TBS has released the long waited Tango 2 radio controller. It is actually a little different radio than I expected, but I didn’t know what Tango 2 will look so its pretty reasonable that expectations and reality don’t match. Anyway the release of this radio aroused a lot of reactions on social media.
Size and shape
Tango 2 is small, game controller shaped radio. It is smalller than first Tango and even smaller than FrSky X-Lite radio. It has curved and slightly rounded edges with ruber grip on the bottom side of the radio. It has large, but foldable Crossfire antenna, that can be turned vertically for better radio performance and even be used as a stand for radio.
At first look it seems that Tango 2 has no switches, but actually it has 3 pairs of 2 position, 3 position switches and momentary push buttons. So total of 6 switches is such a small form factor.
TBS Tango 2 has “full size” HALL effect gimbals. Actually they are not full size and smaller than in Taranis X9D or Jumper T16. Their travel distance from edge to the edge is non simetrical – about 28mm in vertical and about 30mm in horizontal. The Pro version of the Tango 2 has foldable sticks, that allows transporting this radio without a dedicated case and without risk of breaking the sticks.
Tango 2 has 128*96px black & white OLED display with backlight. The sceen size is really small, but it can be clearly seen in the direct sunlight.
TBS Tango 2 has an integrated CrossFire transmitter. The power output of the tramitter ranges from 25mW to 250mW (the same as in the Crossfire Micro TX). Unfortunately there is no external module bay on the back of the radio and no other modules can be used except the Crossfire. This is bad news for all the whoop owners with integrated Frsky or Flysky receivers.
Other bits and pieces
Tango 2 is running open source remote control operating system FreedomTX (temporary fork of OpenTX. GitHub page: https://github.com/tbs-fpv/freedomtx). Tango 2 has built-in 5000mAh 1S LiPo with USB-C 2A charging capability (2.5 hours for full charge).
Range tested to 51Km!
There is video with range test of the Crossfire transmitter in the Tango 2 Radio. Receiver was TBS Crossfire 8Ch Diversity Rx.