Page 5 - Radar Detector types
There are three different types of radar detectors, the customary corded units, the newer cordless units that use batteries and can be mounted on the dash, visor or windshield and the remote units that are permanently mounted in your vehicle and that are concealed.
Remote Mounted Radar Detectors.
The advantages of having a remote mounted radar detector are:
In Virginia and Washington DC and several provinces in Canada and countries such as France and Spain, radar detectors are illegal. Remote mounted radar detector s are more inconspicuous to law enforcement.
Also the SR7 Plus and the RX75 Plus remote units also include an active laser jammer.
The most popular radar detectors are the corded ones designed to either be plugged into your car's cigarette lighter or into the fuse box and then mounted on the windshield using suction cups.
Corded detectors offer a number of advantages over remote mounted units and cordless detectors that include:
Although you will be free of dangling cords, Radar Roy says that if you can stay with a corded detector instead of going cordless, do so!
In order to conserve battery life, cordless radar detectors turn themselves off and on in milliseconds. Because of this you will be sacrificing:
Because the detector itself is designed to operate on batteries, plugging it in will not increase the range or sensitivity.
If you want to free yourself of the power cord that plugs into the cigarette lighter, Radar Roy recommends that you consider a direct wire cord for your radar detector. This will allow you to plug your detector into the fuse box of your car and then you can conceal the wire by tucking it under the molding.
If you are still sold on cordless, then Radar Roy recommends that you consider purchasing a higher end cordless radar detector. The Solo 2 from Escort is the ONLY high end cordless radar detector made today and it has the highest range and sensitivity. To view the range testing charts and to compare the Solo 2 and other radar detectors, click here.