1. Escort ZR5 Laser Shifter
What’s in the box:
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- 2 Laser ShifterMax Sensors
- ShifterMax Bridge Max
- Interface with built-in speaker
First on our list is a product from Escort. If you have a radar detector [1
] right now, you’ve probably heard of the Escort brand. It’s one of the well-trusted companies in the market that produces entry-level to high-end products. The Escort ZR5
is a popular radar jammer in their line. It replaces the Escort Laser ShifterPro, a jammer that’s been already discontinued. Basically, the ZR5 is a wired version of the ZW5. As such, it’s more complicated to install. It’s more reliable though, so that is definitely a better trade-off for users who prioritize performance over ease of installation. If you have no issues with running cables through your cabin, then the Escort ZR5 is the perfect mid-range model. There are two compact heads installed to the grill part of your vehicle, then wires are run through the engine bay and firewall. Finally, it connects to your windshield-mounted radar detector
. Should you want rear coverage, you can also place two jammer heads at the back of the vehicle and run the cables back.
Having the capability to install four laser shifters gives you a full 360-degree shield from threats.
Once everything is integrated, you have one control hub for avoiding police radar and police laser guns. As for its jamming capabilities, the Escort ZR5 has been tested and proven to work against many police LIDAR devices used by law enforcement. Its reliability reflects in our tests as well. In terms of performance, this is one of the most advanced defense systems against laser guns and it can detect the pulse rate of a speed gun. Simply put, a pulse rate is the frequency of taking distance measurements by the gun. This product effectively detects when a police officer is getting a read, so you have enough time to reduce your speed and avoid that dreaded ticket. It also shifts laser signals to further lower potential threats.
- Effective defense against any LIDAR gun
- Compact size
- Reliable even against variable pulse rate guns
- You can manually terminate the operation, great option for areas where a jammer is illegal
- Best when integrated with Escort detectors
- Access to Escort Live
- Mounting isn’t as neat compared to the wireless option, ZW5
The ZR5 is also resistant to DragonEye, but not all of them. Still, it will protect you from most laser guns commonly used by the law. When you use the ZR5 in conjunction with an Escort radar detector, you increase your radar laser protection on the road. The ZR5 is compatible with Escort’s MAX 360c, MAX360, Redline Ex, and iXc. If you don’t have a radar detector, that’s perfectly fine too. You can mount the included controller anywhere you like, as it’s small enough for discreet operation.
One of the best features that set this laser jammer apart from its competitors is the ability to access ESCORT Live, the exclusive driving community of Escort.
You can also use this with the Escort Live app, so you get to share alerts and receive them as well. Getting the latest threat locations in real-time from fellow Escort users takes laser gun protection to another level so you’re always protected on the road. As mentioned, the ZR5 and ZW5 have similar circuitry. And it’s exactly for that reason that they have the same issues. There are times that the ZR5 can stop jamming with no warning, even when an out-of-date laser gun was used. This product also has no automatic disarm function, so you have to double-tap the mute button on your radar detector to manually disarm the jammer. We also would’ve liked to hear or read a message that confirms that the jammer has been successfully disabled. Info on what kind of laser gun was used would’ve been useful too. Then again, if you compare the ZR5 and ZW5 jammers, you’d get more reliability from the ZR5 because of the wired setup. Overall, the Escort ZR5 is one of the best laser jammers in the market today. It’s reliable and delivers excellent performance. Remember that you can update the firmware through a laptop to keep the jammer up-to-date on the latest technology from Escort. Check Today’s Price