Has anyone used the Valentine One? From the reviews its supposed to have the best range besides the K-40. Usually the radar can pick you up before your radar detector even picks it up. I would guess it goes the same for a radar jammer? Would all radar detectors or jammers work with radar guns or cameras?
For all things speeding (is that right?) then the best source of info in my opinion is http://www.ukspeedtraps.co.uk
Where ever possible they test detectors with the cameras the Police actually use and being completely independant you should get a good review.
From all the reviews I have seen over the last year then the ranking of the best detectors are:
1) Valentine One 2001, simply the best in all aspects but expensive (£599 rrp)
2) Bell Target Euro 550, best value, great detection with good warnings and a low number of false alarms (£450 rrp)
3) Snooper 715iS, good value, good detection with adequate warning but a lot of false alarms, better performance than the higher priced 815iS in tests (£199 rrp)
A lot of people go for the Bell as it is the best value package. If you can get a Valentine One cheap or second hand then go for that. From what I have heard Snoopers aren't very good and give a lot of false alarms.
What do I have?
Geodesy and now I am going to get the Bell 550 (Justin you have email )
Yeah, I've got a snooper 815 and the thing drives me round the bend with it's constant bleeping at traffic lights, supermarkets etc! I only plug it in when I get out of town - it's quite good for picking up Gatsos early.
The theroy goes that a jammer will send back a false signal to the laser gun. Mr Plod gets confused with the error signal or a stupid speed reading (300mph!) and whacks the gun with is truncheon to get it working again (OK elaborated there a bit ). He then trys again BUT you were warned by your jammer that you had been zapped the first time so you slow down. Mr Plod gets a correct reading the second time of you going under the speed limit. Obviously if Mr Plod continues to get false or error readings then he will get very suspicious and pull you over anyway. For that reason jammers only work for a few seconds (3 to 5 seconds I think).
I am sure all the info is on http://www.ukspeedtraps.co.uk including photos of the typical readings laser guns get when jammed.
By the way laser guns do have a 'being jammed' indicator but none of the better jammers actually trigger it, they just get an error reading.
Obviously this is all speculation and theroy because I don't want to suggest that anyone should break speed limits.
I've had 3 different radar detectors over some 12 years and the Valentine One is easily the best. (Also had top Bel model). The Valentine picks up Gatso's at a good 1/4 mile range, and that's just reflected backsplash 'cos Gatso's fire away from you as you approach. M25 near Heathrow is easy peasy 'cos you can tell if the threat is in front of you or if you are already past it. This is important when there are mutiple cameras close together.
Also got a K40 Defuser to jam lasers. Don't know how good it is tho' - no doubt will find out one day!
Anyone know of sources of true radar ECM systems (Electronic Counter Measures)?
One other question on the radar detectors ,has it saved your arse rather than detect camera's that you were all aware of in the 1st place ?,as I have an older version of one and never use it as generally know where hot spots are and keep my speed down .
Must admit very few cameras in wiltshire ,were pretty lucky that way.
I used to find it very useful on the M25 when the variable speed limits are in operation! Would be great if it could pick up the SPECS though and those Blue cameras that face you (not Trafficmaster). The Blue cameras seem to be all around Northampton.
I do like what the local farmers have done on the Witney - Cheltenham road (A40), pushed them over or broken them off! Good can of spray paint should help - now here's a plan...........