[Review] Armytek Zippy - A right angled, rechargeable keychain light

The flashlight was sent to me by Armytek for review.
Here's the product's link: Armytek Zippy (Green)

The zippy comes in a little cardboard box.

The flashlight is rated for 200Lm LED / 160Lm of OTF output.
All the major of the features are listed in the back side of the box.

The package includes just the keychain light and a detailed user manual.

The Zippy is comes with an all-plastic construction.

Its up side is translucent, while its back side is colored. Avail.Colors: Green, Yellow, Blue, Grey
Of course, being a keychain light, it comes with a nice metal loop.

Additionally, it also comes with a metal pocket clip pre-installed.
The clip provides nice retention and is mounted solidly.

Here's a picture with the pocket clip uninstalled.
As can be seen, the back side is also semi translucent.

The Zippy is operated by a recessed electronic switch.
Contrary to most keychain lights, the Zippy has its emitter placed in a 90 degree angle.

The manufacturer doesn't mention the LED used, but it does look very similar to the LH351C.
The angled emitter combined with the pocket-clip creates a nice combo: You can mount your flashlight to shirt or jeans in order to illuminate without having to hold the flashlight.

Thanks to its transparent plastic, the whole body gets illuminated once the light is turned on.

A regular micro-USB charging port is placed in the side of the Zippy.
It's sealed via a rubber flap.

Once plugged in, the charging indicator LED shines up (Red: charging, Green: full).
While charging, I measured up to 100mA of input current.

The Zippy can be taken apart by simply unscrewing the 4 screws in the corners.

Here's a closer look at the e-switch and metal loop side.

And here's the the driver circuitry.

A comparison shot between some other keychain flashlights.
From left to right: Nitecore Tube, Armytek Zippy, YLP Scorpion, Nitecore Tip SS

For the last part, here's a simple discharge (regulation) graph I created for High mode.

What we can see in the graph:

  • The output is regulated up to the 18min mark.
  • Of course, the regulation isn't perfect, but it's more than good for a keychain light.
  • At the 22min mark , the flashlight steps down to Low.
  • The manufacturer's runtime specifications are accurate: Armytek suggests 17min of High, which seems to correspond to the regulated part of that mode.

All in all, it's a very nice little light.
I especially liked the angled placement of the emitter :)

thank you. Do you like this light?

Yes I do :slight_smile:
Currently I have it attached to my keys. The majority of the times, I I just clip it in my jeans pocket (while still attached to my keyring) and use it as an improvised no-hands light!

Lvp shutdown?

Voltage sensing is definitely there.
The stepdown occurs based in Voltage. I can say so cause if you switch back to High after the initial stepdown, the flashlight will automatically re-stepdown to Medium after a couple of seconds.

Thanks for the test

Does it have shutoff though? On reddit armytek claimed it has actual shutoff.

That way we dont end up with a 0v bat if turned on accidentaly

That’s a good question :slight_smile:
Tomorrow night I will make sure to completely drain the Zippy and afterwards I will take it apart to measure the battery’s voltage!
Will report back as soon as I get the results!

Thats awesome, thanks a ton

If it does have lvp, then it might be the one to get. Without lvp any fixed bat light is basically disposable.

Results are ready :)
Indeed LPV is present.
After leaving the Zippy to completely turn off, I measured the battery's voltage at 3.02V