Monday, 27 February 2017

Burt Coyote - Lumenok - Lighted Nocks.

So you are out hunting your favourite game in the middle of the night and you want to track where it has gone.

ALTERNATIVELY... you just want to make your arrow light up in the dark because you think it looks cool. Kind of a cross between a tracer bullet and a laser gun.

So what are they?

Basically it's a really small battery and bulb that someone has managed to fit into a nock.
It's light and small, feels not much heavier than a normal nock, and comes out of the arrow the same length as a regular nock.

Burt Lumenok lighted Nock Review
G-Nock - Jazz Nock and Burt Lumenok

How does it work?


You place the nock inside the back of the arrow so the two contacts are millimetres away from the arrow, but not quite touching. They give you a bit of card to make sure it fits in there really tightly. The idea is that when you release the string, the power of the string pushes the nock into position, so the nock connections touch and it lights up all the way to the target. It says on the website you need a 20lb to 40lb bow to make it work. So that's what I have been testing on; some nice 40lb Hoyt limbs.
They are supposedly rechargeable, but I have no idea how this works. looks awkward though.

Will it work with my arrows?

Probably not! You are going to need the right arrows. The nock works by small wires on the end of it touching the arrow and make a connection to complete the circuit and light up the bulb in the nock. Don't be expecting a carbon, fibreglass or wooden arrow to work!
When I bought mine, I forgot to check which size I was buying, so had no idea if I had an arrow to fit the nocks in! Fortunately, size a .245 pack of 3 nocks turned up, and I had some old Easton Jazz aluminium arrows lying around to butcher for this.

Burt Lumenok lighted Nock Review
Easton Jazz Arrows

It's very fiddly getting them in with a bit of card to make sure they are really snug, but you only have to do this once.

How do they fire?

Now if you read the reviews on the internet about this, you will read how they always work, and 999/1000 arrows will light up perfectly and you will never have a problem.
I assume these reviewers haven't actually tried them!
no they don't work all the time. having shot about 200 Burt Lumenok arrows over the course of a few weeks I think the success rate has improved to about 50%. The Nocks will usually light up during the flight, but upon hitting the target seem to only stay lit about half the time.

Did I do it wrong?

Yes, the first time I did. I tried pinching the arrow end in with pliers to get a better grip on the nock. That didn't work so well, it means the nock comes out better than it goes in, which is the wrong way around.
Don't do this!
I did also try the suggested card to lighten the nock, this also didn't work. The card breaks apart as you are fitting the nock in. And is not tight enough when in there.
My third technique was to use some rough plastic pieces. this worked the best.
I would however suggest contacting the company to find out which arrows they have tested on. Easton Jazz arrows are a bit loose on them. It's not a great combination, however it's the only .245 arrows I have.

A nice image of some lumenoks on target here: The Infinite Curve

Verdict

These Burt Lumenok Lighted Nocks retail for around £10 a nock. Now that isn't cheap.
They don't work especially well, they are fiddly and awkward, and though they have extensive tested them over hundreds of shots, I have no idea how long the batteries will last before I attempt to recharge/replace.

So would I recommend them? Yes I would, but only for the novelty factor. Shooting at night with them is awesome fun. Pointing a laser pen at your sight centre for an aiming point and firing them into a boss is extremely fun and well worth it.
I'm unsure how your fellow archers would take them on the shooting line though. I haven't tried this yet!