The problem with these basic models is they go off ALL the time. False alerts will be plentiful. With no indication of where the radar is coming from or the strength of the radar signal, you just end up with the thing beeping the whole time you’re driving – especially if you live in a busy area
Due to the constant beeping, you end up ignoring the audio prompts after a month and get a ticket anyway.
I have this exact model, and I can tell you some things.
1. It works. I hear the warning signals before I see a police cruiser and I have avoided tickets. So it is useful.
2. LIDAR detection is useless as other people have mentioned. It went off when a motorcycle cop tagged me and I just pulled over.
3. False alarms happen a lot over the X band in my city (Austin, TX). It can be set into city mode so that it beeps once and mutes on that band and only becomes audible if the signal becomes stronger.
4. It has some sort of problem. The old model did not have this problem but once the buttons became silver, it has this electrical fault where when I speed up it instantly throws a false LIDAR detection warning. This is annoying as all hell because it happens like 20 times a day. Confirmed to be across multiple units (returned unit had problem, stolen unit had problem, current unit has problem). Occurred in both my Honda Accord '04 and '03.
A radar detector just gives you some hope of a warning of a police presence. The only thing it lets you do is slow down and avoid a ticket from an honest cop who wasnt able to track the speed of the vehicle.
Nothing protects you from a dirty cop who just wants to pull you over for speeding, radar/laser or not, and give you a ticket or worse. Your only hope there is a video recording of the time prior to when the cop says you were speeding, but even then, some courts will side with the cop anyway, even if it's just their claim you were speeding vs. the video that shows the speedometer of the vehicle staying below the speed limit.
It's all about money.
If you want an even better shot an avoiding a ticket from an honest cop, get headlight covers and spray paint them matte black, angle the front license plate so it's at a 30-45 degree angle, and then the radar/laser guns will have no surface to reflect with. Even better, paint the whole car a non-reflective finish. This won't save you from the bad cops either, might even tick some off, but the rest will move on to easier targets.
I have one of these. I think its amazing for the price. I purchased it about 4 years ago for $30 during a black Friday sale. I can say that this specific model has saved me COUNTLESS times. False alarms do occur (mainly w/ X band) but if you are traveling down the same stretch of road every day then you tend to know where this false alarms will occur. the K/Ka band is almost always accurate for a cruiser waiting around the corner or a speed trap. I'd rather have a false alarm occur when I'm speeding leading me to slow down, then to not have anything.
I keep seeing these, "it won't protect you" claims. Anyone want to provide backup for how it didn't work for you? Or do you just want to make general claims because yours is better?
it will work and go off when a cop has a radar, no doubt. However, the cheaper the detector gets a few things to note:
1. detection time will be later, so you might not have time to slow down
2. a good detector like a valentine 1 actually shows you the direction where the radar is coming from so you know where to look.
3. the cheaper it gets, the more false signals you get, leading you to lose confidence in the radar, and when it really finds a cop, you dont listen.
ive had a cheap detector before back in high school, and it falsed so much I would just drive the speed limit because it seemed there was a cop at every corner.
so to me, this is a $15 beeping machine that may be right about a cop less than 50% of the time. Most of you wouldnt buy electronics that are working 50% of the time, so whats different about this?
i personally would never buy a cheap radar i've had an escort for 5 years
Meh. Would love to have one of these but everyone says that you need to spend at least a hundo to get something quality. At $15, I'm worried that I would just be throwing away money that I could spend on a quality unit.
Yeah, pretty much. Save up at least $200 and get something decent from Escort or Beltronics. You can find them for less than $200 on Craigslist sometimes.
Agreed. This is probably fine as a backup detector or a family member who isn't willing to for over $150+, but if you want the range and quality of a decent detector, stick with the Valentine 1, Escort or Beltronics IMO
I don't think experience really matters for a president. My point is that you can't really use his own words from 4 years ago against him.
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