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steps to choosing the best radar detector

Step 4: Here are your only two options...

Bel STi (XR) Radar Detector

Beltronics STi Radar DetectorRRP Price: $799
Best Portable Radar Detector for WA

Escort Redline Radar Detector

Escort Redline Radar DetectorRRP Price: $799
Best Portable Radar Detector for WA

If you are looking for a portable radar detector, and you plan to drive outside of Western Australia, then these two radar detectors are your ONLY choice. Use of ANY other portable radar detectors risk detection by police radar detector detectors (RDD's)

Fines range from a few hundred dollars to over $1000 and six demerit points!

Only these two portable units are 100% undetectable by the police radar detector detectors (RDD's). They both use the exact same antenna (since Escort and Beltronics are actually the same company) and therefore shield all electronic emissions from leaking (what the police RDD's "listen" for).

Which one should you choose?

Bel STi vs Escort Redline
Escort Redline radar detector
Beltronics Bel STi Driver Radar Detector
Radar Detector
Beltronics STi (Bel XR)
Escort Redline
Year Released to market
Early 2006
Late 2009
Antenna Design
M3
M3 - enhanced
Detection of mobile speed cameras
100 - 200m (Good)
100 - 300m (Excellent)
Detection of K-band police radar
Very Good
Excellent
Detection of Ka-band police radar
Very Good
Excellent
Detection of NEW mobile speed camera Vans (NSW)
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Detection of laser speed cameras (Victoria)
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Voice alerts
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Safety Warning System (SWS™) Alerts
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Instant-On (Pulse) Detection
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Auto and Manual Muting
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100% Undetectable by ALL Police
Radar Detector Detectors (RDD's)
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Standard Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
Price ($AUD)
$799
$799

Frequently asked Questions:

Are these radar detectors definitely undetectable?
Yes - electronically they both are completely invisible to the latest generation Spectre 4 police radar detector detector (RDD) . We have tested both these models, and unless the radar detector is within 40 cm of the RDD - the Spectre IV RDD does not make a peep. See this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfr27xeL4qs

That being said, be mindful that your actions in the car could arouse suspicion - like slamming on the brakes. Seeing your car's brake lights, or the front end "nose dive" when they shoot you with radar or laser can be a give away. Always brake gently, better yet, down shift gears or use the hand brake.

Can the police update their RDDs in the future to detect these two radar detectors?
No - unlike the old days when radar detector manufaturers simply changed the "local oscillator" frequency at which their units operated at, these two models BLOCK all leakages/emmissions, so no matter what updates the police get to their RDDs, you cannot detect something that doesn't leak any signal at all.

Will these detect the new mobile speed cameras in NSW?
Yes - the new mobile speed cameras in NSW set up in the back of a Ford Territory use K-band radar, and you will get 100-300m warning on these speed cameras, depending on their setup, traffic etc. The Redline will give you longer warning than the Bel STi.

Will these detect the fixed speed cameras and / or red light cameras?
No - neither of these two portable models have GPS - therefore they cannot alert you to anything that doesn't transmit a radar or laser signal (like pole mounted speed / red light cameras). Fixed speed cameras usually use sensors buried in the road to calculate your speed - they do not use radar or laser.

If you want to be alerted as you approach fixed speed or red light cameras, then you'll need one of the built in stealth radar detectors, or you'll need some type of GPS unit that can download a camera database like Tom-Tom, Navman or Trapster.

Can I hide the radar detector somewhere in the vehicle rather than having it mounted on the windscreen or sitting on the dash?
Yes - as long as you have the radar detector mounted level to the road, and do not have anything metallic in front of it, radar waves will pass through (glass / plastic / fiber glass / carboard) and be detected by your radar detector.
HOWEVER - if you want to receive laser alerts - then you cannot put anything in front of the lens that blocks light (since laser is a form of light and is easily blocked by anything not "see-through")

Lasers, throughout Australia, are now all the hand-held units operated by police (once called "hair dryers"). All the police car systems use radar, most speed cameras are radar, but laser is what is used by the police when they set up a speed trap on the side of the road, using hand-held devices. Lasers are also used in speed cameras in WA and Vic.

Can I hide the radar detector under a dash mat?
Yes - as mentioned above, so long as you have the radar detector mounted level to the road, and do not have anything metallic in front of it, radar waves will pass through (glass / plastic / fiber glass / carboard, dash mats) and be detected by your radar detector.
HOWEVER - if you want to receive laser alerts - then you will need to have a hole in th efront of the dash mat that the laser sensors can "See out" from.


Summary:

As you can see there is not a lot of difference between the Bel STi and the Escort Redline. Not surprising really, since they are made by the same company.

You see Escort bought Beltronics out many years ago, but have kept the two separate names to create their own competition.

The antenna is the same in both units (known as their "M3" antenna) - only they have squeezed that little bit more performance out of the Redline.

Since they are both 100% undetectable, and have almost identical features, and are the same price, our top pick is the Escort Redline - as it will give you that little bit more warning on the mobile speed cameras, as well as a little bit more warning on dash mounted radar in police cars. We do NOT recommend the Redline for use in Western Australia.


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