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Beltronics Vector 985 Radar Laser Detector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Offers unparalleled X band, K band, and Super Wideband Ka sensitivity
  • 64 digital voice and text messages
  • Software upgradeable to accommodate new police traffic monitoring technologies
  • Safety Warning System alerts you to possible road hazards and traffic snarls
  • AccuSweep pinpoints Ka narrow frequencies, AutoScan automatically adjusts to X/K/Ka sensitivity levels wherever you drive

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Designed exclusively for those seeking the ultimate in performance, the Beltronics Vector 985 radar laser detector provides professional drivers with every amenity and then some. The Vector 985 is unsurpassed in X, K, and Ka radar sensitivity, features, and functions, and it uses Motorola Flash Microcontroller technology for software upgradeability. To maintain its readiness to accommodate new police traffic monitoring technologies (like Spread Spectrum), this detector has the highest possible capability to adapt to new types of traffic radar monitoring. It uses a total of 64 digital voice and text messages to give you the most specific data possible. The detector also offers different modes for different modes of travel, including a highway mode (for suburban travel), a city X mode (for moderate urban travel), and city X/K/Ka mode for "extreme" urban travel).

A built-in tutorial walks you through all the unit's features, and the display can be set for bright, dim, or dark. Beltronics's proprietary AccuSweep feature pinpoints detection of Ka narrow frequencies, while its AutoScan mode automatically adjusts to X/K/Ka sensitivity levels wherever you drive. Five operational modes consist of normal, modification, quick start, tech mode, and voltage-meter mode.

Other driver selectable features include X band (on/off), K band (on/off), Super Wideband Ka (on/off), audio alerts (auto, mute, or continuous), radar/laser (digital voice or unique tones), Safety Warning System (on/off, voice or tone), audio/visual scroll rate (fast or slow), and an option for inverted display. The unit also has fully adjustable audio levels, instant on/pulsed radar warning, quick volume, and memory retention. It includes a custom anodized aluminum travel case.


Product Details

Product Manual [375kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0000649ER
  • Item model number: V985
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 19, 2002

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Cesaro on October 15, 2002
I spent a lot of time researching radar detectors before purchasing this one. I wanted to make sure I got the best one for the job before I laid out roughly [$]. I've been using this detector for a little over a month and so far, I've had no problems. There are very few false alarms. The only time I have trouble is if I'm parked right in front of an automatic door. And even in this case you can turn off X-band so that it won't chirp. One of the greatest things about this detector is the owners manual, it walks you through all of the options and diagrams radar scenarios to help inform the user of what to avoid. When you mail in your registration you get notified when upgrades become available.
The only problem I had with buying a radar detector is that there was not enough information on individual models. I hope this helps you make an informed choice. Enjoy.
Basic Features:
You can turn of x-band, k-band and laser by choosing one of the 3 city options. There's the highway mode as well, or my favorite, Autoscan, which will detect all radar, but only report strong signals, not weak x-band signal which is most likely a door opener. Autoscan mode lets you drive by shopping centers without having to change from highway to city. The detector has 360 degree Laser detection and 180 degrees detection for all other bands. The detector is sensitive enough to pick up laser and other band signals off of other cars to give you more advanced notice.
Advanced Features:
You can have it tell you exactly what frequency each signal is in hertz, not just what band. You can set it to be a voltage meter and it reads how much power is in your battery. You can also adjust start-up modes, if you don't like hearing it cycle-through all of the different bands, you can change that option.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2002
I have long searched for a radar detector to do what it says, and I have finally found it. The Bel 985!. I have owned numerous radar detectors in the past (Bel 970, Escort 8500, uniden, whistler), but none have had all the necessary features to be a complete radar detector. Well I have to admit that the Bel 970 was very good but falsed a little too much, and the escort 8500 was good also. I thought I was upgrading to the escort 8500 but found out the range was same as the Bel 970. (I conducted side by side comparisons).
The Bel 985 has excellent range, better than the Escort and older Bel, it has the best anti-falsing software I have ever seen, and it has voice (so you can keep your eye on the road). But if you think I am bashing the other products, check out Speedzones.com latest report (Jul 02). It compares all the major brands. Both the Bel and Valentine were pretty much comparable. The key here is that the Bel 985 is [a lot]less!. The only area that I see where the escort 8500 does better than the Bel 985 is the over the hill test. By the way Speedzones.com is probably the most unbiased site out there. It has actual police officers testing the radar detectors and using the radar guns like they would in everday enforcement. I hope this review will help you to choose the proper radar detector. By the way I generally pick up radar in REAL World traps at over a mile away. That generally gives me about 50 seconds of warning time at 70mph(that's plenty).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rick V on April 29, 2003
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I live in Phoenix but I assume most other cities are similar when it comes to radar detectors. This thing picks up all kinds of nonsense when driving through town. You can turn off individual bands, but as far as i know you cant turn off certain frequencies within a band. I pick up 24.050 on K as a false alarm constantly and wish i could just put it on perminant ignore. There are a few others, but this one stands out big time. Its not really that big of a deal because its a level 1 type alert, meaning it beeps about once every 2 seconds.. but it is irritating to her it going off all the time and you know its a false alert, i tend to reach for the mute button every time I'm near a major intersection.
As for the real alerts its done a real good job so far. When it picks up real radar signals it goes absolutely nuts, so you can easily tell the difference between a false or a weak signal and a strong radar clock on or near you. The easiest ones its spotted so far are the signs that have the "your speed" on them, my detector picked it up from a mile away. The other one that it gets real easy are the photo radar vans, it picked 2 of them up so far well in advance, the closest one was 1/2 a mile away.
Police signals are slightly different because most of the time they are not on, they normally just hit a couple cars here and there so you are depending on other people in front of you to bounce the signal back in time so your detector can pick it up. Radar detectors are pretty much useless if there is nobody around you that can be hit first to warn you.. if you are the only thing there, you most likely will not get a warning before your clocked.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gearhead Mania TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 14, 2003
The Vector 985 is one of the 3 best detectors available and also happens to be the least expensive.
It's got excellent range and can pick up signals from weird locations. I've gotten GENUINE K and Ka readings coming from below a mountain road and downhill behind a subdivision surrounded by houses, trees, etc...
I actually slapped on my old Cobra ESD9200 next to the Vector 985 just to test them out. The Cobra was dead silent UNTIL I was literally in front of police radar. The Vector 985 had been going nuts 1-2 miles from the radar source.
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