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Radar/Laser Detector

Model ESD-6050

Operating Instructions for your Cobra®
6 Band® Extra Sensory Detection®

Nothing comes close to a Cobra™

 


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Introduction

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Introduction

Congratulations! You have just purchased the
most sophisticated RADAR/LASER DETECTOR
available today. This booklet contains instructions
and information designed so that you will be able
to understand how the Cobra® ESD-6050  works
and how radar and (LIDAR) laser are used. Enjoy
your Cobra® ESD-6050 Radar/Laser Detector and

drive safely

.

Federal Law Governing Use of 
Radar Detectors

It is not against Federal Law to receive radar 
transmissions on your COBRA® Radar Detector.
The Communications Act of 1934 guarantees 
your right to receive radio transmissions on 
any frequency. Local laws that contravene the
Communications Act of 1934, while illegal, may 
be enforced by your local law enforcement
officials until and unless they are prohibited from
doing so by Federal Court action.

WARNING:

Before leaving your car, make sure

that you conceal your radar detector. This will
reduce the possibility of break-in and theft of
your unit.

Included with your ESD-6050

1.

Windshield Bracket

2.

Hook and Loop Material

3.

Power Cord

Use of this product is not 
intended to, and does not,
ensure that the motorist and 
any passenger will not be
involved in a traffic accident.
It is only intended to alert the
motorist that an emergency or
service vehicle equipped with a
CODE 3, or Cobra® Safety Alert 
Transmitter is in the area as
defined by the range of the
product. Please call your local
Fire/Police department to 
verify if coverage exists in your
area. Motorists are expected to
exercise all due caution while
using this product, and to 
observe and follow all applicable
traffic laws. Operators of
emergency or service vehicles are
also expected to exercise all due
caution while using this product,
and to observe and follow all
applicable traffic laws.

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Thank you for purchasing the Cobra® ESD-6050 
Radar/Laser Detector. Properly used, this Cobra®
product will give you many years of reliable 
service.

Customer Support

Should you encounter any problems with the 
product or not understand its many features,
please refer to this owner’s manual. If, after 
referring to the manual, you still need help,
call Cobra® Customer Service at 773.889.3087.

Our Thanks to You

A3

Cobra® Customer Service

Live operators are available 
M-F 8:00 am - 8:00 pm CST
at: 773.889.3087 

Automated Technical
Assistance available 24 hours
a day,seven days a week.
E-mail questions to:
productinfo@cobra.com

Cobra® on the Web:
Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) can be found on-line at:
www.cobra.com

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Controls and Indicators

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4

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1.

On/Off Volume Control

2.

Mute Button

3.

Audio Alerts Speaker

4.

Highway/City Button

5.

Band Indicators

6.

Windshield Bracket 
Mount

7.

12V DC Power Jack

6

5

3

 


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How to Use Your Cobra

®

ESD

®

Radar/Laser Detector

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Features of This Product

• Safety Alert® Traffic 

Warning System

• Separate Visual and 

Audio Alarms

• VG-2 Undetectable

• Auto and Manual Muting

• Superior Audio Volume

• Adjustable Windshield 

Mounting Bracket

Contents

Introduction

..................................................................A1

Safety Alert®
Federal Law Governing Radar Detectors
Included Accessories

Controls & Indicators

................................................A2

Our Thanks to You

......................................................A3

Customer Support ...................................................A3

Features

.............................................................................1

Installation

.......................................................................2

Quick Start

.......................................................................5

LED Displays..................................................................6

Operation

..........................................................................7

Turning On ....................................................................7
Highway/City Mode ...................................................8

Detection

..........................................................................9

Band Detection............................................................9
Audible Alarm Indicator ...........................................9
Instant On Detection...............................................10
Radar .............................................................................10
Safety Alert .................................................................10
VG-2 Undetectable ..................................................11
Laser ..............................................................................11
Radar/VG-2/Laser Alerts.........................................12
Facts About Safety Alert®......................................13
Radar Frequencies....................................................14
Facts About Lidar (Laser) .......................................14

Maintenance

.................................................................15

Specifications

...............................................................16

Limited One Year Warranty

...................................17

Optional Accessories

................................................18

Order Form

....................................................................19

If You Think You Need Service

.............Back Cover

 


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Installation

3

Installation

2

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2

3

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Attach cups to
bracket.

Attach detector
to bracket.

Plug power cord
into detector.

Attach bracket to
windshield.

Bend bracket for
correct detection
angle  (if needed).
Do not use the 
ESD-6050 to bend
bracket.

Plug power cord
into cigarette lighter.

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6

Location

Selecting the proper location to mount the
Cobra® ESD-6050 is very important for optimum
performance. Both radar and laser transmissions
pass through glass but not through other
objects. For this reason the Cobra® ESD-6050
lenses must not be blocked. It is best to locate
your detector as low on the front windshield as
possible.

Examples of metal in the windshield area that
can block or weaken incoming radar/laser signals:

1. Windshield wiper blades.

2. Mirrored sun screens.

3. Regular tinted glass does not affect radar

reception, although the darker tint at the
top of the tinted windshield prevents laser
light from penetrating.

4. Heated windshields, currently available as 

an option for some Ford® (Instaclear) and
GM® (Electriclear vehicles act as an
impenetrable barrier to radar signals). If in
doubt, check with your dealer to see if this
applies to your vehicle.

Windshield Mounting

Location

Windshield
Mounting

 


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Quick Start

5

Turn On and Adjust Volume

Turn On and
Adjust Volume

Installation

4

Note

It will be easy for you to
remove and reinstall your
Cobra® ESD-6050 detector
at any time using this hook
and loop material on the
dashboard.

Remember

: Without the

means to adjust the angle
of the detector (when
mounted as above), be 
sure you that your Cobra®
ESD-6050 has a level, clear
view of the road before you
attach the hook and loop
material.

Dash Mounting

Dash
Mounting

Plug power cord
into detector.

Plug power cord
into cigarette lighter.

Peel protective
paper off one side
of hook and loop
material.

Place on dash.

Peel top paper off.

Place detector on
hook and loop pad.

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2

3

4

5

6

Rotate

ON-OFF Volume Control to left (away

from you). An audible “tone” will indicate the
unit is on. PWR LED on front of unit 
is illuminated.

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Quick Start

6

Set Highway/City Mode

City

For urban driving–reduces number of X-Band
audible alerts.

Set Highway/
City Mode

Operation

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Highway

For all other driving.

Press and release

CITY button.

CITY LED will illuminate green while in 
City mode

City

CITY

MUTE

Press &
Release

Set Muting Mode

Auto Muting

Automatically reduces volume of alert in
progress after 4 seconds.

Set Muting
Mode

Manual Muting

Press and release

MUTE button to reduce 

volume of alert in progress.

To Switch Between Modes

Press and release

MUTE Button when no 

signal is being received.

One “beep” =  Mute
Two “beep” = Auto Mute

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1

Mute

Mute

Press &
Release

 


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Operation

8

Highway/City
Mode

Highway/City Mode

The Highway/City function is controlled by a 
2-step button. The Highway mode is automatically
engaged when the unit is powered up. In the
City mode, false radar alerts will be reduced.

To engage City Mode:

Note

City =“Beep”
Highway =“Beep-Beep”

Note

In or near cities, there are
many sources of false radar
signals such as microwave
relay towers and
automatic door openers.

Press and release    

CITY button and the    

LED on the front of the unit will illuminate 
green. A single beep confirms City mode. The 
X LED will be visible showing you are receiving
a signal.

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To reactivate the Highway Mode:

Press and release

CITY button again.

A double beep confirms Highway Mode.

CITY LED will
illuminate
green while in
CITY mode.

City

1

Press &
Release

CITY

MUTE

City

Detection

9

Band
Detection

Audible Alarm 

Band Detection

This detector is designed to detect X, K,
Superwide Ka Band Radar, Laser (including 
LTI 20-20, Ultra Lyte and ProLaser technologies),
VG-2, and Safety Alert signals.

Audible Alarm 

A different alert tone will sound for X, K,KA,
Laser/Saftey Alert, and VG-2 

 


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Detection

11

Safety Alert® Traffic Warning System 

Indicator “L/W”will  blink.

Radar

The display will show the band (X, K/Ka).The signal
strength will be indicated by increasing frequency
of the beeps and the blinking indicators.

Instant-On Detection

The Cobra® ESD-6050 is also designed to detect
Instant-on speed monitoring signals.

Immediate

action is required when warning is given.

Detection

10

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning
System

Instant-On
Detection

Radar

CITY

MUTE

VG-2 Alert

Laser

Note

The display does not 
indicate signal strength.

VG-2 Undetectable

The Cobra® ESD-6050 is undetectable by police VG-
2 detection devices. It will alert you when one is in
use near your vehicle.

Laser

The L/W LED will blink.

The L/W LED on the front of the unit will blink.

 


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Radar/VG-2/
Laser Alerts

Detection 

13

Radar/VG-2/Laser Alerts

Type of Audible Signal

Interpretation and Response

Your COBRA® ESD-6050 starts to
signal slowly, then increases in rate
very rapidly.

Most likely police radar.

FULL ALERT

.

Your COBRA® ESD-6050 
signals just once.

Most likely a false source, or could be
pulsed radar.

Exercise Caution

.

Very fast signal rate instantly.

Slow signal rate as you approach 
hill or bridge. Sharp increase in signal
rate as you reach hill or bridge.

Most likely police radar on other side
of hill or bridge.

FULL ALERT

.

Radar or VG-2 close by has been 
suddenly switched on.

FULL ALERT

.

Short-term, weak signaling;
series of such signals.

Laser

Use Full Caution

. There are no false

laser signals.

Safety Alert

An emergency vehicle is approaching,
you are in the vicinity of a railroad
crossing, or you are approaching a
road hazard (construction site,
accident scene, etc.).

Most likely a false radar source.

Exercise Caution

.

Detection

12

Facts About
Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning
System

Facts About the Safety Alert® Traffic 
Warning System

FCC-approved Safety Alert Transmitters emit
microwave radar signals to indicate the presence of a
safety-related concern. Depending on the frequency of
these signals, as set on the transmitter, the outgoing
signal can indicate whether the transmitter is on a
speeding emergency vehicle or train, or at a stationary
road hazard location. These microwave signals are
located in the K-band and as a result, any radar
detector which detects K-band radar will detect these
Safety signals as standard K-band radar alerts.
However, unlike a standard radar detector, your 
Cobra® ESD-6050 is designed to differentiate between a
standard K-band alert and a Safety Alert warning.
Safety technology is relatively new so the number of
transmitters in operation is still growing. You may not
receive Safety Alert on a daily basis and should not be
surprised to encounter some emergency vehicles, road
hazards or trains not yet equipped with these 
transmitters, therefore failing to provide a signal. As
Safety Transmitters become more prevalent (the
number of operating transmitters is growing every
day), these Safety Alerts will become more common.
The Safety Alert Transmitter is in use in all 50 states in
limited quantities.

 


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Radar Frequencies

There are now three frequencies that have been
approved by the FCC (Federal Communications
Commission) for use in speed monitoring 
equipment. They are:

X Band (10.525 GHz), K Band (24.150 GHz)
Ka Band (33.400-36.000 GHz)

Your Cobra® ESD-9000 can detect signals in all
three radar bands including photo radar and
STALKER radar which use the Ka band, and
Cobra®’s Safety Alert signals on the K band.

Facts About LIDAR (Laser)

What is LIDAR?

LIDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging.
While everyone refers to it as LASER the correct
name is LIDAR.

How does LIDAR work?

LIDAR operates a lot like RADAR. Like RADAR, it
spreads out. Not as quickly, but it does spread, as
shown on the diagram below.

Radar
Frequencies

Facts About
LIDAR (Laser)

Detection 

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5 FT. WIDE

1/4 MILE

1/2 MILE

1MILE

1     MILE 

1/2

10 FT. WIDE

20 FT. WIDE

30 FT. WIDE

LASER LIGHT EMISSION DETECTABLE BY COBRA

LASER GUN

READABLE RANGE

POLICE LASER GUN

LIDARs must have a clear
line of sight to target a
vehicle during the entire
measurement interval.
Intervening objects such as
signposts, utility poles, tree
branches, etc., will prevent
a valid speed reading.

Detection 

14

Maintenance

Facts About
LIDAR (Laser)

Does weather have any effect on LIDAR?

Yes, rain, snow, smoke, fog, and airborne dust 
particles will all reduce the effective range, and 
if sufficiently dense, may prevent its operation.

Can LIDAR operate through glass?

No, LIDAR guns cannot obtain readings through
any glass. But the laser pulse can be received
through glass to easily and quickly trigger a laser
detector's alarm.

Can LIDAR operate while moving?

No, since LIDAR is line of sight, an officer cannot
drive, aim, and shoot while driving.

Is a LIDAR DETECTOR legal to use?

Yes, it is legal in all 50 states.

Maintenance

Your COBRA® ESD-6050 RADAR/LASER DETECTOR
will give you years of trouble-free service with
minimum maintenance.

Replacing Power Cord Fuse

Unscrew cap of cigarette lighter adapter and
remove fuse. Replace with 1-ampere fuse only.

Troubleshooting

If your COBRA® LASER DETECTOR ESD-6050 isn’t
operating, we suggest you make the following
checks:
1. Is the power cord properly connected?
2. Is the fuse OK?
3. Is the cigarette lighter socket clean and free

from corrosion?

 


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GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

A. FREQUENCIES

1.

X BAND  

10.525 GHz ± 50 MHz  

2.

K BAND  

24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz  

3.

Ka BAND  

33.4 - 36.0 GHz   

4.

VG-2  

11.4 GHz - 11.7 GHz

5.

Safety Alert  

24.07, 24.11, 24.19 GHz  

6.

Laser  

300 THz - 375 THz

B. UNIT DIMENSIONS

3.6” x 2.8” x 1.1”

Specifications

Limited One Year Warranty

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Specifications

16

COBRA® ELECTRONICS CORPORATION

warrants that its

COBRA® 6 Band® Radar/Laser Detectors, and the 
component parts thereof, will be free of defects in
workmanship and materials for period of one (1) 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 6 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.

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.

Cobra® Electronics
Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707
www.cobra.com

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QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

 


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Accessory Order Form

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You Can Find These Fine Accessories At Your Local
Cobra® Dealer

If you wish, you can order directly from Cobra®.

Order by phone

Call 773.889.3087 (Press 1 from the main menu) 
8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F CST. )

Order by mail or fax

Please call 773.889.3087 or visit www.cobra.com for pricing, fill
out order form on next page and mail/fax directly to Cobra®.

Order over the Internet

Visit our website at:
www.cobra.com

Windshield Mounting Bracket

Includes suction cups
545-139-N-001

Straight 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-080-N-001

Curled 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-080-N-002

Optional Accessories

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Subtotal
(Tax if applicable)  
Shipping/handling

$4.00

Total 

Tax Table

Illinois residents add 8.75%
Indiana residents add 5%
Michigan residents add 6 % 
Ohio residents add 5%
Wisconsin residents add 5%

Prices subject to change without notice.

420-080-N-001

Straight 12V Power Cord

420-080-N-002

Curled 12V Power Cord

545-139-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

Item #

Description

Cost Ea.

Qty.

Amount

Please print clearly

Name

Address (No P.O. Box)

City                      

State

Zip

Telephone (       )

Credit Card No.

Exp. Date

Customer Signature

Circle One: Visa    MasterCard    Discover

Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. Offer valid in Continental U.S. only.

For credit card orders fill out order form
and fax to: 773.622.2269
or call 773.889.3087
(Press 1 from the main menu)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, M-F, CST.

Make check or money order (no stamps)
payable to:
Cobra® Accessories Department
6500 West Cortland Street 
Chicago, IL 60707 USA
Attn: Accessories Dep

artment

 


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© 2000 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60707
www.cobra.com

© 2000 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
Printed in Thailand

Part No. 480-263-P001

For technical assistance, please call our Automated Help Desk which can assist 

you  by answering the most frequently asked questions about Cobra® products.

(773) 889-3087 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Consumer Service Representative can be reached through at 773.889.3087 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, CST.

Technical assistance is also available on-line in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at

www.cobra.com or by e-mail to productinfo@cobra.com

If you think you need service call 773.889.3087

“If your product should require factory service please call Cobra® first before sending your 
unit in. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair.”

You may be asked to send your unit to the Cobra® factory. It will be necessary to furnish the
following in order 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. If you send the original receipt it cannot be returned.

2. Send the entire product.

3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the unit. Include a typed or clearly print name

and address of where the unit is to be returned.

4. Pack unit 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 First

Class Mail to: Cobra® Factory Service, Cobra® Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street,
Chicago, IL 60707 USA.

6. If the unit is in warranty, upon receipt of your unit it will either be repaired or exchanged

depending on the model. Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks before contacting us for 
status. If the unit is out of warranty a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the 
repair charge or replacement charge. If you have any questions, please call 773.889.3087 for
assistance.

If You Think You Need Service

The Cobra® line of quality products 
also includes:

• CB Radios

• microTalk® Radios

• Radar/Laser Detectors

• GPS

• SafetyAlert®

Traffic Warning Systems

• Accessories

• HighGear

Accessories

Nothing comes close to a Cobra