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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • How To Reset An Escort Radar Detector To Factory Defaults

    If you ever had a problem with your Escort radar detector or simply wanted it back to the way it was when you first took it out of the box, a reset may be what you are looking for. If so, here it is. Below are instructions for resetting an Escort radar detector back to factory defaults!

    Passport 8500 Series

    The following applies to windshield mounted models from the Escort Passport 8500 Series, which includes the following detectors:
    8500, 8500 X50 (Blue and Red Display), 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display), 8500 X50 Black (Red Display).

    • Press and hold the "CITY", "DIM" and "MUTE" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Passport 9500ix Series

    For the 9500ix, radar detector, including Special Edition models:

    • Press and hold the "SENS" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Redline

    For the Redline windshield mount radar detector:

    • Press and hold the "VOLUME/MUTE" and "SENS" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Solo Series

    The following applies to cordless windshield mounted models from the Escort Solo Series, which includes the following detectors:
    Solo S2 and Solo S3.

    • Press and hold the "MUTE" and "M" (Mode) buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Passport iQ with GPS

    The following applies to the Passport iQ windshield mounted Radar/Laser Detector with GPS:

    • From the Settings screen, touch "RESTORE" to return all settings to the original factory settings. You are prompted to confirm your selection. Touch "YES" to restore the factory settings.

    Custom Installed Radar Detectors

    Passport Qi45 and Passport 8500ci:

    • Press and hold the "SENS" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Passport 9500ci:

    • Press and hold the "VOL" and "SENS" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Passport 8500ci Plus:

    • Press and hold the "MRK" and "VOL.MUTE" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

  • BlendMount keeps your radar detector in front and out of the way

    BBE-2000-INFO2.jpgAs you probably know, radar detectors not physically installed or hard wired into a vehicle are usually mounted toward the front of it in one of two ways, either stuck to the dashboard or stuck to the windshield, typically using suction cups. For the most part, this method of attachment works reasonably well, with a few caveats. Suction cups that don't maintain suction, those that mark up or discolor the surface of the windshield glass over prolonged use (sometimes permanently) and loose, dangling wires obstructing your view of the road are all common complaints. But what if you could eliminate all of those annoyances and keep your radar detector within reach? What if you could mount it rigidly and securely, yet with great flexibility? Well, guess what? Now you can, with a BlendMount.

    BlendMount mounts your Beltronics, Escort or Valentine One radar detector directly to your rear view mirror. This innovative solution greatly reduces or eliminates the clutter from your windshield or dashboard associated with traditional mounting kits. BlendMount tucks the detector neatly under the mirror. It fastens securely to the mirror so it won't slip, slide or "lose suction". Yet it's also adjustable, featuring a bracket that can rotate 20 degrees so you can position your radar detector for the best coverage and performance possible.

    The BlendMount mirror mount system also allow your detector to be more discreet and out of the way. Without the windshield and dashboard clutter, you can see more of the road ahead instead of all the stuff in front of it. This helps you concentrate on driving and promotes safety.

    For an even cleaner and more discreet mounting solution, the BlendMount can be hard wired into your auto-dimming or powered rear view mirror with the optional MirrorTap Power Cord. This 24 gauge wire cord with braided flexible sleeve and 2 amp inline fuse taps directly into the wire harness of your mirror and connects to 12V power in your vehicle. The installation is easy and can be completed in a few minutes. However, for those who are not inclined to do it themselves, an optional InstallCard Direct Wire Installation service can be purchased with the BlendMount for professional installation.

    BlendMount is made of hand crafted black anodized aluminum and is durable, lightweight and secure. It is also made in the USA. BlendMount is custom designed for each vehicle and there is a version available for most popular makes and models, although not all. Before purchasing a BlendMount, check this list to find out which BlendMount fits your vehicle!

  • How To Reset A Beltronics Radar Detector To Factory Defaults

    Have you been changing your radar detector's settings and want to start over? Having a problem and want to see if a reset will help? You've come to the right place! Below are instructions for resetting a Beltronics radar detector back to factory defaults!

    Professional Series

    The following applies to windshield mounted models from the Beltronics Professional Series, which includes the following detectors: Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300, RX65.

    • Press and hold the "CITY" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    GPS Enhanced Professional Series

    For GPS enhanced Professional Series models, such as the GX65 and Pro 500:

    • Press and hold the "SENS" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    STi Series

    For undetectable radar detectors, such as the STi Driver, STi Magnum, and STi-R:

    • Press and hold the "VOLUME/MUTE" and "SENS" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Vector Series

    The following applies to windshield mounted models from the Beltronics Vector Series, which includes the following detectors:
    Vector 940, Vector 955, Vector 965, Vector 995.

    • Press and hold the "CITY" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    Custom Installed Radar Detectors

    RX45:

    • Press and hold the "SENS" and "BRT" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    STi-R, STi-R Plus:

    • Press and hold the "VOLUME/MUTE" and "SENS" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

    RX75:

    • Press and hold the "VOLUME/MUTE" and "CITY" buttons while turning the power on. The display will provide a RESET message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.

  • Beltronics Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300, and Pro 500 Comparison

    Beltronics has just introduced 4 new models: the Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300, and Pro 500. This is certainly the biggest shake-up of the Beltronics product lineup in years. In this post, we're going to dig a little deeper and find out exactly what the differences are between these new additions to the Professional Series lineup. Let's start with the basics.

    Beltronics Pro 100

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    The Beltronics Pro 100 is the "entry level" model in the new series, but for an entry level model it is fairly impressive. Like all of these new models the Pro100 has a great looking 280 LED text display with three levels of brightness, dark mode, voice alerts, TSR filter, 2 city modes (standard and "No X"), and the ability to disable the TSR filter, POP detection or SWS. All of these are features that would be considered advanced and only available on mid to high end models from some other manufacturers.

    The Beltronics Pro 100 is very similar in features to the Beltronics Vector 940, which is being discontinued.

    Beltronics Pro 200

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    The Beltronics Pro 200 is ever so slightly more advanced than the Pro 100. As far as features are concerned, there is not a lot of difference. The biggest difference is that the Pro 200 adds the AutoScan filtering mode, which is good for all driving conditions and prevents you from having to switch between City and Highway modes. The Pro 200 also adds a "Low X" city mode, which reduces X band sensitivity further from the standard city mode. Perhaps the biggest benefit to this model is that it comes standard with a SmartCord power cord, which is a $30 value and makes it much more convenient to mute the detector.

    The Beltronics Pro 200 is very similar in features to the Beltronics Vector 955, which is being discontinued.

    Beltronics Pro 300

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    Beltronics Pro 300 is promoted as having the highest level of sensitivity (best range) of the new models. We will, of course, wait for independent tests to confirm this before we promote it with certainty. The Pro 300 also has a few non-range related improvements over the Pro 200: a multiple-threat display, fully selectable bands (any single band can be disabled), an additional brightness level (4 total), the ability to show vehicle voltage, and an enhanced "tech" display which can show the actual frequency that is being detected.

    The Beltronics Pro 300 is very similar in features to the Beltronics RX65, which is being discontinued.

    Beltronics Pro 500

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    The Beltronics Pro 500 is the most advanced windshield mount radar detector from Beltronics. It is being promoted as having the same high level of sensitivity as the Pro 300, but also has a built-in GPS. Because of the GPS, the Pro 500 knows your speed and your location, allowing for the following advanced features: false alerts can be blocked permanently with the touch of a button, sensitivity is automatically set based on your speed, locations can be custom "marked" so that you will be alerted when you pass them in the future, and the display can be configured to show your current speed. Perhaps most importantly, the Pro 500 has a built-in database of the coordinates of all of the known speed and photo cameras in the United States, and you will be alerted as you approach these locations. This database is constantly updated, and the Pro 500 can be connected to a PC to have the database refreshed at any time.

    The Beltronics Pro 500 is very similar in features to the Beltronics GX65, which is being discontinued.

    Sensitivity and Range

    Like Beltronics has done in the past, these models are shown on the box to have improved range as you go from low end to high end models. Beltronics uses the strange and vague measuring stick "others in its class". The Pro 100 is said to have 6 times the range of "others in its class", the Pro 200 is 8 times the range of "others in its class", and the Pro 300 has 10 times the range. This isn't mentioned on the Pro 500 box, so I think that we are to believe that it has the same performance as the Pro 300.

    The now discontinued Vector series was marketed this way in the past but many independent tests found that there was little or no difference in range between those models. If you take Beltronics' word for it and want the best performance, go with the Pro 300. We are anxious to see what independent tests show as the true sensitivity differences.

    Quick Summary Chart

    If you don't care to read the details, the information above is summarized in the nice, concise chart below:

    Pro 100Pro 200Pro 300Pro 500
    Range
    6x8x10x10x
    Text Display
    Voice Alerts
    TSR Filter
    Brightness Levels
    3345
    City Modes
    2330*
    AutoScan
    SmartCord Included
    Selectable Bands
    Multi Threat Display
    Voltage Meter
    Tech Display
    Speed Display
    AlertLock GPS Filter
    Speed Based Sensitivity
    Mark Location
    Camera Database

    *The Pro 500 has a GPS built-in and therefore knows how fast your vehicle is going. Band sensitivity in "Auto" mode is automatically adjusted based on the speed of your vehicle, so no traditional "City" mode is necessary. The Pro 500 does have an "Auto No X" mode, which completely disables X band while in Auto mode.

  • The Cobra Vedetta Series Radar Detectors are coming!

    Earlier this year we told you about a new line of radar detectors unveiled by Cobra at the 2012 Consumer Electonics Show. This new product line, called Vedetta Ultimate Detection Systems, is expected to offer up to a 30% increase in performance over Cobra's current flagship model . According to Cobra, the new Vedetta series is revolutionary and will set the new standard in radar/laser detection systems.

    As an Authorized Cobra dealer, We have been informed that the Cobra Vedetta series is due to launch very soon! Cobra will initially offer three three models in this series: the SLR 500, SLR 600 and SLR 650G. Below is a brief overview of these models. Note that actual prices may vary on release.

    SLR_500_LG.pngNOW AVAILABLE! Vedetta SLR 500 Radar/Laser Detector (MSRP $209.95) - Radar and laser detection with 2.4-inch TFT color LCD display on a multi-axis hinge. Display can be rotated 270 degrees vertically and 60 degrees horizontally. A ball-socket suction cup mounting bracket allows for mounting almost anywhere on the windshield or dash. Features include back-lit Touch-point Controls and Quad-Level IntelliShield&#174 False Signal Filtering to reduce false alerts in urban areas. Also features Voice Alert&#174 to help you keep your eyes on the road.

    SLR_600_LG.pngNOW AVAILABLE!
    Vedetta SLR 600 Radar/Laser Detector (MSRP $239.95) - In addition to the standard radar/laser detection features offered in the Vedetta line, this model includes 6 user-selectable color themes.

    NOW AVAILABLE! Vedetta SLR 650G Radar/Laser/Camera Detector (MSRP $309.95) - In addition to the other features of the SLR 600, the SLR 650G includes an integrated GPS receiver and free, lifetime access to its AURA™ national database of speed/red-light cameras and known speed trap locations.

    Thumbnail image for SLR_650G_LG.pngThe Cobra Vedetta Ultimate Detection Systems will be available to order directly from Buy Radar Detectors and will ship immediately from our warehouse as soon as each model is released. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed and follow us on Twitter for instant notification as each new Vedetta arrives!

  • Happy Fourth of July From Buy Radar Detectors!

    Buy Radar Detectors would like to wish all of you a safe and happy July 4th! Our offices will be closed for the day on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our Facebook page or give us a call after 8 AM EDT Thursday, July 5, 2012 at (800) 584-1445. Please stay safe while traveling, remember to keep your radar detector on and watch your speed.

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