Everyday Carry

Nitecore TIP2

Authored by:
Miguel Mendoza
Nitecore TIP2

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With a track record of powerful pocket flashlights, Nitecore's next installment gives EDCers another reason to take notice. The original TIP was a pocket staple thanks to its impressive 360-lumen output in a form factor right at home on a keychain. Its successor, the new TIP2, has upgrades in all the right places, sporting a sleeker, more durable build and packing double the brightness. With power, portability, and a slew of features packed into a new portable design, the TIP2 debuts as a strong contender for your next EDC light.

The most noticeable difference between the TIP2 versus its predecessor is the new form factor of its outer shell. Measuring only 2.46” long and a little over 0.5” wide (only slightly larger overall than the TIP), the IP67-rated aluminum body provides lightweight, but sturdy construction. Chamfered edges offer a comfortable grip and a smooth shape that allows easy retrieval from a pocket or bag. Dual Cree XP-G3 S3 LEDs create an overlapping beam to provide a wide area of light. Two buttons on the side of the device handle the TIP2's operation: one to activate power, and the other to cycle through the 4 different brightness modes. Low at 1 lumen, Mid at 30 lumens, High at 200 lumens, and Turbo at an impressive 720 lumens—easily rivaling the brightness of flashlights twice its size. Nitecore has toted the TIP2 to have a runtime of up to 55 hours on its lowest setting.

An added memory function allows the TIP2 to recall its last brightness setting for personal preference and can be reset with ease. A quick-release tail cap found on the rear of the TIP2 is held securely in place via two neodymium magnets. These magnets can also be used to mount the flashlight on metallic surfaces for hands free use. Removing this cap reveals a micro-USB charging port, which makes it handy to charge the light with cables and chargers you may already own. To make it easier to know when to top up its 500mAh battery, charge indicator lights can be found in-between the power and mode buttons. The TIP2 also comes with a detachable pocket clip allowing carry options to fit your needs.

A smooth new shell and stellar pocket performance is only the tip of the iceberg for Nitecore's latest everyday light. Pick up a TIP2 of your own today at the link below.

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Discussion (6 total)

Chris ·
I’ve said this before, but I’ll keep saying it until something changes... Why are manufacturers releasing new lights with Micro USB as the charge port? Please, for the love of everything, stop! If this light had USB Type-C charging, I’d buy one. Until then, I’ll pass.
allemander ·
What’s the difference? What makes one better than the other? I’d like to be informed. Thank you.
Chris ·
USB Type-C is the universal standard that replaced Micro USB. You can find it on any laptop released in the last 5 years, any phone (except iPhones), the new iPads, small electronics, etc. It’s superior to Micro USB in every way. It charges faster, the port is reversible, it’s far more durable, can exchange massive amounts of data (if needed), and is approximately the same size. It’s the “one port” to replace all ports (that’s how it was advertised 6 or so years ago when it came out). Nearly all tech has abandoned Micro USB, due to its many drawbacks (non-reversible, fragile, low power delivery, etc.), except, for some reason, flashlight makers. I could go on. This is probably something that most people don’t care about, but it really bugs me, haha. I hate having to carry a separate cable just for outdated tech.
270ultimate ·
Hate to be "that guy", but I'll be that guy. Isn't carrying a Type-C cable for a flashlight that won't fit any of your Apple products without an adapter still carrying a... separate cable?

Your argument would hold more water to me if you were lobbying for a Lightning flashlight. Or perhaps Qi (which I'd personally dig.)
James R. ·
Chris already explained, but USB C is what everything is moving to (with maybe the exception of the lightning port for iPhone). It's better to future-proof new products.
Chris ·
My MacBook and iPad both use Type C to charge. Yes, it’s stupid that Apple uses their proprietary lightning port on their phones, but rumor is they’ll be switching to Type C in 2020. Regardless, I use Qi for my phone. A Qi flashlight would indeed be awesome. So right now I carry a Type-C cable for my laptop, iPad, and various other small electronics I use for work...and a lightning cable. James is right, it’s about future-proofing your product. Micro USB is dying, if not already dead. It would be like putting a Mini USB charge port on a flightlight 5 years ago.