Traxxas telemetry lets you monitor your RC vehicle’s live data, Such as speed, temperature, and voltage So you know how your RC is performing at all times. Telemetry Adds some really cool features to your RC.
The telemetry setup allows you to monitor your RC’s speed, motor temperature, battery voltage and more. With telemetry installed and set up, you can make adjustments and fine-tune the RC vehicle within the Traxxas Link app, all without having to physically touch the RC.
What Is Needed To Add Telemetry?
To add telemetry to your RC there are some things you are going to need.
1. First, you will need the tqi transmitter and Receiver. “If” you have a newer Brushless RC then you should already have Tqi.
2. Next thing you need is the Bluetooth wireless module. This lets you connect the transmitter to the tqi receiver on the RC Vehicle.
3. Then you will need the voltage/temp sensor. This is a two in one sensor. The volt sensor reads the battery voltage and temp sensor fits on the motor to give you the motor temperature.
4. Mobile device with Traxxas Link App, to use as a monitor.
5. Lastly, you need a phone dock/mount of some sort. This will give you the basic telemetry set up.
“If” you are looking to monitor the speed of your RC when you will also need to get an RPM sensor.
There is, I guess you could say a more advanced setup that will allow you to use a GPS module and you will be able to add up to six (6) additional sensors.
A MORE ADVANCED SETUP
I use the GPS module instead of the RPM sensor. I have found that the GPS module is more accurate than the RPM sensor seems to be. This is because the RPM sensor uses a magnet attached to the spur gear and uses the rpm from the motor to calculate the vehicle speed. So whether the tires are spinning or not it does not matter.
An example would be: If you are running down a big hill and the RC is going fast but you let up on the throttle, your speed will decrease even if the vehicle picks up a little more speed.
With the GPS module that does not happen. Whether you are on the throttle or not, If the RC Vehicle is moving it is reading your RC’s actual speed.
You can add up to six additional sensors with the telemetry expander. Temperature sensors or voltage sensors, this allows you to monitor all aspects of the RC. I personally use one voltage sensor for my battery and three temp sensors. One I use on my motor, one on my ESC and one on my battery.
This way I can keep an eye on all my electronics temperatures, so I can make sure my RC temps always stay down. The cooler your Electronics is the better performance you will get from your RC vehicle.
Aside from adding temperature sensors to your electronics, you can also add a temperature sensor to monitor the ambient air temperature. This can be done by running the sensor to the front of the RC and attaching it to the inside of the front bumper, So as you are driving the air can get to it and give you an air temp reading.
What Do You Need To Use GPS Module?
OK, So if you want to use the GPS Module then, Here is everything that you will need to do it.
1. TQI transmitter and receiver,
2. Wireless Bluetooth module,
3. Telemetry Expander w/mount
4. GPS Module,
5. Volt/Temp sensor,
6. Phone dock/mount
7. Mobile device with Traxxas Link App
That is all you need, You can, of course, add more sensors if you want to monitor more aspects of your RC. The sensors you would need are the smart sensor, Also called Auto-Detectible sensors.
“If” you want to add telemetry to your RC but are not sure you can do it yourself, Let me just say, Yes you can. Adding Traxxas Telemetry to your RC is not hard at all to do. It is pretty much just a matter of mounting the modules and then just plug n play wiring. Plus the telemetry expander comes with an installation guide and a pattern sheet so you know exactly where to put the mounting screws.
Once you have everything installed and up and running, You will then be able to see your actual RC speed, motor temperature, and battery voltage. Plus you can use the features in the link app to fine-tune your RC vehicle.
My Thoughts On Telemetry
When it comes to running my RC vehicles, I prefer to have the telemetry setup on them. I have had a few RC’s that burnt up cause they got too hot and I had no way to know what the temperature was at. Since I have added the telemetry, It is so easy to tell if the temperatures are getting too hot. I can tell how fast my RC goes and having the speed also gives me the ability to know if something it is not right by watching the speed and temps.
The best part I think, Is to be able to tune my RC while running. The fun does not have to stop while you tune your RC. This really comes in handy if are racing or you run on different types of terrain. You can adjust the RC for each different type of terrain.
Traxxas makes a phone dock that attaches to the transmitter and your mobile device sits on the dock. This is kinda cool, it gets plugged into the transmitter and it will charge your mobile device as well.
I went the cheap route. I bought a universal cell phone holder that clips to the air vents in your car, I got it from the dollar store. “I” took the feet that would hold it to the vents and bent them out straight and glued it to the base of my transmitter. Works like a charm!
What do you think of this article? What are your thoughts on Traxxas Telemetry? Leave me a comment below, I would really like to hear your thoughts and opinions.