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Valentine One

Valentine One
The new 2001 model Valentine One unit

Still known as the Class leader by most drivers, this is the new model still offers outstanding performance when it comes to detection. But has added Ku band coverage and is now a slimmer unit. Overall its looks that bit better and is still one of my favourite units

Radar Express supplied the unit to me for the review, it comes set by them to cover only K, Ku and Laser Bands, the others can be turned on if you want but they are not needed in the UK.

On the left is the new 2001 model on the right is the old unit.
Very similar but the 2001 model has lost some weight.
The footprint is the same.

The Valentine one still comes with a windscreen mount, visor mount with one hand quick release, two power cables and hard wire box and cable. (This allows you to have a permanent power connection on your vehicle). All the cables connected via RJ-11 telephone connectors, a neat way of doing things and it became more apparent why when you see how all the accessory's link into the system.

It's still a solid well-made unit with a quality feel. Its made out of die-cast magnesium and feel the business. The Valentine One still has the twin radar detecting aerials and twinned laser detecting diodes. The twin aerials one aimed forward and one rearward this gives it its ability to triangulate where the signal is coming from including the Laser signal.

As you may know from reading the review on the original unit, I found to be very useful in practice it shows you where the signal is coming from so you know where to look.

You can still use all the optional accessory's;

Remote Audio Adapter, This gives you the ability to connect an earpiece and speaker, control the volume and computer settings, ideal for motorbikes.

A concealed Display option mimicked the main display and allowed you to keep a lower profile by moving all the display lights elsewhere a very cleaver feature of the concealed Display was it connected to the cigarette power adapter via a slide mount or you can place it else where in the car with another mounting option. It all added up to a very neat package without masses of wires as well.

The new unit is still designed for left-hand drive vehicles, (the display and buttons slant to the left), this is not a major issue but it would have been nice to have it flat on the front for us British drivers.

One of the most obvious features on front of the Valentine One is the collection of three arrows, called direction indicators they are used to inform the driver where the danger is, front, back or sides. It's also the only unit that I've reviewed so far that can deal with multiple radar signals, the display on the front will display the No. 1-5 depending on the amount of radar signals in the area and LED's identify the frequency and signal strength.

(This is a test we did on the old model but still stands for the new unit). This I found out was worth its weight in gold, we did a test using a Hand held gun and a Gatso nearby, all the other units just told me I had a signal, but not how many. The Valentine One told me there was two signals and where they were. As I passed the Gatso the arrows went from front to side and then to back but the front arrow stayed light telling me that there was another signal in front of me. The bogey counter also said that there were two signals on the K band. This situation would not happen often in real life but it's nice to know that this unit could cope, and in a real situation with a standard radar detector I would have thought it was just the Gatso giving the signal.

The Valentine also has two volume control dials, one for Master volume and one for mute volume. The initial volume is used to warn you of the threat and then the unit goes over to mute volume, this is allows you set the volume of the remaining alarm.

In the alarm mode the direction of the signal, the band of the signal, i.e.. K band and the strength of the signal are all displayed on the front to the unit.

There are also three selectable computer modes used to identify radar signals and help reduce false alarm signals.

Testing Times...


Approaching back of Gatso. Range in feet (metres)
  • Valentine One - 680ft (207m) = 7.7 second warning at 60mph

Other detectors in this test for comparison as the distances can vary from test to test.

  • Cheetah - 740ft (225m) = 8.4 second warning at 60mph
  • Bel 966 - 745ft (227m) = 8.4 second warning at 60mph
  • Morpheous Radar Head - 750ft (228m) = 8.5 second warning at 60mph
  • Bel 550 - 730ft (222m) = 8.2 second warning at 60mph

Please note: Detection range will vary depending on mounting position and type of car and wind screen. We suggest you try different positions in you vehicle to maximise range. If you are approaching the face of a gatso you can expect ranges of 3x what is shown above in most cases.

Speed v Distance covered.
30mph = 44ft/sec
40mph = 58ft/sec
50mph = 73ft/sec
60mph = 88ft/sec
70mph = 102ft/sec

Laser Gun Test.

The Laser gun was used in two ways, the first test was directly at the car with the detector in it, although the detector worked and was instant on alarm, if the officer used the first reading you were in trouble. However they often take a few readings so you may have a chance to slow. The second test was to have two cars in front and the operator target the first car and see if there was enough scatter for the third car to get an alarm, it was not a problem for the Valentine we had an alarm in all three runs.

In our opinion you could get a warning or you could get nicked when it come to the Laser alert mode.

False Alarm Test.

False alarms are low and more than acceptable. it is one of the quietest units I know

Can we recommend it, YES, we can.

It's still one of the best.
The pick up range its slightly up from the old unit as well.

Its Still Reassuringly Expensive and is still the pro-unit to have.

What do we like. What don't we like.
  • It's performance
  • Clear easy to read display
  • Loud Clear Sounds
  • Quick release windscreen mount
  • User functions
  • Signal direction indication
  • Multiple threat capability (big plus)
  • Accessories integration
  • Build Quality
  • Automatic display dimming
  • Very informative Instructions
  • Good choice of mounts
  • Still no Storage case, Its needs one at the price.
  • Left-hand display (Not a big issue)
  • No user selectable frequencies *
  • False alarms due to X band not being selectable **
  • Price

    * / ** With a bit of looking around we found out how
    to get into the programming mode of the V1 this allows
    you to preprogram how the units works. Information not
    in the manual.
    I.e. Turn of X band and much more.
    For more info go to Valentine 1 web site.


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