They were something everyone had, but were they actually helpful? We are talking about a Radar Detector. Have they gotten better?
In the world of automotive technology it is no secret that it is constantly changing. Some technology is making life so difficult it makes you want to go back to a carbed setup and points system, while others make life simple and wonderful. This is why we here at Wickedautovids have not ran a radar detector in a number of years. Radar detectors from years past were quite honestly a huge pain in the butt. With false alarms every two seconds, one could not know if this was the alarm that would save them from getting a 55 in a 35 ticket or another wasted 5 seconds of obnoxious beeping due to a checkout line at your local grocery.
After a step up in speed control measures by our local police department we decided to do a little research in hopes of finding an updated, painless radar detector. This is when we ran across the K40 RLS2 Portable Radar Detector. After reading numerous reviews raving about this radar detector we reached out to K40’s Grant Dahlke who quickly sent us one of their radar detectors to try out. We have been running this unit for about a month now and here is what we found.
Two things we noticed right off the bat 1) It got here really fast 2) This thing was packaged well. The radar detector and accessories were organized neatly in a padded box wrapped in plastic. This box was then placed inside of a larger padded box. There is no reason this thing should get damaged during transport. The RLS2 came with the radar detector, mounting arm, suction cups, a long cord for a hard wired install, along with a shorter coiled cord for a mobile install.
We didn’t waste any time installing this in to our 2011 GMC Acadia test vehicle. I’m not sure that we can really call it an “Install” as it was simply sticking the mounting arm on to the radar detector and sticking it to our windshield. We steered clear of our windshield wipers as suggested in the instructions. All that was left was plugging it in to our cigarette lighter and we were on our way. We were greeted by several sounds and beeps along with the different radar bands being displayed on the screen. Simply going through a little test of the entire system. The beeps were pretty loud but were toned down easily by the volume roller on the side of the detector. After the system was up and running we noticed one thing right off the bat. The display, while simple, was easily read and easy on the eyes. If the display is too bright for you, a dimmer button takes care of that with ease.
The display shows three things, The driving mode that the RLS2 is currently set to, your direction of travel, along with your current speed. We have tested the speed display with our speedometer and a few different GPS systems and it has been nothing but accurate.
The main thing that we use to hate about radar detectors were false alerts. Being that newer cars are running K-band frequencies for lane control, brake assist, and other safety options, we were concerned that this radar detector was going to be full of false alerts. To much surprise it didn’t, that is because the RLS2 comes equipped with an automatic K-Band filter that filters through the abundance of K-Band frequencies flying around these days.
On to the gas station we went, a known place for false alerts. We went to 5 different gas stations before we got a false alert, and we believe that was due to having the driving mode set to highway instead of city driving. When in City driving mode the filters are a little more lax compared to highway mode due to the abundance of grocery scanners and things like that. We were honestly trying to get a false alarm out of this thing so that we could try out the mute button. Conveniently placed in the center of the RLS2 lies a mute button that can be tapped for a temporary mute long enough for you to exit the area, however, hit the Mark button and you can “Mark” this location to not alert in the future. You can also use the “Mark” button to alert automatically in areas usually housing a speed trap or heavy police presence. This is only available due to the K40 RLS2 having GPS. GPS is a huge leg up on the competitors which allows the use of the mute feature, mark to alert, speedometer, and quiet ride. Quite ride allows you to set up the radar detector to only alert once you have surpassed a speed designated by you during setup.
One major thing that impressed us was the fact that K40 is so confident in their product that they have a “Ticket Free Guarantee” which states if you get a ticket, they will pay for it. This guarantee comes with very few stipulations. You can find the full details HERE
Another thing to note is their customer service. We were told that if we had any issues setting our detector up for optimum performance, to call their lifetime, 24/7 free hotline for help. We decided to put it to the test and called the hotline at 2AM. They were eager to help and make sure we were satisfied. I don’t know about you but good customer service is a lost art. It was refreshing to know that some companies still give a crap after they have your money.
All but one time this radar detector alerted us, there was a real reason for it. If it alerts and you don’t see a cop, it is because you haven’t gotten to him yet.
All in all we give the K40 RLS2 a thumbs up. We will continue to run it for years to come, unless we decide to upgrade to one of their radar and laser scrambler systems that look awesome.
For a cool $399.99 we think it is well worth the money when looking at ticket and insurance costs, along with the competitors. If you would like to get yourself one, you can find a K40 dealer HERE