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steps to choosing the best radar detector

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

Beltronics STi-R PLUS

Bel STi-R PLUS Radar Detector
RRP: $1,899

Best Portable Radar Detector for WA  

Escort 9500ci

Escort 9500ci
RRP $2,399

Best Portable Radar Detector for WA

If you are looking for a fully built in radar detector, and you plan to drive outside of Western Australia, then these are the only two radar detectors you can consider.

Use of ANY other built in radar detector (for example Bel RX75 or Escort Qi45) risks detection by police radar detector detectors.

Fines for getting caught using a radar detector vary from a few hundred dollars to over $1000 and six demerit points!

Only these two built-in radar detectors are 100% undetectable by the police radar detector detectors (RDD's) AND will detect all Ka-band radars used in QLD, NSW and Victoria.

Whilst there is another built in radar detector available that is also 100% undetectable (the Stinger DSI) the Stinger can NOT detect the Ka frequencies used in QLD, NSW and Victoria. The Stinger can only detect Ka frequencies from 34.0 to 34.3GHz which means it cannot detect the Stalker 34.7GHz used in NSW, nor the 34.9Ghz and 35.1Ghz Ka frequencies used in Victoria and Queensland. If the Stinger could detect these frequencies, then it would be the hands-down best unit on the market, but since it doesn't detect these radar frequencies, we can not recommend it for use on the East Coast of Australia.

The Escort 9500ci, and the Beltronics STi-R PLUS 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-R PLUS

versus

Escort 9500ci
Bel STi-R PLUS radar detector
Beltronics Bel STi Driver Radar Detector
Radar Detector
Bel STi-R PLUS
(XRC PLUS)
Escort 9500ci
Year Released to Market
2010
2008
Antenna Design
M3
M3
Detection of mobile speed
cameras (QLD, Vic, NSW)
100 - 250m (excellent)
100 - 300m (excellent)
Detection of K-band police radar
Excellent
Excellent
Detection of Ka-band police radar
Excellent
Excellent
Detection of laser speed
cameras (Victoria)
tick
tick
Detection of hand-held laser guns
tick
tick
Jams hand-held laser guns
cross
tick
Number of Laser Jamming heads
cross
3 (two front, one rear)
Size of Jamer Heads (W x H x D)
cross
95 x 17 x 42 mm (front)
Does NOT set off "Laser Jammer"
Error Codes on Police Laser Guns
cross
tick
GPS for alerting you to fixed speed
& red light cameras Australia Wide
tick
tick

GPS allows you to "lock out" false
radar signals = much quieter drive

tick
tick
Voice alerts
tick
tick
Safety Warning System (SWS™) Alerts
tick
tick
Instant-On (Pulse) Detection
tick
tick
Auto and Manual Muting
tick
tick
100% Undetectable by ALL Police
Radar Detector Detectors (RDD's)
tick
tick
Standard Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
Price ($AUD)
$1,899
$2,399

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. Also 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, 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 will be running off K-band radar, and you will get 100-300m warning on these speed cameras, depending on their setup, traffic etc

So which unit should you choose?

The main difference between the two radar detectors is that the Escort 9500ci includes front and rear laser protection.

If police in your area use "hand-held guns" to conduct speed measurement, then they are using laser guns (or more correctly, "lidar" guns)

There are no hand-held radar guns being used anymore, they are all laser guns.

Thus the Escort 9500ci will give you protection from these laser devices, whereas the Bel unit will only "notify you that you just got a ticket" should you get hit with a laser.

Reason being is that laser guns usually get your speed in less than 1 second - therefore detecting a laser gun is pretty much useless. For actual protection, you need a laser jammer which will stop the laser gun locking onto your vehicle for a few seconds, giving you the time to check your speed, and adjust if necessary.

Both these radar detectors are 100% undetectable (stealth). Both require installation, and are hidden from view with discrete audio and visual alerts. Both have the GPS to block false radar alerts, and alert you to fixed speed / red light cameras.

It really comes down to if you want protection from laser or not...

And in our opinion, if you DO want protection from hand-held lasers (or the laser speed cameras in WA & Victoria) then you are better off buying a higher quality laser jammer such as the Laser Interceptor.


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