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Monthly Archives: March 2006

  • International Whistler Sales

    Whistler just issued a warning to customers outside of the US who are looking to buy a Whistler detector: BEWARE. Some internet searches apparently turn up products that claim to be Whistler radar detectors, but in fact are not. Here are two examples (one, two).

    International customers: always be sure that the Whistler products that you buy are authentic!

  • Bel LaserPro 905 Is Being Discontinued

    Bel is discontinuing the LaserPro 905, and they will not be replacing it. After they're gone, the only product available from Bel that will offer laser blocking is the RX75 Plus. If you are in the market for a laser jammer that will interface with your high end Bel radar detector, get one while you still can!

  • Illumine Radar Detector

    Techeblog is reporting a new radar detector called the Illumine. The Illumine is designed for female drivers. It has a unique look, similar to a perfume bottle. The Illumine does not "beep" or make any other sound. Instead, it glows when a radar is detected. The stronger the signal, the brighter the glow.

    While an interesting concept, this product seemingly has some large flaws. Perhaps we can overlook the absence of a true display. Personally, I like to know what radar band is being detected because it helps me screen out false alerts, but this product is obviously not intended for customers who want to get the most from their detector. I don't believe I can overlook the lack of audio alerts, however. The purpose of this device is to give you time to slow down when a police officer is near, and I don't see how the "glow" will catch your attention fast enough. It may grab your attention at night, but will it be enough on a bright day?

    An unconventionally shaped detector may not be a bad idea in areas where radar detectors are illegal. If you are searched and the officer is specifically looking for a detector, they would likely not suspect something shaped like the Illumine.

    It appears that the Illumine is a prototype and is not yet near production, but unless the apparent flaws are addressed I would recommend you stay away from it.

  • How To Use Your Radar Detector

    A radar detector is a great tool, but it could hurt you more than help if you don't know how to use it properly. This post will attempt to explain how you can get the most benefit from your radar detector. It will teach you what you can expect from your radar detector, and what you cannot.

    What Radar Detectors Do
    Many people buy a radar detector and simply assume that they now have a license to speed. A few tickets later, these same people will discard the detector as "worthless". It is important to know what a radar detector is, and in what situations you can trust it, and when you must be cautious.

    A radar detector will alert you when it senses certain frequencies of signals. The frequencies that they look for are frequencies that are commonly used by radar guns (the devices used by police to capture the speed of vehicles). These products do not detect police officers or police cars. They only detect the signals that are emitted by devices that police officers sometimes use.

    When To Trust Your Radar Detector
    The perfect situation for a radar detector is when you are driving in traffic, with other cars in front of and behind you. Fortunately, this is a very common scenario and is almost always the case when you are driving on an interstate or a highway during daylight hours. In this scenario, a police officer who is looking for speeders would set off your radar detector when his radar gun captured the speed of a driver in front of or behind you. This would usually give you plenty of time to slow down.

    When To Be More Cautious
    If you are driving in an area where there isn't much traffic, or if you are the only vehicle within sight, you should exercise more caution. In this scenario, a radar detector is not as valuable. A police officer using an instant-on radar gun could get your speed and your radar detector would have little time to warn you. When exceeding the speed limit in lite traffic, you should always keep an eye out for law enforcement officers and slow down around curves or hills. You also shouldn't speed excessively -- when you spot a police officer you will need to get your speed in check quickly.

    The Laser Threat
    While police radar is by far the biggest threat, laser usage by police is growing rapidly. Laser works differently than police radar, and laser detection is a weak point for radar detectors. Police laser is not used in all areas, so it is important that you find out if laser is used where you commonly drive. If laser is a threat in your area, you should arm yourself with a laser defense product, such as a laser jammer or Laser Veil, in addition to your radar detector.

    Be Smart!
    If you are expecting to plug in your radar detector and automatically be immune to tickets, then you are in for trouble. However, if you take the time to learn what your radar detector is actually doing, and combine that with smart, situational driving, you will be successful at avoiding speeding tickets.

  • Passive Radar Jammers Don't Work!

    There are lots of products out there that claim to be passive radar 'jammers' or 'scramblers'. Most of these products are manufactured under the brand Rocky Mountain Radar, or RMR. Many of these products sell for $200 and up, and claim to jam both police radar and laser guns.

    Tests have shown over and over again that these products are not capable of jamming anything. They are usually capable of detecting radar, but have the range of a $50 detector. I consider these products to be fraudulent and a scam. This company is intentionally deceiving customers. Because of this, we have never sold these products and we never will.

    Don't just take my word for this. Check out these other stories:

    CopRadar.com reports that passive jammers have zero effect on radar.

    According to an article in the LA Times, tests concluded that these jamming devices are not effective. This story also finds the RMR scrambler works as well as a block of wood.

    A police officer decided to test out a RMR Phazer 2 for a local Central Florida TV station. The result? "No matter my speed, distance, type of speed gun -- radar or laser -- they got me every time."

    There are many other stories just like these, but I hope this is enough to get my point across. Don't waste your money on a passive radar jammer! You would be much better off investing in a high quality radar detector, such as the Beltronics Pro 300 or the Escort 8500 X50 Black. If you get one of these products and learn how to use it, you will be successful at avoiding speeding tickets.

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