Questioning Reliability Of Electric Strikes

We recently discussed electric strikes in IPVMU's Access Control Fundamentals class. One of the enrollees sent in an interesting question:

Which is more reliable? An electric strike, or an electrified panic bar?

In my experience, electric strikes are far more reliable than exit devices, or any surface mount hardware. This isn't to say that strikes are maintenance or trouble-free, but I've seen exit devices of all types nearly torn off doors due to normal wear & tear.

However, what do you think? If you had the option, which hardware would you recommend and why? Also, what specific reliability issues have you seen with strikes?

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