As of March 2019, the Valentine V1 is no longer produced.
Valentine isn’t responding to our emails about official New Zealand distribution or where to get it serviced locally (seems you can’t).
The V1 Valentine 1 is now officially “End of Life”.
The classic Valentine V1 was so popular, Uniden based their R7 chassis design on it!
Even though the core Valentine 1 technology hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years, the V1 remains one of the most searched names among New Zealand radar detectors.
Is the Valentine V1 still as good as everyone says?
There is an entire sub-forum at www.RDForum.org dedicated to the Valentine 1, and it still has a long list of die-hard fans who are eagerly awaiting news on why Valentine stopped shipping in March of 2019. The forum has several New Zealand members as well. We understand the fanbase, we understand their dedication, because even though we consider the Valentine 1 to be quite out of date, it really is was a good detector and a best seller.
Even though it’s no longer available, there’s nothing wrong with the V1 as long as you’re only worried about patrol cars and are happy to ignore a lot of false alerts and accept a ton of down-sides as below.
The challenges we see with the Valentine 1 are:
- No user-enabled software updates available (and no USB input to do updates)
- No segmented K-band (to help reduce false alerts)
- No GPS for fixed location speed camera alerts
- No obvious New Zealand distributor (which suggesting parallel imported product is the only option to buy)
- No obvious authorised repair agent in New Zealand
- Out of date pricing vs age vs built-in tech
- Made for left-hand drive, so here in NZ, the display and control knob are passenger seat focussed.
Some of the points above are “solved” by a series of dongles, add ons, and extra wires sold by Valentine. But once you add up the costs, it’s still trying to compete with something designed and built this century.
Want MODERN front and rear radar detection?
The V1 is still around but it’s not what we consider a modern radar detector.
We recommend the Escort Redline EX or Uniden R3nz instead, or if you really have a thing for the directional arrows, try the Escort Redline 360c or Uniden R8nz, or older Escort MAX 360c or Uniden R7 instead.