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Which Radar Detector to Buy...

  • Valentine One

    Votes: 59 88.1%
  • BEL RX65 Pro

    Votes: 2 3.0%
  • Escort 8500 X50

    Votes: 6 9.0%

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Well I finally decided that I need a new radar detector, since my bel 980 power button isn't working like it should. I need some ideas on getting a new one.

1) Valentine One
2) Bel RX65 PRO
3) Escort x50
 

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I've kept radar detectors in all three cars for over twenty years, mostly BEL and a few Whistler units. These were all remote versions with the antenna in the grill and the control unit inside the car. They all seemed to wear out after a couple years, so I've owned a bunch of them.

I feel stupid for not getting a Valentine 1 sooner. The V-1 directional arrows are the key. When I drive a car with a "normal" (non V-1) detector, it's like hunting deer with a BB gun.

And don't forget a side order of Lidatek LE30.
 

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What is this Lidatek LE30 Unit? What does it do? Is it legal in california, if not is it detectable or can I go to jail for using this product?

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I've kept radar detectors in all three cars for over twenty years, mostly BEL and a few Whistler units. These were all remote versions with the antenna in the grill and the control unit inside the car. They all seemed to wear out after a couple years, so I've owned a bunch of them.

I feel stupid for not getting a Valentine 1 sooner. The V-1 directional arrows are the key. When I drive a car with a "normal" (non V-1) detector, it's like hunting deer with a BB gun.

And don't forget a side order of Lidatek LE30.
 

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I considered the K40 unit, but the idea of it being permanently installed and the cost of $1,400.00 pushed me into the Valentine One with the StealthOne module. That entire package cost $650.00 and I have the option of moving the V-1 to my LandCrusier or CLK500 when the occasion arises.. The only downside of the V-1 is that it does not have a Laser countermeasure feature built in. I plan to purchase a Lidatek LE-30 unit ($400.00 plus installation) when the DPS in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> begin to use laser on the Interstates. Either the K40 or Valentine One would give you a great piece of mind when flying down the highway in the Beast



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Well I finally decided that I need a new radar detector, since my bel 980 power button isn't working like it should. I need some ideas on getting a new one.

1) Valentine One
2) Bel RX65 PRO
3) Escort x50
 

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Purchased an Escort X50 to compare to the V1 which is the one I have been using for many years. The X50 is vastly improved (IMO) over previous Escort Models. I set the two side-by-side on a recent trip to/from Florida from New Jersey. The V1 was actually quicker at picking up KA band. On some instances the X50 did not pick it up until the police car was too close. Since my test was unscientific, I cannot comment on whether on not X50 can pick up the POP (instant on) better than the V1. There were two big differences that point toward the V1 as the best choice. First the direction arrows. Whilst others have stated that they do not need the arrows, believe me the arrows are a life saver. The second is that the X50 display is too small. The V1 is easy to see (I use it mounted on the dash or on the windshield). The X50 is too small to see without my reading glasses. So I recommend the V1.
 

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Lidatek website: http://www.lidatek.com/

Read all about it.


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What is this Lidatek LE30 Unit? What does it do? Is it legal in california, if not is it detectable or can I go to jail for using this product?

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Valentine One! That's a no-brainer.
 

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Definitely the V1. I worked for a company that sells both the K40 undetectable (over $1k) and the Escort, and the V1 is a better detector than both.

If you want real laser protection, get the Lidatek.
 

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V1 - easy choice. Saves my butt almost every day!
 

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My favorite mod - put the V1 up here...:


...then the StealthOne will black out your V1 and move the readout where you want it:

:byebye:
 

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Well I am pretty much sold on the Valentine unit then. Now comes the real question.... Do I buy the 1.8 Software Version or try and wait unit the new 1.9 V comes out sometime?

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My favorite mod - put the V1 up here...:


...then the StealthOne will black out your V1 and move the readout where you want it:

:byebye:
 

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flynhawaiian said:
Well I am pretty much sold on the Valentine unit then. Now comes the real question.... Do I buy the 1.8 Software Version or try and wait unit the new 1.9 V comes out sometime?
That's another good thing about Valentine One - no planned obsolescence - your old unit can be upgraded.

I just bought another V1 for the wifee's new SRX. What does version 1.9 offer?
 

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No idea, but I wouldn't want to get it, if a new software version will be coming out anytime soon, it would make me cry. The upgrades are like 200+ dollars... I have an email in to them right now, waiting to find out if its going to be anytime soon.


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That's another good thing about Valentine One - no planned obsolescence - your old unit can be upgraded.

I just bought another V1 for the wifee's new SRX. What does version 1.9 offer?
 

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Elevens:

Excuse my ignorance but how do you get the V1 to display on the MID, I just order a V1 today.

What else do I need to accomplish what you have done.

Cheers,

Ben
 
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Elevens:

Excuse my ignorance but how do you get the V1 to display on the MID, I just order a V1 today.

What else do I need to accomplish what you have done.

Cheers,

Ben
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Excellent,

Does anybody know if there will be any compatibility issues with the Stealth One and my BT module I just installed.

I realize they are completely different systems, I just don't want my BT screwed up in anyway shape or form.

Does anybody have BT and V1 with a Stealth One.

Ben
 

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Ok I ordered the V1 its on its way. Does anyone have the V1 concealed display? I am curious if you can measure the display. Is it really, 2.5 by 1 by 1.5?

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ESS540iA said:
Excellent,

Does anybody know if there will be any compatibility issues with the Stealth One and my BT module I just installed.

I realize they are completely different systems, I just don't want my BT screwed up in anyway shape or form.

Does anybody have BT and V1 with a Stealth One.

Ben
 

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Hi folks,
I've used 2 V1s for years and have hardwired all my vehicles - just move the V1 to the vehicle that's taking the trip. Have tried the Valentine stealth module but find it too small so will be ordering the Stealth One for it. The V1 works OK on laser if you're lucky to have someone else in front of you get nailed first. If you are the primary target, and have a front licence plate installed, you'd better have superhuman reflexes or you're toast.

I have sent each of my units back to Valentine for minor tweaks and adjustments. They told me they upgraded the software and didn't charge me a dime, although I did offer both times. They also promised and delivered a 48 hour turnaround if I paid the airfreight, which I did.

I've tried Passports, BELs, and SOLOs, but nothing compares to the V1, especially the arrows.

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V-1 is leading the poll 10 to 1. Wow, I didn't realize it was so popular.
 
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