Best Radar Detectors: Reviews, Tests, & Guides

Welcome to Vortex Radar where you’ll find the latest tests, comparisons, and reviews of all the best radar detectors and laser jammers.

Best Radar Detectors of 2020

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R7Uniden R7: Long Range, Arrows, Best Bang for the Buck ($449) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Escort Max 360cEscort Max 360c: Plug-and-Play, Arrows, Cloud Connectivity ($649) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Radenso Pro MRadenso Pro M: Compact, Stealth, & Best MRCD Detection ($449) 5 Stars

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Best Affordable Radar Detectors

Best Radar Detector: Uniden R3Uniden R3: Best Performing Radar Detector Under $400 ($299) 5 Stars

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Best Radar Detector: Uniden R1Uniden R1: Best Radar Detector (non-GPS) under $200 ($199) 4 Stars

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Best Radar Detectors: Custom Installed Remotes

Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360

Feature-packed and Refined Remote Radar Detector: Escort Max Ci 360 ($2,399)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Radenso RC MBest Quiet & Future-Proof Radar Detector: Radenso RC M ($1,849)5 Stars

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Best Custom Installed Radar Detector: Net Radar DSPAffordable Remote Radar Detector: Net Radar DSP for the ALP ($649)4 Stars

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Best Laser Jammers of 2020

Best Laser Jammer: AntiLaser PriorityBest Laser Jammer: AntiLaser Priority ($839 Dual, $1,339 Quad)5 Stars

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Escort ZW5 wireless laser shifterEasiest to Install: Escort ZW5 ($849 Dual)4 Stars

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TMG A15 laser jammerBudget Jammer: TMG Alpha-15 ($629 Dual, $819 Quad)4 Stars

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Adaptiv TPX motorcycle laser jammerMotorcycle Jammer: Adaptiv TPX ($495 Dual, $675 Triple)4 Stars

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Recommended Apps:

JBV1 for the V1Best Countermeasure App (optimized for the V1): JBV1 (Free)

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WazeReal-time police spotted alerts: Waze (Free)


Escort Live

Cloud-based alerting sharing with Escort radar detectors: Escort Live (Free)


Recommended Radar Detector Accessories:

BlendmountRear View Mirror Mount: BlendMount ($99 before discounts)

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Radar detector hardwire cableHardwire Cable ($10-30)

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Best Dashcams of 2020:

Best Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3Best Basic Budget Dashcam: Viofo A119 v3 ($109)

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Best Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro DuoBest All-around Two Channel (Front & Rear) 4K Dashcam: Viofo A129 Pro Duo ($249)

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Best Dashcam: Blackvue DR900S-2CHBest High End 4K Cloud Dashcam for Driving & Parking: Blackvue DR900S-2CH ($479)

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Radenso RC M display with Ka alert ahead

How to Set Up & Configure the Radenso RC M

The Radenso RC M is an excellent custom installed radar detector with great performance, false alert filtering, low powered radar detection, and ALP integration. The Radenso RC M manual does a great job going over the radar detector and so in this tutorial, we’ll go over things in a bit more detail and help you …

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Escort Max Ci 360 Radar Detector & Laser Jammer

How to Set Up & Configure the Escort Max Ci 360

The Escort Max Ci 360 is a top notch custom installed radar detector. The Max Ci 360 owner’s manual covers a lot of the basics in how to use and configure your detector. In this tutorial, I’ll explain things in a bit more detail, go over what the optimal settings are, and cover the new …

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V1 Gen2 Parts laid out

Valentine 1 Gen2: Under the Hood

The new Valentine 1 Gen2 is based on a completely new underlying platform than the Gen1 so let’s pop the hood, take the detector apart, and take a closer look at what’s inside. 🙂 Note: All the photos are available in high res so click on any image to zoom in and take a closer …

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V1 Gen2 alerting to Ka ahead

Valentine 1 Gen2 Review

The new Valentine 1 Gen2 ($499) has finally been released and it’s the biggest change we’ve seen to the V1 in 30 years. It features an all new design, longer range, better false alert filtering, RDD immunity, and integrated Bluetooth with support for fantastic cell phone apps. I’ve been running the V1 Gen2 since its …

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Uniden R3 firmware 1.53

Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 Updated to Firmware 1.53

Uniden just released firmware 1.53 for the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3.  This is a small update that improves MRCD detection, changes how speed camera overspeed alert show up, and improves the responsiveness of the detector’s interface. This update adds some changes first brought over to the Uniden R7 with fw 1.29. Let’s cover all the …

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V1 Gen2 with Max360c, V1 G1, R7, Redline EX, and Pro M

Valentine 1 Gen2 Testing vs. Uniden R7, V1 Gen1, and more

So how does the new Valentine 1 Gen2 stack up in terms of long term detection? Well this week I went to find out by testing it against all the other best radar detectors on the market.

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Interview with Mike Valentine about the V1 Gen 2

Interview with Mike Valentine about the new V1 Gen2

This week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to the man, the myth, the legend, Mike Valentine, and learn all about his brand new Valentine One Gen2. I got to ask him about the new changes and improvements in this next generation V1. Here is our complete discussion for you to enjoy. …

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How to Set Up & Program Your Valentine 1 Gen 2 using V1connection on Android or iPhone

The Valentine 1 Gen 2 can be programmed using the V1connection app (free) for Android or iOS. This helps you tailor your V1 based on your preferences and driving needs. I recommend using V1connection just to program your V1 initially. It’s much better than trying to program the V1 manually. Then when driving day to …

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JBV1 GM BSM and CSA alerts ahead on map

Getting Started with JBV1

JBV1 is easily one of the best countermeasure apps available. It’s was developed by @johnboy00 for the Valentine 1 (hence the name JBV1) and it has taken the place of YaV1 as the best app (it’s Android only) to run with your V1. It has also since added integration with the TMG laser jammer, plus …

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Handholding V1 Gen 2

Valentine 1 Gen 2: Hands-on First Look

Valentine Research has just started shipping the new Valentine One Gen 2 ($499). This is a huge update to the legendary Valentine One. The new V1 Gen 2 includes many hardware and software improvements. Update May 2020: The new V1 has been out for two months and you can now read my in-depth Valentine 1 Gen2 review. …

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