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Beltronics Vector 995

Radar detector

Item # 083V995

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If you're looking for the most sensitive radar detector, the choice is clear — the Beltronics Vector 995! Made right here in North America, the Vector 995's sensitivity has been measured as clearly superior to imported detectors.

If you're looking for the most sensitive radar detector, the choice is clear — the Beltronics Vector 995! Made right here in North America, the Vector 995's sensitivity has been measured as clearly superior to imported detectors.

Superior sensitivity is important, of course, but with the advent of Ka-band "POP" instant-on radar, you need to know right away when there's a threat. The Vector 995 is ready — the lightning-fast microprocessor is able to detect and process a signal, then warn you in less than one second.

Beltronic's AutoScan™ feature scans and analyzes all incoming signals, automatically rejecting annoying false alarms, while the Total Tracking Laser™ circuitry constantly searches for laser threats. The easy-to-use Vector is preset at the factory for optimal performance on the American highway. For European travel, there's a selectable Ku-band feature.

Don't worry about the Vector 995 becoming obsolete. State-of-the-art "flash" microprocessors allow the software to be upgraded to handle the latest in speed-detection devices. You can stay informed with warning tones, or use the clear digital voice alerts — either way, your eyes stay on the road.

With its classy brushed aluminum look, the Vector 995 will be a stylish addition to your car's interior. Three colored overlays are included so you can customize its appearance to complement your car's interior. The high-definition LCD text display is easy to read, and you can choose from four brightness levels (including a full dark mode for nighttime travel).

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Product Highlights:

  • digital voice and audio tone alerts for radar, laser, SWS, and VG2 detectors
  • Ku band for European driving
  • Shadow Technology™ keeps you invisible to VG2 radar detectors
  • 360° laser protection
  • alerts you to the use of new POP radar
  • LED bar graph or tech display
  • software upgradeable
  • digital signal processing for superior speed and sensitivity
  • 3 city and 1 highway modes
  • dimensions: 2-3/4"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Radar Detector
  • Cigarette lighter adapter SmartPlug with coiled cord
  • Windshield mount with 2 suction cups
  • 2 Spare suction cups
  • Owner's Manual
  • Bel extended warranty information

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Features and Specs

X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Super
Laser Front/Rear
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Touch Key
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts Digital
Audible Alerts 5
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack Yes
Visor Clip No
Straight Cord No
Coiled Cord 12'
Case Included Cloth
Battery Powered No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Detection Capability: The Beltronics Vector 995 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, Ku (European), and Safety Warning System radar capability, as well as front and rear laser detection. Bel's new Varactor-tuned (VTO) microwave receiver and digital signal processing combine to provide superior range and fewer false alarms. You can program the unit to enable all bands at once or you can select one or more bands to turn off (once you have determined there are no traffic radar units using the disabled bands in your area).

Pop Mode Detection: The Vector 995 includes protection against "Pop Mode" radar, a relatively new feature for radar gun manufacturers. It 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.

Safety Warning System: The Safety Warning System (SWS) uses a modified K-band radar signal to alert you of upcoming highway construction, road hazards, weather-related hazards, travel and convenience information and emergency/slow-moving vehicles. The SWS system has 64 possible text messages that can be displayed on the Vector 995.

Alerts: This unit features three methods of alerting you that the detector has received a signal: Audible alerts, Visual alerts, and Voice alerts.

Display: The Vector 995's alphanumeric display consists of 280 individual LEDs to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength and text messages. When radar is detected, the unit displays the band (X, K, Ka, etc), and a precise bar graph of the signal strength. The Tech Display option will show the band and specific radar frequency. When the Vector 995 detects laser, the display will show LASER.

Audible Alerts: The Vector 995 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 occur faster as the signal gets stronger. When the signal is very strong, the audible alerts will blend into a solid tone. Each band has a distinct tone for easy identification.

Brightness Modes: The Vector 995 has three display brightness settings, plus a Dark Mode. Each press of the Brightness button cycles through Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark. In the Dark Mode, the power on indication changes to a dim AD, HD or CD (AutoScan Dark, Highway Dark, City Dark), and only audible alerts are used when the Vector 995 detects signals.

Pilot (Power-on Indicator): The Power-on indicator can be a full word (Highway/City/AutoScan) or a single letter (H/C/A). The vehicle voltage can also be displayed along with the single letter to indicate mode. If the vehicle's voltage drops below 10.5 volts, a low voltage warning is displayed, followed by an audible alert. A high voltage warning is also given if the voltage goes above 16.0 volts and followed by an audible alert.

Voice Alerts: When the Voice Alerts are activated, all radar, laser and Safety Warning System alerts (when programmed on) will be accompanied by a digital voice. When Voice Alerts are off, only the audio tones will be heard during an alert or SWS message.

Power-on Sequence: When the Vector 995 is first turned on, the standard power-on sequence includes a series of displays followed by a brief X-band alert. If any bands have been disabled, a double X-band alert and corresponding message will alert you that one or more bands have been turned off. If you desire a quicker power-on sequence, you can switch to Fast Power-On which provides only a single X-band alert if all bands are enabled, and a double X-band alert and a corresponding message if any bands have been turned off.

Signal Strength Meter: The Vector 995's standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information on a single radar signal. If there are multiple signals present, the detector's internal computer determines which is the most important threat to show on the bar-graph meter.

Tech Display: The Tech Display option is for experienced detector users. It displays the band and the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal being received.

AutoMute: With the AutoMute feature on, audio alerts will initially be at the volume you set, but after a few seconds, the Vector 995 will automatically reduce the volume level, to keep you informed, but not annoyed. With AutoMute off, audio alerts will remain at the volume you set for the duration of the radar encounter.

City Mode Sensitivity: The detector's City Mode significantly reduces X-band sensitivity to reduce annoyance from X-band intrusion alarms and motion sensors. In addition to the Standard City Mode, you can further reduce X-band sensitivity by selecting City Mode/Low X. If you are absolutely certain there are no X-band traffic radar units in the area, you can select City Mode/No X and the detector will not respond to any X-band signals when in City Mode.

Programming: There are 7 user-selectable options to allow you to customize the Vector 995 to your own preferences. The programmable categories include:

  • Pilot (Power-on Indicator): full word, letter, voltage
  • Voice Alerts: on, off
  • Power-on Sequence: standard, fast
  • Signal Strength Meter: standard, tech
  • AutoMute: on, off
  • City Mode Sensitivity: standard, low, no X
  • Radar/Laser Bands: all bands enabled, each can be turned on/off individually

VG-2: The detector uses Beltronics' exclusive Shadow Technology and is undetectable by VG-2 radar detector detectors.

Earphone Jack: A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided on the side of the unit for plugging in an earphone in environments with high ambient noise levels. When an earphone is connected, the internal speaker is disconnected.

Mounting: You will get optimum performance from the detector if you mount it at a point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the front windshield without obstructing the view of the road to the front or rear. The detector includes a windshield mount which adheres the detector to the windshield with two suction cups. The angle can be adjusted for best visibility.

SmartPlug: The Vector 995 is equipped with a SmartPlug cigarette lighter adapter with a coiled cord. The SmartPlug provides a convenient power-on LED indicator, an alert light, and an easy-to-reach Mute button.

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