Beltronics Vector V995 Radar Detector
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- Includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System radar capability as well as front and rear laser detection
- Varactor-tuned receiver provides long-range protection against all radar threats
- New AutoScan mode intelligently reduces unwanted false alarms
- Ultra-bright text-display provides easy to read information from any angle
- Immune to VG-2 radar detector detection, so law enforcement cannot detect its use
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The Beltronics V995 is the most advanced radar, laser and safety detector ever designed by Beltronics. It includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear laser detection varactor-tuned (VTO) microwave receiver, digital signal processing (DSP) for superior range and reduced false alarms, our patented Mute and AutoMute, audible and visual band alerts, and all the performance you'd expect from Beltronics.
Amazon.com Product Description Whether the threat is in North America or abroad, the Beltronics Vector 995 radar detector keeps you driving safely. As the industry leader in technology and innovation, the V995 accurately detects all US radar and laser bands (X, K, Ka) as well as the UK favorite-Ku. All bands are detected at the furthest possible distance including the newest "POP" mode Ka-band threat. With clear voice alerts, you can keep your eyes on the road, not the detector. And when it does alert, the mute button is right in easy reach on the included SmartPlug power cord. No need to leave the detector behind while traveling--we include the hard sided protective carrying case so the detector goes where you go.
The flagship of the Vector series. Click to enlarge.
Includes Smart Plug with easy-access mute/volume button. Click to enlarge.
Easily install with quick-release windshield mount.
The Vector 995 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, Ku and Safety Warning System radar capability, laser detection, patented Mute and AutoMute features, audible and visual band alerts, and all the performance you'd expect from Beltronics.
Digital signal processing (DSP) technology and multiple laser sensors give you long-range performance, and greatly reduce the number of false alarms. On top of that, the Vector 995 is invisible to VG-2 radar detector detectors, keeping you one step ahead. It also features Highway/City sensitivity settings to tailor performance to your needs.
Easy to Use
The rugged Vector 995 gives you control right at your fingertips. Patented Mute and AutoMute technology allows you to quickly silence alerts. Advanced programming lets you customize several features, and all controls are easily accessible on top of the device.
Installation is also a snap: use the quick release Windshield QuickMount to attach it to your vehicle's windshield, and remove it in a snap. Don't want to leave it in your vehicle? No problem, Beltronics includes a travel case to keep it secure while you're on foot.
The V995's AutoScan mode provides long-range warning, with minimum false alarms. In this mode, the V995's internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently filters out false alarms.
The V995 provides digital voice announcements of radar and laser bands detected. If Safety Radar (SWS) is turned on, a safety radar message will also be announced.
Smart Plug Included
Once you are notified to a threat, Beltronics' SmartPlug makes it easy to temporarily silence your radar detector with a handy mute button.
Ultra-Bright LED Display
Don't miss a visual alert with the 995's 280-LED alphanumeric display. Exclusive threat display tracks and displays multiple radar signals, including signal strength. You can also view Safety Warning System (SWS) messages about upcoming hazards, construction and more.
Enjoy three different brightness settings or operate in dark mode if you'd prefer only audio alerts.
Total Tracking Laser
Unlike Radar signals, which are highly reflective, Laser signals have very poor reflective characteristics. Many of today's Laser detectors do not have the high sensitivity necessary to detect Laser within a large "field of view." The Vector 995 incorporates Beltronics' best laser detection, which uses twin laser ports to detect energy far outside the main laser beam--including off-axis signals--providing a 360-degree field of view. The alerts provided by your unit are the same whether signals are received from the front or rear.
How Safety Radar Works
Safety Warning System (SWS) a modified K-band radar signal to alert users of Highway Construction or Maintenance, Highway Hazard Zone Advisories, Weather Related Hazards, Travel Information/Convenience, and Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles. The SWS safety radar system has 64 possible messages (60 currently allocated), all of which can be displayed on your Vector 995.
What's in the Box
Beltronics V995 Vector Radar/laser Detector, carrying case, coiled power cord, quick release windshield mount, owner's manual
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-About the detector: This is a very solid little unit. I have accidentally dropped it on a few occasions on to hard surfaces, and it did not break or result in a malfunction. The suction cups are, well, OK. But I can't imagine a better system to mount it...BUT they are suction cups, so there will always be issues. It is GREAT on my motorcycle with no special modifications...just slip it into the clear map case on my tank-bag, plug it in and go. It is VERY sensitive, and I have noticed it even detects signals when it is sitting BELOW windshield level on the car seat! I have no complaints about the detector performance, durability, reliability and ease of use. I very much LIKE the separate voice indications for each band. The only thing I did not like about the unit, as one other reviewer pointed out, was that the top was silver. I really wish, on some days, that it was flat black so that it didn't produces a glare in bright sun. Other than that, I HIGHLY recommend the V995.
So, after a decade of flying as a radar operator for the Navy, you learn a few things. Most importantly you learn to understand the threat, which in this case is those LE looking to extract a few bucks from the unsuspecting motorist. In my new home state, LE is pretty fussy about traffic laws, pulling people over for as little a a 5mph infraction on a 55mph road. I got hit a few times for these unbelievably small infractions, so after driving for 3 decades, I finally got one of these gadgets. I have to say, I now believe that there are three types of drivers out there...those who never speed and will never need a detector, suckers who speed and don't have a detector, and smart people who speed and own a detector.
1. Remember that this is NOT a cop car detector. Plenty of LE travel with their radar off, either because pulling over speeders is not in their agenda that day, or because they are not looking to attract attention to themselves. So, this thing will not help you avoid LE if you are obviously driving like a nutjob, sneaking back from the bar after a bender, or want to know when the cops are around while doing some despicable crime. It detects radar signals, and it is up to you, the operator, to use your brain, interpret the data and act accordingly.
2. Soooo, for about 2 weeks after you get your detector, use it, but DON'T SPEED! Learn how to use the settings, and most of all, learn where all of the false signals are on your regular route. "Oh, that's just the two bar K band coming from the local grocery store....hmmm, just went up to 4 bars...maybe it's picking up police radar..." This thing will take care of you if you know how to use it and know your threats and are familiar with what it's picking up. For example, there is a school zone on my route, strong K band emitter...(For God's sake, please don't speed in a school zone...I don't)...but then while I was in the middle of that zone, a Ka band popped up and the V995 let me know! Sure enough, there was LE looking to bust people who would sooner blast through a herd of unaware 6 year-olds while trying to arrive at work on time. Good stuff...separates out two signals when one is benign and the other is a genuine threat. Also learn to distinguish between a signal in front of you and behind you (the manual gives you some starting tips). For several days, while your pocketbook and license are not at stake, just drive like a good citizen and get to know your equipment.
3. Get to know LE habits. Certainly a good portion of the "battle" is understanding how LE thinks, the appearance of their vehicles, favorite hiding spots, what sort of radar band they prefer, etc. Just remember, even though LE doesn't source their personnel based on superior intelligence, that if you were out there EVERY DAY, observing drivers habits, pulling over speeders and enforcing traffic laws, you would get pretty dang good at it. So, at the end of the day, that guy who barley made it out of high school has a PhD in traffic enforcement. That's who you are up against...don't under estimate them.
4. Don't ever drive like an idiot. A radar detector will not save you if you present a visual target by weaving around, cutting off other drivers at high rates of speed, or travel at an obviously faster rate of speed than traffic flow. Drive smart...don't hang out in the left lane, don't otherwise draw attention to yourself. Let some other sucker go fast ahead of you, don't tailgate causing the car ahead of you to block any incoming radar signals. The big reason I got one of these, is...I'm sooo sorry if I'm sounding elitist here, is that I believe that an attentive driver with a properly cared for automobile can safely speed in certain situations. I enjoy driving, but I don't think I'm in a NASCAR event. And I don't think I should have to fear getting pulled over if I'm going 70mph in a 60mph zone when there isn't a car in sight for miles.
5. If you get pulled over (now I'm not a lawyer), but I would offer that you don't offer any sort of verbal "confession" (I'm sorry Officer I may have been going a little fast..." OOPS! you just admitted fault by apologizing!). As much as courtesy allows, I just try to keep my mouth shut about the incident and keep the small talk to a minimum. If they confront me with an accusation, I say nothing.
You get the picture. Bottom line, this a is a great detector at any price. If you are thinking about this one or something more expensive like a Valentine or Escort, I'd say get the V995 and save your money. It will serve you as well as the others. But to use it, you also have to use your head.
Its radar detection performance is at par with the best of them - usually just 5% or so less than the best for a given test. But the cost difference is way more than 5%, more like 25%+. Its laser detection is its weakness, but only when compared to the top of the line models. However, the laser detection weakness isn't really critical because laser guns are so fast and accurate that the officer has already clocked your speed before even the detector alerts (even the best one). Don't take my word for it, just go ask your local police officer. Also, the rear facing sensor is quite useless on most detectors - someone in marketing thought it would be cool and all other brands followed. It is also one of the very few detectors which can detect the Ku band, which is rumored to be introduced in the US soon (already there in Europe).
It also falses significantly less than what I've had before. I can't compare with the top 4 because I don't have them. AutoScan works best in city or when in new areas; Highway works best on rural areas or highways. Use AutoScan with care, it filters all bands and can potentially reduce detection range (because it spends some time figuring out if the radar signal pattern is like those from typical sources of falsing). Its Tech mode (showing radar freq) can be used to find out real speed gun threat when a cunning officer hangs out in an area where detectors often false (drugstore, grocery store, etc) - not fool proof though. One should note that the 'false alerts' are not really false - they ARE actually radar signals in the same band used by police. It's called 'false' because it's not a 'cop' radar signal.
POP mode, while a nice feature, usually trigger a lot of falsing on most detectors - because of leaky/crappy detectors like the Cobras. I've enabled POP for the last 3 weeks and have run it in AutoScan and City modes - no difference in falsing. Even the top 4 detectors today can't beat this. Also, the review/description is wrong - POP is disabled by default on the 995 also (maybe Bel changed it after the review).
The Vector 995 is the only one in the Vector series that can have its firmware upgraded by Beltronics - useful if they have some bug fixes and/or they have an update that does better detection.
It also has a few less features than the top 4, but I didn't care for those. Its got all the essential features one really needs for its intended use and does them extremely well. Its stellar performance makes it an awesome deal for a $225 price. I got mine on a special sale at Amazon for even less :). However, like any radar detector (even the best ones), this radar detector is NOT a cop detector - so drive sensibly.
Even when the 995 is having a bad day, it is waaaaay better than the most expensive Cobra/Whistler radar detectors.
Like any product, it has quirks:
1. 3.5mm jack volume - it's just too loud even at one click above minimum (I use it when spouse/kids are sleeping on a long drive)
2. Buttons for visor clip - if you get the visor clip, the buttons are not easy to reach
And last but most important, please drive carefully. Lives are more important than seconds/minutes saved by excessive speeding and rash driving.
a. Tutorial mode - manual doesn't mention it, but I stumbled on it. Press the Dark and Mute buttons down and then the Power button to turn the unit on. Voila - tutorial mode!! Power button press exits this mode.
b. Audio/Voice alerts - learn to identify the bands with your ears, the range based on audio beep frequency, it helps keep your eyes focused where they need to be - on the road. I've turned Voice off after a couple of months, and rarely need to look at it (except in Tech mode).
c. Ebay/Unauthorized dealers - Beltronics honors warranty from authorized dealers only. Amazon itself is authorized (may change in future), Amazon's sellers are not. Ebay is not, most stuff there are refurbs or rejects and hence the low low prices. You've been informed, use common sense.