The Valentine One radar / laser detector is one of the highest performing radar detectors on the market, and will give you the very best protection in Western Australia or New Zealand. We've given the V1 the title "WA & NZ's best" because of all the different brands of radar detectors available, the V1 will give you the LONGEST warning on mobile speed cameras (both the Multanova and new Poliscan), the BEST detection of hand-held laser guns and the LONGEST warning against highway patrol police and their dash mounted radars. It is NOT suited for use on the East Coast of Australia, as it is not stealth (undetectable).
The Valentine One has been rated as the number one windscreen mounted radar detector for many years by independant testers and hobbyists. Our tests confirm this. The Valentine is the undisputed champion when it comes to laser detection of any radar detector, as well as turning in some of the highest performance figures on all radar bands.
Nearly every (UNBIASED) test that includes the Valentine One in its line up of detectors tested, places the Valentine One at (or very close to) the top position. Our own testing confirms these findings. Quite simply, the Valentine One is one of the highest performing radar detectors when it comes to sensitivity - in other words, its ability to "sniff out" police radar.
Notice how we wrote UNBIASED above? Some of you have emailed us asking about the reference on the Neltronics website to the V1 versus Bel STi article (scraped from the ORIGINAL 2006 Craig Peterson's article on his radartest.com website) that claims the Bel STi is the better radar detector of the two. We disagree.
Well there are several reasons...
Firstly these tests were conducted in the USA. Other than the K-band radar test (which is bogus in our opinion, more on that later) none of his radar frequencies ARE USED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA! There was no Multanova test, and no Poliscan comparison. Any test that you draw conclusions from needs to accurately test the particular radar / laser units used here right?
Second Craig Peterson is (or has been) at the time, a PAID CONSULTANT to Escort! Escort owns Beltronics. That's like a cigarette company paying a spin doctor to say cigarettes don't cause lung cancer! Don't believe me? Read the proof here
Third, even assuming his results were accurate, Craig constructs his graphs in a way to make the Bel look far more superior than the V1. His "straightaway Ka band Composite test" has the horizontal axis starting at 6 miles instead of zero. The Ka-band police radar cannot detect your speed at 1 mile, let alone 6 miles. And if those antics weren't deceitful enough, Craig went to the trouble of trying to sabotage one of his competitor's testing events! Read all about HIS EMBARRASSING FALL FROM GRACE HERE.
Bottom line is, whilst the guy has a lot of great in-depth knowledge on radars, he hates Mike Valentine, is paid by Escort, and got caught trying to sabotage his competitor's test.
For a more unbiased review between the two detectors, read our Bel STi versus Valentine One article. And for unbiased performance figures, have a read of our own results below (backed up by videos on YouTube) and results from the "Guys of Lidar" - a bunch of hobbyists in the USA that get together to test radars and who are NOT paid by a radar manufacturer!
FIELD EVALUATION REPORT
BY SPEED MEASUREMENT LABORATORIES, INC.
Products Evaluated:Valentine One Radar Detector.
Evaluation Methodology:Radar and laser guns operated by certified police officers. Testing
conducted February-April 2000 in El Paso, TX, by Speed Measurement
Laboratories, Inc. (SML).
All radar and laser equipment
operated within the guidelines of the International Association of Chiefs of
Police per standard police practices.
Detectors provided by
Radar guns used:Stalker ATR 34.7 GHz, Kustom Signals Talon 35.5 GHz, Kustom Signals Falcon
24.150 GHz, Stalker Basic 2 4.150 GHz, MPH Industries 10.525. Laser guns
used: LT1 Ultra Lyte 200, 904 nanometers, Kustom Signals Pro Laser III, 904
nanometers, Stalker LZ-1, 904 nanometers. Normal police targeting with radar
is 1/4 mile. Normal laser targeting with laser is 1000 feet.
Note: At short laser
targeting ranges, the laser beam is extremely narrow and in many cases all
detectors will give no warning. Each detector was given two runs in each
evaluation category. SML not compensated for field testing Valentine
Research products. SML requested "top of the line" models for testing.
Evaluations conducted under ideal atmospheric, RF propagation conditions.
Your results may vary.
In the results below,"instant on" testing was conducted with the test vehicle containing the
radar detector at 2,000 feet. "Instant on" is the manner in which the
officer triggers the radar gun on for approximately 1-2 seconds then turns
it off with no signal being emitted. "Yes" indicates the radar detector
detected this "instant on" signal.
All detectors have a series of
LEDs or text informing the driver of the signal strength of the incoming
radar gun signal. The higher the number displayed by the detector, the
stronger the reported incoming radar gun signal.
In the "signal strength" report
, the number reported is this signal strength. If "Full" is indicated in the
report, the individual detector immediately reported a maximum signal
strength report with accompanying full audio alert per the instruction
manual of the individual detector with no signal strength "ramp up" of the
alert reporting LEDs or audio.
Field Testing Results
Model Maximum Range in miles Instant On at 2000 ft/alert strength Laser
Alert at 2000 ft VG-2 X K Ka X K Ka (904 nanometers) (11.55 GHz) V-1 3.0 3.3
4.0 yes/F yes/F yes/F yes/full alert undetected
The Valentine One uniquely
includes front and rear facing antennas. It is the only dash mounted
detector with such a feature. It is the only detector with a metal case
greatly reducing false alert potentials.
The V-1 gives scorching
performance on all radar bands and its directional arrows tell you where the
radar is. Rear reception range of all radar bands is exceptional. Laser
receiver is top notch.
The Valentine One gave advanced
warning to police radar guns six to eight times the normal targeting
distance of the radar guns, depending on the radar band.
Results Attested To:
Fors, B.S., M.S.
Testing conducted February-April
2000 in El Paso, TX
Speed Measurement Laboratories, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas
The Valentine One is sleek in design and easily installs on the windshield, plugging into the 12Vdc outlet in the vehicle, attaching to the windshield via a suction cup attachment. It can quickly disconnect from the windscreen and slide into your jacket pocket when you wish to remove it from the vehicle. The built-in self-test function guarantees reliable and complete protection every time you switch on the Valentine One radar detector, as it tests each mode of operation.
The Valentine One has been rated as the number one windscreen mounted radar detector for many years by independant testers and hobbyists. Our tests confirm this.
The Valentine is the undisputed champion when it comes to laser detection of any radar detector, as well as turning in some of the highest performance figures on all radar bands.
V1 programming for - If you wish to change modes of
operation, start with table above.
This section allows you to program your V1 to reject
K-band radar signals until they reach a certain signal strength, or
occur for a preset amount of time. Very useful for silencing those
false alarms caused by automatic door openers & petrol stations.
This last page allows you to finalize the K-band muting,
as well as turning on/off Ka narrow band & Ku band in Europe.
With euro mode turned off, put the V1 into "little l" mode to utilize the K-band muting discussed in the videos.
I. How to enter the Valentine On and V1 Remote Programming
the Control Knob in the "off" position, Press and hold-in Knob and at
the same time turn the Knob “on;” continue holding in the Knob until all
front-panel lights are on (takes about 5 seconds).
II. How to determine your software version.
immediately release the Control Knob to display software version. The
software-version number is four digits that display one digit at a time
in the Bogey Counter-example: 2.869.
software number, then see the table below for features that are
programmable in your unit.
immediately release the Control Knob to exit software-version display.
III. How to program your desired features.
character is indicated in the "Bogey Counter" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
A, b, C, d, E, F, G, H, J, or u).
To select the
next Feature Character in the sequence, press and immediately release
the Control Knob.
State is indicated by direction arrows on the Radar Locator.
State is changed by pressing and holding the Control Knob until the
arrow switches to the opposite direction (takes about 3 seconds).
NOTE: If you need to return to an earlier Character in the sequence
above, we recommend you switch off the power momentarily, then restart
at step I above.
IV. How to exit the Programming Mode.
off, or unplug. The changes you programmed will be retained in memory.
V. How to tell if V1 has been changed from factory settings.
If the unit
has been changed, P will appear briefly in the Bogey Counter soon after
V1 is switched on (after the lamps-on test, but before the Mode
On V1s with
serial numbers ending in 0600 or higher, a flashing red LED just to the
right of the Bogey Counter during the sequence above indicates that Ku
coverage has been activated.
Fully installed detectors require more complex installation procedures.
Professional installation is also avalable please view our list of qualified Auto Electricians Here.
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