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  • Beltronics Pro Series video

    Beltronics is a top name in Radar and Laser detection. They've given their product line a complete makeover with their Beltronics Pro Series radar detectors. The Pro Series consists of four models, the Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300 and Beltronics Pro 500.

    This brief video hosted by Danny Feemster introduces the entire Pro Series and tells you about some of the features included with each model. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Beltronics dealer.

  • Escort Sticky Cup vs. the standard windshield bracket

    Escort Sticky Cup Mount.jpgXLT radar detector mounting bracket.jpg
    Escort fairly recently changed the type of suction cup that they ship with some of their higher end radar detectors. What was once a small, traditional metal bracket with two suction cups is now a larger bracket with a single large, prominent, Sticky Cup. The Escort Max, Max2 and the new Beltronics GT-7 all include this new Sticky Cup.

    The Sticky Cup is more than just a windshield mount with a super sized suction cup. It is literally sticky, hence the name "Sticky Cup". The cup itself has a sort of sticky, gummy surface on the suction side, presumably to help it grab the windshield glass better.

    And grab the glass it does. Once the paper backing is removed from the sticky area and the cup is placed in the desired position, it's a simple matter of closing the locking clamp to create the suction in the cup and seal it tight to the windshield.

    Not surprisingly, the Sticky Cup can handle the weight of the premium Escort and Beltronics detectors. Since the suction cup itself is considerably larger and "stickier" than the small, clear cups included with the standard metal windshield bracket, that is certainly to be expected. It is also quite adjustable. There is a large knob on the side of the bracket allows you to rotate the bracket on the mount to position the radar detector at the desired angle.

    The Sticky Cup does seem to have a lot to offer in comparison to the old, standard radar detector mount, and at first glance one would think it is far superior in every way. However, it does have some drawbacks, a few which may put the plain, two cup mount back into consideration.

    Consider this.

    The Escort Sticky Cup is large. It is also a solid, completely opaque black. this makes the Sticky Cup a lot more noticeable. Some may consider the Sticky Cup a little too big to be discreet at all. The standard metal brackets are small, and the dual suction cups are clear or translucent. This type of bracket is not as noticeable on a windshield as the Sticky Cup.

    The Sticky Cup is one single cup. Unlike the standard mounts, which typically have two suction cups, the Escort Sticky Cup is completely on its own. Why is it something to consider? Well, consider this. Any suction cup can lose suction from time to time. It just happens. If it happens to a two cup mount, there is a chance they may go one at a time, which gives you time to catch it first and instantly re-mount it before everything falls down.

    However, when the Sticky Cup goes, there is nothing to hold it back. You can't count on the sticky surface of the cup to delay it. The stickiness just isn't sticky enough to counter the weight. When it falls, It just falls, and everything, the cup, the mount and the detector, falls with it. You simply won't have time to react.

    Adjusting the Sticky Cup is easy, but it is somewhat limited. The big plastic knob is certainly better for adjusting the angle of your radar detector. Simply loosen the knob, tilt the detector, and tighten the know again. There is one limitation. It adjusts in steps. They are very small steps, to be sure, but they are still set increments.

    In contrast, the standard metal windshield mount can easily and instantly be bent to the degree desired, without loosening or tightening something in the process. Simply bend the mount exactly to the angle you want, and let go. You're done.

    Removal of the Sticky Cup can take longer than the removal of a standard two cup mount. Taking the Sticky Cup off a windshield is a two step process. First, the locking clamp must be released, which can be a bit cumbersome to get to if the radar detector is mounted at an angle that obstructs your access to the clamp and if you have big fingers. After the clamp is unlocked, you must pull the tab at the rim of the cup to release the suction and remove the mount.

    To release a standard two cup mount, simply grab the edges of the cups with your fingers and lift them from the surface of the windshield. With a little practice, this can be accomplished in one deft move. Such speed may be necessary if, say, you are pulled over in a jurisdiction where radar detectors are illegal (Virginia and Washington, D.C.) and you quickly want to hide it away from view.

    The Sticky Cup is sticky. It can be seen as an advantage over a regular two cup mount, but it can also be a disadvantage. Sticky surfaces tend to pick up dirt, dust and other artifacts very easily, which can severely limit or completely hinder the ability of the cup to stick to anything at all. According to the instructions, the Sticky Cup can be rinsed under warm water to clean it off, but care must be taken to keep the dirt at a minimum.

    The standard two cup detector mount, on the other hand, can be cleaned with a simple wipe down, if needed. Since the little cups on these mounts are usually smooth and not sticky, in most cases, a cleaning it isn't even needed.

    The Sticky Cup costs more. the Escort Sticky Cup mount sells for $29.95. While it's not the most expensive mount on the market, it is a premium, to be sure.

    The Bel Pro / Escort Windshield Mounting Bracket is about half that price, at $14.95.

    The best deal of all is the XLT Brand Windshield Mounting Bracket for Beltronics / Escort Radar Detectors. it includes a second pair of suction cups as part of the package. Plus, it comes with free shipping. This one is a real bargain. It's only $6.99.

    If you want a premium mount for your Escort or Beltronics radar detector that supports it, and you don't mind the caveats, then the Escort Sticky Cup may be the mount for you. Before you choose, consider it from every angle, not just the one posted for the product. We want you to be satisfied with your purchase.

  • Beltronics GT-7 unboxing video

    Beltronics recently released the GT-7 radar detector to market. This sleek new addition to the Beltronics line looks a lot like an Escort Passport Max with a more colorful, copper shell, but is it the same thing, or is it something else entirely?

    In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors opens up the box, turns it on, and takes you through the menu for a first look at the features of this radar detector.

  • 2015 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison Chart

    This autumn, Beltronics added one new model to their current line of radar detectors, the GT-7. With the holidays upon us, it seemed like a good time to update our comparison chart and add the GT-7 to the list.

    This comparison chart, together with our other articles and reviews, product videos and online comparison tool, can help make shopping for a radar detector even easier.

    Below is a chart of the Beltronics Radar Detectors available for 2015 and a comparison of specific features. They include every current model in the Beltronics line, from the dashmount Pro Series and the brand new GT-7 to the installed and concealed STiR Plus. You can compare the current models in this chart to our 2011-2012 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison Chart for a quick comparison between older and new models. You can also compare them to our 2013 Escort Radar Detector Comparison Chart.

    Buy Radar Detectors is an Authorized Beltronics Dealer.

    Beltronics Model GPS Voice Alerts Display USB Undetectable
    GT-7 OLED/Text
    Pro 500 OLED/Text
    Pro 300 Text
    Pro 200 Text
    Pro 100 Text
    STiR Plus Text
  • Beltronics Pro Series video review with The Veil Guy

    When looking at Beltronics Radar Detectors, consider their Pro series. The Beltronics Pro Series consists of four models, the Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 300 and Pro 500. When bundled with Veil G5 Stealth Coating, they can also help defend against police laser threats.

    In this exclusive video interview, Veil Corporation CEO Bob Rosania and Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors discuss all four models in the Pro Series and compare them to their older, classic counterparts from Beltronics.

  • Beltronics STi Magnum video review with The Veil Guy

    Beltronics Radar Detectors are known for their quality and performance, and one model stands out from the rest. The STi Magnum Radar Detector is a solid detector built in a magnesium case that is virtually undetectable by police radar detector detectors. When bundled with Veil G5 Stealth Coating, it can also help defend against laser threats.

    In this exclusive video interview with Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors finds out what he thinks of the STi Magnum and whether it is really as undetectable as Beltronics claims.

  • Beltronics Pro 500 video

    Want just the facts on the Beltronics Pro 500? This brief video hosted by Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors introduces this radar and laser detector with an overview of its key features.

  • Beltronics Pro 500 unboxing video

    Take a first look at one of the most advanced radar detectors from Beltronics! The Beltronics Pro 500 radar/laser/safety camera detector is not just nice to look at, it's also quite capable on the road. In this unboxing video, radar detector expert Danny Feemster turns on the Pro 500 and shows you some of the features built into this detector that's factory optimized, yet highly customizable! The complete line of Beltronics radar detectors is available online from Buy Radar Detectors.

  • 2013 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison

    During the past year Beltronics refreshed their line of radar detectors. Since Buy Radar Detectors is an Authorized Beltronics Dealer, we carry them all. To make shopping for a Beltronics radar detector as easy as possible, we created a set of resources to help you find the one you need, such as articles and reviews, product videos and even an online comparison tool.

    Below is a chart of the Beltronics Radar Detectors currently available and some of their key features, from the dashmounted Pro Series to the installed and concealed RX45. You can compare the current models in this chart to our 2011-2012 Beltronics Radar Detector Comparison Chart for a first hand look at the key differences between the older and new models. You can also compare them to our 2013 Escort Radar Detector Comparison Chart.

    Beltronics Model GPS Voice Alerts Display Undetectable
    RX45 Graphical/Text
    STi Magnum Text
    Pro 500 Text
    Pro 300 Text
    Pro 200 Text
    Pro 100 Text
    STiR Plus Text
  • Beltronics Pro 500 Review

    pro_500.jpgBeltronics promised their most advanced line of Radar/LaserSafety detectors when they launched their next generation Pro Series. The Vector 940, Vector 955 and RX65 were all given a makeover to become the Pro100, Pro200, and Pro300 in the new Professional Series line. But there is one more model, billed as the top-of-the-line in this series, a full-featured radar detector with all the bells and whistles of the other models combined, plus one or two features of its own. It's the Beltronics Pro 500.

    The Pro 500 is essentially an old Beltronics GX65 re-packaged in a new rubberized shell for an easier grip and an even easier look. It looks new, yet the layout is nearly identical to the older model. The buttons are all there and in the same places. The VOL/MUTE, PWR, REW/CITY and CHG/BRT and QuickMount buttons are all exactly where they were on the GX65, and exactly where they should be on a Beltronics radar detector.

    pro_500_2.jpgAs for the display, it hasn't changed much either, although now it is "ultra-bright" instead of just "high intensity". Whether that really means anything or not is moot. The important thing is that it lights up when you need it. It's a 280 LED, alphanumeric multiple threat display with four brightness settings (one more setting than the Pro 300) plus Dark Mode, with four display options - SpeedAlert™, BarGraph, ThreatDisplay™ and TechDisplay™. The display is visible from almost any angle except the rear, so if it's on, not in dark mode and still isn't visible, turn it around because it's probably facing the wrong way.

    Aside from minor cosmetics, outside the Pro 500 looks about the same as its predecessor. Inside it's not much different. Of course it has all the standard features: full radar detection on X, K, Superwide Ka bands, instant-on (Pulse) detection and POP mode. AutoScan™, Auto Memory Retention, VG-2 Undetectability, Selectable Bands, Over 60 Digital Voice Messages, Detailed SWS™ Alerts, Vehicle Voltage Monitor, Auto and Manual Muting, and Fully Adjustable Audio Levels, all standard issue on the GX65.

    pro_500_3.jpgThere are some differences, however. The Pro 500 adds a TSR Filter to reject highway traffic sensors on X and Y bands. The GX65 had 3 City Modes and a Highway Mode to adjust filtering of false alerts. The Pro 500 improves on this concept with an Auto mode that automatically adjusts filtering based on the speed of your vehicle. How does it do this? It utilizes another major feature that was standard on the GX65 - GPS.

    The GX65 was GPS enabled, incorporated into several features, such as a Mark Location Alert Database, anti-falsing database, Speed Check, and a built-in database of all of the known locations of speed and red light cameras within the United States. The Pro 500 not only includes these features, it enhances them with the aforementioned Auto Mode for speed based sensitivity and full compatibility with Escort Live!™, Escort's data cable/power cord combination that adds another dimension to radar/laser/camera detection on its own. Escort Live! is an optional add-on for the Pro 500 as either a plug-in SmartCord or installed Direct Wire at Buy Radar Detectors.

    pro_500_4.jpgEven without the Escort Live! Real-Time Ticket Protection, the Pro 500 can still utilize its internal safety camera database, which can be updated manually between trips. Thanks to its built-in USB data port, you can connect the Pro 500 to a computer and update the built-in red light and speed camera database and other software online.

    The Pro 500 may have the heart and soul of an old GX65, but the retouches and tweaks, plus Escort Live! compatibility give it a personality and place of its own as the top-of-the-line in the new and improved Beltronics Pro Series of radar detectors.

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