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Taranis mods #5: Backlight mod (SMD LED replacement) and custom …

Taranis mods #5: Backlight mod (SMD LED replacement) and custom ...

Finally I got around to doing the backlight mod on my FrSky Taranis X9D PLUS transmitter. I have wanted to convert the stock blue / cold white color of my stock display to a shade of orange for so long! And also replace my scratched screen cover while I am at it...

As a mod it is pretty much straight-forward: access the stock SMD LEDs and replace them with the color combination of your choice. In the backlight settings of the X9D you can adjust the intensity of each of the two LED colors and achieve the color you need.

Performing the mod is where it becomes tricky. Putting my carelessness aside, which was the reason why I damaged the ribbon cable of my display, the panel of the backlight was so well stuck to the PCB boards of the LEDs that I had to break the two short edges, in order for it to be detached. I hope yours has not adhered so firmly... Thanks to Minichado for helping out - also thanks to KokoblokoFPV for his spare LCD display 🙂

If you find SMD soldering...


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  1. Date: June 1, 2018 at 18:42
    Author: Dav

    Your radio looks really good man, nice video.

  2. Date: June 1, 2018 at 19:21
    Author: RTM

    Awesome video, but I think I'll stay with stock 🙂 I am too chicken 🙂

  3. Date: June 2, 2018 at 01:58
    Author: BatteriPuffa

    Awesome! Can You do flying vids? You have all these cool mods, but it seems you never do anything with them! Post more flights!!!

  4. Date: June 2, 2018 at 03:24
    Author: Ashade

    Amazing job, great skills, as always. Any reason you used the soldering iron instead of a hot gun for soldering the LEDs? Second question: Don't you have have to replace resistors depending on the colors? I know blue usually works with a lower voltage, wondering if you considered increasing brightness in your new LEDs by replacing the voltage dividers.

  5. Date: June 2, 2018 at 08:14
    Author: ONCLEFLY

    Hi, congratulation for this job, great video always. ?

  6. Date: June 8, 2018 at 15:34
    Author: Julio Pazzetti

    You're unbelievable man! Trully amazing content as always.
    Like, I would NEVER be commited enough to try that stuff but man, this is pleasant to watch =)

  7. Date: July 4, 2018 at 02:25
    Author: Mark Joseph

    Great content, where can I get the black knobs you have on the rotary switches?

  8. Date: September 10, 2018 at 06:37
    Author: Waxxy FPV

    i noticed you listed 2 different sizes of leds. im looking to do this myself and wanted to know what the difference is between the two and what size are the originals? thanks for the inspirational video

  9. Date: November 23, 2018 at 05:25
    Author: Justin Waite

    Wish I had the skill. Three attempts and no luck. Tried on new replacement screens so I can keep flying till I can get it right. Waiting for screen 4 to arrive so I can try again. Love the look and all of the mod videos!

  10. Date: November 28, 2018 at 00:01
    Author: ZGR

    Great customizaiton! Is that screen alloy frame self adhesive? Or glued with some (what sort) glue?

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