Nockturnal Lighted Nocks Review

Last Updated: September 10, 2013By

The beginning of bow season is a good time to share my Nockturnal Lighted Nocks Review.  I started shooting lighted nocks about 3 years ago when I started filming my own hunts. All I can say is I wish I started shooting lighted nocks earlier. Tracking the arrow is so much easier. Having to second guess the shot is never a problem.

The first pack of lighted nocks I grabbed was Luminok. Everybody has heard the name so I felt good about the purchase. I tinkered with the nock trying to get it to work consistently. and then there was the problem of keeping it from randomly coming on… But anyway, let\’s leave that for the Luminok review.

NockTurnal Lighted Nocks Recommendation

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My buddy Jesse at the local archery shop suggested I try Nockturnal lighted nocks. I didn\’t realize it until doing research for this review but Nockturnal is a Rage company. Rage is not my favorite broadhead but that has no bearing on this lighted nock review.

NockTurnal Lighted Nock Switch Works

The most noticable feature of the Nockturnal is the patent pending string activation button. This button is located in the neck of the nock. It is the switch that turns on the LED light. The switch is triggered when the bow string is released and the pressure of the shot activates the switch.

This Nockturnal Lighted Nocks Review Video shows the brightness of the LED and also shows how the on off switch works.  I used a paper clip to turn off the nock but any small pointed object will work.

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The cool thing about the switch is being able to turn the light off. I have no problem using the tip of small knife blad or even the tip of a broadhead to deactivate the Nockturnal. The switch also does a good of not accidentally triggering.

Nockturnal Lighted Nocks Are Bright

The switch immediately turns on a super bright LED. I believe the Nockturnal LED is not quite as bright as the Luminok but it is still very bright. I found it to be brighter than other nocks currently available.


Nockturnal Lighted Nocks Weight and Size

Sizing is also consitant and was perfect for my Carbon Express arrows(Nockturnal S size). The nocks are snug with no slipping or spinnig. No modifications were required with the arrow or the nock.

The Nockturnal weighs right at 20 grains.  My setup required no sight adjustments and continued to shot exactly like my standard nocks.

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As I mentioned in the lighted nocks article, I have killed 4 deer with one lighted nock and it is still in the quiver. I am not sure if the lithium battery can be replaced but who cares when it last over 20 hours.

Reliability has been no problem what so ever. Hunting is snow and rain has not kept the Nockturnl lighted nock from performing its duty.  They come in several colors like green and blue but I prefer the brightness and visibility of traditional red.

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  1. Scott comment October 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I bought the correct size nocs for my arrow which is a carbon express and the nocs fit very loose!! Any suggestions?

    • Jeff November 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I would use a very small amount of light glue. nothing like superglue. Just enough glue to hold it in place.

      Or maybe one single wrap of scotch tape around the nock. This might help hold it in place

  2. Dennis August 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I just purchased some Nockturnal nocks for use with my Gold-Tip arrows at 65# draw weight. Two out of two tested lit perfectly when shot, but I could not turn the light off, even when trying a knife point, needle, rigid wire (muzzleloader plug cleaner) or sharp nail. The ‘linear switch’ in the nock did not work.

    After 5 minutes of aggressively trying each of these, I got one to turn off. After laying it on a counter, it spontaneously turned on!

    I searched several websites and forums…seems that this is a very common problem with Nockturnals. Apparently the manufacturer is difficult to deal with when such problems are presented to them.

    I have been bowhunting for 40+ years and I’ve never had such a problem with nocks…wouldn’t buy them again, and i don’t trust them…I am looking for other brands of better quality.

    • Jeff September 1, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

      I can tell from your comments that you are frustrated. If you watched my video above you can see how easily the Nockturnal was turned off with a paper clip. I have owned many packages of this product and never had an issue with any of them and that is reflected in my review. It sounds like you didn’t like the switch and decided to spend more time leaving your opinion on the internet rather than trying to learn how to use the product.

      • Ken October 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        I Purchased them also. I hated them light came on as soon as i knocked my arrow to the string and would not shut off. i tried to used a knife tip, bobby pin, screw, another arrow, and finally had to get a small bladed screwdriver out of the toolbox to get it to shut off after the evening hunt, and then it still didn’t go off completely kept clicking back on.had to sit in my stand with my knock lit up the whole time I was in the tree. they are garbage don’t need to carry yet another tool into the tree stand to turn off a lighted knock. returned them will never buy again.

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