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Valentine One Discussion of the Valentine One (Valentine 1, V1) radar detector, manufactured by Valentine Research, and related accessories.

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I chose to, in the day, to reduce visible wire "clutter" primarily and free up the cigarette lighter plug. Also some vehicles cigarette lighter power does not cut-off when the car is parked and shut-off (like BMWs). In this instance, hardwiring would enable you to pull-power off an ignition-based power source.

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One other consideration: visibility. At night it's possible to see the V1's directional arrows and bogey counter from 100 yards behind the car. In years past, when driving traffic units I enjoyed easing up behind a V1 driver and hitting him briefly with radar. The display lit up like a Christmas tree and the driver inevitably confirmed that he was using a detector by standing on the brakes.

Since many cops regard detectors as the moral equivalent of burglar's tools, just having one will often spell the difference between a warning and a ticket.

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I have other things I want to plug into the cigarette lighter and I don't want to add a splitter to the clutter. Primarily I want to minimize clutter. I plan on mounting it up high, and using the concealed display down low to allow me to see the arrows, without having lots of people following me. I figure it may also reduce negative attention, as you point out.
I have heard mention on another forum of someone who modifies the remote display to use different colored LEDs. That sounds like a very useful modification, to streamline comprehension of which bands are in use. It seems much wiser to modify a relatively cheap add on component than the detector itself.
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I guess thats a good way to look at it. Thanks Bob for the feed back. Craig as for pulling up behind someone with a V1, when the unit is in active mode, it automatically dims. Which in my opinion is harder to see compared to being in day light where its brighter. As for tickets, I've never seen a cop give one for a radar detector. Atleast not me. Georgia is known for its instant-on officers. I got pulled over for my window tint being to dark and while the officer left his radar on while talking to me at my window, he just starred at my V1 going off and that was it. Now if i'm running 100 mph and He hits me with radar but I have time to slow down, then maybe yes I would get a warning for having the device, because I was speeding.


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Sound like CP likes to "pick on" V1 owners a little bit.

How 'bout hitting drivers who use a bright blue 8500 X50 that are pretty easily seen [from the rear] as well, no?

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Perhaps a remote display option from VR is a good choice if you are concerned about the V1 visibility. One could also change the "A" all bogeys mode to something a bit more discreet, I suppose, in the evening like the "logic" mode which primarily affects initial X [and potentially K-band] alerting--in this mode the little "l" appears instead of the big "A"

If you mount your V1 high enough (below your UV strip), it may be hard to see from the back of your vehicle; I have found that to be the case with the Cobra XRS-R7 and R9G radar detectors when mounted very high up on the windshield.

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I've been pretty fortunate myself. I have gotten off of a number of potential speeding tickets while leaving a radar detector up on the windshield, as well. I have found that simply being decent and essentially honest with the LEOs tends to positively "trump" any potential negs having a detector visible. Besides, if you are doing 25mph in excess of the PSL, then I believe the appearance of a detector is more or less a non-issue...you're damn likely to get a ticket in any event.

My argument still holds: I believe many drivers of "high-end" radar detectors are generally more attentive to their surroundings and are therefore safer drivers as a result, irrespective of speed.

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