Valentine One Radar Detector
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- X, K, Ka, and Super Wideband Ka Detection
- 360° Protection against all types of Laser
- Rear Radar Antenna
- Ku Band Detection
- Arrow Directional Indicators
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The Valentine One V1 Radar detector is one of the highest performing radar detectors on the market. One reason for this is multiple radar antennas! The only other detector with two radar antennas is the Bel STi Driver, but in the STi both antennas face forward. In the Valentine One, there is one forward antenna and one rear-facing antenna. Using this combination of antennas, it effectively tells you the band and strength of the radar signal, along with the number of "bogeys," or radar units being detected. It will also tell you what direction the signal is coming from, and provide the best rear detection out of every other windshield-mounted detector on the market. Even when this sounds too good to be true, there's more. The Valentine One has excellent laser reception, consistently appearing at the top of tests in this category. In addition to the super high-performance of Valentine's detector, this model will never become obsolete. The very first Valentine detectors from 1992 look identical to the ones today, and can be sent in to Valentine to be updated with the latest hardware and software (charges may apply). If you decide on a Valentine One, you'll be in good hands with the same detector for the rest of your life.
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I'm not gonna pretend I'm some expert in radars. I'm not. However, I am an expert in always speeding and getting caught. I bought this for my roadtrip from Long Island, NY to Toronto, Canada. I was travelling between 70-100 mph the majority of the way. This radar picked up 4 cop cars from literally a mile away shooting their radar gun in our direction. Two of which were hiding in near undetectable areas in the bushes which any normal person would not see till it was too late. It' saved my from 4 tickets alone. This doesn't even include how many times it picked up cops riding the opposite direction on the highway with their radars. We would all get excited when the radar went off and try and spot the cop and see if we could do it with our naked eyes from the initial alert. It wasn't possible till close range! THERE IS NONE BETTER!
I drive a lot on the interstates and needed a reliable radar detector. I was willing to spend the extra $$ to get a high quality one after becoming really mistrustful of my Cobra detector. After reviewing and searching available online material, it was down to this (V1) and the Escort Passport Max 2. There is a fairly detailed nearly 30 minute long video review on youtube which kind of settled it for me in favor of the V1 but felt uneasy about a couple of things:
1. apparently the V1 is very 'chatty' and beeps for just about every X band because it is very sensitive.
2. the video review stressed the fact that to get the most out of this device, you have to tweak the settings using an Android phone. I don't have an Android phone and was concerned about having to borrow one of my friends' to do this.
The Escort Passport Max 2 has GPS built it and hence can use it show speed cameras for instance. But to keep up with the updated database, you have pay a monthly subscription and I do not like that idea at all. There were a few other things I didn't like about the Escort.
So I went ahead and ordered the V1- sold by Stoobies Electronics and fulfilled by Amazon so it arrived very quickly as expected.
From the outer box onwards, I was impressed and reassured by the quality I saw - first in the packaging and then the detector itself. It comes with an educational manual, two kinds of power cords - one coiled, one straight, and three sets of suction cups with one already attached to the mounting clip.
I first just stuck it on my windshield and used the coiled cord and drove around the town and then on the interstate with the Cobra detector also on at the same time. Since then, I have driven over a 1000 miles with this thing and I have to say, I really like it and have started to trust it.
Contrary to my apprehensions, I don't find it going crazy about X band at all. In fact, in my experience it is not chatty at all. And this is out of the box, without changing any settings.
This relieved my other anxiety about having to use an Android phone too since it seems to be doing just fine out of the box. You can use the control knob to change modes between All Bogyes <> Logic and <> Advanced Logic (?? not sure what the exact term is since I don't have the manual with me right now).
It is very sensitive and tends to start beeping when it probably detects even faint radar signals. The range is truly impressive.
I haven't had laser shot at me while using this so far so cannot say about that aspect but the above mentioned video review does say that it fares very well with lasers.
Some folks have written negative reviews about the company and I cannot attest to their customer service since I haven't had to deal with them. But I did notice that the manual describes how you can make your own power cord out of a phone cord (if you needed longer length etc). That speaks well for a company that does not try to sell you unnecessarily proprietary power cords and charge you one kidney for it.
Also note that the company calls this device a radar 'locator' since it is the only device in the market which actually shows you if the radar is in front of you or behind you. It also shows you if it is to your side but I think it does this by calculation between the front and rear antennas since there are no antennas on the sides.
The only negative aspect is the fact that all four bands - laser, K, Ka and X are represented by a four red LEDs in a vertical row. That's fine during daytime but driving on the interstate at night means it is impossible to see which band is being detected. I am starting to learn the different audio tones however - laser is totally different, K and Ka are same or similar and X is somewhat different. I wish they would make these four LEDs different color and that would be probably the only refinement needed.
Other than this, I absolutely like this radar detecter/locator. If you are looking for one in this price range, this is totally the one to get. Use it with the Waze app and you're set!
Still working wonderfully well. Detects the "Your Speed Is" kind of radars from what seems to be 2-3 miles away (subjectively, did not actually measure the distance!!!). Also seems to pick up faint radar signals bouncing off objects and actually starts to beep when the radar is around a curve. Truly impressive.
Finally did get laser shot at me the other day. The device beeped as expected but as with all lasers, it would have been too late. Fortunately, I was actually going slower than speed limit at the time :)
One last thing: This device is very well complemented by the free app Waze. Together, Waze and V1 provide the best possible traffic "awareness".
Do not buy from anyone other then Valentine 1 website. They have confirmed with an email that they will NOT honor the warranty if not purchased from them directly. I called Amazon and was told that Amazon covers it for the first 30 days.