Escort S2 Radar Detector User Manual

Cordless Solo S2 is designed in the USA. Printed in the USA.
Escort Incorporated
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Sales /Service 800-433-3487
Fax 513-870-8509
www.escortradar.com
R A D A R • L A S E R • S A F E T Y • D E T E C T O R
©2002 Escort Inc. Escort®, Passport®, Solo®, AFR®, SmartShield®, AutoSensitivity™, MuteDisplay™, and ExpertMeter™ are trademarks
of Escort Inc. SWS is a trademark of SWS, L.C.
Features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice.
O w n e r ’s M a n ua l
Congratulations
If you’ve used a radar detector before, a review of
the Quick Reference Guide on pages 6 and 7, and the
EZ-Programming information on pages 14-19 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 Solo S2’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.
There are 10 user-selectable options so you
can customize your Solo S2 for your own
preferences.
The buttons labeled VOL and M (Mode)
are also used to enter the Program 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 detector,and are highlighted in blue graphics.
How to use EZ-Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold one of the VOL buttons and the M
button 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).
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 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).
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Solo S2 Quick Reference Card
Your new Solo S2 is the most advanced cordless radar,
laser and safety detector available.
The Solo S2 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and
Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear
laser detection, 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 Escort.
In addition, the Solo S2 introduces a new level of
revolutionary cordless performance and innovative
features:
• New long-range cordless performance for both
radar and laser
• New AutoPower feature maximizes battery life
• New brilliant high-resolution LCD display with
LED backlight
• Advanced EZ-Programming lets you customize up
to 10 features
• Exclusive AutoSensitivity mode virtually eliminates
false alarms, plus Highway and City settings
• ExpertMeter tracks and displays up to 8 radar
signals simultaneously
• Detects and displays up to 64 Safety Warning
System messages
• Compatible with Laser Shifter™ ZR3
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Solo S2’s Factory Settings
To reset Solo S2 to its original factory
settings,press and hold the Mute and
M (Mode) buttons while turning Solo S2
on.Solo S2’s display will provide a “Reset”
message,accompanied by an audible
alert,acknowledging the reset.
An example of EZ-Programming:
Here is how you would turn Solo S2’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding one
of the VOL buttons and the M button down
for 2 seconds.Solo S2 will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down.
Solo S2 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Contrast ( Contr), then Pilot
Light ( Pilot), then Auto Power (aPwr),
then Power-on sequence ( PwrOn), then
Signal Strength Meter ( Meter), and then
AutoMute (aMute).
3 Release the RVW button when Solo S2
shows the AutoMute item.Since the factory
setting is for AutoMute to be on, Solo S2
will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, simply press the other
VOL button to scroll back to the desired
category.
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.
Solo S2 will display Complete, beep 4
times, and return to normal operation.
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Table of Contents
Quick Reference Card
Solo S2 Quick Reference Card
Press the RVW button to go
from one category to the next
CONTRAST
Quick Reference Guide
Press the CHG button to change
your setting within a category
Contr 3
* Contrast level 3
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
aPwr
aPwr
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
Tone
Tone
City
City
City
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Bands
Bands
* Full word:Highway or Auto or City
Installation
• Battery Installation
• Optional12-volt SmartCord
• Mounting Location
• Windshield Mount
Scrolls thru five contrast levels:1-5
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
AUDIOTONES
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BRIGHTNESS
* Turns Solo S2 on and off automatically
Turn Solo S2 on and off manually
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Expert Meter
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Standard tones
Loud tones
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
Controls and Features
• Power On/Off
• AutoPwr
• Volume Control
• Power-on indication / Alert
• Mute
• AutoMute
• SmartMute™
• Battery Status / Voltage
• Low Battery Warning
• Mode Switch (Highway/Auto/City)
• Brightness
• Audible Alerts
• Signal Strength Meter
• ExpertMeter
* Brightness is controlled automatically
Minimum brightness when turned on
Medium brightness when turned on
Maximum brightness when turned on
Full Dark Mode when turned on
BANDS
Letter:H or A or C
Letter,with scanning dot
Symbol:+ or • or -Symbol,with scanning dot
Scanning symbol
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AUTO POWER
HWY
H
H.>
+
+.>
+>
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
EXP
ON
OFF
STD
LOUD
STD
LoX
NoX
AUTO
MIN
MED
MAX
DARK
ALL
MOD
PILOT LIGHT
(Options using
12-volt SmartCord)
* All bands enabled
One or more bands are enabled
Turn bands “ON”or “OFF”by
pressing the mute button
* Solo S2’s Factory Settings
X
K
Ka
LSR
SWS
VG2
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
* X-band detection on
* K-band detection on
* Ka-band detection on
* Laser detection on
* SWS detection off
* VG2 detection off
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3-4 EZ-Programming
• How To Use EZ-Programming
6-7 • Example of EZ-Programming
• Overview of EZ-Programming
8-9 • Details of EZ-Programming
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8 Technical Details
8 • Interpreting Alerts
9 • How Radar Works
• How Laser Works
10-13 • How Safety Radar Works
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10 Service
10 • Troubleshooting
10 • Service
10 • Warranty
10 • Accessories
11 • Specifications
11 • Registration
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16-19
20-25
20-21
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26-31
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Quick Reference Guide
EasyMount Slot
Insert Solo S2’s adjustable Windshield mount into
this slot. Page 9
To begin using the Solo S2, just follow these simple
steps
1 Install (2) AA batteries (included) in the battery
compartment. (Please note polarity)
EasyRelease Button
Press the release button, and slide the Windshield
mount into one of its four locking positions. Page 9
2 Mount your Solo S2 on the windshield using the
supplied windshield mount.
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your Solo S2 should have a clear
view of the road ahead. For best performance, do
not mount Solo S2 directly behind windshield
wipers or tinted areas.
12-volt Power Jack
For 12-volt operation, plug the optional SmartCord
into this connector.
Mute / Battery Status Button
Briefly press this button (located on top)to silence the
audio for a specific alert. Pages 10-11
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the vehicle.
3 Press the Power button (PWR) located on the left
side of the front panel.
Ear Phone Jack
A standard 1/8 inch (or 3.5 mm) earphone jack is
located on the right front side of the Solo S2.
Power-On Indication
Three LED's (green, yellow, red) mounted between the
PWR button and the display, indicate power (blinking
in battery mode, solid when optional 12-volt power
cord is used). These also indicate the sensitivity mode
that the unit is in,( "H" for highway, "A" for
AutoSensitivity, and "C" for city). Page 10
4 Adjust the volume (VOL) by pressing the up and
down buttons located to the right of the display.
Please read the manual to fully understand Solo S2’s
operation and features.
Power
Press the PWR button to turn Solo S2 on. Press and
hold the PWR button to turn Solo S2 off. Page 10
AutoPwr Feature
The Solo S2 will automatically shut off once the
vehicle has stopped moving for approximately 45
minutes. Page 16
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Mode Button
Switches sensitivity between Highway, AutoSensitivity,
and City settings. In general, we recommend the
AutoSensitivity mode. Page 11
Volume Control
Press the up or down button to adjust the S2’s volume.
Page 10
Graphic LCD Display
During an alert, the display will turn on and indicate
radar band, and a precise bar-graph of signal strength.
Programming options and SWS messages are also
displayed.
EZ-Programming
Solo S2 is ready to go, just plug it in and turn it on. If
you prefer, you can also easily customize up to10 features for your specific driving preferences. Pages 14-19
NOTE: When using Solo S2 in battery mode, the
display will turn off automatically until a signal is
detected, or you enter program mode. This maximizes
battery life. When using the optional 12-volt
SmartCord, the display will remain on and provide
several pilot options for power-on indication. Page 16
AutoMute
Solo S2’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 10
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Installation
NOTE: 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.
See the Accessories section for details on how to
order the optional 12-volt SmartCord.
Battery Installation
Remove the battery door, located on the bottom of the
detector, and install (2) AA batteries (supplied). Be
sure to note the correct polarity for each battery (see
legends inside battery compartment).
Mounting Location
WARNING! ESCORT cannot anticipate the many ways
Solo S2 can be mounted. It is important that you
mount Solo S2 where it will not impair your view nor
present a hazard in case of an accident.
Where to mount Solo S2
For optimum detection performance, we recommend
the following:
• Using the supplied Windshield Mount, stick the
suction cups to the windshield, and mount your Solo
S2 level and high enough on your front windshield to
provide a clear view of the road ahead.
• Mount Solo S2 away from windshield wipers, other
solid objects, and heavily tinted areas that might
obstruct the radar antenna or laser lens.
Optional 12-volt SmartCord
To power Solo S2 using 12-volts, simply remove the
power connector plug, and insert the small end of the
optional SmartCord, (telephone-type connector) into
the modular jack on Solo S2’s right side. Plug the
lighter plug adapter into your vehicle’s lighter socket
or accessory socket.
The optional SmartCord allows you to operate the
Solo S2 on 12 volts DC negative ground only. The
lighter plug is a standard size and will work in most
vehicles. Of course, your lighter socket must be clean
and properly connected for proper operation.
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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.
Windshield Mount
Solo S2’s EasyMount windshield bracket is designed
for unobtrusive and hassle-free mounting.
1 Depress the adjustment button on the top of Solo
S2 (above the word “RELEASE”) and slide the
EasyMount bracket into the slot until mount 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 EasyMount 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 EasyMount bracket in place on your
windshield, and easily remove Solo S2 by pressing the
adjustment button and sliding Solo S2 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.
2 To adjust Solo S2 on your windshield, use the
EasyMount adjustment button located on the top of
the Solo S2, and slide Solo S2 forward or backward to
obtain a level horizontal position.
When installed and adjusted properly, the back top
edge of the Solo S2 should rest solidly against your
windshield.
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Controls and Features
Power-On Indication / Alert
Once Solo S2’s start-up sequence is complete, one of
three LEDs (Green, yellow, red) located between the
PWR button and the display will begin to blink. This
indicates that Solo S2 is operational, and indicates
which sensitivity mode (Highway, Auto, or City) the
detector is in.
If you are using the optional SmartCord for 12-volt
power, you can select alternate power-on displays. See
the EZ-Programming (page 16) section for details.
The red LED (AutoSensitivity mode) will flash as
an alert lamp when a signal is detected,
Power
To turn Solo S2 on, simply press the power button
(PWR) located on the left side of the front panel. To
turn the detector off, press and hold the same power
button for approximately two (2) seconds.
AutoPwr (programmable)
To conserve battery life, the Solo S2 will automatically
go to “sleep” after the vehicle has stopped moving for
30 minutes. If the vehicle starts to move within the
next 30 minutes, your Solo S2 will “wake up” and
prompt you, (both visually and audibly) to see if you
want it back on. If so, simply press any button on the
Solo S2, and it will return to normal operation.
If you do not press a button within 15 seconds of
the prompt, the detector will shut down completely.
To turn the Solo S2 back on, simply press the PWR
button.
Mute
The Mute button, located on the top case of the Solo
S2, allows you to silence the audio alert during a
radar encounter.
To mute the audio for a single specific signal,
briefly press the Mute button. After that radar
encounter has passed, the mute will automatically
reset and the audio will alert you to the next
encounter.
Volume Control
To adjust the alert tone volume level, press and hold
the up or down arrow buttons located to the right of
the display. Once the desired volume level is achieved,
simply release the button. This volume level will be
stored in memory.
AutoMute
Your Solo S2 has our patented AutoMute feature. After
Solo S2 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
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keeps you informed without the annoyance of a
continuous full-volume alert.
If you prefer, you can turn the AutoMute feature
off. See the EZ-Programming section (page 17) for
details.
Mode Switch
The Mode switch selects the Solo S2’s sensitivity. We
recommend the Auto (AutoSensitivity) mode for most
driving.
Solo S2’s AutoSensitivity mode provides long-range
warning, while virtually eliminating false alarms. In
this mode, the Solo S2’s internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently
determines which signals are real threats.
You can also select conventional Highway and City
sensitivity modes. When driving in urban areas where
annoying X-band intrusion alarms and door openers
are common, City Mode can be engaged to lower Xband sensitivity and reduce X-band alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained on all other bands. You can
customize Solo S2’s City mode sensitivity. See the EZProgramming section (page 18) for details.
SmartMute
Once a specific signal has been muted, Escort’s exclusive SmartMute™ feature will intelligently prioritize
any additional signals by band. If a new signal is
detected, and it is a higher priority band than the
muted one, Solo S2 will alert you at the preset volume
you selected.
Battery Status / Voltage
The Mute button is also a battery status button. Simply
press the Mute button at any time (without a signal
present) and a battery status icon will appear, showing
you the remaining life of the batteries. Each segment
of this battery icon represents approximately 25% of
the battery life.
When using the optional SmartCord for 12-volt
operation, pressing the Mute button will provide the
vehicles voltage.
Brightness Control
The Solo S2 provides four levels of brightness
including automatic, minimum, medium,
maximum and full dark mode. The Solo S2 is shipped
using the automatic setting, which will adjust the
brightness automatically based on the ambient light
in your vehicle. You may also select one of the fixed
brightness levels (min, med, max) in the EZProgramming section. See page 18 for details.
Low Battery Warning
Once the batteries reach a specific voltage level,
(approximately 1.7 volts) the Solo S2 will provide a
low-battery warning. This warning consists of an
audible alert, along with a corresponding message.
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Controls and Features
For Safety signals:
Solo S2 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 25.
For more discreet operation, the Solo S2 also has a
dark mode. In this mode, the display will not provide
any visual alerts when it detects a signal. Only an
audible alert will be heard. However, the display will
operate normally when accessing the program mode.
See the EZ-Programming section (page 18) for details.
NOTE: When using the optional 12-volt
SmartCord while the Solo S2 is in dark mode, all
visual alerts will be indicated on the SmartCord itself.
Signal Strength Meter
Solo S2’s alphanumeric graphic display provides an
intuitive display of signal strength and text messages.
Solo S2’s standard bar-graph signal strength meter
only displays information on a single radar signal. If
there are multiple signals present, Solo S2’s internal
computer determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
When Solo S2 detects radar, it displays the band (X,
K, or Ka), and a precise bar graph of the signal
strength. When Solo S2 detects a laser signal, the
display will show “LASER.”
NOTE: If you are operating Solo S2 in Dark Mode,
the display will not light when a signal is detected –
only the audio alert will be heard.
Audible Alerts
For Radar signals:
Solo S2 uses a Geiger-counter-like sound to
indicate the signal strength and type of radar signal
being encountered. When you encounter radar, a
distinct Audible Alert will sound and increase in rate as
the signal gets closer. When the signal is very strong,
the Audible Alerts will blend into a solid tone. This
allows you to judge the distance from the signal
source without taking your eyes from the road.
Each band has a distinct tone for easy
identification. X-band = beep tone, K-band = raspy
brap tone, Ka-band = double-brap tone.
ExpertMeter
Solo S2’s ExpertMeter option is an advanced display
for experienced detector users. Please use Solo S2 for a
few weeks to get familiar with its other features before
using ExpertMeter.
To use the ExpertMeter instead of the standard bar
graph meter, select ExpertMeter in Solo S2’s EZProgramming (see page 17).
For Laser signals:
Since Laser signals are a possible threat no matter
how weak, Solo S2 alerts you to all laser signals with a
full laser alert.
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Solo S2’s ExpertMeter simultaneously tracks up to
8 radar signals. It shows you detailed information on
up to 2 Ka-band, 2 K-band, and 4 X-band signals.
ExpertMeter 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 ExpertMeter is actually a miniature spectrum
analyzer. It shows what band each signal is and its
signal strength.
A few more examples will help you better see how
the ExpertMeter works.
K| X|||
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 strong K-band signal,
and three X-band signals, two strong and one weak.
KA|
X|||
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 weak Ka-band signal,
and three weak X-band signals.
KA|| K|| X||||
X
Above is the ExpertMeter Display if Solo S2 was
detecting 2 strong Ka-band, 2 strong K-band, and
4 strong X-band signals.
On very weak signals, there will not be a vertical
line at all. This shows a very weak X-band signal.
ExpertMeter 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.
However, the vertical lines representing individual
signals continuously change (several times a second)
to give you a continuous instantaneous view of all
radar signals present.
As you can see, there are vertical lines after each
band designator. Each line shows a signal being
detected. The height of each line shows the relative
signal strength of that signal.
NOTE: If you use ExpertMeter, the brief signal
shown in the power-on sequence when you turn on
your Solo S2 will also be in ExpertMeter: an X with a
single vertical line.
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EZ-Programming
There are 10 user-selectable options so you can
customize your Solo S2 for your own preferences. The
Mode button (“M”) and the “VOL” buttons (up or
down arrows) are used to enter the programming,
REVIEW your current program settings, and to
CHANGE any settings as desired. The letters “PGM”
(program), RVW (review), and CHG (change) are
located on the front of the detector, and are highlighted in blue graphics. Pages 16-19 explain each
option in more detail.
How to use EZ-Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and hold either
of the “VOL” (up or down) buttons, and the “M”
(mode) 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 press and 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 To leave the Program Mode, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button. The unit will
display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to
normal operation.
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Overview of EZ-Programming
To quickly reset Solo S2 to the factory program
settings, press and hold the Mute and M (Mode)
buttons while turning Solo S2 on.
Press the RVW button to go
your setting within a category
CONTRAST
Press the CHG button to change
from one category to the next
Contr 3
* Contrast level 3
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
aPwr
aPwr
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
Tone
Tone
City
City
City
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Bands
Bands
* Full word:Highway or Auto or City
Scrolls thru five contrast levels:1-5
Example of EZ-Programming
Here is how you would turn Solo S2’s AutoMute
feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding one of the
VOL buttons and “M” (mode) button down for 2
seconds. Solo S2 will beep twice and display
“Program.”
2 Then hold the RVW button down. Solo S2 will
scroll through the categories, starting with Contrast,
Pilot options, Auto-Power, Power-On sequence,
Signal Strength Meter, AutoMute, Tones, City
sensitivity, Brightness, and Bands.
3 Release the RVW button when Solo S2 shows the
AutoMute item. Since the factory setting is for
AutoMute to be on, Solo S2 will display “aMute
ON.” (If you accidentally go to the next category,
press the opposite “VOL” button to go back.)
4 Press the CHG button to change from “aMuteON”
to “aMuteOFF.”
5 To complete the Programming, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button. Solo S2 will
display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to
normal operation.
PILOT LIGHT
(Options using
12-volt SmartCord)
AUTO POWER
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
AUDIOTONES
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BRIGHTNESS
BANDS
HWY
H
H.>
+
+.>
+>
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
EXP
ON
OFF
STD
LOUD
STD
LoX
NoX
AUTO
MIN
MED
MAX
DARK
ALL
MOD
*Solo S2’s Factory Settings
To reset Solo S2 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the Mute and
M (Mode) buttons while turning Solo S2
on. Solo S2’s display will provide a
“Reset” message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
X
K
Ka
LSR
SWS
VG2
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
Letter:H or A or C
Letter,with scanning dot
Symbol:+ or • or -Symbol,with scanning dot
Scanning symbol
* Turns Solo S2 on and off automatically
Turn Solo S2 on and off manually
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Expert Meter
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Standard tones
Loud tones
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X-band sensitivity in City Mode
No X-band sensitivity in City Mode
* Brightness is controlled automatically
Minimum brightness when turned on
Medium brightness when turned on
Maximum brightness when turned on
Full Dark Mode when turned on
* All bands enabled
One or more bands are disabled
Turn bands “ON”or “OFF”by
pressing the Mute button
* X-band detection on
* K-band detection on
* Ka-band detection on
* Laser detection on
* SWS detection off
* VG2 detection off
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Details of EZ-Programming
Display Contrast
Contr 1-5 (Contrast adjustment)
In this setting, Solo S2 allows you to scroll though 5
levels of contrast adjustment for optimum viewing.
Pilot+.> (Symbol with scanning dot)
Pilot Light (12-volt power only)
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “Highway,” “City,”
or “Auto” as its power-on indication. (factory default)
Pilot+> (Scanning symbol)
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “+” for Highway,
“.” for Auto, and “-” for City. Each will continuously
scroll across the display.
Pilot H (Letter)
Auto Power
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “H” for Highway,
“C” for City, and “A” for Auto.
aPwr On (Standard)
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “+” for Highway,
“.” for Auto, and “–” for City. Also, a single dot will
continuously scroll across the display.
PilotHWY (Full description)
Power-on Sequence
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on Solo S2, it will
display “Solo S2,” “LASER,” “Ka-band,” “K-band,”
“X-band,” followed by a brief X-band alert. (factory
default) If one or more bands are disabled, (see page
19) a message will appear alerting you if one or more
bands are disabled, (ie. “X OFF”).
MeterEXP (Expert Meter)
In this setting, the meter simultaneously tracks
multiple radar signals. It can display up to 2 Ka band,
2 K band, and 4 X band signals at the same time.
NOTE: The ExpertMeter feature is explained in
more detail on page 13.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
In this setting, Solo S2 maximizes battery life by
intelligently shutting down once your vehicle has
become motionless. Approximately 15 minutes after
the vehicle has stopped moving, the Solo S2 will go
into a “sleep” mode. It will “sleep” for approximately
30 minutes. However, if the Solo S2 senses movement
within this “sleep” time, the Solo S2 will prompt you
(both audibly and visually) to see if you would like to
return to an active mode. If yes, simply press any
button.
If not, the Solo S2 will shut off completely,
maximizing battery life.
Pilot H.> (Letter with scanning dot)
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “H” for Highway,
“C” for City, and “A” for Auto. Also, a single dot will
continuously scroll across the display.
Pilot+ (Symbol)
In this setting, Solo S2 will display “+” for Highway,
“.” for Auto, and “–” for City.
In this setting, Solo S2’s audio alerts will initially be at
the volume you set, but after a few seconds, Solo S2
will automatically reduce the volume level, to keep
you informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
In this setting, Solo S2 will provide a single X-band
tone if all bands are enabled. If any 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.
NOTE: If the batteries need to be replaced, a lowbattery alert will be provided during both power-on
sequences.
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, Solo S2’s audio alerts will remain
at the volume you set for the duration of the radar
encounter.
Signal Strength Meter
Audio Tones
MeterSTD (Standard meter)
Tone STD (Standard tones)
In this setting, the meter displays the band of the
received signal, and a bar graph shows the relative
signal strength. (factory default)
This setting uses more pleasing tones. (factory
default)
ToneLOUD (Loud tones)
aPwr OFF
This setting uses tones that are more piercing. This
setting is recommended for louder vehicles.
In this setting, Solo S2 requires that you turn it on and
off manually using the PWR button.
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Details of EZ-Programming
City Mode Sensitivity
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, when you put Solo S2 in the City mode,
X-band sensitivity is significantly reduced, to reduce
annoyance from X-band intrusion alarms and motion
sensors. (factory default)
City LoX (Low X-band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put Solo S2 in the City mode,
X-band sensitivity is reduced more than the standard
setting. This will reduce X band alarms from other
sources even further, but also significantly reduces
range to X-band traffic radar.
City NoX (No X-band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put Solo S2 in the City mode,
Solo S2 will not respond to any X band signals.
WARNING: Only choose this setting if you are
absolutely certain that there are no X band traffic
radar units where you drive.
NOTE: These settings only apply when Solo S2 is
operated in City mode. X-band sensitivity is not
affected when used in “Auto,” or “Highway” modes.
Brightness
Bands ON/OFF
BandsMOD
Brt Auto (Automatically adjusts)
BandsALL
In this setting, the Solo S2’s display and pilot lights
will adjust automatically based on the vehicles interior brightness.(factory default)
In this setting, all radar and laser frequencies are
monitored. This is the factory setting, and it is highly
recommended that you use your Solo S2 in this mode.
Brt MIN (Minimum)
X ON (X-band detection on – factory default)
In this setting, each time you turn on Solo S2, the
display will be at the lowest brightness.
K ON (K-band detection on – factory default)
Brt MED (Medium)
Ka ON (Ka-band detection on – factory default)
In this setting, each time you turn on Solo S2, the
display will be at the medium brightness.
LSR ON (Laser detection on – factory default)
Brt MAX (Maximum)
SWS OFF (Safety Warning Systems detection off –
In this setting, each time you turn on Solo S2, the
display will be at the maximum brightness.
factory default)
If you live in an area where a specific band (e.g. SWS )
is not currently used, you can turn that specific band
off.
NOTE: DO NOT TURN ANY BANDS OFF UNLESS
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT BAND IS NOT
USED IN YOUR AREA.
To disable, or turn a specific band off, enter
program mode and scroll to the “BandsALL” category
using the “REVIEW” button. Using the “CHANGE”
button, select the specific band you wish to disable, or
turn off, (e.g. “SWS ON”). Once you have selected the
specific band, press the top-mounted Mute button to
turn the band on/off.
NOTE: If you have turned off a band, Solo S2 will
warn you with an audible alert, and associated text
message stating which band is turned off, (e.g. “SWS
OFF”). This warning is displayed during the start up
sequence (standard or fast).
Brt Dark (Dark)
In this setting, Solo S2’s display and pilot lights will be
totally dark, even during an alert. Only the audible
alert will tell you of detected signals.
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VG2 OFF (VG2 detection off – factory default) If
the VG2 band (Radar detector detector) is turned on,
VG2 units will be detected with an audible and visual
alert. Once detected, Solo S2’s internal oscillator will
shut down for a period of time, making it
undetectable. Solo S2’s oscillator will then periodically
turn back on to see if the VG2 unit is still present. If
not, Solo S2 will return to normal operation.
NOTE: With VG2 detection on, other radar
detectors could be detected as well.
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Although Solo S2 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 Solo S2 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 Solo S2’s warning
system for radar, laser and safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
• Solo S2 begins to sound slowly, then the rate of alert
increases until the alert becomes a solid tone. The
Signal Meter ramps accordingly.
• You are approaching a continuous radar source
aimed in your direction.
• Solo S2 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.
• Solo S2 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.
• Solo S2 receives weak signals. These signals may be
a little stronger as you pass large, roadside objects. The
signals increase in frequency.
Alert
Explanation
• Solo S2 alerts slowly for awhile and then abruptly
jumps to a strong alert.
• You are approaching a radar unit concealed by a
hill or an obstructed curve.
• Solo S2 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength of
alerts may be consistent or vary wildly.
• A patrol car is travelling 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.
• Solo S2 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.
• Solo S2 gives an X-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,
over confidence 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
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.
Because intrusion alarms and motion sensors
often operate on the same frequency as X-Band radar,
your Solo S2 will occasionally receive non-police
radar signals. Since these X-Band 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 Solo S2’s radar detection
abilities are fully operational.
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How Laser (Lidar) Works
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.
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.
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Technical Details
How Safety Radar Works
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 Solo S2 can display are listed on
the facing page.
From the factory, your Solo S2 is programmed with
SWS decoding OFF. If SWS is used in your area, your
Solo S2 will display the safety messages associated
with the signal. If you wish to detect this system, use
the EZ-Programming feature to turn Solo S2’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 Solo S2’s 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.
As Safety transmitters become more prevalent (the
number of operating transmitters is growing every
day), these Safety radar signals will become more
common.
For more information and details about SWS safety
radar, visit their web site at www.swslc.com.
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SWS Safety Radar Text Messages
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
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 ScholBus
29
DontPass
30
Dangrous Intrsect
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Emergncy Vehicle
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33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
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Future
HighWind
Severe
HeavyFog
Flooding
BridgIce
RoadIce
Dust
Sand
Blinding
Future
RestArea
RestArea
24hrFuel
Insp Stn
Insp Stn
Reduced
Speed
HazMatls
Expect
10 Min
20 Min
30 Min
1 Hour
Traffic
Pay
Trucks
Trucks
Future
Emerg
Police
Oversize
SloMovng
Use
Weather
Blowing
Blowing
Snow
Use
w/servic
Open
Closed
Speed
Enforced
Exit
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
TunRadio
Toll
ExitRght
ExitLeft
Use
Veh Moving
Pursuit
Vehicle
Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
• Solo S2 beeps briefly at the same location every day, but no radar source is in
sight.
Solution
• An X-band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is located within
range of your route. With time, you will learn predictable patterns
of these signals.
• Solo S2 does not seem sensitive to radar
or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block Solo S2’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.
• Solo S2 may be in City Mode.
• Solo S2's power-on sequence reoccurs
while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause Solo
S2 to be briefly disconnected.
• Your 14-year old son has changed all 10
of the EZ-Programming options.
• You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the POWER, MUTE, Dim, and Mute
buttons while you turn Solo S2 on.
• Solo S2 will not turn on.
• Check for proper battery installation.
• Install new batteries.
• Solo S2 feels very warm.
• It is normal for Solo S2 to feel warm when it’s on.
• 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.
Explanation of Displays
No display
Solo S2 is in the Dark mode, and is programmed for Full Dark (page 18)
• Solo S2 did not provide a Safety signal
while within range of an emergency
vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
PilotHWY
One of the many pilot programming messages (pages16)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 24-25)
• Solo S2’s display is not working.
• Solo S2 is in Full Dark Mode. See page 18 for details.
Caution
• Solo S2’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• Solo S2 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 10 for details.
Solo S2 has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 25)
X|, or K|,or KA| etc.
Solo S2 has been programmed in the ExpertMeter Mode (page12-13)
• Solo S2 bounces or sags on windshield.
• Solo S2 is not making contact with the windshield to provide
stability. While holding down Solo S2’s EasyRelease button, slide
Solo S2 further back toward the windshield so that the back top
edge makes firm contact.
VG2.
Solo S2 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
• Solo S2 did not alert when a police car
was in view.
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Warranty and Accessories
Service
2 Call us at 1-800-543-1608. We may be able to solve
your problem over the phone. If the problem requires
that you send your Solo S2 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.
Out Of Warranty Repairs
For out of warranty repairs, include prepayment in the
amount you were quoted by the Escort 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 Solo S2 repaired at the price quoted),
your Solo S2 will be returned, without repair. Payment
can be made by check, money order, or credit card.
Enclose The Following Information With Your
Solo S2:
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are experiencing.
Ship Solo S2 to:
ESCORT
Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Service Procedure
If your Solo S2 ever needs service, please follow these
simple steps:
1 Check the troubleshooting section of this manual.
It may have a solution to your problem.
For your own protection, we recommend that you ship
your Solo S2 postpaid and insured. Insist on a proof of
delivery, and keep the receipt until the return of your
Solo S2.
Accessories
The following accessories and replacement parts are
available for Solo S2:
Two versions of the 12-volt SmartCord are
available: One SmartCord plugs into your lighter
socket and has a coiled cord, and the other Direct-wire
SmartCord module that you wire into your electrical
system, with an 8 foot straight cord to route to your
Solo S2.
ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
ESCORT warrants your Solo S2 against all defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of one (1)
year from the date of the original purchase, subject to
the following terms and conditions:
The sole responsibility of ESCORT under this
Warranty is limited to either repair or, at the option of
ESCORT, replacement of the Solo S2 detector. There
are no expressed or implied warranties, including
those of fitness for a particular purpose or
merchantability, which extend beyond the face
hereof. Some states do not allow limitations on
how long an implied warranty lasts, so the
above limitations may not apply to you.
ESCORT is not liable for any incidental or
consequential damages arising from the use, misuse,
or mounting of the Solo S2. Some states do not allow
the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitation or
exclusion may not apply to you.
This Warranty gives you specific rights. You may
have other legal rights, which vary, from state to state.
This Warranty does not apply if the serial number on
the housing of the Solo S2 has been removed, or if
your Solo S2 has been subjected to physical abuse,
improper installation, or modification.
• Optional 12-volt Coiled SmartCord • $29.95
• Optional 12-volt Direct-wire SmartCord • $29.95
• Solo S2 Travel Case • $19.95
• Optional Laser Shifter ZR3
Escort Extended Warranty
Escort offers an optional extended warranty plan.
Contact Escort for details.
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Specifications
Registration
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, 33 MHz bandwidth
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes
Display Type
• Graphic LCD Display With LED Backlight
• Standard Bar Graph or ExpertMeter
• 5-Brightness Levels Including Automatic and Dark
Power Requirement
• 3 Volts DC, (2) “AA” batteries
• Optional 12-Volt SmartCord
Programmable Features
• Contrast Adjust
• Pilot Light
• Auto Power
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• Audio Tones
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Display Brightness
• Radar / Laser Bands
• SWS and VG2 Alert
Sensitivity Control
• Highway, AutoSensitivity and City
SmartMute
SmartShield VG2 Immunity
Dimensions (Inches)
1.25 (h) x 2.85 (w) x 5.32 (l)
Patented Technology
Solo S2 is covered by one or more of the following
US patents:
6,400,305 6,249,218 6,069,580 5,600,132
5,587,916 5,668,554 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
Solo S2 is also covered by one or more of the following
Canadian patents:
1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602 1,187,586
Other patents pending. Additional patents may be
listed inside the product.
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Important Product Registration Information
If you purchased your Solo S2 directly from Escort,
you are automatically registered with us.
If you did not purchase your Solo S2 directly from
Escort, please register online at:
www.escortradar.com
Or, for your convenience, you may also fill out the
enclosed registration card and return it to us postage
pre-paid.
Register
online:
@www.
escortradar.com
Thank you for your business.
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