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Tech Talk: How to Properly Use Lighted Nocks

Tech Talk: How to Properly Use Lighted Nocks

From our point of view here at Bowhunter, few things make shooting an arrow more fun than adding a lighted nock. Using one, however, is not as simple as swapping out your factory nock for a lighted one. To attain maximum performance when using lighted nocks like the Lumenok, it takes quite a bit of fine tuning and precision to get the job done right.

Mike Carney and Tony Peterson, our experts from Bowhunter TV, teamed up in this segment of Tech Talk to show you how to properly use lighted nocks to get the most out of your gear.

Allen Company Shooting Star Lighted Nocks

Allen Company produces the Shooting Star Lighted Arrow Nock, which is available in either red or green. Each Shooting Star is capable of up to eight hours of continuous use and will fit into carbon arrows with a 9„32-inch outer diameter.

Price: Visit AllenCompany.net for details

Burt Coyote Signature Lumenoks

Leading this lighted charge is a company that has undoubtedly accounted for more innovations in the lighted-nock realm than anyone else — Burt Coyote. Their made-in-the-USA Signature Lumenoks are hard to beat in overall brightness and reliability. My first experience with these nocks was a nighttime hog hunt in Texas, and although it was much different than my typical style of hunting, it was also undeniably fun due in large part to the ability to track arrow flight through the dark and see impacts. Signature Lumenoks are available in green, pink and red, and depending on the model, can offer up to 40 hours of illumination. Signatures will pair up nicely with a litany of popular arrow models from all of the major manufacturers; however, if you want to fly your Burt Coyote flag loud and proud, match your Lumenoks up with their very own Lumen-Arrows for top-notch performance.

Price: $23.95 per three-pack

Carbon Express Launchpad Illuminated Precision Nocks

Another great option if you're looking to not only see your arrow flight with every shot, but also shoot with the confidence of dependable nock alignment comes your way via Carbon Express. Their new Launchpad Illuminated Precision Nocks are designed with four-axis consistency and a straightness tolerance of .001 inches, meaning if you square the nock ends of your arrows and use Launchpads, you've successfully eliminated nearly any possible chance of accuracy issues due to inconsistent nock positioning. Of course, Launchpads also offer excellent battery life and brightness.

Price: $30 per three-pack

Easton Tracer RLI Nocks

Easton also has their hand in the lighted nock category, and their high-tech Tracer RLI Nocks are a great choice for anyone looking for 90 hours of battery life and extreme LED illumination. Each lightweight Tracer RLI operates off of a magnetic trigger that automatically lights with every shot, and as an added bonus, features an automatic flash mode for quick recovery after the shot.

Price: $23 per three-pack

Firenock Zero

If you've made the switch to micro-diameter shafts but still want the benefits of lighted nocks, look no further than the new Firenock Zero. Zeros weigh only 22 grains and offer a brightness of 3600 LUX, or to put it in simpler terms, are visible out to 120 yards in daylight. Fresh batteries ensure your Zeros will stay lit for days.

Price: $67 per three-pack

Nockturnal

One of the coolest lighted nocks on the market, due to its bowstring-activated linear switch, is the Nockturnal. Nockturnals are offered in red, green, pink, and blue. All feature over 20 hours of battery life, require zero assembly, and are water and weatherproof. Several models of Nockturnals are available to ensure they've got the arrow market covered.

Price: $28-33 per three-pack

Nufletch Archery Ignitor Lighted Nocks

Newcomer to the lighted nock field is outside-the-box-thinking NuFletch Archery. Their Ignitor Lighted Nocks require no shaft preparation before use, and they use an exclusive insert system to ensure a perfect fit. Ignitors are totally waterproof and are string-activated to guarantee they light every shot.

Price: $25 per three-pack

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