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What is the best Radar detector??
I was thinking of the Valintine V1.
any comment would be helpful.

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I have had a Cobra 2 radar detector for years now. Nothing but good luck. I would say the best i have had for about
$100. I never tried the valentine or any other in that price range. I’m not sure about the other detectors, and how fast they pick up the radar gun, but the Cobra is pretty fast. Good luck.
 

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I have the escort passport 8500 K50 and it is a excellant radar detector. It has saved me a few times.
 

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I bought a valentine V-1 last year cause I had some extra money and never having had one wanted to see what it was like. It works extremely well. I like that it tells how many cops are pinging you and from what direction. I have tested it going over hills meeting radar and around curves. It is super sensitive and has an instruction book explaining all the functions. One of them is never disregard a alarm. I was driving to Atlanta and suddenly my laser reader went off like crazy. I slowed down and about a mile up the road was motorcycle cop sitting in the middle of the road lazering folks. I don't normally speed over 5 mph and we usually act like we are on the movie Aliens when it goes off to try and find the radar but it has been exceptional. Not only that but for around $15 you can get a complete mounting kit with wiring for each of your cars and all you have to do is move the actual device. I have a permanent set up in my vette, avalanche, and silverado. Whichever vehicle I drive I just grab the device put in in the mount and off I go. Kind of like purchasing 3. At $400 it is expensive but I think it is probably one of if not the best on the market. BTW - they also allow free updates so you don't have to buy a new one every couple of years.
 

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I had a cobra and it worked fine, but then I bought a V1 and this thing is fantastic. It definitely picks up radar and laser signal much further away then the cobra. It's a little pricey up front, but it has paid for itself.
 

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I've used the Passport 9500ix for a couple of years now. It has never let me down and saved my butt everytime, with time to spare. If I lost mine tomorrow, I'd be at Best Buy when the doors opened to get another. If it signals radar, believe it, there is radar around. Over the next hill, around the next curve. Don't know how it does it, but it does. It has detected Ka band 5 miles ahead. Expensive, but what is your license worth?
 

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If they use a lot of laser in your area, get a Valentine V1.
If they use more radar than laser, get a Passport 8500 X50.

The only thing a valentine has over the passport is that it detects laser a little better.
I have two Passport 8500 X50s one in my DD and the other in the Corvette.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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I have the Escort 9800ie and Valentine 1 and now have the V1 on my HUD. both are great but I much more prefer the V1.
 

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If they use a lot of laser in your area, get a Valentine V1.
If they use more radar than laser, get a Passport 8500 X50.

The only thing a valentine has over the passport is that it detects laser a little better.
I have two Passport 8500 X50s one in my DD and the other in the Corvette.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
I don't understand how the laser detection can be of any help in any of the units. It's basically useless as a warning. By the time the alarm sounds, the cop already has a printout of your speed. What good does it do except to tell you that you've already been targeted and measured?
 

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I don't understand how the laser detection can be of any help in any of the units. It's basically useless as a warning. By the time the alarm sounds, the cop already has a printout of your speed. What good does it do except to tell you that you've already been targeted and measured?
My brother in law was a officer before he became chief. He was telling me about these and said the same thing. If your detector detects him he just tagged you. As long as the cars are equipped with the good equipment. The only advantage is usually smaller communities dont keep their forces with current technology just due to the cost. :cheers:
 

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the reason of the lazer detection is the lazer being pointed is not very accurate after it is been sent a distance and what you detect before it is too late is the lazer bouncing off other vehicles. if you have ever seen the lazer unit they actually have a sight on them, the newer "Lidar" systems have further accuracy. many of my handguns have a laser sight and they work great at 9' to 20', but try and put that beam and hold it still any further distance and it is about impossible, and the further the target is away the more the beam is bouncing all over. something bouncing around at 20' is magnified when you are talking a football field. The next technology to combat the laser will be shifters, that will actually send or deflect the beam a different direction. Also the laser beam hitting a windshield will not only defract the beam but will go right though it.
 

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Can you elaborate further about the V1 being on your HUD?
yes this is very cool and installed myself about 10 minutes; google dashtronix and I think they are a vendor on here if not mistaken, I thought i purchased through or contact through this forum. But anyway the "Dashtronix" is what your looking for
 

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the reason of the lazer detection is the lazer being pointed is not very accurate after it is been sent a distance and what you detect before it is too late is the lazer bouncing off other vehicles. if you have ever seen the lazer unit they actually have a sight on them, the newer "Lidar" systems have further accuracy. many of my handguns have a laser sight and they work great at 9' to 20', but try and put that beam and hold it still any further distance and it is about impossible, and the further the target is away the more the beam is bouncing all over. something bouncing around at 20' is magnified when you are talking a football field. The next technology to combat the laser will be shifters, that will actually send or deflect the beam a different direction. Also the laser beam hitting a windshield will not only defract the beam but will go right though it.
The laser beams are extremely accurate. Just last night in the news there was a report of people blinding pilots in the cockpits of airplanes flying.... The laser needs to only point to a reflective surface to get a bounce back. It happens at the speed of light which is pretty damned fast. The target the cop is shooting is pretty big. I don't know about you, but I sure as heck do not rely on laser detectors for a warning... Also, many LEOs use overpasses to aim and shoot at cars going away. The detector wont even be in the line of sight of the laser gun.
 

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accuracy is not the issue with the Lidars it is being able to hit the object; and your right about the reflective surface however glass is an exception to this and so are angles; I have seen a write up on these several times and a little experience as well. The choice spot is a rear liscense tag,,, flat and very reflective and as you said overpass as you go by provides the perfect surface. However if it is aimed at you and he activates, he will most definetly get ya. Even if he drags the laser across your car he will get you. Also laser do not return a signal they measure distance and speed at the same time.

Correction: accuracy at a distance is an issue, try pointing a laser even 50' and holding it there, try and point it several hundred yards at a car and see how difficult it is to put it on the car for even a second. although the laser only takes a nanosec, it is far more difficult than you think or they lead you to believe. This is a main reason radars are still around, not cost.
 
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