Radar Detectors
Guide 2006: Wrap-Up

Valentine 1 Beltronics Pro RX65 Escort 8500 X50

VEIL maximizes detector performance!

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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As good as the Valentine 1 is at spotting laser, the great likelihood is that by the time your detector sounds its alarm, you have already been clocked with laser - even on a motorcycle - unless you have protected yourself with VEIL, an active laser jammer, or both.

That's why several detector manufacturers also build active laser jammers - otherwise known as ECMs or electronic counter measures.

Would you like even more detailed comparisons? Read this informative detector test; driving along with the top models for many miles to find out which one was the best overall.

Since you are considering arming yourself with a detector, learn how to successfully avoid speeding tickets with them!

Hear other enthuisiast share their experiences saying with how VEIL helped them beat speeding tickets!

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*According to field testing.

**Another distinction (especially) for the V1 and both BELs worth noting are their abilities to hide from RDDs - such as VG2 and SPECTRE/STALCAR II/III created in the land of OZ.
Beltronics has recently released their STI Driver which has demonstrated to be completely undetectable by current RDDs.

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