The Lupine Neo separates the battery from the bulb for great mounting options
Lupine’s Neo 2 is the only light on test that separates out the light unit from the battery. The advantage being that you can get the light really low on your helmet. And while it’s the heaviest light here, its proximity to the helmet means it still feels stable.
The strap holding the battery could be better though — it only runs in one direction, meaning the battery’s alignment is determined by the venting on your helmet, which can be awkward.
There are five programmable modes and six additional options, like Battery High mode that gives you a flat battery warning earlier than normal. We set the Neo to toggle between maximum (710 lumens) and minimum power (33 lumens) only, and set the battery low, on power-saver mode, to come on later.
The light has a focused spot with a good spread around the edges but it’s not as powerful as the less expensive Volt and Joystick. That said, the build quality is excellent, as is the support — Lupine offers a battery trade-in, with 20 per cent off, and you can upgrade the light’s LED board if something new and more powerful comes along.
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