How to Shop for a Radar Detector?

If you have your heart set on purchasing a radar detector, you should know what you are looking for. There are hundreds of companies out there that are looking to take your money and not give you the radar detector that you think you are getting. Here are some things that you should look for when deciding on a radar detector.

One of the features that the device should have is long-range detection. The longer the range the better. The idea of the radar detector is to be able to pick up a signal from a far enough distance that yo,m       u will be able to slow down in time before you get a ticket. You want to make sure that the radar detector can pick up X and K bands easier than Ka band radar. The detectors today are more sophisticated than they were 10 years ago.

Before you purchase a radar detector, you want to find out if it is legal or not to carry one. Make sure that the device is not an Active Jammer but a Passive Jammer. Active Jammers are illegal across the country and in some other countries as well. So far radar jammers are illegal in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Virginia and Washington DC.

A nationwide ban may be close to become a law so make sure that your state isn’t joining the other states we listed. Many people like to shop from the privacy of their own homes. But a question that many people ask is can you trust online stores. Before buying a radar detector online you want to make sure they have a return policy in place and that they have a physical phone number that you can call if you order a detector and there is soothing wrong with it.

How much you spend on a detector is strictly up to you. If you want to spend hundreds of dollars on a detector that is your bill to pay but make sure that you are getting what you play for. Sometimes the extra features are what you end up paying for. So try looking for a radar detector that will detect radar and it can actually save you some money.

One more thing before you go out and buy a radar detector and that is the Police are using new Radar called POP Radar. This is new technologically advanced radar that law enforcement uses to determine if you are speeding or not. The POP has an extremely fast radar burst that can go from on to off in less than a 1/10 of a second. What this means for you is that if you have a detector that detects radar and the office has the gun in the off position and speed by him all he has to do is flip the switch and catch you red handed.

That is just something to keep in mind. Technology is a great thing and it gets better every day. The designs of the detectors change with every new model so don’t be in a rush to buy one, shop around and see who can give you the best price for a great model.

1 comment to How to Shop for a Radar Detector?

  • Dusty

    There are no radar jammers, active or passive. There has not been for years. Avoid any detector that is marketed as being a radar jammer, because it is a scam. Rocky Mountain Radar is the most notorious for this, and they are complete trash.

    POP is actually quite rare in the U.S. There are very few POP units sold or used. And most upper tier detectors do well detecting POP anyhow. What is much more worrisome is old-fashioned instant-on radar, where the officer simply waits until you are in his sights to pull the trigger, instead of leaving the radar transmitting continuously. That means that the distance may be useless to you. What becomes more important than distance is reaction time. Escort and Beltronics detectors have horrible reaction times, and will completely miss an instant-on shot 9 times out of 10. The old days of sensitivity being the most important factor are long gone. Its an instant-on world today.

    There is a lot of hype and disinformation to sort through in order to make an informed and intelligent radar detector purchasing decision. Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true (ie. jams radar, no false alerts), it probably is.

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