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Old 06-13-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Valentine 1 - Full Throttle Laser?

So i've heard this is a problem w/ wrx's. When I give my STI a good amount of gas (above 50% throttle around 4K RPMS), my V1 will start beeping away a full signal laser warning. At first I thought I was literally being shot by laser AS SOON AS I would get on it. What causes this?!
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:20 AM   #2
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How old is your V1, and is it hardwired or plugged in the lighter? This is a known problem with their older power adapters, if you call Valentine they will send you a new adapter that should fix it.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:58 AM   #3
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I bought a V1 shortly after I got the Rex. I hard wired it into the light in the ceiling just back from the rear view mirror. It works perfectly, only problem is that light is not switched by the ignition, so I have to remember to turn off the V1 when I get out. I've forgotten a number of times and it doesn't seem to run the battery down noticably over night. Must not draw much current just sitting there with the mode display on.

Love the V1, saved my bacon a couple times allready...
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:06 AM   #4
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So i've heard this is a problem w/ wrx's. When I give my STI a good amount of gas (above 50% throttle around 4K RPMS), my V1 will start beeping away a full signal laser warning. At first I thought I was literally being shot by laser AS SOON AS I would get on it. What causes this?!
Go here to read all about it:

http://www.radardetector.net/viewtop...ht=laser+false
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:10 AM   #5
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Some older V1 power adapters don't take kindly to voltage fluctuations, the latest parts fix this problem. There used to be info on their web site, who knows if it's still there. Detectors can be left on for weeks.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:02 AM   #6
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Very interesting stuff guys. Thanks for digging up that info for me. My V1 is the very fist model the company released (I think it was maybe Christmas of 98 when I first got it), and to this date, has NEVER let me down. I am temporarily using the coiled plug in adapter and need to hardwire it in. By far this is the best electronic device i've ever owned. It looks like I'm due for the major update to the latest firmware, so I will most likely be sending the V1 in.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:33 AM   #7
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IMHO it's cheaper to sell the unit on EBay and buy a new V1. People will pay way too much on eBay, and it's ~$200 to do an upgrade with an older unit.
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:58 AM   #8
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It looks like I'm due for the major update to the latest firmware, so I will most likely be sending the V1 in.
Go here http://valentine1.com/upgrades/ and type in your serial number to check on the cost of the upgrade.

I guarantee you can sell it for more on Ebay and buy a brand new one for cheaper than upgrading it.

I sold my 1997 V1 on Ebay in 2001 and I got $365 for it. I basically spent only $10 a year for the world's best radar detector.

If you want to save $50 off a new V1 which will normally cost you $399 + S/H, call 1 800 331-3030 and ask Valentine Research for a returned V1 and you will still get the one year warranty.
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:37 PM   #9
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Sorry for going off the topic a little, but for those of you with your V1 "hardwired" in, what wire did you tap into for power?
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:58 PM   #10
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I've got the passport 8500. It's never done the false laser alarm on WOT in first gear in my wrx or my sti. I have however seen this happen on a friends evo. He ended up disabling the laser detection.

But just recently, I started adding isopropyl alcohol to my ic sprayer mix. When spraying, it will intermittently trip a false laser alarm from the radar detector. I have the DC power connector hooked up to the cigarette lighter. Weird stuff
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:19 PM   #11
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i have problems with stupid infiniti cars tripping my laser detector.
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:32 PM   #12
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It used to happen to me with my cobra... but cobras suck....
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