The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Lighted Nock (With Some Of My Top Picks)

Bow hunting is one of the most exciting types of hunting. It requires you to have a lot of patience, skills as well as sharp eyes in order to track and shot the targets precisely. One of the main advantages of bowhunting is that you don’t have to spend a lot on hunting equipment. Once you shot an arrow, you can find where it lands and then collect it to use later on. It is even easier to do so with the help of a lighted nock, a small device with LED light to help you keep eye on your arrow even when it is shot.

In case you are on the search for the best lighted nock that suits your hunting styles and requirement, take a look at this guide below. You will find all of the information on the benefits of using lighted nocks and the features that you need to consider. In the end of the article, I will review some of the best lighted nocks that I have been using so far.

Benefits Of Lighted Nocks

First, let’s consider what the benefits of lighted nocks are and while you should buy it.

If you often go hunting when it is dark outside (at dawn or at dusk for example) you will find lighted nocks a great choice. With lighted nocks, you would be able to follow the trail your arrow much easily.

From the moment the arrows are out from the bow to the moment they land on something, you can easily see them (of course, unless they land on your targets and the targets run off). Even if the arrows land on the animals, you would be able to see the way in which the animal is running towards thanks to the lighted nocks.

Benefits Of Lighted Nocks

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If you shoot some arrows to your target and you fail, they might fall into the brushes. And it will be super hard to track and find them. It will be not the case if you install a lighted nock onto an arrow. With the light, you can easily spot the arrows which fall deep into the brush.

In case you want to shot a video in which you hunt a certain animal, a lighted nock will make it clearer for the viewer to see the way your arrow goes.

Now with the advanced technologies, you would be able to buy lighted nocks with LED lights and batteries with super long life. Hence, you don’t have to worry much if you have a long hunting trip.

Features To Consider

There are quite a few of models and types of lighted nocks that you can find on the market. Hence, you need to consider various features such as the weight and the batteries carefully in order to find the ones which are the most suitable for your needs and preferences.

Batteries Replaceable

Most of the lighted nocks that you can buy on the market are not rechargeable or replaceable. You need to use the nocks until their batteries die out. Then you would go on to buy newly lighted knocks. However, if you want to save money in the long run, you can consider buying nocks with replaceable batteries. Some kinds of batteries are harder to find and more expensive than other types though. Hence, if you care about the overall cost in the long run, you should also consider the availability of the replaceable batteries.

Batteries Replaceable

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Battery Life

You should choose a lighted nock which can last at least 20 hours before it dies.

Color

The point of buying a lighted nock is that you can easily see it in the dark.  Hence, make sure that the color of the lighted nocks that you are going to buy is easy to see. There are 2 main types: the one with white LED covered with a colored plastic and the one with colored LED. The former type of color is dimmer than and not as bright as the latter one. In addition, if you go hunting in the dark and use your night vision equipment, don’t go for a green nock. The best colors for a night hunting session are red or blue

Weight

The weight of the lighted nocks that you install on your arrow will influence the accuracy of your shot a great deal. It is proved that the lighted nocks with the weight located in the center of the arrow will help you to have the best aim. Don’t just simply go for some lightweight nocks. While it is easier for you to hold the bow and shot, it will be less accurate than when you shot with a balanced arrow. The same thing applies to a heavy nock as it will affect your accuracy greatly as well.

Weight

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Legality

Finally, make sure that you would buy the lighted nocks which are accepted by the legal systems of the areas where you intend to go hunting. Different laws and regulations are applied differently by hunting clubs, counties, states and even seasons. Hence, you should always check the legality of the lighted nocks that you are going to buy. Even if you spend a lot of time to search for the high-quality nocks, you wouldn’t be able to use them if you break the law.

Reviews Of Best Lighted Nock

Over the years that I go bow hunting, I have used a lot of lighted nocks. Some are among the best investments that I have made. Some just end up costing me a lot of money instead of helping me to save. To save time for you, I have picked the best lighted nock that I have ever used for your consideration.

1.Nockturnal-GT Lighted Nocks for Arrows

Its Main Features: If you know about the Rage broadheads, you would be familiar with the manufacturer- the Nockural. The company is well known for producing high-quality hunting equipment with an advanced and revolutionary design. And when the company produces a lighted nock product, you know that it also has the top-notch design and quality.

This lighted nock is an LED illuminated nock which is made of plastic. There are 4 options of colors for you to choose from including red, green, pink and blue. The battery of this lighted nock can last for more than 20 hours.

Pros:

  • The plastic is of high strength. Along with the rugged design, this lighted nock is very durable and resistant to the external harmful elements.
  • It is notable that this lighted nock is waterproof. Hence, you can shot an arrow installed with this lighted nock when it is raining.
  • It comes with the engineering which is delicate and advanced enough to ensure you have the best accuracy when you go bow hunting with this lighted nock.
  • There is a wide selection of colors for you to choose from. Not to mention that these colors are very bright to help you see the arrows clearly even in the dark.
  • This nock has a long battery life as it can run for more than 20 hours.
  • Last but not least, the design of this lighted nock is so universal that it can fit in some arrow with large inner diameter (even the unusual one with the diameter of around 0.246 inches)

Cons:

  • In comparison with other lighted nocks on this list as well as other lighted nocks that you can find on the market, this one is quite heavy.
  • And since this lighted nock comes with white LED through colored plastic cover, it is dimmer than other types of colored LED nocks that you will see on this list.

Verdict: This lighted nock will be put into the best use if you use it for rugged hard use and when you go bow hunting in extreme weathers such as when it is raining. It is also your best option that you should consider when you need a lighted nock for large arrows.

2.Lumenok GT Nock (3-Pack), Orange

Its Main Features: Lumenok has just been producing lighted nocks for about 15 years but the company has already gained a big market share thanks to its advanced and unique mechanism to produce high quality lighted nocks. This lighted nock is an LED illuminated nock which is made of plastic. It is available in orange color. It weighs 0.6 ounces each lighted nock. A pack that you buy on the market usefully comes with 3 units of lighted nocks. The battery of this lighted nock can last for more than 40 hours, which is the double the time of the Nocturnal nock above.

Pros:

  • The batteries of this lighted nock are easily replaceable. You can find many batteries which are compatible with this lighted nock on the market, helping you to save a lot of money.
  • Moreover, this lighted nock is active when the arrow is shot out of the bow so that it is very energy efficient.
  • With the mechanism to activate on contact, this lighted nock is supportive when you shot at a long distance. It is also useful when you go hunting at night as your target will not notice the light from your arrow until you shoot the arrow.
  • The light is super bright and vibrant, even in the darkest place.

Cons:

  • The design of this lighted nock is quite complicated. If you are a beginner in bow hunting, you might find it a little bit challenging for you to install the nock.
  • Besides the complicated design, this nock is also the heaviest and bulkiest nock among all of the lighted nocks that you can see on this list.
  • This lighted nock is only available in orange color.

Verdict: This lighted nock is your ideal choice when you are hunting small game such as deer, turkeys and other small birds. This lighted nock is also more suitable for an experienced bow hunter.

3.Carbon Express LAUNCHPAD Crossbolt Lighted Nock

Its Main Features: If you don’t know which brand you should look for when you go shopping for a bow hunter, you should consider the brand- Carbon Express first. They are the most famous brand in term of producing lighted nocks and I am sure that all of the bow hunters know about the company.  Here is one of the best lighted nock produced by this company.

This lighted nock comes with a launchpad and a fully rugged LED. It is available in 4 options of colors for you to choose from including green, pink, red and blue. The battery of this lighted nock can last for more than 50 hours, which is the longest among the lighted nocks on this list.

Pros:

  • The design of this lighted nock is of high precision in term of engineering aspect. It is also very balanced in weight. It is also lightweight enough for you to shoot with a high level of accuracy.
  • Like the Lumenok lighted nock, this lighted nock is lighted when you release the shot, helping you to save energy of the batteries.
  • In case you are looking for a lighted nock with a high level of accuracy, you wouldn’t go wrong with this one. This lighted nock will help you to have a secure draw. It also doesn’t slow or skew your shot at all.
  • Last but not least, this lighted nock works well on a variety of types of arrows.

Cons:

  • The batteries of this lighted nock are not easily replaceable.
  • Last but not least, this lighted nock is not universal. Some of the arrows don’t go compatible with this type of lighted nock.

Verdict: This lighted nock is suitable when you go hunting with a compound bow or a high-speed bow. It is also a great choice for you if the arrows you use for bow hunting have the inner diameter ranging from 0.244 inches to 0.246 inches.

4.Carbon Express LAUNCHPAD Precision Lighted Nock, Lightweight Universally Compatible Design

Its Main Features: Here comes another great product of Carbon Express that I have been using and favored. Lighted nocks for crossbow hunting are hard to find and luckily we have this product with the top-notch design high quality, and reasonable price.

This lighted nock is made of aluminum featuring launch pad design. It comes with an integrated aluminum body and spacer tube which is removable. There are 3 options of colors namely red, green and blue for your consideration.

Pros:

  • This lighted nock has the brightest light that I have ever seen in all of the lighted nocks that I have been using so far.
  • All of the materials which are used to make this lighted nock is of high quality to be very durable and suitable for heavy-duty
  • Like other high quality lighted nocks on this list, this one is triggered on As a result, you would be able to save on the battery life. You are also able to prevent yourself from getting noticed by your target as well.
  • It is well balanced with the weight focusing on the center to help you shot with a high level of accuracy.

Cons:

  • The reusable spacer tube of this lighted nock needs to be removed when you cock the crossbow.
  • It is quite heavy with a lot of complicated parts, adding to the bulkiness of the lighted nock itself.

Verdict: This lighted nock is suitable when you go hunting with a crossbow. Indeed, you would hardly find any other lighted nock for crossbows with the same quality as this lighted nock.

5.Clean-Shot Out Lighted Nock

Its Main Features: The last nock that I want to include in this list of the best lighted nock is the Clean-shot out lighted nock. This lighted nock is an LED illuminated nock which is made of plastic. It is available in 2 options of colors which are green and amber. The battery of this lighted nock can last for more than 24 hours.

Pros:

  • This lighted nock is really bright, helping you to see through the dark easily. It is also highly visible if you put on your night vision equipment.
  • The replaceable batteries of this lighted nock are easy to find on the market.
  • While the size of this lighted nock is somewhat larger than other lighted nocks that I have picked here, it still has a balanced weight. It is certainly not heavy enough to slow down your shot.
  • One of the most significant features of this nock is that you can turn it off permanently. This is a rare feature that you hardly find in other lighted nocks on the market. Thanks to this option, you will have a lighted nock that will last for a super long time.
  • It is easy to install and use, even for the amateurs.

Cons:

  • It is somewhat larger than other nocks.

Verdict: If you are about to go for a hunting trip that would last for several days, this lighted nock will be your best option. In case you haven’t used any lighted nock before, you can consider this one as it is the easiest to use.

Conclusion

All of the nocks that I have picked in this list are extremely bright. They also have a balanced weight and a mechanism to be easily activated. In addition, they all have long battery life. The most significant difference among these lighted nocks is their designs. As a result, some of them would be suitable to use on a crossbow while some will be installed nicely on a compound bow. They are also different in size as well. That is the thing that you need to take into consideration when you choose the one that matches the size of the arrows that you are going to use.

In order to have the best hunting trip, it is important that you prepare all of your hunting equipment carefully. With the proper tools, you would be able to shot down your targets without any difficulty. A lighted nock is indeed an invaluable investment, especially when you go hunting at night. I hope that with all of the tips above, you would be able to find the most suitable lighted nock. With your careful consideration, I am sure that you would be able to make the most informed choice, buying the most suitable lighted nocks for your bow hunting.

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