Review: Eachine TX806 VTX (The Leaf)

Eachine TX806 (Leaf) VTX has 9 bands A, b, E, F, r, U, o, L, H,  72 total channels (including illegal channels 4, 7 and 8 on the band E, according to the FCC regulations), 5 power levels 25mW/200mW/400mW/800mW/1000mW (actual power output below) and PitMode, SmartAudio for controlling the VTX settings remotely via Betaflight OSD. Eachine TX806 also has microphone on board for brioadcasting audio together with video feed. TX806 can be mounted in the stack as its two holes are aligned exactly to the stacks opposite corners. VTX has MMCX antenna connector which is superiour to small IPEX connector.

Package contents

TX806 comes with a VTX, MMCX linear dipole antenna, MMCX to RP-SMA or SMA adapter pigtail (can be selected on purchase), cable with 6pin 1.0mm JST-SH plug and a small instructions leaflet.

Instructions leaflet.

TX806 has MMCX antenna connector

TX806 has 7-segmet LED for channel, band and power output status display. One push button 

Actually it looks very similar to a leaf šŸ™‚

The weight of this VTX is 8.7 grams without wires. 

VTX weight with cables and dipole antenna is 10.8 grams

VTX weight with cables and antenna pigtail is 13.8 grams

Eachine TX806 can be mounted on the stack – two holes align diagonaly with stack opposite corners.

So you can easily fit it into the quad if you have enought height for your stack. Next: lets check the VTX power output.

Power output measurements

Eachine TX806 was connected to the RF power meter via supplied MMCX pigtail. VTX was actively cooled with fan while taking the measurements. Also current consumptions were measured for each power output level. RF power output tests were made on A band, 1 channel (5865 MHz).

First test: 25mW output setting. In the reality it is outputting almost 39mW (15.9dBm) and drawing 1.17W.

Next step 200mW ā€“ outputs 240 mW (23.8dBm) and uses 2.18W.

At 400mW setting it outputs the 589 mW (27.7 dBm) and uses 3.42W.

At the 800mW setting it outputs whole 1W (1000 mW, 30.0 dBm)! and uses 4.91W of electric power.

And at the max 1000mW setting it outputs even more – 1259 mW (31.0 dBm) and uses 6.34W of electric power.

RF Power output drops drastically on some VTX’s when they heat up without the active cooling. So I have tested how the heating up affects the power output on TX806

 

And to my surprise Eachine TX806 is outputting even slightly more than 1000mW after the 5 mins of operating without any active cooling. VTX has got extremely hot, but the power output remained solid.

Power tests show that TX806 VTX is calibrated to slightly outperform the power output setting – on 25mW power setting it exceeds the declared output and transmitts outputting 39mW. Also this VTX outputs more than nominal setting on all the other power levels.
(Compare with the results I’ve got while testing Eachine TX805Review: Eachine TX805 VTX )

Here are the measurements table and the graph of the TX806 power output test:


Blue bar is expected value and the red bar is real power output.

Power output linearity on the Raceband channels with 25mW setting:

At 200mW setting:

At 400mW setting:

At 800mW setting:

At 1000mW setting:

PROS

Can be mounted in the stack
Pit mode/25/200/400/800/1000mW switchable power modes
Smart Audio control (to be tested)
Microphone on board (to be tested)
Solid power output when operating without cooling

CONS

Bigger size than almost all other VTX
Output power is boosted on 25mW
Non linear power output ranging from 795mW to 1047mw on the 800mW setting

CONCLUSION

Eachine TX806 has unusual design – it resembles the leaf. This design makes this VTX bulky, but TX806 can be easily mounted in the standart stack. Eachine TX806 has all the required features for a modern VTX: audio microphone on board, MMCX antenna connector, SmartAudio control, 72 channels and 6 switchable output power modes ā€“ Pit/25/200/400/800/1000mW. However output power does not correspond the to expected values. At the 25mW mode it outputs 39mW, at200mW ā€“ outputs 417mW, while at 800mW it outputs less than on 600mW setting ā€“ only 598mW. On the race events you probably will be asked to turn your quad off after the VTX power measurements ā€“ you cannot exceed the 25mW requirements. On the other hand the hunters for the long range should be delighted to find out that this VTX actually outputs marginally more than expected even on the highest power setting. On the 1000mW setting it can transmitting whole 1288mW (Raceband, CH8). If you are comfortable with these RF power level deviations, then TX806 can be good candidate for VTX on your quad or fixed wing. 

To be tested: Audio feed from microphone, SmartAudio feature. 

Available @ Banggood: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-TX806-leaf-5_8Ghz-72Ch-25mW200mW400mW800mW1000mW-AV-FPV-Transmitter-Smart-Audio-MMCX-MIC-p-1384224.html

Disclaimer: This item was supplied by Banggood for a fair and unbiased review. Banggood never asked for a positive review and never infuenced my opinion in any way. Iā€™m trying my best to stay uninfluenced and give only my own opinion. All affiliate links if there are any help me purchase items for future reviews.

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