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I have found this light to be a great addition to my rather large collection of flashlights. It's very easy to use (unlike some where you have to remember a special order of pushing or holding buttons to change settings). When I first got it, it was somehow in the battery-saving mode and the light would turn off after about thirty seconds. It was a simple matter to change that. I often use it clipped to the bill of my cap for a headlight. It's easy to use the buttons even on my cap. I have used it a lot and so far have not had to recharge it, so I'm happy with the battery life.
I might've liked it more had I not received a defective unit. The battery wouldn't hold a charge for more than about 12 hours, while not being used. So I had to return it. So here's your Pros/Cons list -
Pros - - Multiple modes & very bright - Perfect size for keychain - Comes with multiple keyring connectors to choose from - Charges via USB-C!
Cons - - Can be overly complicated for what it is, e.g. There're 4 level settings (low/med/high/turbo), but unless you read the directions, you won't know how to access the Turbo mode. It's a flashlight, I should just be able to press the mode button to cycle through all the settings. It also has two operation modes, Demo & Daily, that again, without reading the directions, you wouldn't know how to switch from one to the other. Why am I reading directions for how to use a friggin' flashlight?
- No button lock. When I first got the light, I attached it to my keychain. I noticed a couple of times upon pulling said keychain out of my pocket, the light was on; meaning the button got pressed while in my pocket. If the buttons were replaced with a slide type switch, you could add a lock to it to prevent accidental turn on.
I'll get the cons out of the way first. First this light does not have a lock function. On more than one occasion it has turned on in my pocket. For this reason I always leave it on the lowest setting just so it doesn't completely drain if it happens again. Second the pocket clip doesn't work well. It does not provide a secure connection.
Other then that this is a great flashlight. It is bright as all get out and low enough to navigate the bedroom without waking up the wife. I really like the instant turbo function which can be accessed when off. Battery life is outstanding and rarely needs charging under normal daily use. It has lived in my pocket since I purchased it and has not once let me down.
To sum it up, I can live without the clip but a lockout would make this little gem the perfect edc flashlight.
This SHOULD be a 5 star flashlight. There is one glaring issue with it though. The lack of a lockout function. The clip kinda works but not always. The indents for clip position arent correct to prevent the light from turning on. The indents are also not deep enough to prevent the clip from moving. If the light had a lockout function, I wouldnt even use the clip. The light itself is exactly what I wanted, literally perfect. I can't rate the light higher than 3 stars since I can't even keep it on my keys without worrying that I'll lose the clip or itll turn on in my pocket.
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.
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.
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!
An EDC keychain flashlight shouldn't come on accidentally when carried in my pocket, which is where I carry my keys. Other than that, I haven't had it very long (why do they ask for reviews when you've only had it a week?). Brightness seems good, though the brightness setting controls are not well-designed. Haven't yet had to recharge it, so I don't know anything about battery life. A lot of people aren't going to have UDB-C chargers.
I've been looking for a decent EDC flashlight and this one is the best I've seen. It holds a 500mA battery good enough for EDC. The quick access for low or Turbo modes are very useful. I make my own flashlights, circuitry, programming and all for the different type of functions I need them to perform. That's why I haven't bought any flashlights, because I can make better ones. I usually modify every flashlight I get to make them better. The electronics functions that is. I don't know how to make the shell. It's all the functions I want already and the brightness is very usable already.
I may in the future reprogram it/replace electronics, so it will last double or triple the run time with the same battery. I see that the PWM could be controlled better for longer battery performance.
But for this price. It's perfect. Just not a real flashlight replacement.
Update: if turns on by itself in my pocket and when it's too hot. I can feel the burn on my thigh.
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.