I as I was in the market for a reliable radar detector I went on line and picked three of the top radar detector recommended in the $500 range. I researched and read everything I could find on the three and deced on the Valentine 1. The others were ok but what I liked about the V1 was how simple it is to operate. One knob to turn it off or on and lower the volume and It detects to the front, back and sides of my vehicle I installed and connected it directly into my overhead dome light panel with the direct wire adaptor that came with the V1. I also purchased the V1 Bluetooth which I installed in a couple of minutes and can now operate my V1 through my iPhone which is great if I don't want the detector lights to be visible to other traffic. The entire installation took less than an hour. A friend of mine also has the V1 in his vehicle and is very happy with his. I'm very satisfied with my V1 and recommend it to anyone interest in buying a radar detector.
"Valentine 1" Radar Detector/Locator with Laser Warning
Valentine One: Radar Locator
The only radar detector on the market that utilizes two radar antennas for accurate and detailed radar detection. One antenna scans the front, while the other antenna scans the rear. The result is the most protection your car can receive. Ordinary radar detectors typically house a single sensor or antenna on the front of the detector. The advanced Valentine One features dual sensors for the ultimate detection. Aside from the multiple sensors, another advantage to the Valentine One is the continuous upgrades. The Valentine One will never have to worry about becoming obsolete since each radar detector can be upgraded to the latest technology. Never again will you have to throw away that old detector to buy a new one.
- The most advanced radar detector with full band coverage
- Exclusive computer modes for All-Bogeys, Logic, and Advanced Logic
- Provides protections and detection against all bands of radar
- Pop protection and laser recognition
- Front and rear sensor tracks threats on all sides of the vehicle
- Includes all the mounting hardware, including a visor mount
- Continuous upgrades and updates allow the Valentine One to virtually never become obsolete
- Optional accessories sold separately:
- Antenna type: High-efficiency double-ridged horn
- Operating frequencies:
- 10.500 - 10.550 GHz (X band)
- 24.050 - 24.250 GHz (K band)
- 33.400 - 36.000 GHz (Ka band)
- 13.400 - 13.500 GHz (Ku band)
- 820 - 950 nanometers (Laser)
- Power Requirements:
- 11.0-16.0 Volts DC negative ground
- 225 mA typical standby
- 425 mA maximum alarm condition
- Operating temperature range: -20°C to +70°C (-4°F to +158°F)
- Storing temperature range: -30°C to +85°C (-22°F to +185°F)
- Weight: 6.4 oz.
- Dimensions: 4-1/2"L x 3-5/8"W x 1"H
- 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty
- Valentine One Radar Detector
- Windshield mount
- Visor mount
- Lighter adapter
- Coiled power cord
- Straight power cord
- Direct-wire power adapter
- Wiring-harness connector
- Owner's manual
- Spare suction cups
- Spare fuse
Due to state laws, Sonic Electronix, Inc can not ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia.
SonicElectronix is not an authorized dealer for Valentine products because there are no authorized dealers for this top of the line radar detector brand. SonicElectronix.com has no affiliation with Valentine Research. All warranty claims will be handled through Sonic Electronix.
LED Displays: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know through a bright LED display.
LED Icon Indicators: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating icons and symbols.
Text Display: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating text on the display.
Other ways to mount your radar detector include Velcro and adhesive.
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
July 7, 2014
48 of 57 found this helpful
June 29, 2011
It is exilant and I use it here in my country
45 of 52 found this helpful
July 30, 2013
The Valentine One is the best radar detector I have owned. In fact I just purchased an additional one for my wife. I was a Peace Officer for thirty years and am verr familiar with radar and how it works. I am no longer getting tickets in photo radars at 8 miles over the speed limit in a fishing ( Revenue ) zone.
42 of 47 found this helpful
January 30, 2012
I would recommend this product if you want to stop the money grab that the goverment and the cops dish out in a pretence of road safety.
40 of 47 found this helpful
San Diego, CA
November 24, 2011
It has saved me from about 1,500$ worth of speeding tickets. I have talked to many people that do rallies like gumball 3000 and bullrun. They all said get the V1 compared to the escort. The escort 9500xi is a good product too, but you're pretty much spending the same amount for a v1. The escort has gps for up-to-date speed cam spots and traffic intersection cameras. Why do you need to know that info? It's pointless. I would want to know where the CHP is, not red light cameras.
The V1 tells you where the cops are and how many there are, by using the arrows. The escort is pretty much like any other radar, it just beeps KA or k or X or Laser. You have no idea where it is coming from so buying an escort is pretty much pointless.
My first radar detector was a P.O.S. cobra radar detector that would beep at anything and not beep when a CHP was using KA radar right in front of me...
The V1 has saved me from Laser and KA radars many amount of times. It is worth every penny!!!!
The V1 payed off when i was speeding (115mph +) and it caught a KA radar at least 2 miles ahead of me. I had enough time to slow down and as well not get a ticket.
THE V1 IS THE BEST RADAR DETECTOR EVER!!!!!!!!!
39 of 46 found this helpful
March 19, 2012
Best best best Radar detector ever and you can update it online!!! I have been saved so many times. Makes driving my Vette so much more fun. I know now when I can get into the gas pedal or when I need to get into the brakes.
38 of 45 found this helpful
November 7, 2011
I made a two month road trip and covered 6500 miles using the valentine one unit. I am not one for speeding, but do like to know what is going on with the public traffic system while I am using it. The unit worked great and use it very often making trips.
36 of 42 found this helpful
September 16, 2011
In the beginning I was skeptical about paying over 400 bucks for this system, but when I looked over the internet I found a lot of cheap radar detectors but their performance is not a fraction of this one.
Finally after I give it a considerable amount of thought I decided to get valentine one, now I have it for six months I am very pleased with the performance, it does exactly what it was advertised for.
I mounted mine right underneith the internal rearview mirror, it came with all accessories needed, except the rear view mirror adaptor that I bought separetly from Amazon, I tested it several times before I start using it, let me tell you this thing is awesome, it detects the wives sometimes in more then a thousand feet away, and the intensity raises as you approach to the sourse, and when you reach the source it gives you a paralell light that indicates the source is on you rides, and as you pass it, it gives you a back arrow, so you know exactly in what locations is comming from, since I get this I received only one speeding ticket, and I forget to turn it on that day, and since then, it is always on, it has 360 degrees detection field, and it comes with many accessories. Here's my advice, get this one and you will not be disapointed, it is a bit expensive but trust me you will get all the money back within a year by not paying for the tickets :) beside all this, this machine is very smart, it does not beep to any radio waves, it really distanguish between them and it beeps only when the threat is present, it the beep was ironic, it will give you a deference in tone to tell you "disregard about the last warning."
I am really happy with it, and looking forward to more of them tickets that I didn't have to pay.
37 of 45 found this helpful
January 31, 2015
I bought this detector used at a discount because I'd always heard how good they are but wasn't willing to drop $500 on it. I am not disappointed, even though there are units that have a little better Ka band detection (Escort) and more features on the market. If you don't need GPS and other bells and whistles I think this is it. The V1 has helped me avoid tickets a dozen times - in fact the last time was yesterday - in my Corvette C6 (and I don't really go that fast). The state of Oklahoma is a giant revenue zone for speeding tickets so you can't do without a detector here. The mirror mounting kit is overpriced for my car ($129) but otherwise the unit itself is definitely worth the money you pay for it. I'd recommend it.
34 of 40 found this helpful
North Aurora, IL
September 16, 2011
Works like a champ. Very dependable.
35 of 42 found this helpful
October 20, 2012
The factory sell's them cheaper. What a rip off you are.
34 of 41 found this helpful
April 13, 2012
I bought a Valentine One from Sonic 6 months ago, it was worked a treat I couldn't be happier with the product and the service with Sonic. The radar has saved me fines at least 4 or 5 times. I would recommend the Valentine One to anyone who was serious about buying a radar detector.
34 of 41 found this helpful
June 3, 2011
I would recommend this detector for anyone in the market for one. Very accurate and sensitive along with dual direction detection helps locate the source. I would say that this device has saved me from getting several tickets over the years and I just bought one for my daughter. A bit pricey but seems to be a quality piece as my first one still operates and is 7 years old.
33 of 39 found this helpful
May 22, 2011
I road with someone that had this Valentine and couldn't believe how good it really worked. I bought one and loved how it really does work. It works over hills, round curves and for a very long distances. Theres a radar trailer set up 1 block up and then 8 blokes around the corner and i have to put on mute when I back down my driveway. That means its picking it up over at least 12 houses. I got another one for my work truck. Very well worth every penny. Its gota be the best one on the market.
34 of 42 found this helpful
Palm City, FL
May 28, 2010
I have had the Valentine One since the mid-90's and have upgraded it three times. On open highway it posts radar two miles away.
32 of 38 found this helpful
June 24, 2014
I'm very pleased with the Valentine One Radar Detector especially its radar directional finder and its warning time that it gives you to slow down to avoid a ticket .
34 of 43 found this helpful
August 29, 2011
It is excellent and I use in my country.
32 of 39 found this helpful
June 3, 2012
I have owned many other radar detectors but this beats them all hands down. I should have just bought this one from day 1.
31 of 38 found this helpful
December 10, 2009
If you are gonna get a radar dont waste any of your money on them besides this one its ridiculous you will love it it hits them po po s like two miles away
29 of 34 found this helpful
August 6, 2013
I am in Australia, and have found the Valentine One to work extremely well. On a number of occasions, it gave me warning of police radars over great distances. Left me plenty of time to keep my speed under the limit.
29 of 36 found this helpful
November 13, 2010
I have used many different radars in the past years and this is the platinum standard....hands down!
30 of 38 found this helpful
July 27, 2010
The radar detector is worth it! It has saved me 10-15 times already, so if you don't want to get a ticket...you got a good chance with this radar detector.
26 of 30 found this helpful
June 15, 2010
I bought two pieces of V1 half a year ago. Friend of mine used some other detectors earlier and he was positively surprised about the performance of V1! So sensitive and easy to use. I started to use the device also and came up to the same conclusion. Now I can concentrate more for the ride and enjoy the road!
28 of 34 found this helpful
August 23, 2010
I've had this V1 for X amount of months now, best money I've ever spent for everyday use. Well worth the price. I drive 100 miles a day 80-hwy & 20- city. I recommend this to everyone. You will love this bad boy!! Saves me an average of 25 times from police
26 of 32 found this helpful
April 25, 2013
apres 6 mois d'utilisation je conseil ce produit a qui veut
prendre la route avec tranquilite seleument apres 6 mois j'ai sauvé queques contravention je suis tres satisfait merci valentine one.
26 of 33 found this helpful
March 30, 2011
This radar was a gift to me for my birthday and I love it. It's very accurate and there's nothing bad I can say about it. I can say it goes off in front of store doors and all a lot, but I still highly recommend it.
It's saved me from a few tickets for sure.
26 of 33 found this helpful
Palm Springs Ca
December 11, 2009
This is a little cheaper than what I paid for it. I went to another website. I paid over $500 for it :(. Good news is that its saved me more then a few times.... I take it where ever I go. Its paid for it self plenty of times.... you will be glad that you bought it.
24 of 29 found this helpful
San Diego, Ca
February 29, 2012
I bought the V1 b/c my old piece of crap Cobra radar detector would beep at everything mainly false alarms. i had a chp officer use his Ka radar on me a few feet away from my car and the cobra radar didn't even go off. So I gave that to a friends for free b/c he thought it was cool.
Once i had enough money to buy a V1 ($500), I bought it right away. I asked all my friends that do crazy driving rallies like Gumball 3000, Bullrun rally, Targa trophy, exotic drives. I asked them if i should spend my money on the new Escort 9500ix or the V1. 15 out of 16 ppl told me get the V1.
-The escort has GPS to pin-point traffic camera's, and speed cams, X, K, KA,, Ku and instant-on POP modes, laser.
--wow traffic camera's--> JUST DON'T RUN RED LIGHTS!!
The V1 does almost all of those. it does X, K, Ka, L. and it TELLS YOU WHAT DIRECTION IT IS COMING FROM.
-also false radars you can set the v1 so X and K band (usually false radars) won't go off.
(K band is usually a speed cam)
- ""instead of just beeeeeeping like all the other radar detectors!!!""
A day after getting it in the mail it saved me from a ticket that paid the V1 off. I have never got a speeding ticket, and i speed over 85mph everyday. It saves me every time from tickets. you just always need to keep an eye out and speed when it is save.
BUY THE V1 IT IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!
22 of 28 found this helpful
Santa Clarita, CA
September 26, 2011
The Valentine One is the BEST radar detector out there. I have had several others and nothing compares to the V1. I really appreciate the arrows telling me where the radar is coming from. No more guessing.
On a side note, Sonic Electronix took care of me. Thier price was a bit higher on thier site than the price on the actual Valentine One website. I mentioned this to them and they did not hesitate to match the price of the manufacturer. This in turn saved me some money because I didnt have to pay the higher shipping rate charged by the manufacturer. Excellent customer service. Will do all of my electronic shopping with SE.
19 of 24 found this helpful
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