Product Spotlight: Valentine One Savvy Radar Locator
This is not a new radar locator, but rather a quite affordable and helpful accessory that both simplifies "hard-wiring" your detector into the car, and allows you to automatically stifle all those annoying beeps from door openers and so forth below a selectable preset speed. We borrowed a test unit over Thanksgiving for a trip from Detroit to Memphis, with plenty of shopping-related in-town driving in Memphis. Here's how it works:
The device (manufactured in conjunction with GoPoint) plugs into your car's OBDII port and includes a pigtail with two RJ11 jacks. The port provides 12-volt power to both your Valentine One detector and your Concealed Display, but it also includes circuitry that reads the vehicle-speed sensors and mimicks your finger on the detector's mute button if the vehicle is traveling below your preset speed threshold, which is selected via a small white thumb-wheel. You still get one tiny beep, but none of the continued bleating that would ordinarily have you repeatedly reaching for the mute button while driving amongst multiple door openers.
The unit worked perfectly on my drive, and the OBDII mount in my test car even placed the thumbwheel where I could see it and easily tweak the adjustment (this won't be the case in most cars). I left it set at 55 mph. My peripheral vision is pretty good and I could see the arrows light up when the bogeys were located. The device, set to its "t" mode also successfully ignored all of the traffic-flow-monitoring (non-enforcement) radar units lining I-75 through most of Ohio. Bottom line, when this thing made noise, it usually meant business. We still love the locator function, as it confirms without a doubt where you need to look for the threat, and let's you know definitively when you've passed it. If the V1 beeped for Ka, I jabbed the brakes, and usually found a real threat just up the road. I managed to make the trip without enriching any local constabularies, but then it is also my custom to never stick my own neck out-I stray significantly above posted limits when I can do so in the company of others. We did experience a few apparently bogus laser blasts (we never saw a squad car after a laser alert), and we remain unconvinced that any detector can provide sufficient warning-they seem like ticket-detectors when the signal is for real.
The Savvy unit will retail for $69 by itself, or $449 when included with a new Valentine One. It strikes us as a nice, affordable upgrade for anyone who owns a Valentine One detector.
Valentine Research, Inc.1-800-331-3030