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    Lightweight helmet mounted light/battery recommendations

    Anybody have any recommendations for a helmet-mounted night light? I currently have the MagicShine 900 lumens, which is fine. But the battery is a bit too heavy for me to mount to my helmet, so looking for something lighter. I have terrible night vision, so also looking for something bright. I'll be running another MagicShine on the handlebars.

    Ideally, I'll mostly be riding on user-built trails in the Sedona area.
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    For user-built trails in Sedona, I would definitely go with a Baja Strykr SL - Strykr SL System. But, you would want to put the battery in your Camelbak or jersey pocket.
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    Send RandyH a note...he knows a ton about light options....
    I run a gemini xera, super small and lightweight lighthead. You can get a helmet mounted battery, but the great thing about them is that they are compatible w all your magicshine batts...
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    Psssssssssssssst.............

    Here is another option -

    Standard unit (single mode) weighs 160 grams total weight for light head and battery, ~600 lumens with a 3.5hr run time. Got some others with dimming options and more max lumens.





    Been building lights for over 4 years now. Got lights all over the world being used by commuters, mtn bikers, and endurance racers.

    These are some of the reasons some people purchase my lights -
    1. - Size
    2. - Weight
    3. - Non proprietary batteries
    4. - Customer service
    5. - Made by someone who uses his lights on an almost daily basis and knows the importance of reliability and has the same passion for biking.

    Shoot me an email if you would like some more information. Check out my blog link in my signature for some ride pics and videos.


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    Are you in Colorado? If so, I think I have a buddy who bought one of your lights for the 24 Hrs in OP two years ago.
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    Yep, that would be me.



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    Ask him how he likes it


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    I personally love my Light & Motion Stella 150 N. I swear it's brighter than some 450 lumen lights that I have used like the Cygolite. Also not heavy.

    I've only used mine on user built trails in Goodyear, but I'm sure its capabilities will transfer over.

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    NiteRider MiNewt. Basically a turbocharged flashlight
    Edit: Oops! They've changed the name for this year. It's now called the Lumina. same light, bit more power than mine (I have the 600).
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    I thought the magic shine came with enough cord to stash the battery in your pack . No

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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    Ask him how he likes it


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    He said he loved it. If I remember, we had a lot of weather that year, including rain. And it held up fine. I'm going to drop you a note offline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    NiteRider MiNewt. Basically a turbocharged flashlight
    Edit: Oops! They've changed the name for this year. It's now called the Lumina. same light, bit more power than mine (I have the 600).
    Niterider Technical Lighting Systems Lumina 650 2013
    I actually have this, and may take out on Wednesday. I just have terrible night vision, and if I call from the last time I took it out on the dirt, it was not bright enough for me. But what I'm looking for is something I can strap the battery to my helmet, as I don't typically wear a camelback, and hate the cords that hang from putting the battery in my rear pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I thought the magic shine came with enough cord to stash the battery in your pack . No
    See above. I'm looking for something I can also strap the battery on my helmet. My MS has started to act up--turning off depending on how I move my head. I picked up a new 880 (2000 lumens) for the handlebar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Send RandyH a note...he knows a ton about light options....
    I run a gemini xera, super small and lightweight lighthead. You can get a helmet mounted battery, but the great thing about them is that they are compatible w all your magicshine batts...
    Jeff, +1 for the Gemini Xera. I got one before OP, and love it. Very bright, and I mount the smaller battery on the back of my helmet...very light setup. Get about 3.5 hours out of the small batt. Let me know if you want to try it out...


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    I use a DiNotte 400L (600 lumens) with battery on the helmet. I run this one step higher than my 1200L+ on the handle bar and it works great. (helmet on Med, Bar on Low).

    If you want more light on your helmet and don't mind putting the battery in your pack, look at the XML3. That will put 1200 + lumens on your head. I have a friend who runs 2 XML3's. He runs the both on high for the entire ride, I always know where he is with that much light.

    One other question... Are you wearing glasses at night? I can ride with out corrective lenses in the day, but at night I need them.

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    I thought the magic shine came with enough cord to stash the battery in your pack . No
    I think it does if you buy the helemt mount. I have two miagicshines, and a helmet mount. One has a detatchable exension cord that is plenty long enough to stash a battery in a waist pocket of my camelbak.

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    minewt cordless.
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    MiNewt Cordless, cause it's so nice not having cords that can get caught in the branches. Light and bright. I've got the 600, but I run it at medium on most trails.
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    Casual; I run the MiNewt (Lumina) as my helmet light and the Trail 1500 on my bars. That gives me a nice flood as well as a spot (the MiNewt has a more focused beam than the 1500). I'm assuming the new Lumina has the same beam pattern. It is kinda lacking as a stand alone light unless you're riding in a place that has very low ambient light (away from the City, low moonlight, etc). I've used it for commuting and had trouble seeing with all the streetlight glare. Kinda seems counterintuitive but having more light around doesn't always help if you have to cut thru it to see what you need to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    See above. I'm looking for something I can also strap the battery on my helmet.
    Like this?







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    This looks cool:

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