Best Quest 2 Headband

$60 at Amazon

Adjustable head strap with GeekVR hot-swappable battery

Keep playing no matter what

$29 at Amazon

An Oculus Quest 2 with padded headband

Yoges Quest 2 Head Strap

Yo man, I heard you like padding

$50 at Amazon

VR headset with battery on the back and blue light coming from the lenses

Yoges battery headphones

Comfort and power rolled into one

$12 at Amazon


Esimen K3 Accessory Set (currently unavailable)

Bundles of Fun (Update: out of stock)

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Kiwi Design Helmet Strap Pad (Update: Out of stock)

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Apple announced its AR/VR headset, the Vision Pro, and VR is once again in the spotlight. THE Meta Quest 2 is the current leader among best VR headsets which does not require a PC to run, but it has some issues (including a price increase). The PSVR 2 also emerged as a competitor, and the Meta Quest 3 was revealed.

My biggest gripe is with the Quest 2’s headband. It’s average aggressive, which means it can and should be replaced with something more comfortable to use for extended periods of time.

What is the best Meta Quest 2 headband?

Right now, I really like the GeekVR battery headband. It’s extremely comfortable, even for long gaming sessions, and uses hot-swappable batteries to keep gaming as long as you want. In fact, changing batteries is so easy that you can do it while the headset is still on.

The best headbands offer plenty of support at the back of your head and firm fixations at the front. To test these Quest 2 headbands, I spent a lot of time playing in VR. Playing games for a living isn’t easy, but I’ll put up with it for you. Here is a list of my favorite headbands.

The best Meta Quest 2 headbands

A Meta Quest 2 with a battery on the strap

Having a battery on the back of your headband is very useful, but most of the straps on this list have a battery built into the strap, so they can only offer a limited amount of extra charge. Once the battery and Quest 2 run out, you’re done playing.

The GeekVR uses replaceable batteries that can be charged from the headband and replaced as needed. This means that if you had a few extra batteries, you could play forever. Batteries are also easy to swap because they use copper contacts to transfer energy. They simply insert into the back. It’s so simple that you can do it while the headset is still on and running.

I love the level of comfort this strap gives me. The weight of the battery helps balance the HUD, and the forehead cushion helps the entire headset feel secure during the most energetic gaming.

An Oculus Quest 2 with padded headband
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A new version of this helmet was recently released with a new ratchet in the rear and a more comfortable front shape. The added comfort now makes it my favorite headband.

One of the most important parts of a headband is the padding, as it keeps your head secure while maintaining a good level of comfort. This headband from Yoges has taken this importance into account and done everything possible to ensure that your head is cushioned throughout. The strap even has additional pads that counteract the pull exerted from the rear when the ratchet is tightened.

For long-term use, the Yoges provides one of the most comfortable experiences I’ve had thus far. My only complaint is the center strap. It’s a little too short for my head, so it doesn’t feel as secure on top.

Kiwi Head Strap for Oculus Quest 2

The Kiwi Headband is a great budget-friendly alternative to the Elite Strap, with some nice editions that set it apart from the competition. My son loves using it for long Beat Saber sessions, so it’s a favorite in our house.

Often when wearing VR glasses, the headset can be uncomfortable to remove. I bumped my glasses and dropped them several times. The Kiwi headband can tilt to an extreme angle, allowing you to put the headset on without hitting it in the face. It’s a much more comfortable experience than the Elite strap.

VR headset with battery on the back and blue light coming from the lenses

I am constantly impressed with the comfort of Yoges straps. The padding all around makes it incredibly secure and the extra weight of the battery helps balance the front screen. The battery is only 5,000 mAh, but that’s enough to fully charge the Quest 2 about one and a half times, which should keep you gaming for a good while.

oculus-elite strap on a mannequin head
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I purchased the Elite strap as a bundle with my Quest 2 at launch, and while some people suffered from breakage in that first batch, mine performed admirably. This latest version of the Elite strap has completely removed the defect, so if you want to have a fully branded headband, this is your best choice.

I’ve used my Elite strap for more hours than I care to count. Whether playing sweaty, energetic games like Supernatural or sitting in VR during an eight-hour work day, the only time the Elite Strap felt uncomfortable was when I I tightened it too much. If you can dial it in, that’s great.

Oculus Quest 2 with battery strap on Star Wars chess table
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One of the benefits of a wireless VR headset like the Quest 2 is sharing it with others. Having brought my headphones to several parties, I can say that hearing a disappointed “aww, OK” when you tell someone they can’t play because the battery is dead is a real bummer. I’ve used third-party batteries that attach to your belt to operate other headsets before, but the Meta-made battery strap for the Quest 2 is something completely different.

For starters, the extra weight of the battery strap is a good thing: because it’s on the back of the helmet, it causes a balancing effect that takes pressure off your nose and forehead. The battery also adds 2 hours of playtime and you’ll never need to remove it. If you want to charge the headset, you just need to charge the battery. Power will flow to both without noticeable performance differences. It’s such a joy to use that I really can’t imagine using a Quest 2 without one at this point.


When I was looking to upgrade to an “elite” headband for my VR experience, I didn’t necessarily want to spend money on the official Elite version (see below). I was looking for a Quest pack combining accessories and found this one from Esimen.

It includes a nice carrying case, which is what sold me on it. The bracelet is as good as the others on this list, but the case is a bonus that the others lack.

Useful headband accessories

Having a better headband will improve your VR experience, but there are also ways to improve your new headband that will make it even better than that. Here are some of our favorite add-ons.


I’ve been using Anker batteries for my phones for years now, so it makes sense that I favor them for my Quest as well. You could just put it in your pocket and attach the cable, but it works much better when connected to your headband in multiple ways. I even used velcro.
The bank isn’t too heavy, but it has enough bulk to help offset the Quest 2 headset and plenty of power to charge your Quest 2.


While I think it’s a better idea to purchase a full headband replacement, it may cost more than you could have. After all, the helmet wasn’t cheap to begin with. This cool little add-on from Kiwi adds a halo ring to the existing headband to increase your comfort.

Adding a halo to the back of your head distributes weight more evenly and makes it much more comfortable over long periods of time.

What should you look for in a headband?

There are a few essential things to consider when choosing a headband:

  • A good halo that sits comfortably on the back of your head will help keep some of the weight off your neck, making the Quest 2 feel lighter than it is.
  • Padding is essential. Your skull has minimal padding; this padding should come from the headband, not you.
  • A ratchet to tighten the Quest 2 is also helpful. You don’t always want the headband to be as tight as possible, but you do need it to stay tight despite your jumping.
  • Finally, it would be best if you had a strap that can twist but not break. You’ll be putting the headband through the wringer, so the side pieces need to hold up to that.

Does the Quest 2 Elite strap always break?

Although there are still isolated reports of breakages, the problem that affected the Elite straps seems to have disappeared. Most of the problems we see now are due to misuse rather than regular wear and tear. Our final point on what you should look for exists because of this problem, so make sure the bracelet you choose has good reviews and doesn’t break regularly.

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