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      10-10-2017, 10:02 AM   #1
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Buying a used Valentine One?

I have an expensive trip coming up so the $400 price tag is out of range at the moment.
Im mostly interested in the false alarm features ("junk radar") and arrows, but ive heard older Valentines ether can't omit junk radar, or need to be updated. Can someone inform me as to what build dates I would be looking for? or what dates can be updated? Are there extra costs or equipment involved in updating? Is there anything else i should be looking for when purchasing used? I frequently see them listed for around $250.

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for the record. ive found this so far.
You can enter the serial number here> https://store.valentine1.com/Upgrades/GoUpgrades.asp

This will tell you if it has Junk K Fighter. if it does not. you will have to send it in and pay $289 for the upgrade.
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Waze app on your phone may be more effective.
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There have been a lot of updates, but I really wouldn't hesitate to buy an older unit if you get a good price. Mine is from 2004 or so and it gets some junk alerts, but I'm OK with that... as long as it still gets the real alerts. It's not an issue at all in my opinion
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Are you looking for long range?
Uniden R1 / R3 is a great choice. There is a new valentine coming out soon.
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Are you looking for long range?
Uniden R1 / R3 is a great choice. There is a new valentine coming out soon.
I actually started looking at the r1 and 3. after research i decided to go ahead and bite the bullet on a r3, but its sold out everywhere lol.
The V1 looks out dated compared to the R3. Im interested in what Valentine is working on.
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I've had V1's for nearly 15 years. My 3rd (& Latest) unit is from 2009, it's got to the point where I've disabled K and X band completely. I only show KA and laser now because of so many false alerts. Mine is just on the cusp of being able to utilize the bluetooth kit and app. With the bluetooth kit and app you can use your phone to disable false alerts and stuff.

If you can trust your police only use KA and Laser then the radar is nearly just as good as new ones. But if you feel like you will be missing out disabling K band, then I recommend a unit 2010 or earlier. On the V1 site there is a listing of serial numbers for when the Bluetooth kit will have full functionality, mine just missed the cusp.

I'll likely put my old V1 in one of my other cars and get a new Escort MAX 360 with arrows. I've always been a fan of V1 but they just aren't keeping up with the times enough and I'm not a fan of having to use my phone even if it was possible.
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I actually started looking at the r1 and 3. after research i decided to go ahead and bite the bullet on a r3, but its sold out everywhere lol.
The V1 looks out dated compared to the R3. Im interested in what Valentine is working on.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R3-Ex...YAAOSwmoBZbgch

http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Uniden-R3.html

https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-R3-Ext.../dp/B0743H6CSN

Valentine is so unpredictable. Never knew when it will be published
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I've had V1's for nearly 15 years. My 3rd (& Latest) unit is from 2009, it's got to the point where I've disabled K and X band completely. I only show KA and laser now because of so many false alerts. Mine is just on the cusp of being able to utilize the bluetooth kit and app. With the bluetooth kit and app you can use your phone to disable false alerts and stuff.

If you can trust your police only use KA and Laser then the radar is nearly just as good as new ones. But if you feel like you will be missing out disabling K band, then I recommend a unit 2010 or earlier. On the V1 site there is a listing of serial numbers for when the Bluetooth kit will have full functionality, mine just missed the cusp.

I'll likely put my old V1 in one of my other cars and get a new Escort MAX 360 with arrows. I've always been a fan of V1 but they just aren't keeping up with the times enough and I'm not a fan of having to use my phone even if it was possible.
Other than the arrows, max360 isnt worth the price.
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Other than the arrows, max360 isnt worth the price.
Normally I'd agree but I'm not paying full retail and coming from a long time of arrows with the V1, it's worth it to me.

What do you know about V1's new radar that you can share? I haven't heard anything but haven't dove much into it either.
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Normally I'd agree but I'm not paying full retail and coming from a long time of arrows with the V1, it's worth it to me.

What do you know about V1's new radar that you can share? I haven't heard anything but haven't dove much into it either.
Please take a look

http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...N/Hiers-John-D

But the natural valentine habit, slow updates. But it has been almost a year since they said a new one is coming soon. Like i said earlier, they are unpredictable
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R3-Ex...YAAOSwmoBZbgch

Doesn't ship till Nov 28

http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Uniden-R3.html

Backordered

https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-R3-Ext.../dp/B0743H6CSN

Backordered.

Valentine is so unpredictable. Never knew when it will be published
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R3-Ex...YAAOSwmoBZbgch

Doesn't ship till Nov 28

http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Uniden-R3.html

Backordered

https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-R3-Ext.../dp/B0743H6CSN

Backordered.

I think my only option is to wait or pay $100 over retail. Trip isnt until December so I have a little room.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-R3-Ex...YAAOSwmoBZbgch

Doesn't ship till Nov 28

http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Uniden-R3.html

Backordered

https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-R3-Ext.../dp/B0743H6CSN

Backordered.

I think my only option is to wait or pay $100 over retail. Trip isnt until December so I have a little room.
Text this # Danny 4045583558
He has a uniden r3 for sale on rdforum, but you would be a member account to see it

https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/66367/
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Sent him a text. Thanks for the tip!
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Text this # Danny 4045583558
He has a uniden r3 for sale on rdforum, but you would be a member account to see it

https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/66367/
are you sure this link is good? i get a "not allowed" but i JUST signed up for the page. I think my "hey im just some guy" texts are throwing him off lol.
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Picked it up. thanks again for the heads up!
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Picked it up. thanks again for the heads up!
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