Best laser jammer reviews 2021: best laser jammers currently available
Best laser jammer reviews: what are the top laser jammers of 2021?
TMG Alpha-15, Escort ZR5/ZW5, Adaptiv, AntiLaser Priority (ALP), Stinger Laser Defense Laser Jammer Reviews
Updated: 2-2-2021 by Veil Guy
- Legality of Laser Jammer Use
- Laser Jamming Limitations
- Best Laser Jammers of 2021:
- Caution About Certain Enthusiast Review Sites & Forums
- The Golden Rule
- Purchasing Recommendations
- How To Improve Laser Jamming Performance Even Further
A lot has changed since the last laser jammer reviews article I wrote years ago. Ironically, the biggest and most significant changes facing laser jammers have come from the police laser gun manufacturers, not the laser jammer manufacturers themselves, and they have historically proven quite capable of giving the laser jammer manufacturers a run for their money. However, more recently, police lasers have been appearing that are more difficult to jam as well as detect event with some of the best laser detectors / radar detectors.
To quickly summarize this review, the best laser jammers, in decreasing rank, consist of the TMG Alpha-15, Escort ZR5 / Escort ZW5, AntiLaser, and the new and updated remote installed Stinger Laser Defense laser jamming system.
For our updated 2021 best laser jammer review, we are dropping reference to the Blinder HP-905 and the Laser Interceptor laser jammer models. Laser Interceptor no longer produces products for the US market and Blinder’s newer technology can be found in Escort’s Laser Shifters as Blinder manufacturers their jamming components.
Legality of Laser Jammer Use
While radar jammers have been outlawed for years nationally at the federal level, individual states, provinces, and other countries have recently begun outlawing laser jammers. Today, most of Canada’s provinces have outlawed the use of laser jammers as has a good number of European countries. Don’t even think about operating a laser jammer in China, U.K, or Australia.
Recently a driver was imprisoned in England for being caught operating laser jammers and others face similar consequences for using a laser jammer. In Hong Kong, a driver that I personally knew, had his Mazda 6, that was outfitted with laser jammers, confiscated by the authorities not to have it returned. That cost him upwards of $30,000 in equivalent U.S. dollars. Similar instances have also been documented in Australia. These police departments don’t take kindly to being jammed, obviously.
Fortunately, in the U.S., penalties for operating a laser jammer are not quite that severe, but can still be costly and in instances where laser jammers are outlawed, the Veil Stealth Coating us a viable option as its effective and there are no laws forbidding its use. Nonetheless, if you are thinking of purchasing a laser jammer, familiarize yourself with the laser jamming laws in the areas you routinely drive.
As of today the states that outlaw the use of laser jammers include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In Canada only the more western provinces allow the use of laser jammers: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. All other provinces, watch out. Drive with laser jammers at your own risk.
Laser Jamming Limitations
If the banning of laser jammers wasn’t bad enough, several police laser manufacturers are producing police lasers designed to be unjammable. They started manufacturing laser guns that proved to be difficult for laser jammer manufacturers to jam and they were marketed to police departments around the world interested in finally beating the laser jammer manufacturers at their own game.
Today, DragonEye Technology makes several police laser guns that are quite inexpensive which use variable and random or “pseudo-random” infrared laser pulse-rates, rendering all of the laser jammers that solely rely on conventional look-up table algorithms useless against them. Stalker is producing new XLR and RLR police laser guns which also are proving to be difficult to jam. LTI is the latest to enter the fray. Kustom Signals, appears, at least at this point, to be the one manufacturer that has eschewed developing an advanced variable pulse radar police laser gun.
Fortunately for us, the top laser jammer manufacturers have pretty much stepped up to the plate and have designs which can defeat these laser guns to a great extent.
One irony of the whole thing was that the company that really promoted the notion of “jam-to-gun” performance, Laser Interceptor, has proven to not be able to keep up with DragonEye (formerly called Laser Ally) and has since ceased production.
The problem is, when a laser jammer can’t jam or even detect a police laser gun, instant-punch-though or IPT occurs at every distance, even very far away. It’s as if the driver has no laser jammer at all. That’s not a good situation for a driver that has spent more than $1600 on a four or five head laser jamming system. (To learn more about these new police lasers, visit our FAQ page).
Not to be “one-upped,” other police laser manufacturers to stay competitive, such as LTI and Stalker, have also started manufacturing police lasers that are very hard to jam and many of these police lasers are being built to detect laser jamming attempts alerting the laser operator officer to laser jammer usage. What that means is even if your laser jammer is effective at laser jamming, the officer will know this and will likely pull you over. If you are driving in a region where laser jammers are banned, big penalties, far exceeding the cost of a speeding ticket, may await you.
Unfortunately, despite promises to the contrary by the company, all of the legions of LI customers have been left with a laser jammer that has limited or no support. The individual behind Laser Interceptor U.S. essentially stopped supporting their products and instead began working with another manufacturer called Stinger which is currently in the process of entering the U.S. market with their $4000+ super-expensive radar detector and laser jammer combo.
Best Laser Jammers of 2021:
- #1 Best: TMG Alpha-15 Laser Jammer
Costs: $629 – 2 Head (Dual), $699 – 3 Head (Triple), $1449 – 2 Head + VPR Head
- #2 Best: Escort ZR5/ZW5 Laser Shifters
Costs: $849 – 2 Head
- #3 Best: Anti-Laser Priority
Costs: $750 – 2 Head (Dual), $1000 – 3 Head (Triple), $1250 – 4 Head (Quad), $1500 – 5 Head (Quint)
- #4 Best: Adaptiv TPX Motorcycle Laser Jammer
Costs: $599 – 1 Head
- #5 Best: Stinger Laser Defense
Costs: $1100 – 1 Head
1. TMG Alpha-15
The recently introducted TMG Alpha-15 is the newcomer to the laser jamming market and it has taken it by storm. TMG has proven that they are at least as capable as the ALP laser jammer and at significantly less cost, making them my pick of the list. In partnership with RadarBusters, we thoroughly tested the TMG laser jammers both when used as a stand-alone system and then in combination with the Veil stealth coating and we came away very impressed. Since that time, TMG has further updated their jamming algorithms to make them even more effective against the most lethal variable pulse-rate police lasers, including the mighty Stalker RLR police laser.
TMG has introduced an optional dedicated VPR laser transponder head and a more powerful CPU. These new components improve laser jamming against these sorts of police lasers even more which is going to make them even more effective and in our opinion they currently offer the best laser jammer on the market. The TMG is the system we personally use.
2. Escort ZR5/ZW5 Laser Shifters
Based upon a next-generation Blinder platform, the Escort ZR5 laser shifter is very capable and the model continues to improve with downloadable software updates. Escort also offers a wireless version of the ZR5 called the ZW5. Either model can be run independently or be integrated into certain Escort radar detector models. The Laser Shifters also make their appearance on the super expensive and super capable Escort Max 360ci custom installed radar and laser system and they have demonstrated that they are up to the performance task. Compared to the earlier ZR4, these next generation police laser countermeasures are capable of defeating many of the variable pulse-rate police lasers that have appeared in the last six years. Furthermore, if you already have an Escort radar detector, these systems can be optionally integrated a number of their radar detectors.
3. Anti-Laser Priority
One of the relatively new entrants into the marketplace (actually an old player) is AntiLaser and their product is the AntiLaser Priority. The ALP is one of the most effective laser jammers ever produced and has been very popular with the online community for years.
Since the pace of new firmware appearing is fast-and-furious from the police laser gun manufacturers, it is getting increasingly difficult for all the laser jammer companies to keep up with the changes. At least today, all of the viable jammers today can have their firmware updated and this includes the ALP. When a new police laser algorithm is discovered the jammer manufacturers are able to provide their existing customers an update.
This does require the owner of a jammer to routinely check for firmware updates or suffer the consequences. That being said, even firmware updates have their limitations. Some police lasers are requiring that the jammer manufacturers make substantial hardware improvements (ie; CPU changes) and that has proven very challenging to the manufacturers. Fortunately, ALP (as well as TMG) do an especially good job at keeping up with the changes. ALPs tend be more costly than others such as the ZR5 and TMG, but to some, their performance justifies the price differential. It remains a solid choice.
While the ALP is very popular online and on the forums–as they have affiliate marketing programs to compensate promoters and while it is a solid laser jammer, we have found their customer support to be lacking, relative to TMG, which offers higher performance at a much more reasonable price.
4. Adaptiv TPX (for motorcycles)
If you are a motorcycle rider concerned about getting speeding tickets, you likely already know about the Adaptiv brand line of motorcycle-focused products. Historically, if you wanted a laser jammer mounted on your motorcycle, you’d have to purchase one for a car and be concerned about protecting it from the weather. This is no longer the case, as Adaptiv has recently introduced a dedicated motorcycle laser jammer which is proving very effective even against some of the most advanced variable pulse rate police lasers, like the DragonEye compact. What’s even more remarkable is that its effective with just one head!
Typically laser jammers come with two heads since a car has a larger reflective profile than a motorcycle. But since a motorcycle is so much smaller than a car with lower levels of reflection naturally, you only need one head to protect you in the front and hence this is how the Adaptive TPX laser jammer is packaged. You can add an additional head to give you protection in the back for the rare rear laser shot. At a price point of $599 for the single head system and an additional $199 for the rear transponder head, the TPX jammer is very cost competitive.
When you factor in that it’s designed to used in inclement weather without worry, the TPX is the jammer you should use. It comes with a number of wireless options to hook into your helmet for alerting too, something that’s not easily done with a laser jammer produced for a car.
We highly recommend selecting TPX for your bike and if you couple this jammer with the Veil Stealth Coating, you should have all the protection you will ever need.
5. Stinger Laser Defense
We have now formally included Stinger’s Laser Defense laser jammer in the list because the product has improved since its first version appeared. The Stinger continues to have the smallest laser transponder heads of any laser jamming manufacturer which enables it to be mounted in vehicles that would otherwise be difficult to install on. As their price point suggests, Stinger is targeted at very high-end vehicles, don’t let our 5th place ranking throw you; this is a very unique and capable jammer with design elements you can not find anywhere else.
The Stinger laser defense system is unique in that it can use fiber optics instead of conventional jammer heads. The installation possibilities are far greater with such a system.
Unlike the previous Stinger Laser HD system, the new system is available as a stand-alone system.
Caution About Certain Enthusiast Review Sites & Forums
It’s important to note as well, that a number of “independent” enthusiast testing groups have appeared over the years born in social media online forums, but some of them have proven to have hidden agendas (such as the RALTEC testing group). This online testing group has marketed itself as a purely independent and non-biased testing group, but we learned during a 2014 laser jammer shootout that RadarBusters and Veil jointly sponsored that the members had a secret undisclosed relationship with one of the manufacturers that they were testing that was discovered only after the results were posted by RadarBusters. We witnessed the group hiding specific weaknesses of a number of jammers from both us and the public by not reporting them and ceasing testing them against a number of guns that were “tearing up” some of the jammers. We witnessed some of the forum members meeting secretly collaborating with one particular manufacturer for personal profit.
Beyond the absurdity of this, these forum-driven tests are often very limited in scope; are created to favor the jammer; use targeting techniques that are not be representative of how a laser is actually operated in the field; focus on jamming performance of only the front of the vehicle; and tend to be on dead-flat road surfaces with straight-on shots all to ensure optimal conditions for them to perform. Even more alarming is that results of total jammer failure (ie; when a jammer is entirely ineffective against a particular police laser gun) are often left undocumented.
This happened repeatedly at a recent test conducted that’s been recently promoted (by a couple of retailers as being “authoritative”). As was noted on RadarBusters website’s published results:
During RALTEC’s testing they discovered an issue with the DragonEye…Because of this RALTEC requested that the results of the DragonEye be omitted from these results.
In another “test” conducted by yet another testing group, one of the manufacturer’s product that was tested and then later promoted turned out not to be representative of the models that were actually shipped to the consumer. The laser jammer heads were twin diode models, but the models that were ultimately sold were less capable “stripped-down” single-diode versions.
In yet even another supposed independent enthusiast “test” an older Blinder model was made to look bad (in videos) when their jamming heads were intentionally covered with shoe polish so that a vendor could promote an inferior knock-off that they were selling as being better. It wasn’t.
As a consequence, published test results from these supposed expert groups can be misleading, incomplete, or not entirely representative of performance in the real-world against real traffic enforcement. So take any testing or their conclusions and opinions by these forum-based groups with a grain of salt. As a consequence of calling some of these groups out, we have been targeted by some of these groups, but like our opinion of radar detectors, Veil has no financial connection to any of these jammer manufacturers.
You won’t see many tests demonstrating jammer performance from the rear and that’s because it’s very difficult to successfully jam from the rear of an automobile and also exceedingly difficult to jam police lasers that are used from an elevated position. In a number of states, like New Jersey, rear-targeting is routinely conducted and it’s not uncommon to encounter police laser traps being operated from overpasses in states like Delaware.
In either instance, drivers are especially vulnerable. Some online vendors oversell their capabilities and owners of these systems can be lulled into a false sense of security that is until they come across these sorts of speed traps.
Another huge failing of these sorts of review sites (driven by online forum furor), they focus on extreme close-range jamming performance and often decry products that don’t provide jam-to-gun or nearly jam-to-gun performance. The fact of the matter while it is true that it is hard to jam police laser at very close range, that applies to the countermeasure not the driver.
And despite their focus on sub 1000, 500, or even feet 250 feet performance, police lidar is most lethal to the drive at farther distances, like when you can not even spot the officer. Police laser was designed to target specific vehicles at far greater distance than police radar. That’s what they were created for in the first place. I’ve driven in states (such as MD where I’ve been routinely clocked at distances of 2400 feet or greater). In fact, the newest lasers are designed to clock speeders at distances of greater than a 4000 feet and some even come with telephoto lenses to do so easily.
And while we are on the subject of jamming to gun, for fun, don’t even attempt to do so. Year’s ago one online forum member from Texas started videoing his jam to gun encounters with police, essentially rubbing their noses in it and even talking to them about it. Well you know what? As a result of his bringing this activity to their attention, Texas enacted a statewide ban against jammers that exists to this very day.
So don’t get caught up in the online hype about super close range jamming, because it’s all hype to sell a particular brand of product(s) and remember police laser is the most lethal to you at far distances when you can not even see the officer, not close when you can’t miss ’em.
We also see other supposed “expert” testing performed by these same folks test countermeasures that are installed incorrectly or improperly applied and not according to manufacturers’ instruction, thereby undermining perceived performance. Some of these mistakes come from ignorance, others come from malice or by profit motive (yes unfortunately there is bias, despite claims to the contrary). So if you are continuing your online research, keep all of these things in mind and take what you read with a grain of salt, and remember…
The Golden Rule
The most important take away here is this: no single countermeasure is 100% effective and that goes for all radar detectors, laser jammers, and even Veil.
Bottom line: The best performance among the models currently can be found with the TMG A-15, Escort ZR5/ZW5, or ALP paired in combination with the Veil Stealth Coating. Any of the laser jammer models mentioned here are more than adequate to get the job done. But one stands out as the best value, and that is the TMG Alpha-15 laser jammer and that’s the model I personally own.
Our recommended purchasing source for the best laser jammers is RadarBusters, the largest and most experienced countermeasure company online:
How To Improve Laser Jamming Performance Even Further
Since no single countermeasure is infallible, we are strong believers in a defense-in-depth strategy.
It’s been demonstrated when Veil is paired with any laser jammer, laser jamming efficiency can improve significantly.
Furthermore, Veil has shown that it can help to equalize the performance of all laser jammers. This means that you can effectively spend less on a laser jammer and Veil in combination and get better results than relying solely on the performance of a (more-expensive) laser jammer itself.
Veil has also shown that it is possible to reduce the number of laser jamming heads required to be effective. For example, a three or four head system, may be reduced to only a two head system and still provide similar overall laser jamming performance.
Considering that the cost of laser jammers can run anywhere from $500 to $2000, not including installation costs, retailing at less than a $100, Veil has proven to be the greatest value running in the laser countermeasure industry for more than a decade.
And, if you drive in a state where jammers are outlawed or you are not interested in spending that much on such a system, know that you do have an alternative solution, for a fraction of the cost, which can also help protect your privacy from invasive photo enforcement.
These products have proven–for more than a decade–that they have the staying power and Veil has proven to be effective in improving jamming efficiency over that same period.
In the instances where laser jammers fail to jam laser at all, Veil will fill in their performance gaps.
In the instances where a laser jammer has punch-throughs that are far away, Veil can significantly reduce those distances as well, thereby providing precious extra time to slow down and avoid that next unpleasant traffic stop.
So, drive safely, but most most importantly, protected!