Valentine V1

The original classic Valentine V1 with unique left hand drive orientation housing.


The original classic Valentine V1 with unique left-hand drive orientation housing.

Even though it’s technology hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years, the Valentine One remains one of the most searched names among New Zealand radar detectors.

The Valentine 1 has been around for years.  Is it still as good as everyone says?

Even though we consider the Valentine 1 to be quite out of date, it’s still an “OK” detector as long as you’re only worried about patrol cars and are happy to ignore

The challenges we see with the Valentine 1 are:

  • No user-enabled software updates available (and no USB input to do updates)
  • No segmented K-band (to help reduce false alerts)
  • No GPS for fixed location speed camera alerts
  • No obvious New Zealand distributor (which suggesting parallel imported product is the only option to buy)
  • No obvious authorised repair agent in New Zealand
  • Out of date pricing vs age vs built-in tech
  • Made for left-hand drive, so here in NZ, the display and control knob are passenger seat focussed.

Want MODERN front and rear radar detection?

The V1 is still around but it’s not what we consider a modern radar detector, and the price some retailers charge do not match the olden day features or lack of.

We recommend the Escort Redline EX or the hugely popular Uniden R3nz instead.  If you just really like arrows, try the Escort MAX 360c instead.

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