Just wondering who is using what, what is recommended and why?
Wizard Of Iz said:You have a $30,000 car. Don't get cheap on us now. Spend the $400 and get a Valentine 1.
Once you drive with the arrows, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.
Stupid Dudley DoRight.Wing_Nut said:Everything I read about the Valentine a year ago said it was blind to POP radar and lacked KU band altogether. Also, Bel and Escort seemed to have as good or better range with fewer false alerts. Seemed that Valentine was getting outdated and living off their reputation.
BUT.......With POP and other instant on radar + laser these things offer no guarantee. It's sheer luck if Dudley DoRight flashes someone close enough to give a warning but not close enough to be you. It has saved me a couple of times but it's far from perfect. One thing I notice is that virtually every radar gun out there is instant on and I'd say 1/3rd of the time it's a POP gun.
Lasers aren't used for enforcement / revenue collection by most CHiPpie units, they almost exclusively use only radar...so I'm good to go. For a while.BRIAN P. EWING said:I thought about getting a Valentine 1 myself. That is until I popped a guy from 400 feet away with a laser gun doing 25 over in a residential neighborhood. He said it never went off. The beam coming from a laser gun is about the size of a small pen top. All I can say is good luck and happy motoring I think I'll keep money and rely on my FOP tags.
That website is run by a guy who sells radar detectors. The more expensive units get better test results. And since he can't sell Valentine, they get low marks. All of his tests are basically useless at determining real world capabilities of radar detectors.Groucho said:According to what I've read, the Escort 8500 X50 is better...
Like the arrows though.
I'm torn. I need one.
Excellent points. :cheersderf said:That website is run by a guy who sells radar detectors. The more expensive units get better test results. And since he can't sell Valentine, they get low marks. All of his tests are basically useless at determining real world capabilities of radar detectors.
Both the 8500 and V1 are great detectors. They differ in features but both are very good detectors. I wouldn't buy any other.
spylab said:I used to have a K-40 in my old Typhoon. It worked "alright;" I am certain a V1 will work much better in most situations. The thing I liked about the K-40, though, was that the detection unit was mounted right behind the grille, and ran to a knob under the dash (HWY/CTY + Volume) and a small LED which was mounted flush into the dash.
I am a wire freak, and there is nothing I hate more than the suction-on Detectors with the obnoxious wire running down into the cigarette lighter. The les you can see, the better for me.