Make & Model - Nitecore TIP
Max Lumen Output - 360
Max Runtime - 46 hrs.
Overall Length - 2.4 in.
Weight with Batteries: 0.8 oz.
Battery Type - Built-in lithium-ion with micro-USB charging
Controls - Push-button power switch with lockout function, push-button mode selector
Output Modes - Turbo, high, medium, low
Special Features - Large split ring, battery indicator LED, micro-USB port
MSRP - $30
URL - http://www.nitecore.com
We originally planned to test the Nitecore Tube, a smaller plastic keychain light, but Nitecore recently unveiled the all-new TIP. We were able to snag an early sample at the Outdoor Retailer show — we're glad we did. This lightweight aluminum flashlight pumps out an impressive 360 lumens in Turbo mode, with a wide-angle beam. The case is durable and impact-resistant, the controls are intuitive, and it even has a lockout function. If blue isn't your color, Nitecore offers six other choices. The Tube model isn't bad by any means, but the new TIP is excellent.
Pros: Lightweight yet tough, Intuitive controls, USB-rechargeable
Cons: Exposed USB port may collect dust