Originally Posted by Evil Monkey
The first one doesn't seem to get too many good reviews (3 stars after 57 reviews). Check the negatives to make sure what they're complaining about doesn't apply to you.
That's what I'm seeing with a lot of them. The ones that have the best reviews have four of five stars after 1-5 reviews.
I checked the legit negative ones (by verified purchasers through Amazon
) and most of the time they are complaining at the sensor failing over time.
Thanks for the reply!
Originally Posted by 478DblSport
I currently own the 1st one you listed. Note that it is warranted for 10 years... keep your receipt. The 1st one I bought lasted about 5 months. It was great. Then it started being intermittent and ultimately failed all together. I called their customer service dept. and answered all their questions, tried their "tape" test (block off the sensor) and called back the next day. Told them I tried their test and that it didn't work. They had me fax a copy of my receipt and they'd send me a new unit. A few days later I got a completely new unit. The new unit works but I think the sensor is miss aligned because I have it in the same exact location as the other but I had to rotate the sensor head way to the right to get it to pick up motion at the point I want it to... but it's working.
FWIW, I took the old sensor head apart as I was curious if water had seeped in or shoddy soldering had done it in. I can't tell you how many electronic items I've resuscitated by touching up poor solder joints. But to my surprise the unit was sealed tightly, had a quality rubber gasket, and the solder joints looked good. Must have been a component problem.
Great info! The warranty is a huge selling point for me. May have to just go with that one. I mean, afterall, it is company money and not my own so as long as it's under warranty, that sounds like a safe gamble.
Again, thanks for posting this - great info and I'm glad you actually own one of the ones I listed. Helps a ton.