My seriously bad luck with Unidens

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I'm sorry, I call absolute BS or huge misunderstanding on that one - at least under the form it's presented.

Detector-savvy person keeps getting stuff that doesn't work, persists, and decides to open a profile and share it here at the very moment when the r360 is circling the drain in a s#itstorm of epic magnitude while being laughed at by model it was supposed to beat (which sells for close to half less).

All this - if the elements of the story are presented correctly. If there's a misunderstanding or omission I'll present my flattest excuses.

PS: I currently only own Belscortbra products and I'm very happy with them. I own no Unidens. It's just that my nose still works.
 
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I'm sorry, I call absolute BS or huge misunderstanding on that one - at least under the form it's presented.

Detector-savvy person keeps getting stuff that doesn't work, persists, and decides to open a profile and share it here at the very moment when the r360 is circling the drain in a s#itstorm of epic magnitude while being laughed at by model it was supposed to beat (which sells for close to half less).

All this - if the elements of the story are presented correctly. If there's a misunderstanding or omission I'll present my flattest excuses.

PS: I currently only own Belscortbra products and I'm very happy with them. I own no Unidens. It's just that my nose still works.
You know, I give anyone an honest chance and don't go right to suspicion right off.
After seeing some of the past tricks pulled in radar detector forums, and the anonymous internet environment, I believe your point has merit and cautious approach should be taken with any out of the norm situations.
Still a strong possibility of a mechanical or technical problem with the OP set up that could be frying detectors?:shadyhat:
 

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Having that many detectors go wrong also makes me think that something else is going on here. I've had a bunch of Uniden detectors and have had an issue with one LRD950 that stopped detecting radar properly. I've also seen other people report issues too, but the failure rate you're seeing seems excessive and there has to be something else going on.

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.
Do you have any radar guns you can test with yourself to verify? Have you tried going up to known sources like speed signs or door openers that otherwise trigger your detectors 100% of the time?

Driving past a police station isn't the best way to test because there may be no cars with radar transmitting in the station at times. So getting a more concrete and reliable way to test would be helpful for troubleshooting, especially when you're seeing every detector mysteriously stop alerting when you'd otherwise expect it to.
 

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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.
Since you made the statement I’d like to see that. Who were they?

I agree with the others. That’s a very abnormal amount considering just how many are out there and how long they’ve been in use.

Even stranger that it’s one person that’s had 6 failures. That is some sort of record and somewhat questionable that it’s the detector.

I have multiple Uniden’s and have never had issues with them.
 

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Still a strong possibility of a mechanical or technical problem with the OP set up that could be frying detectors?:shadyhat:
Absolutely, my first thought too. Except they don't seem to have been fried, they all just "stopped detecting at some point without warning", is what I read above.
 

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@Heywood, Start by looking at BCoble1's posts.

All that I'm saying is that we should look at all possibilities here without judgement. :)
 
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I've never had any detector failure of any brand, unless I caused it physical damage in a crash or whoopsie.
I have had bad Escort behaviors, in one only vehicle, any that was a power supply rattling loose.
However, anyone with a travel trailer and a bad converter will tell you, no better way to fry electronics that a wonky power source. I know...:rolleyes:
 

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Ive been through 6 different Uniden detectors...R3 and R7...where they just stopped detecting at some point without warning
Do you still have any of the dead Unidens? I'd be interested in testing them to see if we can figure out what failed. Where in NJ are you?
 

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Unidens are on par quality wise with Dodge, fast but the build quality feel is lacking.
Ouch. My feelings are hurt for Uniden! They aren't that bad.

Add me to the list of folks who find this failure rate abnormal. Have any other electronic devices in this vehicle failed? How long does your car battery last? I'd want to check the voltage with the vehicle running with both light and heavy load on the electrical system and at varying engine RPMs.
 
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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.]
THIS ... ^^^^^^^^^^
X 10 !!

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Ouch. My feelings are hurt for Uniden! They aren't that bad.

Add me to the list of folks who find this failure rate abnormal. Have any other electronic devices in this vehicle failed? How long does your car battery last? I'd want to check the voltage with the vehicle running with both light and heavy load on the electrical system and at varying engine RPMs.
THIS ... ^^^^^^ x 1000 😜😜

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Since you made the statement I’d like to see that. Who were they?

I agree with the others. That’s a very abnormal amount considering just how many are out there and how long they’ve been in use.

Even stranger that it’s one person that’s had 6 failures. That is some sort of record and somewhat questionable that it’s the detector.

I have multiple Uniden’s and have never had issues with them.
AGREED !!!

Somethin' is up. Not quite spidery, but definitely ears perked up.

Benzr
 
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To prove it here is 2 pages of emails showing orders and returns. This isnt a complete list but what I could find quickly. Identifying info blacked out.

Yes it could be my vehicle electrical system but I never had this problem with Escort Redline.
 

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Are you sure your not tossing your radars? 6 is some serious bad luck with them. Thankfully, I've never had issues with any RD knock on wood.
 

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It's possible one brand has less surge protection than another, or more durable build, different design and components to get extreme ranges etc.
I sort of wonder why power sources on automobiles don't come with a surge and voltage protectors for all the electronic use these days.
 

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To prove it here is 2 pages of emails showing orders and returns. This isnt a complete list but what I could find quickly. Identifying info blacked out.

Yes it could be my vehicle electrical system but I never had this problem with Escort Redline.
I BELIEVE Escort Redline has non smd's or better sourced capacitors, and or components.

If a component is rated very good but not best or using components maxed at their capacities would SURELY burn up and wear out quickly if your power source is spiking or non-clean.
Could be a bad ground causing the amperage to be greater on the components, especially if it back-feeds.

The older electronics equipment was DEFINITELY built better.

My GF and I just had that conversation in regards to appliances and Water Heaters.

So there's that. You need to check your power source and verify that circuit is not drawing too much current or even your Alternator/Generator
Could be going bad.

Benzr
 

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Yeah, I don't see how anyone would get that many bad ones and if it was an Uniden issue, I would think it would be widespread issue. It sounds like something in the car is killing them. I've got 3 R3s and 1 R7 and not a single problem. They do feel cheap. But, those nice, heavy, "better" feeling Escorts.....I've got a dead Redline O sitting in the drawer.
 

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Interesting how the OP is being attacked so strongly by some. I was told that never happens from the Uniden fraternity..
The guy says he's had multiple failures, I'd suggest that unless there's evidence to the contrary he gets the benefit of the doubt. Just like the benefit of the doubt was given to some suspicious Gen 2 failures.
We all know early Gen 2's have problems, but he'll probably escape that particular pleasure, if he doesn't he'll know that VR will fix it and get it back to him quick smart.
And he won't need to buy 6.
 

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Interesting how the OP is being attacked so strongly by some. I was told that never happens from the Uniden fraternity..
The guy says he's had multiple failures, I'd suggest that unless there's evidence to the contrary he gets the benefit of the doubt. Just like the benefit of the doubt was given to some suspicious Gen 2 failures.
We all know early Gen 2's have problems, but he'll probably escape that particular pleasure, if he doesn't he'll know that VR will fix it and get it back to him quick smart.
And he won't need to buy 6.
I don’t see any attacks. that certainly wasn’t my intention and if it was taken that way I apologize. I stand by my opinion though. driving by a police station and not getting an alert does not a broken detector equal.
 

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I hope the OP does not feel like its an attack. It’s just a lot of detectors is all I was trying to say and suggest verifying its not something outside the detector itself. If its an over voltage for example maybe Uniden does not tolerate it at the same level as another brand? It’s all a guess since there is no other great level of history here to compare it to.
 

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