Thoughts on Ethernet POE Range Extenders?

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We have a need to run a number of outdoor AP's which are all more than 328 feet from the switch (in the 400 - 600 ft range).  This is net new cabling; conduits are already in place.  I initially figured we'd need to run fiber but that requires a specialized installer and does not carry POE so we'd need a POE injector at the end of the line.  Alternatively, there are a number of products that extend CAT5e/CAT6 POE Ethernet beyond 328 feet (100 meters).  Typically they double range to 656 ft (200m).  Generally they're sold with POE security camera's in mind (10/100) but some also mention use with WiFi AP's.  Does anyone have experience or thoughts on such devices?  For example, the "Enable-IT 828WP Outdoor IP67 Rated Gigabit PoE Extender" says it works up to 800ft (240m).  It sounds great, but does anyone have experience with these products?

My one reservation is that there is a lot of lightning in this area and also some of the electrical runs may be in parallel with the data conduits (underground) - nobody can tell me for sure.  Extending range via copper wire increases the risk for unwanted electrical events, especially over greater distances. So from that perspective I may be better off paying the extra and going with fiber.
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Personally, I'd go with fibre...