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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    New Zealand

    Default ESCORT SOLO S2

    IS it good??thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006


    sure if you like less sensitivity and a detector that "sleeps" on the job

  3. #3
    Power User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005


    There's no cordless version of V1
    It's possible to run a radar detector on two throw away AAs, but you have to give up any hope of high performance.

    Performance takes power. There's no getting around the physics of it. Batteries are weak sources of power. That's why electric cars use battery packs weighing hundreds of pounds, yet few of them can top 100 miles without recharging.

    Laptop computers have very expensive batteries — quite heavy, too — yet they're lucky to run two hours on a charge.

    A radar detector operates like a sentry making its rounds. If the territory is small, then he can watch carefully and often. Expand the territory and he has time for only quick glances. When "superwide Ka" radar guns came on the scene a few years back, the microwave territory a radar detector has to watch was expanded more than 1000 percent, compared to the good old days of X and K bands only. Now the sentry needs powerful circuits.

    "SOLO S2 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors," claims the maker's website.

    Uh-oh, here comes the energy crisis.

    The SOLO S2's "High-Efficiency Power Management" is hardly rocket surgery. It saves the two AAs by putting the sentry to sleep more than 85 percent of the time. It just switches off the power-using detector circuitry.

    A sleeping sentry can't possibly give early warning when radar is used in the instant-on mode. And it gives up all hope of detecting the POP mode.

    Sure, a cordless detector would be convenient. And I'll be out in the lab cooking one up as soon as the laws of physics are repealed.

  4. #4
    Old Timer
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Orlando, FL


    I would just get an X50 for cheaper, and much better performance.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006


    Quote Originally Posted by <<JAZZY>>

    The SOLO S2's "High-Efficiency Power Management" is hardly rocket surgery.
    Perhaps this is what happens when astronauts get their medical degree?



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