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Cobra PRO 7080 Operating Instructions Manual

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PRO 7080

6 BAND

®

RADAR/LASER DETECTOR WITH 
EXTRA SENSORY DETECTION

Nothing comes close to a Cobra

®

English

Operating Instructions 

Printed in China 

Part No. 480-131-P

 


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Important Information And 

Customer Assistance

Introduction

A1 English

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

 


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Table Of Contents

Introduction

Introduction

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

Your Detector

Installation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Settings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Highway/City Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Muting An Alert  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Auto Mute Mode  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Detection  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Signals Detected  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Audio Alerts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Visual Display  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Instant-On Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Responding To Alerts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Understanding Radar And Laser  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Warranty

Limited 1-Year Warranty  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Customer Assistance

Product Service  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Trademark Acknowledgement  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Optional Accessories  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Order Form  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Display And Product Features

Introduction

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A3

Detection And Separate Alerts For: 
Radar signals (X, K and Ka bands, 
with signal strength indicated), 
laser and VG-2 signals

LaserEye   
For 360° detection of laser and 
strobe signals

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

Tone Alerts 
With adjustable volume

UltraBright Data Display 
Easy-to-read with adjustable brightness

City Or Highway 
Modes to reduce false alerts

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

Mounting 
Mounts easily on windshield 
or dashboard

Product Features

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing the PRO 7080
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.

Laser
Indicator 

VG-2 And Safety
Indicators

Radar 

Indicators

Power
Indicator

City/ Highway 
Mode Indicators

NOTE: In This Manual
When steady, 
the display will 
be shown:

• X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

• X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Controls, Indicators

And Connections

Introduction

A2 English

Controls, Indicators And Connections

12V DC
Power Jack

On-Off/
Volume
Control

Allows you 
to adjust the
volume of the
tone alerts.

City Button 

For City or Highway
modes to reduce
false alerts.

LaserEye 

For 360° detection of 
laser and strobe signals.

Windshield Bracket 

Release Button

Speaker

Mute Button

For manual mute or auto
mute of audio alerts. 

Windshield

Bracket Mount

WARNING

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

 


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Installation

Your Detector

3

Installation

Your Detector

2

English

Installation

Where To Mount Your Unit

You will get optimum performance from your detector if you Mount it at a
point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the
front windshield without obstructing the unit’s view of the road either to 
the front or rear. You can also mount it directly on the dashboard. 

The unit’s lens must not be blocked and the LaserEye should have a clear view
out the back window to allow 360° detection.

Radar and laser signals pass through glass but not through other materials
and objects. Objects that can block or weaken incoming signals include: 

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Windshield wiper blades

n

Mirrored sun screens

n

Dark tinting at the top of the windshield

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Heated windshields currently available on some vehicles 
(Instaclear for Ford, Electriclear for GM.) Consult your dealer 
to see if you have this option.

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.

 


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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

Visual Display

Three (3) beeps

The power indicator will light
up in the display indicating
that the power is On.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Your Detector

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Installation

Your Detector

4

English

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 (1) side of the
hook-and-loop fastener.

 


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Settings

Your Detector

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Settings

Your Detector

6

English

Settings

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

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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 detector to City mode delays all X band audio alerts at lower
signal strength levels. (A single beep will sound when the signal is first
detected.) This will reduce false alerts while you are driving in, or near, 
urban areas where there are many sources for conflicting X band signals 
such as microwave towers and automatic door openers. 

To change settings, follow the procedure listed below, which indicates 
what you will see and hear as you complete each step. The factory setting 
is 

Highway mode.

 


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Detection

Your Detector

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Detection

Signals Detected

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

Audio Alerts

A distinctly different Alert tone is used for each type of signal detected
(including separate tones for each laser signal). For X, K and Ka band 
radar signals, the tones will repeat faster as you approach the signal 
source. The repeat rate of the tones gives you useful information about 
the signal detected. (See responding to alerts on page 11.)

Visual Display

An indication of the type of signal detected will appear in the UltraBright 
data Display.

During radar alerts the letters 

X

or 

K

Ka

will appear.

During laser alerts the letter 

L

will appear.

During VG-2 and Safety Alerts, the letters 

V

S

will appear.

Detection

Your Detector

8

English

K Signal Detected

X Signal Detected

• X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

X Signal Detected

• X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Laser Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Ka Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Ka Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

K Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

VG-2 Alert Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Safety Alert Signal Detected

X

K

Ka

L

V

S

Cty

Radar Signals And Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Visual Display

X Band Radar

is Steady

K Band Radar

K

Ka

is Steady

Ka Band Radar

K

Ka

is Steady

Laser Signal Detected

Laser Signals And Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Visual Display

LTI 20-20*

is Steady

LTI Ultra-Lyte*

is Steady

Kustom Signals ProLaser*

is Steady

Kustom Signals ProLaser III*

is Steady

* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of these signals.

 


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Detection

Your Detector

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Detection

Your Detector

10 English

Safety Alert Signals And Visual Displays

Type of Signal

Visual Display

Emergency Vehicles

V

S

is Steady

Road Hazards

V

S

is Steady

Trains

V

S

is Steady

VG-2 Alert Signal And Visual Display

Type of Signal

Visual Display

Interceptor VG-2

V

S

is Steady

Description

Interpretation

Recommended
Response

Tone repeats slowly at
first, then speeds up
rapidly.

Probably police radar

FULL ALERT

Tone sounds one (1) 
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

Any Safety Alert.

You are nearing an
emergency vehicle,

Yxercise caution

 


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Understanding Radar And Laser 

Your Detector

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Understanding Radar And Laser

Radar Speed Monitoring Systems

Three (3) 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 (3) radar bands.

VG-2

VG-2 is a “detector detector” that works by detecting low-level signals 
emitted by most radar detectors. Your detector does not emit signals that 
can be detected by VG-2, but does detect VG-2 signals and will alert you 
when a device is in use near your vehicle.

Safety Alert Traffic Warning System

FCC-approved Safety Alert transmitters emit microwave radar signals that
indicate the presence of 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.

Understanding Radar And Laser

Your Detector

12 English

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 LIDAR legal to use?
Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.

 

 


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Warranty And Product Service

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Maintenance And Specifications

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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:

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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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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.)

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

Laser

910

± 50

nm

Unit Dimensions And Weight

Dimensions*

Weight*

1

1

4

" x 2

3

4

" x 3

7

8

"

4.26 oz.

(33 mm x 70 mm x 98 mm)

(121 g)

* Dimensions and weight measurements are approximate.

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. 

Limited 1-Year Warranty

For Products Purchased In The U.S.A.
Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra 6 Band Radar/Laser Detectors, and the 
component parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials for period of one (1)
year from the date of first consumer purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer
purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective 6 Band Radar/Laser Detectors,
products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra Factory Service Department, accompanied
by proof of the date of first consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty service, but the
return charges will be at Cobra’s expense, if the product is repaired or replaced under warranty.
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.

Product Service

If you have any questions about operation or installing your new Cobra product, or if you are
missing parts…

Please call Cobra first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE STORE! 
See customer assistance on page A1.

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 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 (3) to four (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.

Your Detector

Warranty

Customer Assistance

 


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Order Form

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Customer Assistance

Order Form

Name

Address (No P.O. Boxes)

City

State/Province

Zip

Country

Telephone

Credit Card Number         Type:  

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Visa   

r

MasterCard   

r

Discover

Exp. Date

Customer Signature

Item #

Description

U.S. Cost Each

Qty

Amount

420-030-N-001

Straight 12V Power Cord

420-026-N-001

Coiled 12V Power Cord

545-139-N-001

Windshield Mounting Bracket

CLP-2B

Dual Port Power Adapter

U.S. Subtotal

(Tax if Applicable)

Shipping/Handling

Total

Ordering From U.S.A.

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

For Credit Card Orders
Complete and return this order form to fax number 773-622-2269. Or call 773-889-3087
[Press one (1) from the main menu] 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, 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

Amount Shipping/Handling*
$10.00 or less . . . . . $3.00
$10.01-$25.00 . . . . . $5.50
$25.01-$50.00 . . . . . $7.50
$50.01-$90.00 . . . . $10.50
$90.01-$130.00 . . . $13.50
$130.01-$200.00 . . $16.50
$200.01 plus . . . . . 10% of

purchase

Tax Table

Wisconsin add 5%

Indiana, Michigan, 
Ohio add 6%
California add 7.25%
Illinois add 8.75% 

*For AK, HI and PR add additional $26.95 for FedEx Next Day or 

$10.95 for FedEx 2nd Day. Excludes weekends and holidays shipments.
Please allow two (2) to three (3) weeks for delivery in the U.S.A. 
Prices subject to change without notice.

 


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order any of our products, 

please visit our website:

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