Overview: TBS Oblivion Racing Drone

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.

You can get the Oblivion from: GetFPV | Amazon

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.

Spec

  • 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Another disappointment to me would be the ESC’s. Not only the PowerCube is a bit outdated (runs BLHeli_S with no DShot support), it’s also pretty heavy and takes up more space than a typical 4-in-1 ESC’s. It’s a pretty tall stack with 6 boards in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.

20 thoughts on “Overview: TBS Oblivion Racing Drone

  1. PacificNorthwest

    I just ordered the TBS OBLIVION RTF with Fat Sharks. I am the ‘Target’ audience for this Wuad as I have only owned Mavic Pro’s. I’m super excited to get this and once I get better I’ll just build my own Alien 5’..
    Cheers

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  2. Dikto

    Hi Oscar

    Kindly need an advise to choose electronics for long range purpose, im going with runcam split for the cam, but idk best component to build this frame, could you give me an insight about the electronics?

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  3. Harry Herring

    Every single person here who looks at the Oblivion and says, “What a waste of money,” is not the audience for the Oblivion. The Oblivion is for the people who aren’t here yet.”
    Whilst it is probably a good way of clearing the shelves of unwanted stock, the rtf oblivion is literally plug in a pack and fly, the pnp oblivion takes minutes to set up with no need for betaflight configurator.
    Think about the eachine wizard. $200-250 and how long before something went bang and you needed to replace it, and then the price goes above $300. it’s intended to be a quality pnp that get people into the hobby with as little effort as possible

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  4. JI

    It’s an industry litmus test. If you have a favorable or neutral review of this thing, it’s clear the reviewer can’t be trusted.

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    1. Harry Herring

      I’m sorry what? What parts of the oblivion do they not sell on their own? All of hte powercube parts are still sold, as is the fpvision, hs1177, crossfire, tango, motors and frame.

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  5. Jimmy tarbock

    I only bought the frame looks good .
    Way over priced / outdated for the rtf version and not worth the money . Sorry tbs maybe ok for beginners (but hey that’s where there targeting lol)

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    1. Harry Herring

      It’s 100% aimed at beginners, but the rtf version is definetly not overpriced. crossfire setup on it’s own is $150, the tango can be kept as you upgrade, comes with battery, charger. It’s literally plug and go, no configuration needed at all
      Be honest here, how much did it cost you to get into the hobby?

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    2. Derek D

      I did the same. I agree about the outdated parts. They probably still make a pretty good whole, but nothing that’s going to be a contender. So like you, I decided to build a DIY because I had better parts lying around. And no doubt (as you’ve probably found since posting) the frame is amazing. Flies like butter, insanely aerodynamic, perfectly balanced and surprisingly robust. In fact it would be perfect. But…..

      Not only do they use outdated motors in the PNP oblivion, but the Cobra motor mounting holes are mounted 90 degrees out of phase with every other cobra-bottom motor out there. And sadly the Oblivion copies that. So instead of being a 19×16 hole pattern, its a 16×19 hole pattern. So when you line up your motor wires to the wire channels, the screw holes in your motors don’t line up with the holes in the frame. I tried 3 different brands of motors and none matched. So unless you pay $20+ each for crappy 2205s from Cobra, you have to use 18×18 motors. But the problem with that is that you can only get 2 screws to fit. And inevitably the frame cracks around the 2 motor screws due to the unbalanced torque (I’ve been flying for 4 years, and I pretty much never crash. Its clear to me the cracking is the result of the sub-optimal motor mounting. I got identical cracks around the same screw hole on both front motors). I would buy 100 of these frames and never use anything else if this wasn’t the case. Because it is a marvel of engineering and nothing else I’ve ever flown can match the smooth feel. But instead I spent $40, couldn’t use the motors I wanted, and had to pitch it after it cracked itself useless in 2 weeks. Small oversight, epic fail IMHO. TBS has blown the chance to capitalize on the best part of this quad, the frame, just to stuff it with substandard parts. Call me disappointed. Unify and Crossfire are literally the greatest things ever. Can’t believe they blew it this bad with Oblivion.

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  6. Norman

    Hi,

    thanks for the quick review. I’m also often disappointed about some “Famous” frame on the market.
    But i can imagine we are not the target of this frame.
    For beginners it’s one of a good choice but as i can read, i would recommend the wizard S instead, more classic components and well improved !

    Thanks Oscar

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  7. Dre

    Read up on the oblivion and wow it’s components, all of them are close to two years outdated. How can they possibly ask 300$ for the BNF? That’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s like they have turned into the one trick pony show and the unify’s And crossfire components is their thing and this was tossed together to grab $$ off of newcomers. I already had stopped buying from them cause of an asshat response to a question I emailed them. I straight asked why isn’t their a newer version of the PowerCube and why is the PowerCube at its price sill when it’s not even in the top twenty stacks con the market right now but it’s priced like it’s number one. Well guess the truth hurt and they are well asshats.

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  8. Terrorswell

    Is there a flight video where you test this or is this just a review based upon specs? If so maybe do a flight video on performance and come up with a more fair review.

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  9. Assbreaker

    The stack has 2 x 2in1 esc board not 4 single esc boards.

    Just to keep the article correct. But you are right, the standoff’s + large boards waste to much payload.

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    1. Raphael

      Good article!

      I have an Olivion (first batch)… few things I noticed (my personal thoughts):

      (+)
      – looks great, even my kids/wive like it ;-)
      – the frame is a tank, smashed it into several trees and into a wall of a castle ruine, one motor died, frame still intact
      – FPvision is quite cool, like it, event if I still do not know how to connect to my crossfire nano rx for bst (is ground really needed?)
      – the tune is good, flys solid

      (-)
      – no manual (at least I can not find one), for a newbee :-) may be problematic – com’on TBS… thats not “Beginner Friendly”
      – too long motor wires
      – its a 4 x 1 ESC Stack (@Assbreaker), means also the whole stack is heavy
      – motor mount holes/pattern… strange… just one of my older zmx 2205 fits (tried: hypetrain, mr steele, t-motor f40 pro 2 [this one shout fit with 2 screws], hyperlight] with a go pro this bird feels really “heavy”, the motors may be overwhelmed
      – camera mount, mmh, I do not like it, but the cam is “ok” (how to mount an micro eagle is the question).
      – price, I feel its too expensive, sure the components work, but some stuff ist just outdated or below average specs (expect FPVision)
      – had no luck with the TBS Agent… colibri updater does not recognice it

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