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I'm a Torch Junkie. Lets just start there. I'm also a bit of a torch snob as well as a torch collector who still has his first Mag Lite from 1981. Nitecore is and has been a very reputable company, so when I learned of the Nitecore TIP series from a friend, I couldn't resist and I'm glad I didn't! I own the Nitecore Thor. A Classic among Nitecore torches I think any collector would agree. That is a foreboding and powerful torch with its 900 lumens of dependable light. When I saw that this little key chain torch packed 700 lumens, I wasn't really surprised, because we've come a long way since Thor was introduced. But I was in the market for a budget friendly compact torch. With its intelligent interface to the dual beam emitters to the hard anodized aluminum body, this light means business. Tough, capable, versatile, compact, bright when you need it, subdued when you don't. The 700 lumen turbo mode would light the way to hell and the ease of use and intuitive mode selection makes this the perfect all around torch for Every Day Carry, a Key Chain, or an emergency torch for your Bug Out Bag with a battery that holds its charge for a FULL YEAR! Lest we not forget, the interface also allows you to check the battery condition at any time, set a 30 second time limit or disable this feature and 4 total brightness modes with memory for the three standard modes. Turbo can be accessed while in any mode or when needed quickly with a simple press of the mode button for momentary or full on with a 3 second hold of the mode button. Now for the not so good. It's minor, so don't run off just yet! The pocket clip leaves a bit to be desired. It does a great job of keeping the USB-C protected and keeping the buttons covered to help quell accidental powering on. But as a pocket clip, it falls on its face. So, if you're thinking "Wow!! I can just clip this on my Backpack or in my Pocket....think again. It's best kept safe IN your pocket or securely attached to your backpack with a carbiner. But that's the ONLY Con to this awesome Torch. So....you've got very little to loose! At the time of this review, the TIP SE is listed at $29.95. How can you go wrong? By buying another Subpar Torch! That's How! Zip~
I need a good keychain light as i often make deliveries after dark and I hate carrying a large flashlight. This little light does the trick. It has 4 light modes, dim, medium, high, and turbo (super high), In most cases the medium will work, but having the two extra light capabilities is a great feature. in the 'bright' mode it gives off more light than my old MiniMag. In Turbo, it comes close to my old 4-cell MagLight. The buttons require a bit of pressure to activate the light so it shouldn't be going off in your pocket. When turning it on, it will come on at the last setting used, or you can go to instant turbo, or dim. Another great thing is the rechargeable battery via any usb-c cable. The price is a tad on the expensive side, but you'll more than make up for that in battery cost savings and its utility. I'm thinking X-mas gifts for my kids.
It is compact, well built, has useful features without ridiculous garbage like winky-blinky strobes and Morse code signals, it fits the hand well, and it even looks cool! So what’s the problem?
The on/off button is the problem. It is raised, which makes it easy to manipulate; so easy that any time I carry it in my pocket it turns on. If Nitecore had simply recessed the on/off button or included a raised ridge around that button this might not happen, making this a five-star review instead of two-star. However, Nitecore did not do that so what should have been an excellent piece of kit will sit in a drawer.
ADDENDUM: There is a workaround. If you snap the pocket clip on the other side of the flashlight it will cover the buttons and prevent the light from turning on in your pocket. Of course, you will now have to fumble with the clip to take it off before you can use the flashlight, and will likely loose the clip eventually, or the clip will soon break (it is not designed to be removed every time the light is used, so it will break) but, until then, you can use this flashlight.
I won't list every good thing about this light since many of the reviews I read before buying - I agree with. The good: it is very light, the 3 (4 if you include the turbo mode) works as expected, seems durable, the controls are pretty easy to remember once you figure it out once. I can't really say anything about the battery life since I bought it as part of my EDC kit, but at least it is not defective so far. The belt clip stays on the light ok; however the clip itself does not seem to hold onto your belt or where you clip the light to. It does seem to slide off pretty easily - so be careful so that you don't lose the flashlight. Overall I'm very happy with this light and the cost is reasonable. I will update the review if the battery life becomes bad or something breaks.
This is a remarkably bright little pocket light and it’s rechargeable feature is great but it has a significant fault that made me give it one star. It can turn on inadvertently in your pocket and that hot little bulb can burn through your jeans or a cushion. I gave it as a gift and it ruined a sofa!
Pro's Well made, tough construction. Very bright on high with 1hr 30 min runtime. Turbo (700lm) is 15 min. Con's : Big deal for me ...No lock out function. Double press on both buttons, activates demo mode ( turns light off after 30 seconds. Double press again, goes back to standard mode. Double press on previous model would lock out all functions.
I took a star off because I thought it a bit cheap not to include a charging cable. I looked at all my stuff that needs charging and none of them used a USBC connector, so I had to buy one. That said it is a great light. Having a setting where it automatically switches off after 30 seconds is great for my keychain where I need the light to find the keyhole but spend a little time opening the door, so it switches off after I have done all that and relocked the door.
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.
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.
This little light fits on a keychain and puts out an extraordinarily powerful light. Four different levels, easily controlled by two switches. I carry it in my pocket and it hasn't yet turned on accidentally. Can't judge battery life yet as I have not owned it long. Very small complaint...the charging micro usb port does not have a cover and is likely to accumulate dust. The belt clip slides to cover the charge port, but it adds to the bulk of the thing and I removed it.