The lightest lighted nocks available on the market are the Archers Flame H-Nock and X-Nock arrow nocks weighing in at 8-10 grains.

Compare those nocks to the next lightest, the Nockturnal G-Nock lighted arrow nocks which weigh 15 grains.

It is important to remember you need to take into account the size of the arrow shaft you will be fitting your nock into. 

In the case of the G-Nocks, they are sized to fit the micro diameter carbon arrow shafts measuring .165 inches in diameter.

The diameter size of the arrow will play a part in determining the weight of the nock. This is simply because a larger arrow shaft diameter requires a larger (and heavier) nock.

Nock Weights Based on Arrow Shaft Diameter

A more realistic way to compare lighted arrow nock weights is to compare them based on the arrow shaft diameter they are made for. 

It makes more sense to compare nocks sized to fit .246” diameter shafts against others designed for that size shaft. We do that comparison further down the page.

Because arrow shafts are made of a range of different sizes, it is necessary to either use nocks designed specifically for those diameters or fit adapters (which will increase the weight further).

Weight Comparison of Leading Lighted Nocks

The listing provided below gives you a clear indication of the amount of weight you will be adding by putting a lighted nock on your arrow. It may surprise you to see just how light a lighted nock actually is.

The modern day carbon hunting arrows have quite a small diameter with the most common ones being:

Size / Inner Diameter

Glory Nock

X

.204" / 5mm

10 gr

25 gr

24 gr

22 gr

H

.232" / 6mm

10 gr

25 gr

24 gr

22 gr

S

.244" / 6.5 mm

n.a.

25 gr

26 gr

22 gr

GT

.246"

21 gr

25 gr

26 gr

22 gr

For further comparison purposes, the Wasp Vesta lighted nocks fit the .246” arrow shafts and they weigh in at 28 grains. 

The Nock Out Contender lighted nocks are also available for all the standard arrow diameter sizes of X, H, S and GT and weigh in at around 21-25 grains.

The NuFletch Ignitor nocks are available for each of the listed sizes (as well as in the “G” size) but, unfortunately, we were unable to find a quoted weight.

A Little More About the Archers Flame Illuminated Nocks

The Archers Flame range consists of 4 different types/sizes of nocks. They are the X-Nocks, H-Nocks, Super Nocks and Crossbow Nocks.

The H nocks fit the Easton ST Epic and ST Excel shafts. They weigh a maximum of 10 grains and the company calls them the “fastest lighted nock on the planet”. 

The X nocks fit the 5mm diameter shafts such as the Easton Axis, Full Metal Jacket, Beman MFX types of arrows. These nocks also weigh up to 10 grains.

The Super Nocks are larger and weigh more at up to 21 grains. They fit Gold Tip, Carbon Express, Beman ICS, Beman Matrix, Easton Evolution types of arrows and up to 98% of carbon arrows using the Uni-Nock system. All of these nocks are considered vertical bow nocks and sell for $25.00 a pack.

The Crossbow Nocks weigh up to 20 grains and will fit any crossbow bolt. They are a little more expensive at $30.00 a pack.

Does the Weight Of an Arrow Nock Matter?

Traditional, non-illuminated nocks are considerably lighter in weight than their lighted counterparts. 

The question is whether the heavier weight is a good thing, a bad thing or makes no difference at all.

As with all pieces of bow hunting, equipment weight is an important consideration to factor into your buying decision.

When adding weight to an arrow, some people are careful to add weight to the front of center while others are keen to provide a little more to the rear.

People intending to use lighted nocks may be a little concerned they may be adding unnecessary weight to the back of the arrow. They are concerned they will be throwing the overall balance off.

The Difference In Weight Between Lighted Nocks and Non-Lighted Nocks

The difference in weight between standard nocks and lighted ones works out to be anywhere between 8 and 15 grains.

For the vast majority of hunters, this weight difference is negligible - around 1 per cent which will marginally alter your FOC.

This weight difference is offset by the benefits the lighted nock will bring to your arrow.

Firstly, the obvious, traditional arrow nocks aren’t lit up so they’re not as easy to see.

The whole point of lighted arrow nocks is that they enable the hunter to i) see the trajectory of their arrow in flight, and ii) find their arrow should it miss the target.

Be that as it may, because standard nocks are not weighed down by the battery and hardware required to provide illumination, they are significantly lighter.

Just how much lighter? As an example we can see that the Bohning nocks have a weight of around 8-10 grains. For the majority of lighted nock manufacturers, this makes them around one-third the weight.

Are Lighted Nocks Worth the Weight?

In short, yes lighted nocks are most definitely worth the extra weight. Particularly if you find they either help improve your shooting consistency or to track and find your arrows.

There are negative aspects connected to lighted arrow nocks, of course, apart from the added weight.

These types of nocks contain replaceable batteries and while the battery life for most runs to around 40 - 50 hours, they can potentially run out of power at the most inopportune times.

If you haven’t equipped yourself with spares you could be left with heavy nocks that don’t light up.

They also add an extra potential point of failure with your equipment. Every piece of equipment built with “newfangled” technology introduces another area where inadvertent knocks could completely destroy it. And that could be the case with your lighted nocks.

Finally, of course, there is the added expense. Lighted nocks cost significantly more than the standard counterparts. 

Conclusion

Not surprisingly, the lightest lighted nocks are the nocks made to fit the smallest diameter arrow shafts.

Nockturnal has produced the G Nocks boasting minimal weight.

However, when you compare the nocks designed to fit larger diameter arrow shafts, it’s the Glory Nock range that just manages to pip their rivals.

It is very important to point out, though, the differences are extremely minor. We’re talking a grain or two difference between each.

Once they have been properly adhered to the arrow they will begin to play their important role in tracking your arrow's every movement.


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