The new Nitecore TIP 2017 edition is a rechargeable keychain flashlight available at 360 lumens which is every bit as powerful as its predecessor TIP but with two new intelligent modes and a detachable clip. If you’re looking for the brightest pocket-sized LED flashlight with rechargeable function, here is the Nitecore TIP 2017 Review for your reference.

Quick Take:

  • Pros:
    • Small & Durability
    • Affordable
    • 360 lumens max. output
    • USB rechargeable
    • Daily mode / Constant-on mode
    • Color optional
    Cons:
    • No cover on USB port
  • 87%
    87%
    Awesome

    The Nitecore TIP 2017 is a rechargeable keychain flashlight available at 360 lumens which is every bit as powerful as its predecessor TIP but with two new intelligent modes and a detachable clip. If you're looking for the brightest pocket-sized LED flashlight with rechargeable function, it will be an ideal option for you.

    • Design
      9.0
    • Price
      8.5
    • Quality
      8.8
    • Usability
      8.5
    • Brightness
      8.8

Design

TIP 2017 comes in a thumb-sized body of 2.39″ x 0.96″ x 0.54″ and weighs as light as an AA battery (about 0.83oz). It’s made of robust Aluminum Alloy with HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish and available for several color options. On its tail, there is a very large double metal bar for keyring or lanyard use which matches different types of keyrings. The micro USB port is located in one side of the TIP 2017, but there is a drawback that there is no port cover for it without the use of clip. On the front panel of this flashlight, you will find two buttons there: the on/off button and the mode button. Moreover, it comes with an integrated power indicator which allows to indicate charging in progress and serves to report remaing battery.
Nitecore TIP 2017
One of the special features of this upgraded flashlight is the multi-purpose clip which comes along with the TIP 2017 flashlight. In addition to being attached easily to your standard or duty belt, hat or pocket, it can offer physical protection from water and dust ingression by fully covering the USB charging port to safeguard against damage. In addition, it can help to avoid accidental activation. But according to some feedbacks, the clip is a bit loose in some cases.

The TIP 2017 is limited in water resistance to IP54, thus, it’s not available to use under water.

Performance

Nitecore TIP 2017The TIP 2017 utilizes a CREE XP-G2 S3 LED to emit four brightness modes: Turbo, High, Mid, Ultralow. It produces up to 360 lumens, making it one of the brightest keychain lights of it’s kind. It is a very floody light. Its power source is a built-in li-ion battery measured at 500mAh, providing runtime up to 46 hours. With USB rechargeable function, it’s easy to charge the light. The following table shows the its detailed info of brightness output and runtime, as well as some data of FL1 standard:

Brightness Output & Runtime:
FL1 StandardTurboHighMidUltralow
Output360 lumens150 lumens35 lumens1 lumens
Runtime30min1h 30min6h 30min46h
Beam Distance74 m
Beam Intensity1400cd
Impact Resistance1.5 m
WaterproofIP54

Moreover, there is two new modes on the TIP 2017 edition instead of the lockout mode. One is daily-mode, and the other one is constant-on mode. Daily mode automatically turns off the light after 30 seconds without operation. Constant-on mode offers continous illumination. However, the daily mode is odd and most people would rather prefer the lockout mode.

Mode Operation

As mentioned above, the TIP 2017 has two buttons. One is used to turn on / off the light, and the other is used to switch modes. To turn on the light, just press the power button TIP2017 on-off-button, and press again to turn it off. As for brightness adjustment, with the light turned on, press the mode button TIP2017 mode button to adjust the brightness to the next available level. Brightness will cycle through the sequence of Ultralow-Mid-High. There is a memory function accompanying with these modes, it will resume the last setting where the TIP 2017 was turned off when turning it on again. Turbo mode is a manually access mode. To enter Turbo mode, press and hold the mode switch for more than 1 second to enter turbo mode.

To enter daily mode, just hold down both the power and mode switch until the LED flashes once to enter daily mode. The same operation but until the LED flashes twice, you can enter the constant-on mode.

Specification

ItemSpecification
BrandNitecore
ModelTIP 2017
Emitters1 x Cree XP-G2 S3,Nichia NVSL219B
Lumens Range1-360Lumens
Luminous Flux360LM (Cree XP-G2 S3)
Color Temperature6500K (Cree XP-G2 S3)
Switch LocationSide Switch
Brightness Mode4 (Turbo, High, Mid, Ultralow)
Brightness Mode MemoryYes
Special ModeDaily mode, constant-on mode
BatteryBuilt-in 3.7V 500mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery
RechargeableYes
Waterproof StandardIP54
Beam Distance74m Max.
Impact Resistance1.5M
Body MaterialAluminium Alloy
Body ColorBlack, Blue, Golden, Gray, Green, Red, Silver
Runtime46h Max.
Product weight0.83oz
Product size (L x W x H)2.39″ x 0.96″ x 0.54
Package Contents1 x Nitecore TIP LED Flashlight, 1 x Keyring, 1 x Clip

Conclusion

At first glance, the TIP 2017 is almost the same with its predecessor TIP but with the robust multi-purpose clip. For function, it added two new modes daily mode and constant-on mode instead of the lockout mode. As a keychain flashlight, it’s really bright enough by producing up to 360 lumens output, and reaching up to 74 meters. If you’re looking for a bright keychain flashlight with build quality, this flashlight will meet your demands.

NOTE: This product will not be shipped to the United Kingdom.

87%
87%
Awesome

The Nitecore TIP 2017 is a rechargeable keychain flashlight available at 360 lumens which is every bit as powerful as its predecessor TIP but with two new intelligent modes and a detachable clip. If you're looking for the brightest pocket-sized LED flashlight with rechargeable function, it will be an ideal option for you.

  • Design
    9.0
  • Price
    8.5
  • Quality
    8.8
  • Usability
    8.5
  • Brightness
    8.8
Share.

Leave A Reply