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Is there any way to direct wire a pasport x50 8500 direct into car without using cigarette lighter plug

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    can I wire direct instead of using cigarette lighter cord

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Cut the plug. Attach the wire centered in the cig. lighter plug to 12V switched power, and the other to a ground.
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I plug my cord into the cigarette lighter. It will flash for a second then in is off. It will not power on the radar. I opened the plug but I did not see a fuse. Any help?


Have you tried unit in another cars plug-in? There should be a fuse between the silver tip of the plug and the wires connected to it. I would determine if the plug in is bad then the plug itself. If plug in is dirty plug is not making good connection to power unit. Plug in is also protected by a fuse in your cars fuse box.

Apr 28, 2014 | Escort Passport 9500i Radar/Laser Detector

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Did self check on start up and then stopped working fuse and power supply are okay


You checked the fuse that is contained inside the cigarette lighter adapter, correct?

If that fuse is blown, get a new one at your local electronics store.

You should also verify that the power from the cigarette lighter adapter is on. You can do that by testing it with the actual lighter, or you can use a voltmeter or test light to determine if power is reaching the lighter outlet.

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Wont turn on


Hard wired or Cigarette lighter? check the fuse on the vehicle and if your using a cig lighter adapter there is a fuse in it as well. Hope this helps.

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I HAVE A PASSPORT 95OOi AND I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE LASER ALERT IT GOES OFF CONTINUALLY IN VARIOUS PLACES AS I DRIVE, BUT ESPECIALLY ON THE EXPRESSWAY I DON'T THINK IT'S WORKING PROPERLY WHAT COULD...


This is most likely caused by either a somewhat flaky power connection inside or on the back side of your car's cigarette lighter socket, assuming that you are using your 9500i's standard coiled Smartcord, or it is caused by excessive alternator ripple (electrical noise). Usually installing the optional direct wire power cable resolves this issue. Also Escort can reprogram your 9500i to desensitize its laser circuitry, but it would be better to try the direct wire power solution first. The direct wire solution usually resolves this problem, especially if you tap power in your fuse box from one of the higher amperage fuse terminals such as 15A. Why? Because the higher amperage fuses have heavier cable leading directly back to your car's battery and tend to be more free of electrical noise.

Jul 28, 2009 | Escort Passport 9500i Radar/Laser Detector

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What wire do I choose


Your 8500 X50 draws less than 1 Amp of power. The best solution for hardwiring your radar detector is to purchase one of Escort's direct wire kits and then use an Add-A-Circuit (available at almost any auto parts store) to tap the direct wire kit's power into one of the vehicle fuse box's switched power fuses. I recommend tapping into a fuse which is rated for 10A or higher since the higher amperage fuse terminals have thicker wires running back to the car battery, and this generally provides cleaner power for the radar detector.

Apr 03, 2009 | Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector

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Laser alert


This is caused by electrical noise in your car's electrical system. Specifically, the problem is excessive alternator whine. This can be exacerbated by somewhat corroded contacts in your car's cigarette lighter socket or by a somewhat corroded vehicle wiring connection to the back side of the cigarette lighter socket.

One potential solution is to try a snap-on RF filter which is available at your local Radio Shack. You would snap this filter around the positive 12V wire leading to your car's cigarette lighter socket. Preferably, if there is enough free slack in the 12V wire leading to the cigarette lighter socket, you would wrap this wire through the RF filter twice before snapping the RF filter closed around the wire.

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most likely u have a bad connection with ur cigarette lighter or the fuze in the end of the wire that goes into the cigarette lighter the cap screws off and theres a fuze there or there is a small cut in the wire or kink in it that if shutting off the power to it,.or the tip in the plug that goes into the detector isnt fuly pushed in but i believe its a fuze hope this helps

Nov 20, 2008 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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Lighter plug


First if you still have the old "lighter plug" unscrew the ribbed end cap of the cigarette lighter adapter and check to see what size the fuse is. If you don’t have it anymore it originally took a 1amp fuse. Do Not use anything bigger then a 1amp fuse....You can pick them up at your local electronics store like RadioShack. In fact they will have a cigarette lighter adapter for you just remember to take in your Cobra ESD 6000 Radar Detector...I hope this helps...Let me know... cbinny1

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