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  • We are an authorized Radenso dealer!

    Since the founding of the company in 2002, Buy Radar Detectors has led the way in providing quality radar detectors, accessories and service for the discerning driver at competitive prices. We constantly strive to offer quality products and services to our customers. We don't just offer everything on the web. We are particular about who we partner with and what we sell, and that's why we are excited to announce that we are now an authorized Radenso dealer!

    Radenso is quickly gaining a reputation as a respected manufacturer of high performance, quiet, and low priced radar and laser detectors with impressive range and top notch filtering. Radenso radar detectors meet or exceed the performance of other models in their class, and at a much lower price point! In fact, Radenso is so confident in their products, they offer free updates for the life of the product, plus a one year, ticket free guarantee!

    Three windshield mount radar detectors are now available, as well as a full complement of Radenso accessories for them. These models include the SP, XP and Pro M.

    Radenso SP Radar DetectorRadenso SP
    Like other detectors in its class, the Radenso SP detects X, and K, band, narrow and Ka wide band signals and police laser threats. It has a city and highway mode and can filter out traffic sensors and blind spot monitor systems from other vehicles in range. In addition to filtering, the SP is also virtually invisible to VG-2 and Spectre radar detector detectors. This is a feature not usually offered on a lower tier detector and gives the SP a step up over a lot of its competition.

    The Radenso SP features an orange-red OLED display that is easy to read, multiple threat display, dim settings, voice alerts, volume up and down buttons, a mute option, voltage display, and test mode. It has a USB port to update the firmware and these updates are free for life. How many other budget friendly radar detectors do that? Not many. Our Price: $199.00.

    Radenso XP Radar DetectorRadenso XP
    The Radenso XP has all the same detection as the SP, and more. It has the ability to filter out traffic sensors, blind spot monitor systems and collision avoidance systems, adds another City mode called CityAuto, and throws in GPS capability, including GPS lockouts for stationary false alerts. Like the SP, it also has VG-2 and Spectre invisibility. According to Radenso, it us considered one of the quietest radar detectors.

    The Radenso XP has an orange-red OLED display with 3-Digit Frequency Display and 6 display modes. It has voice alerts with 260 different messages, Low Speed GPS auto-muting, red light and speed camera alerts, and 3-Digit Frequency Display. Other features include Fully directional RLC/Speed Camera database With Free Updates, auto mute, volume up and down buttons, voltage display, test mode, and free updates for the life of the unit. Our Price: $349.00.

    Radenso Pro M Radar DetectorRadenso Pro M
    The Radenso Pro M is the top of the line, and it has the bells and whistles to prove it. It has all of the radar and laser detection of the other two models, plus MRCD, MRCT and Gatso radar bands. It has all of the filtering too, and is also invisible to VG-2 and Spectre Elite radar detector detectors. And, yes, there's more.

    In addition to GPS capability and many of the other standard features found on the XP, The Pro M has an amber colored OLED display with 7 selectable display modes. It also features voice alerts with Frequency Announcement. The firmware and pre-loaded red light/speed camera database include free lifetime updates. These are features one may expect from on a radar detector priced at $600 or more, but the Pro M undercuts them all. Our Price: $449.00.

    All three models comes with windshield suction cup mount, 12-volt DC power cord, mini-USB to USB date cable, carrying case, owner's manual. Any questions? leave us a comment below, enter our online chat or give us a call.

  • Radar Detector and FCC ID chart

    A radar detector operates on radio frequencies, and like every radio frequency device, is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Radar detectors fall under Part 15 subpart B in Title 47 of the Federal Code of Regulations. All radar detectors require FCC certification for legal use in the United States.

    This chart lists popular makes and models of radar detectors and their FCC ID numbers.

    Radar Detector and FCC ID Reference Chart
    MakeModelFCC ID
    BeltronicsVector 940QL4G7M4
    Pro100QL4G7M4
    Pro200QL4G7M4
    Pro300QL4G7M4
    Pro500QL4G7GX
    GT-7QL4G7M5
    CobraESD 777BBOESD9290
    ESD 7100BBOESD7000
    iRadar 100NBBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    iRadar 105NBBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    RAD 250BBO2016A
    RAD 350BBO2016A
    RAD 450BBO2016A
    SPX 5300BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5400BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5500BBOSPX5500
    ​​SPX 6700BBOSPX7800
    ​​SPX7700BBOSPX7800
    SPX 7800BTBBOSPX7800
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM7800
    XRS 9370BBOXRS9570
    XRS 9670BBOXRS9770
    ​​XRS 9770BBOXRS9770
    Vedetta SLR 500BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 600BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 650GBBOSLR600
    Escort9500ci Enhanced​QKLM3R
    9500ixQKL95M4
    iXQKLM4IX
    MAX 360cQKLM6C
    PASSPORTQKLM4BT
    Passport MAXQKLM5BT
    RedlineQKLXM3
    Redline EXQKLXM3
    Solo S3QKLS3
    Solo S4​QKLS4
    UnidenDFR1AMWDLRD35
    DFR5AMWLRD750
    DFR6AMWUA1601
    DFR7AMWUA1602
    LRD950AMWLRD950
    ​WhistlerCR65HSXWH10
    CR68HSXWH23
    CR70HSXWH10
    CR73HSXWH23
    CR75HSXWH10
    CR80HSXWH20
    CR85HSXWH20
    CR88HSXWH26
    CR90HSXWH20
    CR93HSXWH26
    CR95HSXWH28
    Pro 3700
    XTR-135HSXWH01
    HSXWH10​​
    XTR-435HSXWH10
    HSXWH21
    XTR-445HSXWH15
    5000EXHSXWH22
    5025EXHSXWH22
    5075EXSHSXWH22

    For more information or details on your particular make and model of radar detector, visit the FCC ID Search page and enter the FCC ID into the form.

    If your radar detector is not listed, leave a comment below to add it to the list. If you're shopping for a radar/laser detector and need assistance, contact us and we'll be happy to help!

  • The pros and cons of cordless radar detectors

    Cutting the CordThe age of mobility brought about the concept of cord cutting, and manufacturers of radar detectors were early adopters. For a time, there was a healthy selection of cordless detectors, and it was not uncommon to find them mounted to the windshields and dashboards of many vehicles. Today, however, the number of cordless radar detectors has dwindled significantly. In fact, at the time of this article, there is only one cordless model from a major brand currently available, the Escort Solo S4.

    Does this mean cordless radar detectors are relics of the mobility age? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that the priorities of the average modern driver have possibly shifted, and their requirements may be different than they were at the beginning. When it comes to cordless radar detectors, they do have their pros and cons.

    The Pros and Cons of Cordless Radar Detectors

    Features vs. Portability
    Pro: Cordless detectors are extremely portable, easy to carry around and can be quickly moved or removed as needed. For instance, it is often advised to remove valuables from your vehicle to deter theft, and a radar detector is an attractive enticement to thieves. A corded detector needs to be disconnected from power before it can be removed. With a cordless detector, simply grab it and go. Some driver even operate their cordless detector from a shirt pocket! You can't do that with a corded detector.

    Con: Cordless detectors tend to have fewer features than corded models, or some features may be scaled back. This is often done for power considerations, because cordless detectors operate on batteries. The more features a detector has, the more power it may consume to activate and manage them. This can affect battery life.

    Power Requirements
    Pro: Cordless detectors have lower power requirement, and thus consume less power than corded detectors.

    Con: Lower power consumption means the detector has a lower range of detection. In some circumstances, range may only be one factor to consider, in others, especially on the highway, it can be the most critical to avoid a threat.

    Operability
    Pro: Cordless detectors do not need power from a vehicle and are not dependent on a vehicle to operate. This can be a considerable advantage when power options are limited or a corded option is simply not feasible.

    Con: Battery life limits operating time on longer trips. When the batteries are drained, the detector stops working, and if it happens while on the road, the driver must pull over and replace the batteries or face the risk of threats while the detector is out of operation.

    Power Save Features
    Pro: Cordless radar detectors usually have built-in power save and auto shutoff features to conserve battery life and extend operation.

    Con: The reliance on battery power requires frequent battery replacement, resulting in down time to replace batteries and higher costs to purchase new batteries.

    Accessibility
    Pro: Cordless detectors can serve as secondary units or backup detectors. Some drivers have more than one detector on the dash or windshield, but don't want too many wires in the way. A cordless detector can serve as an effective secondary unit without adding to the clutter. Also if the primary detector goes down, simply stick a cordless detector up there and turn it on, without having to stop and wire it up. It can definitely help in a pinch.

    Con: Cordless detectors generally have lower performance than corded detectors due to lower range and built-in power save options. This can also reduce their effectiveness as a replacement for a primary detector.

    Convenience
    Pro: Cordless detectors are a convenient option for temporary use in a second vehicle or rental car. If you switch vehicle often or are renting one for a day or two, a cordless detector can be setup quickly and easily without intrusion.

    Con: Few cordless models are available on the market. At this time, the only cordless radar detector on the market is the Escort Solo S4. This severely limits the choice of a cordless option.

    Versatility
    Pro: Cordless radar detectors can easily be mounted or used on motorcycles. Without the need of wiring coupled with simple mounting requirments, the cordless detector is a natural choice for use on motorcycles.

    Con: Except for the limitations already listed above, when it comes to using cordless radar detectors for motorcycles, is there a reason not to have one?

    Do you need a cordless model, or is it better to stick with the standard corded, portable, windshield mounted, detector? To make the decision easier, This handy chart lists the pros and cons of cordless radar detectors.

    Cordless Radar Detectors
    ProsCons
    Portable - easy to switch from one vehicle to anotherFewer features than a vehicle powered portable
    Low power requirementsLower power consumption means lower range
    power save optionsrequires frequent battery replacement
    Great as a secondary detector or backupLower performance due to lower range and power save options
    Great for temporary use in a second vehicle or rental carfew cordless models available
    Not dependent on a vehicle to operatebattery life limits operating time on longer trips
    Can easily be mounted or used on motorcycles

    Based on the this chart alone, one would think that the pros outnumber the cons. But, do they? The truth is, it depends on what you need in a radar detector, and how you plan to use it. If performance is imperative and portability is not important, it's probably best to go with a corded model. You'll get reliable power, greater range, and higher performance overall.

    However, if you need ultra portability, ride a motorcycle, need a backup unit or you just don't like wires hanging down your dash, then a cordless radar detector may be just the thing. Either way, it's your choice.

    For more information on cordless radar detectors, watch our Escort Solo S4 Video Review with the Veil Guy!

  • The best place to mount a radar detector

    Where to mount a radar detectorIt's the universal question, discussed frequently in forums and social media groups, and is usually the first concern after someone purchases one to install in a vehicle for the first time. Where is the best place to mount a radar detector?

    We covered this over a decade ago in our article Where Should You Mount Your Radar Detector? But times have changed. Technology has advanced, and there are new rules of the road when it comes to traffic enforcement and countermeasure strategy. Considering this, does placement even matter anymore, or do the old guidelines still apply? Where is the best place to mount a radar detector today? Or is there one?

    Why is placement important?
    Placement of a radar detector is critical to its performance. Detectors operate by line of sight, meaning that the detector needs to be able to "see" the signal in order to detect it. Any obstruction can potentially diminish, deflect or block the incoming radar signal or laser beam entirely from the detector's view. It also needs to be aimed in the general direction of the signal to pick it up. This is important if it's a radar signal, but is even more important if it is a laser beam. Radar signals are rather broad, but a laser is very narrow, so the detector must be positioned to pick it up directly. Remember, if the detector can't see the signal, it can't tell you where it is, or if one is even there. Therefore, correct positioning is vital to the performance of any detector.

    Is the type of radar detector important?
    Before we go any go further, it is important to note that the answer to the mounting question depends somewhat on the type of radar detector used. There are two distinct types of detectors, portable and installed. The portable detector, also known as a dashmount or windshield mount detector, is exactly as these terms imply. It mounts somewhere on the dashboard or windshield of a vehicle, and is aimed through the windshield, over the hood toward the front. An installed or concealed detector is one that is actually installed or integrated into parts of the vehicle itself, with sensors usually concealed below the hood and around, on or behind the front grille. Additional sensors can be placed on the rear of the vehicle as well.

    Installed detectors
    The sensors for an installed detector are usually placed somewhat low. Since they are usually situated directly at the front and (optionally) rear of the vehicle, they have a clear line of sight for a broad, unobstructed view of the perimeter around it. This allows a lot more latitude for discreet, low mounting options.

    Where to place a dashmount detector
    Portable or dash mount detectors are a different story. Since they are typically situated behind the windshield, their line of sight is somewhat limited by the frame of glass around it, plus the obvious obstruction of the front hood. However, there are other obstructions that affect performance. Tinted windshields in the visor area at the top can greatly reduce detection. The angle of the windshield can also be a factor. Inspection, parking or other stickers can get in the way. So can windshield wipers. Built-in defrosters, sensors or coatings in the glass can also effect performance. Some states even have laws to regulate where you can or cannot place items on your windshield or dashboard. These are all important factors to consider, and some may greatly limit your mounting options. Consider them all before you mount the detector.

    Go high or go low?
    Ten years ago, the low or high mounting question depended largely on the type of signals your radar detector detected. If it was primarily radar, conventional wisdom was to mount high, preferably attached to a rear view mirror or visor. This was advised so the detector could see over the hood of the vehicle to maximize line of site for detection of radar signals. If it was primarily set up for laser, the general rule of thumb was to mount low, closer to the hood, to pick up the edge or scatter from laser beams aimed at the headlights or front plate of the vehicle. But that was ten years ago. Although police laser certainly existed, it wasn't widely used, and some radar detectors had limited capabilities for laser detection. Some had no laser detection at all.

    Today, radar guns are still the standard, but use of police laser for speed enforcement is on the rise. Fortunately, all of the domestic brand radar detectors marketed in the US today are capable of both radar and laser detection and it is now quite advanced. Many detectors offer multi-angle or 360 degree detection of laser. This changes the optimal position just a bit, because the detector needs to be low enough to get the laser beam from the front, yet high enough to also catch it from the rear of the vehicle. However, the general rule still applies. Mount low for laser, and a little higher for radar detection only. If detecting both, aim for the sweet spot.

    The sweet spot
    This may vary depending on the design of your vehicle, including the length and and height of your hood. It will also depend on the other factors mentioned above. The general rule though, is to mount your detector low, either from the the windshield or dash, and if it's dash mount, try to get close to the windshield to maximize peripheral line of sight and minimize obstructions. Although low mounting will shorten radar range, it should still be acceptable, and it will significantly increase detection of laser. Also, be sure the detector is level for a straight view through the windshield, and adjust for the angle of the glass if it is mounted to it. Don't let it point upward or downward, keep it even with the road ahead.

    Any detector can only alert you to the threats it can detect. To maximize its performance and value, the best place to mount a radar detector is from a similar vantage point to that of the driver, one that gives it the clearest, least obstructed view of threats on the road.

  • A closer look at the Escort EZ Mag Mount

    Escort EZ Mag MountRadar detector suction cup windshield mounts come in various shapes and sizes. Some are designed for specific models, others for a specific series of models or an entire brand. One can even find a universal radar detector windshield mount. No matter the mount, all perform the same basic function: they attach a radar detector to the windshield of a vehicle using the power of suction.

    The basic technology behind the suction method was always relatively simple, and while somewhat reliable when properly applied, it wasn't perfect. Then Escort introduced the Stickycup Mount, a heavy duty mount with a suction cup coated with a sticky gel. This was a game changer. Suddenly, the reliability of suction cup mounts rose dramatically. Radar detectors equipped with a Stickycup Mount stayed put, and fear of a detector suddenly falling on the dash diminished greatly. While still not completely hassle free, the Sticky Cup was definitely a step forward. For a fair comparison of the pros and cons, read Escort Sticky Cup vs. the standard windshield bracket.

    Now, Escort is taking the "sticky cup" concept to the next level, adding an instant, quick connect-and-release option for the radar detector itself. The result? It's the Escort EZ Mag Mount™.

    Designed exclusively for three specific Escort radar detectors, The EZ Mag Mount is essentially a Stickycup mount, but with an added twist. A traditional mount attaches to the radar detector using a metal tongue or bracket that slides onto or into the device and locks it into place; a button on the detector must be pressed to release it from the mount. The EZ Mag Mount has a "stubby like" bracket equipped with a magnet. The detector slides onto the bracket and the magnet holds it in place. Since the magnet creates the grip, release is instantaneous. To remove the detector, simply pull it off the mount!

    The EZ Mag Mount is a quick and easy way to mount your detector, and it works very well. The suction cup is easy to attach and is quite powerful, yet is surprisingly easy to remove from your windshield if necessary. Traditional metal bracket mounts required the user to bend the bracket to adjust the angle of the detector while on the mount. The EZ Mag Mount uses an adjustable tilt mechanism with a locking knob, allowing faster and easier angle adjustment with great flexibility.

    The unique magnet mount design currently limits compatibility to three Escort radar detectors, the MAX 360C, the Escort IX and the Redline EX. If you own one of these models, the EZ Mag Mount may be the windshield mount for you.

  • Are Radar Detectors Useless in 2018?

    Radar Detector in WebRecently we came across an article on autotrader.com written by Doug DeMuro called Radar Detectors are Useless Now. The article claimed that the recent developments in driver assist technologies are generating so many false alerts that traditional radar detectors are now rendered useless.

    In addition to the false positives, DeMuro also concluded that radar detectors are becoming more expensive and are "being beaten at their own game" by cheap and readily available mobile apps such as Waze, an online app that allows millions of other users to report speed traps, traffic incidents and road hazards and share the information in real time across the web.

    According to his article, DeMuro arrived at this conclusion during a cross country road trip, during which he encountered numerous false alerts from surrounding vehicles equipped with driver assist and collision avoidance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parking sensors and the like. With confidence in his detector quickly eroding, He began to rely on his Waze app to navigate the roads and reach his destinations. Based on these experiences encountered on his cross country excursion, DeMuro was finally convinced that the overwhelming combination of modern vehicles equipped with radar based technology, coupled with smart mobile apps powered by commmunity based alerts in real time, now renders the traditional radar detector obsolete, and, therefore, completely useless to the modern driver.

    But is this true? Are radar detectors useless in 2018?

    At first glance, DeMuro certainly does have a valid point. Technology has advanced significantly in the last decade, and there are many vehicles on the road today that utilize radar bands and frequencies capable of triggering false alerts on a radar detector not originally designed to anticipate these signals, thereby confusing both the detector and the driver.

    But there's another side to the story.

    Fortunately, and perhaps unknown DeMuro, radar detection technology has also advanced. Sure, there are a lot more radar based signals out there now, and the classic detector is increasingly challenged to discern the difference between real traffic enforcement radar, and something else. But while this is true of much older detectors, and even more so those with few filtering features or no filtering at all, the latest detectors are designed and built with these new radar enabled technologies specifically in mind. Most of the newer radar detectors available today are smart countermeasure devices and are programmed to seek out, isolate and eliminate these false signals from the mix.

    Which detector was DeMuro using? We don't know, because he didn't tell us. Of course, there is the photo that accompanies the article. It is an image of a radar detector mounted on the windshield of a vehicle. The detector in the photo is an Escort Passport 8500 X50, an older, long discontinued model that was manufactured before driver assist technologies were added to the mainstream. The 8500 was a very sensitive device, yet was also equipped with advanced filtering capabilities to eliminate false alerts from many sources.

    But the Escort Passport 8500 X50 is long past its prime. It's an old, outdated model. While it was once one of the most solid, high performance detectors in its time, it was certainly not built to handle the advanced radar based technologies used on vehicles today. Interestingly, the author did not specify the make or model of the radar detector he used during his trip, which seems somewhat telling, and a little unfair. If this was indeed the detector he used, no wonder he received so many false alerts!

    As for price, after adjusting for inflation, the cost of the average radar detector today is roughly the same as a comparable model in the same tier almost a decade ago. Yet these devices now have newer technologies with more features, functionality and performance than their older counterparts. For example, The Escort Passport 8500 X50 was priced at $299. The Escort X80 has many of the same original features, adds advanced filtering and false signal rejection capabilities, plus compatibility with the Escort Live™ app, and is the same price. In other words, today's detectors are smarter and more powerful at about the same price point. This translates to higher performance and greater value.

    But what about the Waze app? Is it the end of the radar detector as we know it?

    Ah yes, mobile apps. They've also come a long way, and there is certainly a lot to be said for them. We first wrote about such apps in 2012, when we tested one called- wait for it- Radar Detector. We tested it thoroughly and published our results in the aptly titled Do radar detector apps for smartphones work? To summarize the article, it didn't.

    Since then, of course, apps have become much smarter. Apps such as Waze utilize the power of social community based reporting and the Internet to monitor and report on everything from traffic incidents to road hazards and, obviously, speed enforcement activities in real time, more or less. There are many advantages to using such apps, and many drivers now opt to use them.

    However, these apps come with hazards of their own. Some of them are well documented in the local, national and even international press. We won't go into detail here, but an online search will find numerous cases of miscalculations and mishaps due to the over reliance solely on the app.

    In spite of the hazards, mobile apps are still powerful and potentially effective countermeasures against traffic enforcement radar. Considering this, do they make radar detectors useless and obsolete? Absolutely not. On the contrary, mobile apps can enhance the capabilities of radar detectors, and the detectors, in turn, can enhance the capabilities of these apps.

    Manufacturers of radar detectors know this, which is why many detectors have either an app or updateable database option available for direct or indirect access on the web. For instance, Escort offers Escort Live!™, and Cobra has iRadar. These aren't merely stand-alone apps, although they sometimes can be used as one. They are designed to work in tandem with the detectors they support. These mobile apps, when combined with a traditional, physical radar detector, provide a networked, super smart detection system for a more complete, high tech solution to the challenges of filtering out the new smart vehicle technologies while navigating traffic enforcement on the modern road.

    Given the facts, all the facts, are radar detectors useless in 2018? Of course not. In fact, based on the facts provided, and the fact that the article didn't mention what radar detector the author used, the available facts only seem to lead to one logical conclusion.

    Mr. DeMuro needs to buy a new radar detector.

  • Updated Whistler CR Series Radar Detectors video

    Whistler retired the original six radar detectors in its CR Series product line and replaced them with four new models, the CR68, CR73, CR88 and CR93. These updated models improve features and performance for even greater value.

    This video hosted by Rick Savoia introduces each of these four detectors in the Whistler CR Series and compares the features of each model. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Whistler dealer.

     

  • Whistler Elite Series Radar Detectors video

    Whistler radar detectors are notable for great value, delivering high performance at a very reasonable cost. The Whistler Elite Series raises the bar with three detectors in tiny packages boasting really big features, the 5000EX, 5025EX, and 5075EXS.

    This video hosted by Rick Savoia introduces the Whistler Elite Series radar detectors and compares the features of each model. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Whistler dealer.

     

  • Uniden DFR5 video

    Uniden was once a familiar name in the radar detector industry. Now it's back with a line of radar and laser detectors known as the DFR series. The mid-range model is the Uniden DRF5.

    This video hosted by Rick Savoia introduces the Uniden DFR5 radar detector and lists some of its features. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Uniden dealer.

     

  • Cobra RAD Series Radar Detectors video

    Cobra radar detectors have a long history with drivers, and are some of the most popular radar detectors around. Then the company introduced the RAD Series, improving performance with modest pricing. The RAD Series includes basic three models, the RAD 250, RAD 350, and RAD 450.

    This video hosted by Rick Savoia introduces the Cobra RAD Series radar detectors and compares the features of each model. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Whistler dealer.

     

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