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The Spektrum DX5 Rugged 5-channel surface system redefines radio control with unmatched innovation in durability that no off-roader, basher or boater will want to be without. The result is precision control, convenience, and "rugged" versatility.

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Smart Technology — More connected for more confidence and control

Spektrum™ Smart Technology is about offering a higher connection to your hobby. It's an RC ecosystem that puts you in complete control while making vital components of your model easier to use than ever before. Smart technology ensures that all of your model's electronics work together seamlessly for the greatest efficiency and performance. It keeps you aware of every component's status, boosts your confidence in its capabilities, and makes your entire system more responsive and simple to use.

Spektrum radios with Smart features can download firmware updates instantly using Wi-Fi and can swap setups with compatible radios via Bluetooth. Spektrum Smart LiPo batteries have a built-in microchip that records and communicates your charging preferences automatically to Smart chargers — just connect your pack and press "Start." Smart IC™ series connectors include an innovative data wire that transfers information easily between Smart components with a single connection. Finally, Smart ESCs not only deliver power but also eliminate the hassles from running telemetry. The days of installing and connecting multiple wires, sensors, modules and links are over.

DX5 Rugged 5-channel Surface Transmitter

Key Features

  • Bold styling that’s aggressive with a focus on class-leading durability
  • Inspired by the ergonomically-recognized Spektrum™ DX5 Pro and DX5C transmitters
  • Water-resistant* chassis design protects against minor splashes
  • Dual lanyard mounts provide radio safety and accessibility
  • Surrounded rubber-bumper chassis protection
  • Built-in front chassis guard offers user-inspired accessory mounting options
  • Simple capacitive-touch control panel responds to the touch of your finger
  • Intuitive software based on user-tested functionality that’s clean and simple
  • Innovative thumb-steering lever makes one-hand operation safer and more precise
  • Non-slip removable rubber hand grip and off-road treaded steering wheel
  • Built-in telemetry capability (telemetry compatible devices sold separately)
  • Convenient built-in tool storage compartment
  • Large easy-to-read LCD screen
  • Five-channel, full-proportional versatility
  • Frequency-agile, Spektrum™ DSMR® 2.4GHz technology
  • Program and fine-tune compatible receivers with AVC® technology
  • Bind-progress screen displays status and frame rate
  • Includes the compact Spektrum SR515, 5-channel DSMR sport receiver
  • Compatible with DSM2® receivers
  • *The DX5 Rugged instruction manual details water resistance limitations.

Needed to Complete
  • Nothing! Everything you need to enjoy your DX5 Rugged is included.
What's in the Box?
  • (1) DX5 Rugged 5-channel Surface Transmitter
  • (1) Spektrum SR515, 5-channel DSMR sport receiver
  • (1) Product Manual

Overview

Your vehicles are extremely durable, why not your transmitter? The Spektrum™ DX5 Rugged™ 5-channel surface transmitter redefines radio control with a level of durability to match the tough conditions off-roaders, bashers and boaters encounter constantly. We started with a chassis based on the superb Spektrum ergonomic design found on the popular DX5C and competition favorite DX5 Pro. From there, we integrated cordless power tool feature ideas for the die-hard punishment those products endure. The result is a class-leading RC system with unmatched durability in addition to other innovative features that unite with a level of precision, versatility and convenience you won’t want to play without.

Molded Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) bumpers surround the radio chassis to protect it against drops, bumps and even a few bangs here and there. There’s no external antenna to snag or worry about—a low-profile ridge on the chassis protects the robust high-speed signal output internally. A versatile front chassis guard enhances durability further and provides mounting options for user-integrated accessories such as a camera, light source or anything else. The pair of lanyard mounting points gives drivers the ability to keep the transmitter close and gain a free hand when not driving. An easy-access accessory compartment makes it possible to can carry small tools, such as a T-wrench that smartly snaps into the internal mount provided. We increased transmitter water-resistance to give drivers peace of mind should there be an unexpected splash of water or some drops of rain. Last, but not least, is an aggressive off-road style steering wheel that expands its ruggedness even further, AND equipped it with an innovative thumb-lever to make controlling your vehicle with one-hand safer and more precise.

To conquer the wild, the DX5 Rugged gives you 5-channel versatility and hosts an array of auxiliary switches for lights, winches and more. Its interface features an innovative capacitive-touch control panel that offers a greater resistance to moisture and is easy to use. Simply slide your finger over the control panel and tap to select the menus, options and values on the easy-to-read LCD display. Integrated telemetry capability** allows you to view vital data such as motor RPM, vehicle speed, battery voltage and temperature right on the transmitter in real-time.

No matter what you're driving, the AVC® technology programming capability in the DX5 Rugged can be easily tuned meet your skill level or driving style with control that makes it feel like you're at the wheel of a vehicle that handles predictably at every speed.

*The DX5 Rugged instruction manual details water resistance limitations.

**Vehicle must be equipped with a telemetry-enabled receiver like the SR6000T (sold separately)

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Unmatched Durability

Starting with a chassis based on a superb Spektrum ergonomic design, we were inspired by the punishment capability of cordless power tools, and translated their die-hard engineering to the specific needs of the RC driver. The result is a shock-absorbing rubberized bumper design that surrounds the transmitter chassis to form a level of protection never offered before on a surface transmitter.

Unmatched Durability

Aggressive Styling

The DX5 Rugged stands out as a transmitter platform that means business handling the wildest terrain, the toughest conditions and fierce competition without any worry. That’s why we designed durability hand-n-hand with convenience. A built-in side compartment offers tool storage, and two lanyard mounts (one rubber, one molded into the chassis) are supplied so you can be hands-free in an instant.

Aggressive Styling

Inspired Ergonomics

The ergonomically-recognized DX5 Pro and DX5C transmitters paved the way in giving the DX5 Rugged™ a feel any driver could appreciate. Overall low weight offers all-day driving with minimal fatigue, while the non-slip rubber grip and its trigger-throttle action offer a precision experience that feels natural.

Inspired Ergonomics

Versatile Chassis Guard

We built-in a front chassis guard to increase durability further and make it possible for users to creatively self-integrate personal accessories and/or features such as a camera or light source—the sturdy guard itself and its mounting points are at your disposal.

Versatile Chassis Guard

Breakthrough Steering Control

The aggressive off-road steering wheel tread helps the precision of Spektrum technology to also deliver a tactile feel even if you’re crawling, bashing or boating in harsh conditions. The integrated thumb-lever innovatively makes it possible to steer one-handed safely and with a higher-level of precision.

Breakthrough Steering Control

Capacitive Interface

Toward the matter of improving water-resistance the scroll wheel and buttons were exchanged for a capacitive-touch sensing control panel that responds to the simple touch of your finger. Sensitivity of the panel can be adjusted and a large LCD display helps make navigating the intuitive software easy.

Capacitive Interface

Easy to Program

Programming the DX5 Rugged is simple. An intuitive interface makes navigating menus and changing settings easy. Most users can complete complex programming tasks on the fly.

Easy to Program

Built-In Telemetry

The built-in telemetry capability can give you real-time information on things like your vehicle's battery voltage, signal quality, motor temperature and more.** Using the audio-tone alert system, you can program the DX5 Rugged to notify you when specific telemetry values reach or exceed limits you define.

**Vehicle must be equipped with a telemetry-enabled receiver like the SR6000T (sold separately)

Built-In Telemetry

5-Channel Receiver Included

Built around frequency-agile DSMR® technology the Spektrum™ SR515 5-channel receiver included delivers superb range and response, especially in places where a lot of 2.4GHz systems are in use at one time. Unbeatable signal security in a small modern package makes this sport receiver a top-pick for bashers, boaters, racers and rock crawlers. Plus, we integrated a versatile bind-button so that no bind plug ever needs to be on-hand.

5-Channel Receiver Included

Frequency-Agile DSMR® Technology

The DX5 Rugged is built around frequency-agile, DSMR 2.4GHz technology. This exclusive Spektrum™ technology can be used in any type of surface application, including boats. Its range and response, particularly in noisy 2.4GHz environments, are superb. It's also backwards compatible with DSM2® and marine-specific Spektrum receivers. This means most longtime Spektrum users can continue to use the receivers they have. They’ll only need to upgrade if they want the frequency-agility of a DSMR receiver for busy 2.4GHz environments.

Frequency-Agile DSMR® Technology

AVC® (Active Vehicle Control™) Programming

The DX5 Rugged makes it possible to custom tune an AVC system by providing easy-access to dedicated adjustments. In addition, open channels of the Rugged can be used to adjust the AVC steering and throttle systems independently. No matter what you’re driving, AVC technology can easily meet your skill level or driving style with control that makes it feel like you’re driving a finely tuned vehicle that handles predictably at every speed.

AVC® (Active Vehicle Control™) Programming

Band: 2.4 GHz
Channels: 5
Frame Rate: 11/22 Ms
Model Memory: 20
Modes: Mode 1
Modulation: DSMR
Range: Full
Receiver: SR515 w/DSMR technology (included)
Telemetry: Yes
Type: Surface Transmitter

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