My TPX review

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I recently purchased the TPX unit for my sport bike. Here is my two cents worth. First I noticed some people are confused (not so much this forum) regarding the unit being waterproof. The unit is not waterproof, not even water resistant. What Adaptive said to me was the heads are water proof not the the CPU unit and care must be taken to protect it. I purchased my unit from Adaptive along with a third transponder. I received the unit fairly quick as we are both in Cali. Upon opening the box the first thing i noticed is one of the transponders had leaked out the internal epoxy that encases the circuitry. I called Adaptive and the NEVER answer the phone. After two messages they called me back. The reps exact words regarding the leaking transponder "oh yeah, sometimes that happens if they get hot. You can wipe it off with some alcohol and it will work just fine, it wont effect it". REALLY!!! So much for waterproof.. I insisted a replacement head and I was issued an RMA, I had to pay shipping to warranty my brand new unit. I am still waiting on my replacement transponder and decided to install the system into the bike. I have to say the quality of the CPU unit is not what I expected for the price of this system. First, there is not enough reliefs in the case for all of the wires to go through. Second, the USB jack is loose on the board. After installing the system I found the wired remote has a silly bright LED glow on the top that is supposed to be bar mounted for rider access. Why do I want a bright blue or red l light glowing in face at night time? I understand back-lighting, this thing could be used as a flashlight or a wing marker on a 747. Last issue on install, I ran the 3.5mm audio to my sena SM10 for Bluetooth to the Cardo. Guess what, the audio from the TPX is worthless. The R7 audio on the sena is fantastic but the TPX would require supersonic hearing. Again, I called Adaptive this AM and no answer. I left a message for support and yet to get a return call. Has anyone else had similar issues with the TPX jammer? So far, have not been able to get passed the install to test the system out. If anyone would like some photos I can upload, just let me know what you would like to see. I will update as my progress with my TPX continues.
 

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1. I have worked with Wayne for 5 years now. It is not their normal MO to not answer their calls. They have had some major phone issues they are trying to work out.

2. Are you talking about the TPX radar detector, or the jammer, or both? The radar detector is water proof to a paint. A person can't submerge it in a lake of water, or if a person got caught in a monsson it could be an issue, but they have done some testing by pouring water on it, and it was fine.

If you are talking about the jammer CPU, I have never heard them say that was water proof. The heads, wires etc should be just like others, again unless a person takes a swim in the ocean.

This is the first i'm hearing the Bluetooth transmitter pared with the sena helmet doesn't sound very loud, good to know though.

As far as the lighting goes, I think most people would want a bright light to catch their attention at high speeds, but it doesn't sound like you are one of those.

Maybe the system isnt for you, have you looked into another one like the TMG or the ALP's? maybe they have something more to your liking.
 

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Hi bossdad, Adaptiv called me back today. My apologies, I'm am referring to the lasser jammer, not the detector. Please note, I'm not bashing Adaptiv. I simply would like to share my first hand experience with the product. I am truly hoping the unit performs well once the bugs are worked out. The LED warning indicator is bright and perfect, as I mentioned it is the light on top of the switch that is way to bright for night time handle bar mounted. The people who own one of these will understand exactly what I'm referring to. The audio is not just quite, it is a issue. It's made for motorcycles and if you cant plumb into your helmet what what good is it? Turn off the sound on your radar unit in your car and you'll get the idea. I will keep you updated.
 

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New to the CM world so please excuse my ignorance but is laser commonly used at night? If I understand the technology correctly, you need to be "shooting" the target with some level of skill and accuracy. I only ask because the OP mentioned the light on the switch. I watched a couple YT vids and agree the light seems way too bright, especially at night.
 

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New to the CM world so please excuse my ignorance but is laser commonly used at night? If I understand the technology correctly, you need to be "shooting" the target with some level of skill and accuracy. I only ask because the OP mentioned the light on the switch. I watched a couple YT vids and agree the light seems way too bright, especially at night.
Laser can be used whenever, night or day. And yes, you have to have the reticle on the target vehicle. Can't be spraying all over the place
 

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. Has anyone else had similar issues with the TPX jammer?
No issues at all. Sounds like this is just not the item for you. There has been extensive testing on this unit posted right on the forum. Any unit that you use and rely on audio (instead of visual) is going to suck. Don't take my word try something without the visual alert.
Have personally rode through torrential rains with this unit.
 
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Wasn't there something a while back about stereo versus mono on headset jacks and things being too quiet on an R series detector? If I recall correctly it was somebody with a motorcycle trying to get in helmet audio to work.
 

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No issues at all. Sounds like this is just not the item for you. There has been extensive testing on this unit posted right on the forum. Any unit that you use and rely on audio (instead of visual) is going to suck. Don't take my word try something without the visual alert.
Have personally rode through torrential rains with this unit.
Why would you say this unit is not for me? Would you not agree that audio is a necessity with a jammer on a 3 second timer? Also, in reference to the rain, I was making that comment because even on this forum a decorated member mentioned the unit is waterproof.
How do you have you TPX set up for audio into your helmet?
 

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Just a quick update. Adaptiv took care of the leaking transponder by shipping me out a new one. In regards to the audio issue with bluetooth adapter, have tried a few suggestions from Adaptiv with no luck. They are aware of the concern and taking seriously. Currently Adaptiv is looking for a Sena to test the TPX with. Sena's results on ticket number 818338 " a compatibility issue with SM10 and the TPX jammer system".
The installation on the zx12r is now 100%. During the test ride the TPX began none stop alerting. Powered down and 5 minutes later same constant alerting. Unplugged the audio cable and constant alerting goes away. Going to talk with Adaptiv tomorrow to try and exchange unit.
Please excuse the bugs, the photos were taken after a weekend full of twisty fun.
 

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These might help you with the bright led you're concerned with:

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They make a full black out version as well if that's what you're looking for.

I used them on my Beltronic Magnum, because even on dim, that sucker lit up the car like a Christmas tree at night when you got hit. I use them in my bedroom too, because freaking everything comes with damn glowing LEDs these days and it's damn near impossible to get the bedroom dark for sleepy time.
 

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Well, I have been using the TPX now for a month and thought I would give an update on the unit. Turns out the light on the switch is not that distracting at night time as my first impression. I would assume due to the fact the light is red, the red spectrum of light limits constriction of the pupil. Aim4squirrels suggestion would have been my next step. In regards to system function, Adaptiv has been very helpful in resulting the audio issue and they are recognize an issue and are currently working on a fix. If you are simply using headphones, no problem. Only AUX IN port for audio on an IC chip is a concern. In the motorcycle world, helmet communicators are king and BT adapters are required with AUX IN ports on an IC chip. I'm confident Adaptiv will correct.
Ok, lets get down to what the TPX is designed for, jamming! How does it perform? AMAZING! The LED alert is super effective so long as you place this just under your typical line of sight. I recommend at bottom of the windscreen. I was hit 2x on the zx12 by the CA CHP. Once at night and once during the day. The night time event would have surely let to either a ticket or down shift a grip twist. I was on a long stretch of 2 lane highway, hwy 65 just outside of a small town called Sheridan. Not a car insight and it was super dark. Traveling at 95 the CHP was sitting on the shoulder hiding the pure darkness. My LED flashed before I even saw him. He waited until I was pretty close before triggering me, so close the TPX absolutely JTG without question. As I rode passed he was still attempting to get lock and by then i was a smooth 55 mph, thank you Adaptiv! Second event, I was riding over a bridge a local new boots tried to lock about 1000 feet out, I wasnt speeding but TPX again gave plenty of warning and time to react if I was speeding. All in all I am happy with the TPX on the zx12, so much so I will be purchasing another for the touring bike once the audio is corrected. I can not wait to here the TPX ring out an alert from my Cardo Pactalk Slim. Also looking forward to Adaptiv's new vehicle unit. When released I will pick one up, install and review as well. If anyone has any questions on system function or install dont hesitate to send me a message. Ride safe and keep the rubber side down folks!
 

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I just installed the jammer on KTM 1290 2 x front sensor and 1 x rear . Also TPX radar detector . Very happy with a built quality , look and functionality. I will be testing the set up with other members of this board soon. Couple members have Lidar guns in my area here.
 

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Thanks for the review and the follow up! What are your thoughts on how it compares to the ALP in terms of interface when used on a bike?
 

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Thanks for the review and the follow up! What are your thoughts on how it compares to the ALP in terms of interface when used on a bike?
HI Vortex ! As i said before your Youtube reviews are awesome and i'm waiting for the new ones as i'm waiting for new season of Game of Thrones. Vortex i haven't used ALP. I had Blinder before on other bike and Escort ZW5 on the vehicle. Build quality is very good. You can see all visual alerts very well. On one handle i have alert for Jammer on another alert for detector. TRX Radar detector PRO is a bonus, obviously it's not R7. I use it with a setting HGW , no X, no K. Otherwise it will be too many false alerts on X, K band. In our area ( Tampa Bay) 70% KA band ( many different guns) 30% Laser guns. I will be testing my set up very soon with a local testers from this forum. They will be posting the results. Attached the pictures of my set up. Thanks guru.
 

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Why would you say this unit is not for me? Would you not agree that audio is a necessity with a jammer on a 3 second timer? Also, in reference to the rain, I was making that comment because even on this forum a decorated member mentioned the unit is waterproof.
How do you have you TPX set up for audio into your helmet?

Never used the audio.
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HI Vortex ! As i said before your Youtube reviews are awesome and i'm waiting for the new ones as i'm waiting for new season of Game of Thrones. Vortex i haven't used ALP. I had Blinder before on other bike and Escort ZW5 on the vehicle. Build quality is very good. You can see all visual alerts very well. On one handle i have alert for Jammer on another alert for detector. TRX Radar detector PRO is a bonus, obviously it's not R7. I use it with a setting HGW , no X, no K. Otherwise it will be too many false alerts on X, K band. In our area ( Tampa Bay) 70% KA band ( many different guns) 30% Laser guns. I will be testing my set up very soon with a local testers from this forum. They will be posting the results. Attached the pictures of my set up. Thanks guru.

Just for comparison. These were not tested but works as advertised.
 

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New to the CM world so please excuse my ignorance but is laser commonly used at night? If I understand the technology correctly, you need to be "shooting" the target with some level of skill and accuracy. I only ask because the OP mentioned the light on the switch. I watched a couple YT vids and agree the light seems way too bright, especially at night.
I got hit with laser at 11:00pm in a slight drizzle on the GA Fl border. Also got a super speeders ticket 😅.
 

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Thanks for the review and the follow up! What are your thoughts on how it compares to the ALP in terms of interface when used on a bike?
I have not had the opportunity to put my hands on an ALP unit or complete an install. However the interface rules with a motorcycle remains universal.
1. Visual alert. Adaptiv absolutely nailed this with thier compact LED trio light and the ability to mount virtually anywhere you please. Not sure about ALP multi LED.
2. Audio alert. Unbenounced to some, audio is very important. TPX, failed my testing in this area. I may be incorrect however I did not see an audio aux output in the ALP manual.
3. CPU size. Unlike a car, a motorcycle can be limited on weather resistant space. Looking at the ALP I would feel comfortable in saying the ALP CPU size shouldn't be an issue installing on a motorcycle.
4. User interface. The ALP user interface may prove to be a concern for a motorcycle as the buttons do not appear they would be glove friendly.
Hope this helps, let me know if I can further assist.
 

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