We have received many suggestions over the last 2 years and we are very grateful to all who took the time to make them. Ultimately, we determined that the device’s functionality and overall customer satisfaction rate was very good. The main three things people frequently commented on were:
1: They asked for an easier way to install the battery.
2: They asked for a more corrosion resistant electrode cable.
3: A very small percentage of our customers used weak saline and had issues getting a good electrical connection. The device would take a minute or so to reach 2mA.
In the process of adapting the current device for an easy to use battery compartment, we realized we had plenty of room for 2 battery compartments. That would allow us to use 2 9-volt batteries in series and step up the voltage to 18V while still maintaining the same current regulation properties desired (current max limit to 2mA). The higher voltage is akin to more torque; it gives the device more power to cut through any inconsistencies with the saline solution and allow for a more reliable and immediate connection. We created a prototype and tested its reliability extensively for over 6 months. The final result is the ApeX Type A 18V Edition. That resolved two of the mains requests. The cables were still a problem. The reason is because we were working with our engineers to come up with a way to fasten the cables to the mesh using banana plug connectors that were not welded. Most solutions on the market are welded and corrode very quickly. We had custom plates and rivets created out of the same molybdenum rich alloy classified as marine grade stainless steel or 316 steel. After creating the electrode connectors we always wanted to give people, we then asked our cable manufacturer to help us with corrosion. They came up with a 24hrs long corrosion resistance process that causes the cables to be very corrosion resistance. In fact, we have not been able to corrode these cables with the brutal in-house testing we are performing yet but we are still at it. We don’t want to claim they are corrosion proof yet. Maybe in a few months.