Then, I realise that I would need light and alarm functions which are not a common feature on those models. .
True, exchanging batteries is not very difficult. Last weekend I had to change batteries and after reading the thread below and a video on YouTube, I felt well prepared and did it.I also own several non-solars and getting better and better in exchanging batteries. As a technical educated person (like sysadmin usually are) you shouldnt have any problems in exchanging batteries yourself.
I don't share your attraction for the G2900, but I find it cool that different tastes lead different people to love different Gs...Yesterday, I went with my wife to a local store and bought a baby-G for my 10 years old kid as x-mas gift and pick a G2900 just to have a look. I think my wife notice a special bright on my eyes ;-)
Let's wait !
I agree with some people in this forum saying that G2900 is a litle ... well, I don't know how to call it ... but those two sails on the display are not very attractive. As i said, it will be my new battle horse and I will give my old dw-1000 a little rest ...
Probably not, but then again, none of us really knows since most of the modern tough solars haven't been around anywhere near that long.So yea... I agree... 7 years offical battery life makes "solar" a mute point... I don't think that anyeone here expects "solar" cell to last 20+ years.
Well, it depends on how much you earn and what you expect to do with it.How cheap is cheap Lost2?
So very true BlueGum.... this is why I tend to think that quartz is more reliable than solar... untill time proves otherwise... but hey, most of us took a bet that solar will last longer that's why we preffer solar models...Probably not, but then again, none of us really knows since most of the modern tough solars haven't been around anywhere near that long.
It wouldn't surprise me if a certain proportion or solar modules did survive past 20 years although I doubt the resin would. :think:
Resins ain't resins. There's an amazing amount of complexity that goes into resin forumlas and how they perform for whatever task they're designed for. My dad used to work in resins, rubber and plastics as a chemical engineer. It's very technical field.I don't think we know that do we? - that the resin in newer models is less prone to rot than that in older models? I would have thought that all polymers were susceptible, to a lesser or greater degree.
I've owned a 5600E since 1996 and I've never replaced the batteries. It still works fine. I've never used the daily alarms and I've almost never used the backlight. This may help to explain why the battery still works.Take orignal 5600 for example. His battery life is rated for only 2 years and yet we heard numerous reports of battery lasting 6 years or more if one barely ever uses alarm and backlight.