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Cobra ESD-9160 Operating Instructions Manual

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Category: Radar Detector
Pages: 16
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Nothing comes close to a Cobra™

Operating Instructions 

for Your 

Cobra

®

10 Band

Extra Sensory Detection

®

RADAR/LASER 

DETECTOR

M O D E L  

E S D –

9 1 6 0

 


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8-point 
compass display

• 

“INSTANT-ON”

speed monitoring detection

• 

TONE ALERTS

with adjustable volume

ULTRABRIGHT

DATA DISPLAY 

is easy-to-read with adjustable brightness

CITY

or 

HIGHWAY

modes to reduce 

false alerts

SAFETY ALERT

®

Traffic Warning System

STROBE ALERT

MANUAL MUTE

or 

AUTO MUTE

of audio alerts

SMARTMUTE

™ a mute function which

automatically reduces false alerts by sensing
engine RPMs

• Distinguishes important safety alerts‚ from 

other K band signals

• Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
This booklet describes the simple steps for
mounting and setting up your ESD-9160. It also
provides helpful information about how radar and
laser guns are used and how you can interpret
the alerts you receive.

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windshield 
bracket 
mount

ON-OFF/VOLUME control

radar, VG-2 and
safety/strobe indicators 

SmartMute™
indicator 

signal strength, laser
and CITY/HIGHWAY
mode indicators 

12V DC POWER JACK 

Congratulations

You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing the
ESD-9160 radar/laser detector from Cobra.

®

Just look at some of the sophisticated features
and capabilities your new unit includes:

•  Detects and provides separate alerts for: 

radar signals (X, K, and Ka bands, with
signal strength indicated)
laser signals
emergency vehicle safety and strobe 
alert signals
VG-2 signals 

8-POINT COMPASS

displays 

direction of travel

LASEREYE

®

for 360° detection of 

laser and strobe signals

RADAR/LASER 

DETECTOR

MODEL

E S D – 9 1 6 0

*Press and hold for 2 seconds to access these secondary functions

CITY

button for CITY

or HIGHWAY modes
to reduce false
alerts.(Also used to
calibrate compass.*)

SPEAKER

LASEREYE

®

for 360°

detection of laser and
strobe signals.

DIM 

button allows you to adjust the

UltraBright™ Data Display brightness for easy
reading. (Also turns VG-2 Alert

®

on and off.*)

SMARTMUTE™

engine RPM-sensing mute
function which reduces
false alerts. Button turns
SmartMute™ on and off.
(Also sets rev point.*)

ON-OFF/VOLUME

control allows you to
adjust the volume of 
the TONE alerts.

12V DC 
POWER JACK 

MUTE 

button for MANUAL MUTE or

AUTO MUTE of audio alerts.

 


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Table of Contents

Important information about...

Federal Laws, Safety Alert

®

/Strobe Alert

, Safe Driving, 

Security of Your Vehicle, Customer Support.................................................................................. A1

Installation .................................................................................................................................. 2-4

Operation–Getting Started  ............................................................................................................ 5

Operation–Settings ...................................................................................................................... 6-12

Highway/City Mode ................................................................................................................ 6

UltraBright

Data Display Brightness  .......................................................................................... 7

Muting an Alert  ...................................................................................................................... 8

Auto Mute Mode  .................................................................................................................... 8

SmartMute

............................................................................................................................ 9-11

VG-2 Alert

®

Audio Setting  ........................................................................................................ 12

Compass ................................................................................................................................ 13

Detection .................................................................................................................................... 14-17

Signals Detected  .................................................................................................................... 14

Audio Alerts ............................................................................................................................ 14

Visual Display  ........................................................................................................................ 14-16

Instant-On Detection  ................................................................................................................ 17

Responding to Alerts ................................................................................................................ 17

Understanding Radar and Laser  ...................................................................................................... 18-19

Maintenance and Service  .............................................................................................................. 20-21

Limited 1-Year Warranty ................................................................................................................ 22

Specifications .............................................................................................................................. 23

Optional Accessories  .................................................................................................................... 24

Order Form .................................................................................................................................. 25

A1

Important Information   

Important information about...

Federal Laws Governing the Use of 
Radar Detectors 

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

®

radar

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

®

and Strobe 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 3M Corporation 
Opticom

or Tomar

®

preemption system,

or 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.

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.

Customer Support 

In this user's manual, you should find all
the information you need to install and
operate your ESD-9160. If you require
further assistance after reading through 
this manual, Cobra

®

Electronics offers the

following customer support services:

Automated Help Desk

is available 24 hours 

a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087. 

Customer Service Operators

are available

at 773-889-3087 Monday through Friday, 
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.

Questions can be faxed

to 773-622-2269.

Automated Technical Assistance

is 

available 24 hours, 7 days a week via e-mail 
at: productinfo@cobra.com

On-line answers

to frequently asked questions

can be found at: www.cobra.com.

 


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Where to Mount Your Unit 

You will get optimum performance from
your ESD-9160 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 lenses 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: 

windshield wiper blades

mirrored sun screens

dark tinting at the top of the 
windshield

heated windshields currently available 
on some vehicles 

(Instaclear for Ford,

®

Electriclear for GM,

® 

consult your 

dealer to see if you have this option)

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5.

To adjust the angle if necessary, 
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
cigarette lighter.

8.

You can temporarily remove the 
detector whenever you wish by 
sliding it off of the bracket.

Windshield Mounting 

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 the angle of the unit.

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Windshield mounting

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Dashboard mounting

Instaclear for Ford

®

is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company, Inc.

Electriclear for GM

®

is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation.

 


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Dashboard Mounting

1.

Place the detector on the dashboard 
to find a location where the unit has 
a clear, level view of the road. The 
angle can NOT 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.

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G E T T I N G   S TA RT E D

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1.

Turn on the unit and adjust audio 
volume by rotating the 

ON-OFF/VOLUME CONTROL DIAL 

clockwise (away from you).

2.

You will hear 3 beeps and the letter "h"
will appear in the display indicating 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 ESD-9160 
when parking for lengthy periods.

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S E T T I N G S

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S E T T I N G S

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When changing the settings on your 
ESD-9160, please keep in mind:

• Buttons can have multiple functions.
• All settings will be stored in memory

when the power is turned off and recalled
when the power is turned back on.

Highway/City Mode

Setting your ESD-9160 to City mode delays
all X band audio alerts until the signal
strength reaches level 3. (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 in
the table below, which indicates what you will
see and hear as you complete each step.

The factory setting is Highway mode.

UltraBright™ Data
Display Brightness

You can choose from three settings for 
brightness of the display. 

You can cycle through the settings 
by repeatedly pushing the DIM button

The factory setting is Bright. 

DIM

button

Press and release

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ON

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AN

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DIM BUTTO

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PRESS AND

RELEA

SE

DIM B

UTT

ON

PRESS AND

REL

EA

SE

Dark

Bright

Dim

To change 
the brightness 
to Dim

To change 
the brightness 
to Bright

To change 
the brightness 
to Dark

Procedure

Press and release 

the 

DIM 

button 

once.

Press and release 

the 

DIM 

button

again.

Press and release 

the 

DIM 

button 

a third time.

Tone

1 beep

1 beep

2 beeps

Visual Display

Display dims

Display remains 

dim (No visual 

alerts will be seen)

Display returns 

to full brightness

CITY

button 

Press and release

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N

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W

X  K  Ka 

V

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N

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W

City mode

Highway

mode

To change from
Highway mode 
to City mode

To change from
City mode back 
to Highway 
mode

Procedure

Press and 

release the

CITY

button.

Press and 

release the 

CITY

button 

again.

Tone

1 beep

2 beeps

Visual Display

appears in 

the display

appears in 

the display

 


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S E T T I N G S

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S E T T I N G S

Muting an Alert

Your ESD-9160 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 Mode

Auto Mute will automatically reduce the
audio volume of all alerts after 4 seconds
for as long as the signal is detected. 

The factory setting for Auto Mute is ON.

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8

To turn 
Auto Mute 
off

To turn 
Auto Mute 
on

Procedure

Press and release 

the 

MUTE

button

while no alert

is occurring.

Press and release 

the 

MUTE

button

again while no 

alert is occurring.

Tone

1 beep

2 beeps

Visual Display

none

none

MUTE

button

Press and release

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SmartMute

SmartMute™ is a unique new feature of the
ESD-9160 that allows you to avoid alerts
you don’t need to hear because you are
stopped or moving slowly. By sensing the
”revs“ (RPMs) of your engine, SmartMute™
knows when you are at low speed and
automatically mutes alerts (except for strobe
signals from emergency vehicles).

Before SmartMute™ will work, you must 
set an activation point for your engine's 
revs (see page 11). Whenever the revs are
below that point, SmartMute™ will begin
muting. The activation point will be stored 

in memory and recalled each time the power
is turned on.

The factory setting is SmartMute™ OFF. 

NOTE

SmartMute™ may not work with

some vehicles because it cannot sense the
engine’s revs. In such cases, you can reduce
unwanted audio alerts by using Auto Mute
and City mode when appropriate.

To turn 
SmartMute™ 
on

To turn 
SmartMute™ 
off

SMARTMUTE™ 

button

Press and release

Procedure

Press and release the

SMARTMUTE™

button.

Press and release the

SMARTMUTE™

button again.

Tone

2 beeps

1 beep

Visual Display

dot appears next to

the large character 

on the right

none 

 


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S E T T I N G S

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S E T T I N G S

11

10

What to Remember While 
Using SmartMute

SmartMute™ works with both City and
Auto Mute modes.

Whenever your engine revs are below the
activation point, the dot next to the large
character on the right side of the display
will remain lit. Above the activation point,
the dot will blink twice every 2 seconds.

If, for any reason, the unit stops sensing
your engine's revs, SmartMute™ will
indicate an error and automatically turn off.

The rev point you set will be stored in the
unit's memory when power is turned off, and
recalled each time the power is turned on.

The rev point must be reset if you use 
your ESD-9160 in a different vehicle.

Important:

When initially choosing your

SmartMute™ activation point, a setting 
of approximately 300 to 600 RPMs above
idle is recommended. You can reset the
activation point at any time to fit your
individual preferences and driving style.

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1.

3.

2.

Tone

1 beep

Visual Display

appears

Procedure

Press and hold the 

SMARTMUTE™

button for 2 seconds.

Tone

2 beeps

Visual Display

none

Procedure

Rev your engine to 

the level you wish 

to set. Rev the engine

slightly above idle 

and hold revs steady 

for 2 seconds.

Tone 

none

Visual Display

three bars flash in

succession

Tone

1 beep

Visual Display

appears

Tone 

3 beeps

Visual Display

all three bars flash 

three times

Procedure

At the desired rev level, 

press and release the

SMARTMUTE™

button.

Setting the SmartMute

Activation Point

Your ESD-9160 must be installed in your
vehicle.

Caution:

Do not attempt to set the rev

point while driving. Your vehicle should 
be 

parked

and 

idling

SmartMute™

must be turned on.

You will hear a series of beeps as you
follow these steps: 

1

2

3

NOTE:

If the unit is unable to

sense usable pulses within three
seconds, SmartMute™ will indicate
an error and automatically turn off.

NOTE:

If you do not set a rev point

within 20 seconds of beginning these
steps, SmartMute™ will indicate an
error and automatically turn off.

 


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O P E R AT I O N •

S E T T I N G S

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S

E

W

E

S

W

N

N

S

E

W

S

W

N

N

S

E

W

S

W

N

S

E

W

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E

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Compass

Your ESD-9160 includes an internal 8-point
compass that will continuously display your
current direction of travel: N, NE, E, SE, S,
SW, W, or NW.

Calibrating the Compass

Important:

Before using it for the first

time, you must calibrate the compass to
provide accurate indications of direction.

Calibration allows the compass electronics to
measure and store information about the
magnetic fields generated by your vehicle.

The compass will remain accurately calibrated
as long as your ESD-9160 is mounted in the
same place in your vehicle. If you change the
location where the unit is mounted or move it
to another vehicle, you must recalibrate the
compass.

The compass temporarily may not provide
accurate readings if you are inside a
building or enclosure, or are close to a large
metal tractor/trailer, truck, or train. Once
you are away from such a location, the
compass will work correctly again.

1.

NOTE:

If you do not press 

the CITY button the second 
time within 60 seconds, 
compass calibration will
automatically terminate.

Procedure

Press and hold 

the 

CITY 

button for 

at least 2 seconds.

Tone

1 beep

Visual Display

directional display

begins flashing

clockwise

Tone

3 beeps

Visual Display

directional display
flashes twice, no

direction of travel 

is shown

2.

Procedure

Within 60 seconds, 

drive your vehicle in a 

circle twice, then press
the 

CITY

button again.

Tone 

2 beeps

Visual Display

directional display

flashes twice, 

then shows the

direction of travel

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S

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W

N

E

S

W

N

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VG-2 Alert

®

Audio Setting

The ESD-9160 is undetectable by police 
VG-2 detection devices, and will alert you
when such a device is in use near your
vehicle. During the alert, the unit continues
to detect other signals. You can choose
whether or not you want your unit to 
sound VG-2 alerts. 

The factory setting is VG-2 Audio On.

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DIM

button

Press and hold for 2 seconds

To turn off 
VG-2 
audio alert

To turn on 
VG-2 
audio alert

Procedure

While no signal is

being detected, 

press and hold 

the 

DIM

button 

for two seconds.

While no signal is

being detected, press

and hold the 

DIM

button for two

seconds again.

Tone

1 beep

2 beeps

Visual Display

V/S 

will blink 

once in 

the display

V/S 

will blink 

twice in 

the display.

 


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* your ESD-9160 provides LaserEye

®

360° detection of these signals

Signals Detected

The tables on the following pages show 
you the types of signals your ESD-9160 
will detect, as well as the visual alerts 
it provides for each one.

Audio Alerts

A distinctly different alert tone 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,
page 16.)

Visual Display

An indication of the type of signal 
detected will appear in the UltraBright™
Data Display. During X, K and Ka alerts, 
a number will also appear, indicating 
the strength of the signal detected. 
(1 = weakest, 5 = strongest)

During laser alerts the letter ”L“ will appear,
instead of the signal strength indication.

During VG-2 Alert,

®

Safety Alert

®

and Strobe

Alert™ the letters ”V/S“ will appear.

X

  K  Ka 

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N

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X  

K

  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  

Ka

 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  Ka 

V

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N

S

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W

PLEASE NOTE

Beep rate changes with

different laser alerts

Radar

Laser*

Type of Signal

X band radar
K band radar

Ka band radar

Visual Display

X

plus signal strength

K

plus signal strength

Ka

plus signal strength

Strobe Alert™*

X  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X

  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  

K

  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  

Ka

 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

Type of Signal

LTI 20-20™*

LTI Ultra-Lyte™*

Kustom Signals ProLaser™*

Kustom Signals ProLaser III™*

Visual Display

L
L
L
L

Type of Signal

3M Opticom™

or Tomar

®

Visual Display

V/S

 


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D E T E C T I O N

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16

VG-2 Alert

®

Safety Alert

®

Type of Signal

emergency vehicles

road hazards

trains

Visual Display

V/S
V/S
V/S

Type of Signal

Interceptor VG-2™

Visual Display

V/S

X  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

X  K  Ka 

V

/

S

N

S

E

W

tone repeats slowly at first, then

speeds up rapidly

tone sounds one time only

tone instantly begins 

repeating rapidly

tone repeats slowly as you 

approach a hill or bridge, then 

speeds up sharply as you reach it

tone repeats slowly for a short period

any type of laser alert

any Safety Alert

®

or 

Strobe Alert™

probably police radar

probably a false alarm, but

possibly pulsed radar

radar or VG-2 nearby has 

been activated suddenly

probably police radar beyond 

the hill or bridge

probably a false alarm

laser alerts are never 

false alarms

you are nearing an emergency

vehicle, railroad crossing, or road

hazard (construction, accident, etc.)

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

FULL ALERT

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

FULL ALERT

exercise caution

Description

Interpretation

Recommended Response

Responding To Alerts

Instant-On Detection

Your ESD-9160 is designed to detect 
instant-on speed monitoring signals, which
can suddenly appear at full strength.

You should take appropriate 
action immediately whenever 
an alert is given.

20-20™ and Ultra-Lyte™ are trademarks of Laser
Technology, Inc.

ProLaser™ and ProLaser III™ are trademarks of
Kustom Signals, Inc.

10 Band™, Strobe Alert™ and SmartMute™ are
trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation. 

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning System, VG-2 Alert

® 

and LaserEye

®

are registered trademarks of 

Cobra Electronics Corporation.

Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation.

Tomar

®

is a registered trademark of TOMAR 

Electronics, Inc

Interceptor VG-2™ is a trademark of TechniSonic
Industries LTD.

 


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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.

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 ESD-9210.

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.

Is LIDAR legal to use?

Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.

Some common questions about LIDAR include:

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
quickly. 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.

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 ESD-9160 detects signals in all three
radar bands.

VG-2

VG-2 is a "detector detector" that works 
by detecting low-level signals emitted by
most radar detectors. Your ESD-9160 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 a safety-related concern.
Depending on the frequency of the signal
emitted, it can indicate a speeding 

emergency vehicle or train, or a stationary
road hazard. 

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 
ESD-9160, 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, trains, and road
hazards 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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Maintenance of Your 
Radar Detector

Your ESD-9160 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:

Make sure the power cord is 
properly connected.

Make sure the socket of your vehicle's
cigarette lighter is clean and free 
of corrosion.

Make sure the power cord's cigarette
lighter adapter is firmly seated in your
cigarette lighter.

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 1-amp 
fuse only.)

Service

You can receive technical assistance with
your unit through one of our customer
support services:

Automated Help Desk

is available 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 
773-889-3087. 

Customer Service Operators

are

available at 773-889-3087 Monday 
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.

Questions can be faxed 

to 

773-622-2269.

Automated Technical Assistance

is available 24 hours, 7 days a week 
via e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com

On-line answers

to frequently 

asked questions can be found at: 
www.cobra.com.

If you suspect that your unit
requires service, please call 
773-889-3087 BEFORE shipping 
it to Cobra.

®

This will ensure that

you receive service as quickly 
as possible.

If you are asked to send your unit to the
Cobra

®

factory, please follow these steps:

1.

Send the complete unit, including
power cord. (It is not necessary to
include the mounting bracket.)

2. 

For warranty repair, enclose some 
form of proof-of-purchase, such as a
photocopy or carbon copy of a sales
receipt. If you send the original 
receipt, it cannot be returned.

3. 

Enclose a typed or clearly written
description of the problem you are
having with your unit, plus the name
and address where you want the 
unit returned.

4. 

Pack the unit securely to prevent
damage during transit. If possible, 
use the original packing materials.

5. 

Ship prepaid and insured using a
traceable carrier such as United 
Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express,
or first class mail with delivery
confirmation. Ship to: 

Cobra Factory Service 
Cobra Electronics Corporation 
6500 West Cortland Street 
Chicago, IL 60707 USA

6. 

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks before 
contacting us about the status of 
your service. Call 773-889-3087 
for assistance.

If your unit is under warranty, it will 
either be repaired or replaced upon 
receipt, depending on the model. If your
unit is out of warranty, you will receive a 
letter informing you of the repair or
replacement charge.

 


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S P E C I F I C AT I O N S

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 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 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.

Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707

www.cobra.com

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QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

QUALITY SEAL

X band

10.525

± 0.050

GHz

K band

24.125

± 0.125

GHz

Safety Alert

®

24.070

± 0.010

GHz

Traffic Warning System

24.110

± 0.010

GHz

24.190

± 0.010

GHz

24.230

± 0.010

GHz

Ka band

34.700

± 1.300

GHz

Laser

910

± 50

nm

Strobe

700

± 300

nm

Dimensions

3"W  x 1

1

4

"H  x  4

1

4

"D

Weight

140 grams

Band

Frequencies

Unit Dimensions & Weight

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. Additional
patents may be listed inside the product or pending. 

 


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O R D E R   F O R M

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420-030-N-001

Straight 12V Power Cord

420-026-N-001

Curled 12V Power Cord

545-139-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

xxx-xxx-N-001

Dual Port Power Adapter

Item #

Description

Cost Ea.

Qty.

Amount

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
payable to:

Cobra Electronics
6500 West Cortland Street 
Chicago, IL 60707 USA
Attn: Accessories Dept.

To order online, 
please visit our website at:

www.cobra.com

and click “shop Cobra

®

Subtotal
(Tax if applicable) 
Shipping/handling

$4.00

Total 

Prices subject to change without notice.

Tax Table

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

Please print clearly

Name

Address (No P.O. Box)

City              

State

Zip

Telephone (          )

Credit Card No.

Exp. Date

Circle One:   Visa     MasterCard     Discover

Customer Signature

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

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You can find these fine accessories at 
your local Cobra

®

dealer. If you wish, 

you can order directly from Cobra.

®

To order by phone

Call

773.889.3087

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

To order by mail or fax

Please fill out order form on next page, 
and mail/fax directly to Cobra.

®

To order online 

Go to www.cobra.com and click 
“shop Cobra.

®

Windshield Mounting Bracket

Includes suction cups
545-139-N-001

Straight 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-030-N-001

Curled 12V DC Power Cord

Includes plug and fuse
420-026-N-001

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O P T I O N A L   A C C E S S O R I E S

Dual Port Power Adapter

Includes adjustable plug (upto 90˚)
and fuse  xxx-xxx-N-001

 


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Printed in Korea
Part No. 480-016-P

©2002 Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street 

Chicago, IL 60707 USA

The Cobra

®

line of quality products includes:

CB radios

microTALK

®

radios

Radar/Laser Detectors

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning Systems

Accessories

HighGear

Accessories

For more information or 

to order any of our products, 

please visit our website:

www.cobra.com

Click “shop Cobra

®

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