My SECOND Apex, approximately three years old and having experienced much hard usage, recently developed three problems:
1. One of the 4 side-mounted LEDs went duff (either blinking at a few cycles per second or virtually extinguished, depending on its mood).
2. The plastic around the tilt hinge was severely cracked (in fact, pieces broken off and missing). Although it still felt and worked ok, it was there by a thread and clearly would have failed within the next few usages.
3. Certain other parts of the plastic body were very slightly stress-cracked, which may have been contibuting to its lack of waterproofness.
I took it back to my place of purchase (Paddy Pallin at Ringwood) and it was replaced on-the-spot by a brand new one. So this is my third Apex: the first was replaced under warranty after only about ten months.
Hi Peter, At least their taking them back under warranty, The one i just sent back was the first that i had owned and under a year old. It does make me wonder about reliability though, I have felt spoilt using it with its light weight and good power consumption and it dosnt throw a bad light either.
Mind you i was using Oldham Lamps before and never had one problem with years of use apart from when the lead acid battery finally died and needed replacing, the down side of using them was the weight and size but otherwise i found them a very reliable waterproof light. Ill see how this Tec goes, but if it gives me problems i might pull the oldham out of retirement.