Firenock Challenge #10
By Ernie Swanson of Siren WI
Apr 19, 2010 – 5:10:53 PM
This is my review of three types of lighted nocks.
- Burt Coyote Lumenok SLG
- Firenock Style G series S nock
- Easton Tracer S nock
The Lumenok and the Tracer were both $8.99 and the Firenock was $18.99. The prices were all for 1 single nock of each brand.
In the package:
The Easton Tracer came with a magnet and a matched weight practice nock and the Firenock came with a matched weight practice nock and the Lumenok came with nothing but the lighted nock.
The Lumenok is a simple looking design with the circuit glued into the nock and two plastic sleeves that hold the replaceable battery in place while inside the arrow.
The Firenock looks a bit more complicated ass the circuit and battery are all in the open and there is a o-ring that goes on the battery to hold it strait in the arrow shaft. And the Tracer looks reasonably simple with the circuit also glued into the knock and the battery has a type of shrink wrap on it.
The Lumenok has a battery life of up to 40 hours and does offer battery replacement.
The Easton Tracer has a battery life of up to 90 hours and does not offer battery replacement
The Firenock has a battery life of up to 24 hours continuous burn time and no less than 48 hours with 1 hour burn increments. Firenock also offers battery replacement.
Triggering the LED light:
The Firenock turns on by g forces made form arrow flight. To turn off just drop onto something hard directly on the back of the nock.
The Lumenok turns on by going tight against the arrow shaft during release of the arrow from string. To turn off just pull and twist just a bit until light is off.
The Tracer turns on by passing by a magnet the you Velcro to the bow close to where the arrow fly’s by. To turn off just pass the nock by the magnet again.
The Lumenok and Firenock stay on continuous until shut off and the Tracer is continuous on for 10 seconds then blinks until turned off.
Installing the nocks and making sure they turn on and off:
The Lumenok went in to the arrow a little tight. After I got it all the way in I pushed the nock down on the table and it turned on. I gave it a slight pull and twist and it shut right off. So now that I know it works I turned the nock so it matched my nock placement on my arrow shaft.
The Firenock slid in fairly easy about the same as any nock. I dropped the arrow nock down on the table to turn it on, and did the same to turn it off. Now that I know it works I turned it to match my placement.
The Tracer slid in the same as any nock. To turn it on you need to hold it by the magnet supplied with the nock and wait for it to blink. The pass it by the magnet to turn on and then again to turn off. As with the others I turned it to match the placement.
I shot each nock 120 time to get a good review out of each nock. I used Carbon Express Terminator lite hunter arrows with 100 grain field points. After every shot each nock was turned off so I could exercise their on/off switches.
The total weight of each arrow was as follows:
- Lumenok – 439.8 grains
- Firenock – 436.1 grains
- Tracer – 436.1 grains
Taking the first shots I was pretty excited to get to finally try a few different styles of lighted nocks.
After I shot each arrow into a target 20 yards away in a indoor bow range, standing there I noticed that the Lumenok was pretty dim compared to the others. With the Firenock being the brightest of them all.
I shot a few more times for 20 yard inside and then I went outside to shoot 30,40, 50, and 60 yards.
Outside there was an overcast so I could see the arrow flight, the Firenock was the easiest to watch as it was the brightest of the three.
Accuracy was within a half inch between the three. I thought that was nice that they did not veer off to bad.
Outside it was a little tougher to find something hard enough to drop the Firenock down on to turn it off.
I did hit it against by riser and it shut off but you need to hit it perfect. I also dropped it on a stump and it turned off.
The Tracer was the easiest to turn off, just pass it by the magnet Velcro under my rest.
The Lumenok did get a little annoying to sit and pull and twist to turn off.
After about 10 shots my fingers got soar from pulling the Lumenok to turn it off and I also notice that I was turning the nock a little every time so when I would get ready to draw I had to turn the arrow to be in the right alignment.
Shot 22 I noticed the Velcro that holds the magnet to the bow was letting the magnet slide on it and had to pull it back and push it down to set it in place again. This was caused by the vibration and shock from the shots.
Up to shot 44 went good then I took a shot and noticed the magnet for the Tracer jumped right off my bow.
That’s not good, I found the small magnet and put it back into place. Shot 53 went good until I tried to turn off the Tracer. I passed it by the magnet about 10 times and it still would not turn off. I pulled the magnet off the bow and passed it by the nock a few more times, and it still did not shut off.
I shot them all a few more times and The Tracer still would not turn off.
Shots 62 and 78 the Lumenok did not turn on I am not sure if I had them pulled out to far and they did not contact good enough on release or if it was a fault in the nock. I still have had no problems with the Firenock.
Shot 103 I decided to shoot a foam target That I knew I could get pass thoughs, The Lumenok was shut off when I went to look for it, The Firenock and Tracer were lit up but the Tracer still has not shut off since shot 53.
Shot 120 – all knocks were still working except for the Tracer not shutting off.
Firenock – The Firenock worked for me just fine after shooting it 120 times. The only issue I had with it was sometimes it was hard to shut off but then again it is designed to stay on unless dropped directly on the end of the nock.
The Firenock was nice and bright and also allows users to change battery and other nocks. The circuit comes out of the nock so the user can change color of the nock or if one gets broke. I was very happy with how user friendly the Firenock is and how well it shot. Yes the Firenock is ten dollars more than the others but I think its well worth the money As it was the best performing. One down fall to the Firenock is that you might want to buy a Extreme shock battery end cap just to make sure you don’t loose a battery or break the circuit, this Item is also recommended for bows shooting over 300 feet per second. I rate the Firenock a 9 out of 10
Burt Coyote Lumenok – The Lumenok shot good and lit up all 120 time except for 2 and also shut off on a foam target pass though. This is a decent nock for the price and it does allow the user to change batteries.
But if you break the nock you will need to buy a whole new unit as the circuit is glued into the nock. Another down fall to my Lumenok was it was not very bright compared to the other nock I shot.
I rate the Lumenok 6 out of a 10
Easton Tracer – The Tracer performed good until the 53 shot when it would not shut off. It did shoot good and was bright but I did get annoyed by the fact that you need that magnet. If you are going to shoot the Tracer I would recommend gluing the magnet to the bow and not using the Velcro. I also was not impressed with the blinking I like the nocks to stay lit and not blink. One other down fall of the tracer is that you can not replace the battery. The Tracer was the easiest to turn off but as for it breaking at shot 53 I rate the Tracer at 4 of 10.
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Burt Coyote Lumenok
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