What made you think I haven’t used their products, and then accuse me of slamming them without having used them? That’s an unfortunate comment that you could have avoided had you searched my posts instead of assuming.
Mars Hydro has a very, very, Very, VERY long track record on every forum everywhere (including here), and on every sales site such as Amazon, of doing the typical bait and switch, not supporting their products per the warranty terms, or just straight ignoring a very large percentage of the warranty requests they’ve gotten over the years. Simply put, they are a typical cannabiz snake oil peddler.
And, yes, I purchased one of their tents and it was a jack-o-lantern straight out of the box and they refused to support the product. I know a number of people (in person and on forums) who purchased their lights and had problems, and then were ignored or given the runaround or simply refused when trying to collect on their warranty. I helped several of those Mars Hydro victims build new DIY lights, COBS several years ago and QBs/strips nowadays.
Perhaps they have started building slightly higher quality lights, but they still use substandard quality parts, cheap diodes, cheaper drivers and wiring, and then don’t warranty their lights like most other suppliers. Their newer products may have slightly higher performance, but this sort of thing can be measured - and they are still proving to be lower end for spectrum, output, and build quality.
You can grow weed under candles, so it’s cool that you’re having success with their products, but it’s not especially insightful about Mars Hydro. They represent low value for the money, especially if you consider the cheap components and warranty. People swore about and still buy blurples like California Light Works or Black Dog LED or whatever. Those are higher end ripoffs, similar to Mars Hydro but even more expensive.
Given their infamously long and poor track record, Mars Hydro doesn’t deserve anyone’s business. They keep trying to put lipstick on a pig, but the truth is their low quality components make their products one of the biggest ripoffs in the industry, and there are thousands of unhappy customers with negative reviews all over the web, probably more than any other single cannabis equipment company I’ve ever seen.