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ESCORT Inc.
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Owner’s Manual
Congratulations
PASSPORT Max2 Features
Table of Contents
Getting Started
• Registration and Pairing
• Installation
Controls & Features
You’ve just purchased the first and only radar/laser
detector to offer high-definition (HD) performance
and accuracy—the all-new PASSPORT Max2.
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PASSPORT Max2
features a new
multi-color OLED
display. Brilliant
graphics illuminate
intuitive icons that
identify the type of
threat at a glance.
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PASSPORT Max2’s HD Performance
accurately identifies real threats sooner than
any other detector, providing more advanced
warning when you need it.
PASSPORT Max2’s GPS location-based
intelligence automatically locks out false
alerts and allows you to mark locations for
future reference.
PASSPORT Max2
gives you access to
ESCORT’s DEFENDER
Database, which warns you of verified speed traps,
speed cameras, and red light cameras.
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The PASSPORT Max2 now with built in
Bluetooth® technology gives you access to
ESCORT’s award-winning app, ESCORT Live.
Our exclusive real-time ticket-protection, the
network which warns you of upcoming alerts
received and reported by other
users in the area, and gives you
access to local speed limit
data for over-speed alerts.
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Settings & Preferences
• How to use Preferences
• Overview of Preferences
Understanding Your Detector
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• Max2 Detector
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• Interpreting Alerts
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• SmartCord
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• How Radar Works
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• AutoPower
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• How Pop Works
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• Volume
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• How Laser Works
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• Mute
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• How TSR Works
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• User Mode
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• How Red Light Cameras Work
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• Display Color
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• How Speed Cameras Work
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• Display Brightness
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• How GPS Works
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• Speed Display
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Troubleshooting
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• Radar Sensitivity
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Software Updates
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• TrueLock/Locking Out False Alerts
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Service
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• AutoLearn
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Parts & Accessories
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Warranty
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• Marking Locations
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• Over-Speed Alert
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• Alert Tones
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• Voice Alerts
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• Signal-Strength Meter
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• Clearing the Database
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• Restoring Detector Settings
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Getting Started – Registration
Before downloading ESCORT Live, you must first
register your PASSPORT Max2 device. Be sure to have
your Max2 unit nearby, as you will need the serial
number. To view serial number and software revision
press MRK and MUTE button while powering on
detector.
Downloading ESCORT Live!
Pairing with your Smartphone
1 Enter the iTunes App Store or Google play store on
your smartphone and search for ESCORT Live radar!
To pair your Smartphone with PASSPORT Max2:
1 Ensure PASSPORT Max2 power is ON.
2 On your Smartphone go to Bluetooth Settings.
3 Ensure Bluetooth is ON.
1 Visit www.EscortRadar.com and click Product
Registration.
2 Click the link for Escort Live Ready devices.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions to register
your device.
2 Follow the onscreen instructions to download.
4 Press Scan for devices and/or wait for the
device list to populate, PASSPORT Max2
should appear under devices.
3 When prompted, enter the username and password
you created when registering your PASSPORT Max2
device.
5 Tap PASSPORT Max2 to pair the device to
your phone.
6 Bluetooth icon on the PASSPORT Max2 display
screen will appear blue when paired to the
phone.
Be sure to write down the username and password
you create, as you will need this information to access
and download ESCORT Live. (You will also receive an
e-mail with this information, once you have
registered your device.)
7 Open the app, walk through the tutorial, and
you’re ready to hit the road!
For Bluetooth pairing tips and more information
on using ESCORT Live! visit:
www.EscortRadar.com
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Getting Started – Installation
Controls & Features
What’s Included
• Radar/laser detector unit
• StickyCup windshield mount
• SmartCord power adapter
• Quick Reference Guide
• Soft-shell case
Power
Press to turn Max2
on or off
Mounting Tips
• Center on windshield between driver and
Mute
Press to mute an alert;
press three times to
lock out a false alert;
press twice while
receiving a locked-out
alert to unlock
Mount Release
Press to remove device
from mounting
bracket
Brightness (BRT)
Press to adjust display
brightness (Min, Med,
Max, Auto, Dark)
passenger.
• Ensure clear view of road ahead and sky above.
• Avoid windshield wipers and heavily tinted areas.
Sensitivity (SEN)
Press to adjust detector
sensitivity (Highway,
Auto, Auto NoX)
Mark Location (MRK)
To mark a location for
future alerts, press MRK
twice, then VOL + or –
to select the type of
marker, then MRK
again to confirm. Press
twice while receiving
marker alert to unmark
To mount in your vehicle:
1 Remove backing from StickyCup mount.
2 Firmly press StickyCup onto windshield and flip
locking clamp to secure.
3 Slide PASSPORT Max2 mounting slot onto
mounting bracket and push back gently to lock into
place.
4 To adjust view, loosen thumb wheel and adjust
angle of mounting bracket. Tighten thumb wheel
to secure.
5 To remove detector, press mount release button on
top of PASSPORT Max and slide device off
mounting bracket.
6 To remove mount from windshield, release locking
clamp and pull tab on top of StickyCup.
StickyCup Care Instructions
To clean StickyCup, simply rinse under warm water,
gently wipe off any debris and allow to air dry.
Display
Alert area
Display
Current speed
Display (OSP)
OverSpeed alert setting that can be
adjusted in Preferences. Bluetooth
icon will appear on display screen
blue when paired to phone and
Speed limit data will show here
when ESCORT Live App is open.
StickyCup
Locking Clamp
OverSpeed Alert
Bluetooth
Speed Limit Sign
Using SmartCord
• Mute Button: Press to mute an alert; press
Thumb Wheel For
Angle Adjustment
Mounting Bracket
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To begin using PASSPORT Max2:
1 Plug small end of SmartCord into modular jack on
PASSPORT Max2 and large end of SmartCord into
your car’s lighter/accessory socket.
2 PASSPORT Max2 should power on automatically. If
not, press the device’s power button.
3 Upon initial power-up, PASSPORT Max2 will ask you
to confirm some basic settings and preferences.
Press MRK button to scroll through and OK these
settings (or press VOLUME + or – to edit).
Volume
Press and hold + or −
to adjust volume
Earphone Jack
Connects to optional 3.5 mm
stereo earphone.
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Modular Jack
Connects to SmartCord for powering
your device
Mini USB Jack
Connects to your computer via USB A/mini B
cable for downloading software updates
NOTE: You can easily access and customize all of your
settings and preferences by pressing and holding the
MRK and SEN buttons. See the Settings & Preferences
section for details.
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three times to lock out a false alert; press
twice while receiving a locked-out alert to
unlock. (When connected to ESCORT Live!)
Press and hold mute button on unit or cord
to manually report to other users a verified
X or K-band alert, or a police officer
observing traffic.
Alert Light: Blinks orange when receiving an
alert.
Power Light: Lights blue when receiving
power.
Modular Connector
Plugs into detector jack
Lighter Adapter
Connects to lighter/accessory socket
Controls & Features
AutoPower
Display Color
Radar Sensitivity
AutoLearn
This feature automatically turns off PASSPORT Max2
after a set period of time to save unnecessary drain
on your battery. This is especially useful if your
vehicle has a constant-power ignition. See the
Settings & Preferences section for details on how to
customize the AutoPower feature.
Your detector screen can be displayed with blue,
green, red or amber accents to match the dashboard
lighting of various vehicles. See the Settings &
Preferences section for details on how to change the
display color.
The SEN button allows you to select your preferred
radar sensitivity: Highway, Auto or Auto No X. In
general, ESCORT recommends Auto for everyday
driving.
The AutoLearn feature analyzes (over time) the source
of radar signals by location and frequency. This
allows PASSPORT Max2 to determine if a signal is a
real threat or a false one. If it determines that the
signal is an automatic door opener, motion sensor,
etc., it automatically locks out this source at this
particular location. A “Stored” message will appear on
the display when a signal has been automatically
locked out. If you prefer, you can turn the AutoLearn
feature off. See the Settings & Preferences section
for details.
Highway
In this setting, PASSPORT Max2 will detect all radar
signals on all bands at maximum range.
Blue
NOTE: When AutoPower is ON, the display will go dark
after the vehicle has been sitting still for 30 minutes, to
save screen life. The screen will turn back on
automatically once your vehicle reaches a speed of 10
mph.
Volume
To adjust PASSPORT Max2 to your preferred audio
level for alerts, simply press and hold VOLUME + or –.
The audio will increase/decrease while it is depressed.
Once you reach the desired audio level, simply
release the button. PASSPORT Max2 will retain this
setting in its memory, even if the system is turned off.
Mute
The MUTE button allows you to silence the audio
during an alert. Simply press the button during the
alert. Once the radar encounter has passed, the mute
will disengage, and the audio will return to your
pre-set level. You can also silence an alert by pressing
the SmartCord MUTE button.
AutoMute
Your PASSPORT Max2 also includes ESCORT’s
patented AutoMute feature. Once PASSPORT Max2
alerts you to a radar encounter at your selected
volume level, it automatically reduces the volume
more than 50%. 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
Settings & Preferences section for details.
SmartMute
If AutoMute has already reduced the volume for one
alert and a higher-priority band is detected,
PASSPORT Max2 will sound an alert at your set
volume for the second band before adjusting the
volume back down to the AutoMute level.
Auto
Green
In this setting, PASSPORT Max2 will continuously
analyze all incoming signals and intelligently adjust
the sensitivity circuits, providing long-range warning
with minimal false alarms.
Red
Auto No X
Amber
Auto No X works the same as Auto mode; however, X
band is completely turned off.
Display Brightness
PASSPORT Max2’s display brightness is automatically
adjusted to suit ambient lighting conditions in your
car. (The light sensor is located inside the controller,
so the display may dim momentarily when you access
the buttons.) If you prefer, you can press the BRT
button to set a fixed brightness level:
WARNING: Do not use PASSPORT Max2 in Auto No X
unless you are absolutely certain that there
are no traffic radar guns using X band in your area.
TrueLock/Locking Out False Alerts
PASSPORT Max2 is equipped with a TrueLock GPS
Filter to lock out and store in its memory false alerts.
To lock out a false alert (X band, K band or laser only),
press the MUTE button on the detector or the
SmartCord three times during an alert. Pressing the
first time will silence the audio. Pressing a second
time will generate a prompt on the display that will
read “Lockout?” Press a third time to confirm you
want to lock this signal out by location and frequency.
A “Stored” message will be displayed.
Auto Automatically adjusts brightness
(factory setting)
Dark Dark mode
Minimum Minimum brightness
Medium Medium brightness
Maximum Maximum brightness
NOTE: If you select Dark mode, the display will not
provide any indication that it is on. Therefore, only
audible alerts will notify you of detected signals.
Red light camera
Red light & speed camera
Speed Display
PASSPORT Max2 displays your current speed just to
the right of the Over-Speed Alert setting (or posted
speed limit for your current location, if connect to
ESCORT Live). If you prefer, you can turn off the speed
display feature (see Settings & Preferences section for
details). If speed display is OFF, PASSPORT Max2 will
simply display your battery voltage in this location.
Speed camera
Locked-out alert
Speed trap
To unlock a signal that has already been stored,
simply press and hold the detector or SmartCord
MUTE button while receiving the locked out alert.
The display will read “Unlock?” Press the detector or
SmartCord MUTE button again to unlock it from
memory. The display will then read “Unlocked” to
confirm your action.
PASSPORT Max2 offers two unique user modes:
Speed display ON: Current speed
In this mode, you can access and customize all of
PASSPORT Max2’s settings and preferences.
Novice
Marking Locations
The MRK button allows you to mark a specific location
and label it for future reference. Once marked,
PASSPORT Max2 will provide an alert when you reach
this area again.
Once a signal has been stored, PASSPORT Max2 will
reject the signal the next time you approach this area
and will display the locked-out alert.
User Mode
Advanced
NOTE: AutoLearn typically needs to encounter the exact
frequency in the same location approximately three
times to lock it out. Since some door openers are turned
on and off routinely, some variations may occur. When
AutoLearn is on, PASSPORT Max2 will also unlearn
signals to protect you from locking out real threats. If a
particular signal is no longer present at a location that
was previously locked out, PASSPORT Max2 will unlock
that signal.
For details on how to turn the GPS Filter off, refer to
the Settings & Preferences section.
Speed display OFF: Battery voltage
In this mode, you can access and customize units
(English or metric) and display color only. All other
preferences are set to the factory defaults. To view all
preferences, you must switch back to Advanced
mode.
NOTE: When the GPS Filter is set to OFF, you do not have
access to PASSPORT Max2’s other GPS-enabled features
(e.g., DEFENDER Database alerts, marking locations,
etc.).
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Other
Controls & Features
PASSPORT Max2 gives an advanced warning of
upcoming markers at the following distances:
• Red light cameras: 250 ft or 10 seconds
• Red light & speed cameras: 250 ft or 10 seconds
• Speed cameras: 500 ft when traveling below 55
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mph; 1,000 ft when traveling above 55 mph
Speed traps: 0.3 mi or approximately 1,584 ft
Other: 500 ft when traveling below 55 mph; 1,000 ft
when traveling above 55 mph
To mark a location, press the MRK button. The display
will read “Mark?” Press MRK again to bring up a menu
of markers to choose from. Press VOLUME + or – to
scroll through the markers, then press MRK to select
the marker you wish to use at this location. The
display will read “Marked!”
NOTE: When a location is marked the first time, you must
travel at least 1 mile away from that location to receive
an alert when you return to the area.
To unmark a location, touch the MRK button when
you are receiving a marked-location alert. The display
will read “Unmark?” Touch the MRK button again to
confirm. The display will read “Unmarked!” To
customize the types of markers you want to be able
to set and receive, see the Settings & Preferences
section.
Over-Speed Alert
With PASSPORT Max2, you can set the Over-Speed
Alert to notify you when you are traveling over a
specified speed (factory default is 70 mph; see
Settings & Preferences for details). When you travel
above the speed threshold you have set, the
background display for your current speed will turn
red to alert you that you have exceeded the specified
speed.
Alert Tones
Voice Alerts
Standard
PASSPORT Max2’s factory default for alert tones is the
ESCORT Standard mode, in which PASSPORT Max2
uses a Geiger counter-type sound to indicate the
signal strength and type of radar signal being
encountered. When you encounter radar, a distinct
audible alert will sound and will increase as the
signal gets stronger. This allows you to judge the
distance from the signal source without taking your
eyes off of the road. Each band has a distinct tone for
easy identification:
X band
K band
Ka band
Laser
Pop
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PASSPORT Max2 provides digital voice
announcements for alerts and selection feedback. If
you prefer, you can turn off the voice feature. See the
Settings & Preferences section for details.
Signal-Strength Meter
PASSPORT Max2 offers four different settings for
displaying alerts:
Standard
The Standard option provides information on a
single radar signal. When PASSPORT Max2 detects
radar, it displays the band of the radar (X, K or Ka) and
a bar graph of the signal’s strength. When laser is
detected, the display will simply read “Laser.” If there
are multiple signals present, PASSPORT Max2 will
determine which one is the most important threat to
display.
beep tone
brap tone
double-brap tone
solid brap tone
solid brap tone
Mild
If you prefer, you can change your alert tone settings
to Mild mode, which offers softer, simpler alert tones
that are less obtrusive to the driving experience:
Simple
In this mode, Simple messages replace actual bands
and signal strengths or frequencies. “Caution” is
used when an alert is received while you are traveling
below your current Cruise Alert setting (or posted
speed limit for current location, when connected to
ESCORT Live). “Slow Down” is displayed when an
alert is received while you are traveling above the
current Cruise Alert setting (or posted speed limit for
current location, when connected to ESCORT Live).
NOTE: PASSPORT Max2’s selectable bands feature allows
you to customize which bands are monitored. For details
on modifying your band detection, see the Settings &
Preferences section. For details on the various radar/laser
bands and how they work, see the Understanding Your
Detector section.
Clearing the Database
X band, K band,
Ka band and Pop = Doorbell chime
SpecDisplay
The SpecDisplay option is an advanced display for
experienced detector users. In this mode, it will
display the actual numeric radar frequency being
received. Even long-time detector users will require
some time to get familiar with this new level of
information about detected signals. To use
SpecDisplay instead of the Standard bar graph meter,
you must select it (Spec) in Preferences.
Low signal strength = Double chime
High signal strength = Triple chime
If alert remains in area
more than 15 seconds = Single chime (as a reminder)
Laser = Solid brap tone (Since laser
signals are a possible threat no matter how weak,
PASSPORT Max2 alerts you to all laser signals with a full
laser alert.)
ExpertMeter
ESCORT’s exclusive ExpertMeter option is also
designed for the advanced detector user. To use the
ExpertMeter instead of the Standard bar graph meter,
you must select it (Expert) in Preferences.
See the Settings & Preferences section for details on
switching your alert tones.
Cruise Alert
ExpertMeter simultaneously tracks up to four radar
signals: Ka band, X band, K band and X band. It
shows each signal along with a bar graph of its
strength. ExpertMeter can help you spot a change in
your normal driving environment (e.g., a traffic radar
unit being operated in an area where there are
normally other signals present).
The Cruise Alert feature allows you to modify your
alert tones when traveling below a specified speed
(factory default is 20 mph; see Settings & Preferences
for details). For all alerts received while traveling
below the specified speed, PASSPORT Max2 will
sound a simple double-beep alert.
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At some point, you may wish to clear some of the data
in PASSPORT Max2’s database. This may include any
of the following: DEFENDER Database data, marked
locations or locked-out locations. For details on how
to clear, see the Settings & Preferences section.
Restoring Detector Settings
To restore PASSPORT Max2 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the SEN and BRT buttons
while powering on the detector. A “Restored”
message will display, acknowledging the reset.
Settings & Preferences
How to use Preferences
To access Preferences, press and hold both the MRK
and SEN buttons. PASSPORT Max2 will display
“Preferences,” indicating it is in program mode.
Once the unit is in Preferences mode, the MRK button
is used to review the preference categories, and
the VOLUME + AND − buttons are used to change
the individual settings within the selected option.
To exit Preferences, simply wait a few seconds
without pressing a button. The unit will display
“Completed” and return to normal operation.
Example:
Here’s how you would turn the AutoMute feature off:
1 Enter Preferences by pressing and holding both the
MRK and SEN buttons. PASSPORT Max2 will display
“Preferences.”
2 Press the MRK button to scroll through the
categories to “AutoMute.”
3 Since the factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
PASSPORT Max2 will show AutoMute as ON.
4 Press the VOLUME + or − button to change from
ON to OFF.
5 To complete this change, simply wait a few seconds
without pressing a button. The unit will display
“Completed” to confirm your selection.
Overview of Preferences
Press MRK to go from
one category to the next
Press and hold the MRK and SEN buttons to access
Preferences. To exit Preferences, simply wait a few
seconds without pressing a button. The unit will
display Completed to confirm your selections.
User Mode
Pilot
NOTE: AutoPower works only with constant-power
ignitions.
Display Color
To restore PASSPORT Max2 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the SEN and BRT buttons
while powering on the detector. A “Restored”
message will display, acknowledging the reset.
To view your device’s serial number and software
version, press and hold the MRK and MUTE buttons
while powering on the detector.
Access and customize all Settings and Preferences
Access and customize units and display color, (all other
Settings are set to factory defaults)
NOTE: Switch back to advance mode to view all Preferences
Scan Bar*
Full Word
Scanning Bar with Full Word
Full Word: Auto, Auto NoX, or Highway
Blue*/Green/Red/Amber Set color to match your vehicle’s dash display
Displays current speed
Displays battery voltage
Cruise Alert
20 mph*
Off / 20-90 mph
Offers double beep alert tones below specified speed
Over Speed
70 mph*
Off / 20-90 mph
Reminds you when you exceed a specified speed
Meter Mode
Standard*
Spec
Expert
Simple
Single band with bar graph of signal strength
Single band with numeric frequency
Multiple bands with bar graph of signal strengths
Simple messages replace bands:
Caution (if traveling below cruise alert limit)
Slow Down (if traveling above cruise alert limit)
Tones
Standard*
Mild
Standard ESCORT alert tones
Mild doorbell chime alert tones
AutoMute
On* / Off
Automatically reduces audio during alert
AutoLearn
On* / Off
Automatically stores and locks out false alarms
English* / Metric
Units for distance and speed
English* / Espanol
Language for voice and text
Units
Language
Voice
On* / Off
Voice announcements
GPS Filter
On* / Off
Enables GPS-powered features
Off
Power turns on or off depending on your vehicle’s ignition
type (constant power or switched)
Powers off automatically after 1 hour
Powers off automatically after 2 hours
Powers off automatically after 4 hours
Powers off automatically after 8 hours
NOTE: If auto power is on, the display screen goes blank after 30 minutes
to save screen life. Display screen will turn on automatically after you reach
10 MPH
AutoPower
NOTE: You can only access and customize the AutoMute
feature while in the Advanced user mode. See Overview
of Preferences below for details on how to switch user
modes.
Advanced*
Novice
On*
Off
Speed Display
NOTE: When AutoPower is ON, the display will go
dark after the vehicle has been sitting still for 30
minutes, to save screen life. The screen will turn back on
automatically once your vehicle reaches a speed of 10
mph.
Press VOLUME + or – to change
your setting within a category
1 Hour
2 Hours
4 Hours*
8 Hour
Band Enables
Default*
Modified
Press SEN to go from one
band category to the next
Press VOLUME + or – to change
your setting within a category
On* / Off
On* / Off
On* / Off
On / Off*
On* / Off
On* / Off
Automatically rejects traffic flow sensors-monitoring false alarms
Marker Enable
On* / Off
Modified
Other, Red Light Camera, Red and Speed Camera, and Speed Trap
Customize the types of locations you want to mark for future reference
Press SEN to go from one
marker category to the next
Clear Locations
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Default Settings for North America
Customize the bands you want to monitor
X Band
K Band
Ka Band
Ka-POP
Laser
TSR
Other
Redlight
Red & Speed
Speed Cam
Speed Trp
Air Patrol
Press and hold
the MRK and
SEN buttons
to access
Preferences. To
exit Preferences,
simply wait a
few seconds
without pressing
a button. The
unit will display
Completed to
confirm your
selections.
Press VOLUME + or – to change
your setting within a category
On* /Off
On* / Off
On* / Off
On* / Off
On* / Off
On* / Off
Other location
Red light camera
Red light & speed camera
Speed camera
Speed trap
Known aircraft patroled areas
NOTE: User cannot mark an air patrol location
Marked
Lockouts
Defender
Format
Clear all user Marked locations. Press SEN button to confirm
Clear all lockouts. Press SEN button to confirm
Clear all DEFENDER data. Press SEN button to confirm
Clear DEFENDER database, all markers, and all lockouts.
Press SEN button to confirm
*Default Setting
Understanding Your Detector
Interpreting Alerts
Although PASSPORT Max2 has a comprehensive
warning system, only experience will teach you what
to expect from your detector 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 alerts
you receive.
The following examples will give you an introduction
to understanding your detector’s warning system for
radar and laser alerts.
Alert
Explanation
Detector begins to sound slowly; rate of alert
increases until it becomes a solid tone. The
signal meter ramps accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar source
aimed in your direction.
Detector emits short alerts for a few seconds
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.
Detector suddenly sounds a continuous tone
for the appropriate band received.
An instant-on radar or laser source is being used
nearby. This kind of alert requires immediate
attention.
Detector sends 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.
Detector receives weak signals. Signals may be
a little stronger as you pass large, roadside
objects. Signals increase in frequency.
How Radar Works
Traffic radar, which consists of microwaves, travels in
straight lines and is easily reflected by objects such
as cars, trucks, and 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.
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.
Detector alerts slowly for a while then abruptly
jumps to a strong alert.
You are approaching a radar unit concealed by a
hill or an obstructed curve.
Detector 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.
Detector 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.
Detector gives an X band alert intermittently.
You are driving through an area populated with
radar motion sensors (e.g., door openers or
burglar alarms). 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.
Because intrusion alarms and motion sensors often
operate on the same frequency as X and K band
radar, your detector will occasionally receive nonpolice 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 the device’s radar
detection abilities are fully
operational.
How POP Works
POP 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).
NOTE: According to radar gun manufacturers, tickets
should not be issued in pop mode.
How Laser Works
Laser speed detection is actually light detection and
ranging (LIDAR). Laser guns project a beam of
invisible infrared light. The signal is a series of very
short infrared light energy pulses that move in a
straight line, reflecting off your car and returning to
the gun. Laser 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.
Laser is a newer technology whose use is not as
widespread as conventional radar; therefore, you may
not encounter it on a daily basis. And unlike radar
detection, laser is not prone to false alarms. Because
laser 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 laser, however. Laser is much
more sensitive to weather conditions than radar,
and a laser gun’s range will be decreased by anything
affecting visibility, such as rain, fog or smoke. A
laser gun cannot operate through glass, and it must
be stationary to get an accurate reading. Because
laser must have a clear line of sight and is subject to
cosine error (an inaccuracy that increases as the
angle between the gun and the vehicle increases),
police typically use laser equipment parallel to the
road or from an overpass. Laser can be used day or
night.
How TSR Works
PASSPORT Max2 includes a new boost in anti-falsing
software to eliminate excessive alerts from
erroneous X and K band sources, such as traffic flow
monitoring systems. These systems, which are
becoming more widely used in several countries,
generate K band signals to measure the flow of traffic
on a given road. Unfortunately, most detectors see
this as a real threat and will alert you to it
unnecessarily. Our new proprietary software,
TSR, intelligently sorts, ranks and rejects
these types of false alarms automatically. The result is
ultimate protection without excessive false alarms.
CAUTION: 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.
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Understanding Your Detector
Troubleshooting
How Red Light Cameras Work
How GPS Works
Red light cameras use three basic things: a camera, a
device to trigger the camera and a computer. An
intersection may have more than one camera to
monitor traffic from multiple directions. The trigger is
typically a series of wires buried just beneath the
surface of the road. These wires are separated by a
pre-set distance to create a magnetic field or
induction loop. Once a vehicle is in the intersection,
the loop or circuit becomes closed and alerts the
computer to take a picture.
Developed by the U.S. military,
the global positioning system (GPS) is
made up of 24 orbiting satellites. There
are at least four satellites visible at any given
time every day. A GPS receiver is designed to locate
and receive data from four of these satellites. These
data include the distance to your location from each
of the satellites. Once the distance from each satellite
is known, the receiver can calculate and pinpoint your
exact location.
Problem
Explanation/Solution
Detector beeps briefly at the same
location every day, but no radar
source is in sight.
An X band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is located
within range of your route.
Detector 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.
In some states, tickets are issued to the car’s owner,
no matter who’s actually driving. In this case, the red
light camera only needs to photograph the vehicle’s
rear license plate. In other states, the actual driver is
responsible for paying the ticket. In this case, the
system needs a second camera in front of the car to
get a shot of the driver’s face.
How Speed Cameras Work
There are several types of fixed position speed
cameras used, including radar, laser, induction-loop
and photo-based. Radar and laser based cameras are
typically mounted near the road and transmit a short
range signal across the lanes monitored. Since this
signal is transmitted across the road instead of down
the road like with many handheld systems, detecting
them in time is critical.
Detector’s audible alerts become
softer after the first few alerts.
Detector is in AutoMute mode. See “AutoMute” in the
Settings & Preferences section for details.
The power-on sequence reoccurs
while you are driving.
A loose power connection can cause PASSPORT Max2
to be briefly disconnected and will retrigger the
power-on sequence. Check all connections.
You wish to restore the factory
default settings.
Press and hold the SEN and BRT buttons while
powering on the detector. A “Restored” message will
display, acknowledging the reset.
The device will not turn on.
Check that vehicle ignition is on.
Check all connections.
Another technology used is an induction loop system.
This type of system utilizes wires buried just beneath
the surface of the road to trigger a computer that
calculates speed between the two points. Photo
based systems take two sets of pictures of all passing
vehicles between two separate fixed locations. Both
sets of photographs are date and time stamped,
which enables the system to calculate average speed
between the two locations.
Fixed speed cameras can also be set up to monitor
one to four lanes of traffic in the same direction. To
achieve this, a sensor is installed in each lane, and a
wide angle camera lens is used to photograph the
vehicle that is speeding.
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The display feels warm.
It is normal for the device to feel warm.
The display is blank.
PASSPORT Max2 is in Dark mode. Press the BRT
button to adjust the brightness.
Software Updates
You can easily update the DEFENDER Database and
operating software for your detector by visiting our
website. To access updates, you must first register
your device at escortinc.com. Once registered, you
will receive e-mail notifications that updates are
available.
To update your software, follow these simple steps:
1 Connect the mini USB end of the USB data cable to
PASSPORT Max2.
2 Plug the standard USB connector end of the cable
into your computer.
3 Log on to www.escortinc.com/download.
4 Follow the instructions online.
Service
Parts & Accessories
Service
The following accessories and replacement parts are
available for PASSPORT Max2:
To obtain service, contact ESCORT (800-543-1608) to
obtain a Return Authorization Number. 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.
• Coiled SmartCord
• DirectWire SmartCord
• SHIFTER ZR4™ Laser Shifting System
Label the outside of the package clearly with your
Return Authorization Number.
• Replacement detector cases
Visit EscortInc.com for selection and pricing.
Ship the product prepaid (insured, for your
protection) to:
ESCORT Inc.
Customer Service Department
Return Authorization Number __________________
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester OH 45069
Warranty
ESCORT One-Year Limited Warranty
ESCORT warrants your PASSPORT Max2 device
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 PASSPORT Max2. 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.
This warranty does not cover installation, removal or
reinstallation charges. ESCORT is not liable for any
incidental or consequential damages arising from the
use, misuse, installation or mounting of PASSPORT
Max2. 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.
ESCORT Extended Service Plan
ESCORT offers an optional extended service plan.
Contact ESCORT Sales for details at 800-433-3487.
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 PASSPORT Max2 housing has been removed or if
your PASSPORT Max2 device has been subjected to
physical abuse, improper installation or modification.
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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.
FCC ID: QKLM5MAX
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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