I guess I lucked out. Mine still works perfectly. I ordered on 6/11 and it arrived on 8/18. I've only run about 4 AW2600 cycles through. I also removed the lens protector glass before ever turning it on.
i don't have an arctic, But if i did i'm sure it would not be functioning because i would have already thrown it out my window and probably damaged a neighbors car...... (not that any of that happened )
I've had my Spyder Arctic for over two months now and it works like the day it arrived. It's a G1 model and it matches my two DIY lasers easy. The Spyder seems to have more heatsink mass and the driver does'nt go into temp overload and flash.
One of mine has a problem with the "interlock pin" on the endcap not always making connection. (I don't count that as 'broken' but I would like to order a spare endcap from them if they'd ever answer my emails.) Rotating it some fixes that.