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I've owned a V-1, and wondered when one of the other companies were going to jump on the arrow-bandwagon after the patent ran out. Well, here it is. So, anyone have any experience with one? Any opinion if it's a better design or more effective than the old standby? Just curiously wondering..(and not trying to start a fight.)

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I own 3 V1's. I have a new Whistler C90. What I do not have is a detector that I can stand to run on Interstates. With many of the new cars having lane detection, alerts for cars to the side, which transmit frequencies that the detectors pick up I just cannot stand all the false alerts. Laser detection isn't hardly worth the effort. Laser jammers, that actually work, are more than this Escort model.

 

They will sell at that price. If I thought they worked very well, I would have one. But, the cost MUST be due to the development budget as there is no way that device should be that expensive in todays world of cheap electronics.

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I've almost given up on radar detectors......I have 100% given up on them for interstate travel. For back roads where the local yocals blast K and Ka bands all over the place they work fine, but on the main roads......forget about it. As mentioned above, there are WAY to many vehicles spewing radar these days to make it worth while. Case in point......any new GM will cause my V1 and Escort to go absolutely bonkers. I chased a new Cadillac Escalade for about 15 miles last year and was forced to unplug the detector because it was so obnoxious.

 

I used to run a detector in my car/bike every day for my 120 mile commute and absolutely swore by them. As of last year, they have all been moved to the storage shelf......completely useless now, every single one due to false alarms. I have since moved on to running Waze on my phone with it pumped into my stereo or ear buds. It has been much more reliable for calling out speed traps than a detector ever was. I drove down to GA last spring for the START and it called out every single speed trap I passed with a good 1/4 - 1/2 mile to spare. You can't beat up to the minute crowd sourced data with things like speed traps. The downside is that it won't work all that well on lightly traveled secondary roads. For that, I still reach for the trusty old Detector.

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I had a passport wayy back when and swore by it. I couldn't have imagined driving without it anywhere. This would be in the early - mid 90's. Someone stole it and I got a V1. I had it updated and again, couldn't imagine driving without it. It got illegally confiscated when I had it in a commercial vehicle (although not hooked up). That was in NM and I was on vacation. Letters back and forth with a local JOP (who was trying to find it from the DOT) and long delays - I finally gave up on getting it back. I found it difficult at first to drive anywhere because I so accustomed to having the V1 ride shotgun. Nowadays, with the interstate speed limits higher, I haven't felt the need for one and don't miss it.

 

EXCEPT: On back and rural roads when I am on the bike - I see a need for one. Let's face it, you don't always have time to ride the double nickle or below. So I'm seriously considering making an investment.

 

Kieth - Waze sounds cool and I'll be checking that out. My bike came with a V1 mount on a shelf, so I know where I could mount a detector. I guess I need to decide where/how to mount my phone.

 

One thing is for sure - at $650.00 the escort is NOT in the running!

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Kieth - Waze sounds cool and I'll be checking that out. My bike came with a V1 mount on a shelf, so I know where I could mount a detector. I guess I need to decide where/how to mount my phone.

 

It rocks......between the police alerts and instantaneous traffic/accident reports, I hate traveling without it. In the car, I start the app and just toss my phone in the cup holder. I have my phone connected to my car stereo via bluetooth for calls and streaming music, so any alerts that come through just get piped through the stereo.

 

I run a Sena Bluetooth unit on the bike, so its very similar. I just keep my phone in my pocket. I activate Siri on my iPhone through the Sena and tell her to open Waze. I typically start streaming music, then any alerts that come through just mutes the music for a second, gives the alert, and then goes back to music. You don't need to physically look at your phone. If there are no alerts, it just quietly runs in the background.

 

 

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I own 3 V1's. I have a new Whistler C90. What I do not have is a detector that I can stand to run on Interstates. With many of the new cars having lane detection, alerts for cars to the side, which transmit frequencies that the detectors pick up I just cannot stand all the false alerts. Laser detection isn't hardly worth the effort. Laser jammers, that actually work, are more than this Escort model.

 

They will sell at that price. If I thought they worked very well, I would have one. But, the cost MUST be due to the development budget as there is no way that device should be that expensive in todays world of cheap electronics.

If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

I've read a little about their "Junk-K Fighter", but I'd have to see it with my own eyes to believe it works with what I have seen on the new GM vehicles. I've seen/heard hundreds of light blips on my detectors due to proximity sensors on other vehicles. Thats not what I've experienced on these new GM's. These are full blast screaming K band from vehicles you can't see. The first time it happened, I was on my way home from work on the backroads and I was 100% sure I was following an officer who had his radar gun turned on. I couldn't see the vehicle, as it is hilly and twisty. My detector was going absolutely bonkers. Eventually, I came up on the back of a brand new Cadillac Escalade. This was literally a few weeks after the new body styles were released, so It was the first I had seen. Since then, I see them all the time......including Tahoe's and Suburban's that use the same body. Some are fine, some cause my detector to go nuts. I'm assuming one of the safety options is causing it as it only seems to be consistent on the Cadillac's. Take your pick.....Thats a lot of sensors

 

From the Cadillac sight covering safety features of the Escalade.

• Lane Keep Assist

• Lane Departure Warning

• Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

• Side Blind Zone Alert

• Lane Change Alert

• Forward Collision Alert

• Adaptive Cruise Control

• Front and Rear Automatic Braking

 

Either way....I believe Valentine can filter out those annoying little bleeps that used to show up, but I think they would be hard pressed to filter out the full blast shots I have been getting. Unless they are a very specific frequency that are not used for radar guns. I don't know the answer, and I'm skeptical. I won't buy or update another radar detector until I'm 100% sure.

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

That is a LOT less than the price I was quoted for upgrades!

I am in with the rubber chicken, I am not sure that they can filter out these emissions without making them obsolete for actual radar signatures.

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

That is a LOT less than the price I was quoted for upgrades!

I am in with the rubber chicken, I am not sure that they can filter out these emissions without making them obsolete for actual radar signatures.

Perhaps you have a very much older model than mine! I had bought my V1 in 2012.

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

That is a LOT less than the price I was quoted for upgrades!

I am in with the rubber chicken, I am not sure that they can filter out these emissions without making them obsolete for actual radar signatures.

Just rechecked the price! Sorry, my faulty memory. It is more than $50, but not a lot more. For me, it will be $79 plus shipping! In particular, this is what they said:

 

"Our upgrade to V1.85 w/ESP with Improved Euro Mode and Junk-K Fighter will produce the following benefits:

 

Junk-K Fighter blocks false alarms caused by K-band lane-change warning systems in some newer cars

 

Improved Euro Mode, now with K-band coverage expanded to include the lower-frequency photo radar devices in use in other countries. For specific frequency details, click here.

 

* One-year limited warranty, same as new units, starting at upgrade date.

 

*-- Upgrade to V1.85 w/ESP, Improved Euro Mode and Junk-K Fighter activated: As soon as we receive your old unit (in operable condition with no tampering of the serial number) we'll install revised firmware, then return it to you in the shortest possible time with a new serial number to indicate its revised capability.

 

PRICE: $79 plus shipping"

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

That is a LOT less than the price I was quoted for upgrades!

I am in with the rubber chicken, I am not sure that they can filter out these emissions without making them obsolete for actual radar signatures.

Perhaps you have a very much older model than mine! I had bought my V1 in 2012.

 

not sure mine is updateable...it is a 1997 model....

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If your V1 is a newer model, then it can be configured to ignore those lane and proximity sensors! If you have an older one, like mine, then you can send it in to have the firmware upgraded and then you will have the mentioned feature! I haven't done mine yet, and the cost is under $50 plus shipping.

 

That is a LOT less than the price I was quoted for upgrades!

I am in with the rubber chicken, I am not sure that they can filter out these emissions without making them obsolete for actual radar signatures.

Perhaps you have a very much older model than mine! I had bought my V1 in 2012.

 

not sure mine is updateable...it is a 1997 model....

 

Give them a call or shoot them an email with the serial number. Valentine is great to deal with and will give you a quick and straight answer.

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