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Nitecore Tiki, Tiki-LE, Tiki-Gitd for US$19.49 or A$24.92 Delivered @ Glacier Outdoor Equipment AliExpress

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The popular NiteCore torch is back on FIRE sale through Banggood (now) AliExpress.
I think this was the cheapest price I've personally seen this for. Might want to act quick. A lot of good reviews for this little torch. Many recommend hanging it off your backpack, or inside the tent, for hiking etc etc. Not as large as some other Nitecore torches, so should be decent on a keychain. The original Tiki is probably the best one, imho, has a UV light that you can use when inspecting your Hotel Room Bed. The Tiki-LawEnforcement version has a Red-Blue flashing light, it's probably the worst variant to get… but could make for an interesting prank whilst hanging on your rear-view mirror and driving at night. The Tiki-GlowInTheDark is decent, very similar to the regular Tiki but the UV-light is visually weaker, and it charges up the body which glows (but for a very short time). The above $19 Banggood price includes GST, but shipping showing as $6.94. Current price is around $46 from Amazon, around $40 from eBay, or $30 from Aliexpress/GearBest.

edit 1: looks like the Tiki-GITD version is out of stock and not included in this sale. I found it also On-Sale at Gearbest for ~AUD$26 here: https://www.gearbest.com/led-keychains/pp_009475849378.html?...
edit 2: AliExpress just responded to the Banggood Firesale, Banggood is cheaper with GST included, but shipping costs $7, and I got a $3 "new user" voucher, so AliExpress works out to be slightly cheaper overall :D
Original Link: https://www.banggood.com/NITECORE-TIKI-or-TIKI-LE-300-Lumen-...

PS: I don't have one. I have ordered one. Linked many deals in comments before, it's the first time I'm making a proper Deal Post, so let me know if I've stuffed up anything.

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Comments

  • +3 votes

    Looks like it makes for a decent gift (mothers day lmao) as well.
    I've also ordered another one that I've wanted for a while now, and that's the Nitecore Tini-2. It's always been priced around A$45-$60, but I've snagged it for $39. Just gotten bored over my Nitecore Tip2/SE as it feels a little large in the pocket next to my keys. Let me know if you guys want an update/review on that little Tini-2 keychain torch.

    • +7 votes

      "Happy Mother's Day, Mum! I got you a UV light to check your sheets!"

    • +4 votes

      a month late, but thank you, son!

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      I just got my TIP2 and the 2sec delay gives me the absolute schitts. They got everything else right about this awesome torch but the 2sec delay is excessive. Considering the Tini2 as a result. Does the Tini2 feel bright (on turbo) when out in the open. TIP2 is fantastic, but UI really sucks.

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        Have a tini, it also has the 2 sec delay.

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          I've had the torches come in, and play with them for a week and a half. The Tiki is as expected, which went to a friend as a gift. My old Tip SE went to another friend as a gift.

          The Tini2 is mine. It's awesome. Worth the money in my opinion. About 0.6 second delay from button push to torch light up. So it's good on that front. Lower battery life and lower brightness than Tio2/SE are minor downgrades, when talking about the big upgrade in portability. Also minor upgrades in Water Resistance and Screen.

          Let me know if you guys want any more details about it.

  • +3 votes

    great write up… thanks for your contribution!!

  • +5 votes

    Now that's one hell of a post! Great effort providing additional context and links to other sites for price comparisons.

  •  

    Is there a full size version? Not after key chain… I'm after a proper full size torch!
    Thanks

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    Anyone using this as bike light?

  • +2 votes

    Been very happy with nitecore torches, USB charging is a must. (Which it has)

    Having said that, the vast majority of people will use their phone (ie opening door at night) over using a keyring torch. Someone who walks their dog etc, probably going to use something slightly bigger, and therefore more comfortable in their hand.

    Might want to consider your specific use case.

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    US $23.61
    for me? huh?
    nvm i wasnt reading OP's words.

    i always have my eye on the RovyVon Aurora A5x, i guess ill get this first.

  • +1 vote

    Great price. As is often the case with AliExpress.

    If they actually send the item you've ordered and paid for…

    I've lost count of the number of disputes I've had to lodge since the turn of the year when seller's message asking for more money to ship or just don't ship items at all and provide no or dodgy tracking which doesn't resolve. The fact that they don't even allow you to leave a review or warning for other buyers for sellers who don't ship products tells you all you need to know about AliExpress's commitment to an honest marketplace.

    After spending over $5k with them in the past year, I'm giving AliExpress a very wide berth for the forseeable future…

    • +1 vote

      The price includes Ali Express Standard delivery which is managed by Ali Express not by the seller. I find it relatively quick and so far no problems with it. Only thing is, you find you end up paying a bit more for delivery as it is becoming the default delivery for a number of Ali Express items even though you may have selected the seller's delivery option (unless you select the Buy now option).

  • +1 vote

    i'll buy most nitecore keyring torches without fail. they're just great to use.

  • +1 vote

    inspecting your Hotel Room Bed

    What do you look for?

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      stains?

      hotels are a germaphobe's worst nightmare

      • +3 votes

        So a great reason for them not to buy a UV light. There will always be something to find if you go looking.

        • +7 votes

          yeah, for your own sanity, sometimes it's better not to know

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          Someone might be a UV artist, wanting to create their own special patterns.

  • +1 vote

    I love my RovyVon Lights but as they say, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • +1 vote

    Apparently UV good for pet owners too:

    https://youtu.be/G39kEt30-NE?t=127

    and their Australian accent is spot on, here… not:

    https://youtu.be/G39kEt30-NE?t=241

  • +1 vote

    Got sucked in.

    Thx OP.

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    Can anyone help me understand the flashlight hobby? Like I want to buy one, but would never use it. I always see these Nitecores popup.

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      u put one on your keys

    • +2 votes

      You had the rest of us at ' I want to buy one, but would never use it.'

      Congratulations! Your ozbargain membership has been upgraded to Diamond Level!

    • +11 votes

      You buy one good torch, love it. It's rechargable, portable, and bright. You're happy with it for a while.
      Realise there are other use cases in your life for other ones. Buy more. Things get out of hand pretty fast. Suddenly you're broke, divorced, and although you're alone at least you're not sitting in the dark.

    • +3 votes

      something new and shiny, is smaller, different shape, new clip, different colours and more lumenz.

      but more importantly, it's on sale.

    • +1 vote

      There are many different "format" lights with different features and use cases pretty much.

      there's EDC lights, throwers and soda can lights and everything inbetween.

      Aspects: battery size (18650, 21700, 26650, 3 or 4x18650), flashlight size, total output in lumens, total throw in candela, beam profile, color temperature in CCT, color rendering in CRI, driver efficiency, driver firmware, build quality, and more to consider.

      Most flashlights are 70 CRI and 6500k+ in color temperature if using a CREE LED which is awfully cold. If you're buying a no brand "9000000" lumen zoomie from ebay usually it's like 8000k temperature and 60 CRI or something ridiculous like that which looks horrible and makes everything look lifeless and washed out.

      Cheapie zoomies also have terrible UIs which force you to cycle through all the modes (including high and strobe mode) to reach low where custom UIs let you program the light however you want. They are also built terribly.

      There's a whole bunch of other stuff to this hobby but it'd be spam at that point. Feel free to ask anything tho

  • +1 vote

    Been using one, highly recommend for keychain

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    IMHO a few extra dollars for Tip2 is worth it https://www.gearbest.com/led-keychains/pp_009472307528.html

    • +1 vote

      Damn… you had my hopes up for the Tip2… that's a Tip SE

      • +1 vote

        TIP2 design and performance is great but the UI sucks. Buttons are smaller and recessed so unlikely to turn on accidentally. But UI is terrible. 2 whole seconds delay to turn on the light. Grrrr. They overdid it trying to prevent the auto on issue. If only they kept the same UI as the TIP.. :(.

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          does TIP SE has the same issue as TIP2?
          my biggest problem with TUBE - it always turns on in my pocket

          • +1 vote

            @davidl2: I don't have a TIP SE but from what i can gather, it behaves much more like the original TIP so you're likely to have issues with auto-on-in-pocket syndrome.

            Tini2 seems like the next best thing (500 lumens ain't bad). I think the UI on that and button design will be the best balance.

            I do like the Tube with it's gradual adjustable brightness feature though. I'd love it if the TIP2 had that since it has such a wide lumens range.

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              @OoglieBooglie: I was using the original Tini for a while, but gave up because it kept turning on in my pocket. I'm hoping the Tiki with its double click to turn on might solve that, although it's got instant turbo from off… so at least if it does turn on I'll feel it pretty quick.

    • +1 vote

      I bought the SE a few months ago to replace the old tube and it always turns on in my pocket as the buttons press so easily. It's handy cause its so bright though.

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    i got one from ryda for like 17,99 a few months ago

  • +1 vote

    Just bought a Tiki original thanks. Looks fun 😝

  • +2 votes

    Hope I've bought the right one as mine only came out to $18.88 USD shipped inclusive of tax.

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    Looks like nitecore ripped off rovyvon with this design - https://www.rovyvon.com/products/a5x
    Rovyvon have all manner of great variations of it (including enthusiast grade tritium inserts!).

  • +1 vote

    I've ordered one. I don't need it buuut it does have a UV light and my current one is fairly shit. The other one I own is too neon tube based so.. Yeah, new torch for me!

    I used Parcel Locker as my address. I hope that works out okay.

  • +1 vote

    got mine today, both GITD variants. finding they're still glowing faintly even though i've had them off for a few minutes. the UI's really quick to learn and intuitive. charging plug cover is rather fiddly and gets in the way when you want to plug the cable in. also lifts off a bit too easily? minor quibbles though..

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      Mine arrived too. At first I thought I bought the wrong one (TIKI) as I couldn't see a way to turn UV on. But I worked it out after I (or rather my phone and the Google Translate app) translated the back of the packet.

      In the on state, long press the switch button to turn it off. Brightness adjustment, in the on state, each time you short press the switch button, the main light will turn on and the night cure technology will cycle through the sequence of "energy-saving gear, low gear, mid-range-high-brightness and precision". One is to enter the highlight tree: In the closed state, long press the switch button without letting go, the main engine will enter the highlight position, and release it to close. When the auxiliary light is off, press the switch button three times quickly and continuously to turn on the external light. After turning on the UV light, each time you short press the switch button, the auxiliary light will be on according to "White light auxiliary light,Baiping station h Made in China AE-29-09-C3 0907-8335-41805 TIKI PCK SKUE27372-22650399 LE 6299089vod NITECORE TIKI ISS 20040780661120 members are established and packaged by all technology companies (869880UE EL ELE015 23 Made in China www.nitecore.cn to gfdfsd.g11114. 6 952506 405688 (C RENAFIL MAN www.nitecore.cn 2011 11 1) 2013 End-use one-way flight and right of modification. |||||||| 19

      So pressing the button three times fast turns on the UV light, then each press after switches between white, white flash, UV. Long press to turn off.

      I am very impressed and I'm glad the torch make it to me safely. It had no protective wrapping, just the thin parcel plastic.

      The free gift that I had to pay $7 for is okay. I chose the hydro / thermometer which has the same shitty LCD which must be viewed from far above and directly in front or to the left. I have five different versions of these things now. One day I'll fine the perfect meter..