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Cobra 12 BAND ESD 9290 Operating Instructions Manual

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Important Information

Customer Assistance

Federal Laws Governing the Use of Radar Detectors 

It is not against federal law to receive radar transmissions with your Cobra radar/ 

laser detector. The Communications Act of 1924 guarantees your right to receive  

radio transmissions on any frequency. Local laws that contravene this Act, while illegal, 

may be enforced by your local law enforcement officials until and unless  

they are prohibited from doing so by federal court action.

Safety Alert

Use of this product is not intended to, and does not, ensure that motorists or passengers 

will not be involved in traffic accidents. It is only intended to alert  

the motorist that an emergency vehicle equipped with a Cobra Safety Alert  

transmitter is within range as defined by that product. Please call local fire  

and police departments to learn if coverage exists in your area.

Safe Driving 

Motorists, as well as operators of emergency or service vehicles, are expected to 

exercise all due caution while using this product, and to obey all applicable traffic  

laws. Do not attempt to change settings of the unit while in motion.

Security of Your Vehicle 

Before leaving your vehicle, always remember to conceal your radar detector  

in order to reduce the possibility of break-in and theft.

Should you encounter any problems with this product, or not understand its many features, 

please refer to this owner’s manual. If you require further assistance after reading this 

manual, Cobra Electronics offers the following customer assistance services:

For Assistance in the U.S.A. 

Automated Help Desk

 English only. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 773-889-3087 (phone).

Customer Assistance Operators

 English and Spanish. 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Central Time, Mon. through Fri. (except holidays) 773-889-3087 (phone).

Questions

 English and Spanish. Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).

Technical Assistance

 English only. www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked Questions). 

English and Spanish. product info@cobra.com (e-mail).

For Assistance Outside the U.S.A.  

Contact Your Local Dealer

Customer Assistance

Introduction

Printed in China 

Part No. 480-592-P

Version C

Operating Instructions

12 BAND

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RADAR/LASER DETECTOR WITH 

EXTRA SENSORY DETECTION

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Display and Product Features

Accessories Order Info and  

Trademark Acknowledgement

Controls Indicators and Connections

Ordering From U.S.A.

Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.

For Credit Card Orders  

Call 773-889-3087 [Press one from the main menu] 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Make Check or Money Order Payable To  

Cobra Electronics, Attn: Accessories Dept.,  

6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 U.S.A.

To Order Online 

Please visit our website: www.cobra.com

Item #

Description

420-030-N-001

Straight 12V Power Cord

420-030-N-001

Coiled 12V Power Cord

545-159-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

CLP-2B

Dual Port Power Adapter

Trademark Acknowledgement 

Cobra

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, DigiView

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, EasySet

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, Extra Sensory Detection

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, IntelliMute

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, IntelliMute

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 Pro, IntelliShield

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LaserEye

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, Safety Alert

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 Traffic Warning System, Strobe Alert

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VG-2 Alert

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, Xtreme Range Superheterodyne

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 and the snake design are registered trademarks of 

Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.

Cobra Electronics Corporation™, 14 Band™, 15 Band™, AURA™, Extreme Bright DataGrafix™, 
IntelliLink™, IntelliScope™, IntelliView™, Revolution™ Series, SmartPower™, Spectre Alert™, 
Super-Xtreme Range Superheterodyne™, S-XRS™, UltraBright™, and Voice Alert™ are trademarks 
of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.

Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation. Instaclear

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 for Ford is a registered trademark of Ford 

Motor Company, Inc. Electriclear

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 for GM is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation. 

20-20™ and Ultra-Lyte™ are trademarks of Laser Technology, Inc. ProLaser™ and ProLaser III™ 
are trademarks of Kustom Signals, Inc. Bee III™ and Pop™ are a trademarks of MPH Industries. 
Stalker™ LIDAR is a trademark of Applied Concepts, Inc. Spectre I™ and  
Spectre IV™ are trademarks of Stealth Micro Systems Pty. Ltd. SpeedLaser™ is a trademark  
of Laser Atlanta, LLC. Interceptor VG-2™ is a trademark of TechniSonic Industries LTD. Tomar

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is a registered trademark of TOMAR Electronics, Inc.

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing a 12 Band 

radar/laser detector from Cobra. Just look at some of the sophisticated 

features and capabilities your new unit includes:

Detection And Separate Alerts For: 

Radar signals (X, K and Ka bands, 

with signal strength indicated), 

laser and VG-2 signals

LaserEye 

For 360° detection of laser  signals

Instant-On Ready  

Detects radar guns with “instant-on” (very fast) 

speed monitoring capabilities

Voice and Tone Alerts 

With adjustable volume

UltraBright Data Display  

Is easy to read

City or Highway 

Modes to reduce false alerts

Safety Alert  

Traffic warning system distinguishes important 

safety alerts from other K band signals

Strobe Alert  

Emergency vehicle warning system

Manual Mute Or Auto Mute  

A mute function of audio alerts

Mounting

 

Mounts easily on windshield  

or dashboard

Controls, Indicators and Connections 

Display 

Product Features 

12V DC  

Power Jack

Dim Button

For adjusting the  

display brightness.

Mute Button

For manual mute  

or auto mute of  

audio alerts.

On-Off/Volume Control

Allows you to adjust the

volume of the alerts.

Introduction

Introduction

Customer Assistance

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

Main Icons

Secondary Icons

LaserEye

For 360° detection of

laser and strobe signals.

Speaker

Radar  

Indicators

Laser  

Indicator

VG-2, Safety and 

Strobe Indicator

City/Highway

Mode Indicator

Level 

2 & 3 

Indicator

Level  

Indicator 

and Power 

Indicator

Level 

4 & 5 

Indicator

This booklet describes the simple steps for mounting and setting up your detector.  

It also provides helpful information about how radar and laser guns are used and  

how you can interpret the alerts you receive.

City Button

For City or Highway  

modes to reduce  

false alerts.

FCC NOTICE  

 

This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules: Operation is 

subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful  

interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received  

including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

Main Icons

Secondary Icons

NOTE: In This Manual

When steady, 

the display will 

be shown:

When flashing,  

the display will  

be shown:

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Contents

Introduction

Important Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A1
Controls, Indicators and  Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A2
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   A3
Product Features   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A3

Your Detector

Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
Getting Started  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
  Highway/City Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
  Muting an Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
  Auto Mute Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
  Data Display Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
  Voice/Tone Setting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
  VG-2 Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
  Radar Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10
Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
  Signals Detected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
  Audio Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
  Visual Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
  Instant-On Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   13
  Responding to Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14
Understanding Radar and Laser  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
  Radar Speed Monitoring Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   15
  VG-2  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   15
  Safety Alert Traffic Warning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   15
  Strobe Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   16
  LIDAR (Laser)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   16

Customer Information

Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    18
Limited 1-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   19
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    20
Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    20
Accessories Order Info  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    21
Trademark Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   21

Introduction

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

Main Icons

Secondary Icons

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

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Secondary Icons

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Installation 

Where to Mount Your Unit

You will get optimum performance from your detector if you 

Mount

 it at a point 

approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the front windshield 

without obstructing the unit’s view of the road either to the front or rear. You can 

also mount it directly on the dashboard. 

The unit’s lens must not be blocked and the LaserEye should have a clear view  

out the back window to allow 360° detection. 

Radar and laser signals pass through glass but not through other materials and 

objects. Objects that can block or weaken incoming signals include: 
  

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  Windshield wiper blades

  

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  Mirrored sun screens

  

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  Dark tinting at the top of the windshield

  

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   Heated windshields currently available on some vehicles 

(Instaclear for Ford, Electriclear for GM). Consult your dealer  

to see if you have this option.

Windshield Mounting

Dashboard Mounting

The LaserEye Should Have a Clear View

1.

  

Attach the rubber cups 

to the bracket.

2.

 

Make sure the rubber cups and your windshield are clean.

3

.  Push the bracket firmly onto 

the windshield.

4.

   Attach the detector to 

the bracket. 

Check that 

the unit is parallel to the 

road’s surface.

5.

  To adjust the angle if neces-

sary, gently push or pull 

on the bracket to bend it. 

DO NOT use the detector to 

bend the bracket.

6.

  Plug the power cord 

into the detector.

7.

  Plug the cigarette lighter 

adapter on the power  

cord into your vehicle’s ciga-

rette lighter.

8.

  You can temporarily remove the detector whenever 

you wish by depressing the bracket release button  

and sliding it off the bracket.

Windshield Mounting

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Your Detector

Intro

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Customer

Assistance

Warranty

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Secondary Icons

1.

  

Place the detector on the dashboard to find a location 

where the unit has a clear, level view of the road 

and is 

parallel to the road’s surface

. The angle CANNOT be

adjusted after mounting

2.  

Remove the paper backing 

from one side of the hook-

and-loop fastener.

3

.  Attach the pad to the 

dashboard at your chosen 

location and remove the  

other paper backing.

4.

  Attach the detector to the 

hook-and-loop fastener. You 

can remove and  

reattach the unit as often  

as you like.

5.

 

 

Plug the power cord into the 

detector.

6.  

Plug the cigarette lighter 

adapter on the power  

cord into your vehicle’s 

cigarette lighter.

Dashboard Mounting

Getting Started 

To Turn On The Unit And Adjust The Audio Volume

Rotate the 

On-Off/

Volume

 control

clockwise (away

from you).

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

Three beeps

Testing, 

then 

three beeps

System Ready

The LED in the lower 

left corner of the 

screen will light  

to indicate that the 

power is On.

NOTE

In some vehicles, power is supplied to the cigarette 

lighter even while the ignition is Off. If this is the 

case with your vehicle, you should turn Off or 

unplug your detector when parking  

for lengthy periods.

Power Indicator Screen

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Settings

Your Detector

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Customer

Assistance

Warranty

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Settings 

When changing the Settings on your detector, please keep in mind:
  

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   Each time the unit is turned On the factory settings of 

Highway

 and 

Auto Mute-On

 will be set. They can be changed while the unit is in use 

as described in the following sections.

Highway/City Mode

Setting your detector to 

City

 mode delays all X band audio alerts at lower 

signal strength levels. (A single beep will sound when the signal is first  

detected.) This will reduce false alerts while you are driving in, or near,  

urban areas where there are many sources for conflicting X band signals  

such as microwave towers and automatic door openers.
To change settings, follow the procedure listed below, which indicates what you will 

see and hear as you complete each step. The factory setting is 

Highway

 mode.

Your detector allows you to quickly turn Off an audio 

Alert

 by momentarily pressing 

the 

Mute

 button. If you press the Mute button a second time during 

the Alert, the audio Alert will be turned back On.

Auto Mute

 will automatically reduce the audio volume of all alerts after four 

seconds for as long as the signal is detected. The factory setting for Auto Mute  

is On.

City Mode

Highway Mode

To Change From Highway Mode To City Mode

Press and release

the 

City

 button.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

One beep

City

C LED Lights

To Turn Auto Mute Off

Press and release

the 

Mute

 button

while no alert

is occurring.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

One beep

AutoMute Off

Audio Only

To Change From City Mode To Highway Mode

Press and release

the 

City

 button 

again.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

Two beeps

Highway

Audio Only

To Turn Auto Mute On

Press and release

the 

Mute

 button

again while no

alert is occurring.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

Two beeps

AutoMute On

Audio Only

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Press and 

release

Mute Button

Press and 

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Data Display Brightness

You can choose from three settings for  

Brightness

 of the display. Repeatedly push 

the 

Dim

 button to cycle through the settings. 

In 

Dark

 mode the power LED will blink 

slowly to indicate that power is On.  

The factory setting is Bright.

Voice/Tone Setting

You can set your detector to sound alerts with either a 

Voice

 or a 

Tone

. You 

can change settings by using the 

Mute

 button.

In Voice Alert mode, you will first hear several tones, then a voice message 

announcing the type of signal detected, followed by more tones. In Tone 

Alert mode, you will hear the tones only. The factory setting is Voice Alert 

mode.

VG-2 Alert Settings

Police use radar detector detectors (RDDs) to spot users of radar detectors.  

Your detector is able to identify signals from 

VG-2

 RDDs and can provide alerts 

when any of these or similar devices are in use near your vehicle.
Your detector is invisible to VG-2 RDDs. You can choose whether you want to  

be alerted to VG-2 RDD signals. The factory setting for VG-2 alert is Off.

Mute Button 

Press and hold  

for two seconds

To Change From Tone Alert Back to Voice Alert

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold

the 

Mute

 button

for two seconds

again.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

None

Voice Alert

Audio Only

To Change From Voice Alert to Tone Alert

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold

the 

Mute

 button

for two seconds.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

One beep

Tone Alert

Audio Only

Dim Button 

Press and hold  

for four seconds

To Turn VG-2 Alerts On and Off

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold the

Dim

 button for 

four seconds.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

On = One beep

VG-2 On

V/S

 LED Flashes Once

Off = Two beeps

VG-2 Off

V/S

 LED Flashes Twice

Press and 

release  

Dim Button 

Bright

Dim

Dark

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Radar Alert Settings

The detector allows you to choose whether it will show alerts on the 

X

K

 and 

Ka

 

Bands. The factory settings are: X, K, and Ka On.

Signals Detected

The tables on the following pages show you the types of Signals your detector will 

detect, as well as the visual alerts it provides for each of them.

Audio Alerts

A distinctly different Alert tone and voice message is used for each type of signal 

detected (including separate tones for each laser signal). For X, K and Ka band 

radar signals, the tones will repeat faster as you approach the signal source. The 

repeat rate of the tones gives you useful information about the signal detected. 

(See responding to alerts on page 14.)

Visual Display

An indication of the type of signal  

detected and, for radar signals, the signal  

strength will appear in the UltraBright  

Data Display. Radar signal strength will  

be indicated by steady, flashing, or a  

combination of steady and flashing  

LEDs as shown in the signal strength  

chart below.

To Turn X Band On and Off

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold  

both the 

Dim

 and 

Mute

 buttons for

four seconds.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

X On = Two beeps

X On

X/K

 LED Flashes Twice 

X Off = One beep

X Off

X/K

 LED Flashes Once 

To Turn K Band On and Off

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold both

the 

Mute

 and 

City

buttons for

four seconds.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

K On = Two beeps

K On

X/K

 LED Flashes Twice 

K Off = One beep

K Off

X/K

 LED Flashes Once 

To Turn Ka Band On and Off

While no signal

is being detected,

press and hold  

the

 Dim 

and

 City 

buttons for

four seconds.

Tone Mode

Voice Mode

Visual Display

Ka On = Two beeps 

Ka On

Ka

 LED Flashes Twice 

Ka Off = One beep

Ka Off

Ka

 LED Flashes Once 

Signal Strength Chart

Signal Strength = 1 

(Weakest Signal)

Signal Strength = 5 (Strongest Signal)

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

ll

l

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

ll

l

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

ll

l

lllll

C

NOTE: In This Manual

When steady, 

the display will 

be shown:

When flashing,  

the display will  

be shown:

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

zzz

zzzzz

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

zzz

zzzzz

Signal Strength = 4

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Visual Display 

 (continued)

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

Laser Signal Detected

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

X Signal Detected 

Signal Strength = 1

K Signal Detected 

Signal Strength = 3

Ka Signal Detected 

Signal Strength = 5

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

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C

Radar Signals, Voice and Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

X Band Radar

X Alert

X/K 

is Steady & lower LEDs 

show signal strength

K Band Radar

K Alert

is Steady & lower LEDs 

show signal strength

Ka Band Radar

Ka Alert

Ka 

is Steady & lower LEDs 

show signal strength

Laser Signals, Voice and Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

LTI 20-20*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

LTI Ultra-Lyte*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

Kustom Signals ProLaser*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

Kustom Signals ProLaser III*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

Stalker LIDAR*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

Laser Atlanta - SpeedLaser*

Laser Alert

L

 is Steady

* Your detector provides 360° detection of these signals.

Safety and Strobe Alert Signals, Voice and Visual Display

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

Emergency Vehicles

Emergency Vehicle Approaching

V⁄S

 is Steady 

Strobe Alert Signal, Voice and Visual Display

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

VG-2 RDD

VG-2 Alert

V⁄S

 is Steady

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

X/K

Ka

L

V/S

l

lll

lllll

C

Safety or Strobe Alert Detected

VG-2 RDD Detected

Instant-On Detection

Your detector is designed to detect 

Instant-On

 speed monitoring signals, which 

can suddenly appear at full strength.

NOTE

You should take appropriate action immediately  

whenever an Instant-On alert is given.

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Strobe 

Emergency Vehicle Approaching 

V⁄S

 is Steady

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Understanding Radar and Laser

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Description

 

Interpretation

Recommended 

Response

Tone repeats slowly at first, 

then speeds up rapidly.

Probably police radar.

FULL ALERT

Tone sounds one time only.

Probably a false alarm,  

but possibly pulsed radar 

or VG-2 nearby.

Exercise caution

Tone instantly begins 

repeating rapidly.

Radar or VG-2 nearby has 

been activated suddenly.

FULL ALERT

Tone repeats slowly as you 

approach a hill or bridge, 

then speeds up sharply as 

you reach it.

Probably police radar 

beyond the hill or bridge.

FULL ALERT

Tone repeats slowly for a 

short period.

Probably a false alarm.

Exercise caution

Any type of laser alert.

Laser alerts are never  

false alarms.

FULL ALERT

A Safety or Strobe Alert.

You are nearing an 

emergency vehicle.

Exercise caution

Responding to Alerts

Understanding Radar and Laser 

Radar Speed Monitoring Systems

Three band frequencies have been approved by the Federal Communications 

Commission (FCC) for use by speed monitoring radar equipment: 

X band

 

10.525 GHz

K band

 

24.150 GHz

Ka band

  33.400 – 36.00 GHz

Your detector detects signals in all three radar bands, plus Ku band (13.435 GHz), 

which is an approved frequency used in parts of Europe and Asia.

VG-2 

VG-2

 is a “detector detector” that works by detecting low-level signals emitted 

by most radar detectors. Your detector does not emit signals that can be detected by 

VG-2, but does detect VG-2 signals and will alert you when a device is in use near 

your vehicle.

Safety Alert Traffic Warning System

FCC-approved 

Safety Alert 

transmitters emit microwave radar signals that

indicate the presence of an emergency vehicle. 
Because these microwave signals are within the K band frequency, most 

conventional radar detectors will detect Safety Alert signals as standard  

K band radar. Your detector, however, is designed to differentiate between standard 

K band and Safety Alert signals, and give separate alerts for each.
Safety Alert technology is relatively new. Safety Alert transmitters can be found in 

limited numbers in all 50 states, but the number is growing. Depending on your 

location, you may not receive these alerts regularly and may often encounter 

emergency vehicles without being alerted. As the number of transmitters increases, 

these alerts will become more common. 
When you receive such an alert, please watch for emergency vehicles ahead of 

you, on cross streets and behind you. If you see an emergency vehicle approaching, 

please pull over to the right side of the road and allow it to pass.

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Strobe Alert

Special strobes mounted on the light bars of authorized emergency vehicles 

(fire trucks, police cars, ambulances) automatically change traffic signals as 

the vehicle approaches an intersection. These strobes and the special strobe 

detectors located on the traffic signals, introduced fairly recently by 3M and 

Tomar, are already in use in more than 1000 cities nationwide. Cobra’s exclusive 

Strobe Alert 

detector will detect these special strobes and give an emergency 

vehicle alert. 
When you receive such an alert, please watch for an approaching emergency 

vehicle and pull over to allow it to pass. To inquire about coverage in your area, 

contact your local fire and police departments.

LIDAR (Laser)

The correct name for the technology that most people refer to as laser is 

actually 

LIDAR

, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.

LIDAR operates much like radar. Its signal spreads out like a radar signal, though 

not as widely. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a clear line of sight to its target 

vehicle throughout the entire measurement interval. Obstructions such as sign 

posts, utility poles, tree branches, etc., will prevent valid speed measurement.
Some common questions about LIDAR include:
  

n

   

Does weather have any affect on LIDAR?

Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog or airborne dust particles will reduce the 

effective range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough, prevent its operation.

  

n

   

Can LIDAR operate through glass?

Yes. Newer LIDAR guns can obtain readings through most types of glass. 

However, the laser pulse also can be received through glass to trigger an 

alarm by your detector.

  

n

 

  Can LIDAR operate while in motion?

No. Because LIDAR operates by line of sight, the person using it cannot drive 

the vehicle, aim and operate the gun all at the same time.

  

n

   

Is it legal for police to use LIDAR?

 Yes, LIDAR is allowed to be used in all 50 States by police. Your detector 

detects LIDAR (laser).

Maintenance                     

Your detector is designed and built to give you years of trouble-free performance 

without the need for service. No routine 

Maintenance

 is required.

If your unit does not appear to be operating properly, please follow these 

troubleshooting steps:
  

n

  Make sure the power cord is properly connected.

  

n

   Make sure the socket of your vehicle’s cigarette lighter is clean and free 

of corrosion.

  

n

   Make sure the power cord’s cigarette lighter adapter is firmly seated in 

your cigarette lighter.

  

n

   Check the power cord fuse. (Unscrew the ribbed end cap of the cigarette 

lighter adapter and examine the fuse. If required,  replace it with a 2-amp 

fuse only.)

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This radar detector is covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents: 

5,497,148; 5,594,432; 5,612,685; 6,078,279; 6,094,148; 6,621,447. 
Additional patents may be listed inside the product or pending. 

Limited 1-Year Warranty                     

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra 10 Band Radar/Laser Detectors, 

and the component parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials 

for a period of one year from the date of first consumer purchase. This warranty may 

be enforced by the first consumer purchaser, provided that the product is utilized 

within the U.S.A.
Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective 10 Band Radar/

Laser Detectors, products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra Factory 

Service Department, accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer purchase, 

such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty 

service, but the return charges will be at Cobra’s expense, if the product is repaired  

or replaced under warranty.
This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights which vary 

from state to state.

Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply:
1.

 To any product damaged by accident.

2.

  In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result 

of unauthorized alterations or repairs.

3.

 If the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed.

4.

 If the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.A.

All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for  

a particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty.
Cobra shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages; including, 

without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost  

of installation.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or  

do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,  

so the above limitations may not apply to you.

Specifications                   

Band and Frequencies

Band

Frequencies

X Band

10.525

± 0.050

GHz

K Band

24.125

± 0.125

GHz

Safety Alert 

Traffic Warning 

System

24.070 
24.110 
24.190 
24.230

± 0.010
± 0.010 
± 0.010 
± 0.010

GHz 
GHz 
GHz 
GHz

Ka Band

34.700

± 1.300

GHz

VG-2

11.500

± 0.250

GHz

Laser

910

± 50

nm

WARNING  

Modifications or parts substitutions not approved by 

Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate FCC Rules and void your 

authority to operate this equipment.

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Product Service                     

For any questions about operating or installing this new Cobra product, or if parts  

are missing…PLEASE CALL COBRA FIRST…do not return this product to the store. See 

customer assistance on page A1.
If this product should require factory service, please call Cobra before sending the 

product. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on any repair. If Cobra asks that 

the product be sent to its factory, the following must be furnished to have the product 

serviced and returned:

1.

  For Warranty Repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a mechanical 

reproduction or carbon of a sales receipt. Make sure the date of purchase and product 

model number are clearly readable. If the originals are sent, they cannot be returned;

2.

 Send the entire product;

3.

  Enclose a description of what is happening with the product. Include a typed or clearly 

printed name and address of where the product is to be returned, with phone number 

(required for shipment);

4.

  Pack product securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the original packing 

material;

5.

  Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel Service 

(UPS) or Priority Mail to avoid loss in transit to: Cobra Factory Service, Cobra 

Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707 U.S.A.;

6.

  If the product is in warranty, upon receipt of the product it will either be repaired 

or exchanged depending on the model. Please allow approximately 3 – 4 weeks 

before contacting Cobra for status. If the product is out of warranty, a letter will 

automatically be sent with information as to the repair charge or replacement charge.

For any questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.

Optional Accessories                     

You can find quality Cobra products and accessories at your local Cobra dealer,  

or in the U.S.A., you can order directly from Cobra. See order info on page 21.

Straight 12V DC 

Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
Item #420-030-N-001

Windshield 

Mounting Bracket

Includes suction cups
Item #545-159-N-001

Coiled 12V DC  

Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
Item #420-026-N-001

Dual Port Power  

Adapter

Includes adjustable plug  

(up to 90˚) & fuse 
Item #CLP-2B

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