The TBS Oblivion is a pre-built racing drone. According to Team black Sheep, it’s designed with usability and durability in mind. They also claim the Oblivion has a top speed of 120Km/h and up to 11 mins of
flight time (hover time). But is it really worth spending money on? Let’s take a look.
Note: This is not a review, it’s just my thoughts based on the spec of the quad. Learn about how to get started with drone racing and mini quad FPV in this article.
- Flight Controller: TBS Colibri F3
- Motors: Custom Cobra CT-2205 2400kV
- ESC: TBS PowerCube 25A (3S-6S, BLHeli-S, No DShot)
- VTX: FPVision (Unify 25-800mw)
- FPV Camera: TBS 650TVL
- Motor to Motor Distance 190mm
- Dry weight (without battery): 315g
I am sure the 2205 motors are great for light weight builds, and the low KV choice is probably great too for efficiency. But the quad might feel under-powered when carrying an HD camera due to this motor choice.
Another disappointment to me would be the ESC’s. Not only the PowerCube is a bit outdated (runs BLHeli_S with no DShot support), it’s also pretty heavy and takes up more space than a typical 4-in-1 ESC’s. It’s a pretty tall stack with 6 boards in total: four single ESC boards, plus the FC and VTX stacking together with copper standoff’s for transferring the power.
The TBS Oblivion doesn’t come with a radio receiver, you need to get your own and install it in the quad. However it does support popular RX protocols including CRSF, S-Bus and Spektrum DSMX.
What’s Special about the TBS Oblivion? Just the Frame?
I have been asked multiple times by viewers to review this quad, but I just wasn’t too excited about it when I saw the spec. It’s mostly old TBS components, and I am a bit worried about under-power when carrying a GoPro.
The most interesting part about this drone would probably be the frame. It’s using plastic (injected composite polymer) instead of the commonly used carbon fibre. The plastic frame and canopy also allows for a more aerodynamic shape and better efficiency.
If you want, you can pick up just the frame for around $40 from GetFPV.
According to TBS, the modular design minimizes the amount of soldering which makes repairing and upgrading relatively easier. The frame accepts 20x20mm and 30x30mm stacks for a wider range of hardware.
I’ve already seen people “making upgrades” to the Oblivion. But what’s the point of spending more money upgrading it when you can just get all the parts you want in the first place? It doesn’t make much sense to me.
I wish the Oblivion was more than just the frame.