So last Tuesday I picked up a new Valentine one, hooked it up and was finally happy to have one of the best Radar detectors available.
As soon as I was driving around, I heard several X bands go off, ok so it picks up a fair amount of automatic doors and other radio waves.
So I read my manual and decided for driving in the city I should keep the detector on "L" mode. It didn't help filter out all the stupid alerts. In front of my house there is a wine/liquor store with automatic doors and every single time I drive past it, it goes off.
Using the detector daily and as of today, I am really getting annoyed with so many false alarms on this thing. Basically, I feel that the V1 is no better than the other cheap detectors except that it detects the alerts earlier.
When I was deciding to buy this I researched both the escort 9500ix and V1 and according to lots of people the arrows are worth getting the V1. And the other features on the passport may be good to have but the arrows trump them.
I'm not so sure about that.. having a detector that filters out automatic doors and other non threats would be a big plus for me.
So anyway here I am thinking to myself this is the reason why I never had a radar detectors in the past 10 years due to the annoyance of the beeps that I got from the cheaper $100 detectors and thinking about returning the V1 and purchasing the passport. However, I have yet to use the V1 on a highway except for my short commute that only lasts for 10 minutes on the turnpike. I have a road trip coming up from NJ to NC this Friday and thats when I guess I will find out if I want to keep the V1 or not. If the V1 goes off every few minutes due to false alerts, I think I will just unplug it and put it in the glove box until I return back home to ship it back to Valentine one in Ohio.
The reason for this post is I wanted to share my fustrations and ask you guys if there is something I am doing wrong or if the mode I selected is incorrect?