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I don't change my EDC light often. I have been carrying a Nitecore EasyAA for a little over ten years now. It still works as well as ever and I use it at least once every other day. It will be retired now that I have the TIP SE.
The TIP SE has a great beam pattern and interface. I have not had it long enough to comment on the battery run time, but if it runs as long as advertised it will be great. I love the size and shape of the case and the hat clip works well. I really have not found any negatives. Some reviewers were complaining about the buttons turning on in pockets, but the buttons require enough effort that if they are getting pressed in pockets, somebody's jeans are way too tight. Great light, I am going to buy another one for my girlfriend.
It's pretty incredible how bright this little light can get. I use it on the bright setting for a minute or two every night to keep an eye on the dogs in the back yard and it is still on its initial charge from right after I bought it, a month or so ago. I like that it's small enough to clip onto my hat if I need my hands free while working on a dimly lit space. It's well constructed with solid materials, too. Very pleased!
i am impressed with this flashlight. really bright flashlight and it fits perfectly on a keychain. as for battery life i wish it could run longer on super high setting but it is what it is for a such a small factor. made of metal or aluminum casing. it's well made. buttons are easy to access and charge. very handy little light. i would say it will be great for quick here and there use but not for a long time use for a job for example.
Brighest keychain light I have ever purchased. More powerful than my friends full-sized flashlights which really says a lot about this little guy. Powerful enough to burn through dark clothing too, don't ask how I found out... I would recommend leaving it in 30 second EDC mode if keeping it on a keychain like I am. If the power button gets accidentally bumped in your pocket, it won't stay on indefinitely. Hats off to nightcore, the amount of engineering in this little flashlight is incredible.
I have been wanting something like this for a long time! I've grown tired of those squeeze LED lights I had in my pocket when I lay down and turn on without my knowledge burning the batteries out. I like the Nitecore Tip SE! I can use the clip to protect the on/off button from accidental discharged. plus, the clip can be use as headlamp! The Nitecore Tip SE can be adjusted 4 brightness levels. Yes, very bright! I highly recommend this product and should be with everyone's EDC-Every Day Carry. I'll probably buy another one as an extra and attached it outside my EDC backpack as a backup. It's thumbs up for the Nitecore and highly recommended!!!
I like Nitecore products. They look simple yet durable and the price is very competitive considering the quality you get. I have a couple of the smaller 45 lumen keychain lights and they've lasted years and still going. But the TIP SE just blows them out of the water. I don't know how they managed to squeeze 700 lumens out of something that is only about 20% bigger than the Nitecore keychain lights I already had. At any rate I love this little powerhouse so far. Haven't had it long enough to see the battery longevity but at this point it seems decent. Nitecore does it again.
I don't usually do reviews here, but I love this little light. I read at least one comment that complained that it gets turned on accidentally inside your pocket and I've had that happen a couple of times but it's not been a big problem. I don't know how long the battery lasts since it's pretty easy to check when it's getting low and charge it. So I haven't had it run out and I haven't charged it all that often. The small size and the shape and push button operation make it easy to use when you've only got one free hand. The brightness is great and the little clip is really handy. I clip it on the bill of a cap all of the time when I take the dogs out or need both hands free for whatever reason. Just do be aware, in cast if you missed it like I did, it doesn't come with anything to charge it with but you can get a cable pretty cheap on Amazon.
Excellent EDC, seems sturdy enough, very bright, especially in 'turbo' mode. Used it daily on recent trip navigating unfamiliar terrain and setting up night shoots (astro photography). Haven't seen it run out of juice - I used it several days in a row, then just plugged it in one night, and used it for a few more days. Would buy again.
One button turns it on or off, and another button cycles through three brightness modes dim/medium/bright. There's a fourth "turbo" mode that you might not discover unless you read the manual or experiment with long-pressing the buttons.
The main body seems pretty solid, but I am afraid that the plastic-looking belt clip might break if I am rough with it. It's a little smaller than my car key fob, but I wish it was even smaller, although I recognise that that would have had to sacrifice battery life.
It charges through a USB-C port. You have to slide the belt clip out of the way to get to the charger port, which is good for keeping dirt out of the port. I bought a version without a cable, but I see that packages with an included cable are also available.
I bought a version that came with a tiny keychain light as part of the bundle. It works fine, like any cheap tiny LED light, and I put it on a different bunch of keys.
I bought this flashlight to keep in my pocket when I'm outside with the dogs at night. It is super bright and so tiny, it fits easily in any pocket without being bulky. It's easy to use. I'm thinking about getting a 2nd one for myself and sending some as gifts. After initially charging it when I received it, I haven't had to charge it again and have used it daily for several weeks.