Since starting the club last year I've spent some of my less busy moments considering the pros and cons of different types of electric boxes.
I've been using some old (*old*) second hand France Lames boxes, which are pretty good despite their age. The main problem with them is the size and weight, which is made worse by the huge power supplies they require.
We also have two sets of epee Hitmates - slightly temperamental, but pretty good considering the price point. The main advantage is that they're very small and light, with a neat little case.
Recently I got my hands on a LP club box. I have always liked these for their simplicity and the carry case that accomodates a full set. There are a few issues, though. I see lots with broken handles. Why are they powered by TWO of the the big heavy 6V batteries? (Mains power supply option is available, of course.) The incandescent bulbs need changing from time to time.
Speaking from a club point of view, if the Hitmates also had the option to plug in ground wires that would be pretty close to an ideal centre unit. If they can get all the technology into something that size for the same price then why do we need anything bigger?
Share your thoughts about what you use and what you'd like to see.