NITECORE TIKI and TIKI LE keychain flashlights review

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REVIEW – A flashlight should be part of everyone’s EDC, but if you don’t want or need a full-sized flashlight, the NITECORE TIKI flashlights are tiny while packing a punch of both light and special features. Let’s check them out.

What is it?

The NITECORE TIKI and TIKI LE are keychain lights with a multi-functional auxiliary light in their handle. They are roughly the size of a single AA battery and weigh close to nothing so they won’t weigh down your keychain or your pocket.

What’s in the box?

  • NITECORE TIKI flashlight
  • micro USB charging cable
  • Keychain clasp


Maximum Brightness: 300 lumens
Peak Beam Distance: 77 yards
Peak Beam Intensity: 1260 cd
IP Rating: IP66
Impact Resistance: 1 m
Dimensions: L-2.16″xW-0.57″xH-0.57″
Weight: 0.42oz

Design and features

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Both the TIKI and TIKI LE versions come with a primary 300 lumen light which is the perfect “I dropped something in the parking lot at night where did it go” amount of light.

The TIKI (the translucent flashlight in the image above) has 2 auxiliary lights, a 550mW UV light and a >90 High CRI light. The 3 special functions are: UV on, CRI on, CRI flashing.

The TIKI LE (black flashlight in the image above) has 2 auxiliary lights, a Red LED, and Blue LED. The 3 special functions are: Red on, Blue on, Red/Blue alternating flashing.

Both the TIKI and the TIKI LE have built-in Li-ion batteries that are micro USB rechargeable (micro USB cable included).

Both flashlights have a one power/function button, a micro USB recharging port, and a built-in plastic loop on the end that you can hook the included keychain split ring.

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Pressing and holding the button on the light will shine the light in high mode (300 lumens). If you don’t want to hold down the button the whole time you’re using the light, you can double press the button. It will start out in ultra-low mode which is 1 lumen (40hr), pressing the button again will switch to low mode which is 15 lumens (4hr), another press goes up to mid mode at 60 lumens (1hr), and one more press switches to high mode at 300 lumens (30min). To use the special function, you have to triple press the button and then subsequent presses will cycle through the special modes.

Check out the video below which shows the features.

What I like

  • Small, lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Rechargeable
  • Bright with extra features

What I’d change

  • Nothing

Final thoughts

Once again Nitecore scores with an inexpensive but quality flashlight that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. First of all, I love the fact that these lights are rechargeable so I don’t have to buy batteries for them. And I also like the extra features that can come in handy in a variety of situations. If you have been looking for a quality lightweight keychain flashlight, I can happily recommend the TIKI and TIKI LE from Nitecore.

Price: $19.95
Where to buy: Nitecore Store and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by NITECORE.

2 thoughts on “NITECORE TIKI and TIKI LE keychain flashlights review”

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  2. I know I sound like a commercial, ‘You’d expect to pay more!’ but I was shocked by the sub $20 price. AND my is just ’round the corner too.

  3. Ricky Richardson

    Fenix store has the most amazing lights. They sell portable and quality lights. I also got a 20% off on my first purchase from them.

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