Firenock Challenge #9
By Adam Earley, Oconto WI, AKA 1Adam1
Mar 7, 2010 – 4:23:50 PM
To start this review lets first start out that I’m not getting paid nor on any nock shooting staff of any kind. I bought 3 nocks for this test. A Firenock, Easton Tracer, and Carbon Express Lazereye. I bought the Firenock thru Firenocks website for $19.99 plus $5 for shipping. The other 2 I bought at a local archery shop. The Tracer was 10.99 and the Lazereye was 9.99. Most of this testing was with a Martin Firecat with Gold Tip arrows with Blazer vanes. I am also using a Trophy Ridge Drop Zone rest.
I’m writing this article not to push any product but simply to compare these three nocks. I hope the information helps some of you.
I will deal with the Easton Tracer nock first. I first took it out and put it on a scale. It weighed in at 28 grains. I don’t know what they advertise for weight. Second thing was installation. This became quite bothersome. I couldn’t find a good place to place the magnet. The one good spot was too far away to activate the nock. The supplied Velcro tab was ruined in the packaging. The sticky side covers were off and it wouldn’t stick to anything anymore. On my bow I have a factory installed rubber coating around the riser shelf. I had to cut away some of it to put the magnet on the bolt that secures my rest. However this did cause my arrow to come off my drop rest and the tip would be sticking to the magnet, so I had to draw the bow down, and then redraw. This happened a few times, and maybe it was my fault but I still didn’t like this. This finally worked and would be the final position it sat in.
The first few shots went great. Nock worked like it should. This nock is very bright too. It stayed lit for about 10 seconds then blinks until deactivated. To shut off the light you have to swipe the nock passed the magnet again. This started to get annoying after awhile. So I found the best thing to do is carry a magnet with you and you can shut it off at the target.
I’m not sure what happened next, the nock would not light up for a bunch of shots. Shots 31, 35, 38, 39, 40, 45, 50 did not light up at all. Shot 44 did not light up but when I was pulling it out of the target it did light up. No idea why that happened.
I then tried 2 other bows for the test. My wife’s bow a Diamond Edge set at 35-40#. The Tracer worked perfectly out of her bow to. So I then tried my sons bow. A Mathews mini Genesis set at about 9# it also worked every time. I only put a few arrows thru each, my main intentions were to see if the nocks would work on low poundage bows and it did just fine.
Now for the durability test. I was shooting at my bag target which was sitting on an oak chair. I had a pass-through on accident hitting the bottom edge of the wood back rests. The nock died instantly. I tried to fix it but it was over. This happened around shot #75.
CARBON EXPRESS LAZEREYE
This nock was the lightest in the bunch. It weighed 20 grains. I didn’t expect much of a change in POI with this nock, as it’s only about 6 grains heavier than my other nocks I was using. As I started shooting I found out it did have very little effect to the arrow. So this is good to hear.
Installation was easy. Just slide the nock in, no magnets or anything else. The directions say I needed to use a supplied plastic disc because of my arrows being .002″ bigger in I.D. than recommended. However the nock fit real tight and when I tried to put the plastic disc in it would not fit. This nock fit real tight and I was concerned that something would break because of this. However I was wrong. I did not have a problem with this.
Activation is easy just shoot it and it lights up. To deactivate it, you just need to pull back on the nock about 3/16″ was usually far enough. At first the nock was very tight and it was very hard to pull back, but it got easier the more I shot it. You would definitely have to take off gloves to do this. Which isn’t a big deal I guess, but I’m just saying it.
I also tried the Lazereye with my wife’s bow 40# and kids bow 9# and it still worked. So you could get them for your kids if you want to spend the money.
Now here is where it turns sour. The first shot I took I wasn’t impressed with the brightness. The light output to me is horrible. Not even in the same ballpark as the others I tested. After 60 shots I can barely see the light and this was from 20 yards at early dawn and once I couldn’t see it at all from the same distance and same time. You can not see it during the day. 1 out of the first 6 shots it did not light up. However that was the only time until 90 shots that it didn’t work. Now the nock slips pretty badly when I pull back on it and have to realign my nock/vane orientation after every shot.
As for durability I didn’t learn from my last pass-through and kept shooting. I ended up passing thru the target and hitting a cement wall on my 90th shot. The nock was history. There was no saving it at all. In the garbage it went. However I don’t expect a nock to survive something like that.
I ordered a Firenock thru their website. The price was $19.99 and $5 for shipping. The most expensive in my test. I ordered it on Thursday night and it was in my mail box on Monday morning. That was very fast and impressive.
The Firenock comes with 2 practice nocks that have no light just a metal insert that weighs the same as the light circuit. It’s nice to have those. Both the practice nocks and regular nocks weighed in at 28 grains, the same as the Tracer nock.
Installation involves a lot more work than the other 2. You must connect the battery to the circuit, and the wire is very thin and I was worried about possibly breaking the soldering job. I used a needle nose pliers to hold the bottom of the wire and did not break anything. I think anyone with big hands or have problems holding small things will have a problem doing this. The instructions are clear though. The nock fit in my arrow nice and tight.
Took a few shots right away and was happy with the brightness of the light. It was just as bright as the Tracer. Deactivating is easy; just drop the arrow from about 6″ up on to the nock to a hard surface, wood, metal, even better you can drop it on the front of your boot to shut it off. Although I noticed you must drop the arrow while being perfectly vertical. Dropping it on an angle won’t shut it off.
Durability was fantastic. I had a pass-through and hit the wood chair same thing I hit with the Tracer nock. I did manage to break the nock but the circuit was fine. I used one of the nocks from the practice nock and kept on shooting. Then around shot 90 I had another pass-through and hit the cement wall again. The nock stopped working. I shot it again and while in air it lit up but would shut off when it hit the target. So I took it apart and noticed the battery was connecting to the circuit tight. I took the battery off, tightened the loops on the wire and put the battery back in. I was amazed it worked perfectly again. I shot it about 15 more times and every time worked perfect. So I guess $19.99 doesn’t look to bad now.
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