[Review] Armytek Zippy – A right angled, rechargeable keychain light

Armytek Zippy keeps gaining popularity among flashlight enthusiast all over the world. Why? Read this review by bilakos10 (budgetlightforum) to find out!

The flashlight was sent to me by Armytek for review.
Here’s the product’s link: Armytek Zippy (Green)

Zippy comes in a little cardboard box.

The flashlight is rated for 200Lm LED / 160Lm of OTF output.
All the major of the features are listed in the back side of the box.

The package includes just the keychain light and a detailed user manual.

Zippy comes with an all-plastic construction.

Its up side is translucent, while its back side is colored. Avail.Colors: Green, Yellow, Blue, Grey
Of course, being a keychain light, it comes with a nice metal loop.

Additionally, it also comes with a metal pocket clip pre-installed.
The clip provides nice retention and is mounted solidly.

Here’s a picture with the pocket clip uninstalled.
As can be seen, the back side is also semi translucent.

Zippy is operated by a recessed electronic switch.
Contrary to most keychain lights, Zippy has its emitter placed in a 90 degree angle.

The manufacturer doesn’t mention the LED used, but it does look very similar to the LH351C.
The angled emitter combined with the pocket-clip creates a nice combo: you can mount your flashlight to shirt or jeans in order to illuminate without having to hold the flashlight.

Thanks to its transparent plastic, the whole body gets illuminated once the light is turned on.

A regular micro-USB charging port is placed in the side of Zippy.
It’s sealed via a rubber flap.

Once plugged in, the charging indicator LED shines up (Red: charging, Green: full).
While charging, I measured up to 100mA of input current.

Zippy can be taken apart by simply unscrewing the 4 screws in the corners.

Here’s a closer look at the e-switch and metal loop side.

And here’s the the driver circuitry.

A comparison shot between some other keychain flashlights.
From left to right: Nitecore Tube, Armytek Zippy, YLP Scorpion, Nitecore Tip SS.

For the last part, here’s a simple discharge (regulation) graph I created for High mode.

What we can see in the graph:

  • The output is regulated up to the 18min mark.
  • Of course, the regulation isn’t perfect, but it’s more than good for a keychain light.
  • At the 22min mark , the flashlight steps down to Low.
  • The manufacturer’s runtime specifications are accurate: Armytek suggests 17min of High, which seems to correspond to the regulated part of that mode.

All in all, it’s a very nice little light.
I especially liked the angled placement of the emitter. 🙂

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