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Cobra iRAD Operating Instructions Manual

Made by: Cobra
Type: Operating Instructions
Category: Radar Detector
Pages: 12
Size: 1.79 MB

 

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The Cobra line of quality products includes:

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Important Information

Customer Assistance

Federal Laws Governing the Use of Radar Detectors 

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

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

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

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

they are prohibited from doing so by federal court action.

Safe Driving 

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

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

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

Security of Your Vehicle 

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

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

Introduction

Operating Instructions

RADAR/LASER 

PROTECTION

iRAD

Important Information and 

Customer Assistance

 CB  Radios

Dash Cams

Radar Detectors

Marine VHF Radios

Power Inverters

Accessories

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A3

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Display and Product Features

NOTES

Controls Indicators and Connections

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing a radar/laser 

detector from Cobra. Just look at some of the sophisticated features and 

capabilities your new unit includes:

Radar/Laser Protection  

Detects all radar and laser guns.

iRadar

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iRadar

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 Community connects to the Cobra 

iRadar

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 app to alert to Red Light Cameras, Speed 

Cameras, Live Police.

Locations, and Shared Radar Alerts LaserEye 

Detects laser signals from both front and rear.

VoiceAlert  

Digital voice announcements keep your eyes on 

the road.

QuietDrive

 

Quiet Drive is a muted driving mode for times 

when a driver wants less audible feedback while 

talking with passengers, on the phone, etc.

Premium Anti-Falsing Circuitry  

Automatically reduces false alerts from 

erroneous sources including vehicle collision 

avoidance systems, traffic flow monitoring 

devices and other radar detectors.

Updatable IVT Filter

TM

 

User updatable system automatically reduces 

false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology 

sources such as collision avoidance systems and 

adaptive cruise control.

White OLED Display  

Bright display with band identification icons  

and numeric signal strength meter.

Sensitivity Modes  

Multiple sensitivity modes to reduce  

false alerts.

Auto Mute 

Automatically mutes audio for sustained  

alerts.

Dual Language   

English and Spanish voice and text alerts.

User Updates   

Micro-USB port allows users to access  

future software updates.

Mount and Power Cord with Type-A USB  

Port Included

 

Can be used to charge your smartphone or  

tablet using the manufacturer’s charging cable.

Controls, Indicators and Connections 

Easy-to-Read Display 

Product Features 

12V DC  

Power Jack

Dim Button

For adjusting the  

display brightness.

Mute Button

For manual mute of audio 

alerts, changing standby 

screens, turning Quiet 

Drive on/off.

On-Off/Volume Control

Allows you to adjust the

volume of the alerts.

Introduction

Introduction

LaserEye

For detection of

laser signals.

Speaker

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.

SEN Button

Adjust sensitivity 

and filtering modes 

to reduce unwanted 

alerts.

Windshield  

Bracket  

Mount

Report Button

Press once to make  

a User Report*

Radar Band

Frequency

USB

Port

Signal Strength

Menu Button

To select  

detector  

settings.

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Contents

Introduction

Important Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A1

Controls, Indicators and  Connections  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A2

Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   A3
Product Features    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A3

Your Detector

Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2

Getting Started   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

Buttons   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

 SEN  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

 MUTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

  Quiet Drive   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

  Battery Voltage  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

 DIM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

Menu-User Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

Menu-Alert Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

 Detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

 AutoMute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

 Language   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

Screen Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Smart Power  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Low Car Voltage   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

System Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Restore Defaults  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Radar Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Radar Detector-Detector Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Laser Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Responding to Alerts & Firmware Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11

AURA

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 Location-Based Alerts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 

Downloading the App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Cobra iRadar

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 App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Pair/Connecting with Your Detector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

iRadar Community  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Understanding Radar and Laser   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

Understanding LIDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

Customer Information

Specifications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    17
Maintenance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17

Limited 1-Year Warranty  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   18

Product Service & Optional Accessories  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    19
FCC Statement & Trademark Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Introduction

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

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Intro

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Installation 

Where to mount your unit

You will get optimum performance from your detector if you mount it at a point 

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

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

also mount it directly on the dashboard. 

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

out the back window to allow maximum detection. 

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

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

n

  Windshield wiper blades

  

n

  Mirrored sun screens

  

n

  Dark tinting at the top of the windshield

  

n

   Heated windshields currently available on some vehicles 

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

to see if you have this option.

Windshield Mounting

Dashboard Mounting

1.

 

Attach the rubber cups 

to the bracket.

2.

Make sure the rubber cups and your windshield are clean.

3

.  Push the bracket firmly onto 

the windshield.

4.

   Attach the detector to 

the bracket. 

Check that 

the unit is parallel to the 

road’s surface.

5.

  To adjust the angle if 

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.

The LaserEye should have a clear view

Windshield mounting

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Getting Started

Your Detector

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

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Secondary Icons

English

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Installation

Your Detector

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

Notice

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Secondary Icons

 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.

1.

 

Place the detector on the dashboard to find a location 

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

and is 

parallel to the road’s surface

. The angle CANNOT be

adjusted after mounting

2.  

Remove the paper backing 

from one side of the hook-

and-loop fastener.

3

.  Attach the pad to the 

dashboard at your chosen 

location and remove the 

other paper backing.

4.

  Attach the detector to the 

hook-and-loop fastener. You 

can remove and reattach the 

unit as often as you like.

5.

 

 

Plug the power cord into the 

detector.

6.  

Plug the cigarette lighter 

adapter on the power 

cord into your vehicle’s 

cigarette lighter.

Dashboard Mounting

Getting Started 

To Turn On The Unit And Adjust The Audio Volume

Rotate the 

On-Off/

Volume

 control

clockwise (away

from you).

Audible Tone

Visual Display

“Testing”

Three beeps

“System Ready”

Icon

Sens Level

For

High

No filtering for maximum range

Medium

Minimal filtering to reduce unwanted alerts

Low

Maximum filtering to reduce unwanted alerts

SEN Button

Setting your detector to 

Low       or Medium       

 sensitivity delays the audio alerts 

for weak X band and K band signals until they become stronger. (A single beep 

will sound when the signal is first detected.)  Also, additional filtering is done to 

reduce false alerts while you are driving in, or near, urban areas where there are 

many sources for conflicting X and K band signals such as microwave towers and 

automatic door openers.

Using the REPORT Button

You can report to the iRadar Community when you see an active police

 

speed enforcement by pressing the REPORT button*.

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Settings

Settings

Your Detector

Intro

Operation

Customer

Assistance

Warranty

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Quiet Drive

 is a muted driving mode for times when a driver wants less audible 

feedback while talking with passengers, on the phone, etc. Only the first few 

seconds of audio will be heard. This mode is 

Off

 by default. 

This mode can be changed in the User Settings menu or by pressing and holding 

the MUTE button for two seconds. When Quiet Drive is on the audio icon on the 

display will change to

 

Battery Voltage

To display your vehicle’s battery voltage, press the MUTE button while no signal 

is being detected.

DIM Button

You can choose from four settings for the brightness of the display. Repeatedly 

push the DIM button to cycle through the settings. The factory setting is Bright.

Menu - User Settings 

To change the User settings enter the Menu by pressing the 

MENU

 button. A voice 

announces “Menu” and the display will change to

Press the 

DIM

    button to enter the User settings menu.

Press the 

MUTE

    or 

MENU

     buttons to switch between the User settings.

Press the 

DIM

    or 

SEN

    buttons to change the selected User setting’s value. 

The value that is shown on the display is the selected value. To exit the menu 

simply wait several seconds or select 

Exit Menu

.

USER        MENU        ALERT

MUTE Button

Manual Mute:

 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. When an alert is 

being muted the audio icon on the display will change to 

USER SETTING

VALUE

Detail

More*/Less

Quiet Drive

 

Off*/On

Auto Mute

 

Off/On*

Voice

 

Off/On*

Language 

English*/Spanish

Screen Saver

Off/1 Minute*/3 Minute

Low V. Warning

Off*/On

Smart Power

Off*/On

System Info

Press the SEN    button to display system information.

Restore Defaults

Press the SEN    button to restore factory default settings 

then press SEN    button again to confirm.

Exit Menu

Press the MUTE    button to exit the menu.

* = Factory default setting

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Customer

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Detail

In the 

More

 detail mode, information about the radar band, signal strength and 

frequency will be displayed.
In Less detail mode, only the threat level is displayed (see page 10).

AutoMute

AutoMute

 will automatically reduce the audio volume of all alerts after four 

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

is On.

RADAR SETTING

VALUE

X Band

Off/On*

K Band

 

Off/On*

Ka Band

 

Off/On*

VG-2

 

Off*/On

Spectre 

Off*/On

Exit Menu

Press the MUTE    button to exit the menu.

* = Factory default setting

Language

The detector can be set to either English or Spanish for all text and voice audio.

Screen Saver

Your detector has a SCREEN SAVER mode. When SCREEN SAVER is turned 

On

  

(factory default is 3 minutes), the screen will change to Dark from it’s Bright, 

Dim, or Dimmer setting after the time interval selected. While the screen is Dark, 

the scanner will be displayed dimly.

NOTE:

 While SCREEN SAVER is activated, any alert will turn the display back on 

at the last brightness setting (Bright, Dim or Dimmer). Touching any button will 

also turn 

On

 the display. 

Smart Power

Your detector includes the SMARTPOWER feature that, when turned 

On

, will put the 

unit into Low Power mode 15 minutes after the car’s engine has been turned 

Off

.

Before SMARTPOWER enters Low Power mode, you will hear three beeps and 

SMARTPOWER will flash on the display. To return the unit to Normal Power mode 

and exit Low Power mode, start the car, press any button or turn the unit 

Off

 and 

then 

On

 again.  

Low Car Voltage

Displays your car battery voltage and automatically warns you if this drops 

below 11.9V. Your detector will then shut off to prevent further draining of  

your car battery.

System Info

Displays information about the versions of software/firmware that are 

installed on your detector. 

Restore Defaults

To return your detector to factory default settings, press the 

SEN

 Button. 

Press the 

SEN

 Button again to confirm that you want to restore factory  

settings. Press the 

MUTE

 Button to exit.

Menu - Alert Settings 

To change the Alert settings enter the Menu by pressing the 

MENU

 button. 

A voice announces “Menu” and the display will change to

Press the 

SEN

    button to enter the Alert settings menu.

Press the 

MUTE

    or 

MENU

     buttons to switch between the Alert settings.

Press the 

DIM

     or 

SEN

     buttons to change the selected Alert setting’s value. 

The value that is shown on the display is the selected value. To exit the menu 

simply wait several seconds or select 

Exit Menu

.

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Detection

Your Detector

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Radar Alerts 

In 

More 

detail mode the radar band, signal strength and frequency of the detected 

radar signal will be displayed.

If you are a new user of radar detectors, you may want to use the Less detail 

mode. In this mode the display will only show one, two, or three bars which 

indicate how likely the alert is to be a police radar or laser gun.  This threat level 

indication takes into account the laser or radar band, strength, and frequency of 

the detected signal.

Level

Display

Threat

1

Low

2

Medium

3

High

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

Your detector is able to identify signals from VG-2, Spectre I and Spectre IV+

RDDs and can provide alerts when any of these or similar devices are in use

near your vehicle.

Radar Alerts - Radar Detector-Detectors 

Laser Alerts 

With Laser signals you will always receive a full strength alert. In More Detail 

mode the word 

Laser

 will be shown on the display along with the pulse rate of 

the Laser signal. In Less Detail mode three signal strength bars will be shown.

Description

Interpretation

Recommended Response

Tone repeats slowly at first, 

then speeds up rapidly.

Probably police radar.

FULL ALERT

Tone sounds one time only.

Probably a false alarm,  

but possibly pulsed radar 

or VG-2 nearby.

Exercise caution

Tone instantly begins 

repeating rapidly.

Radar or VG-2 nearby has 

been activated suddenly.

FULL ALERT

Tone repeats slowly as you 

approach a hill or bridge, 

then speeds up sharply as 

you reach it.

Probably police radar 

beyond the hill or bridge.

FULL ALERT

Tone repeats slowly for a 

short period.

Probably a false alarm.

Exercise caution

Any type of laser alert.

Laser alerts are never  

false alarms.

FULL ALERT

Responding to Alerts

Radar Band

Frequency

Signal Strength

Disp

LOW

MED

HIGH

Firmware Update

To update the firmware of your iRAD use a micro-USB data transfer cable to 

connect the detector to a Windows based computer.  You do not need to con-

nect the detector’s power cord to update the firmware.  With the detector con-

nected to your computer you should see “Download” on the detector’s display.  

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For optimal performance and access to all this detectors advanced features, you 

should download the iRadar app and use it when you drive with this detector.  To 

download the app you must enter the iTunes Store or Google Play and search for 

Cobra iRadar

”.  Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the 

Cobra iRadar app. 

The iRadar app separates Cobra from any other detectors out there.  
Make sure to check out the Tutorial for a full explanation of app features.  The 

Tutorial can be accessed from the Menu.
Information on specific settings and explanations of radar bands can be found by 

pressing the green info icons in the settings menus. The iradar app can also be 

used to change and easily adjust the detectors settings!

Your detector is capable of providing you with LBAs and iRadar Community threat 

sharing data when connected to iPhone or Android phones. The detector uses the 

GPS in your smartphone to connect to and obtain the latest LBA’s and alert you to 

them. Vehicle speed and compass headings use your phone’s GPS as well. See 

the section on Downloading the App to add these features and more.

Pairing/Connecting With Your Detector 

GPS and iRadar-based features require connection to a Bluetooth

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 Smart 

ready device and the Cobra iRadar app.  

Please note, 

this is the newer 

Bluetooth

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 Smart technology and pairing is not 

always done in the same manner and menus as conventional 

Bluetooth

This 

detector will NOT APPEAR in the 

Bluetooth

 Settings menu of your iPhone

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.

For iPhone

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 5s and later with Bluetooth

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 Smart:

a. Power on the detector.  If not connected, it will be in the

Pairing Mode automatically.  

b. Make sure your iPhone 

Bluetooth 

is turned On.

c. Start the Cobra iRadar application.  Press the Menu icon in the upper left

corner of the app and select Devices. Follow the onscreen instructions to

complete the pairing and connection.

d. When complete, you will see “iRAD Connected” appear on the detector screen.
e. Enter the app to complete the connection.

For Android

 :

a. Power on the detector.  If not connected, it will be in the

Pairing Mode automatically.

b. Make sure the your Android

 device’s 

Bluetooth

 is turned On and go to the

Bluetooth

 

Settings Menu.  For most devices this can be found by pressing;

Settings >

 

Bluetooth

 .

c. Press Scan for Devices and/or wait for the device list to populate and then

select iRadar.  Pairing can take up to 30 seconds.

d. The phone might show “Paired but not connected” in this menu.  That’s OK

as the connection will be completed after opening the iRadar App.

For more information on pairing with 

Bluetooth

 

devices consult your phone’s 

owners manual.
If you are having trouble initializing or maintaining your

Bluetooth

 

 connection completely turn off your smartphone and detector device, 

wait 30 seconds, and then turn them back on.

AURA

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 Location-based Alerts (LBAs) 

and iRadar Community 

Downloading the App 

Cobra iRadar

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The distance will count down as you approach the Location-based Alerts (LBA) Area.  

The alert types are:

Photo-enforced Areas 

Red-light Cameras

 

Speed 

Cameras

  

LBAs will start as you approach the actual location. If both a radar and Location-

based alerts happen at the same time, both will be displayed side by side. As you 

approach a specific Threat Area you will hear a short beep and then the app will 

indicate the Cobra’s assessment of the reliability of the threat. High-Threat Area 

means multiple reports have confirmed a legitimate threat in the area recently.
Medium or Low-Threat Area means signals have been detected but have either not 

been confirmed or have not been reported lately.
Paying attention to threat areas will allow you to be warned of potential threats  

before you enter radar detection range. Community Radar/Laser alert sharing means 

that you have an entire network of users working to keep you and your wallet safe.

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Location Based Alerts:

LBA Only:

LBA / Radar:

Using the Report Button

You can report to the iRadar Community when you see an active police  

speed enforcement by pressing the REPORT button for 2 seconds.

When you, or any other iRadar user, detects a radar or laser signal the alert informa-

tion is anonymously sent to Cobra’s cloud servers.  Within seconds, that information 

is processed and displayed on your map as part of a Threat Area.

Far Away 

Getting Closer 

Close

Known Speed Trap Areas

Caution Areas (High  

Accident Areas) 

iRadar Community 

Understanding Radar and Laser 

Radar Speed Monitoring Systems

Three band frequencies have been approved by the Federal Communications 

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

X band

 

10.525 GHz 

K band

 

24.150 GHz 

Ka band

  33.400 – 36.00 GHz

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

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

VG-2 

VG-2

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

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

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

near your vehicle. While no signal is being detected, press and hold the 

Dim

 

button for four seconds.
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. It is recommended to leave these Off unless you are concerned 

about being monitored for having a radar detector.
The factory setting for VG-2 alerts is 

Off

Understanding Radar &

LIDAR

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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:
  

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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.

  

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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.

  

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  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.

  

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Is it legal for police to use LIDAR?

 

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

detects LIDAR (laser).

Understanding Radar &

LIDAR

Specifications &

Maintenance

U.S. Patent Number: 6,078,279 

Specifications   

Band and Frequencies

WARNING  

Modifications or parts substitutions not approved by 

Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate FCC Rules and void your 

authority to operate this equipment.

Band

Frequencies

X Band

10.525

± 0.050

GHz

K Band

24.125

± 0.125

GHz

Ka Band

34.700

± 1.300

GHz

Laser

910 ± 50 nm 

100 

PPS 

VG-2

11.500

± 0.250

GHz

Maintenance

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

without the need for service. No routine 

Maintenance

 is required.

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

troubleshooting steps:

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  Make sure the power cord is properly connected.

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

of corrosion.

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

your cigarette lighter.

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Warranty

Limited 1-Year Warranty

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that this product 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.  If the product is under warranty, it will be repaired or exchanged 

depending on the model as determined at Cobra’s sole discretion.  Such remedy shall 

be your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of warranty.  
The procedure for obtaining service and support, and the applicability of this warranty, 

will vary depending on the country or jurisdiction in which you purchased and utilize 

the product. 
Provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.- Cobra will, without charge, 

repair or replace, at its option, defective products, 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, to an address in the U.S.A., will be at Cobra’s expense, if the product is 

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

which may vary from state to state and country to country.  
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply: 1) To any product damaged by 

accident; 2) In the event of misuse, ordinary wear, failure to follow directions, or 

improper maintenance 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 product 

was purchased or is utilized in a jurisdiction not covered by the limited warranty.
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 and countries 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.   This warranty gives you 

specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state 

and country to country.

Optional Accessories

Straight 12V DC  

Power Cord

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

Windshield  

Mounting Bracket

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

Product Service & Support 

and Optional Accessories

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

Straight Combination Radar 

USB Cord

Includes plug and USB 

Output
Item # PWR USB-01

Hardwire Cord for Radar 

Includes fuse  
Item # RA-PSCB

Install Mount 

Includes 3M Dual Lock

 

Item # 545-002

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FCC Statement 

FCC NOTICE: 

This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules: Operation is subject to the following two 

conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any 

interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation. 

NOTE: 

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, 

pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules.  These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against 

harmful interference in a residential installation.  This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio 

frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful 

interference to radio communications.  However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a 

particular installation.  If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, 

which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the 

interference by one or more of the following measures:

-  Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

-  Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

-  Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

-  Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. 

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