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I've had my V1 since 2009 and upgraded it to ESP version (3.894) in 2014. Only issue was 2-3 years ago where it somehow lost its custom programming and I had to reload the settings & sweeps. Not sure why that happened, but I noticed it when it loaded up and went into "L" mode instead of "c". Maybe some sort of power surge?
 

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I bought my first V1 in '92, and am on my 4th unit (upgrades, new units, ESP etc). Bulletproof..... I can read it like a book on whether or not the signal is radar or a false alert. That said the only issue I had early on is with frequency drift but the latest version is rock solid.
My one concern with it over the years was detection range on 35.5, I've had a few close a few times over the years.
I do have an R3 and the range is pretty amazing but the arrows on the V1 provide more actionable data and I've had difficulty with the R3 getting used to where the threat is coming from. Will be interesting to see how the R7 performs.
 

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really great feedback guys. Seems like some, one off issues and a few band drift issues that have been fixed with updated hardware. Hopefully Valentine will keep making the V1 competitive in the market place because they have the quality / reliability that is hard to beat.
 

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Nothing but reliable service from V1 for decades, with one minor exception. Had one early unit start laser falsing and finally went into laser warning every time turned on. Sent it back under warranty and no problems since.

Reliability of the remote audio adapter is another story, however. Went through three of them due to what I think is vibration damage when used on my motorcycle. One of them had its audio jack contact spring go soft, resulting in an intermittent connection. Now that I have V1 Driver and the LE dongle, no need for the audio box, thank goodness.

-dan
 

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I got my 3.872 version in 2010. I have never had even one hint of a problem with it! I think you could throw it out the window at speed and not hurt it! It's still the fastest detector I own against Q/T and I/O. I turned Ka guard off the first time it booted up and never even tried it with it on. On the last test @VariableWave and I ran with it, it got 35.5 from the front AND rear from 4 miles! It's only weakness is against off axis, and I would have never noticed that till I got my Redline-O and R1!
 
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For the record. can anyone who has had multiple say whether or not they had a "hot or cold" one? That seems to be the case with other RD manufacturers? Does Valentine build these to a higher standard of quality?
Yes, much higher standard of quality in materials, and actual reliable system. They only reason I have ever had to replace hardware since it’s introduction so long ago was because of hardware updates during the great V1 upgrade program. Never had a failure or reason to send back for repair. Friends and others I know who have had the V1 amd abused them (drops on concrete, leaving to bake in the sun while turned on, have never had a breakdown.

Out of the inventory below in my signature, there has yet to be any of them break down, lockup, or need to be sent back except for one. The ER Max original had a early mount attachment issue. They gave me a new limited edition version for free. The R3 does not yet have OLED fade. However that it just a matter of time being turned on. Right now, it does not get used much by the crew.
 

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Nothing but reliable service from V1 for decades, with one minor exception. Had one early unit start laser falsing and finally went into laser warning every time turned on. Sent it back under warranty and no problems since.

Reliability of the remote audio adapter is another story, however. Went through three of them due to what I think is vibration damage when used on my motorcycle. One of them had its audio jack contact spring go soft, resulting in an intermittent connection. Now that I have V1 Driver and the LE dongle, no need for the audio box, thank goodness.

-dan
Strangely enough, my audio adapter on my bike lasted for years and is still working fine. My remote display died for no known reason.
 

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Mine was reliable other than losing sweeps a couple times in which I just pushed them again, but no failures with any of the hardware and I out about 80000 miles on it in 7 months.
 

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I've had my V1 since 2009 and upgraded it to ESP version (3.894) in 2014. Only issue was 2-3 years ago where it somehow lost its custom programming and I had to reload the settings & sweeps. Not sure why that happened, but I noticed it when it loaded up and went into "L" mode instead of "c". Maybe some sort of power surge?
In this instance I think the mute button was pushed to long and your V1 switched modes. I have had this happen. With JBV1 I just resend the profile.
 

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Love my V1 - had two &niden models burn out from the sun - never any of my 3 V1's.

Its durable dependable and still the best arrows out there !!
 

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I've run a V1 for more years that I can remember. Only had 1 problem with my V1. The V1 was 'deaf' to the front and was great to the rear. Sent it back in for repair. They did it for free and only had to pay for shipping there. Was a bad part in the front horn board. It's been in my vehicles from -30F to 105F (outside temps).
 

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I've had my V1 since 2011/2012; it's been quite long. It's been through the Texas heat all of its life and one head-on accident. The suction cup and unit stayed stuck onto the windshield, but my rear view mirror did not. It was sent back to the home base for TMF2 upgrade last summer.

Performance drop? Not one bit. I am the reason my friends all have one. I had the opportunity to borrow their's for a week while I had my TMF2 sent in for the upgrade, and it was a refurbished unit less than 3 months old. The performance before and after my unit's upgrade was exactly the same and matched my friend's 3 month old unit. The V1 is tried and true and an absolute workhorse.
 

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I bought my first V1 in '92, and am on my 4th unit (upgrades, new units, ESP etc). Bulletproof..... I can read it like a book on whether or not the signal is radar or a false alert. That said the only issue I had early on is with frequency drift but the latest version is rock solid.
My one concern with it over the years was detection range on 35.5, I've had a few close a few times over the years.
I do have an R3 and the range is pretty amazing but the arrows on the V1 provide more actionable data and I've had difficulty with the R3 getting used to where the threat is coming from. Will be interesting to see how the R7 performs.
That's the same reason I just bought a V1. My R3 was awesome on range, but like you just stated....never seen the threat. So I never knew when i could carry on, or just do PSL till no more chirps.
 

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That's the same reason I just bought a V1. My R3 was awesome on range, but like you just stated....never seen the threat. So I never knew when i could carry on, or just do PSL till no more chirps.
Once you've gotten used to the arrows, you'll never look at an RD the same way ;)
 

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In China, 10 meters is often encountered, while Uniden R can be several hundred meters. I think it's a false alarm to use useful signals, but it's not timely reminded.
 

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