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Cobra XRS 9545 Operating Instructions Manual

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Category: Radar Detector
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Important Information and 
Customer Assistance

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Operation

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Assistance

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Important Information

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.

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 Assistance

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 6:00 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. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).

For Assistance Outside the U.S.A. 

Contact Your Local Dealer

©2009 Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street

Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

www.cobra.com

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XRS 9545

14 BAND

HIGH-PERFORMANCE 
DIGITAL RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR WITH XTREME RANGE 
SUPERHETERODYNE

®

TECHNOLOGY

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English

Operating Instructions 

Printed in China 

Part No. 480-490-P

Version A

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For more information or to 

order any of our products, 

please visit our website:

www.cobra.com

The Cobra line of quality products includes:

CB Radios

microTALK

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Radios

Radar/Laser Detectors 

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning Systems

Mobile GPS Navigation Systems

HighGear

®

Accessories  

CobraMarine

®

VHF Radios  

Marine Chartplotters

Power Inverters

Accessories 

 


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Xtreme Range 
Superheterodyne Technology
With super-fast sweep circuitry, 
XRS provides extra detection range 
and the best possible advance warning 
to even the fastest radar guns

Detection and Separate Alerts For: 
Radar signals (X, K,Ka and Ku bands, 
with signal strength indicated), 
Laser signals, Safety Alert signals, 
Spectre I & IV+ signals, VG-2 signals

LaserEye   
For 360° detection of laser signals

Instant-On Ready 
Detects radar guns with “instant-on” 
(very fast) speed monitoring capabilities

Pop Detection
Detects the latest super-fast instant-on
single pulse radar guns

Tone Alert or Voice Alert 
With adjustable volume

City or Highway 
Modes to reduce false alerts

DigiView Data Display 
With easy-to-read alpha/numeric dot 
matrix text readout

Alert Programming
Easy setting of radar bands to be monitored

Safety Alert 
Traffic warning system distinguishes
important safety alerts from other 
K band signals

Manual Mute or Auto Mute 
A mute function of audio alerts

IntelliMute 
A mute function which automatically 
reduces false audio alerts by sensing 
engine RPMs

IntelliMute Pro
Prevents detection by radar detector
detectors (RDDs) when traveling at 
slower speeds

Mounting 
Mounts easily on windshield 
or dashboard

Product Features

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing a high
performance radar/laser detector from Cobra. Just look at some of 
the sophisticated features and capabilities your new unit includes:

Display

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.

Alpha/Numeric Dot Matrix Text Display

See pages 6 – 18 for more information about
display features.

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and Connections

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Controls, Indicators and Connections

12V DC
Power Jack

On-Off/ 

Volume Control

Allows you to adjust the

volume of the tone alerts.

IntelliMute Button

Engine RPM sensing mute function

which reduces false alerts. Button 

turns IntelliMute On and Off. 

(Also enters IntelliMute setting mode.*)

LaserEye 

For 360° detection 
of laser signals.

Windshield Bracket 

Release Button

Mute Button

For manual mute or auto
mute of audio alerts. 
(Also turns Voice Alert 
On and Off.*)

* Press and hold for four seconds to

access these functions.

Windshield

Bracket Mount

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WARNING

Modifications or parts substitutions not approved 
by Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate 
FCC Rules and void your authority to operate 
this equipment.

Dim Button 

Allows you to adjust 

the DigiView Data Display

brightness for easy reading. 

(Also turns Spectre I & IV+ 

and VG-2 alerts On and Off.*)

Audio Jack

City Button 

For City or Highway
modes to reduce
false alerts. (Also
turns Ku alerts On
and Off.)

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 6:00 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

420-026-N-001

Coiled 12V Power Cord

545-159-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

CLP-2B

Dual Port Power Adapter

Speaker

Trademark Acknowledgement

Cobra

®

, DigiView

®

, EasySet

®

, Extra Sensory Detection

®

, IntelliMute

®

, IntelliMute

®

Pro,

IntelliShield

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, LaserEye

®

, Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra

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, Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning

System, Strobe Alert

®

, VG-2 Alert

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, Xtreme Range Superheterodyne

®

and the snake design 

are registered trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.

Cobra Electronics Corporation™, 14 Band™, 15 Band™, Extreme Bright DataGrafix™,
IntelliLink™, 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

®

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

®

is a registered trademark of TOMAR Electronics, Inc.

 


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Contents

Intro

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

Your Detector

Installation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Getting Started  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Auxiliary Audio Jack  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Settings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Highway/City Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
DigiView Data Display Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Muting an Alert  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Auto Mute Mode  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
IntelliMute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
IntelliMute Pro  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Voice/Tone Setting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alert Settings   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Radar Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Pop Alert  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Detection  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Signals Detected  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Audio Alerts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Visual Display  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Instant-On Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Responding to Alerts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Understanding Radar and Laser  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Warranty

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Customer Assistance

Product Service  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Optional Accessories  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Accessories Order Info  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Trademark Acknowledgement  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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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. Make sure the unit is level with the road. 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: 

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.

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.

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 pressing the bracket release button and sliding 
it off the bracket.

Windshield Mounting

The LaserEye Should Have a Clear View

Windshield Mounting

Dashboard Mounting

 


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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.

Dashboard Mounting

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Power On

Testing

On-Off/

Volume Control

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(away from you)

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To Turn On the Unit and Adjust the Audio Volume

Rotate the On-Off/
Volume 
control 
clockwise (away 
from you).

Tone

Voice

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Three beeps

Testing, then 
three beeps

System Ready

The display will
cycle through and
show the user
modes

Start-up is complete when the display continuously 
shows the letters indicating the current user settings 
(

c

City mode, 

h

Highway mode, 

i

IntelliMute On)

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Auxiliary Audio Jack

The Auxiliary Audio Jack can be used to connect external speakers in
environments with high ambient noise levels. The internal speaker will 
be disconnected. (This uses a mini stereo audio connector.)

Auxiliary
Audio Jack 

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.

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Highway/City Mode

Setting your detector 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 listed below, which indicates 
what you will see and hear (either in Voice Alert or Tone Alert mode) 
as you complete each step. The factory setting is Highway mode.

City Mode

Highway Mode

To Change From Highway Mode to City Mode

Press and release 
the City button.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

City

City blinks, then appears 
in the display

To Change From City Mode Back to Highway Mode

Press and release 
the City button again.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

Highway

Highway blinks, then h
appears in the display

h

c

DigiView Data Display Brightness

You can choose from four (4) 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

Bright

Dark

Dim

Dimmer

Press and
release 

Dim

button

To Change the Brightness to Dim

Press and release
the Dim button
once.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

Dim

Dim blinks, then 
display dims

To Change the Brightness to Dimmer

Press and release
the Dim button
again.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

Dimmer

Dimmer blinks, then
display dims further

To Change the Brightness to Dark

Press and release 
the Dim button 
a third time.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

Dark

Dark blinks, then display
goes dark (no visual alerts
will be seen)

To Change the Brightness to Bright

Press and release 
the Dim button a 
fourth time.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

Bright

Bright blinks, then display
returns to full brightness

Dark Indicator

.

City Button

Press and 

release

Settings

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

Buttons can have multiple functions.

Depending on your choice of Voice Alert or Tone Alert mode, you will 
hear either voice messages or tones confirming changes in settings. 

All settings will be stored in memory when the power is 
turned Off and recalled when the power is turned back On.

 


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Muting an Alert

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 Mode

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 is Auto Mute On.

IntelliMute

IntelliMute is a unique feature 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, IntelliMute knows when you are at low 
speed and automatically mutes alerts.

Before IntelliMute will work, you must set an activation point for your 
engine’s revs (see page 10). Whenever the revs are below that point,
IntelliMute will begin muting. The activation point will be stored in 
memory and recalled each time the power is turned On. The factory 
setting is IntelliMute Off.

NOTE

IntelliMute 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.

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IntelliMute Button

Press and release

Mute Button

Press and release

To Turn Auto Mute Off

Press and release 
the Mute button 
while no alert 
is occurring.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

Auto Mute

Off

None, after 
Auto Mute Off blinks

To Turn Auto Mute On

Press and release 
the Mute button 
again while no 
alert is occurring.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

Auto Mute

On

None, after 
Auto Mute On blinks

To Turn IntelliMute On

Press and release 
the IntelliMute 
button.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

IntelliMute

On

IntelliMute On blinks, then

appears in the display

To Turn IntelliMute Off

Press and release 
the IntelliMute 
button again.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

IntelliMute

Off

None, after 
IntelliMute Off blinks

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To Set the IntelliMute Activation Point

Press and hold 
the IntelliMute
button for two 
seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

Set Engine Revs

Press IntelliMute 
button again at 
desired RPMs

Rev your engine to
the level you wish 
to set (recommend
slightly above idle)
and hold revs steady
for two seconds. 

None

None

None

At the desired 
rev level, press 
and release the
IntelliMute button.

Three beeps

IntelliMute Set

IntelliMute Set!

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What to Remember While Using IntelliMute

IntelliMute works with both City and Auto Mute modes.

Whenever engine revs are below the activation point, an arrow 
pointing down will appear in the display. Above the activation point, 
an arrow pointing up will appear.

If, for any reason, the unit stops sensing your engine’s revs, 
IntelliMute 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.

NOTE

The rev point must be reset if you use your detector in a different vehicle.

NOTE

When initially choosing your IntelliMute 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.

Setting the IntelliMute Activation Point

Your detector must be installed in your vehicle.

CAUTION

Do not attempt to set the rev point while driving. 

Your vehicle should be parked and idling. 

IntelliMute must be turned On before setting the activation point. Depending
on whether the unit is in Tone Alert or Voice Alert mode, you will hear a series
of beeps or voice messages as you follow the steps on the next page.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Four beeps

IntelliMute Not
Set, Please Try
Again 
followed by

IntelliMute not set

Please try again

One beep

IntelliMute Off

IntelliMute Off

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If the unit is unable to sense usable pulses within three
seconds or if you do not set a rev point within 20 seconds 
of beginning these steps, IntelliMute will indicate an error
and automatically turn Off.

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IntelliMute Pro

IntelliMute Pro prevents detection by radar detector detectors (RDDs) such
as VG-2, Spectre I and Spectre IV+ when traveling at slower speeds. It is
intended for use by experienced users only.  

When IntelliMute Pro is turned On, and engine RPMs are below the IntelliMute
activation point, your detector’s radar detection circuits are turned Off to
prevent detection by RDDs. 

Before IntelliMute Pro can be turned On, you must have turned On and Set 
the IntelliMute activation point. (See pages 9 through 11.) 

IntelliMute Button 
City Button

Press and hold both
buttons simultaneously

To Turn IntelliMute Pro On

While no signal 
is being detected,
press and hold both
the IntelliMute and
City buttons for
four seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Two beeps

IntelliMute Pro On

i

blinks continuously

in the display after

IntelliMute Pro On

blinks

To Turn IntelliMute Pro Off

Press and hold both
the IntelliMute and
City buttons for
four seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

IntelliMute Pro Off

None, after
IntelliMute Pro Off
blinks

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When IntelliMute Pro is On, NO radar signals will be detected and 
NO alerts will be given at RPMs below the IntelliMute activation point.

NOTE
The arrow up or down will continue 
to show that engine RPMs are 
above or below the user-set value.

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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.

Mute Button

Press and hold for

two seconds

To Change From Voice Alert to Tone Alert

While no signal 
is being detected, 
press and hold 
the Mute button 
for two seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

One beep

Tone Alert

None, after
Tone blinks in 
the display 

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

Voice

Visual Display

None

Voice Alert

None, after
Voice blinks in 
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Dim Button

Press and hold for four seconds

Spectre I & IV+ 
and VG-2 On

Spectre

& VG2

On

Spectre I & IV+ 
and VG-2 Off

Spectre

& V G 2

O f f

To Turn VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alerts On and Off

While no signal 
is being detected, 
press and hold the
Dim button for 
four seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

On = Two Beeps

Spectre VG-2
On

Spectre & VG2 On blinks 
in the display

Spectre VG-2
Off

Spectre & VG2 Off blinks
in the display

Off = One Beep

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

Voice

Visual Display

K On = Two beeps

K On

K On blinks in the display

To Turn Ku Band* On and Off

While no signal 
is being detected, 
press and hold the 
City button for 
four seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Ku On = Two beeps

Ku On

Ku On blinks in the display

K Off blinks in the display

K Off = One beep

K Off

Ku Off

Ku Off blinks in the display

Ku Off = One beep

VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alert Settings

Police use radar detector detectors (RDDs) to spot users of radar detectors. 
Your detector is able to identify signals from VG-2Spectre I and Spectre IV+
RDDs and can provide alerts when any of these or similar devices are in use 
near your vehicle. 

Your detector can be spotted by Spectre IV+ RDDs, but is invisible to VG-2 and
Spectre I RDDs. You can choose whether you want to be alerted to VG-2 and
Spectre I & IV+ RDD signals. The factory setting for VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+
alerts is Off.

Pop Alert

The Pop Mode Radar Gun is a single-pulse Doppler radar that is a feature 
of a K and Ka (Bee III Ka radar gun) band Instant-On radar gun. It uses 
a single, short-time pulse to measure the target vehicle’s speed.

The Pop mode receiver senses Pop singles beyond the effective range of
Pop radar guns. As the Pop mode receiver is so sensitive, you should limit
the use of Pop Detect mode to highway and rural driving.

Pop Alert will alert you to Pop radar signals. During the alert, the unit  
continues to detect other signals. The factory setting is Pop Detect Off.

To Turn Pop Alert On and Off

While no signal 
is being detected, 
press and hold both
the Dim and City
buttons for 
four seconds.

Tone

Voice

Visual Display

Pop On = Two beeps

Pop On

Pop On blinks in the display

Pop Off

Pop Off blinks in the display

Pop Off = One beep

Radar Alert Settings

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

and Ku Bands. The factory settings are: X Band and K Band On; Ku Band Off.

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

Voice

Visual Display

X On = Two beeps

X On

X On blinks in the display

X Off

X Off blinks in the display

X Off = One beep

 


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Radar Signals, Voice and Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

X Band Radar

X Alert

X and Signal Strength

K Band Radar

K Alert

K and Signal Strength

Ka Band Radar

Ka Alert

Ka and Signal Strength

Ku Band Radar

Ku Alert

Ku and Signal Strength

Pop Radar

Pop Alert

POP

Laser Signals, Voice and Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

LTI 20-20*

Laser Alert

Laser 20/20

LTI Ultra-Lyte*

Laser Alert

Laser UltraLyte

Kustom Signals ProLaser*

Laser Alert

Laser Pro Laser

Kustom Signals ProLaser III*

Laser Alert

Laser Pro Laser 3

Stalker LIDAR*

Laser Alert

Stalker

Laser Atlanta - Speedlaser*

Laser Alert

SpeedLaser

* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of these signals.

NOTE
Beep rate changes with different laser alerts.

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Signals Detected

The tables on the following pages show you the types of Signals your detector
will detect, as well as the voice and visual alerts it provides for each of them.

Audio Alerts

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.

In both Voice Alert and Tone Alert modes, a distinctly different alert tone is
used for each type of signal detected (including separate tones for each laser
signal). For X, K, Ka and Ku 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 19.)

Visual Display

An indication of the type of signal detected will appear in the DigiView Data
Display. During X, K, Ka and Ku alerts, you will also see from 1 to 5 vertical
bars, indicating the strength of the signal detected.

LTI 20-20

Laser

2 0 / 2 0

LTI Ultra-Lyte

Laser

UltraLyte

Kustom Signals
ProLaser

Laser

Pro Laser

Kustom Signals
ProLaser III

Laser

Pro Laser 3

Stalker LIDAR

Laser

Stalker

Laser Atlanta – Speedlaser

Laser

Speedlaser

Pop Signal Detected

POP

Signal 
Strength
Chart

Signal Strength = 1
(Weakest Signal)

Signal Strength = 2

Signal Strength = 3

Signal Strength = 4

Signal Strength = 5 (Strongest Signal)

– –

– – –

– –

– – – – –

– – – –

– – –

– –

– – – –

– – –

– –

X Signal Detected

K Signal Detected

Ka Signal Detected

K

3

– – –

Ku Signal Detected

– –

X

2

– –

K a

5

– – – – –

– – – –

– – –

– –

K u

4

– – – –

– – –

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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,
Spectre I or IV+ or VG-2
nearby.

Exercise caution

Tone instantly begins 
repeating rapidly.

Radar, Spectre I or IV+ 
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

Any Safety Alert.

You are nearing an
emergency vehicle,
railroad crossing 
or road hazard
(construction, 
accident, etc.).

Exercise caution

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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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Safety Alert Signals, Voice and Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

Emergency Vehicles

Emergency Vehicle Approaching

Emergency Vehicle

Road Hazards

Road Hazard Ahead

Road Hazard

Trains

Train Approaching

Train

* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of this signal.

VG-2 Alert Signal, Voice and Visual Display

Type of Signal

Voice

Visual Display

Interceptor VG-2

VG-2 Alert

VG-2

NOTE
There are different tones for each 
for each radar detector detector alert.

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Voice

Visual Display

Spectre I

Spectre Alert

Spectre1

Spectre IV+

Spectre Alert

Spectre4

Spectre I Alert Signal
Detected

Spectre1

Spectre IV+ Alert Signal
Detected

Spectre4

Road Hazard Alert
Signal Detected

Road

Hazard

Train Alert Signal
Detected

Train

Emergency...

NOTE
There are different tones
for each Safety Alert.

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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 and Spectre I & IV+ 

VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ are radar detector detectors (RDDs) that work by
detecting low-level signals emitted by most radar detectors. Your detector
does not emit signals that can be spotted by VG-2 and Spectre I RDDs.
However, your detector can be spotted by Spectre IV+ RDDs. Your unit
detects signals from these or similar devices and will alert you when such 
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 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, 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.

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:

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 detector.

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.

Maintenance

Maintenance of Your Radar Detector

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:

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 2-amp fuse only.)

 


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Specifications

Band and Frequencies

Band

Frequencies

X Band

10.525

± 0.050

GHz

K Band

24.125

± 0.125

GHz

Safety Alert

24.070

± 0.010

GHz

Traffic Warning

24.110

± 0.010

GHz

System

24.190

± 0.010

GHz

24.230

± 0.010

GHz

Ka Band

34.700

± 1.300

GHz

Ku Band

13.435

± 0.050

GHz

VG-2

11.500

± 0.250

GHz

Spectre I

13.300

± 0.200

GHz

Spectre IV+

Not Disclosed

Laser

910

± 50

nm

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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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.

Limited 1-Year Warranty

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra 14 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 14 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.

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 first at 
773-889-3087 BEFORE sending the product. This will ensure the fastest
turnaround time on any repair.

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If Cobra asks that the product be sent to its factory, the following must be
furnished to have the product serviced and returned:

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 Priority mail with delivery confirmation.
Ship to: Cobra Factory Service, Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West
Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 U.S.A.

6. Please allow three to four 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.

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 ordering info on page 25.

Windshield 
Mounting Bracket
Includes suction cups 

Item # 545-159-N-001

Straight 12V DC 
Power Cord
Includes plug 
and fuse  

Item # 420-030-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˚) 
and fuse 

Item # CLP-2B