In this age of smartphones with built-in flashlights, small keychain flashlights aren’t exactly a popular choice. However, if you want to pack some extra lumen power for emergencies, the Nitecore TINI 2 has just the right features.
Despite coming in a small package, the Tini 2 delivers a respectable 500 lumens in Turbo mode. Compare that with the 40-50 lumens output that an average smartphone delivers.
So, is the Tini 2 flashlight the perfect EDC flashlight?
Read on to find out.
Summary of Contents
- 1 Nitecore Tini 2 Rechargeable Keychain Flashlight – What’s Included?
- 2 Specifications
- 3 Dimensions and Weight
- 4 Battery
- 5 Features
- 6 Lighting Modes
- 7 Nitecore Tini 2 Lockout Modes
- 8 FAQS
- 9 Final Thoughts
Nitecore Tini 2 Rechargeable Keychain Flashlight – What’s Included?
The Tini 2 comes in a slim package with the standard black-yellow colors that we expect from Nitecore. The key features of the light are clearly listed on the back of the cardboard box.
Packed in the box are the following items.
- Nitecore TINI 2
- 3.7V 280mAh rechargeable battery
- Key Clasp
- Manual and paperwork
Despite the small size, Nitecore has managed to include an OLED display in the light. Other than that, there are two LEDs, dual electronic switches, and a USB-C charging port.
While it looks small, you need to hold it in your hands to understand that the tough metal frame is no toy. As a keychain flashlight, the Tini 2 looks great and the metal screws around the frame give it a professional feel.
The dual electronic side switches act as the Power and the Mode buttons. The power button is for activation and the mode button allows you to cycle through the various modes. To access Turbo mode directly, long-press the Mode button.
Here is a look at the specifications of the Tini 2
- LED– 2x OSRAM P8
- Maximum Brightness- 500 lumens
- Peak Beam Distance– 97 yards
- Peak Beam Intensity– 2000 cd
- Battery– Built-in 3.7V 280mAh Li-ion battery
- Dimensions– L-1.83″xW-0.98″xH-0.49″
- Weight– 0.66oz
- IP Rating– IP54
- Impact Resistance– 1 m
- Color options– Black, Gray, Titanium, and Stainless Steel
- Warranty– 24 months
In terms of specs, the Tini 2 is a significant upgrade from the original Nitecore Tini that delivered a top output of 380 lumens.
For more brightness, you can check out the Nitecore Tip SE, which is slightly larger but offers 700 lumens. In case you need something more durable, the Tini 2 SS with a stainless-steel body and a titanium coating is a better option.
Dimensions and Weight
When it comes to size and weight, the Tini 2 is perfect for 24/7 carry. It is even smaller than car keys and will fit into any pocket.
Now, you may prefer a cylindrical keychain flashlight rather than the rectangular design of the Tini 2. But let me assure you that the overall ergonomics in the Tini 2 are excellent. And I have always found rectangular designs are easier to fit in small pockets.
The downside is, due to the small form factor, switching between an overhand and underhand grip isn’t easy. Neither can you use it like a headlamp. That’s one reason why some users may not prefer it as a standard EDC flashlight.
In terms of sizing, Nitecore has done a stellar job. Other keychain flashlights like the Nite Core Tiki, Streamlight Pocket Mate, or the Olight iXV EOS are longer and deliver fewer lumens.
The Tini 2 is powered by a 280mAh lithium-ion battery and the battery life exceeds that of the original Tini. The charging is through the USB type C charging port with a rubber cover for waterproofing. However, Nitecore hasn’t included a charging cable.
The total charging time is 1 hour and 45 minutes. But unless the battery is fully drained, the Tini 2 will get charged in much less time. There are charging indicators to indicate ongoing charging. Also, you can use the flashlight while it is connected to the charger.
We feel the overall battery life is good. But if you are heading for a multi-day outdoor trip with the Tini 2, carry a power bank.
Don’t get deceived by its scaled-down size. The small frame of the Tini 2 packs plenty of features and modes that you will need some time to get used to.
To start with, the body is made from aluminum alloy with a hard anodized finish. With an IP54 rating and 1-meter drop resistance, the Tini 2 is sufficiently durable. While the surface is not too smooth, I would have preferred some knurling or a few grooves for a better grip.
It has two user modes, Demo and Daily. The Demo is the default mode and conserves battery by automatically shutting down the light after 30 seconds. Once you switch to daily mode, the time limits are removed.
However, doing that requires simultaneously pressing the dual switches. It took me a few tries to get that move right.
If you change the brightness setting, it resets back to Demo Mode. Not my favorite aspect of the interface, but Nitecore has prioritized battery conservation.
The OLED display is a great addition. It provides real-time information about the current brightness level, mode, battery voltage, lumen, and runtime remaining. Even though the display is small, it offers good clarity, and reading it in the darkness is not an issue.
Considering the mini battery inside the light, the Tini 2 delivers exceptional performance. The modes are versatile enough to be used in a wide variety of scenarios.
Turbo Mode – 500 lumens for 15 minutes
High mode– 200 lumens for 45 minutes
Mid Mode– 65 lumens for 2.5 hours
Low mode– 15 lumens for 8 hours
Ultralow– 1 lumen for 60 hours
As expected, the Turbo mode makes the battery level drop quickly. The inclusion of the ultra-low mode is a big plus.
The dual OSRAM LEDs deliver a beam with a bright, circular hotspot and a fair amount of spill. The hotspot is cool white and while the beam has a tinge, it isn’t noticeable as such. Also, these are not high-CRI LEDs, so the color rendering isn’t very accurate.
Keep in mind, the LED is suited for up-close use only. The Tini 2 is most effective within a maximum range of 25-30 meters.
Nitecore Tini 2 Lockout Modes
To prevent the light from turning on while being carried in a bag or a pocket, there are two electronic lockout functions.
The Lockout Mode one is activated by holding the power button while the light is on until a lock sign with one is displayed. In this mode, the power button is non-functional. You can only access Turbo mode by pressing the Mode button.
To use Lockout Mode two, keep pressing the power button until a lock with two is displayed on the screen. In this full lockout mode, none of the buttons will work. A good option while storing the light for the long term.
How to Unlock Nitecore Tini 2 Flashlight?
To exit either of the two Lockout modes, do a quick short-press followed by a long press of the Power button. The display will show an unlock icon and then a progress bar to indicate the unlocking process. Once the process is complete the light will enter the last memorized level.
Using the lockout modes will need a learning process. So, go through some online videos or keep the instruction manual around.
- A programmable interface
- Convenient USB-C charging
- Wide range of brightness levels
- APC technology to prevent battery drain while storage
- Lacks a Strobe and red light mode
- Not best for users with large hands
How long does the battery last in the Nitecore Tini 2?
The time the battery will last depends on the brightness level that is being used.
What is the smallest Nitecore torch?
The TINI 2 is the smallest LED flashlight from Nitecore among its range of keychain lights for everyday carry.
How can I tell when my Nitecore Tini 2 is fully charged?
Once the battery is fully charged the blue indicator lights on the dual buttons will stop blinking.
Can you overcharge a rechargeable flashlight?
Both yes and no. Most of the top brands like Fenix, Nitecore, and Olight equip their flashlights with a protection circuit that prevents overcharging damage. The Tini 2 has it too. However, constantly charging a rechargeable battery can reduce its life. Also, in case the protection circuit fails, the battery might get damaged.
If you are looking for a super bright keychain flashlight, we wholeheartedly recommend the Nitecore Tini 2.
The Nitecore Tini 2 is not a substitute for the best tactical flashlights and it isn’t exactly cheap. But the advanced features, great functionality, and the peak output of 500 lumens make it stand out from the competition.
And as an EDC light that can be attached to a key ring, it offers a solid return on your investment.