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Old September 19th, 2013
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Thumbs up Fixed my issue

Removed the battery totally. I was "instructed" that the unit was battery powered and wouldn't operate without it. Since I'm hardheaded and don't follow instructions well, I opened her up and unpluged the offending swelled up POS power source.

It's been without the "required battery" for three days now. No more swelled case or worries of internal damage. I can't walk or ride a bicycle with it, but I never intended to. Seems to work fine and the memory is still maintained off power. I don't know if something may surface, but I saved the "repair" cost so far.

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It's out of warranty and it would be more cost effective to buy a new one. I like the dectector side and use the gps once every now again. No gps is always great and this one is just basic. Just makes no sense to send it in for service for a repair for an issue that will just happen again.

Don't need no stinkin battery anyway.


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Mine literally exploded while I was driving down the road. Scared the ____ out of me. Any one have experience with the repair process?
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Old September 19th, 2013
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Thanks for this tip ! Indeed

iQ can operate with only smartcord plugged, and no battery inside.
In this case no possible use in pedestrian mode or bike, but it has no value if the iQ stays in the car. It's a good solution !


The only problem would be if a new firmware update was available : in this case the USB port is not sufficient to keep the power source (because no more battery inside), and transmit data at the same time.
The solution : we should combine the use of a cigarette lighter converter to maintain the iQ on, like this one for European use in 220v :

or another one equivalent in 110v for U.S.
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Old September 23rd, 2013
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I would go to Batteries Plus and see if they have a different manufacturer available for that battery. Also consider the hobby world of RC where we use these kind of batteries with specialized charging systems. I think the issue is not overheat in the car as much as people leaving them plugged in and charging til they "top off" and are done. Their internal temp is far greater than anything seen in my car on a Hot Texas Day! I have $XXX in charging systems for drone heli systems and radios... all with the same kind of batteries. I use extreme caution when charging them and allowing a full discharge. If there is no caution or programming used to control battery charging on this device other than a voltage stop, its a ticking timebomb waiting to disrupt your drive. These batteries need an internal temp sensor just as our cellphones have to shut down charging when they heat up.

Without such is a clear liability issue.

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Removed the battery totally. I was "instructed" that the unit was battery powered and wouldn't operate without it. Since I'm hardheaded and don't follow instructions well, I opened her up and unpluged the offending swelled up POS power source.

It's been without the "required battery" for three days now. No more swelled case or worries of internal damage. I can't walk or ride a bicycle with it, but I never intended to. Seems to work fine and the memory is still maintained off power. I don't know if something may surface, but I saved the "repair" cost so far.

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It's out of warranty and it would be more cost effective to buy a new one. I like the dectector side and use the gps once every now again. No gps is always great and this one is just basic. Just makes no sense to send it in for service for a repair for an issue that will just happen again.

Don't need no stinkin battery anyway.
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Old September 23rd, 2013
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My Screen broke!! I live in Sugar Land, bought the unit locally at ProAm and was told they would not warranty it to send it in. I am already frustrated with this device as it has no arrows to alert you WHICH direction the threat is in and to top it off, is NOT compatible with the SmartCord Bluetooth Escort Live. For a $450+ detector, this should have all the options!

I plan on getting mine fixed and putting it up on ebay for sale. I also bought two of these, one for myself and the other for my daughter... such a waste of money.
There is only ONE model of detector made that has "arrows" and until recently they held the patent. Arrows are very much over rated but if that's what you really gotta have then go buy one.
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Old April 26th, 2014
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Default So replace the battery yourself.

Can you purchase the battery from another place?

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Removed the battery totally. I was "instructed" that the unit was battery powered and wouldn't operate without it. Since I'm hardheaded and don't follow instructions well, I opened her up and unpluged the offending swelled up POS power source.

It's been without the "required battery" for three days now. No more swelled case or worries of internal damage. I can't walk or ride a bicycle with it, but I never intended to. Seems to work fine and the memory is still maintained off power. I don't know if something may surface, but I saved the "repair" cost so far.

Attachment 1116

It's out of warranty and it would be more cost effective to buy a new one. I like the dectector side and use the gps once every now again. No gps is always great and this one is just basic. Just makes no sense to send it in for service for a repair for an issue that will just happen again.

Don't need no stinkin battery anyway.
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Old July 11th, 2014
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My IQ front metal frame pushed out a few days ago. The root cause the battery had swelled as others have mentioned.

The unit is outside of warranty, so I pulled the battery, reassembled the unit and it's now working fine without the remote power options.

I haven't been able to find an assembled replacement battery online. Can a replacement battery be purchased through Escort?

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Old July 15th, 2014
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My IQ front metal frame pushed out a few days ago. The root cause the battery had swelled as others have mentioned.

The unit is outside of warranty, so I pulled the battery, reassembled the unit and it's now working fine without the remote power options.

I haven't been able to find an assembled replacement battery online. Can a replacement battery be purchased through Escort?

Thanks
Kent
We do not sell the battery. You will have to send it in for service to have a new battery installed. Please call us at the number in my signature below if you would like to have your Passport iQ serviced.
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Old January 1st, 2015
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Mine has the defective batteries/charging circuit/design as well. How much is escort charging to fix this obvious manufacturing defect?

Might as well publish that here as it is probably on the mind of everyone reading the thread.
 

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