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Futaba 16SZ vs 16IZ

Old 03-01-2021, 04:11 PM
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What is the major difference between the 16SZ and 16IZ transmitters? The 16IZ is significantly lower cost but appears to have the same features at first glance. What am I missing?

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They both have the same software. The 16IZ adds integration for the CGY760 heli gyro.

The IZ has a lipo battery and USB charging
The SZ has a NiMH pack and wall wart charger

The IZ has a new case, new gimbals and a better screen.

Over all for me it is a no brainer to get the 16IZ. It is a newer radio, lots of improvements and costs less.
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Thanks for the info. Looks like the 16IZ is the way to go. Is it widely available yet? I did not see it listed on Tower’s site.
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Another question: is it possible to power the 16IZ with a Nimh or LiFe pack?

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Another question: is it possible to power the 16IZ with a Nimh or LiFe pack?
Not sure. But I doubt it. First it is made for higher voltage LiPo pack and the built-in charger is for lipo only. Not sure why you would want to do that either.
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Originally Posted by Eindecker_pilot View Post
Thanks for the info. Looks like the 16IZ is the way to go. Is it widely available yet? I did not see it listed on Tower’s site.
They are expected very soon. First at FutabaUSA and no idea when Tower will get them.

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