Right off the bat, I have to say that some of what follows is probably wrong. I’ve been researching laser jammers for about a month or so now. Solid information is hard to come by, what with all the different tests, agendas, arguments, etc. So anyway, here is the laser jammer situation as I know it so far, and keep in mind, I’m a newbie so feel free to let me know where I am mistaken:
1. A diode-based jammer is better than a LED-based jammer because it is much more powerful and much more compact. The only drawback is that they may burn out and need replacement. (EDIT: Diodes in general are better than LEDs, but diode jammers are not necessarily better than LED jammers. Thanks, Sethy.)
2. AntiLaser is an excellent diode-based jammer made in Croatia and can be bought directly from the manufacturer. If you do, it will be branded “AntiLaser” and have a version of 8.x. The base version only has one head. You can upgrade to two diodes. No independent test has ever confirmed that a single diode on the front provides capable performance, though it may be possible. AntiLaser is quite expensive. I have received an e-mail from Vito at AL and he is fairly confident one diode would suffice for my car (a small S2000). They only take bank-money transfers. Wiring money to Eastern Europe always fills me with confidence.
3. Laser Pro Park is an excellent diode-based jammer sold by a few distributors but is actually made by AntiLaser. When sold by a distributor such as KMPH, it becomes branded “Laser Pro Park” and has a parking sensor feature. It is undetermined which version of AL the LPP is equivalent to, though a few people say it is version 6.x. LPP is also quite expensive. I have no idea how I can buy one because KMPH still has not e-mailed me back. I also don’t know about single and double options.
4. Blinder is an excellent LED-based jammer made here in Florida (or at least they have an office here) and can be purchased directly from Radar Roy. It has performed well in many tests, but not quite as well as AL/LPP. Because it is an LED-based jammer, dual heads are absolutely necessary in the front and VEIL should be applied. Also, the heads are bulkier. However, the M-20 is a reasonable $350 from Radar Roy ($450 with install). But you get NO rear protection at that price. For that you need the M-40 at $600 ($750 with install).
5. Escort ZR-3 is an LED-based jammer available through Radar Roy. It seems to allow some major punchthroughs on some laser guns and doesn’t jam LaserAtlanta’s “stealth” mode at all. No one other than Radar Roy and Speed Measurement Labs have even tested it, and its performance was so-so there. However, you get it for $499 installed with front AND rear protection. (EDIT: Guys of Lidar DID test this jammer. Results corraborated the results of other tests; good performance on most guns, major punchthrough on Stalker LZ-1, No jamming at all on Laser Atlanta in "Stealth Mode". Thanks Jim!)
6. DriveSmart or Defender or whatever hasn’t proven anything yet. If it does what it says, then it will fantastic. If it doesn’t, well…
OKAY! Am I right? Where did I go wrong? What is it about AL/LPP that has a few forum members having multiple org-sms over? Will a single head work on a small car like mine? Heck, with an X50, VEIL and a bra from Colgan, should I just save my money and skip the jammer altogether?
Thanks in advance!