Beltronics STi DRIVER Radar Detector User Manual

M A G N E S I U M
C O N S T R U C T I O N
BELTRONICS
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH
45069 USA
USA 800-341-2288
www.beltronics.com
©2005 BELTRONICS
Made in Canada
Features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice.
Model: STi DRIVER
DIGITAL RADAR
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LASER
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Owner’s Manual
SAFETY DETECTOR
Congratulations
• Easy-to-use Programming lets you
customize up to 9 features.
• Exclusive AutoScan mode intelligently
reduces unwanted false alarms.
• Ultra-bright text-display provides easy
to read information from any angle.
• Tech Display provides actual
numeric radar frequency for any
radar signal.
• Programmable Bands (on/off).
• Detects and decodes up to 64 Safety
Warning System messages
• Includes new coiled and direct-wire
SmartPlug, which provides a
convenient mute button right on
the plug.
If you’ve used a radar detector before, a
review of the Quick Reference Guide on
pages 4 and 5, and the Programming
information on pages 12 and 13 will briefly
explain the new features.
If this is your first detector, please read
the manual in detail to get the most out of
your BELTRONICS STi DRIVER’s
outstanding performance and innovative
features.
Please drive safely.
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FCC Note: Modifications not expressly
approved by the manufacturer could
void the user’s FCC granted authority to
operate the equipment.
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BELTRONICS STi DRIVER Quick Reference Card
There are 9 user-selectable options so you
can customize your STi DRIVER for your
own preferences.
The buttons labeled VOLUME/MUTE
and SENS are also used to enter the Programming Mode, REVIEW your current program
settings, and to CHANGE any settings as
desired. The abbreviations PGM, RVW, and
CHG are located on the lower part of the
display lens and are highlighted in graphics.
3 Press the CHG button to change any
setting. (You can either tap the button to
change from setting to setting, or hold the
button to scroll through all the options).
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The BELTRONICS STi DRIVER is the most
advanced radar, laser and safety detector
ever designed, and is ready to use right out
of the box with our recommended factory
settings.
The STi DRIVER includes full X, K,
SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System
radar capability, front and rear laser
detection, dual LNA (low noise amplifier)
microwave receivers, digital signal
processing (DSP) for superior range and
reduced false alarms, our patented Mute and
AutoMute, audible and visual band alerts,
and all the performance you’d expect from
BELTRONICS.
In addition, the BELTRONICS STi
DRIVER contains the following
revolutionary features:
• Dual LNA (low noise amplifier)
receivers provide the longest possible
warning against all radar threats.
• TotalShield™ RF Technology provides
the ultimate in undetectability.
• Programmable Alert Lamp provides
additional visual indication of alerts.
• Rugged magnesium case provides
the ultimate protection for your
investment.
• High and low voltage warning is
given any time the vehicle’s voltage
drops below 10.5 volts, or goes
above 16.5 volts.
Quick Reference Card
4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait
8 seconds without pressing any button.
(The unit will display Complete, beep 4
times, and return to normal operation).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both VOLUME/MUTE and SENS
buttons down for 2 seconds. (The unit
will beep twice, and will display the word
“Program”).
2 Then press the RVW button to review
the current settings. (You can either tap
the button to change from item to item, or
hold the button to scroll through the items).
Factory Default Settings
To reset the STi DRIVER to its original
factory settings, press and hold the
“VOLUME/MUTE,” and “SENS,” buttons
while turning the power on. The STi
DRIVER’s display will provide a “Reset”
message, accompanied by an audible
alert, acknowledging the reset.
An example
Here is how you would turn the STi
DRIVER’s AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding both
the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS buttons
down for 2 seconds. The STi DRIVER will
beep twice and display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
STi DRIVER will scroll through the
categories, starting with display (Display),
power-on indication (Pilot), then alert
lamp (Alamp), Voice, Power-on sequence,
signal strength meter, and then AutoMute.
3 Release the RVW button when the STi
DRIVER shows the AutoMute item. Since
the factory setting is for AutoMute to be
on, the STi DRIVER will display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don’t release the
Review button in time, and the STi
DRIVER goes to the next category, hold the
RVW button down again, and scroll
through the categories again until aMute
is displayed.)
4 Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any button.
The STi DRIVER will display Complete,
beep 4 times, and return to normal
operation.
Programming Details E
Quick Reference Card
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Table of Contents
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BELTRONICS STi DRIVER Quick Reference Card
Press the RVW button
to go from one category
to the next
DISPLAY
ALERT LAMP
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
BRIGHTNESS
BANDS
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* Factory Default Settings
X
K
Ka
POP
LSR
SWS
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VOICE
* Standard display
Inverted display
* Full word: Highway, AutoScan, etc.
Letter: H, A, C, or Cnx
Vehicle voltage
* Alert lamp on
Alert lamp off
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Automatic brightness
Minimum brightness
Medium brightness
Maximum brightness
All dark
* Factory default settings
Factory default settings modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the “SENS” button
ON or OFF (default is on)
ON or OFF (default is on)
ON or OFF (default is on)
ON or OFF (default is off)
ON or OFF (default is on)
ON or OFF (default is off)
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PILOT
(Power-on indication)
STD
INV
HWY
H
V
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
THT
TEC
ON
OFF
Auto
Min
Med
Max
Dark
DFT
MOD
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Programming
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
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• Power Connection
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• Example of Programming
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• Mounting Location
6
• Overview of Programming
13
• Windshield Mount
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• Details of Programming
Controls and Features
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
Disp
Disp
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Alamp
Alamp
Voice
Voice
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Bands
Bands
Quick Reference Guide
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Technical Details
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14-16
17-23
• Power and Volume Control
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• Specifications
• Power-on Indication
8
• Interpreting Alerts
18-19
• Voice
8
• How Radar Works
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• AutoMute
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• How “POP” Works
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• Mute
8
• How Laser Works
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• Sensitivity Button
9
• How TotalShield™ Technology Works 22
• Brightness
9
• How Safety Radar Works
• Audible Alerts
10
Service
• Power Connector
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• Troubleshooting
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• Service
• Threat Display
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• Registration
• Tech Display
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• Warranty and Accessories
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27-28
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Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your STi DRIVER,
just follow these simple steps
QuickMount Slot
Insert STi DRIVER’s adjustable Windshield
mount into this slot. Page 7
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Plug the small end of the power cord
into the side jack of the detector, and
plug the large end of the power cord
into your vehicle’s lighter socket.
QuickMount Button
Press the button, and slide the Windshield
mount into one of its four locking positions.
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Mount your STi DRIVER on the
windshield using the supplied
windshield mount.
Power
Press the PWR button to turn the STi
DRIVER on or off.
3
Press the PWR button, located on the
left side of the front panel, to turn the
STi DRIVER on.
4
Press and hold the VOLUME/MUTE
button to adjust the volume level.
AutoMute
STi DRIVER’s patented AutoMute
automatically reduces the volume level of
the audio alert after a brief period. If you
prefer, you can turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Programming
The STi DRIVER is ready to go, just plug it in
and turn it on. But you can also easily
change 9 features for your preferences.
Pages 12-16
Please read the manual to fully understand
STi DRIVER’s operation and features.
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Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your STi DRIVER should
have a clear view of the road ahead. For
best performance, do not mount the
STi DRIVER directly behind
windshield wipers or tinted
areas. Page 6
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the
vehicle.
Power Jack
Plug the power cord into this connector.
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Earphone Jack
Accepts standard 3.5mm mono earphone.
VOLUME/MUTE Button
Press and hold the VOLUME/MUTE button
(below the display) to adjust the alert
volume level.
Briefly press this button to silence the
audio for a specific alert. (The audio will
alert you to the next encounter.) Page 8
Sensitivity Button (SENS)
Switches between Highway, AutoScan, City
and City NoX settings. In general, we
recommend the AutoScan mode. Page 9
Alphanumeric Display
The STi DRIVER’s display will show
Highway, AutoScan, City, or City NoX as its
power-on indication. If you prefer, you can
choose other power-on indications. Pages
12-15
During an alert, the display will indicate
the radar or laser band, and a precise bar
graph of signal strength. Page 10
Note: In the Dark Mode the display will
not light during an alert. Page 9
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Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
To apply power to the STi DRIVER, plug the
small end of the power cord, (telephonetype connector) into the modular jack on
the STi DRIVER’s right side, and plug the
lighter plug adapter into your vehicle’s
lighter socket or accessory socket.
WARNING: BELTRONICS cannot
anticipate the many ways STi DRIVER
can be mounted. It is important that you
mount STi DRIVER where it will not
impair your view nor present a hazard in
case of an accident.
Your STi DRIVER operates on 12 volts DC
negative ground only. The lighter plug
provided is a standard size and will work in
most vehicles. However, some vehicles may
require the optional European sleeve to
ensure a snug fit. If so, simply call our
service department and we’ll send you one.
This sleeve slides over the power cord’s
lighter plug adapter. Of course, your lighter
socket must be clean and properly
connected for proper operation.
Where to mount STi DRIVER
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
• Using the Windshield QuickMount, mount
your STi DRIVER level, and high enough on
your front windshield to provide a clear
view of the road from the front and rear.
• Mount the STi DRIVER away from windshield wipers, other solid objects, and
heavily tinted areas that might obstruct the
radar antenna or laser lens.
N0TE: Depending on your vehicle, the
lighter socket power may either be
continuously on, or it may be switched
on and off with your ignition switch. We
suggest using a direct-wire SmartPlug
connected to a switched circuit at the
fuse box if the lighter socket is
continuously on.
Windshield QuickMount
CAUTION: A few vehicles (including some
Porsches) have windshields with a soft
anti-lacerative coating on the inside
surface. Use of suction cups will
permanently mar this coating. Consult
your dealership or the vehicle owner’s
manual to determine if your windshield
has this coating.
The STi DRIVER’s QuickMount windshield
bracket is designed for unobtrusive and
hassle-free mounting and removal.
1 Depress the adjustment button on the
top of the STi DRIVER (by the word
BELTRONICS) and slide the QuickMount
bracket into the slot until it is locked into
the position which best fits the angle of
your windshield (there are four settings
available). For extremely horizontal or
extremely sloped windshields, the
QuickMount bracket can be bent.
To ensure that the suction cups
adhere to the windshield firmly,
be sure to keep both your windshield and
the suction cups clean.
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily
remove STi DRIVER by pressing the
adjustment button and sliding the STi
DRIVER off the mount. Again, be sure to
position the bracket where it won’t present
a hazard in the event of an accident.
Additional mounts are available for other
vehicles in your household.
2 To adjust the STi DRIVER on your
windshield, use the QuickMount
adjustment button located on the top of the
STi DRIVER, and slide the STi DRIVER
forward or backward to obtain a level
position.
NOTE: When installed and adjusted
properly, the back top edge of the STi
DRIVER should rest solidly against your
windshield.
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Controls and Features
Power
Voice Alerts
Sensitivity Button (SENS)
Brightness
To turn STi DRIVER on or off, press the
PWR button located on the front left side.
When you turn STi DRIVER on, it goes
through a sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
STi DRIVER for a shorter power-on
sequence. See the Programming section for
details.
The STi DRIVER provides digital voice
announcements (factory default) for alerts.
If you prefer, you can turn off the voice
announcement feature and have the STi
DRIVER provide audible tones without the
voice announcement. See programming
section for details.
The “SENS” button selects the STi DRIVER’s
sensitivity mode. We recommend AutoScan
mode for most driving.
Volume
AutoMute
The STi DRIVER’s brightness is controlled
by a sensor located behind the front display
lens. This sensor will automatically adjust
the display and backlit buttons based on the
ambient light in your vehicle. If you prefer,
you can select a fixed brightness level,
including Full Dark Mode. See the
programming section for details.
Your STi DRIVER has our patented
AutoMute feature. After STi DRIVER alerts
you to a radar encounter at the volume you
have selected, the AutoMute feature will
automatically reduce the volume to a lower
level. This keeps you informed without the
annoyance of a continuous full-volume alert.
If you prefer, you can turn the
AutoMute feature off. See the Programming
section for details.
AutoScan Mode (AutoScan)
In this setting the STi DRIVER’s internal
computer continuously analyzes all
incoming signals and intelligently filters out
unwanted X and K-band false alarms from
automatic door openers and motion
sensors. Full sensitivity is maintained on all
other bands
Press and hold the VOLUME/MUTE button,
(or Mute button on the SmartPlug) located
in the center of the front panel, to adjust the
STi DRIVER’s alert volume level. The audio
will ramp up and down, accompanied by a
bar-graph on the display. Once you’ve
reached your preferred audio level, simply
release the button.
To change the direction of the audio
ramping (down instead of up or vice versa)
simply release the volume/mute button
quickly press and hold it again to change its
direction.
Mute
The VOLUME/MUTE button, located in the
center of the STi DRIVER’s front panel,
allows you to silence the audio alert during
a radar encounter.
To mute the audio for a single specific
signal, briefly press the VOLUME/MUTE
button. After that radar encounter has
passed, the mute will automatically reset
and the audio will alert you to the next
encounter.
Power-on indication
After STi DRIVER’s start-up sequence is
complete, the alphanumeric display will
show Highway, AutoScan, City or City NoX
to indicate which sensitivity mode is
selected.
If you prefer, you can select alternate
power-on displays. See the Programming
section for details.
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Highway Mode (Highway)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER will detect all
signals at maximum range.
Sensor location
SmartPlug
SmartPlug is a special power
cord that has a power-on
indicator, a bright alert light
that warns of radar or laser, and
a convenient mute button right on the plug.
It’s the perfect addition for any vehicle
where reaching the detector mute button
on the windshield is a stretch. And for
discreet night driving, put STi DRIVER in
the Dark Mode, and use the SmartPlug for
your visual alerts. Other cars won’t know
you have a detector.
Two versions are included: A coiled
SmartPlug that plugs into your lighter
socket, and a Direct-wire SmartPlug module
that’s wired into the electrical system, with
an 8 foot straight cord to route to your STi
DRIVER.
City (City STD)
In this setting, X and K-band sensitivity is
further reduced to eliminate unwanted false
alarms in congested urban areas.
City NoX (City NoX)
In this setting, K-band sensitivity is the same
as City STD, however, X-band is completely
turned off.
WARNING: Do not use the STi DRIVER
City NoX mode unless you are
absolutely certain that there are no
traffic radar guns using X-band in your
area.
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Controls and Features
Power Connector
Audible Alerts
The STi DRIVER’s power jack uses a
telephone-type connector. This 4-conductor
connector only works with the included
coiled SmartPlug or direct-wire cord.
For Radar signals:
The STi DRIVER uses a geiger-counterlike sound to indicate the signal strength
and type of radar signal being encountered.
When you encounter radar, a distinct
audible alert will sound and occur faster as
the signal gets stronger. This allows you to
judge the distance from the signal source
without taking your eyes from the road.
X-band = chirping
K-band = buzzing
Ka-band = double-chirp
POP = full double-chirp
SWS = double buzz
Signal Strength Meter
The STi DRIVER’s alphanumeric display
consists of 280 individual LEDs, to provide
an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal
strength and text messages.
The STi DRIVER’s standard bar-graph
signal strength meter only displays
information on a single radar signal. If there
are multiple signals present, STi DRIVER’s
internal computer determines which is the
most important threat to show on the bargraph meter.
When STi detects radar, it displays the
band (X, K, Ka), and a precise bar-graph of
the signal strength. When the STi DRIVER
detects a laser signal, the display will show
“LASER.” When it detects a POP signal, the
display will show “POP.”
For Laser signals:
Since laser signals are a possible threat
no matter how weak, the STi DRIVER alerts
you to these bands at full signal strength.
For POP signals:
Since POP signals are extremely fast K
or Ka bursts, and a possible threat no matter
how weak, the STi DRIVER alerts you to
these bands at full signal strength.
NOTE: If you are operating the STi
DRIVER in the Dark mode, the display
will not display anything when a signal is
detected. Only the audio, and the
flashing alert lamp on the SmartPlug will
be seen.
For Safety signals:
The STi DRIVER will alert you to these
signals with a double-beep tone, and a
corresponding text message. A complete
listing of the text messages is on page 23.
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Threat Display
A few more examples will help you
better see how the Threat Display works.
Your STi DRIVER’s Threat Display option is
an advanced display for experienced
detector users. Please use the STi DRIVER
for a few weeks to get familiar with its other
features before using Threat Display.
To use the Threat Display instead of
the bar graph signal strength meter, you
must select Threat Display in the STi
DRIVER’s Programming (see pages 12-15).
The STi DRIVER’s Threat Display
simultaneously tracks multiple radar signals
and their relative signal strength.
Threat Display can help you spot a
change in your normal driving environment;
for example, a traffic radar unit being
operated in an area where there are
normally other signals present.
The Threat Display is actually a
miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what
band each signal is and its signal strength.
K9 X1
Here Threat Display shows a strong
K-band signal, and a weak X-band signal.
Ka1 X9
Here Threat Display shows a weak
Ka-band signal, and a strong X-band
signal.
Threat Display Details
The band designators (X, K, Ka) will
stay on the display for a few seconds after
the signal has passed. This allows you to see
what the unit detected, even on very brief
signals.
Tech Display
The STi DRIVER’s Tech Display option is for
the experienced detector user. In this
mode, the STi DRIVER will display the
actual numeric frequency of the radar signal
being received.
Ka9K2X1
Above is the Threat Display if the STi
DRIVER was detecting a strong Ka-band, a
weak K-band, and a weak X-band signal.
K 24.150
Tech Display shows one K-band signal
at 24.150 gigahertz.
Even long-time detector users will
require a significant amount of time to get
familiar with this new level of information
about detected signals.
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Programming
Overview of Programming
There are 9 user-selectable options so you
can customize your STi DRIVER for your
own preferences. The buttons labeled
VOLUME/MUTE and SENS are also used to
enter the Programming Mode, REVIEW your
current program settings, and to CHANGE
any settings as desired. The words PGM,
RVW, and CHG are located on the front of
the display lens, and are highlighted in
colored graphics. Pages 14-16 explain each
option in more detail.
An example
Here is how you would turn STi DRIVER’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS buttons
down for 2 seconds. The STi DRIVER will
beep twice and display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
STi DRIVER will scroll through the categories,
starting with Display (Disp), Pilot (Pilot),
Alert Lamp (Alamp), Voice (Voice),
Power-on sequence (PwrOn), signal
strength meter (Meter), AutoMute (aMute),
Brightness (Brt), and Bands (Bands).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS
buttons down for 2 seconds. (The unit
will beep twice, and will display the word
Program).
3 Release the RVW button when the STi
DRIVER shows the AutoMute item. Since
the factory setting is for AutoMute to be
on, STi DRIVER will display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don't release the
RVW button in time, and STi DRIVER goes
to the next category, simply hold the RVW
button down again, the STi DRIVER will
scroll through all of the categories.)
2 Then press the RVW button to
review the current settings. (You can
either tap the button to change from item to
item, or hold the button to scroll through
the items).
3 Press the CHG button to change
any setting. (You can either tap the button
to change from setting to setting, or hold
the button to scroll through all the options).
4 Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To leave the Program Mode, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any
button, or press the PWR button. (The
unit will display Complete, beep 4 times,
and return to normal operation).
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any button,
or press the PWR button. The STi DRIVER
will display Complete, beep 4 times, and
return to normal operation.
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Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
DISPLAY
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
ALERT LAMP
VOICE
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
BRIGHTNESS
BANDS
Disp
Disp
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Alamp
Alamp
Voice
Voice
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Bands
Bands
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
* Standard display
Inverted display
* Full word: Highway, AutoScan, etc.
Letter: H, A, C, or Cnx
Vehicle voltage
* Alert lamp on
Alert lamp off
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Automatic brightness
Minimum brightness
Medium brightness
Maximum brightness
All dark
* Factory default settings
Factory default settings modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing and holding the “SENS” button
STD
INV
HWY
H
V
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
THT
TEC
ON
OFF
Auto
Min
Med
Max
Dark
DFT
MOD
* Factory Default Settings
To reset STi DRIVER to its original
factory settings, press and hold the
“VOLUME/MUTE” and “SENS” buttons
while turning the power on. The STi
DRIVER’s display will provide a
“Reset” message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
X
K
Ka
POP
LSR
SWS
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ON
ON
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
(default is on)
(default is on)
(default is on)
(default is off)
(default is on)
(default is off)
Details of Programming
Display
NOTE: When you are using the Dark
mode, the display will not display
anything. Only the power-on indication
on the SmartPlug will illuminate.
Disp STD
In this setting, the display will provide all
information in its normal orientation.
F Standard
Orientation
NOTE: A high or low voltage warning is
given any time the vehicle’s voltage
drops below 10.5 volts, or goes above
16.5 volts. This feature is always on,
regardless of the Pilot setting.
Disp INV
In this setting, the detector can be mounted
upside down and all information will be
inverted so it’s readable.
Alamp
F Inverted
Orientation
Alamp On (alert lamp on)
In this setting, the backlit VOLUME/MUTE
will flash on and off during an alert.
Pilot (Power-on indication)
AlampOFF (alert lamp off)
In this setting, the VOLUME/MUTE backlit
button will not flash on and off during an
alert.
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER will display
“Highway,” “AutoScan,” “City,” or “CityNox”
as its power-on indication. (factory default)
Voice
Pilot H (Letter)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER will display
“H” for Highway, “A” for AutoScan,“C” for
City, and “Cnx” for City NoX.
Voice On (Voice announcements on)
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS
messages (if programmed) will be
announced using a digital voice.
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER will
continually display “H” for Highway, A” for
AutoScan,“C” for City, and “Cnx” for City
NoX, and the vehicle’s voltage.
Voice Off (Voice announcements off)
In this setting, only the distinct audio tone
will be heard when a radar, Laser, or SWS
message is detected.
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Power-on Sequence
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the STi
DRIVER, it will display “Bel STi,” “LASER,”
“Ka-band,” “K-band,” “X-band,” followed by
a brief SWS alert. (factory default)
If any of the factory default bands have
been disabled, a double X-band tone and
corresponding message (i.e. “X OFF”), will
alert you that one or more bands have been
turned off.
MeterTHT (Threat Display)
In this setting, the meter will simultaneously
track multiple radar signals, including
relative signal strength for each.
MeterTEC (Tech Display meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the actual
numeric frequency of the radar signal
received.
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER will provide
a single X-band tone if the factory default
settings have not been changed. If any of
the factory default band settings have been
disabled, a double X-band tone and corresponding message (i.e. “X OFF”), will alert
you that one or more bands have been
turned off.
NOTE: The Tech Display feature is
explained in more detail on page 11.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
In this setting, the STi DRIVER’s audio alerts
will initially be at the volume you set, but
after a few seconds, the STi DRIVER will
automatically reduce the volume level, to
keep you informed, but not annoyed.
(factory default)
Signal Strength Meter
MeterSTD (Standard meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the band
of the received signal, and a bar graph
shows the relative signal strength. (factory
default)
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, the STi DRIVER’s audio
alerts will remain at the volume you set for
the duration of the radar encounter.
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Details of Programming
Technical Details
Brightness
Bands
BrtAuto
In this setting, the brightness for the display
and backlit buttons are controlled
automatically by a sensor that measures the
ambient light in the vehicle. Sunlight will
increase the brightness level, while dim or
no light (night driving) will decrease the
brightness.
BandsDFT
In this setting, the factory default settings
for radar and laser are monitored.
This is the factory setting, and it is
highly recommended that you use your STi
DRIVER in this mode.
BandsMOD
In this setting, STi DRIVER will warn you
with an audible alert, and associated text
message stating which band has changed
from the original factory setting (i.e. “SWS
ON”). This warning is displayed during the
start up sequence (standard or fast).
BrtMin
In this setting, the display and backlit
buttons are set to a minimum light level.
This setting is retained in memory even if
the power is turned off.
BrtMed
In this setting, the display and backlit
buttons are set to a medium light level. This
setting is retained in memory even if the
power is turned off.
WARNING: Do not turn off a band unless
you are absolutely certain that there are
no traffic radar guns using that specific
band in your area.
BrtMax
In this setting, the display and backlit
buttons are set to a maximum light level.
This setting is retained in memory even if
the power is turned off.
BrtDark
In this setting, the display and backlit
buttons will be totally dark. The supplied
SmartPlug will provide the only visual indication that the Sti DRIVER is operational.
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Features and Specifications
Operating Bands
• X-band 10.525 GHz ±25 MHz
• K-band 24.150 GHz ±100 MHz
• Ka-band 34.700 GHz ±1300 MHz
• Laser 904nm, ±33nm
Radar Receiver
• Dual-Horn Antenna Casting
• Superheterodyne, dual LNA’s
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• (5) Optical Laser Sensors
Display Type
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph, Threat Display™ or Tech Display™
• Automatic, plus 4 levels of fixed brightness
including full Dark
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• Coiled SmartPlug™
with Mute Button (included)
• Direct-wire SmartPlug™ (included)
Programmable Features
• Display
• Power-On Indication
• Alert Lamp
• Voice Alerts
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• Display Brightness
• Bands
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Sensitivity Control
• AutoScan
• Highway
• City
• CityNoX
Additional Patented Technology
• Auto Calibration Circuitry
• Mute/AutoMute™/SmartMute™
• TotalShield™ Technology
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Patented Technology
US patents:
6,836,238 6,693,578 6,614,385 6,587,068
6,400,305 6,249,218 6,069,580 5,668,554
5,600,132 5,587,916 5,559,508 5,365,055
5,347,120 5,446,923 5,402,087 5,305,007
5,206,500 5,164,729 5,134,406 5,111,207
5,079,553 5,049,885 5,049,884 4,961,074
4,954,828 4,952,937 4,952,936 4,939,521
4,896,855 4,887,753 4,862,175 4,750,215
4,686,499 4,631,542 4,630,054 4,625,210
4,613,989 4,604,529 4,583,057 4,581,769
4,571,593 4,313,216 D314,178 D313,365
D310,167 D308,837 D296,771 D288,418
D253,752
Canadian patents:
2,330,964 1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602
1,187,586
European patent:
1,145,030
Other patents pending. Additional patents
may be listed inside the product.
Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Although the STi DRIVER has a comprehensive warning system and this handbook is as
complete as we can make it, only experience
will teach you what to expect from your STi
DRIVER and how to interpret what it tells
you. The specific type of radar being used,
the type of transmission (continuous or
instant-on) and the location of the radar
source affect the radar alerts you receive.
The following examples will give you
an introduction to understanding the STi
DRIVER’s warning system for radar, laser
and safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The STi DRIVER begins to sound slowly, then
the rate of alert increases. The Signal Meter
ramps accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
STi DRIVER emits short alerts for a few
seconds and then falls silent only to briefly
alert and fall silent again.
An instant-on radar source is being used ahead
of you and out of your view.
STi DRIVER suddenly sounds a continuous
tone for the appropriate band received. All
segments in the Signal Strength Meter are lit.
An instant-on radar source or laser source is
being used nearby. This kind of alert requires
immediate attention!
A brief laser alert.
Laser is being used in the area. Because laser is
inherently difficult to detect, any laser alert
may indicate a source very close by.
STi DRIVER receives weak signals. These
signals may be a little stronger as you pass
large, roadside objects. The signals increase in
frequency.
Alert
Explanation
STi DRIVER alerts slowly for a while and then
abruptly jumps to a strong alert.
You are approaching a radar unit concealed by
a hill or an obstructed curve.
STi DRIVER alerts intermittently. Rate and
strength of alerts may be consistent or vary
wildly.
A patrol car is traveling in front of you with a
radar source aimed forward. Because signals
are sometimes reflected off of large objects
and sometimes not, the alerts may seem
inconsistent.
STi DRIVER alerts intermittently. Rate and
strength of signal increases with each alert.
A patrol car is approaching from the other
direction, sampling traffic with instant-on
radar. Such alerts should be taken seriously.
STi DRIVER gives an X-band or K-band alert
intermittently.
You are driving through an area populated
with radar motion sensors (door openers,
burglar alarms, etc.). Since these transmitters
are usually contained inside buildings or aimed
toward OR away from you, they are typically
not as strong or lasting as a real radar
encounter.
CAUTION: Since the characteristics of
these alerts may be similar to some of
the preceding examples,
overconfidence in an unfamiliar area can
be dangerous. Likewise, if an alert in a
commonly traveled area is suddenly
stronger or on a different band than
usual, speed radar may be set up nearby.
A moving patrol car with continuous radar is
overtaking you from behind. Because these
signals are reflected (reflections are increased
by large objects), they may or may not
eventually melt into a solid point even when
the patrol car is directly behind you.
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Technical Details
How Radar Works
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X-Band or K-band radar, your
STi DRIVER will occasionally receive nonpolice radar signals. Since these transmitters
are usually contained inside of a building, or
aimed toward the ground, they will
generally produce much weaker readings
than will a true radar encounter. As you
become familiar with the sources of these
pseudo alarms in your daily driving, they
will serve as confirmation that your STi
DRIVER’s radar detection abilities are fully
operational.
Traffic radar, which consists of microwaves,
travels in straight lines and is easily reflected
by objects such as cars, trucks, even
guardrails and overpasses. Radar works by
directing its microwave beam down the
road. As your vehicle travels into range, the
microwave beam bounces off your car, and
the radar antenna looks for the reflections.
Using the Doppler Principle, the radar
equipment then calculates your speed by
comparing the frequency of the reflection
of your car to the original frequency of the
beam sent out.
Traffic radar has limitations, the most
significant of these being that it typically can
monitor only one target at a time. If there is
more than one vehicle within range, it is up
to the radar operator to decide which target
is producing the strongest reflection. Since
the strength of the reflection is affected by
both the size of the vehicle and its
proximity to the antenna, it is difficult for
the radar operator to determine if the signal
is from a sports car nearby or a semi-truck
several hundred feet away.
Radar range also depends on the power
of the radar equipment itself. The strength
of the radar unit’s beam diminishes with
distance. The farther the radar has to travel,
the less energy it has for speed detection.
How “POP” Works
“POP” mode is a relatively new feature for
radar gun manufacturers. It works by
transmitting an extremely short burst,
within the allocated band, to identify
speeding vehicles in traffic. Once the target
is identified, or “POPPED,” the gun is then
turned to its normal operating mode to
provide a vehicle tracking history, (required
by law).
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How Laser (Lidar) Works
There are limitations to LIDAR equipment. LIDAR is much more sensitive to
weather conditions than RADAR, and a
LIDAR gun’s range will be decreased by
anything affecting visibility such as rain, fog,
or smoke. A LIDAR gun cannot operate
through glass and it must be stationary in
order to get an accurate reading. Because
LIDAR must have a clear line of sight and is
subject to cosine error (an inaccuracy,
which increases as the angle between the
gun and the vehicle, increases) police
typically use LIDAR equipment parallel to
the road or from an overpass. LIDAR can be
used day or night.
Laser speed detection is actually LIDAR
(Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR guns
project a beam of invisible infrared light.
The signal is a series of very short infrared
light energy pulses, which move, in a
straight line, reflecting off your car and
returning to the gun. LIDAR uses these light
pulses to measure the distance to a vehicle.
Speed is then calculated by measuring how
quickly these pulses are reflected given the
known speed of light.
LIDAR (or laser) is a newer technology
and is not as widespread as conventional
radar, therefore, you may not encounter
laser on a daily basis. And unlike radar
detection, laser detection is not prone to
false alarms. Because LIDAR transmits a
much narrower beam than does radar, it is
much more accurate in its ability to distinguish between targets and is also more
difficult to detect. AS A RESULT, EVEN
THE BRIEFEST LASER ALERT SHOULD
BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
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Technical Details
How TotalShield™ Technology Works
How Safety Radar Works
Beltronic’s TotalShield Technology keeps
RF signals from radiating from the detector.
Unlike other radar and laser detectors, which
merely move their RF signals (local
oscillators) to another frequency (which
will be detectable by future detector-detectors), this revolutionary design keeps you
unseen by current radar detector-detectors,
including VG-2 and Spectre. This unique
design will also keep you unseen from any
future radar detector detectors as well.
Although the BELTRONICS STi DRIVER
is a completely undetectable radar, laser and
safety detector, driving techniques and
reactions to alerts can still draw unwanted
attention. Here are a few examples:
Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a
modified K-band radar signal. The SWS
safety radar system has 64 possible
messages (60 currently allocated). The SWS
messages your STi DRIVER can display are
listed on the facing page.
From the factory, your STi DRIVER is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
you wish to detect this system, use the
Programming feature to turn STi DRIVER’s
SWS decoding ON.
Note: Some of the safety messages
have been condensed, so that each message
can be displayed on one or two screens on
STi DRIVER’s eight-character display.
Since Safety radar technology is
relatively new, and the number of
transmitters in operation is not yet widespread, you will not receive Safety signals
on a daily basis. Do not be surprised if you
encounter emergency vehicles, road
hazards and railroad crossings that are
unequipped with these transmitters. If
Safety transmitters become more prevalent,
these Safety radar signals will become more
common.
1. Hitting the brakes immediately when
the STi DRIVER provides an alert can
broadcast use of a detector.
2. Visible power cords, brackets and
suction cup marks on the glass can also
advertise to others that you have a detector.
3. Traveling at night with a glow from a
radar detector’s display visible from outside
your vehicle can also draw unwanted attention. The STi DRIVER offers adjustable
brightness, including a full dark mode
which will provide audio alerts, but no
visual indication except for the alert LED on
the SmartPlug.
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SWS Text Messages
Weather Related Hazards
33 HighWind
34 Severe
Weather
35 HeavyFog
36 Flooding
37 BridgIce
38 RoadIce
39 Dust
Blowing
40 Sand
Blowing
41 Blinding Snow
42 Future use
Travel Information/Convenience
43 RestArea
44 RestArea w/servic
45 24hrFuel
46 Insp Stn Open
47 Insp Stn Closed
48 Reduced Speed
49 Speed
Enforced
50 HazMatls Exit
51 Expect
Delay
52 10 Min
Delay
53 20 Min
Delay
54 30 Min
Delay
55 1 Hour
Delay
56 Traffic TunRadio
57 Pay
Toll
58 Trucks
ExitRght
59 Trucks
ExitLeft
60 Future use
Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles
61 Emerg
Veh Moving
62 Police
Pursuit
63 Oversize Vehicle
64 SloMovng Vehicle
Highway Construction or Maintenance
1 WorkZone
2 Road
Closed
3 Bridge
Closed
4 WorkCrew Highway
5 WorkCrew Utility
6 Detour
7 Truck
Detour
8 MustExit
9 Rtlane
Closed
10 CntrLane Closed
11 LeftLane Closed
12 Future use
Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
13 Police
14 Train
15 Low
Overpass
16 BridgeUp
17 Bridge
Wt Limit
18 RockSlid Area
19 School
Zone
20 Road
Narrows
21 Sharp
Curve
22 Croswalk
23 Deer
Crossing
24 Blind or Deaf Kid
25 SteepUse LowGear
26 Accident
27 PoorRoad Surface
28 Loading SchoolBus
29 DontPass
30 Dangrous Intrsect
31 Emergncy Vehicle
32 Future use
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause
Problem
Possible Cause
STi DRIVER beeps briefly at the
same location every day, but no
radar source is in sight.
• An X-band or K-band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is
located within range of your route. With time, you will learn
predictable patterns of these signals.
STi DRIVER will not turn on.
• Check the PWR is on.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try STi DRIVER in another vehicle.
STi DRIVER does not seem sensitive
to radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block STi DRIVER’s
radar antenna and that the laser lens is not behind tinted areas.
• Determine if your vehicle has an Instaclear®, ElectriClear® or
solar reflective windshield which may deflect radar or laser
signals.
• STi DRIVER may be in City Mode.
STi DRIVER feels very warm.
• It is normal for STi DRIVER to feel warm.
Your 14-year old son has changed all
9 of the Programming options.
• You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the VOLUME/MUTE and SENS
buttons while you turn the STi DRIVER on.
STi DRIVER did not alert when a
police car was in view.
• VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) a
stopwatch method of speed detection, may be in use.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
STi DRIVER did not provide a Safety
signal while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
STi DRIVER’s display is not working.
• Check programming to be sure the STi Driver is not in Dark
Mode.
STi DRIVER’s audible alerts are less
loud after the first few alerts.
• STi DRIVER is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
STi DRIVER bounces or sags on
windshield.
• STi DRIVER is not making contact with the windshield to
provide stability. While holding down STi DRIVER’s
QuickMount button, slide STi DRIVER toward the windshield
so that the back top edge makes firm contact.
STi DRIVER’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
STi DRIVER to be briefly disconnected.
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Explanation of Displays
No display
STi DRIVER is in the Dark mode (pages 9, 16)
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
Caution
STi DRIVER has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (pages 22-23)
Service
Required
STi DRIVER has failed the calibration test. Contact Beltronics for repair
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Primary reason for purchasing this BELTRONICS product____________________________________
4.
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Place of Purchase__________________________________ Date_________ Price____________
Serial Number_______________________
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Product Purchased BELTRONICS STi DRIVER
For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your STi DRIVER postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your STi
DRIVER.
Beltronics offers an optional extended
service plan. Contact Beltronics for details
at 1-800-341-2288.
2.
Beltronics Extended Service Plan
Phone Number (In case we have a question)_____________________________________________
BELTRONICS
Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH 45069
City_______________________________________ State_____________ ZIP______________
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Ship STi DRIVER and power cord to:
Address______________________________________________________________________
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First Name___________________ Middle Initial____ Last Name___________________________
beltronics
1.
Enclose the following information with your
STi DRIVER:
• Your Service Order Number
• A copy of your sales receipt
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing
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or register online at our web address: www.beltronics.com.
2 Call us at 1-800-341-2288. We may be
able to solve your problem over the phone.
If the problem requires that you send your
STi DRIVER to the factory for repair, we will
provide you with a Service Order Number,
which must be included on the outside of
your shipping box.
online:
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1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
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For out of warranty repairs, include
prepayment in the amount you were
quoted by the Beltronics Customer Service
Representative. If the detector has been
damaged, abused or modified, the repair
cost will be calculated on a parts and labor
basis. If it exceeds the basic repair charge,
you will be contacted with a quotation. If
the additional payment is not received
within 30 days (or if you notify us that you
choose not to have your STi DRIVER
repaired at the price quoted), your STi
DRIVER will be returned, without repair.
Payment can be made by check, money
order, or credit card.
PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your STi DRIVER ever needs service,
please follow these simple steps:
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Service Procedure
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Service
Warranty and Accessories
BELTRONICS One Year Limited Warranty
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ATTN CUSTOMER SERVICE
BELTRONICS INC
5442 WEST CHESTER RD
WEST CHESTER OH 45069-9789
“WHERE IS,” WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR
WARRANTY. BELTRONICS SPECIFICALLY
DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATION OR
WARRANTY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO THOSE CONCERNING THE MERCHANTABILITY AND SUITABILITY OF THE PRODUCT
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. BELTRONICS
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL,
SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES
INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION,
DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE, MISUSE
OR MOUNTING OF THE PRODUCT.
The above limitations or exclusions shall be
limited to the extent they violate the laws of
any particular state. BELTRONICS is not
responsible for products lost in shipment
between the owner and our service center.
Other legal rights: This Warranty gives you
specific rights. You may have other legal rights,
which vary, from state to state.
What this warranty covers: BELTRONICS
warrants your Product against all defects in
materials and workmanship.
For how long: One (1) year from the date of
the original purchase.
What we will do: BELTRONICS, at our
discretion, will either repair or replace your
Product free of charge.
What we will not do: BELTRONICS will not
pay shipping charges that you incur for sending
your product to us.
What you must do to maintain this
warranty: Show original proof of purchase
from an authorized BELTRONICS dealer.
Warranty Exclusions: Warranty does not
apply to your product under any of the
following conditions: 1. The serial number has
been removed or modified. 2. Your product has
been subjected to misuse or damage (including
water damage, physical abuse, and/or improper
installation). 3. Your product has been modified
in any way. 4. Your receipt or proof-of-purchase
is from a non-authorized dealer or internet
auction site including E-bay, U-bid, or other nonauthorized resellers.
To obtain service: 1. Contact BELTRONICS (1800-341-2288) to obtain a Return Authorization
number. 2. Properly pack your product and
include: your name, complete return address,
written description of the problem with your
product, daytime telephone number, and a
copy of the original purchase receipt. 3. Label
the outside of the package clearly with your
Return Authorization number. Ship the product
pre-paid (insured, for your protection) to:
Beltronics Inc, 5442 West Chester Rd., West
Chester, OH 45069.
LIMITATION OF WARRANTY: EXCEPT AS
EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, YOU ARE
ACQUIRING THE PRODUCT “AS IS” AND
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Accessories
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The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for the BELTRONICS STi
DRIVER:
Standard Coiled Power Cord
$14.00
Direct-wire Power Cord
$10.00
Coiled SmartPlug
$29.95
Direct-wire SmartPlug
$29.95
Accessory Kit
$19.95
Extra Windshield Mount
$4.00
Carrying Case
$29.95