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Nitecore Tiki

So, it looks like Nitecore has made a Rovyvon ripoff: https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tiki

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Definitely good looking, and very pleasantly surprised by the price.

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To be fair, the RovyVon light design isn't that special, in my opinion.

The Nitecore clone looks really nice.

I didn't see a price, though.

If it's much cheaper than RovyVon, then this Nitecore has my vote for small keychain flashlight.

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raccoon city wrote:

To be fair, the RovyVon light design isn’t that special, in my opinion.


The Nitecore clone looks really nice.


I didn’t see a price, though.


If it’s much cheaper than RovyVon, then this Nitecore has my vote for small keychain flashlight.

Banggood has it for $20. I think I saw a coupon price that reduces price by a couple of dollars.

https://www.banggood.com/search/nitecore-tiki.html?from=nav

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Yes, i’ve seen it.
It’s definitely affordable, unlike the pretty Rovyvon lights of similar shape and size.

BUT:

Apparently both the Rovyvon and the Tiki lights have very visible PWM on the lower modes.

I really don’t understand how they both could be so …. (something that is not a compliment).

So i’m not gonna buy one until that’s solved.

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Another …. thing is that the side LEDs are behind the plastic shell.

That wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t put a 365nm UV LED in there, but that’s exactly what they did…

I thought it was common knowledge that 365nm light does not (or hardly) pass through plastic, but apparently a revered flashlight brand such as Nitecore did not know this.
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For the rest, the concept is great.

Much better concept than the 10180 twisty keychain lights we’re all quite familiar with, and often not in a good way..

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raccoon city wrote:
To be fair, the RovyVon light design isn’t that special, in my opinion.

Do you mean the plastic translucent one or all of them?
The metal ones look pretty fancy i.m.o.
But they’re way too expensive i.m.o.

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It's on AliExpress and eBay and Amazon as well.

Looks like $20 is the going rate.

http://chinaprices.us?q=nitecore%20tiki

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Jerommel wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

To be fair, the RovyVon light design isn't that special, in my opinion.

Do you mean the plastic translucent one or all of them?
The metal ones look pretty fancy i.m.o.
But they’re way too expensive i.m.o.

I mean, I would call the Nitecore light a clone, not a ripoff.

Though I guess the two mean about the same thing.  :THUMBS-UP:

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raccoon city wrote:

If it’s much cheaper than RovyVon, then this Nitecore has my vote for small keychain flashlight.


Which Rovyvon model is it a clone of?

I’m seeing Rovyvon A1 on Amazon for $20 right now with the current clip coupon.

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I think it's a clone of the A1.

The A1 might have been more expensive in the past.

 

EDIT:

Also, the Tiki is high CRI, and it has at least two different types of light, so it has some advantages.

The A1 is brighter, however.

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PWM is a shame, I was really liking it up to that point.

Double click to turn on is what I’ve been asking for from an edc U/I for a long time. Triple click to go straight to aux led works well for me too.

I might just get one at that price, and see how bad the pwm is. Can always be gifted to a non F/A.

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Looks very similar to the Rovyvon, but the UI is quite a bit better in the nitecore IMO. Also the price is awesome at only $20 with 1 day prime shipping. I already have an A1 but I’m gonna pick one of these up to compare it to. Thanks

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seems interesting but order on banggood u can forget for now..

NOTE about shipping time:
Because the holiday of Chinese Spring Festival is coming, most orders will be shipped in mid-late February. So sorry about this and thanks for your understanding.
Trust me, it is worth your wait, the best hotest new light with this low price.

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$20.99 on Amazon… seems reasonable for all the tricks this pony performs.

Double click for low, or click-hold for high. No mode memory then, I guess. If you want a mid-output, apparently you have to start at low and click up.

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In the end I will most likely have my good old Tube on my keychain anyway; that’s all I need.

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mr_magoo wrote:
PWM is a shame, I was really liking it up to that point.

Double click to turn on is what I’ve been asking for from an edc U/I for a long time. Triple click to go straight to aux led works well for me too.

I might just get one at that price, and see how bad the pwm is. Can always be gifted to a non F/A.

Did you get the Tiki? I’m curious about the PWM too.

Rick

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the PWM is invisible to the naked eye.
don’t know how bad it is on camera, but i cant imagin using a keychain light to film Facepalm

it is the best keychain flashlight i have used so far, especially for the 14 Euro i payed at the time of its launch. Big Smile

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Thanks. The video on Nitecore’s website showed a pretty bad PWM, and a couple of reviews I read said it was very noticeable. It sounds like they have fixed it.

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dorpmuller wrote:

dead link. 


Which link?

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I got the Tiki LE and found that the PWM isn’t noticeable at all to these old eyes. This looks like it could be it for me for a pocket keychain flashlight. I was using the Ultratac K18 which I like overall except that it kept getting unlocked in my pocket and running the battery down.

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Does anyone have pics of this compared to a TIP? How is the beam and brightness compared to it? I currently have the TIP, but I would prefer something a little smaller to have in my pocket if the light is as useful.

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I have one and like how much light comes out of something that small. I do not notice the additional volume on my keys so it feels right at home in my pocket. The activation button is stiff and has a bit of a sweet spot. A friend’s mother it’s not capable of using the light because the button is to stiff for her but I am sure I will never accidentally activate this light in my pocket.

The main beam is perfectly balanced between flood and throw. The right mix to easley navigate a parking lot or steps. The hot spot fades nicely and does not have a defined edge.

The UV light is a bit of novelty as it is not very bright but does work for looking at bills and documents if you hold the light right next to them.

For usefulness this light definitely does the job. The PWM is not noticeable to me.

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https://i.postimg.cc/wjpStMf3/Nitcore-tiki.jpg

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The TIKI is ALMOST my perfect tiny edc light. I have actually added a pocket clip (stolen from a maglite solitaire), cut down the keychain loop to add a magnet, so that it can now also tail stand, and I polished the “window” for the AUX leds. Only a few changes would make this literally my ideal tiny EDC.

1. Slightly longer in order to have a bit higher capacity, basically like the updated A8x (it has 330mAh but I would want ~350)
2. .5 lumen instead of 1 lumen ultra-low/moonlight
3. low/high modes for the high CRI light
4. Clip (similar to the A8x)
5. Slightly longer stepdown from Turbo (~1.5 minutes, but I think ~2 should be doable if we have a slightly larger light for the capacity increase and therefore more for heat dissipation)

Since it’s a keychain light I would be fine with having to modify it to add a magnet on the tail again, so I wouldn’t expect that change. Other than Moonlight the current mode spacing is perfect, and there is no need to change the main emitter or modes. 300 stepping down to 120 (maybe 150?) is perfect.

So Nitecore, if you read this, Please come out with a Tiki 2! I would buy a few of them!

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365 nm UV emitter is not very strong, does not show security features as well as other lights. My MecArmy SGN-3 is better at that.

Other than that, a nice keychain light.