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Old Jul 3, 18, 6:49 pm
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Radar Detectors...

So I'm looking at getting a decent radar detector, and I've narrowed my list down to: Escort Max 360 (+360c), Escort ix9500, Escort S75, Uniden R3, Valentine One, and Anti-Laser remote system (w/ remote radar detection). Does anyone have experience with these, or perhaps another detector?

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Old Jul 3, 18, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by fgirard View Post
So I'm looking at getting a decent radar detector, and I've narrowed my list down to: Escort Max 360 (+360c), Escort ix9500, Escort S75, Uniden R3, Valentine One, and Anti-Laser remote system (w/ remote radar detection). Does anyone have experience with these, or perhaps another detector?

TIA
I've had an Escort Max for almost 4 years now, with the Escort Live app and cable. Very pleased ... the detector itself is great, and the app aggregates reports from other owners to provide real-time coverage of patrols and speed traps. The investment has far more than paid for itself
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Old Jul 7, 18, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Dodge DeBoulet View Post
I've had an Escort Max for almost 4 years now, with the Escort Live app and cable. Very pleased ... the detector itself is great, and the app aggregates reports from other owners to provide real-time coverage of patrols and speed traps. The investment has far more than paid for itself
Thanks for the advice...in fact, I've just gone ahead and ordered a Max 360, with the hard wire installation kit.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 3:53 pm
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Sounds like I'm too late, but I've had the Valentine One for 5+ years now, and its amazing.
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Old Jul 31, 18, 1:17 pm
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Valentine 1 all the way. I've bought several over the years, had them factory-upgraded a few times. Everything else seems crappy in comparison. Finding legit review sites is really hard, most of the ones out there are just shill sites.

Regardless, if you are going to get a detector, get the best one you can afford. One bad alert will cost you more than the difference between a good and great unit.

I've found using Waze alongside your detector, even if you aren't using it for actual routing is a huge advantage. Your radar picks up a lot of things, especially on lonely roads, but don't discount Waze people reporting speed traps. Even if they don't report the trap or marked a moving car, at least you know the police are in the area and you need to keep it in check.
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Old Jul 31, 18, 2:02 pm
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Wow, I didn't realize radar detectors were still a thing. I thought all cops used laser by now.

I had a radar detector in high school but it didn't help when the cop was waiting in the dark with instant on radar. I have long just set cruise control for 5 over and forgotten about it.
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Old Jul 31, 18, 2:20 pm
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@gfunkdave, many cops do use laser but many laser guns are slow enough to get a reading that the driver can get by with slamming on the breaks upon hearing a laser alert from a windshield-mounted detector.
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Old Jul 31, 18, 2:26 pm
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@gfunkdave, many cops do use laser but many laser guns are slow enough to get a reading that the driver can get by with slamming on the breaks upon hearing a laser alert from a windshield-mounted detector.
How interesting. When I had a radar (and laser!) detector in about 1994, I distinctly remember the manual saying that lasers were the fastest way to get a speed reading, within 0.2 seconds. I guess tech has changed.
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Old Aug 1, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by gfunkdave View Post
Wow, I didn't realize radar detectors were still a thing. I thought all cops used laser by now.

I had a radar detector in high school but it didn't help when the cop was waiting in the dark with instant on radar. I have long just set cruise control for 5 over and forgotten about it.
There are a couple of problems with laser (LIDAR). They're less effective without a clear line-of-sight, and generally require the officer to be outside his vehicle to get an accurate and fast read. Radar doesn't have either of these issues and is more effective over a much greater distance. Radar can also be used from a moving vehicle in many situations, and while that is possible with LIDAR it's not usually useful.

I used to see LIDAR in use fairly often in our area, but it seems pretty rare now. Ka band radar seems to be the popular choice in Southern Maine. K band is used for the stationary traffic monitors that appear every few miles on 295, Rt 1 and the ME Turnpike and it's been a while since I've seen it used by an officer (my detector indicates which band is being used). X band is apparently used only by supermarkets for their automatic door openers these days
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Old Aug 1, 18, 12:19 pm
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X band is apparently used only by supermarkets for their automatic door openers these days
Except apparently in Ohio, and possibly northern NJ. Both supposedly still have x band being used for traffic enforcement.
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Valentine 1 all the way. I've bought several over the years, had them factory-upgraded a few times. Everything else seems crappy in comparison. Finding legit review sites is really hard, most of the ones out there are just shill sites.

Regardless, if you are going to get a detector, get the best one you can afford. One bad alert will cost you more than the difference between a good and great unit.

I've found using Waze alongside your detector, even if you aren't using it for actual routing is a huge advantage. Your radar picks up a lot of things, especially on lonely roads, but don't discount Waze people reporting speed traps. Even if they don't report the trap or marked a moving car, at least you know the police are in the area and you need to keep it in check.
+1 on detector plus Waze
I now have a one hour commute and use my radar detector plus Waze. Great combo. Also Waze provides clever alternative routings. Would rather be flying, however.
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Originally Posted by gfunkdave View Post
Wow, I didn't realize radar detectors were still a thing. I thought all cops used laser by now.

I had a radar detector in high school but it didn't help when the cop was waiting in the dark with instant on radar. I have long just set cruise control for 5 over and forgotten about it.
Haha, I go 9 over, never had an issue. Friend of mine who's a state trooper said he doesn't usually bother with people unless they're doing 15 or more over. His reasoning was that there are enough of those people to keep him busy and it's best to catch the fastest speeders.

I had a radar detector for many years, it helped sometimes but not always. If there's not much traffic, they can nail you with Instant On (usually Ka in NC).
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Old Aug 2, 18, 12:53 pm
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For sure they don't work every time, or maybe even most times, but all they have to do is save you once when you weren't paying attention to your speed on a lonely road to make it worthwhile!
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Originally Posted by HDQDD View Post
Haha, I go 9 over, never had an issue. Friend of mine who's a state trooper said he doesn't usually bother with people unless they're doing 15 or more over. His reasoning was that there are enough of those people to keep him busy and it's best to catch the fastest speeders.

I had a radar detector for many years, it helped sometimes but not always. If there's not much traffic, they can nail you with Instant On (usually Ka in NC).
I spent four years in the RDU area, always picked up either Ka band radar or ProLaser III (an older, slower gun) in that region.

A Chapel Hill Police Dept. officer once told me his personal threshold was 15 over.
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Old Aug 3, 18, 5:01 pm
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I've used Valentine 1s since 1997 and have had great luck with them.
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