Radar / Laser Detectors - Y'know when you have to actually use a car

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  1. diver90
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    Yes, this could be a bit US focused...

    1. What brand do you use and how well has it worked for you?
    2. Do you take it on the road to use with rental cars.
    3. Bonus question - Has anyone gone the extra (and probably not law abiding) mile and used a system to "trick" radar / laser and did it work?

    1. Valentine One - 1 or 2 software revs back. It has saved my bacon at least 10 times in the past 3 years. I do wish it had better suppression, but I have learned to tell what real and what's not. Laser detection is dead on.

    2. Sometimes but not always.
     
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    My Valentine 1 has paid for itself many times over. I never travel with it because I am always too lazy to look up whether or not it's legal to use one in whatever state I'm in.

    The first time I heard the laser alarm it scared the crap out of me.
     
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    While the radar detectors are not illegal in New Jersey or New York as they are in Virginia per se

    I think they are illegal for someone with a CDL to use especially when driving a commercial vehicle

    So... I don't use one, although the last speeding ticket I got laser detector wouldn't have helped... I was going with the flow of traffic doing 75 in 65 on the NY thruway with tractor trailers blowing past me, and the cop picked me... yay!
     
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    As an FYI, in the US, radar detectors are illegal only in Virginia, Washington, DC and on military bases.
     
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    1. What brand do you use and how well has it worked for you?
    A. Beltronics RX65. It seems to work well, although I rarely drive more than 10% over the speed limit. I bought it when we bought one of the first Toyota RAV4s with a V6 just to remind myself not to speed. No, Mrs. Fredd didn't quite buy that explanation. [​IMG]
    2. Do you take it on the road to use with rental cars.
    A. I've only done it once so far in anticipation of driving across some wide open spaces in New Mexico.
    3. Bonus question - Has anyone gone the extra (and probably not law abiding) mile and used a system to "trick" radar / laser and did it work?
    A. A speedy young relative in those wide open spaces was going to paint something (I forget what-something about a light), cover it and attach it to his front bumper. To my knowledge he hasn't patented it so maybe it was one of these ideas. [​IMG]
     
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    Given the recent car threads and posts about laser binoculars being used in subdivisions, it's a good time to restart this thread.
     
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    I've come from an Escort to a V1 back to Escort (because of the gps).

    Right now I'm using a 9500i which I never travel with, as I rarely speed when I'm out of town -- cops love ticketing out of state drivers rather than give warnings since they know you're not likely to come back to fight it.

    Laser I deal with via a Blinder M20, which hasn't let me down in the 3+ years I've owned it.
     
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    What is a good choice to move from car to car? I'd like one with a rechargeable battery so that I do not have to worry about a power cord. In my car, the power supply is hard-wired.
     
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    Wireless detectors lack range, because you have a limited amount of power, usually a couple of volts from 2 AA batteries, which need to last a while, as opposed to a constant 12-14 volts from the car.

    If you have to travel with one, get a spare power cord from the manufacturer and put it in your travel bag. Beats having a cheap-o adapter that might not work as well.
     
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    Thanks.

    Assuming my existing hard-wired power cord works with a new detector, I can use the included cord when in other cars.

    In my car, I already have a splitter so that I can plug in my Blackberry and my wife's iPhone. Having to add a radar detector to that is likely a bad idea. Hope I do not have to pay to hard-wire a new cord but suspect I will as connectors may differ.
     
  11. Sweet Willie
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    can we get real about only using a detector for a second?

    If a cop has instant on (any band) and you are lead car or the cop is a very wise one and only turns his radar on when he thinks he sees a speeder, you will get busted, detector or not.

    If a cop has laser which does not bleed like X & K (& other bands of more traditional radar), and you get 'shot' you will get busted unless the cop did a poor job of aiming for a spot on your car.

    So yes, detectors are useful to an extent but are not a failsafe by any means.

    I find reading the traffic in front of me to be a far better predictor than a detector (i.e. someone stepping on their brakes when nobody is in front of them is usually a good sign to slow down), especially seeing that most everyone does above the limit.

    If you don't believe me that most everyone speeds, if traffic allows, set your cruise control to the actual speed limit of the expressway you are on, most every car will be passing you and more than likely you will not see any car (in front or behind you) going the same speed as you. I live in a nation of law breakers !!!:eek::)
     
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    I have been using the Beltronics STI for many years and it has saved me many times, but about 3 months ago after alot of research I decided to give the Escort 9500ix a try because of its gps features. My initial plan was to leave this at my house down in Phoenix where the area I live in has alot of false positives so the ability for the radar detector to 'learn' and ignore these false signals is very nice, and continue to stick with my STI in Canada, or where I am travelling since it is undetectable. But I have really grown to like, and trust, the gps feature so I bought a travel kit for it and now travel with it most of the time.
    The STI definitely picks up radar from further away on the highway, but the 9500ix is almost as good, and the gps features put it over the top for me.
     
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    It's a lot easier to get a "friendly warning" if you don't have a radar detector. :cool:
     
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    I have a Whistler and it has saved me from innumerable tickets here in Orange County, California. I do take it with me when I travel if I'm going to be doing a fair bit of driving at the destination (I also take my GPS).
     
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    At times, but unfortunately, regardless of what NYPD says, sometimes it's about filling a quota (or as they call it "performance measurement") than anything else. And if you're doing 25mph over the limit on a 55mph zone, chances are you might not get a warning regardless. I for one would rather be forewarned... and you can always have a stealth detector installation just in case. :)
     
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    I've only used the V1 and I love it and will recommend it to anyone looking for a detector..
    That being said, I strongly agree with Sweet Willie’s post about reading traffic.. it’s not enough
    to rely on just the detector… I’ve heard countless stories about people getting pulled over with
    just about all of these detectors…
    You have to learn to be alert at all times while driving… know what to look for; yes the braking
    ahead of you is usually good indicator… I also can’t stress the importance of knowing your
    everyday routes enough! you may eventually notice how some of these guys have their preferred
    spots!
     
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    Well what I always tell people that complain is that a radar detector is not a cop detector. Cops around here have the nasty habit of sneaking up on you too and pacing rather than tagging you with radar. No detector will help you avoid that ticket... :)

    And I agree, some of them sit on their favorite spots quietly with the radar off, and will testify in court that they estimated your speed at #mph and you won't have a leg to stand on.

    If you fly by a parked cop with a radar gun turned off doing 90mph he will know that you were speeding and he'll come after you.
     
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    Thats another great feature of the 9500ix, not only will it weed out the false positives, but it will also alert you to known speed traps coming up, speed cameras and red light cameras. You can also mark known spots in your travels easily from the detector and upload them to the database.
    It comes with a 3 month subscription for the updates, and then you can purchase a 3 yr sub for about $40.
     
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    I use the Valentine and it's great - much better than the Escort I had years ago.

    Funny story - a patient of mine who was rather wealthy had one of the jammers. He set it for 55 MPH when he was on I-80 in NJ but forgot to turn it off when he exited. In his small town of Mendham, with its 25 MPH speed limit, he was pulled over and ticketed for 55 in a 25! He told the policeman it was impossible and the response was - yeah, didn't look like you were going that fast but that's what the radar said.
     
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