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VALENTINE V1 Radar Detector

VALENTINE V1 Radar Detector


Production of the original Valentine V1 stopped in March 2019.  We did not stock one for a number of reasons, including: 

    • Newer, more cost-effective technology available
    • No obvious New Zealand distributor
    • No official New Zealand Valentine radar repair agent
    • Repairs are done exclusively at Valentine in Ohio
    • No easy way to get spare bits like a window bracket
    • No GPS database for speed cameras
    • It's old

But if you're still relying on reviews of friends who heard from a friend's grandfather that the V1 was the best and you really want to buy one, read the independent review site Radar Roy tear the Valentine 1 apart here BEFORE YOU BUY ELSEWHERE.

We invite you to consider a more modern alternative from Escort, Uniden, Genevo, or Stinger.  




While ALL radar detectors have 360-degree detection, Valentine One had a patented warning system that relied on both forward and rear-facing radar antennas (front and rear laser sensors too). It tells you which direction the threat is coming from.  In front of you oncoming, or behind you.


Following the demise of the original Valentine V1 came the creatively name "Valentine 1: Gen 2".  The 1980s style knob on the front is gone, it's in a new housing but with very little change inside.  Probably just as good as the original as far as performance goes, because it was a very good radar.  But the lack of parts, service, or warranty here in New Zealand makes it just as pointless as the predecessor, especially if you work out the price/performance vs locally available alternatives.  

  • Warranty

    None in New Zealand

  • Dimensions

    Length 117.0 mm.  

    Width 90.0 mm.   

    Height 25.0 mm.  

  • Weight

     183 grams.  

  • Specifications

    Operating Frequencies:    

    10.500–10.550 GHz (X band).  
    24.050–24.250 GHz (K band).  
    33.400–36.000 GHz (Ka band).  
    13.400–13.500 GHz (Ku band).  

    Not used in U.S.—to activate Ku band see
    820-950 nanometers (Laser) 2.4000-2.4835 GHz (Bluetooth), RF Output Power: 0 dBm.  
    Power Requirements:  

     6.0-35.0 Volts DC negative ground.  
    2.8 watts typical standby, 5.2 watts maximum alarm condition.  
    Temperature Range:  

    Operating: -20˚C to +70˚C (-4˚F to +158˚F).  
    Storage: -30˚C to +85˚C (-22˚F to +185˚F).  

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