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Whats everyone using in their vipers. Any recomendations?
 

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I think you'll find that almost everybody here uses the Valentine One.

I use the Beltronics with the remote arrangement. I like this because you can hide the antenna in the front fascia and I have the display hidden in the AC vents. I live in Maryland but drive to Virginia a lot and radar detectors are illegal there and they will pull you over and confiscate them!

I'm only looking for nominal protection. I still use my eyes more than anything else. I seem to always be able to spot cops before my detector goes off, but it's nice to have some backup.
 

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Just buy a V1 and stop asking. EVERYONE...GET THE V1. Yes most of us use it.
Maybe I should just make this a sticky.
 

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Any links or info to get one of these?
 

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Thanks Toby!
 

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I guess I'm different, I use the Escort Solo 2, which is cordless. I don't want all those wires in the Viper. I have the Escort Passport 8500 in the Benz, and I have never had problems picking up the piggies.

Solo 2 is $270 on eBay
Escort 8500 is $250ish on eBay

Check them out for something cheaper and just as good (if not better).
 

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During the One lap of America head to head test of the V1 vs the Escort Solo 2. The escort solo down right sucked and ran out of battery power within 3 days. Never picked up police radar that was sitting in the median shooting everyone. The V1 had that signal pegged pretty far away. After the event my co-driver sent his escort back for a full refund and bought the V1. Plus the escort solo screen was to hard to read because of the small size.
 

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Info about the cordless Detector:

"There's no cordless version of V1
It's possible to run a radar detector on two throw away AAs, but you have to give up any hope of high performance.

Performance takes power. There's no getting around the physics of it. Batteries are weak sources of power. That's why electric cars use battery packs weighing hundreds of pounds, yet few of them can top 100 miles without recharging.

Laptop computers have very expensive batteries — quite heavy, too — yet they're lucky to run two hours on a charge.

A radar detector operates like a sentry making its rounds. If the territory is small, then he can watch carefully and often. Expand the territory and he has time for only quick glances. When "superwide Ka" radar guns came on the scene a few years back, the microwave territory a radar detector has to watch was expanded more than 1000 percent, compared to the good old days of X and K bands only. Now the sentry needs powerful circuits.

"SOLO S2 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors," claims the maker's website.

Uh-oh, here comes the energy crisis.

The SOLO S2's "High-Efficiency Power Management" is hardly rocket surgery. It saves the two AAs by putting the sentry to sleep more than 85 percent of the time. It just switches off the power-using detector circuitry.

A sleeping sentry can't possibly give early warning when radar is used in the instant-on mode. And it gives up all hope of detecting the POP mode.

Sure, a cordless detector would be convenient. And I'll be out in the lab cooking one up as soon as the laws of physics are repealed.
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[image]http://www.valentine1.com/lab/CaD_score_trounce.gif[/image]
 

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I've owned BOTH. V1 works, but is sooooo overrated. If you want to spend the extra money on nothing, get the V1. I got the cordless Escort and it DID suck. Then I bought the cord for it and hooked it into my cig. lighter. THat makes all the difference in the world. It was the best detector I've EVER used. I swear I knew exactly how far a cop was by the blips and how they increased by closing the distance. Very consistent and on the money..everytime.

I've had my V1 for about a month and it's actually so fucking confusing it sucks ass, tracking 8 fucking bogies and 7 of them sliding doors at red lobster and Kaynes furniture stores, 4 arrows blinking and 4 blips going off, all different tones..... I wish I would have bought another escort,this V1 is good, but no escort. I dropped it like 20x and the laser would act funny on it after about the 15th drop so that's why I ditched the Escort.

The v1 is great on long stetches of road... Just as good as the Escort.

Fuck, and I even bought 2 V1's, one for me, one for my girl. What a waste of fucking money.... Sorry V1 lovers, I've tried and own both.

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There is supposedly a procedure you can use to disable all the false alarms from the sliding doors on the V1. I think it's even a permanent article on the org. The new Escort can actually block laser which is really amazing. Having said that the V1 only let me down once and it was a laser hit. As I live in a high density area I have adjusted my style to ignoring the beeps untill I hear the sudden change where they start coming closer together, that indicates closing on a real bogey and still gives ample time to get on the binders.
 

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Gerald said:
I've owned BOTH. V1 works, but is sooooo overrated. If you want to spend the extra money on nothing, get the V1. I got the cordless Escort and it DID suck. Then I bought the cord for it and hooked it into my cig. lighter. THat makes all the difference in the world. It was the best detector I've EVER used. I swear I knew exactly how far a cop was by the blips and how they increased by closing the distance. Very consistent and on the money..everytime.

I've had my V1 for about a month and it's actually so fucking confusing it sucks ass, tracking 8 fucking bogies and 7 of them sliding doors at red lobster and Kaynes furniture stores, 4 arrows blinking and 4 blips going off, all different tones..... I wish I would have bought another escort,this V1 is good, but no escort. I dropped it like 20x and the laser would act funny on it after about the 15th drop so that's why I ditched the Escort.

The v1 is great on long stetches of road... Just as good as the Escort.

Fuck, and I even bought 2 V1's, one for me, one for my girl. What a waste of fucking money.... Sorry V1 lovers, I've tried and own both.

G
Several things:
1. If the V1s are so bad, just send them to me /images/graemlins/wink
2. I had a failure on mine, sent it in, was quickly repaired and returned to me free of charge - you might be able to do the same
3. I much prefer the front and rear arrows info to no directional info
4. The multiple signals don't bother me, just takes some time to learn and know what's relevant and what's not. The multiple signals has been useful as well when I was in an area with several cops along a stretch of highway blasting radar - I was able to tell after I got past one that he was blasting from behind and another was blasting from ahead, so I knew not to get back up to speed.
 

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Solo II here. Gerald is right. It does make a difference in using the power cord. And it is nice to have the option of battery operated. I do not think that the Solo II's performance deteriorates as much as is quoted in whomever's write-up (in Weeztones post). Sounds like it could have been written by Mr. Valentine himself. IMHO

My only complaint about the Solo II, is that in my RT, when cruising with the top off during daylight, you can neither see it or hear it. THAT can SUCK!!! I too use my eyes more than anything, as well as a lot of common sense.

The #1 rule is to NEVER be the first person speeding over a hill top!! Happy trails!!
 
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