Escort Solo S3

Cordless radar detector

  • Escort Solo S3


  • Escort Solo S3


Our take on the Escort Solo S3

by Dominic Devito

Want the added peace of mind that comes with an uncluttered view of the road? Escort's Solo S3 cordless radar detector makes it easy to keep a low profile by eliminating the cord that would normally hang on your windshield. It also protects you with long-range laser and all-band radar sensors, as well as unique alerts for safety signals that keep you informed of road hazards. VG-2 immunity means you won't get found by this most common type of radar detector detector.

Keep the juice flowing
The Solo S3 features an advanced high-efficiency battery design that consumes only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. Slip in the included pair of "AA" batteries and enjoy months of protection with normal driving use. A low-battery warning circuit gives you audible and visual alerts before the batteries need to be replaced. The programmable AutoPower feature shuts off the detector when not in use to further conserve battery life so the Solo S3 will perform when you need it most.

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Understand the threats
The Solo S3's brilliant, easy-to-read display presents all the information you need quickly and without confusion. The graphic signal strength meters give you an idea of the threat's proximity, while text messages convey urgent messages. Sensitivity modes keep the false alerts to a minimum, while different mute settings let you keep things quiet. The Solo S3 features nine programmable features for convenient customization — and it'll remember your presets when you change the detector's batteries.


  • cordless radar detector
  • includes 2 "AA" batteries
  • travel case and windshield mount
  • headphone jack
  • audio tone alerts for radar, laser, and safety warning systems signals
  • 360° laser protection
  • 9 programmable features
  • VG-2 immunity (invisible to radar detector detectors)
  • 64-character OLED alphanumeric display
  • 3 city/highway sensitivity modes
  • mute, AutoMute, SmartMute and dark modes
  • low-battery warning circuit
  • AutoPower feature turns the detector off automatically when not in use
  • dimensions: 3"W x 1-3/16"H x 5-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Yes
Laser Front/Rear
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts Bar
Audible Alerts Yes
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack Yes
Visor Clip No
Straight Cord No
Coiled Cord No
Case Included Yes
Battery Powered 2AA
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Cordless radar detector
  • 2 "AA" alkaline batteries
  • 1 EasyMount bracket with 2 suction cups
  • 2 Extra suction cups
  • Travel case
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • Auto Power feature card
  • 4 Escort DS decals

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Inputs and Outputs


Cordless Radar Detector: The Escort Solo S3 provides superior protection from radar and laser encounters with the convenience and portability of a cordless detector. The Solo S3 operates on two "AA" batteries (supplied).

High-Efficiency Battery Design: The Solo S3 is designed to give you the longest battery life possible, and uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. The Solo S3 keeps constant watch on the condition of the batteries, and provides you with both audible and visual alerts before they need to be replaced.

AutoPower: The programmable AutoPower feature conserves battery life by automatically causing the Solo S3 to "go to sleep" after the vehicle has stopped moving for 25 minutes. If the vehicle starts moving within the next 30 minutes, the unit will "wake up" and prompt you visually and audibly to see if you want it back on. If you do not respond within 15 seconds, the unit will shut down completely.

Long-Range Radar Detection: The Solo S3 provides long-range warning on all radar bands including conventional and "instant on" X-Band, K-band, and Superwide Ka-band. Digital Signal Processing provides the longest warning possible without constant false alarm.

Ultra-Performance Laser Detection: The Solo S3 uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning, and the widest field of view against laser encounters.

Programmable Features: There are 9 user-selectable options so you can customize the Solo S3 for your own preferences. The options include:

  • Pilot Light: Program the unit's display from full description, letter, letter with scanning dot, symbol, symbol with scanning dot, or scanning signal.
  • Auto Power: Select Auto Power modes--motion, time, or off.
  • Power-on Sequence: Select standard or fast power-on
  • Signal Strength Meter: Select standard or expert meter (see description below)
  • Auto Mute: Turn on or off
  • Audio Tones: Choose standard or loud tones
  • City Mode Sensitivity: Set to Standard, Low X-band, or No X-band city mode
  • Brightness: Set the brightness to auto (based on ambient light), minimum, medium, maximum, or dark
  • Bands: You can set the radar and laser bands to: Default (all bands monitored), X-band on, K-band on, Ka-band on, Laser on, SWS off, VG2 off, or Modify (turning off unused bands).

High-Resolution Graphic OLED Display: A new, brilliant OLED display makes the Solo S3 intuitive to use, and easy to understand. Each radar, laser and SWS signal is identified and communicated to you with clear messages. Signal strength is provided using two different types of meters (programmable), while the backlit display automatically adjusts for optimum viewing.

SmartShield VG-2 Protection: If the VG-2 band is turned on, VG-2 units (radar detector detectors) will be detected with an audible and visual alert. Once detected, Solo S3's internal oscillator will shut down for a period of time, making it undetectable. The oscillator will then periodically turn back on to see if the VG-2 unit is still present.

Safety Radar Signals: The Solo S3 provides unique audible and visual alerts for Safety Warning System (SWS) signals. These alerts (up to 64 messages) will keep you informed of road hazards in areas using this technology.

Signal Strength Meters: The Solo S3 gives you the option of two signal strength meters:

  • Standard: The standard alphanumeric graphic display provides an intuitive display of signal strength and text messages. The standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information on a single radar signal. If there are multiple signals present, the internal computer determines which is the most important threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
  • ExpertMeter: The ExpertMeter simultaneously tracks up to 8 radar signals, and shows you detailed information on up to 2 Ka-band, 2 K-band and 4 X-band signals.

Brightness Control: The Solo S3 provides four levels of brightness including Automatic, Minimum, Medium, Maximum and Dark. The Automatic setting adjusts the brightness automatically based on the ambient light in your vehicle. In the Dark mode, the display will not provide any visual alerts when it detects a signal. Only an audible alert will be heard.

Audible Alerts: 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 alert will blend into a solid tone. Since laser signals are a possible threat no matter how weak, the Solo S3 alerts you to all laser signals with a full laser alert.

AutoSensitivity Mode: The AutoSensitivity mode provides long-range warning, while virtually eliminating false alarms. In this mode, the Solo S3's internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently determines which signals are real threats.

Mute: The Mute button allows you to silence the audio alert during a radar encounter. The mute button is mounted right on the top of the unit within easy reach.

AutoMute: After the Solo S3 alerts you to a radar encounter at the volume you have selected, the AutoMute feature will automatically reduce the volume to a lower level.

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, the Solo S3 will alert you at the preset volume you selected.

Low Battery Warning: Once the batteries reach a specific voltage level, the Solo S3 will provide a low-battery warning. This warning consists of an audible alert, along with a corresponding message.

SmartCord Compatible: For 12-volt operation, you can use an optional SmartCord. The SmartCord is a unique power cord that has a power-on indicator, an alert lamp that warns you of radar and laser, and a convenient mute button on the lighter plug. The Solo S3 has an RJ11 telephone-type jack for plugging in the SmartCord.

Mounting: Using the supplied EasyMount suction cup bracket, the Solo S3 can be mounted on your vehicle's windshield. The EasyMount bracket has 4 position settings, allowing you to choose the position that best fits the angle of your vehicle's windshield.

Travel Case: The Solo S3 comes in a semi-hard travel case with elastic bands that hold the detector, the EasyMount bracket, and extra suction cups.

Inputs and Outputs

Right Side of Detector:

  • Ear Phone: standard 1/8" (3.5mm) jack
  • 12-volt Power: RJ-11 (telephone-type) connector for use with optional SmartCord



  • 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
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5 out of 5

Works great.

Written By richard, paulina,la on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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Works great. Much less false alarms(laser) than my current passport 7500. I would recommend this unit for anyone looking to avoid using cords.
no cords. no false alarms
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5 out of 5

Escort Solo S3

Written By JerryQ, Albany, NY on Friday, August 09, 2013
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First and formost it is important to understand that the S3 model has been updated at least 3 times in the last few years so if you want the latest and best you need to buy from a reputable dealer that has up to date inventory. That being said, so far the unit I have has performed as expected. It has less annoyance alarms than my prevoius one in the "auto" mode. I am on the road approximately 3 hour a day and the first set of batteries lasted about 3 weeks.
Small, compact, battery operated so no wires, easily stored or transported.
Other than the price, none.
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4 out of 5

good unit

Written By Gary, Philadelphia.PA on Friday, May 24, 2013
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Great product, no problems thus far
easy to use
in line controls
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1 out of 5

Poor Design

Written By Keith, Miami on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Poor design, batteries fade quickly, at highway speeds warning is behind the curve and you will get nailed. Batteries compartment poor design, batteries bounce loose during driving turning unit off and you willl also get nailed because the unit if off and you will not know this. Put cardboard spacer between batteries to keep them in place after. Large and out of date with modern electronic capabilities. Overpriced.
Cordless. Nice display
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9 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Escort Solo S3

Written By Dave, Limerick, PA on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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has very few false alarms always around the same area, far less than what i am used to. not having the power cord makes it so much more convenient. i went by a few police cars without even a peep but maybe bc those guys were snoozing or not checking for speeders to begin with.
neat convenient cordless operation
still occasional false alarms
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great unit

Written By MK, Cherry hill NJ on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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Worth the money, sits clean on the dash no cords, is better on batteries then I thought it would be, I go about 1 bar every 1.5 to 2 weeks, theres 4 bars on the battery indicator and I have it on for about 2-3 hours a day,6-7 days a week. Detects radar and laser in enough time to slow down. I am very happy with the unit
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5 out of 5

Escort Solo S3

Written By JohnK, Leawood, Kansas on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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So far, this detector has shown to be sensitive and accurate, without the nuisance of a power cord running down the dash.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good but....

Written By Todd, South Florida on Monday, June 13, 2011
The S3 picks up lots of false alarms from radar operated doors in commerical buidlings, this gets real tedious, however you can switch the sensitivity on it. Small and fits on the dash nice and clean without power cord. I do not go over the speed limit by much, so this unit gives me ample warning time.
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5 out of 5

Escort Solo S3

Written By Mark, Houston on Friday, June 03, 2011
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So far so good, nice quality and it works well. Battery life appears to be excellent, and no cord across the dash is awesome!!
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4 out of 5

Escort Solo S3

Written By Max, Tampa, FL on Monday, May 16, 2011
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Just like the SOLO S2 I had before except better display. Haven't experienced
long distance driving yet so can't tell if the sensitivity has improved or not.
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4 out of 5

S3 Cordless Detector Good But... It's No Passport 9500ix

Written By Ed, South Florida on Monday, May 02, 2011
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Drove to Pittburgh along several interstates and some small State roads. It picked off the Troopers well in advance, but regularily beeped inaccurate laser radar. From what I can tell, you can turn down the volume for all regular radar guns, but not a laser gun.

For the money, purchase the Passport 9500ix which is ~ $100.00 more (sometimes they run a price reduction on the unit), it's much better at reducing false alarms and can notify you of red light cameras. By the way, I am speaking from experience, since I originally purchased a Passport 9500ix; but unfortunately, it was stolen at a carwash while I was out of my vehicle
(duriung a detail).
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