When used in conjunction with a good detector,
VEIL provides you with precious additional reaction time - time you wouldn't otherwise have to safely slow down -
and enables you to avoid speeding tickets.
Although this may sound counter-intuitive, in general, it is
actually easier for a radar detector to detect
police laser at greater
distances than up close - essentially the opposite of police RADAR.
The reason being that as the targeting distances increase so does
the laser beam spread pattern. The wider the beam is, the
greater the chance that laser detectors will "see" it. when
the distances decrease, the beam gets narrower.
Therefore, if an officer targets either your front license plate or a
headlight, at shorter distances, the laserbeam may not be wide enough to
reach the laser section that is mounted high-up on windshields. Which means NO ALERT!
To minimize this "effect", you should mount your detector as low as you
can against the windshield or place them on the dash.
The exception to this recommendation is with the Valentine 1. Since it has demonstrated an overall superior ability to alert to "off-axis" laser
you could mount your Valentine 1 high, to maximize your detector's chances of seeing the rare advanced
laser warning from a vehicle that is being targeted ahead of yours without
compromising your ability to be alerted to laser up-close.
In either case, make sure there are visual no obstructions that could block the detectors'
"field-of-view", like wipers or UV
filters that are routinely incorporated into the windshield.
In our opinion, if laser is used heavily in your areas of travel, you seek the very best in laser detectors (in a
windshield mounted unit), desire to have the greatest rear radar sensitivity, and the ability to identify the source of the radar or laser threat, the Valentine 1 would be your natural choice.
If, on the other hand, you wish for the most recent advancements**
in radar detection filtering, all-around top performance, and steller Ka performance, either the BEL Vector 995, Bel RX65, or Escort Passport 8500 X50
would make a terrific addition to your windshield.
Our own experiences suggests that the Escort 8500 X50 has an edge in laser detection when compared to the BEL RX-65 Pro.
The Bel RX65 has the distinction of being the ergonomic champ and has the
added ability to operate on Ku
(as can the V1 & 995) - an older European band.
The RX65 Pro provides the additional ability to have its Ka performance tailored for either European radar or US Ka-radar usage.
Bottom Line: You really can't go wrong with any of these top tier models.
Want even more extensive comparisons? Read our exclusive radar detector review
in which we drove with the top three for several thousands miles to see if we could determine
the overall best detector.
Now that you are armed with a good unit,
discover how you to use it to avoid speed traps!
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