Passport 9500ci Radar Detector Review
Overview of the Escort Passport 9500ci
The 9500ci is a remote mounted radar detector and categorized as a 4-Star extreme range detector, having 8 times the capture distance of a police K and Ka radar gun.
The Escort 9500ci also includes an internal GPS, which will alert you to fixed photo enforcement cameras and potential speed traps.
Police lidar enforcement now accounts for over 25% of the speed enforcement measurement devices used by police.
As a result, the Passport 9500ci also comes equipped with Escort’s Laser ShifterPro laser defense system.
Extreme Range Radar Detection
The Passport 9500ci utilizes
Escort’s M3 dual feed horn antenna design while also incorporating DSP technology.
The result is a detector that can detect even the weakest K and Ka Radar miles away.
Sensitivity and Filtering
Because of the Passport 9500ci’s internal GPS it knows exactly how fast you’re going and can adjust the device's sensitivity accordingly.
Why this is beneficial:
You’re driving at highway speeds, the 9500ci recognizes this and automatically switches to highway mode for maximum effectiveness.
Then, as you drive into a shopping center, which is surrounded by automatic door openers, the 9500ci will dial down the sensitivity
The result is protection when you need it most without being annoyed by false alerts when you don’t.
Your Passport 9500ci also comes equipped with a technology called AutoLearn, which enables
your detector to learn and store known false alert locations based upon
their exact location and frequency and then filter them out.
The result is a detector that isn’t going to pester you with a ton of false alerts like other radar detectors will.
Your Passport 9500ci also comes equipped with TSR Filtering.
Many state, county and city highway departments in the US have installed devices called traffic flow sensors (TSR) to measure the flow of traffic on city streets and highways.
These traffic flow sensors transmit a strong K band signal, which causes radar detectors to alert.
In response to this Escort has developed TSR rejection software to block out these annoying false alerts.
The result is that you’re not going to have to shut down your radar detector to keep from being blasted by false alerts when driving in areas where these types of devices are used.
Radar detectors are illegal in all commercial vehicles weighing over 18,000 pounds and in all vehicles in the state of Virginia and in Washington DC.
To catch professional drivers and motorists who use a detector in VA and DC, police use a device called the Spectre radar detector detector (RDD).
Currently, there are only 4 detectors made today which are able to defeat the Spectre and they are the REDLiNE, the STi Magnum, the 9500ci, and the STiR Plus.
Police Laser Protection
Police Lidar enforcement now accounts for over 25% of the speed measurement devices used by police today, and this statistic is growing larger each day.
As a result your Passport 9500ci comes equipped with Escort’s Laser Shifter Pro laser defense system.
Photo Enforcement Protection
Automated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!
Because of this the Escort has equipped the 9500ci with GPS technology and Escort’s Defender photo enforcement database, which will alert you as you approach one of these locations.
You can also add your own “hot spots” using the mark location feature.
Because your Escort 9500ci is a concealed radar detector it will be stealth to the eye.
Clear Digital Voice Alerts
The Passport 9500ci has
clear voice alerts, providing you with the information you need without requiring you to take your eyes off the road.
Escort Live Compatible
The Passport 9500ci is Escort Live Compatible, enabling you to tap into the Escort Live community to
share real time alerts with other Escort and Beltronics detectors in your area by purchasing the Escort Live 9500ci external interface.
Easy Advanced Programming
You can program your Passport 9500ci by pressing the buttons on the control interface or by using the Escort Live app on your smart phone if you have the optional Escort Live Module installed.
You can set the color and brightness of your display, program it to concentrate on the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options, and more.
High Definition Text Display
The Escort Passport 9500ci displays radar alerts using the older text display. The display is easy to read at any angle and the brightness is adjustable.
Online Defender Database Updates
You ensure that your Passport 9500ci has the
latest database updates to protect you from new threats by simply connecting it to your computer's USB port and downloading the latest Defender database updates.
Warranty & Support
Your Passport 9500ci comes with
Escort’s 1-year warranty and Radar Roy's 30-day no risk money back guarantee.
Also, here on RadarBusters Radar Roy has several articles in his help
guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector
How to Maximize the Use of your Radar Detector, How to Update Your Radar Detector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Radar Detector Users.
You’re also welcome to contact Radar Roy direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.
The Passport 9500ci includes a separate display and controller, front radar/laser receiver, a 12-volt interface module, an external speaker, a bi-colored remote LED, an external GPS antenna, Escort’s Laser ShifterPro, a quick reference guide, and a 3-year subscription to the Escort Defender database.
Escort Live External Module: Allows your Escort 9500ci access to the Escort Live community to share real time alerts with other radar detector users in your area.
As the Passport 9500ci is a concealed radar detector installation is required.
A typical install can take up to 2 hours depending upon the vehicle and type of install, Radar Roy has an installation guide here of a custom install on a Corvette.
Many other websites sell what are called Install Cards, which allow you to go to a local installer like a Best Buy to install your device.
However, because of the low margins the installer is paid, they typically mark
up their install after getting you in the door.
Because of this, Radar Roy recommends calling install shops in your area and shopping around for the best quote.
The first place Radar Roy recommends calling is your local Best Buy store.
Why Buy from RadarBusters?
Authorized Escort Dealer: RadarBusters has been an authorized
dealer for Escort since 1995, so you can be assured that you detector is
covered under Escort’s warranty program and pre-approved for Escort’s
24 month extended warranty program.
No Sales Tax: You will not be charged sales tax as long as your order is shipped outside of Arizona.
No Risk 30-Day money back guarantee: Don’t like your detector? Return it no questions asked!
Low Price Guarantee: By becoming a member of Radar Roy’s VIP Club you will receive his 90-day price match guarantee, ensuring that you will get the best price anywhere!
Trade Up – Not In: Considering trading your old radar detector for a new one? DON”T until you watch this video!
Radar Roy Support: Have a problem or concern with your detector? Then email Radar Roy 24/7 and he will PERSONALLY get back with you typically within 12 hours or less!
Frequently Asked Questions about the Passport 9500ci
I got a better price someplace else, can you match it or beat it?
- Yes, if they are an authorized Escort dealer we will match and even
in some cases beat their price. Just give us a call or send us an email.
Passport 9500ci Installation, How Easy Is It?
have ever installed a car stereo or other 12-volt accessory, you should
have an easy time installing the 9500ci. A typical install will take
you approximately 2-hours. Is the Escort 9500ci Stealth?
– Yes, the 9500ci is stealth against the Spectre RDD
.How would you rate the performance of Laser ShifterPro?
– The LaserShifter Pro is the third best-rated laser jammer on the market. The best is the AntiLaser Shifter Priority
followed by the Blinder HP-905
. Because of this if you’re looking for the ultimate in radar and laser performance I would recommend the Beltronics STiR Plus
, which is the same detector as the 9500ci, coupled with the ALP laser jammer
9500ci vs. the 9500ix, what is different?
– The Passport
9500ci is a remoted mounted radar detector that utilizes Escort’s M3 dual
antenna design while the 9500ix is a windshield mounted radar detector that
utilizes the Escort M4 antenna. Because of this the Passport 9500ci has 8 times
the capture rate of a police radar gun while the 9500ix has 4 times the capture
What is the 9500ci Pro?
– The 9500ci Pro is just another
name for this radar detector. It does not include any special features.
How does the Passport 9500ci compare to the Valentine One?
– We have an article here where we compare Escort radar detectors against the Valentine One
detectors.Why shouldn’t I buy my Escort Passport 9500ci on eBay or Amazon?
– Before you purchase your Escort product on either Amazon or eBay I would recommend that you watch this video of the risk
. Many of the Escort products, including the 9500ci are counterfeit detectors imported from China.
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
(Optional Laser Shifting)
Signal Strength Meter
AutoMute (On / Off)
Voice (On / Off)
Units (English / Metric)
Radar / Laser Bands
Auto Calibration Circuitry
Mute / AutoMute / SmartMute
Completely Undetectable to all
Detector Detector Scanners
Automatic and User Selectable
12VDC, Negative Ground
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
Dual LNA Microwave Receiver
Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
Scanning Frequency Discriminator
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Multiple Laser Shifters
280 LED Matrix / Text
5 Brightness Levels, including Full Dark
Dimensions (W x D x H inches)
Display: 1.950 x 0.666 x 0.627
Control: 1.950 x 0.425 x 0.650
Radar Receiver: 3.680 x 4.120 x 1.200
Front Shifters: 3.160 x 0.890 x 0.600
GPS: 1.952 x 2.699 x 2.940
Interface: 2.850 x 0.810 x 2.940
Speaker: 2.250 x 2.116 x 2.250