I have a V1C, it it worth upgrading to the V1C LE?

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I have a V1C, that I've used with YAV1 for a couple years. I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the V1C LE, since I've switched to using the JBV1 app?
 

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I have a V1C, that I've used with YAV1 for a couple years. I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the V1C LE, since I've switched to using the JBV1 app?
Yes.
 

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Also, unlike the V1C, there's no need to pair the V1CLE module with your phone. It "just works".

The only "disadvantage" is that LE has a lower range than the standard V1C, which might be an issue if your V1 and your phone are ten+ feet apart. Which would be odd, but I've seen some weird configurations before.
 

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Lowered latency = fast response.
This is the big one. I also went from a standard V1C to the V1CLE earlier this year and it was a huge improvement. With the V1C, my detector would often go off 1-2 seconds before the app would alert. With the LE dongle it's damn near instantaneous.

If you were just using the V1C for adjusting sweeps/settings, you'd probably be fine. But if you rely on timely alerts in a connected app you really should upgrade to the LE.
 

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Thank you all for the comments. I decided to order the V1C LE. Now to see if a new model with builtin BT is just around the corner. lol
 

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Now to see if a new model with builtin BT is just around the corner. lol
No, probably not. A major part of the reason it’s not already is that Escort is the owner of a patent on built-in wireless communication, and MV has no interest in paying royalties to Escort. It’s a dumb patent, and MV could probably challenge it if he wanted to invest that kind of money and time, but why bother when you can just plug in a small dongle to the hardwire or 12V socket plug and call it done? Another upside, too, is that all these people with the older dongle can quickly and cheaply upgrade by ordering an LE dongle and don’t have to buy a whole new model or have the whole detector sent in for an upgrade. If you have a Max 360, you can’t just order a simple plug-in component to turn it into a Max 360c. You have to buy a whole new detector and try to sell off the old one to someone.
 
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Thank you all for the comments. I decided to order the V1C LE. Now to see if a new model with builtin BT is just around the corner. lol
As much as I would like that, apparently Escort owns that patent at this time.
 

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I'd say it depends more on the phone you have than the dongle, I have the V1C Android and the delay is minimal ~0.5 seconds, I have a Note 9 which has the most current Bluetooth standard. If you have an older phone it may be beneficial
 

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I'd say it depends more on the phone you have than the dongle, I have the V1C Android and the delay is minimal ~0.5 seconds, I have a Note 9 which has the most current Bluetooth standard. If you have an older phone it may be beneficial
After using the V1C LE for a few days now, it connects faster and more reliable then the V1C A did. I'm using a Pixel 2 XL.
 

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After using the V1C LE for a few days now, it connects faster and more reliable then the V1C A did. I'm using a Pixel 2 XL.
Do you notice a difference in the response time? I never have to pair my V1CA, it just connects even after I use another Bluetooth device. I bought the Android version before realizing YAV1 wasn't a thing anymore. Mine seems to work pretty quick
 

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Do you notice a difference in the response time? I never have to pair my V1CA, it just connects even after I use another Bluetooth device. I bought the Android version before realizing YAV1 wasn't a thing anymore. Mine seems to work pretty quick
A V1C Android must be paired to a device before the device can connect to it. It's a common misconception that you must pair it before every connection to it. You only have to pair it once.
 

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A V1C Android must be paired to a device before the device can connect to it. It's a common misconception that you must pair it before every connection to it. You only have to pair it once.
Oh ok, it just seems like it isn't worth spending another $50 to get the LE model for 0.1 second faster response time. I'm sure the V1 still alerts first no matter what?
 

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I'd say it depends more on the phone you have than the dongle, I have the V1C Android and the delay is minimal ~0.5 seconds, I have a Note 9 which has the most current Bluetooth standard. If you have an older phone it may be beneficial
My experiences were the same as you are describing. I really didn't notice an appreciable difference between the two. Still, I'm glad I bought the V1C-LE as I overall feel like it's faster.
 

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There wasn't a huge difference in latency between the two for me, but others reported up to a second. I did find that the LE dongle is far more reliable, and easier to hide being smaller.
 

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I used to get some initial alerts on stored lockouts with the V1C, now I usually just get the bogey tone (with the LE) - all in all the LE seems to mate better with the V1 -
just a side note that I have a V1C for sale in the classified section -cheap - and it's probably negotiable.
 

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