I've been using v1s since about the late 1990s. Over that time, I've had things break, ideas for improvements, and some general thoughts about it. I've noticed there are quite a few long-term owners and multi-unit owners here. I'd like to hear your experiences and thoughts.
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- These are the finest radar detectors that money can buy, period. I've used Cobra, Whistler, Bel, Uniden, and tested even more brands. (A friend of mine became obessed with radar technology while in school. He'd call me to run v1 comparison tests at 3am when he found a stationary leo radaring.) Hands down, the v1 gave earlier warnings, more consistant warnings, and more accurate warnings. It even beat having two different detectors that worked together (an older Cobra and Uniden--I ran this combo for 2 years).
- A v1 is an investment. If you buy it, you will save money if you use it, period. I think mine has probably paid for itself at least 50 times. (Based on 10 tickets a year for 10 years at a cost of $200/ea.)
- I can't drive without my v1. It's part of me now. If I drive without it, it feels like I'm missing something. I've taken it on trips with me just to use it in the rental car.
- The small part of the windshield mount that you press down on breaks after about 3 years. Both of mine did that. This needs a slight redesign to prevent breakage.
- COLOR LEDS FOR BANDS. It's the hottest mod out there, and essential if you're driving at night.
- The power cords need a redesign. The clips break off just like normal phone cords. They need to use something like this for the modular connector on each end: Modular telephone plug - US Patent 5993237 Full Text
- Have some sort of warning when a v1s's detection stops working. Like a visual indicator like older car batteries used to have. Something chemical/mechanical that isn't digital or need power to let you know it's broken. )I got waaaay too lucky two days ago when it didn't alert me. The leo turned on his lights and looked like he was turning around--but didn't and turned off his lights.)