Do you want a portable unit (that can be moved from car to car)
or a built in
(completely hidden) system?
Choosing between a portable radar detector, or one that is built-in to your vehicle is personal taste. Each has its advantages and disadvatages, but as far as performance goes, there is usually minimal difference between the two types.
Portable Radar Detector
· Flatwater kayaking is the equivalent of casual hiking
· Designed to explore lakes, rivers, bays, and the ocean
· Excellent stability - don't worry about tipping over
· Some boats offer storage for overnight camping
· Others are great for day trips, fishing, or just plain cruising
Built in Radar Detector
· Whitewater kayaking is the equivalent of mtn climbing
· A paddling activity to feed your adrenaline needs
· Boats designed to perform in technical, fast moving rapids
· Whitewater kayakers usually take lessons to get started
· Learn the Eskimo roll (yes, your boat will tip over in this sport, but you can learn to roll it back to the surface).
A portable radar detector draws it's power from a cable that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Some portable radar detectors also have the option of running a "hard-wire kit" - which simply means instead of a power cable going to your cigarette lighter socket, it has a power cable hard-wired into your vehicle's electrical power.
Advantages of a portable radar detector:
- Can be easily moved from car to car if you have multiple work cars or for a hire car
- Doesn't require installation - which can take time and / or money
Disadvantages to a portable radar detector:
- Can be seen from outside the vehicle which can make your car a target to thieves (or the police)
- Less reliable "laser" detection. (Sensors are away from the beam aiming point)
- Cannot be used on a car with a metallic window tint front windscreen (called "Athermic" windscreens)
Advantages of a fully installed radar detector:
- Can't be seen - which protects you from any prying eyes
- Generally better at detecting laser and mobile speed cameras
- Can be used effectively in cars with an athermic windscreen (metallic glass)
Disadvantages to a fully installed radar detector:
- Difficult to move from car to car
- Requires installation (costs time and / or money)
- Difficult to service if faulty (requires removal from the vehicle)
Summary: Choose a built in system if you want something completely hidden in your vehicle, and don't need to move it between vehicles. Otherwise choose portable.
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