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  • 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
    Make Model FCC ID
    Beltronics Vector 940 QL4G7M4
    Pro100 QL4G7M4
    Pro200 QL4G7M4
    Pro300 QL4G7M4
    Pro500 QL4G7GX
    GT-7 QL4G7M5
    Cobra ESD 777 BBOESD9290
    ESD 7100 BBOESD7000
    iRadar 100N BBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    iRadar 105N BBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    RAD 250 BBO2016A
    RAD 350 BBO2016A
    RAD 450 BBO2016A
    SPX 5300 BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5400 BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5500 BBOSPX5500
    ​​ SPX 6700 BBOSPX7800
    ​​ SPX7700 BBOSPX7800
    SPX 7800BT BBOSPX7800
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM7800
    XRS 9370 BBOXRS9570
    XRS 9670 BBOXRS9770
    ​​ XRS 9770 BBOXRS9770
    Vedetta SLR 500 BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 600 BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 650G BBOSLR600
    Escort 9500ci Enhanced ​QKLM3R
    9500ix QKL95M4
    iX QKLM4IX
    MAX 360c QKLM6C
    PASSPORT QKLM4BT
    Passport MAX QKLM5BT
    Redline QKLXM3
    Redline EX QKLXM3
    Solo S3 QKLS3
    Solo S4​ QKLS4
    Uniden DFR1 AMWDLRD35
    DFR5 AMWLRD750
    DFR6 AMWUA1601
    DFR7 AMWUA1602
    LRD950 AMWLRD950
    ​Whistler CR65 HSXWH10
    CR68 HSXWH23
    CR70 HSXWH10
    CR73 HSXWH23
    CR75 HSXWH10
    CR80 HSXWH20
    CR85 HSXWH20
    CR88 HSXWH26
    CR90 HSXWH20
    CR93 HSXWH26
    CR95 HSXWH28
    Pro 3700
    XTR-135 HSXWH01
    HSXWH10​​
    XTR-435 HSXWH10
    HSXWH21
    XTR-445 HSXWH15
    5000EX HSXWH22
    5025EX HSXWH22
    5075EXS HSXWH22

    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!

  • 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.

  • Is the Escort Live! SmartCord compatible with older radar detectors?

    The Escort SmartCord Live! adds another dimension to newer compatible Escort radar detectors. This compatibility list, although somewhat exclusive, includes a few Beltronics models as well. The Beltronics Pro 300, Pro 500 and STi Magnum are the three models on the official list. But what about older models? After all, the Escort Passport 8500 X50 Black is essentially a tweaked version of the Passport 8500 X50, which is an update of the original Passport 8500. Likewise, the Beltronics Pro 300 is basically a redressed and updated Beltronics RX65. Wouldn't Escort Live! work with them as well?

    Not necessarily. According to Escort, older versions of these classic detectors may or may not be compatible with Escort Live! The official answer from Escort: it depends.

    The problem is, the public doesn't know what specific factors determine compatibility. Escort doesn't say. What the company does tell us is that some older Escort 8500 and Beltronics RX65 radar detectors may be compatible with Escort Live! and others may not. Compatibility is determined on a case by case basis.

    What does this mean for users of the Beltronics RX65 and the older Escort Passport 8500 X50? The solution is simple. If you own an Escort PASSPORT 8500 X50 purchased before 2008 or if you own a Beltronics RX65, please call Buy Radar Detectors Toll Free at 1-800-584-1445 Monday-Friday 8am-6pm ET to determine compatibility of your model with the Escort Live! SmartCord.

  • Video introduction to the Escort Redline Radar Detector

    Searching for a radar detector with uncompromising performance and undetectability? Check out this video introduction to the Escort Redline Radar Detector. The Redline and other Escort radar detectors are available to ship from our warehouse at Buy Radar Detectors. Presented by Danny Feemster.

  • A video introduction to the Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector

    This video presents an overview of the Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector, including key features. The 9500ix and other Escort radar detectors are available to ship from our warehouse at Buy Radar Detectors. Presented by Danny Feemster.

  • 2011-2012 Escort Radar Detector Comparison

    Escort is one of the most popular and respected manufacturers of radar detectors in the industry. As an Authorized Escort Dealer we are proud to carry their full line of feature packed radar detectors at competitive prices. Of course, with all the options available, it can be difficult to choose one over the other, however we created this 2011-2012 Escort Radar Detector Comparison Chart to make the decision a whole lot easier for you.

    Our handy comparison chart includes all the current Escort radar detectors we currently offer, from the high performance, cordless Solo S3 and the in-dash, undetectable 9500ci to the state-of-the-art, compact Passport iQ that looks and feels like a typical GPS device. We organized all models and their features into an easy to read grid for quick and simple comparison between each one.

    Whether you need an Escort radar detector with GPS that installs discreetly in your vehicle or one that you can move from one vehicle to another with ease, the Escort Comparison Chart will help you decide which model to choose without having to hunt around the net to find out.

    The 2011-2012 Escort Radar Detector Comparison Chart is FREE to download and print at your discretion.

    For an even quicker comparison here is a glance at a few selected features of the Escort radar detectors:

    Escort Radar Detectors GPS Voice Alerts Display Undetectable
    9500ci Text
    Passport iQ Graphical
    Passport Qi45 Text
    Redline Text/Graphic
    Passport 9500ix Text
    Solo S3 Text
    Passport 8500 X50 Black (Blue Display) Text
    Passport 8500 X50 Black (Red Display) Text
  • Escort Passport iQ Radar Detector Review

    passport_iq.jpgThere are numerous devices on the market today that are designed to detect various types and methods of traffic enforcement. Some detect radar signals, others detect laser beams, still others track locations of red light cameras and speed cameras, and a few of them detect a combination these. Some detectors even have GPS capabilities, expanding the scope of the detector as a multi-functional device.

    But no matter what features they offer on the inside, from the outside they are all universally recognizable from inside and outside a vehicle as a specific type of device - a detector. No matter how you install or mount it, no matter where you hide it, a radar detector still looks, acts and feels like, well, like a radar detector.

    Until now.

    Recently, Escort introduced the PASSPORT iQ.™ Yes, it's a radar detector, and Escort takes it to the max, integrating the latest radar/laser detection, speed camera and speed limit information and 3D GPS navigation technology and rolling it all up into one compact device that mounts on your windshield. But it doesn't look like one.

    It looks and feels like a GPS.

    iQ-8-l.jpgThe Passport iQ is reminiscent of your typical TomTom or other GPS navigator, complete with a 5" touch-sensitive LCD display for access to all of its radar/laser/red light camera detection/GPS navigation features. It's a bit larger than a typical GPS unit and about twice as thick, which is understandable given what is inside the shell. In fact, it's an all-inclusive, all-in-one unit, with the radar and laser detection lenses built in so discreetly you may not recognize what they are at first glance.

    iQ-7-l.jpg Given that, it's actually kind of amazing it is that small. Unless you're looking at it up close, it is difficult to tell it's a radar detector. From inside and outside the vehicle, and at just about any angle, one would think it was a GPS device. And it is, yet it's more.

    Once you actually turn on the Passport iQ and begin to study the screen, you will begin to notice that it isn't your typical GPS device. Sure, it has GPS capability and can help you find The Way to San Jose, or anywhere else in the country. But that's only the beginning.

    The PASSPORT iQ monitors all radar bands, including X, K, Superwide Ka, Ku, and instant-on POP modes with long range warning. Built-in front and rear laser sensors on the Passport IQ offer wide view 360-degree laser protection.

    If all these features aren't enough, there are more. Escort added a Micro SD Card slot, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB port to connect the unit to your computer, making the Passport iQ easy to update. It even has a reset button to clear the device from a lockup if necessary.

    All of these features sound great on paper, but does the Passport iQ really deliver them according to expectation? To find out, I set one up and put it to the test.

    First, I mounted it in my car. Escort calls their windshield mount an "Easy Mount bracket", and it was. It stuck instantly to windshield the moment it was in contact with the glass and did not let go, even before I engaged the locking clamp. The Passport iQ slid onto the bracket and locked into place easily. I plugged in the power cord, and that was it. All the features and sensors are discreetly embedded into one single device, so there was nothing else to install. The entire installation took less than thirty seconds.

    The first time the Passport iQ was turned on it took about thirty seconds to boot to the initial setup screen. I was prompted to choose my preferred language and one of three voices for prompts and alerts. Once those settings were chosen and saved, it presented me with a safety warning.

    The touch screen did not seem very touchy at first. It required more of a tap. It took a few taps to get used to it, but within a few moments I was moving from screen to screen with relative ease.

    passport_iq_main_menu.jpgOnce the initial configuration was complete, the Passport iQ went to the main menu, which consists of three primary options: Detector takes you to the radar detector mode, Map goes to the GPS display and Goto... provides options for GPS navigation, such as address entry, recent destinations and favorite locations.

    passport_iq_settings_menu.jpgThe user interface itself is interesting. The button graphics and interactive icons are generally distinct, self-explanatory and easy to understand. The screens are simple, uncluttered and easy to navigate. This is especially important while on the road, as this simple layout allows you to keep up with the display on a given screen with a quick glance. Escort clearly designed the screens with this in mind.

    screens3.jpgEscort touts the ability to select multiple screen options. This is true. However, this ability is limited to use of the screen in Detector Mode only. You can choose from two different styles, Classic and Digital, each in two different layouts. There are also options to choose between three colors: red, blue and yellow. The color changes are rather subtle. The only items I could tell that actually changed color were the speedometer readout and portions of the background. Everything else, including buttons and other graphics, stayed the same.

    You also can change the wallpaper on the main menu. There are eight different backgrounds to choose from, some of them quite scenic. Between the Detector Mode screen options and the wallpaper, I could make customization of the iQ somewhat more personal than the average radar detector, which is a plus.

    iq_ultimate-guidance.gifOperation of the iQ GPS is not much different from a typical GPS device such as a Garmin or TomTom. If you are already familiar with such devices , the procedure for entering an address and calculating the quickest or shortest route to get there is about the same on the Escort.

    Most of the other standard GPS features are included in the iQ as well, such as stored favorites, recent destinations, the ability to browse for restaurants, ATMs, airports and other points of interest and other popular bells and whistles.

    However, unlike a dedicated GPS such as a TomTom, the GPS capabilities of the iQ seem a bit rough around the edges. The 3D graphic maps were okay, but did not look quite as polished as my dedicated GPS. During the test drive on a clear day without a cloud in site, the response on the GPS side seemed somewhat sluggish. It also seemed to have some trouble finding and staying locked on GPS signals in some areas, although that could have been due to interference and other factors within the area in which I was driving.

    Still, the NAVTEQ powered 3D maps are easy to read and the clear, voice guided directions with lane assist help keep you on route without having to constantly refer to the screen. In addition, the current location and route, safety cameras and speed traps can all be marked and tracked on the map and managed for future reference. Polished or not, the Passport iQ GPS is quite functional.

    Where Escort shines is in their specialty: radar and laser detection. The Passport iQ is no exception. Escort's feature packed, award-winning all-band radar detection is all there, on display and instantly accessible. It has the technology and performance of the highly rated Escort 9500ix, just stuffed in a different package. For all intents and purposes, it is a 9500ix, only instead of an LED readout, it has a full graphic user interface. It is also quite configurable.

    With Detector View I could track up to four different radar signals on multiple screens. I could also mark locations of safety cameras and speed traps and manage alerts along commonly traveled routes. The Passport iQ also uses Escort's Defender Database to provide both audible and visual alerts for red light cameras, speed cameras and known speed traps throughout North America with pre-loaded data.

    The Detector Settings allowed me to adjust sensitivity, enable or disable detection of specific bands, change alert tones, set cruise alerts and enable or disable alerts when entering states where radar detectors are illegal. You can even turn radar detection off in the Sensitivity Settings when driving in such a state (cough cough - Virginia - cough cough).

    Then there is the Meter Setting. Change this setting from the Standard Bar Graph to SpecDisplay and the Passport iQ displays the numeric frequencies of detected radar and laser signals onscreen. If you like to get techie with detectors, this is very cool.

    As a top-of-the-line radar detector, the Passport iQ worked as expected. Overall it performed very well in my tests, accurately detecting radar signals from all directions.

    To turn off the iQ, there are a couple options. Sliding the power button to the right puts the Passport iQ in suspend mode for approximately two hours, so subsequent startups within that time are nearly instantaneous. Holding the power button for two seconds shuts the iQ down completely.

    iQ-12-l.jpgAs far as the total package, Escort didn't leave anything out of the Passport iQ. The complete package includes everything you need to set it up and go: the 5" GPS/radar/laser detection device, a SmartCord, USB cable, mounting bracket, owner's manual on CD, and a Quick Reference Guide. Escort even throws in a 90 day trial of Defender® Database to get you started.

    The concept of combining GPS with radar detection and disguising it as a GPS navigator may not be new, but the fact that someone actually did it is novel, indeed. Best of all, it actually works. Minor points about the GPS aside, it's a good combination, and I would trade up a Beltronics RX65 and TomTom for one that does the work of both without hesitation.

    Escort calls the Passport iQ the "Ultimate Driving Companion." While I think that claim is a bit presumptuous (my wife claims that title but I'm not going there), the iQ does offer enough bang for the buck to be considered, in my opinion, a fairly close second.

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