It would be cool if there was a bottle cage that can hold a battery pack. I am not to happy about just strapping the battery pack on the frame.
It seems there is not a lot of demand as it is very rarely discussed (on MTBR anyway). That being said, if there were enough interest I'd try to come up with something. That was how I got into building and selling adapters for lights to fit on the GoPro mounting system. Helps keep this old retired guy in beer money!Thanks. Surprised no one has designed a clean sleek solution for this.
I'm sure that it would not be hard to do up a bottle mount battery pack bracket. It's not worth the time to me if there is low probability to sell about 10 or more. Since there has been so little talk here about it, I'm not sure the demand exists. Hopefully this thread might get folks thinking about it and interest develops.I'm thinking of a bracket of sorts that will fit the average 4 battery pack. It can be be raw, without covering, but in a neat carbon look. It can resemble a cage which the top locks on.
It will look really ugly, at least in all the cases I've seen. Better option is, to find a bottle with opening wide enough to put the battery without cutting.There have been a few posts in the past where folks cut open a water bottle to fit a battery inside and glued it back together.
This is exactly what I did: there's a plenty of companies making such containers - look for "bottle toolbox" on eBay for example, and add a cable gland to keep it waterproof.Also IIRC Pedros make a water bottle that opens up and is meant for holding tools and tube etc. Those have been used for batteries as well.
Nice win!These do exist, here is the one from Open Light Systems: Open Light Systems LLC | Lupine Battery Bottle - Bottle Holder: Works with any Lupine batteries | Lithium Ion Batteries and Accessories for Lupine, Sigma, MyTinySun, MagicShine, BikeRay, and DealExtreme Lamp Heads
It has a lupine cable, in it but that could easily be swapped out for other varieties.
Ours is a fairly standard bottle with a plastic compression fitting that locks the cable into place in the top and has 2 compartments, a big one for the battery and a smaller one for keys or whatever else you need to keep with you.
Lupine has moved to making their battery part of the bottle: Lupine Lighting Systems North America | Big Ben 17.5 Ah Bottle Battery
I am quite surprised that there are as few ready made options as there are, but in our experience, the bottles are more popular with road applications than trail applications.
I promise that I am not trying to sell anything here, just pointing out some design options.
IMHO, there's strong reasons behind these changes. Back in the halogen days, current consumption of decent bulb dictated use of big and powerful battery (anyone here remember Sigma Mirage with lead-acid brick?), then first LEDs switched us to the AA, and finally lithium cells developed initially for the notebook market appeared to be powerful enough to provide the current even for "serious" LEDs. Mounting of such small battery into bottle cage was simply meaningless, as it perfectly fits essentially everywhere on typical bike frame.Back in the day you used to see "water bottle batteries " all the time. Somewhere along the line their popularity faded as most people preferred alternative frame mounting.