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    New question here. Helmet mounted light w battery pack?

    Where do you put your external battery? I currently have mine mounted on the back of my helmet. I have the gemini duo and it's pretty light but I'm wondering if anybody stores theirs in their hydration backpack? I'm looking at getting an Osprey Raptor 10. The extension cable should give me enough length.

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    I tried the battery in the pack deal for the first couple times I used a LED helmet light. It was a carryover from the days of big heavy batteries that could not be carried anywhere else. It was a pain when stopping for something that you take your pack off for. Now I just put it in a jersey pocket or jacket pocket.

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    I put mine in my hydration pack. I thread the cord through a bottom vent hole in my helmet (where it won't touch my head) and down into my pack. I rarely take off my pack, so that part doesn't bother me, and I don't really notice the cord while riding. With my light positioned in the right spot, I don't notice the weight of my light either. My light is an XML Magiclone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yooper1019 View Post
    Where do you put your external battery? I currently have mine mounted on the back of my helmet. I have the gemini duo and it's pretty light but I'm wondering if anybody stores theirs in their hydration backpack? I'm looking at getting an Osprey Raptor 10. The extension cable should give me enough length.
    I used to run my light with a battery pack in the Camelbak. I found I really didn't like my head being tethered to my pack. I ended up getting a NiteRider Lumina 650 and just clipping it to the lid. No cable, easy peasy. Back when I ran a Magicshine, I built a 2 cell battery pack and strapped it to the back of my lid, and kept the light on the front to keep it balanced. Now, my Lumina is strapped to the rear end of my skid lid, or it will want to pull my lid forward, putting added strain on my neck. I'm not sure why more lights are designed this way.

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    I ended up getting a NiteRider Lumina 650 and just clipping it to the lid. No cable, easy peasy. Back when I ran a Magicshine, I built a 2 cell battery pack and strapped it to the back of my lid, and kept the light on the front to keep it balanced. Now, my Lumina is strapped to the rear end of my skid lid, or it will want to pull my lid forward, putting added strain on my neck. I'm not sure why more lights are designed this way.
    I prefer my light mounted low on the helmet to avoid getting it hit/caught on branches etc. This forces it to be mounted toward the front of the helmet. That also requires a separate battery so it does not weigh too much or be too big. A high mounted, all in one light, would be fine on trails that are more open or for commuting.

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