I have this unit and love it! Saved me $$ on the unit and the tickets when I got one from Amazon's daily deals. Not too many false alarms for me, and gives me at least a few seconds to slow down. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again!
I have an older Cobra and it has saved me counltless times. You get few false alarms but no harm in slowing down. Sometimes i get at least a 1/4 mile warning and end up looking around to see where a cop could be and bam!, you see it coming waaay down the road. I bougth it from Sears like 10 years ago at a great price
I have to disagree with some people on here. I think you guys are all just repeating the talking points of those with expensive units. If you can afford a more expensive unit, by all means buy it, but when I was younger I had one of these Cobra units and it saved me plenty of times. It wasn't perfect but it made up it's cost and then some the first time I hit my brakes and rounded a corner to see a cop. Then several times after that until I fried it.
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?
I'll try to address this a little bit more than the other person who replied.
The nicer (more expensive) the detector the better the range is. This detector WILL work for "normal" radar on a flat road and it will give you ample opportunity to slow down and avoid the ticket. Those claiming it "wont protect you" are referring to "instant-on" radar or when cops hide over hills or around turns. The detection range of all detectors is severely limited in those conditions, but these cheap detectors are limited so much that they are essentially only warning you that you are getting a ticket. The more sensitive detectors have ranges in excess of 10 miles in perfect conditions (which everyone agrees is excessive). The benefit of those detectors are in the "instant-on", hill, and curve tests, where detectors may only alert at 1/20th the normal distance (still 1/2 mile for the good ones) which is enough time to slow down. With instant-on, you need to have a detector sensitive enough to pick up the radar scatter from cars traveling in front of you. The more sensitive the detector, the more likely you pick it up and have a warning to slow down. Also, the nicest detectors have GPS to eliminate false alarms, which helps with sanity of driving with a detector.
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?
What did you get clocked at? How much were you over?
Got me at 90, was pretty cool and only put the ticket at 75. Wasn't going to argue. There were 3 of them playing leap frog with each other for the people coming in on Friday night. Saw two others get pulled over while I was getting my ticket and he got someone else within a minute of writing mine. Oh well.
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.
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've had this basic cobra for 6 years. I have no idea what you are talking about with the false alerts? The guy on the other laser deal was bragging how his Valentine or Escort goes off all the time (like it was a good thing). The unit works fine with a decent amount of warning. You can spend 1000% to 2000% more but you won't get a 2000% increase in performance. To each his own.
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