 compatible transport case, ELRS module and a neck strap to hold the remote in two print and size variations: