Escort SOLO S3

$299.95

availability: in stock

FREE Shipping. Patented, battery-powered detector for drivers who need cordless convenience.

Add on 24 additional months of Service Protection

All New StickyCup Mount

SOLO S3 Cordless
$299.95

Cordless Freedom

No other detector provides the portable convenience and protection of the SOLO S3. It's easy to own and operate. No more cords - just place it on the windshield or dashboard, turn it on, and you're ready to go. The SOLO S3 is ideal for the traveler who is constantly in and out of rental cars or just wants the easiest-to-use protection.

Programmable Features

SOLO S3 packs 9-user programmable features, allowing you to customize it for your specific driving style. Your preferred settings are stored in memory, even when you replace SOLO S3's batteries. Or, simply use SOLO S3's factory settings, allowing you to just turn it on and go.

High-Resolution Display

A new brilliant OLED display makes the SOLO S3 radar detector intuitive to use and easy to understand. Each radar, laser or SWS signal is identified and communicated to you with clear messages. Signal strength is provided using two types of meters (programmable) which include Standard Bar-graph and ExpertMeter.

Long-Range Radar Protection

The redesigned SOLO S3 provides long-range warning on all radar bands including conventional and "instant-on" X-band, K-band, and Superwide Ka-band. Patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides the longest warning possible without constant false alarms.

Ultra-Performance Laser Protection

The SOLO S3 uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning and the widest field of view against laser encounters.

batteru icon

High-efficiency Battery Design

SOLO S3 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. Using 2 standard (AA) batteries (included), the SOLO S3 provides months of normal driving protection. A new low-battery warning circuit keeps constant watch on the condition of the batteries, and provides you with both audible and visual alerts before they need to be replaced. A new AutoPower feature (programmable) automatically turns the SOLO S3 off to conserve battery life.

equipped icon

Comes Fully Equipped

The Cordless SOLO S3 radar detector comes ready to drive with a quick reference guide, adjustable quick-release windshield mount, travel case and a set of AA batteries. Limited One Year Warranty.

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

Radar Receiver/Detector Type

  • Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • 4-bit Analog-Digital Converter

Laser Detector

  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes

Display Type

  • High-Resolution Graphic
  • OLED Display

Power Requirement

  • 2 AA Batteries, or Escort SmartCord® (Optional)

Programmable Features

  • Power-On Indication
  • AutoPower (On/Off)
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • AutoMute (On/Off)
  • Audio Tones
  • City Mode
  • Brightness Control
  • Dark Mode
  • Bands (On/Off)

Sensitivity Modes

  • Highway, Auto and city

Mute, AutoMute and SmartMute

SmartShield VG-2 Protection

Dimensions

  • 1.16" H x 2.90" W x 5.25" L
High-Efficiency Battery Design
SOLO S3 uses only a fraction of the power used by conventional corded detectors. Using 2 standard (AA) batteries (included), the SOLO S3 radar detector provides months of normal driving protection. A new low-battery warning circuit keeps constant watch on the condition of the batteries, and provides you with both audible and visual alerts before they need to be replaced. A new AutoPower feature (programmable) automatically turns the SOLO S3 off to conserve battery life.
Long-Range Radar Protection
The redesigned SOLO S3 radar detector provides long-range warning on all radar bands including conventional and "instant-on" X-band, K-band, and Superwide Ka-band. Patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides the longest warning possible without constant false alarms.
Ultra-Performance Laser Protection
The SOLO S3 radar detector uses multiple low-noise laser sensors to provide long-range warning and the widest field of view against laser encounters.
Programmable Features
SOLO S3 packs 9-user programmable features, allowing you to customize it for your specific driving style. Your preferred settings are stored in memory, even when you replace SOLO S3's batteries. Or, simply use SOLO S3's factory settings, allowing you to just turn it on and go.
High-Resolution Graphic Display
A new brilliant OLED display makes the SOLO S3 radar detector intuitive to use and easy to understand. Each radar, laser or SWS signal is identified and communicated to you with clear messages. Signal strength is provided using two types of meters (programmable) which include Standard Bar-graph and ExpertMeter.
Safety Radar Signals
SOLO S3 provides unique audible and visual alerts for Safety Warning Systems (SWS) signals. These alerts, (up to 64 messages) will keep you informed of road hazards in areas using this technology.
Comes Fully Equipped
The Cordless SOLO S3 radar detector comes ready to drive with a quick reference guide, adjustable quick-release windshield mount, travel case and a set of AA batteries. Limited One Year Warranty.

Still Have Questions? Call 800-964-3138

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
EscortSOLO S3
 
4.5

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to mount (5)
  • Clear alert (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Gives false reads (4)
  • Inaccurate (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Range:
    •  
    • Ease of use:
    •  
    • Accuracy:
    •  
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (6), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the portability and features.

I currently have the Solo S2 which was upgraded from the previous model. I bought the SOLO because I often drive different cars and rental cars and wanted to be able to easily take...Read complete review

I currently have the Solo S2 which was upgraded from the previous model. I bought the SOLO because I often drive different cars and rental cars and wanted to be able to easily take it with me and not have to worry about plugging in a cord. It's very stealth looking and is easy to program although I usually just keep it on Highway mode. It gives me plenty of warning for radar signals UNLESS I'm the only car on the highway and they are using a instant on type of radar OR laser. NO detector can help you in that situation. I know the corded detectors can provide better warnings but I still like the ease of portability and no cords to have to worry about. Battery life is very good and depending on how much I'm driving, it can last a month. I always keep 2 AA batteries in the case just in case.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not very confident in this product, false laser alarms...

The small intermittent led that shows power is on is disconcerting. I find myself staring at it to make sure it's still on and it doesnt flash as often as I would like. I...Read complete review

The small intermittent led that shows power is on is disconcerting. I find myself staring at it to make sure it's still on and it doesnt flash as often as I would like. I have a 9500xi Passport with Escort live and absolutely love it. The solo s3 is good for what it is but needs an indicator that shows its on all the time. I would sacrifice battery life for that feature.

The things that absolutely drive me nuts is the false laser alarms. If the sun reflects off anything it goes off. I live in Colorado, lots of sun so it is a constant issue. I have never actually had a real laser alarm. Of course I expected less range than the passport but it is truly about 20% of what the passport does, a lot of times the cop has already got you when it detects.

Spend the extra money and get the passport and smart cord live. There are enough people on the network now that sometimes I will get notified about speed traps a mile before my detector even goes off. Get a solo for a motorcycle.

Reviewed by 107 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeded Expectations

By LPS

from Sugar Land

About Me Practical

Pros

  • Clear Alert
  • Durable
  • Easy To Mount
  • Good Sensitivity
  • Neat Features or Extras
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • City Driving
    • Highway Driving
    • Larger Cars
    • Rural Driving
    • Small Cars

    Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

    I use this going to/from work and on trips. It is the best choice for air travel and use in rental cars. At first I was concerned about the range sensitivity but it has always provided ample time to respond to alerts. The battery feature makes it easy to remove and conceal when not in use to prevent theft. Battery life is better than expected and of course depends on the time that the unit is actually on. I have a couple of devices that use AA batteries so I buy them in bulk so they are fairly cheap.

    • Age:
    • Over 65
    • Daily mileage:
    • 41-60
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • Primary vehicle:
    • SUV
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Range:
    •  
    • Ease of use:
    •  
    • Accuracy:
    •  

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Definitely would purchase again

    By Spiderzmobile

    from San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    • Easy To Mount
    • Good Sensitivity
    • No power cord

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

        The Solo S-3 worked great in my 2013 GT Mustang, which I later traded in for an F150. I never received a ticket while using the Solo S-3 (sometimes I forgot to turn it on, oops my bad).

        I went out to leave for work this morning and some Jack-Hole had stolen it out of the center console.

        Since I had registered it with Escort, I called them to ensure I had the model# & S/N correct; Cust Service told me that with a copy of a police report & a purchase within 30 days I would get $80 discount on my next item I buy.

        • Age:
        • 45-54
        • Daily mileage:
        • 21-40
        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Primary vehicle:
        • Truck
        • Vehicles owned:
        • 2
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Range:
        •  
        • Ease of use:
        •  
        • Accuracy:
        •  

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Do not do business with this company

        By Rob

        from Jacksonville, FL

        About Me Commuter, Gearhead, Practical, Tuner

        Pros

          Cons

          • Gives False Reads
          • Inaccurate

          Best Uses

            Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

            This company is the worst, I sent returned the product the next day and they still haven't refunded my money even though they said claim you have 30 days. Customer service then doesn't answer and they just avoid you. I used to have a cordless Beltronics years ago and worked perfect every time. With this one you can drive passed cops all day and only goes off for false alerts. Finally worked once and the officer clearly detected it, then followed me on my bumper all the way home. I'm in a state where Radar detectors are legal, but they still apparently don't like it at all.

            • Age:
            • 25-34
            • Daily mileage:
            • 21-40
            • Gender:
            • Male
            • Primary vehicle:
            • Sports car
            • Vehicles owned:
            • 2
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Range:
            •  
            • Ease of use:
            •  
            • Accuracy:
            •  

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            It ain't my Redline . . . .

            By N/A

            from Colorado

            About Me Practical

            Pros

            • Clear Alert
            • Easy To Mount
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                I am okay with the less than ample performance and range of the Redline and the old 8500.
                The biggest problem to my mind is that it does not speak the language of the Redline and the 8500. The gradual alert ramp up beep rate relative to signal strength is very erratic or non existent. It more often than not just comes on with a sudden full alert in situations where the radar source was not instant-on.
                I would be happy if I could select a battery eating 2x or 3x sampling rate to get smoother response and higher performance. That would mean I swap out my rechargeable NiMH batteries every few days rather than every few weeks. Small price to pay.

                Hey Escort! Bring out a modern battery powered detector, and I would buy it in a heartbeat. This model is what, some more than ten years old?

                Yes I would recommend this to a friend, but with the above caveats.

                • Age:
                • 55-64
                • Daily mileage:
                • 21-40
                • Gender:
                • Male
                • Primary vehicle:
                • Hybrid
                • Vehicles owned:
                • 4
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Range:
                •  
                • Ease of use:
                •  
                • Accuracy:
                •  

                (9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                DO NOT BUY THE SOLO S3 (read if you're thinking about it)

                By William

                from Orinda, CA

                About Me Commuter, Gearhead, Practical

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Gives False Reads
                  • Inaccurate

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                    Let me start by saying I've been a long time fan of Escort.

                    This being said DO NOT BUY THIS RADAR DETECTOR. I owned an 8500x50 for 3 years and loved it. Car was recently broken into and my Escort stolen, so figured I would buy a cordless to replace.

                    The Solo is complete garbage. Terrible range (at times it goes off after I see the cop car) and the amount of false alerts while driving through towns is unbearable. I used the Solo for ~ a month and it's apparent it's worthless. I'm shopping for replacements - likely moving fwd with the ValentineOne.

                    • Age:
                    • 25-34
                    • Daily mileage:
                    • 21-40
                    • Gender:
                    • Male
                    • Primary vehicle:
                    • Luxury sedan
                    • Vehicles owned:
                    • 3
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                    • Range:
                    •  
                    • Ease of use:
                    •  
                    • Accuracy:
                    •  

                    (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    THE WORST RADAR DETECTOR / DO NOT BUY

                    By Nate

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Commuter, Practical

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Mount

                    Cons

                    • Gives False Reads
                    • Inaccurate

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                      THE WORST RADAR DETECTOR / DO NOT BUY. And terrible customer service / replacement options.

                      Prior to purchasing I used the 8500 for ~ 3Yrs. Was a GREAT product. It was stolen recently so thought I would try out the cordless. It's beyond useless and frankly just an annoyance - range is terrible / worthless, false alarms happen constantly. It's picked up one Ka band and I saw the cop before the alert sounded...

                      Just got off the phone with customer service - assumed I would be able to exchange. The return policy is beyond laughable. I have only been using the detector for ~10 days, and only purchased ~ 20 days ago. The only option available is to return it and get an $80 credit towards another detector purchase.

                      Escort just lost a customer. I will be migrating to a Valentine One.

                      • Age:
                      • 25-34
                      • Daily mileage:
                      • 21-40
                      • Gender:
                      • Male
                      • Primary vehicle:
                      • Luxury sedan
                      • Vehicles owned:
                      • 3
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Radar Detector

                      By lhenry83

                      from Texas

                      About Me Practical

                      Pros

                      • Clear Alert
                      • Easy To Mount
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Gives False Reads

                      Best Uses

                      • City Driving
                      • Highway Driving

                      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                      I had the Solo S2 and couldn't wait to get my S3 and have been pleased with the ease of moving from one car to another. I traded in my S2 for my S3 that I've used since it was released to the market. The suction cups do have a bit of trouble adhering to a cold windshield but overall, I would repeat buy this product. I cannot wait till the S4 is released.

                      • Age:
                      • 45-54
                      • Daily mileage:
                      • 21-40
                      • Gender:
                      • Male
                      • Primary vehicle:
                      • Truck
                      • Vehicles owned:
                      • 3
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                      • Range:
                      •  
                      • Ease of use:
                      •  
                      • Accuracy:
                      •  

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Always does it's job perfectly

                      By PCGuy007

                      from Kansas City area

                      Verified Buyer
                      Site Member

                      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                      I have had everything from the very first original (big box) "escort" detector to the 8500 xi. My preferred detector has been and remains to be the Solo S3 due to the fact it's wireless. I have run the wire under the winshield pillar post trim and headliner, up under the dash, etc. on the hard-wired models but some vehicles are less accomodating to this scenario. I have had a Solo now for about 20 years or so and it still works perfectly. I just purchased a new one for our new Colorado as hard-wiring the 8500 I had would not have been real accomodating. The portability allows it to be easily placed in service loaner, rental vehicles too.

                      • Age:
                      • 55-64
                      • Daily mileage:
                      • Over 60
                      • Gender:
                      • Male
                      • Primary vehicle:
                      • Truck
                      • Vehicles owned:
                      • 2
                      • Range:
                      •  
                      • Ease of use:
                      •  
                      • Accuracy:
                      •  

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Extremely Reliable

                      By TerryF

                      from Tulsa, OK, USA

                      Verified Buyer
                      Site Member

                      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                      We've used Escorts in all our cars for many years. The cordless feature is the best. You have no visible cord dangling off your dash. I even bought one for my mother-in-law for Christmas last year. They are like your cell phone, once you get attached to it you never go anywhere without it.

                      • Age:
                      • 55-64
                      • Daily mileage:
                      • 11-20
                      • Gender:
                      • Male
                      • Primary vehicle:
                      • Luxury sedan
                      • Vehicles owned:
                      • 3
                      • Range:
                      •  
                      • Ease of use:
                      •  
                      • Accuracy:
                      •  

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      These features are geat and identical to the other Solo...

                      By JudyTurtle

                      from Tomball, TX, USA

                      Verified Buyer
                      Site Member

                      Comments about Escort SOLO S3:

                      For some reason, the laser alert goes off quite often, especially in constructin areas. The other Solo S3 that we've had for a couple of years does not alert in these same areas. Either the older S3 is insensitive to these lasers or the newer S3 is extremely sensitive.

                      • Age:
                      • 55-64
                      • Daily mileage:
                      • 41-60
                      • Gender:
                      • Female
                      • Primary vehicle:
                      • Sports car
                      • Vehicles owned:
                      • 2
                      • Range:
                      •  
                      • Ease of use:
                      •  
                      • Accuracy:
                      •  

                      Displaying reviews 1-10

                      Back to top

                      Previous | Next »