I bought a Phazer 3. Why? Well I didn't really intend to. I cast the minimum bid ($8) on a supposedly broken Phazer 3 on ebay just for the heck of it, I didn't actually expect to win it. After processing some discounts I had it cost about $2. Mainly wanted to see what a current RMR scrambler consisted of and sheer utter boredom. Plus it saves someone the problem of thinking it works, and can sit proudly on my shelf of detectors and other radar equipment.
The supposedly broken Phazer 3 was from Best Buy's return center. The funniest thing in the description of the item was "Does not scramble signals", well of course it doesn't! Not only was it not broken, it was new in box, if it didn't work they heard about it elsewhere and never used this one. The thing was much smaller than it looks in pictures. It is about the size of a Spirit II. It has about a 1 inch square antenna. I'd think if a passive scrambler would work, the antenna would have to get larger with each passing generation, not smaller.
But wait it has improved! Instead of having a seperate test button, it now performs a test, automatically at startup. The "laser scrambler" consists of 3 LEDS, for "50% more power" but unlike the original Phazer they're aimed at some sort of lens. I don't have a laser gun but I'm going to take a wild guess and say 3 LEDs aimed at a lens will do little nothing against a laser gun from behind a windshield. I could be wrong. I don't have a laser gun to test this device, and unless someone wants to test it for me I don't intend to go out of my way to do so.
With non wholesale parts you could make this thing for about $20 in a generic sort of case. I'd say I got a pretty good deal. Now the sad part, this thing sells for upwards of $100. I'm sure with wholesale parts this thing costs about $10 to make. They're making a scary $90 profit on a non working item (well I shouldn't say non working, it does power up, and probably interferes with a radar gun at a close range of about a foot). I'm sure the cardboard box, leaflet of other models, and photocopied instructions cost a few pennies too. This thing is scary cheap. If you thought they couldn't cheapen things out any more than they already had, think again.
Well I've had my fun with it. Someday when I'm bored I'll let you know just what it does to a radar gun. Unless I get a laser gun someday (you never know), we'll have to remember that it probably is at least as effective as sticking pins in a voodoo doll of a police officer.