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Monthly Archives: May 2010

  • The Cheetah C50 Redlight / Speed Camera Detector is Here!

    Here at Buy Radar Detectors we dislike red light cameras as much as the rest of you, so we are always looking for new items to help protect all of us from those idiotic tax generators. We think a lot of you are going to like the new Cheetah C50 Redlight / Speed Camera Detector.

    The C50 is very compact in size and has some great features including voice alerts, and the Trinity database. The Trinity database is available for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Europe. Cheetah's membership package includes database updates via the internet.

    The C50 will also warn you of high accident areas, and you can even set your own personal alert locations. No more forgetting about the local speed trap!

    We have the Cheetah C50 Redlight / Speed Camera Detector ready to go out of our warehouse for $99.99 with free shipping!

  • Special Sale on the Whistler Pro 78 Radar Detector!

    The same team of intrepid radar detector experts that found the long lost treasure of Whistler XTR-690 radar detectors have unearthed a supply of Whistler Pro 78 radar detectors. The Pro 78 is one of Whistler's most popular high performance radar detector models, so we are thrilled to be able to offer them for a one time low price of $119.99 with free shipping! Save $50 on one of the best budget radar detectors made!

    We have a limited number available, and we might not be able to get any more. If you have been looking for deal on a radar detector to use before heading out on the road this summer, the Whistler Pro 78 radar detector may be exactly what you have been shopping for!

  • Beltronics Radar Detector Parking Lot Madness!

    We sometimes get asked "So what radar detector do you use?" and that is a very good question. We all have radar detectors in our vehicles, so I went out to our parking lot and did a quick survey. Most of the people here have a Beltronics radar detector at the moment. The rest have Escort or Whistler (because I know you are curious). We have over the years found Beltronics to offer a nice balance between price and performance so it was not much or a surprise. Now this does vary a bit since we also do a fair bit of testing new detectors, you never know what Danny is using!

  • Radar Detector Ratings

    Some visitors to our radar detector website are surprised we do not have ratings assigned for each radar detector. Our reason is rather simple, if the ratings are not from an independent source or if they are not very, very detailed they mean nothing.

    Be wary of any website that has some arbitrary number next to the radar detector. Instead look for reviews by independent sources. Two of our favorites are the Veil Guy and Guys of Lidar. Now one thing you can do for fun is use radar detector ratings to see if the website has a bias. If every detector for a certain brand ranks high, ask yourself why? The detectors made vary a great bit, and some are much better performers than others, even within the same brand.

    Someday we may implement a rating system, but not until we are satisfied it provides people with an honest evaluation of a radar detector, and not some subjective rating. There is a substantial amount of effort involved in rating a radar detector accurately. Anyone can sit around and say "This is a four star radar detector". It is a lot harder to provide a real quantitative measure using consistent testing, and show how you came up with the numbers.

    We tell people all the time, you are your own best purchasing assistant. Go out and find reviews from people like yourself, not from people selling or manufacturing radar detectors. Get some real world opinions. We want to help you find the best radar detector based on how and where you drive and what your budget is.

    When you call us, we like to find out about the type of driving you do, and where you live. Do you need long range detection on the highway, or the ability to lock out false alerts around town? There are a lot of personal variables, and this is the reason we carry so many radar detector models. A website with some simple numerical rating is often just passing along what the manufacturers told them.

    If you have any questions, give us a call (1-800-584-1445), send an email, or check out our radar detector buyer's guide.

  • What About a Radar Jammer? Don't Waste Your Money!

    Are you shopping for a radar jammer or radar scrambler? Here is a bit of information a lot of companies such as Rocky Mountain Radar (RMR) and Kat do not want you to know. The passive radar jammers and radar scramblers you see for sale on less reputable websites DO NOT WORK!

    Now we do know of a few active jammers out there. A small number of these active radar jammers do work, well sorta. The problem is they do more than just scramble police radar, they also interfere with radio and television broadcast, and they are very disruptive to many electrical devices. It is also a felony offense to use one. You will get a $50,000 fine and possible a jail sentence if caught operating an active working jammer. And everyone around you will know you are using it.

    Think about it, why would the military spend billions on advanced ECM systems and stealth technology (special paint, radar reflecting shapes, radar absorbing materials) if all they had to do was plug in a cheap radar jammer bought off the internet? They use very specialized radar jamming equipment. That looks nothing like the Rocky Mountain Radar C450 radar jammer! Good luck getting that in a car!

    Do not let yourself be taken advantage of by anyone that claims they work. It is all a con. The box the jammer comes in works just as well. There are mostly empty plastic cases with some wires inside. We have already talked about some of the failed performance tests in a previous article on radar jammer scams.

    So is a radar detector legal? Radar detectors are legal just about anywhere in the US. A radar detector only warns you of the presence of radio signals being used by police in a specific band. A radar detector is just a specialty radio tuned to listen to a very specific part of the radio spectrum. They in no way interfere with police radar systems.

    What about laser jammers? Laser jammers do work, though we have found the quality varies a bit and some work much better than others. They operate by sending a false signal back to the laser gun, causing it to report a misreading "jam" or error message. For now, laser jammers are legal in most states.

  • Searching for a Radar Detector Forum?

    There are a lot of forums out there that focus on radar detectors. In truth they tend to be a mixed resource for finding out about different models. Sometimes they have great information, sometimes, well they are not so useful. Those that read our radar detector blog, speak with us on the phone, or chat with us know that here at Buy Radar Detectors we are big proponents of people doing their own independent research into radar detectors. There is a lot of misleading information so an informed shopper is also a smart shopper.

    We find very, very few forums that are active, offer useful reviews, are interested in feedback, and offer a welcoming community for those wanting to learn about different radar detector models. Some are very hostile to new posters, are not interested in factual information, or are about everything but radar detectors. While forums are a great potential source of knowledge, that potential is often squandered by arrogant posters, incorrect information, or corporate communications folk unable to give a straight answer.

    A radar detector forum though can be useful for finding out about the most recent products, area specific traffic laws, and real world feedback on how well something works. So if you have a fireproof suit, some protective eyewear, bleach, and a flyswatter here are a few forums that you might find useful:

    Speedtrap Hunter's Radar Detector Forum: The Speedtrap Hunter's Forum is the only forum that we can truly recommend to people. It is well moderated, has a nice community, and the Speedtrap Hunter himself is one of the leading independent reviewers of radar detector around. It is also the only forum that is not affiliated with a radar detector seller or manufacturer.

    Escort's Radar Detector Forum: The go to place for information about Escort radar detectors. If you have any question about an Escort radar detector it is worth a look.

    Beltronics' Radar Detector Forum: Another nice, company ran forum, if you want to know more about a Beltronics radar detector you might be interested in checking it out.

    Blinder's Forum (No longer online): If you are interested in laser jammers and radar detectors, give the Blinder forum a look.

    These are the main forums that customers have mentioned they like. If you know of a radar detector forum not mentioned let us know, chances are there are plenty of other people out there that will be interested!

  • Buying a Whistler Radar Detector?

    There are a lot of fans of Whistler radar detectors out there. I will let all of you in on a secret. They take building quality radar detectors for a very affordable price very seriously. Everyone here is a fan of how they do business, the way the treat customers, and their honest commitment to designing great radar detectors.

    Here are a few of the more popular Whistler radar detector models:

    Whistler XTR-695 SE Radar Detector: The Whistler XTR-695 SE Radar Detector is a top-of the line model. It has a very balanced mixture of features and performance.

    Whistler Pro 78 SE Radar Detector: The Whistler Pro 78 SE Radar Detector offers great performance, a nice display, and voice alerts. The Pro 78 is very popular, and a favorite here.

    Whistler XTR-695 Radar Detector: The Whistler XTR-695 Radar Detector is already a legendary radar detector. It offers amazing performance for the price, and one that continue to amaze us for its well-balanced design and features.

    Whistler Pro 68 SE Radar Detector: The Whistler Pro 68 SE Radar Detector is probably the best radar detector available for under $100. The Pro 68 was a legendary budget performer, and the Pro 68 SE is a more refined and updated design. If you have been looking for a budget radar detector, the Pro 68 SE is probably what you are searching for!

    In addition to all of the above models, Whistler makes a radar detector for just about every driver. Check out our entire selection of Whistler radar detectors and see what I mean. Whistler also makes more than just traditional windshield mount radar detectors, They also have a concealed design, the Whistler Pro 3450 Radar Detector .There is even the Whistler Cruisader Motorcycle Radar Detector a great motorcycle radar detector! Whistler also makes redlight camera detectors such as the Whistler RLC-100 Redlight / Speed Camera Detector and the Whistler RLC-250 Redlight / Speed Camera Detector.

    If you have questions about radar detectors give us a call at 1-800-584-1445, or send us an email. We want to be your personal radar detector specialist!

  • Finding a Motorcycle Radar Detector

    Now that warm weather is here a lot of our customers are hitting the road on their motorcycle. Not wanting to be unguarded out on the open highway, many also want a motorcycle radar detector. Well, we can help with that!

    For most people, we recommend a cordless, or wireless, radar detector. They are easy to use right out of the box. There are several cordless radar detectors to choose from, here are a few of our favorites:

    Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector: The Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar/Laser Detector may be one of the very best cordless models around. The Escort has good range and is also rather compact in size.

    Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector: The Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector is a nice, full featured model from Whistler. The 540 has many of the features found in Whistler's top radar detectors in a cordless design.

    Whistler XTR-440 Cordless Radar Detector: The Whistler XTR-440 Cordless Radar Detector is a good entry level design. The 440 has a nice mix of features for a great price!

    Once you find a radar detector you like, you will want a way to mount it properly. We have a very large selection of radar detector motorcycle mounts. All you need to do is find a mount you like, and then add a cradle. They are also great for holding your phone, or even some GPS devices.

    Now, this does not mean there are only cordless radar detectors out there for use on your motorcycle. There are specialty models as well!

    Whistler Cruisader Motorcycle Radar Detector: The Whistler Cruisader Motorcycle Radar Detector is specifically designed for motorcycles. It takes a bit of work to install, but once you are done you will have a very custom looking radar detector!

    There are also some great motorcycle radar detector accessories available. One of the more popular accessories is a helmet interface.

    Cheetah VizAlert Helmet Interface (Bel STi Driver): The Cheetah VizAlert Helmet Interface adds a visual indicator that is very easy to see. The Cheetah VizAlert Helmet Interface is designed to work with the high performance Beltronics STi Driver.

    You can also wire up just about any "traditional" style radar detector. Cordless models just do not have the range and performance of a wired model. Because of that we occasionally suggest for some riders to go with a high performance radar detector. We even carry radar detector hard wire kits to make the job a bit easier.

    There are a lot of options for adding a radar detector to your motorcycle. If you are mostly a weekend rider, then a cordless model and a mounting bracket is the perfect combination. They are both easy to install and use. For those that ride daily, more custom options are available. If you have any questions at all just give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or send us an email!

  • Shopping for a Cobra Radar Detector?

    Cobra makes a lot of radar detectors, and trying to find the perfect one can be a bit of a challenge. We always tell people here at Buy Radar Detectors to first think about where they drive most (in town, on the highway, or a balance of both), come up with a rough budget of how much you want to spend, then think about any features you may be looking for such as voice notifications or GPS red light camera warnings.

    I have put together a short list of some of the more popular Cobra radar detectors. You may also want to check out our entire line of Cobra radar detectors. Our radar detector comparison tool is great for analyzing two similar models, and you can also do a quick search of our website.

    Cobra XRS 9970G: The Cobra XRS 9970G Radar Detector has a full color touch screen display and a GPS based red light and speed camera warning system. This is one of Cobra's top radar detectors and is designed for city and highway use!

    Cobra XRS 9955: The Cobra XRS 9955 Radar Detector uses a full color touch screen display, has the ability to upgrade to a GPS camera warning system, and is packed with features.

    Cobra XRS 9945: The Cobra XRS 9945 Radar Detector is loaded with features including a full color display and voice alerts.

    Cobra XRS 9445: The Cobra XRS 9445 Radar Detector is popular entry level model that has voice alerts and an easy to read display. This model is great for use around town.

    These are just a few of the models we have in stock. If you have any questions just call us at: 1-800-584-1445 or send an email.

  • Are Radar Detectors Illegal? Radar Detector Laws by State

    One of the most common questions is about the legality of using a radar detector. "Are radar detectors legal?" "Where are radar detectors illegal?" Current laws about radar detectors are rather simple:

    Radar detectors are currently illegal in the following states/districts/areas or use with certain vehicles:

    Virginia (VA)
    Washington DC (DC)
    Military Bases
    Radar detectors are illegal to use at the federal level (in all states) and in commercial vehicles over 10,000 lbs.

    Here is a list of the states where it is 100% legal to possess and operate a radar detector:
    ALABAMA (AL) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    ALASKA (AK) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    ARIZONA (AZ) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    ARKANSAS (AR) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    CALIFORNIA (CA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    COLORADO (CO) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    CONNECTICUT (CT) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    DELAWARE (DE) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    FLORIDA (FL) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    GEORGIA (GA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    HAWAII (HI) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    IDAHO (ID) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    ILLINOIS (IL) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    INDIANA (IN) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    IOWA (IA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    KANSAS ( KS) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    KENTUCKY (KY) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    LOUISIANA (LA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MAINE (ME) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MARYLAND (MD) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MASSACHUSETTS (MA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MICHIGAN (MI) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MINNESOTA (MN) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MISSISSIPPI (MS) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MISSOURI (MO) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    MONTANA (MT) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEBRASKA (NE) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEVADA (NV) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEW HAMPSHIRE (NH) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEW JERSEY (NJ) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEW MEXICO (NM) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NEW YORK (NY) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NORTH CAROLINA (NC) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    NORTH DAKOTA (ND) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    OHIO (OH) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    OKLAHOMA (OK) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    OREGON (OR) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    PENNSYLVANIA (PA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    RHODE ISLAND (RI) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    SOUTH CAROLINA (SC) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    SOUTH DAKOTA (SD) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    TENNESSEE (TN) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    TEXAS (TX) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    UTAH (UT) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    VERMONT (VT) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    WASHINGTON (WA) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    WEST VIRGINIA (WV) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    WISCONSIN (WI) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.
    WYOMING (WY) - Legal to own and use a radar detector.

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