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Speed Camera Detector FAQs

Are you looking to buy a speed camera detector? Want to find a answer to a question that's not answered on our website speed camera detector product pages? This page will help. Look through the list of questions below that customers and visitors have asked. Got a question that's not been answered? Then please complete our online form below and we'll answer and add it to our FAQs.

We answer questions on the current speed camera range available at ActiveGPS, which includes the Cheetah c550 models and Snooper 4 Zero Elite. View the complete range here.

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The Questions

Q. What is the best detector for speed camera vans in Republic of Ireland (Go safe)?

Q. I recently got caught by a mobile camera van and clocked at 100mph. Would a speed camera detector have prevented that?

Q. Not all cameras work on the motorway its the placebo effect to make us slow down. do any of these devices detect weather or not the cameras are live and working as you approach?

Q. I live in Ireland. What is the best detector to use against mobile speed camera vans etc?

Q. My Cheetah C-50 is playing-up now looking for a replacement but must have external antenna connection, what can you recommend?

Q. Looking to purchase a speed camera detector for my car, ideally one which can detect both fixed and mobile cameras but I don't particularly want to pay an annual subscription.

Q. Does the Road Angel Gem+ detect camera vans and handheld guns?

Q. I am so dismayed but now in London they are putting 20mph on large roads and have guns out even being used by the public I need to know which unit would be best for these thanks?

Q. I would like to buy a speed camera detector, but there is too much technical info. What I want to know does it detect all the types of cameras? Plus can it be hard wired in instead of into the cigarette lighter?

Q. Which is the best all round speed camera detector. Interested in the mobile speed traps more than fixed cameras. I have a tomtom with the speed cameras on it but need one for mobile. Any help would be appreciated.

Q. Regarding Novus Rider do you offer an update to software or know if the Cheetah or other software will work?

Q. I have a Jaguar F Type with a heated front screen (embedded wires) - does this stop any of the camera detectors from working? I also read very different 1* v 5* reviews on the Snooper 4Zero but like its compact size (don't really need the speed data on the Road Angels). Is the Snooper as good as some say?

Q. I now have 9 points all mobile speed cameras, 37mph in 30mph zone, that sort of thing. What device actually works as I am obviously too stupid to stick within the limits?

Q. I need a detector system that will do the following:

1. Tell me the speed limit of the road I'm on
2 Warn me about all fixed cameras
3. Warn me about mobile cameras (not just the common sites but the camera itself)
4. Jam all mobile detectors (i.e. police aiming laser or radar guns at me, mobile Gatsos etc).

Q. Purchased a Talex Lite approx 10 years ago. Is there an updated version or what do you recommend as replacement?

Q. I have the new Golf Mk7 with the Discovery Sat Nav, which does not have speed camera detection. l am wondering if the Snooper SR125 would work in conjunction with it?

Q. How effective is the Gem+ Deluxe against van-mounted radar compared with others-and how is its power supplied?

Q. I have just taken delivery of a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Exclusive Plus. This car doesn't have any cigarette lighter sockets, it only has USB points. Can you suggest a Snooper speed camera detector that will work in this car using USB power charge?

Q. Do you have anything that you can program in the 20MPH zones that are popping up all over the Country?

Q. I have a Snooper Evolution which won't work in my last car as it has a reflective windscreen - can you supply the GPS antenna that fits on the parcel shelf?

Q. Do any of the speed camera detectors you sell detect HADECS 1/2/3 speed cameras?

Q. I'm looking to replace my Pogo Alert+ and see that it's no longer available, the features I particularly liked were the Directional and Limitator modes. Do any of the current range of detectors have these or equivalent features?

Q. If the Snooper Lynx GT Lite is hard wired into my car can I leave it turned on to come on and off with the ignition, and will it show the speed digitally all the time, as I find it easier to keep to speed limit with digital speedo?

Q. Is the Pogo Alert now available, or has it been permanently discontinued? I would like a MAC compatible device.

Q. I recently purchased a Snooper 3Zero from you and as I was travelling along the A5111 in Derby at lunchtime today I passed a mobile speed camera van, to my amazement no alert of any kind came off my newly purchased Snooper 3Zero. I had updated the database on Sunday. Am I missing something or not set it up correctly?

Q. I have need to update my speed camera details on my SNP1000 sat nav. I still pay monthly for this option. Could you please forward details how to obtain this information?

Q. I am looking to purchase a speed camera detector that detects speed cameras and also hand held police radar guns, could you please provide me with details of which models that will be suitable?

Q. Which device provides the largest on-screen speedometer?

Q. Does Snooper Pantera display car speed whilst switch on?

Q. Can the Snooper 3zero be hardwired to turn on and off with the ignition of the vehicle it's installed in? Or does the user need to turn the device on and off manually?

Q. Does the Snooper 3zero need to have clear line of site through the windscreen in order to pick up Radar and Laser speed cameras.

Q. Will the snooper 3zero detect from behind as well in front, or do you need two devices?

Q. Can the Road Angel Gem+ be hardwired to turn on and off with the ignition of the vehicle it's installed in? Or does the user need to turn the device on and off manually?

Q. My Snooper used to alert to cameras on either side of the road (using the Logic modes) and now alerts to camera on both sides of the road, why is this?

Q. Do I need to use a computer to set up the snooper lynx gt live and whilst roaming charges apply, will the Lynx easily detect if used driving in France?

Q. Can you tell me if you sell the updates for the TALEX LITE camera detector, since they seem to be no longer available.

Q. I have a old Pogo Alert+ firmware version 2.2. The site I bought this from a few years ago seems to be deleted and when I connect the unit up to the internet it says no longer available. Can this still be updated and a new subscription used?

Q. I have a Novus Alpha V3 am I correct in thinking I can no longer update it?

Q. Which is best? Pogo / Roadangel Gem / Snooper Lynx GT Live. I'll buy whatever one but I want the best.

Q. Do speed camera detectors like the Pogo Alert V4, detect a transmitted signal (or laser beam) or do the rely on GPS positioning of cameras, or both?

Q. Which speed camera detectors can be used in Europe?

Q. Is it possible to download only fixed camera locations to a detector?

Q. What's the difference between the Snooper Lynx GT LIVE and Lynx GT Lite?

Q. Which speed cameras detectors are compatible with an Apple MAC computer?

Q. Which detector can be installed off my windscreen and not on my dashboard?

Q. What's the cheapest speed camera detector to buy?

Q. Which camera locators use a rechargeable battery?

Q. I want to mount the Pogo Alert+ below my dashboard, what will I need?

Q. Which detectors can be dash mounted?

Q. I've just brought a second hand car with the installation kit for a speed camera detector. Can you tell me which one it is and whether I can still buy the detector from you?


The Answers

Q. What is the best detector for speed camera vans in Republic of Ireland (Go safe)?

A. Being based in the UK, we do not know exactly what technology the Go Safe vans are using in the Republic of Ireland.

However, if it's anything like the UK, they will be using a combination of radar and laser based guns.

The Snooper 4ZERO Elite is the only speed camera detector that we sell to include both a radar and laser detector. The Snooper 4ZERO Elite also includes a GPS database (which is free to update) of fixed and mobile camera locations, these include Republic of Ireland within the database.

Other customers in the past who live in the Republic of Ireland have purchased the Snooper 4ZERO Elite from us.

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Q. I recently got caught by a mobile camera van and clocked at 100mph. Would a speed camera detector have prevented that?

A. If, for example, you buy a Snooper 4Zero Elite... which is the only product that we sell which has THREE technologies: a GPS camera locations database, laser detection and radar detection.

In our website description we advise that you will receive alerts to ‘known (mobile) speed camera locations’ via the Snooper AURA safety camera database, and ‘when you come into range of a live device’.

It may be the first time that the Police or Road Safety Partnership have used a particular mobile location (or it is in temporary roadworks) - if so it will clearly not immediately be in the AURA GPS speed camera locations database.

Importantly, you will only receive a warning of a laser or radar signal if you are actually being targeted by a live radar or laser gun. If it was a genuine speed check, the Police radar or laser gun/device needs to be switched on, be live, and be pointed at your vehicle. This is when you will receive a radar or laser warning.

Although the Police usually take more than one reading, if you are the first car over the brow of a hill, or a bend in the road, then they may take a successful first reading. The Snooper 4Zero Elite WILL warn you of a live camera (if you are targeted) but clearly if they already have your confirmed speed at first targeting then the warning will be too late.

This is why it is also good to have the back up of a system with a GPS database - subject to the limitation of it already being in that database.

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Q. Not all cameras work on the motorway its the placebo effect to make us slow down. do any of these devices detect weather or not the cameras are live and working as you approach?

A. Yes and no. It all depends upon the technology used in the speed camera.

For example Gatso speed cameras use radar technology. Therefore if you buy and use a speed camera detector such as the Snooper 4ZERO Elite with built-in radar detection, you will receive warnings when cameras are live and active.

On the other hand though speed cameras such as Truvelo, Truvelo D-Cam, SPECS and VECTOR all don’t use any form of radar technology. The only people to know whether these cameras are live are the police and camera installer.

The only way to ensure you’re not caught speeding is to drive at or below the speed limit when passing any speed camera.

You can compare the full range of speed camera detector we sell here.

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Q. I live in Ireland. What is the best detector to use against mobile speed camera vans etc?

A. Our customers in Republic of Ireland tend to purchase the Snooper 4ZERO.

The GPS database includes speed cameras within the Republic of Ireland. The built-in radar and laser will also detect mobile speed cameras.

Snooper 4ZERO GPS database subscription costs either; £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.

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Q. My Cheetah C-50 is playing-up now looking for a replacement but must have external antenna connection, if the Gendarmarie see the unit in France on the dash you get big problems.

The antenna with my Cheetah is mounted on the rear window and always worked excellent, shame I have life-time updates on my Cheetah.

Which replacement model do you sell it doesn’t have to be fancy because in sitting not visible under my dash.

A. The latest model of Cheetah GPS speed camera detector is the Cheetah c550.

A plug-in external GPS antenna can be purchased and used with the Cheetah c550, you can purchase the GPS antenna via the following Cheetah c550 accessory webpage.

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Q. Looking to purchase a speed camera detector for my car, ideally one which can detect both fixed and mobile cameras (those mounted in a police van for e.g. handheld) but I don't particularly want to pay an annual subscription. Can you advise if you sell them, the best and most reliable. In the case of mobile cameras, do the detectors give sufficient warning that you have time to slow down...Or is it literally too late to be able to slow down as the police detector will already have recorded your speed before you have time to react?

A. The only speed camera detector we sell which include free speed camera location updates is the Snooper MY-SPEED XL.

However, the Snooper MY-SPEED XL is GPS based device only, it does not feature radar and/or laser detector to detect live in-use mobile devices e.g. Police radar/laser handheld guns.

The only detector that we sell that features GPS, radar and laser detector is the Snooper 4ZERO.

However, the 4ZERO GPS database subscription isn't free, costing either £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99.

"In the case of mobile cameras, do the detectors give sufficient warning that you have time to slow down...Or is it literally too late to be able to slow down as the police detector will already have recorded your speed before you have time to react?"

The honest answer is no not necessary. If the Police target your vehicle only once, then by the time the 4ZERO emits an audio tone from detecting e.g. the laser gun, the Police will have the speed of your vehicle and be pulling you over, or electronically issuing a speeding ticket through the post.

The Snooper MY-SPEED XL includes ALL UK road speed limits, so adhering to the speed limit shown would help prevent you inadvertently speeding in the first place.

I hope that helps, for more help and guidance please see our detector comparison table online.

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Q. Does the Road Angel Gem+ detect camera vans and handheld guns?

A. The Road Angel Gem+ features a built-in laser detector. Police that are using a laser based device will be detectable via the Road Angel Gem+ laser detector.

The Police also use radar based devices, these will be undetectable via the Road Angel Gem+.

For alerts to these in addition to laser, you would need to buy a radar and laser based speed camera detector such as the Snooper 4ZERO.

To compare the latest range of speed camera detector available to buy from ActiveGPS please see the comparison table

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Q. I am so dismayed but now in London they are putting 20mph on large roads and have guns out even being used by the public I need to know which unit would be best for these thanks?

A. The Snooper 4ZERO is the only speed camera detector to feature GPS, radar and laser detection, so therefore would be best to detect and warn to fixed and mobile speed camera locations.

You can compare the Snooper 4ZERO alongside the complete range of speed camera detectors we sell here.

Snooper 4ZERO with radar and laser detection

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Q. I would like to buy a speed camera detector, but there is too much technical info. What I want to know does it detect all the types of cameras? Plus can it be hard wired in instead of into the cigarette lighter?

A. I'm sorry, but the technical information is there to ensure that you are buying a product that is right for you.

We do have a comparison table:

No detectors are MAC friendly. Some update via the internet, the Road Angel GEM + updates via the mobile phone network. They will all have GPS location database by subscription only. Some have laser, some have none. One has laser and radar. All require a subscription - some more than others depending upon features. A radar detector will give false alerts from shop doorway sensors, pedestrian crossings etc.

Some include a hardwire kit, others are an optional extra.

All product pages include a pdf copy of the instruction manual.

It is in your interest to read all about a product before purchase as the law does now allow us to make a deduction from any refund if you don't like your purchase and you return it. For a full refund a product should be handled no more than you might expect to do in a shop.

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Q. Which is the best all round speed camera detector. Interested in the mobile speed traps more than fixed cameras. I have a TomTom with the speed cameras on it but need one for mobile. Any help would be appreciated.

A. The best all round speed camera detector and our best seller is the Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe.

The Gem+ features a built-in laser detector for detecting 'live' mobile speed cameras and also features mobile phone technology for live updates* to the speed camera database. This live update feature enables other Gem+ (plus earlier Road Angel models) users to feed live mobile speed camera locations into the database in real-time.

So for example a motorist ahead of you on the M1 may spot what he/she believes is a mobile speed camera on a bridge over the motorway. They can then press the 'Camera Share' button on the Gem+ to add the location. As you approach the location with your Gem+ you will be warned of the location. User defined locations remain live in the database for the following 6 hours.

All other speed camera detectors require a PC for updating the speed camera location database.

*Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe camera subscription - 1 year: £99.99, 2 years: £189.99 or 3 years: £249.99.

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Q. Regarding Novus Rider do you offer an update to software or know if the Cheetah or other software will work? I read someone else's will work but can't remember whose. I'm sure I bought mine from yourselves when you first started selling them, but can't find the receipt too long ago I suppose.

A. The Cheetah uses the Trinity database and will ONLY work with the Cheetah speed camera detector range.

We are not Novus. We are not the manufacturer. We do not own the Novus database. We have no control over the frequency of updates. We are ActiveGPS, one of many retailers that stocked Novus products.

Should you require further information please contact technical@novusauto.com quoting your serial number.

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Q. I have a Jaguar F Type with a heated front screen (embedded wires) - does this stop any of the camera detectors from working? I also read very different 1* v 5* reviews on the Snooper 4Zero but like its compact size (don't really need the speed data on the Road Angels). Is the Snooper as good as some say?

A. To ascertain whether you will have any issues using the Snooper 4ZERO or any other speed camera detector with your cars heated front screen (embedded wires), I would suggest you contact Jaguar and ask the question: "does the windscreen affect a GPS signal". The other way to find out is to try any other device that uses a built in GPS antenna, e.g. sat nav or smartphone with GPS.

As with all reviews and reviewers these are subject to personal opinion.

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Q. I now have 9 points all mobile speed cameras, 37mph in 30mph zone, that sort of thing. What device actually works as I am obviously too stupid to stick within the limits?

A. The best speed camera detector for your needs, knowing the speed limits, is the Road Angel Gem+ or Gem+ Deluxe.

The Gem+ includes a GPS database of not only fixed and mobile speed camera locations and speed limits, but also a nationwide database of ALL UK road speed limits. So no matter what road you are driving on in the UK, the Gem+ will display the road speed limit, alongside your vehicles speed.

In addition, the Gem+ includes a laser detector, this will detect live 'in-use' mobile laser devices.

Subscription for the Gem+ speed camera and speed limit database costs either £39.99 for 6 months, £65.99 per year or £169.99 for 3 years worth of updates. Speed camera updates are carried out in real-time via the Gem+'s built in SIM card via GPRS technology (no need for a PC). Speed limit updates are issued four times a year and require a Windows based to download.

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Q. I need a detector system that will do the following:

1. Tell me the speed limit of the road I'm on
2 Warn me about all fixed cameras
3. Warn me about mobile cameras (not just the common sites but the camera itself)
4. Jam all mobile detectors (i.e. police aiming laser or radar guns at me, mobile Gatsos etc).

In other words I want to be fully protected.

A. No one device will do ALL that you seek. The closest device to meet your requirements is the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe.

1. Tell me the speed limit of the road I'm on - the Gem+ includes a national speed limit database and displays your speed alongside the road

2 Warn me about all fixed cameras the Gem+ includes a database of fixed and mobile speed camera locations, this is updated in real-time via the GPRS (mobile phone) network - subscription charges applyspeed limit. The database is updated 4 times a year - subscription charges apply.

3. Warn me about mobile cameras (not just the common sites but the camera itself) the Gem+ includes a database of mobile speed camera locations, this is updated in real-time via the GPRS (mobile phone) network - subscription charges apply. In addition the Gem+ includes a built-in laser detector for alerts to live 'in-use' laser camera sites when they are detected.

4. Jam all mobile detectors (i.e. police aiming laser or radar guns at me, mobile Gatsos etc). There's no device that jams radar signals, there are devices on the market that jam laser signals. These devices aren't available to buy from ActiveGPS.

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Q. Purchased a Talex Lite approx 10 years ago. Is there an updated version or what do you recommend as replacement?

A. The Talex Lite was superseded by the Novus range of speed camera detectors, however, in 2012 Novus decided to discontinue their complete range of speed camera detectors.

The closest resembling speed camera detector to the Talex Lite that is available to buy from ActiveGPS is the Snooper 4ZERO.

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Q. I have the new Golf Mk7 with the Discovery Sat Nav, which does not have speed camera detection. l am wondering if the Snooper SR125 would work in conjunction with it?

A. The Snooper SR125 is designed to work with an Android smartphone. The Snooper SR120 is designed to work with an Apple smartphone/device.

Neither will work with a sat nav either built-in or standalone.

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Q. How effective is the Gem+ Deluxe against van-mounted radar compared with others-and how is its power supplied?

A. The Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe feature a built-in radar detector, only a laser detector. However, the Gem+ Deluxe GPS database includes fixed and mobile speed camera locations. Furthermore, new mobile speed camera locations can be added to the Gem+ Deluxe internal database in real-time by other Gem+ users at the press of the 'Camera Share' button. This facility is made possible due to the fact that the Gem+ Deluxe users GPRS 'mobile phone' technology.

The Gem+ Deluxe is powered via either the built-in battery or your vehicles cigarette lighter socket in car.

If you are seeking a speed camera detector with both radar and laser detection then the Snooper 4ZERO would be the detector to consider.

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Q. I have just taken delivery of a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Exclusive Plus. This car doesn't have any cigarette lighter sockets, it only has USB points. Can you suggest a Snooper speed camera detector that will work in this car using USB power charge?

A. All of the Snooper speed camera detectors require a cigarette lighter socket. The only speed camera detector model we sell that includes a USB connection is the Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe.

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Q. Do you have anything that you can program in the 20MPH zones that are popping up all over the Country?

A. The closest device we sell is the Road Angel Gem+/Gem+ Deluxe which includes a speed limit database for ALL UK roads. The Gem+'s colour screen (pictured right) displays your vehicles speed in one corner of the screen, while in the other corner it displays the road speed limit.

This database of road speed limits is updated and available up to 4 times a year to download as a firmware update (subscription charge applies).

What's more as the Road Angel Gem+ is connected via GPRS (mobile phone) technology the end-user has the ability to advise the manufacturer of changes to speed limits too. Changes may occur through roadwork's, or a council/local authority lowering/raising the speed limit.

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Q. I have a Snooper Evolution which won't work in my last car as it has a reflective windscreen - can you supply the antenna that fits on the parcel shelf?

A. We don't sell a GPS antenna for use with the Snooper Evolution. From memory, I don't think one was available.

Most GPS speed camera detectors these days don't feature a GPS antenna connection. However, built-in GPS receivers are now more sensitive than they were when the Snooper Evolution was released.

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Q. Do any of the speed camera detectors you sell detect HADECS 1/2/3 speed cameras?

A. Yes, both the Road Angel and Snooper speed cameras detector and sat nav ranges alert to HADECS speed camera locations via their internal GPS databases.

Road Angel: The Road Angel Gem+ identifies HADECS cameras using the following alert:

"Fixed Camera, Speed Limit Variable".

Snooper: The Snooper range identifies HADECS cameras using the following alert:

"GATSO".

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Q. I'm looking to replace my Pogo Alert+ and see that it's no longer available, the features I particularly liked were the Directional and Limitator modes. Do any of the current range of detectors have these or equivalent features?

A.The Pogo brand and patented features were acquired by the Road Angel Group in 2012. As a result their latest device - the Road Angel Gem+ has both of these features.

Directional alerts:

The Road Angel Gem+ provides alerts based on the direction you are travelling.

For example, if you are driving north down a dual carriageway towards a camera that targets northbound traffic, the Gem+ will alert.

If you were then to drive south down the same carriageway/location, the Gem+ will not alert.

The exception to this is if a fixed camera is bi-directional, meaning that the camera can be turned around to face the other side of the road. In this example, the Gem+ would alert from both directions travelled - as there is no way for Road Angel to know for sure if it has been recently turned around.

Limitator alerts:

Setting the 'Auto Mute' option to 'Limit' within the 'Audio Options' section of the device menu (as per the manual) should allow you to achieve this type of alert behaviour as requested.

The Road Angel Gem+ and Gem+ Deluxe (with four extra accessories) are both in stock today and available for same day dispatch if ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday. You can view the Road Angel Gem+ and Gem+ Deluxe here.

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Q. If the Snooper Lynx GT Lite is hard wired into my car can I leave it turned on to come on and off with the ignition, and will it show the speed digitally all the time, as I find it easier to keep to speed limit with digital speedo?

A. Although the Snooper Lynx GT Lite can be hardwired into a cars electrical supply, it CANNOT be hardwired to turn on/off with the turn of the ignition. This is because the Lynx GT Lite has an internal rechargeable battery - it'll turn on when power is detected but won't turn off again, until the battery is flat.

The Snooper Lynx GT Lite displays a digital on-screen speedometer whilst driving.

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Q. Is the Pogo Alert now available, or has it been permanently discontinued? I would like a MAC compatible device.

A.The Pogo Alert Plus has been discontinued; this is because many of the internal components that make up the Pogo Alert+ are no longer being manufactured.

Road Angel Group, who acquired the Pogo brand in 2012, worked tirelessly last year to source alternative components, but without success.

There are currently no MAC compatible speed camera locators. However, theRoad Angel Gem+ updates itself automatically via the mobile phone network, eliminating the need to connect to a computer to update.

You can view the Road Angel Gem+ and Gem+ Deluxe (with extra accessories) by clicking here.

Please note: The Road Angel Gem+ will need connecting to a compatible Windows PC periodically (up to 4 times a year) for firmware update.

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Q. I recently purchased a Snooper 3Zero from you and as I was travelling along the A5111 in Derby at lunchtime today I passed a mobile speed camera van, to my amazement no alert of any kind came off my newly purchased Snooper 3Zero. I had updated the database on Sunday. Am I missing something or not set it up correctly?

A.Some mobile cameras/camera vans are not there to test your speed. They may be checking vehicle plates using ANPR technology (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). The Snooper 3ZERO will only warn of mobile speed cameras which are using radar or laser AND which are pointed at you AND switched on. You may have passed a mobile speed camera installation but perhaps they were not actively monitoring vehicle speed at that particular time.

If it was a known location then you should have been warned irrespective of whether it was a 'live' location – via the AURA camera database. However if it was a new location or one which has not been reported then Snooper will not have included it in their AURA speed camera database. You may wish to advise them of the specific location.

The manufacturer does have the means to test that the Snooper 3ZERO is fully operational. You may wish to discuss the issue directly with them. Should you wish to contact them please email them support@snooper.eu.

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Q. I have need to update my speed camera details on my SNP1000 sat nav. I still pay monthly for this option. Could you please forward details how to obtain this information?

A.The SNP1000 (Snooper Indago) speed camera subscription is handled exclusively by the manufacturer. You contact Snooper by emailing support@snooper.eu.

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Q. I am looking to purchase a speed camera detector that detects speed cameras and also hand held police radar guns, could you please provide me with details of which models that will be suitable.

Could you also give me details of how much warning a detector will give you of a radar gun as I was told by Halfords that they can't detect the gun until the trigger is pressed which would be too late.

A. I'd suggest that you look at two different speed camera detectors:

1. Snooper 3ZERO - this detector is the ONLY detector to include radar and laser detection and a GPS database. Updates are from a Microsoft Windows PC.

2. Road Angel Gem+ - the detector includes laser detection and a GPS database. Updates are automatic and in real time in your vehicle via GPRS (mobile phone) technology. The advantage of live GPRS updates are a) you can receive updates as they are added/amended to the database and b) other motorists can also share live mobile speed camera locations at the press of the 'Camera Share' button. User added locations stay live for 6 hours on the Gem+ database.

Halfords are right: a radar/laser detector will ONLY detect a live in-use laser/radar gun/device. If the Police/camera operator isn't pressing the button there is simply nothing to detect. For advanced warnings to mobile cameras, an updated (up-to-date) GPS database will provide an accurate advance warning.

In addition, the Road Angel Gem+ includes a speed limit database for all UK roads. Driving at the speed limit as shown on screen will also help prevent you from inadvertently speeding in the first place. Similarly to the user updated speed camera database the Gem+ also has a button called 'Speed Share', which users can press to advise Road Angel of any changes due to roadwork's, local changes etc.

Subsequent question: Could you also tell me is it also necessary to pay a subscription with the devices that you mentioned or can I update through my computer?

Answer: Updating GPS databases by the speed camera detector manufacturers is a costly business, coupled with that the additional costs of using the mobile phone network in the case of the Road Angel.

The costs associated with updating each detector is as follows:

1. Snooper 3ZERO - £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year

2. Road Angel Gem+ - £39.99 for 6 months, £65.99 for a year or £169.99 for 3 years.

Without paying a subscription the Road Angel Gem+ will ONLY function with the factory preloaded database, which cannot be updated with out choosing and paying one of the above options.

In the case of the Snooper 3ZERO there is no preloaded database, therefore upon receipt you will need to choose and pay for one of the subscription options above.

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Q. Which device provides the largest on-screen speedometer?

A. The Snooper SC5700 DVR sat nav (pictured left) features MY-SPEED XL. When selected MY-SPEED XL displays your vehicles speed alongside that of the road speed limit on the sat navs large 5-inch display.

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Q. Does Snooper Pantera display car speed whilst switch on?

A. Yes, when not alerting to speed cameras, school and accident black spot locations, the Snooper Pantera provides an on screen GPS speedometer. This is via the units dot matrix display.

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Q. Can the Snooper 3zero be hardwired to turn on and off with the ignition of the vehicle it's installed in? Or does the user need to turn the device on and off manually?

A. Whilst it is possible, Snooper don't recommend it as it can lead to the screen failing on the 3ZERO - Snooper do state in the manual not to do this too.

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Q. Does the Snooper 3zero need to have clear line of site through the windscreen in order to pick up Radar and Laser speed cameras.

Ideally yes as otherwise it might miss the laser/radar being fired at the vehicle.

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Q. Will the Snooper 3zero detect from behind as well in front, or do you need two devices?

A. The following is taken from page 2 of the Snooper 3ZERO manual:

"The 3Zero also comes with a built-in radar and laser detector. A combination of a detection lens at the front and rear of the unit ensures all round protection. It has been designed to detect Radar and Laser speed monitoring systems often used in danger spots where ‘fixed’ systems cannot be easily utilised."

View the manual in full or view the Snooper 3ZERO.

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Q. Can the Road Angel Gem+ be hardwired to turn on and off with the ignition of the vehicle it's installed in? Or does the user need to turn the device on and off manually?

A. The Gem+ can be set to ‘Hardwire Mode’, which will turn the Gem on when receiving power and off when disconnected from power. This will work in conjunction with many customers’ vehicles, allowing them to turn the unit on and off with ignition.

Please note: It has been known in some vehicles for the power to always feed the unit, even when the ignition is off. This results in the unit being constantly on. If this is the case there is a remedy using the ‘Auto Standby Mode’, which switches the unit on and off depending on movement. Using the GPS position and the built-in accelerometer, the device will remain on until stationary for X minutes (changeable within the device menu). Once X minutes have passed, the device will shut down – powering on once again when movement is detected.

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A. Performance Products Ltd manufacturer of the Snooper range, have confirmed that following a firmware update ALL devices will no longer provide directional alerts, but will now alert to cameras sited on both sides of the road.

This change is a result of customer feedback (see below) and a new EU ruling regarding alerts to speed camera locations in mainland Europe - particularly for France. Snooper devices don't just cover UK cameras, but countries throughout Europe and many countries around the world.

Customer comment: “Missed a camera on the other side of the road”
Snooper's Action: Simplified alert to cameras on both carriageways.

If you require a speed trap locator that continues to provide directional alerts, then the product to purchase is the Road Angel Gem+ which provides a UK ONLY camera database and therefore is unaffected by the new EU ruling. To read more about this and other changes to Snooper devices click here.

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Q. Do I need to use a computer to set up the snooper lynx gt live and whilst roaming charges apply, will the Lynx easily detect if used driving in France?

A. The Snooper Lynx GT LIVE PP does not require the use of a PC to set up. To activate all you need to do is either register online or over the telephone with the manufacturer. Please note: Registration and activation of the SIM card can take 48 - 72 hours.

However, the Lynx GT LIVE requires a mobile signal to obtain and update its speed camera database. When the LYNX cannot access any updates it will revert to the preloaded database. In areas of low quality or no mobile signal a download, or regular downloads, from a PC would be advisable. Please note: The Lynx GT LIVE is NOT Mac compatible.

For questions about roaming I'd recommend that you telephone the Snooper manufacturer (Performance Products, Runcorn, Cheshire) on 01928 579579. Speed camera detectors are illegal for use in France and although we do not believe that a LYNX would be detectable as being live and in use we would recommend that you discuss this issue with the manufacturer. Sometimes certain aspects of a database are disabled for use in countries such as France. As we understand it, in France you will receive warnings of 'High Risk' zones - but no specific warning of any camera type, nor the speed limit.

Further database info:
http://www.activegps.co.uk/snooper-aura-live-speed-camera-database.htm

Finally, we have heard reports that the French Gendarmerie will sometimes instruct a driver to crush a detector by driving over it.

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Q. Can you tell me if you sell the updates for the TALEX LITE camera detector, since they seem to be no longer available.

A. We've not sold Talex Lite speed camera detectors and subscription packages since around 2008/2009. We do however sell parts and spares for them.

As for updating I'd suggest you visit Talex's Update My Talex website page for further information.

However if you'd prefer to buy a new speed camera detector, we sell the latest range which can be view here. A current comparable model to the Talex Lite is the Snooper Pantera.

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Q. I have an old Pogo Alert+ firmware version 2.2. The site I bought this from a few years ago seems to be deleted and when I connect the unit up to the internet it says no longer available. Can this still be updated and a new subscription used?

A. Last year (2012) Origin Technologies Ltd the company behind the Pogo Alert sold the Pogo product/brand to Road Angel Group. Therefore all subscriptions and database updates are now being handled by Road Angel.

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Q. I have a Novus Alpha V3 am I correct in thinking I can no longer update it?

A. It is still possible to update the camera database within all Novus safety camera alert products, including the Delta, Piccolo, Rider, and Alpha. Novus detectors are no longer being made, since becoming a discontinued line. However updates are still available. If you purchased your Novus device from ActiveGPS, all you need to do is complete the online form. If you didn't buy from us, then you will need to contact the manufacturer directly via the following email address: technical@novusauto.com. Please note conditions may apply.

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Q. Which is best? Pogo / Roadangel Gem / Snooper Lynx GT Live. I'll buy whatever one but I want the best.

A. This a very subjective question. To answer it depends on various factors and where your priorities lie - what you want the device to do and how it does it! There are many different speed camera detector models available each alerting to cameras yes, but with varying technologies and screen types.

These are the things to consider when buying a camera detector:

Free updates or subscription based updates - the Snooper Pantera, My-Speed Aura and Lynx GT Lite include free lifetime speed camera updates, other devices charge a fee ranging from £30-£66 a year. The £66 a year database charged by Road Angel in their Gem models updates automatically as you drive and also includes all UK road speed limits as well. Most other detectors update with the need of a PC with an internet connection.

OLED/LCD screen vs text display - Detectors such as the Pogo Alert Plus (pictured right) include a full colour OLED touchscreen display - depicting all the information you could ever need relating to a cameras locations. Other systems such as the Snooper Pantera and 3ZERO use a dot matrix text display and go through a series of screens.

Radar and laser detection - some devices such as the Road Angel Gem+ and Pogo Alert Plus include a laser detector (in addition to a GPS database) to help detect the most commonly used mobile speed camera in the UK. The Snooper 3ZERO goes one step further and is the only unit we sell to include a radar detector in addition to laser and GPS. The result is detection of live Gatso speed cameras and any mobile camera site where a radar handheld gun is being used.

If you are looking for a detector only without a GPS database (which needs updating), then you could either consider buying either the Snooper 3ZERO with laser and radar detection and not subscribing to the GPS database updates or you could buy the laser only Snooper Laser Pod.

Rechargeable battery - if you'd like your detector and dashboard to be cable free then the best detector for you is one that includes a rechargeable battery. Models with a rechargeable battery include both versions of the Snooper Lynx, Road Angel Gem, Gem+ Deluxe and the Pogo Alert Plus v4. If the length of the running time between needing to recharge is an important factor, then the Pogo Alert Plus with its 8 hour battery life is by far the best.

Speed limits alerts - if you'd like a speed camera detector to alert you to all road speed limits irrespective of whether there is a speed camera or not, then the Road Angel Gem / Gem Deluxe all include a database of the UK's road speed limit.

Automatic live updates - if you'd like live automatic updates as you drive, ensuring you have the latest speed camera locations both fixed and mobile and changes to any speed limits at camera locations, then the Road Angel Gem / Gem+ Deluxe, Snooper Lynx GT LIVE and Cobra iRadar all update automatically as you drive. All other detectors require you to connect them to a Windows based PC with an internet connection to update the internal speed camera database. The Pogo Alert Plus in addition can be connected to an Apple Mac computer to gain it's speed camera updates.

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Q. Do speed camera detectors like the Pogo Alert V4, detect a transmitted signal (or laser beam) or do the rely on GPS positioning of cameras, or both? I take it that the Pogo laser is only a detector or indicator, not a jammer.

A. The Pogo Alert Plus v4 utilises both a laser detector and GPS database, providing alerts to both live laser based cameras and also fixed and mobile speed cameras within the updateable GPS database.

Another model to consider is the Snooper 3ZERO, the 3ZERO like the Pogo Alert Plus v4 includes GPS/Laser technology, but also features a Radar detector for radar based devices e.g. live Gatso cameras and mobile radar guns.

Screen wise the Alert Plus features a 1.8-inch touchscreen whereas the 3ZERO features a smaller dot matrix display.

None of the systems available from ActiveGPS jam or block a signal.

The full range of detectors available from ActiveGPS can be viewed via the following weblink

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Q. Which speed camera detectors can be used in Europe?

A. The Snooper range of GPS detectors including the Snooper 3ZERO, My-Speed Aura, Pantera and Lynx Lite all have the ability to download a database of not only European speed camera locations but also a number of other non EU countries as well.

Countries and regions available include:

UK, EIre.

France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

South Africa, Middle East.

Eastern Europe.

Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg.

Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway.

USA and Canada.

When installing the software/camera updates you can simply select the countries or regions you require from above list. Please note: If you are looking to buy and use the Snooper Lynx GT LIVE outside of the UK, as this detector uses GPRS/GSM (mobile phone) technology, roaming charges do apply. All other Snooper detectors require a Windows PC with internet connection to perform/download speed camera database updates.

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Q. Is it possible to download only fixed camera locations with the detectors? I find that there are too many mobile locations to make the warnings of any use (indeed they become annoying).

A. The GPS database that manufactures supply include a multitude of camera locations including fixed and mobile locations without the ability to switch or select a specific part of the database. Except for the ability in the instance of Snooper to download speed camera locations (fixed and mobile) with or without school locations.

A suggestion would be that you consider the Snooper MY-SPEED, whilst the MY-SPEED doesn’t include any speed camera locations, it does include all road speed limits (updated at a charge of £10.00 a year) whether a camera is present or not. When driving too fast on any given road the colour screen displays a red “unhappy” face. When driving at or below the speed limit the screen displays a green “smiley” face.

Please note: We are also selling another model called Snooper MY-SPEED AURA, the AURA version does exactly the same as the above model, but in addition also includes Snooper speed camera database and it’s currently FREE for life – saving £29.99 a year. With this device though you’d be back to receiving alerts to fixed and mobile speed camera locations!

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Q. What's the difference between the Snooper Lynx GT LIVE and Lynx GT Lite?

A. Although both models appear identical to each other, and in reality they are, the difference between them is the speed camera database subscription that is included with each.

The Lynx GT LIVE model includes 12 months subscription to the AURA Live speed camera database which is updated automatically as you drive via GPRS/GSM "mobile phone" technology and WITHOUT the need to connect to a PC to download the latest speed camera locations. Click here to view Lynx GT LIVE.

The Lynx GT Lite meanwhile includes FREE lifetime speed camera updates WITH the need of a PC with internet connection. It is possible to subscribe to the AURA Live database for automatic live updates (making it comparable to the Lynx GT LIVE) but at an additional cost of either £7.99 a month, £22.99 a quarter or £86.99 a year. You can view the Lynx GT Lite here.

In summary... Buying the Lynx GT LIVE represents a saving of £36.99 over buying the Lynx GT Lite and then opting for the LIVE speed camera updates. The decision is whether you want live automatic updates as you drive or free updates from a PC.

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Q. Which speed cameras detectors are compatible with an Apple MAC computer?

A. There is currently only one device that can be updated with a Apple Mac PC which is the Pogo Alert Plus. All other detectors require a Windows based for updating. Of course some systems like the Road Angel Gem and Snooper Lynx GT LIVE don't need a PC at all, instead these devices update automatically with their built-in GPRS technology.

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Q. Which detector can be installed off my windscreen and not on my dashboard?

A. The majority of the speed camera detectors we sell have a built-in GPS/laser receiver in the main display/head unit. For the unit to function correctly and provide advanced alerts this receiver needs to have a clear line of sight of the sky above (for satellites) or road ahead (laser/radar alerts). So it is therefore not possible to mount the majority of speed camera detectors anywhere but the dashboard or windscreen. There are however exceptions to this, with devices where it is possible to plug a separate GPS antenna and/or laser sensor. Two systems where it is possible to buy an additional GPS antenna and laser extension lead (Pogo only) is the Pogo Alert Plus and Snooper Lynx GT LIVE.

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Q. What's the cheapest speed camera detector to buy?

A. The cheapest detector to buy and run for that matter is the Snooper Pantera. The GPS based Pantera has a suggested selling price of £79.99, however it's currently available from this website for just £54.00 + delivery. What's more unlike other Snooper speed camera detectors where the annual running costs (speed camera subscription) start from £29.99, the Pantera updates are FREE for life.

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Q. Which camera locators use a rechargeable battery?

A. Speed camera detectors which have a built-in rechargeable batteries include from Snooper the Lynx GT LIVE and Lynx GT Lite, both of which offer a 3 hour battery life. From Road Angel the Gem+ / Gem+ Deluxe which provide up to a 4 hour battery life. The best by far is the Pogo Alert+ which has an internal battery providing up to 8 hours. Naturally all five speed camera locators can also be used with a car power charger, so you needed not know where the cameras are, if the battery runs flat.

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Q. I want to mount the Pogo Alert+ below my dashboard, what will I need?

A. As for mounting below dashboard level, the Alert Plus requires a clear line of sight of the orbiting GPS satellites to function. You may have a GPS signal below dashboard level, however if you don't, an optional GPS antenna is also available.

Again to gain a laser signal for the laser detector this also needs to have a clear line of the road ahead. An optional Laser Extension Lead or Windscreen Laser Mount Kit are also both available.

If you'd like to mount the Pogo Alert+ in a second vehicle, additional car kits are also available to buy from the Pogo Alert accessories page.

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Q. I've just brought a second hand car with the installation kit for a speed camera detector. Can you tell me which one it is and whether I can still buy the detector from you?

Origin b2 cradleA. Thanks for sending the photo. I can tell you what you have is the installation for an Origin b2.

The Origin b2 was discontinued around 2008, since then the manufacturer has launched two other products the Pogo Alert and Pogo Alert Plus.

Neither product uses the same fittings as the Origin b2. If you wanted to buy a replacement Origin b2, the only option open to you would be to buy a second hand one from an online auction website. The manufacturer of the Origin b2 (Origin Technologies) has since been acquired by Road Angel Group – we suggest you enquire whether Road Angel Group are still maintaining and supporting the database updates for the Origin b2. As of October 2013 it was still being supported. Accessories for the Origin b2 are available from ActiveGPS here.

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Page last updated: 3rd November 2017

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