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Nitecore TIP 2017 Keychain Light

Nitecore TIP 2017 Keychain Light

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This may have already been mentioned below but I wanted to warn people that aren't familiar with this light. Overall it is a great light but it's major flaw is the proclivity to turn on in your pocket (lock mode or no). Trust me, it's kind of embarrassing when a security approaches you at the mall and says "is that a flashlight in your pocket or are you happy to see me?". Check out the jetbeam jet-1 if you want something with comparable abilities.
Trvr2940
The Jetbeam Jet-1 (cylindrical) takes an AA battery, and is almost a full inch longer, and a quarter inch wider. I would think a Jetbeam looks more like a "flashlight" in one's pocket, whether lit or not.
A Nitecore Tip appeals to someone looking for a thinner, "keychain"-size flashlight with a built-in rechargeable battery. Conveniently charges right alongside your smartphone. Let's face it, for pocket carry, if something isn't thin enough, it isn't going to make it into the EDC rotation. To be honest, my older-version one would turn on accidentally about once every week or two weeks. For me, it wasn't that big of a deal. With the 30-sec auto shutoff of the newer version, it's probably a non-issue now. I have lots of AAA and AA "mini" flashlights, but guess which flashlight actually goes on my keychain?
tpw408
To each their own. The above comments were my experience with the TIP. As to the difference in dimensions, I concur. I was indicating that I find the brighness of the two to be comparable (though I do believe the Jetbeam has a longer field of throw) I should have clarified. Thanks.
Wait--the email invitation to this Drop shows the CRI version (and the copy reads "Outfitted with a Nichia 219B LED..."), but the details here are for the regular version--which version will ship?
I have owned an older version of the TIP and used it daily. In just over a year of what I would consider frequent use, I managed to destroy two of them. So while I consider them to be very useful, I do not think they are a great value at this price. On both of the ones I wore out, the rubber seal over the buttons would eventually pull itself out of place, exposing the switches beneath. To be fair, I was pretty rough on mine; I wore them on my keychain which was attached to a lanyard around my neck so they took a lot of wear and tear while I was working. Your mileage may vary.
Too bad this isn't the high-CRI version. I'd love to get some as gifts (in fact I had ordered a couple in a drop a few years back, that ended up cancelled).
$29.99 on Amazon and you can get it in two days.....
dobbermn
i paid it 17$ on Gearbest :-))
Not an amazing price, and if I was gonna carry one in my pocket I'd rather have the LA10 lantern which doesn't turn on unless you screw it and runs on a double A battery you can find everywhere. Or pay more and get a proper light thrower if you must
Ben.Bf
the nitecore tip can be locked by pressing both buttons at the same time. To unlock it, you have to press both buttons simultaneously again. With that being said, my tip has never turned on in my pants when I locked it.
edit: oops, this older version does not have this lock. You might be right :o
Did they already sell out or did something happen to the drop?
The 2017 model does not have a UI lockout but the clip is reversible so u can cover the buttons. It works great as a lockout and u can still turn on the light with the clip covering the buttons and it will not turn on by accident in your pocket. I have the cree and the cri versions and they are great lights but u can find them way cheaper with shipping that does not take forever. The problem with the UI lockout on the older versions was it drained the battery. The clip is a great solution to that issue.
Gunnut46
Agreed with your comment about the lockout, I had the exact same issue so had to stop using that feature. It's unfortunate as it's a great light for its size.
Standard micro-USB charging port, or proprietary cable?
AFD_0
Standard micro USB charging port
Entaro
Much thanks!
Nice light but I stopped using mine because it goes off in my pocket, even if I have the lockout feature enabled. Yes, I have one of the newer models but sometimes if I lean up against a counter or have other objects in my pocket both buttons get pressed and the light goes on. I carry a different light instead that has a head you must twist to engage the light - works much better for me.
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Battery drain wasn't the problem - the light going off in my pocket WAS the problem. The light still activated even though I tried the lockout feature. Poor design.
Boxofweasels
Thanks for the feedback. That really should be a design highlight for this type of product. Sticking with my Cooyoo Quantum.
Did the drop get cancelled? I just got a credit back to my AmEx...
LimeyHoya
Yup. MD sent an email a few days ago, I think, regarding this. I’d like to know who messed up tho.
Just checked in to see the status of this and it is not going to ship for another TWO WEEKS? This seems to be taking a VERY long time to get shipped, what is the deal here?
I bought the Tip in stainless steel elsewhere with free shipping.
Don't forget that MD put the recomended retail price on the customs value declaration Not the price at the end of the drop. So factor this into your purchase if your not in the USA
And again 29 dollars shipping for a thing that weighs 23,5 grams ????????????????
When you people in Massdrop see that the company will charge overseas customer theese ridiculous shipping costs, dont sell or fix it
$32 shipping to Australia...? Gearbest charges $2...
I've had one of these for a year or so. My complaints are that they turn on in my pocket and get super hot and then I realize it and turn it off. Or, there is a lockout function, and when the lockout is enabled the light dies after 2-3 days. It's weird but I tested it multiple times on a shelf, with lockout enabled it dies in a couple days, without lockout its fine for weeks.
Other than these complaints I love them. I have one on my keychain but I don't use the lockout. Very bright, compact, and useful.
Hewbacca
Same experience here... I had two slightly hilarious but embarrassing situations where someone came up to me and told me that my flashlight or phone seemed to be on in my pocket. That lockout feature is really disappointing.
But I agree, the high CRI version really rocks! And love that turbo setting as well.
One other thing: not sure if they changed the colour coating but my dark grey version is chipping away after a couple of years. Doesn't affect the function though.
Hewbacca
Early units of the TIP had a defect that drained the charge within a few days when lockout was enabled. This problem was allegedly fixed by the manufacturer in subsequent early units and in all 2017-model units. The vendor that sold me my early TIP replaced it upon request for no charge, due to this defect. It's disturbing to hear that your TIP drains quickly when lockout is enabled, but perhaps you might be able to request a replacement, if your TIP was a very early one with the defect.
$29 shipping to norway...how large are these lights again?
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If you start a GoFundMe campaign, I'm sure a lot of folks here will have sympathy for you and chip in for shipping.
Fundin
Maybe the deliver it by person :D
$36 shipping to singapore, that's more expensive than the cost of the TIP itself going at $24...
You can find these on sale for $12-$15. There's no need to get a group buy together only to overpay.
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The cheapest I've ever seen this model on SD was ~$20, and I've bought two of them on separate occasions. The ONLY color available was black. So if you want any other color, this is the deal to hop onto for only a few bucks more.
Bodybybalco
Yeah in December I got 4x of them throughout the month - two silver and two black they were $13 and then $16 each
Is this the 2017 model?
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LoH_Mobius
I can't state for sure which model is included in this drop, but I do know that the lights pictured on the description page for the drop are the 2017 model - the older model didn't come with the black pocket clip/switch guard.
Good point, the nitecore website says the max lumen for them is 240 as opposed to the 220 listed on massdrop though. Which is what made me question it.
My wife and I use the regular Nitecore keychain lights and love them. The design makes them super convenient and holds charge for a while. I had been looking for a rugged and waterproof version for a while.
pretty tempting - any experience with these out there? thanks!
delnerdo
I have the updated for 2017 TIP. I've been carrying it for about three months. It's pretty good. It fixes most of the issues I had with the Tube, but it's really big for what it is. It's about the same size as a large automotive key fob. It's almost like having two AAA lights side-by-side. The Tube is much more "key-chain friendly." They include a plastic holster with a pocket clip with this light, and it's probably better carried that way for a lot of people.
The brightness settings are well chosen, and you get a dedicated switch to adjust it. You can check the battery level without turning on the light. It has a pretty smart auto-off feature (that you can disable) which is important since the button is easily activated in your pocket. Unlike the Tube, it has a good reflector that keeps the light from blinding you in small spaces. In a pitch-dark room, the lowest setting is more than enough illumination to walk around without running into things. The highest setting is really bright (I haven't found a use for it, yet).
The battery life is really good. The parasitic drain must be negligible because I only charged it once when I got it, and it's been used about 3 or 4 times a week (mostly at low settings) for three months without needing a recharge. My light currently shows "two blinks" which I think means it has more than 50% of its capacity remaining.
I have the silver metal finish, and it's definitely showing signs of hanging around keys and getting dropped on hard surfaces, but it doesn't look bad. The coating isn't flaking off (yet). It just looks used and a little beat up; which is fine by me.
At $23+SH, you could get much worse lights. If it wasn't so big and hollow-feeling, I would rate it as one of the best USB-rechargeable key-chain lights I have used or handled. If they were to make a metal-cased Tube with the same electronics as the TIP (even with reduced battery life), they could sell them for $40/pc and I would consider it a bargain.
delnerdo
I bought one of the XP-G2 models from 2016, and it is a great light. It has performed perfectly and the performance is very impressive for its size. The only thing you have to know is that the 2017 models come set up in demo mode - the light will switch off automatically after 30 seconds. Holding down both buttons at the same time for several seconds will change the mode so that it will stay on until you switch the light off.
$36.75 shipping for a keychain light, when Lumintop Tool AAA Brass Massdrop Edition shipping is $4?
squarebox
you shipping to the moon? it’s 2.75 in the us.
delnerdo
It costs 30$ for shipping to Thailand ....