I noticed most of the reviews are from 2008 and 2009 and noted LOTS of failures.
Have they redesigned this light yet to work better? or is it still having failures?
would you buy it again, or go with the 200 series of this light? (or other)?
I bought one in 2009 and have had only one problem with the filament. I sent the unit back to the manufactuer and they fixed it free of charge and I have had no problems since. I do check it before each dive. I would by this again and recomend to a friend.
Unfortunately, I had to send mine back too. I don't think I would buy it again. Tektite customer service was excellent but who wants to deal with that. I keep mine wrapped in bubble wrap because it seems fragile.
I have heard the 200 series is more robust but I was looking at the increased output when I purchased the 300. I'm not sure it really matters; I think there is a point of diminishing returns.
I have not experience any issues like those described, but I also have had li tied use.
This past April I dove for eight straight nights off of Coastal Honduras. The subject light was in place and active for all dives from about 6:30 PM to midnight. The light performed faultlessly throughout the entire trip. As a precaution we did change batteries at mid trip.
I've had two of the 300s. While I like the design a lot, both ultimately failed, the last one (which I purchased last year) awfully fast. I will admit I beat the hell out of my equipment at times, with the type of diving I do.
All the negative comments gave me pause to buy another one, but the good comments on the 200 leaned me in that direction, since I was looking for a new strobe. Then a friend of mine, a tech and cave diver, gave a big recommendation for the 200 series, and I got it.
I'm a cold-water diver (mostly Lake Erie) and a strobe can be pretty important in our often low-viz environments. I used the 200 once so far, and it worked fine. It is smaller, which is nice, and gives off a bright flash.