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Provides utility for years and years
on March 6, 2013
I've used an Apex several times a week for about 5 years now. I use them to the extent that they are covered with scratches and stains within the first month of use. It works well with NiMH rechargeable batteries.
#1 A LIFETIME GUARANTEE!!!! - I'm on my third one. Call for an RMA, ship it to them, they send you a new one. Doesn't matter what happened. If its not functional, you get a new one. No
hassle. They answer the phone promptly, and are courteous and efficient. A brand new light in retail packaging arrives in a couple weeks. You even get new set of 4 AA alkalines! How can
you lose with product backing of this quality?
#2 Brightness - Plenty bright to illuminate things to a distance of about 30-40 feet
#3 Comfort - The battery and illumination modules balance the harness nicely and the middle strap lets you loosen the side band. It doesn't rely on compressing your skull to stay in place.
This is really important for using it a long time. I can wear it for hours and completely forget its there.
#4 Battery life - I can work for hours before having to change batteries
#5 Versatility - Use the quad LEDs for max battery life and close up work, and the larger central LED for distance viewing like walking outside or bicycle riding.
#6 Waterproof - Make sure you don't lose that battery case o-ring when changing batteries...
#1 There is a flaw in its design. In the hinge on the front there are two little pieces that always break, making the light unable to hold its position. This is easy to remedy without sending back the light; just replace the broken pieces with little washers and you will have no further problems. I have a dedicated set of washers for this task that I keep ready to install when they are needed. I do this with every Apex I have, and also helped my co-workers fix theirs the same way.
#2 For automotive work, laying on your back on the floor under a vehicle can be a bit of a problem because the battery casing is normally on the back of your head. For these rare occasions I rotate the battery casing to the side of the harness so its on the side of my head. Feels weird but it works.