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Hi guys,

New to the forum and hoping to learn and eventually contribute.

I’m based in Vancouver and was hoping to get advise on the best detector to get. I’m looking for a windscreen mounter machine that I can take to subsequent cars.

My basic research has lead me to the Uniden R7 and the Radenso pro m, but again, I’m really not sure what the best option is. I guess there are different types of cameras, so different detectors may suit better

Any guidance is much appreciated.

Thanks,

Bobbyboy
 

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We have a good idea, but this makes it easier.
 

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Every detector has its pros and cons, and not every detector is suited for every area. The link that @Heywood posted will help us better understand your situation and offer our best advice!
 

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Aha! Fair enough, thanks for the link. I’ll try again:

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
BMW X5 2018. Windshield mount.

2. What's your budget?
Very flexible. Buy cheap, buy twice is my philosophy.

3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential)
Vancouver/BC

4. How you drive?
I’m addicted to torque :)

5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.
Maple Ridge/Coquitlam mainly, then into and around Vancouver itself so I’d say commuting is generally short, city based but I like to wander on weekends and explore.

6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Newbie. Just downloaded Waze out of curiosity too.

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
Fairly flat for commuting else rather hilly. It’s BC!

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
Yes, plenty have popped up but easy to spot. Lots of mobile guns around here too. Umm not too sure what’s a GPS unit delivers, sorry.

9. Thanks to ahl: "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?"
Yes, the more tech, the better in my book.

and "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)".
iOS. Apple CarPlay works rather well. Other than that I miss my android.

There is Escort LIVE and droid only YaV1 for the V1 apps one can use to adjust their RD. There is also V1 Driver in the ios APP Store for V1 users who wish to use an Apple device. ** Note that many of these apps allow you to use the APP (either droid or Apple) to readjust your settings for the V1. Escort Live allows you to do this as well on Escort products that are LIVE compatible.

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Not sure. That’s why I came to this sub forum ;-)
 

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Great. Thanks for that.

Your in luck. We have quite a few members here that live throughout B.C. and post here a lot.
They’ll be your best resource to get you the right detector for your area. Not every detector is the best for every area. They all have their pros and cons.

The R7 and Pro-M are outstanding choices. There’s also some others to consider as well like the R3, Max360, Redline EX.

Personally, I’d stick to the top 3. R7, R3, Pro-M for Canada.

Ill back off and let some of the B.C. boys give you their take on the pros and cons of each and what/why they suggest them.
 

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If you have MRCD/MRCT, the Radenso ProM gives you the best detection/range for that. Everything else, the R3 or R7 gives the best range. The added feature of arrows on the R7 is a really great tool. That's not a knock on the range of the ProM. It usually has plenty of range in most circumstances.
 

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Whatever detector chose. Read up and get familiar with all the settings in a detector. It’s a lot these but knowing. And understand what each feature does will help u “dial it in”.


Once u have a clear understanding.
Play with the numbers. Find the sweet spot between range and falsing.
 
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Vancouver area I would recommend a bus pass and a transit schedule. Ok jokes aside... I would worry more about laser these days. Most of the radar is K band or Ka 34.7 with the rare Ka 35.5. Any decent detector should do.
 

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Vancouver area I would recommend a bus pass and a transit schedule. Ok jokes aside... I would worry more about laser these days. Most of the radar is K band or Ka 34.7 with the rare Ka 35.5. Any decent detector should do.
I’m looking for as future-proof an investment as possible, hence wanting to cover as many bases as possible
 

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I’m looking for as future-proof an investment as possible, hence wanting to cover as many bases as possible
There is no such thing as future proof in this industry. Within the past 10 years we have seen detectors and jammers made obsolete overnight by new tech hitting the streets. Buy what suits you best for the threats of today.
 

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I’m looking for as future-proof an investment as possible, hence wanting to cover as many bases as possible
It’s true tech changes, but for covering your bases? There’s a few on the market that will give you the best chance against what’s out there.

Don’t buy the theory and disclaimers from
those who are against it. You hear it all the time and it’s generally from those that do not have those extra future option. They have their reasons I guess?

I’ve seen the same argument about MRCD, MRCT, Red Flex, Gatso, and RLC’s. Well, guess what, now it’s there in the States. Sometimes it always was, but until recently, not much was known about it and there were no options to detect it reliably.

Even BC users didn’t have to worry about RLC’s, but now they are as it’s being introduced in limited areas.

Don’t think for a minute that the manufactures of these different devices are not taking all the data and revenue numbers from Edmonton and using it as a selling tool to other municipalities throughout North America.

Funny thing happens when you can show how you can add revenue to the bottom line, without raising taxes under the guise of it being for traffic safety.

The best future proofed WS detectors on the market today, in no particular order are
Uniden R7
Radenso Pro-M
Escort Redline EX.

You could add the Uniden R3, but it’s limited to what it can detect once you hit 24.050 and lower.
 

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Technically. The most “future” proof detector according to advertising would be the V1. U don’t need to buy another detector again because the trusty V1 u can send it back for upgrades

With that being said. Who knows if or when V1 will address future needs that becomes current needs to u

But if I was in BC. I honestly wouldn’t dismiss it paired with a dongle. Especially if I had an android based phone and could download and use the JBV1 app
 

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Technically. The most “future” proof detector according to advertising would be the V1. U don’t need to buy another detector again because the trusty V1 u can send it back for upgrades
I disagree. With the new low powered modulated threats starting to spread, how do you figure the V1 is “technically” future proof right now?

Even if you can send it in, it doesn’t mean it can do it today. It might not tomorrow either.

I’d put the V1 right in the same category with the original Redline. It can do it, but to turn off or deal with the k band pollution doesn’t make it practical. There’s others that can do it better without making concessions.

The 3 I listed are the only ones I would consider somewhat future proof. You can actually go into a store and buy 1 within an hour and have those options.

That’s kind of why I responded to the question of “the best future proof detectors” available right now with those choices.
 

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I disagree. With the new low powered modulated threats starting to spread, how do you figure the V1 is “technically” future proof right now?

Even if you can send it in, it doesn’t mean it can do it today. It might not tomorrow either.

I’d put the V1 right in the same category with the original Redline. It can do it, but to turn off or deal with the k band pollution doesn’t make it practical. There’s others that can do it better without making concessions.

The 3 I listed are the only ones I would consider somewhat future proof. You can actually go into a store and buy 1 within an hour and have those options.

That’s kind of why I responded to the question of “the best future proof detectors” available right now with those choices.

I don’t claim it to be the most future proof detector. I only state what V1 states as the most “future proof” detector.
However, if I lived in BC. I would absolutely run a V1 with an app right now
 

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I don’t claim it to be the most future proof detector. I only state what V1 states as the most “future proof” detector.
However, if I lived in BC. I would absolutely run a V1 with an app right now
Oh. Ok I get it now.
 

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Oh. Ok I get it now.
U have to remember. Right now it’s legislated that mobile photo enforcement cannot operate in that province. So it would take a while before mobile mrcd/mrct, Redflex would be introduced.
 

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Thanks for the info guys. I think I’ll go with the Radenso Pro M.

Anyone have this and how are you mounting/wiring it? I’m in a leased vehicle so don’t fancy hard wiring it.
 

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Thanks for the info guys. I think I’ll go with the Radenso Pro M.

Anyone have this and how are you mounting/wiring it? I’m in a leased vehicle so don’t fancy hard wiring it.
Blendmount and mirror tap. Very easy. Leaves no tell tail signs it was ever there.

As long as you use a multi meter or find out which ya power and which is ground, you should have no issues....... unless it’s a 2011 corvette. My buddy has one and I still haven’t been able to figure it out.
 

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