My seriously bad luck with Unidens

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First, I did have the original Escort Redline for 5 years. It worked great. No complaints. Then when the Uniden R3 came out I upgraded. R3 was a little more sensitive and seemed more modern overall. Over a year later it stopped detecting and then i moved onto the R7. The R7 was a dream detector with lots of frills and customization from the colors to the sounds it made. It was clearly more sensitive than the others I had. HOWEVER, I went through 4 R7s which stopped detecting within 30 days of purchase and so I got a refurbished R3 and 6 months later that stopped detecting. Bought another R7 and that stopped detecting within 30 days.

So now Im here with you guys and my new Valentine One Gen 2. I can confirm it works.


My one critique is there are no customizations for the display...you get only one color...red..and no brightness control. Its nice to be able to customize your detector, however, the Valentine is no-frills. Fortunately, I do not have a problem with the brightness of the display. It seems just fine.

Ive been through 6 different Uniden detectors...R3 and R7...where they just stopped detecting at some point without warning. I even had ordered direct from Uniden for one of the R7s thinking that might be the latest model, but that stopped working as well. So I guess what I look for the most in a detector is if it simply works and keeps going. To be honest if the Uniden R7 were reliable I probably would have stuck with that, but after 4 different R7s ordered through Uniden Direct and outside vendors I can conclude its a lemon. I can hand it to Escort/Passport...if you buy one of their products its going to last and that Redline seemed to last a long long time.
 
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This is not a V1 Gen 2 review - Sounds more like "My seriously bad luck with Unidens".
I will amend your title and move this to general radar.

You must be seriously unlucky with Unidens - 6 sounds like a RDF record.
 
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Im not sure what to say in the overall review beyond to confirm it works well at detecting. Its not a complex device.

The first 3 R7s I ordered through different vendors and after those 3 I decided maybe there is a flaw in the production process then I got the refurbished R3 which worked for a bit longer...like 6 months and then it quit. I purchased the Uniden R7 from Uniden Direct thinking if I got it from there it would be the latest and maybe they fixed it...they didnt fix it.

I really enjoyed the Uniden R7 when it worked. Its a great detector, but the fatal flaw is it simply isnt reliable. I had zero problems with the Escort which worked reliably for 5 years of daily driving.

Time will tell with the Valentine. Like I said its working for now and seems to detect well. Not a complex device...very simple and no frills...but thats not a complaint about the device. It just depends on what you prefer. I prefer more customization, but then again adding additional functions might make it unreliable like the Uniden.

This is not a V1 Gen 2 review - Sounds more like "My seriously bad luck with Unidens".
I will amend your title and move this to general radar.

You must be seriously unlucky with Undidens - 6 sounds like a RDF record.
 

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Im not sure what to say in the overall review beyond to confirm it works well at detecting. Its not a complex device.

The first 3 R7s I ordered through different vendors and after those 3 I decided maybe there is a flaw in the production process then I got the refurbished R3 which worked for a bit longer...like 6 months and then it quit. I purchased the Uniden R7 from Uniden Direct thinking if I got it from there it would be the latest and maybe they fixed it...they didnt fix it.

I really enjoyed the Uniden R7 when it worked. Its a great detector, but the fatal flaw is it simply isnt reliable. I had zero problems with the Escort which worked reliably for 5 years of daily driving.
Well I hope the V1G2 is better performing for you. I agree the R7 is a great detector. I am always in two minds which one to put up when I go on a road trip.
 

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I won’t have anymore Uniden junk.
If you spend some time reading, you will find there are quite a few members who had very similar experiences as you. Uniden is not exactly spending a lot on the construction or components. And the number of failed or problematic units seems overwhelming to me. Sort of a pity.

The newest Redline was way over on price and way under on performance. I don’t have time to wait around and risk drive while they develop their product in the wild and using paying customers as live subjects.

Got rid of my Uniden detectors and not looking back. The only reason I don’t buy another V1g2 is that I am waiting for the Radenso option. I am fairly optimistic about that one too.
 

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In general, the Uniden products have a cheaper "feel" than Escort or Valentine products. Probably a little ironic to say that right now in light of the recent issues with both the new V1 and Redline, but just comparing the build quality/feel of the product lines historically.
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I won’t have anymore Uniden junk.
If you spend some time reading, you will find there are quite a few members who had very similar experiences as you. Uniden is not exactly spending a lot on the construction or components. And the number of failed or problematic units seems overwhelming to me. Sort of a pity.

The newest Redline was way over on price and way under on performance. I don’t have time to wait around and risk drive while they develop their product in the wild and using paying customers as live subjects.

Got rid of my Uniden detectors and not looking back. The only reason I don’t buy another V1g2 is that I am waiting for the Radenso option. I am fairly optimistic about that one too.
I haven't been impressed by the quality of any of the detectors made by the South Korean manufacturer (multiple brands). All of them have a very cheap plastic feel.
 
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Do you mind if I ask how you know they stopped detecting? Please don't take this the wrong way but 6 broken Unidens is a lot. Far more than I've ever heard of. Maybe you were incredibly unlucky but I have to wonder if something else is going on. How are you testing?
 

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Well one day the detectors fell silent. When I became suspect I then put them on X, K, KA and couldnt get anything. Went down to the police station and it wasnt going off. My area has lots of radar use and when I got nothing for a while I knew...

Believe me I know. Been using detectors now since 2011 and before that used them in the 90s. So I know when it should be going off.
 

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@NJWonderer - sorry to hear of your unusually bad experience with Uniden detectors.

That has not been my experience with Uniden detectors - I have/have had 10 different Uniden detectors that I have used for varying amounts of time (still have 9 of them - gave one to the son of one of my wife's friends) since 2015; 2 LRD950s; 1 LRD450; 3 R3s; 2 R1s; and 2 R7s. Not a single one has failed, although most don't get a lot of WS time these days (used mainly for testing in the past). I will admit that my main R3 that I used pretty much daily for 3 years from 2017-2019 does have screen burn-in, a known problem with OLED screens in general (not just Uniden's), but I always ran it on the highest brightness with blue as the color (not the best color choice or brightness setting to run to avoid burn-in).

As for some people's concern about the build quality of Unidens. Yes, they have plastic cases, the buttons don't feel like they are of the highest quality, and some people have had speaker issues (I suspect most of them ran their detectors on the highest volume). That said, I have not had any mechanical issues with any of my Uniden detectors other than having to replace the RJ11 connector on a couple of power cords. That was an issue early on in Uniden's return to selling detectors. They have changed the connector they ship with since then.

While we have had a few members say they had multiple problems with Uniden detectors, if your experience was representative of most members' here on the Forum, we'd know about it.

[EDIT: All that said, I hope you have better luck with your new V1G2. It's an excellent detector (although not without a few initial issues itself). But I'm sure VR will take care of you if any of them happen.]
 
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Welcome.
definitely a record (for me at least)
I wonder if the power supply that’s going to them or where they’re mounted (direct sun, no tint strip) or whatever a variable may be, is affecting their longevity.

good luck with your v1g2. Kindly let us know your purchase date and last four of your SN
 

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@DocTJ just beat me to it. It certainly could just be bad luck but maybe there is some other common element that is creating this issue. Excessive repeated high heat exposure has been known to fry RDs to where they are no longer detecting. Of course wiring issues can also do the same. It might warrant some deeper investigation. Your number of failures just seems abnormally high in general.

Welcome aboard and sorry this has been your experience. We look forward to reading more about what you may discover.
 

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Yup, must be a new record. Seems like the previous record was 2 units?

Environmental factor maybe?

The R3 I sold is still working and never had any hardware related problems, same with my R1 and R7. But hey, my V1G2 is still working too. 🤷‍♂️
 

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I won’t have anymore Uniden junk.
If you spend some time reading, you will find there are quite a few members who had very similar experiences as you. Uniden is not exactly spending a lot on the construction or components. And the number of failed or problematic units seems overwhelming to me. Sort of a pity.

The newest Redline was way over on price and way under on performance. I don’t have time to wait around and risk drive while they develop their product in the wild and using paying customers as live subjects.

Got rid of my Uniden detectors and not looking back. The only reason I don’t buy another V1g2 is that I am waiting for the Radenso option. I am fairly optimistic about that one too.
Wow. I thought I wrote alot.
Srry bro....I call BS on 6 uniden failing. Not going to argue but sounds like user error....YOU....
 

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I have certainly heard of some failures with Uniden, they are no more perfect than any other brand but you do indeed have the worst luck I have read about here. I have seen someone have issues, different issues, with as many as two on any early run but thats it. 6 has to be a bad luck record. If I had that luck I would buy another brand too. If the V1G2 dies the same death you might want to verify you're not living near some other strong radiation source that is causing damage to more than detectors.
 

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@NJWonderer - sorry to hear of your unusually bad experience with Uniden detectors.

That has not been my experience with Uniden detectors - I have/have had 10 different Uniden detectors that I have used for varying amounts of time (still have 9 of them - gave one to the son of one of my wife's friends) since 2015; 2 LRD950s; 1 LRD450; 3 R3s; 2 R1s; and 2 R7s. Not a single one has failed, although most don't get a lot of WS time these days (used mainly for testing in the past). I will admit that my main R3 that I used pretty much daily for 3 years from 2017-2019 does have screen burn-in, a known problem with OLED screens in general (not just Uniden's), but I always ran it on the highest brightness with blue as the color (not the best color choice to run to avoid burn-in).

As for some people's concern about the build quality of Unidens. Yes, they have plastic cases, the buttons don't feel like they are of the highest quality, and some people have had speaker issues (I suspect most of them ran their detectors on the highest volume). That said, I have not had any mechanical issues with any of my Uniden detectors other than having to replace the RJ11 connector on a couple of power cords. That was an issue early on in Uniden's return to selling detectors. They have changed the connector they ship with since then.

While we have had a few members say they had multiple problems with Uniden detectors, if your experience was representative of most members' here on the Forum, we'd know about it.

[EDIT: All that said, I hope you have better luck with your new V1G2. It's an excellent detector (although not without a few initial issues itself). But I'm sure VR will take care of you if any of them happen.]
X2 = I own the R3 and R7 and so far no problem ‘s. I find the Uniden products very reliable!
 

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X2 = I own the R3 and R7 and so far no problem ‘s. I find the Uniden products very reliable!
I have 5 R1's. I bought one of them new and the rest right off of our forum and all 5 are still kicking supreme @ss and taking names. They don't feel cheap to me at all and have all paid for themselves several times over! I haven't had even one issue with any of them.
 

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There have been a couple of other members with this kind of experience and I believe one has had 4-5 failures.
 

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Statistically this is almost certainly not a uniden problem, but rather one with the particular cars power supply, environment, etc.

Have you tried measuring voltage? Are the detectors hardwired or using the OEM cigarette lighter power adapters?
 

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With multiple failures I would be checking vehicle voltage (Regulator/alternator) and don't forget when reving higher.
Had a GM truck with an aftermarket alternator that over 4000 rpms set off warning lights and supplied overvoltage, frying a few things.
Also, with that sort of luck buy a cheap radar gun/tester for when you think things are too quiet.
I have 2 large RCMP stations here and it is a rare day when any one of the 100+ vehicles has a peep come out of them.
 

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