Cobra Electronics ESD-9870 Radar Detector User Manual

Operating Instructions for Your
Cobra® 11 Band™ Extra Sensory Detection®
RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR
MODEL E S D – 9 8 7 0
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Nothing comes close to a Cobra ®
Important Information
Federal Laws Governing the Use of
Radar Detectors
It is not against federal law to receive radar
transmissions with your Cobra radar detector. The
Communications Act of 1924 guarantees your right to
receive radio transmissions on any frequency. Local
laws that contravene this Act, while illegal, may be
enforced by your local law enforcement officials until
and unless they are prohibited from doing so by federal
court action.
Safety Alert
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.
WARNING
Modifications or parts substitutions not approved by
Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate FCC Rules
and void your authority to operate this equipment.
Customer Support
In this user's manual, you should find all the
information you need to install and operate your
detector. If you require further assistance after reading
through this manual, Cobra Electronics offers the
following customer support services:
Automated Help Desk is available in English only
24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087.
Customer Service Operators are available in
English or Spanish at 773-889-3087 Monday
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.
Questions can be faxed in English or Spanish
to 773-622-2269.
Automated Technical Assistance is available
in English or Spanish 24 hours, 7 days a week via
e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com
On-line answers to frequently asked questions
can be found in English only at: www.cobra.com.
Trademark Acknowledgement
Cobra®, DigiView®, LaserEye ®, Safety Alert ® Traffic Warning System,
VG-2 Alert ® and Nothing comes close to a Cobra® are registered
trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation.
11 Band Ultra™, EasySet™, IntelliMute™, SmartPower™,
Spectre Alert™, Strobe Alert™ and Voice Alert™ are trademarks of
Cobra Electronics Corporation.
Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation.
Instaclear 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.
Spectre™ is a trademark of Stalcar.
Interceptor VG-2™ is a trademark of TechniSonic Industries LTD.
Tomar ® is a registered trademark of TOMAR Electronics, Inc.
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RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR
MODEL E S D – 9 8 7 0
Congratulations
You’ve made a smart choice by
purchasing the ESD-9870 radar/laser
detector from Cobra.Just look at some
of the sophisticated features and
capabilities your new unit includes:
12V DC
POWER JACK
ON-OFF/VOLUME
control allows you to
adjust the volume of the
TONE alerts.
PROGRAM/MUTE button to
manually mute audio alerts (and to
enter programming mode).
• ULTRA-SENSITIVITY
• Detects and provides separate alerts for:
radar signals (X, K, and Ka bands, with
signal strength indicated)
laser signals
emergency vehicle safety and strobe
alert signals
VG-2 signals
Spectre signals
• 8-POINT COMPASS displays direction
of travel
• LASEREYE for 360° detection of laser and
strobe signals
• “INSTANT-ON” speed monitoring detection
• BEE III POP single pulse detection
• VOICE ALERT MODE or TONE ALERT
MODE with adjustable volume
• DIGIVIEW DATA DISPLAY with easy-toread alpha/numeric dot matrix text readout
• 3 CITY MODES or HIGHWAY MODE
to reduce false alerts
• SAFETY ALERT Traffic Warning System
• STROBE ALERT
• INTELLIMUTE a mute function which
automatically reduces false alerts by sensing
engine RPMs
• SMARTPOWER a timed power saving
function that saves your car’s battery.
• MANUAL MUTE or AUTO MUTE
of audio alerts
• EASYSET programming menu
• AUXILIARY AUDIO JACK for external
speaker connection
• Distinguishes important safety alerts from
other K band signals
• Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
This booklet describes the simple steps for mounting
and setting up your detector. It also provides helpful
information about how radar and laser guns are used
and how you can interpret the alerts you receive.
LASEREYE for 360°
detection of laser and
strobe signals.
SPEAKER
AUXILIARY AUDIO
JACK
SET/CITY button for
CITY or HIGHWAY modes
for fewer false alerts
(and to change user
mode settings while
programming).
SELECT/DIM button to adjust the display
brightness for easy reading (and to scroll through
user mode settings while programming).
12V DC POWER JACK
NW
c
alpha/numeric dot matrix text display showing*:
user mode settings
programming
instructions
signal strength
indicators
CITY/HIGHWAY
mode indicators
radar, VG-2, Spectre
and safety/strobe
indicators
*See “Operations” (pages 5-19) for more information
about display features.
ON-OFF/VOLUME control
windshield
bracket
mount slot
Table of Contents
Important information about...
Federal Laws, Safety Alert/Strobe Alert, Safe Driving,
Security of Your Vehicle, Customer Support .......................................................................... A1
IInstallation .......................................................................................................................... 2- 4
Operation–Getting Started .................................................................................................... 5
Operation–User Mode Settings .............................................................................................. 6-18
EasySet Programming: Programming User Modes ................................................................ 6-8
Highway/City Modes ...................................................................................................... 9
IntelliMute ...................................................................................................................... 10-12
Auto Mute Mode, Muting an Alert, Auxiliary Audio Jack ........................................................ 13
Voice Alert Mode and Tone Mode ........................................................................................ 13
Compass.......................................................................................................................... 14-15
Pop Alert, VG-2 Alert, Spectre Alert...................................................................................... 16-17
SmartPower .................................................................................................................... 17
DigiView Data Display Brightness ........................................................................................ 18
Detection ............................................................................................................................ 19-22
Signals Detected .............................................................................................................. 19
Audio Alerts .................................................................................................................... 19
Visual Display .................................................................................................................. 19-21
Instant-On Detection ........................................................................................................ 22
BEE-III Pop ...................................................................................................................... 22
Responding to Alerts ........................................................................................................ 22
Understanding Radar and Laser .............................................................................................. 23-25
Maintenance and Service ...................................................................................................... 26-27
Limited 1-Year Warranty ........................................................................................................ 28
Specifications ...................................................................................................................... 29
Optional Accessories .............................................................................................................. 30
Order Form .......................................................................................................................... 31
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I N S TA L L AT I O N
I N S TA L L AT I O N
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.
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Windshield Mounting
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.
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.
2. Make sure the rubber cups and your
windshield are clean.
3. Push the bracket firmly onto the
windshield.
6. Plug the power cord into the detector.
Windshield mounting
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h
Dashboard mounting
The unit's lenses must not be blocked and
the LaserEye should have a clear view out
the back window to allow 360° detection.
4. Attach the detector to the bracket. Check
the angle of the unit.
7. Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on
the power cord into your vehicle's
cigarette lighter.
8. You can temporarily remove the detector
whenever you wish by sliding it off of
the bracket.
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I N S TA L L AT I O N
Dashboard Mounting
1. Place the detector on the dashboard to
find a location where the unit has a
clear, level view of the road. The angle
can NOT be adjusted after mounting.
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Turning Your Unit On
4. Attach the detector to the hook-and-loop
fastener. You can remove and reattach
the unit as often as you like.
1. Turn on the unit and adjust audio volume
by rotating the ON-OFF/VOLUME
CONTROL DIAL clockwise (away from you).
2. Remove the paper backing from one
side of the hook-and-loop fastener.
5. Plug the power cord into the detector.
3. Attach the pad to the dashboard at your
chosen location and remove the other
paper backing.
2. You will see and hear the messages
“TESTING” (3 beeps will sound),
then “SYSTEM READY”, then
“VOICE ALERT”, indicating that the
power is on.
Testing
6. Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on the
power cord into your vehicle's cigarette
lighter.
System Ready
3. The display will cycle through the user
mode settings (City X, City X Beep Off,
City X+K or Highway; IntelliMute and
SmartPower status).
4. Start-up is complete when the display
continuously shows the current compass
direction (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, or
NW) plus single letters indicating current
user mode settings (“c“ = City mode,
“c“ = City X Beep Off mode, “c“ = City
X+K mode, “h“ = Highway mode,
“i“ = IntelliMute on).
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h
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 make sure to utilize the
SmartPower feature of your detector.
Voice Alert
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EasySet Programming
All user mode settings on your detector can
be changed by using Program mode. When
changing the settings, please keep in mind:
• Buttons can have multiple functions.
• All settings will be stored in memory
when the power is turned off and recalled
when the power is turned back on.
In general, the procedure for using Program
mode is as follows:
1. Press and hold the PROG/MUTE button
for 2 seconds to enter Program mode.
You will hear “start program” in Voice
Alert mode or 3 beeps in Tone mode
and “PROGRAM” will appear in the
display. Then brief programming
instructions will scroll through the display
two times.
PROGRAM
Programming User Modes
user modes. As each mode is displayed, the
current setting for that mode will be shown.
3. With the user mode you wish to change
displayed, press and release the
SET/CITY button to change the setting.
You will hear the current mode setting in
Voice Alert mode or either 1 or 2 beeps
in Tone mode, depending on your
selection. To move to the next selection,
press SELECT/DIM again.
4. When you have finished programming
any or all of the user modes, press
and release the PROG/MUTE button
to exit Program mode. Or simply wait
10 seconds without pushing any
buttons. When you exit Program mode,
the new setting will automatically be
saved, you will hear “exit program” in
Voice Alert mode or Tone mode and
“EXIT PROGRAM” and “Settings
Saved!” will appear in the display.
EXIT
NOTE: You cannot enter Program mode
during an alert. The unit will not detect
signals while in Program mode. During
programming, if no buttons are pushed for
10 seconds, the unit will automatically exit
Program mode and save the last settings.
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Settings
Saved!
The table below shows you how to program
all user modes and the settings you can
choose from.
NOTE: On the following pages, you will find
more detailed explanations of each setting.
See page 12 for instructions on setting the
IntelliMute activation point.
See page 15 for instructions on calibrating
the compass.
See page 17 for instructions on using
SmartPower.
EasySet Programming Menu
1. Press and release the PROG/MUTE button to enter Program mode.
2. Press and release the SELECT/DIM
3. Press and release the SET/CITY
button to cycle through the user modes.
button to choose the desired
Current mode setting is displayed.
setting for each user mode.
MODE
SETTING VISUAL
RESULT
Set City Mode Default*
City X
A single beep sounds when the signal
is first detected.
City X Beep Off
Audio for all X band alerts are blocked until
signal strength reaches level 3.
City X + K
Combines the City X mode with
prevention of K band audio alerts until
signal strength reaches level 1.
IntelliMute Mode
Intelli Mute On
All alerts (except for strobe signals from
emergency vehicles) are automatically
muted below the engine rev point you set.
Intelli Mute Off
Normal operation.
Set IntelliMute RPMs
Press SET at desired RPMs...
(not shown if IntelliMute is off)
(see page 12 to set activation point)
Allows you to set the engine rev point
when using IntelliMute.
PROGRAM
2. While the programming instructions
are scrolling, press and release the
SELECT/DIM button to cycle through the
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EasySet Programming Menu (continued)
MODE
SETTING VISUAL
RESULT
Auto Mute Mode
AutoMute On
The audio volume of all alerts will be
automatically muted after 4 seconds for
as long as the signal is detected.
AutoMute Off
All alerts will sound at full volume for as
long as the signal is detected.
Voice Alert
Voice is heard for alerts and
confirmation of user settings.
Tone Alert
Tone is heard for alerts and
confirmation of user settings.
Drive in 2 circles...
Allows you to calibrate the compass.
Voice Alert or Tone Mode
Set Compass
(see page 15 to calibrate compass)
Pop Ka Detect Mode
VG-2 Detect Mode
VG-2 Detect Audio Mode
Pop On
The unit will detect Pop Ka signals.
Pop Off
The unit will not detect Pop Ka signals.
VG-2 On
The unit will detect VG-2 signals.
VG-2 Off
The unit will not detect VG-2 signals.
VG-2 Audio On
With VG-2 Detect On, the unit
will give audible alerts for VG-2 signals.
VG-2 Audio Off
With VG-2 Detect On, the unit
will give only visual alerts for VG-2 signals.
(not shown if VG-2 Detect is off)
Spectre Detect Mode
Spectre Detect Audio Mode
Spectre On
The unit will detect Spectre signals.
Spectre Off
The unit will not detect Spectre signals.
Spectre Audio On
With Spectre Detect On, the unit
will give audible alerts for Spectre signals.
Spectre Audio Off
With Spectre Detect On, the unit
will give only visual alerts for Spectre signals.
(not shown if Spectre Detect is off)
SmartPower Mode
Set Display Dim Mode Default*
Exit Program
Turns SmartPower on.
Turns SmartPower off.
Dim
Partially dimmed for dusk or night driving.
Dimmer
More dimmed for dusk or night driving.
Dark
Display is off.
Are you sure?
Press SET to confirm...
Resets user modes and settings
to factory default.
EXIT PROGRAM
Settings Saved!
Allows you to exit Program mode.
* The settings for these user modes can also be changed with the one-button method. See the description of each user mode (following) for details.
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Your detector has a Highway mode and
three different levels of City modes: City X,
City X Beep Off and City X+K. City X mode
sounds a single beep when the signal is first
detected. City X Beep Off mode prevents all
X band audio alerts until the signal strength
reaches level 3. City X+K mode combines
the City X mode with prevention of K band
audio alerts until the signal strength reads
level 1. This will reduce false alerts while
you are driving in or near urban areas
where there are many sources for conflicting
X or K band signals such as microwave
towers and automatic door openers.
Press and release the SET/CITY button to
switch between Highway mode or City
mode (City X, City X Beep Off or City X+K
mode). In Highway mode you will hear
“highway” in Voice Alert mode or 2 beeps
in Tone mode and “h” will appear in the
display. In City mode (City X, City X Beep
Off or City X+K mode) you will hear “city”
in Voice Alert mode or 1 beep in Tone mode
and “c” will appear in the display.
NW
NW
h
Highway mode
Press and hold the SET/CITY button to set
the City mode default. The three City
modes will cycle as long as the SET/CITY
button is held. When the SET/CITY button
is released, the City mode currently
displayed will be set. (See page 7 for
instructions on using the Program mode to
select a City mode default.)
City X
PRESS & HOLD
CITY BUTTON
SET/
City
X+K
SET/CITY button
c
City X, City X Beep Off, City X+K modes
OL
& H TTO
PRESS Y BU
T
SET/CI
Restore Factory Settings
Smart Power On
Smart Power Off
3
Highway/City Mode
N
D
E
/C SS &
ITY HOL
BUT D
TON
3
PR T
SE
City X
Beep Off
The factory setting is Highway. The factory
City mode default setting is City X.
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O P E R AT I O N • S E T T I N G S
O P E R AT I O N • S E T T I N G S
What to Remember While Using IntelliMute
IntelliMute
IntelliMute is a unique new feature of the
detector 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 all alerts (except for
strobe signals from emergency vehicles).
Before IntelliMute will work, you must set
an activation point for your engine’s revs
(see page 12). Whenever the revs are
below that point, IntelliMute will begin
muting. The activation point will be stored
in memory and recalled each time power is
turned on.
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When you turn IntelliMute on you will hear
“intelli mute on” in Voice Alert mode or
2 beeps in Tone mode and “i” will appear
in the display. When you turn IntelliMute off
you will hear “intelli mute off” in Voice
Alert mode and 1 beep in Tone mode. (See
page 7 for instructions using the Program
mode to turn IntelliMute mode on or off.)
IntelliMute works with all City and Auto
Mute modes.
Whenever engine revs are below the
activation point, an arrow pointing down
will appear in the display.
NW
NW
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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 modes when appropriate.
Above the activation point, an arrow
pointing up will appear.
NW
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.
The rev point must be reset if you use your
detector in a different vehicle.
Important: 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.
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Setting the IntelliMute Activation Point
Your detector must be installed in
your vehicle.
IntelliMute must be turned on.
1.
2.
4.
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Caution: Do not attempt to set the rev
point while driving. Your vehicle should
be parked and idling.
Procedure
Tone
Voice
In Program mode, go to Set
IntelliMute. Press and release the
SET/CITY button to begin
setting IntelliMute RPMs.
2 beeps
“set engine
revs”
Press SET at
desired RPMs...
Procedure
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Rev your engine to the level you wish
to set. Rev the engine slightly above
idle and hold revs steady for 2
seconds.
none
none
none
NOTE: If the unit is unable to sense
usable pulses within three seconds,
IntelliMute will indicate an error and
automatically turn off.
3.
Auto Mute Mode
Visual Display
Set IntelliMute
1 beep
“intelli mute not
IntelliMute not
set, please
set...
try again”
Please try again...
“intelli mute off” Intelli Mute Off
Procedure
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
At the desired rev level,
press and release the
SET/CITY button.
3 beeps
“intelli
mute
set”
Intelli
Mute
SET!
NOTE: If you do not set a rev point
within 20 seconds of beginning these
steps, IntelliMute will indicate an error
and automatically turn off.
1 beep
Procedure
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Press and release either the
SELECT/DIM button to proceed
to the next user mode or the
PROG/MUTE button to exit the
Program mode.
none
none
none
“intelli mute not
IntelliMute not
set, please
set...
try again”
Please try again...
“intelli mute off”
Intelli Off
Press SET a
Auto Mute will automatically reduce the
audio volume of all alerts after 4 seconds
for as long as the signal is detected. When
you turn Auto Mute mode on or off you will
hear “auto mute on" in Voice Alert mode or
2 beeps in Tone mode for Auto Mute on and
“auto mute off” in Voice Alert mode or 1
beep in Tone mode for Auto Mute off. (See
page 7 for instructions on using the Program
mode to turn Auto Mute on or off.)
e not set...
The factory setting for Auto Mute is on.
Please try a
Muting an Alert
Intelli
Mute
Off
Your detector allows you to quickly turn off
an audio alert by momentarily pressing and
releasing the PROG/MUTE button. If you
press and release the PROG/MUTE button a
second time during the alert, the audio alert
will be turned back on.
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Voice Alert Mode and
Tone Mode
You can set your detector to sound alerts and
confirm user settings with either a voice or a
tone. When you turn Voice Alert mode on
you will hear “voice alert”. When you turn
Tone mode on you will hear 1 beep (voice
alerts will be turned off). (See page 7 for
instructions on using the Program mode to
select Voice Alert mode or Tone mode.)
The factory setting is Voice Alert mode.
Auxiliary Audio Jack
Use to connect an external speaker in
environments with high ambient noise
levels. The internal speaker will be
disconnected.
PROG/MUTE button
Press and release
Intelli
Mute
Set!
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Compass
Your detector includes an internal 8-point
compass that will continuously display your
current direction of travel: N, NE, E, SE, S,
SW, W, or NW.
Calibrating the Compass
Important: Before using it for the first
time, you must calibrate the compass to
provide accurate indications of direction.
(See page 15 for instructions using the
Program mode to select Set Compass.)
O P E R AT I O N • S E T T I N G S
The compass will remain accurately
calibrated as long as your unit is mounted
in the same place in your vehicle. If you
change the location where the unit is
mounted or move it to another vehicle, you
must recalibrate the compass.
The compass temporarily may not provide
accurate readings if you are inside a
building or enclosure, or are close to a large
metal tractor/trailer, truck, or train. Once
you are away from such a location, the
compass will work correctly again.
To calibrate the compass:
1.
Procedure
In Program mode, go to Set Compass.
Press and hold the SET/CITY button to
begin setting the compass.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
2 beeps
“set compass”
Drive in 2 circles…
Press SET when done...
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Set Compass
D r i v e i n 2 cP r e s s S E T w h
2.
Procedure
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Within 2 minutes, drive your
vehicle in a circle twice, then
press the SET/CITY button again.
3 beeps
“compass set”
Compass Set!
for 2 seconds followed by
direction of travel (N, NE, E,
SE, S, SW, W, or NW)
Calibration allows the compass electronics to
measure and store information about the
magnetic fields generated by your vehicle.
Compass
NW
h
Set!
Tone
NOTE: If you do not press the SET/CITY
button within 2 minutes, compass
calibration will automatically terminate
1 beep
Tone
1 beep
Voice
Visual Display
“compass notVisual
set... DisplayCompass not set...
please try again”
appears Please try again...
for 2 seconds
Compass not Please try a
3.
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Procedure
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Press and release either the
SELECT/DIM button to proceed
to the next user mode or the
PROG/MUTE button
to exit Program mode.
none
none
none
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Pop Alert
VG-2 Alert
Spectre Alert
SmartPower
Pop Alert will alert you of Ka band Pop
signals. During the alert, the unit continues
to detect other signals.
The detector is undetectable by police VG-2
detection devices, and will alert you when
such a device is in use near your vehicle.
During the alert, the unit continues to detect
other signals. You can choose whether or
not you want your unit to show VG-2 alerts.
With VG-2 Detect mode on, you can also
choose whether or not you want your unit
to sound audible VG-2 alerts.
The detector is undetectable by police Spectre
detection devices, and will alert you when
such a device is in use near your vehicle.
During the alert, the unit continues to detect
other signals. You can choose whether or not
you want your unit to show Spectre alerts.
With Spectre Detect mode on, you can also
choose whether or not you want your unit to
sound audible Spectre alerts.
Your detector includes the SmartPower
feature that, when activated, will put the
unit into standby mode (low power) for
about 30 minutes after the car’s engine has
been turned off. After 30 minutes in standby
mode, the unit will automatically turn off.
When you turn VG-2 Detect mode on or off,
you will hear “VG-2 on” in Voice Alert mode or
2 beeps in Tone mode for VG-2 detection on
and “VG-2 off” in Voice Alert mode or 1 beep
in Tone mode for VG-2 detection off. (See
page 7 for instructions on using the Program
Mode to turn VG-2 alerts on and off.)
When you turn Spectre Detect mode on or
off you will hear “spectre on” in Voice Alert
mode or 2 beeps in Tone mode for Spectre
detection on and “spectre off” in Voice Alert
mode or 1 beep in Tone mode for Spectre
detection off. (See page 7 for instructions
on using the Program Mode to turn Spectre
alerts on and off.)
When you turn SmartPower mode on or off
you will hear “smart power on” in Voice
Alert mode or 2 beeps in Tone mode for
SmartPower on and “smart power off” in
Voice Alert mode or 1 beep in Tone mode
for SmartPower off. (See page 7 for
instructions on using the Program mode to
turn SmartPower mode on or off.)
When you turn Spectre audio on or off, you
will hear “spectre audio on” in Voice Alert
mode or 2 beeps in Tone mode for Spectre
audio on and “spectre audio off” in Voice
Alert mode or 1 beep in Tone mode for
Spectre audio off. (See page 7 for
instructions on using the Program Mode to
turn Spectre audio on and off.)
Before the unit enters standby mode, you
will hear 1 beep in Voice Alert mode or Tone
mode and “Pwr Save” will appear in the
display. Press any button to exit standby
mode or return to normal power mode.
When you turn Pop Ka Detect on or off you
will hear “Ka pop on” in Voice Alert mode
or 2 beeps in Tone mode for Pop detection
on and “Ka pop off” in Voice Alert mode or
1 beep in Tone mode for Pop detection off.
(See page 7 for instructions on using the
Program Mode to turn Pop Ka Detect on
and off.)
The factory setting is Pop Ka Detect off.
When you turn VG-2 Detect Audio on or off
you will hear “VG-2 audio on” in Voice Alert
mode or 2 beeps in Tone mode for VG-2
audio on and “VG-2 audio off” in Voice
Alert mode or 1 beep in Tone mode for VG2 audio off. (See page 7 for instructions on
using the Program Mode to turn VG-2 audio
on and off.)
The factory settings are VG-2 Detect on,
VG-2 Detect Audio on.
The factory settings are Spectre Detect on,
Spectre Detect Audio on.
To return the unit to normal power mode or
exit standby mode, start the car, press any
button or turn the unit off and then on again.
Pwr Save
The factory setting is SmartPower on.
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O P E R AT I O N • S E T T I N G S
DETECTION
DigiView Data Display Brightness
Your detector has a Bright display mode
(for daytime driving) and 3 levels of Dim
display modes (Dim for dusk driving,
Dimmer for night driving and Dark where no
visual alerts will be displayed) to control the
display’s brightness levels.
Signals Detected
Press and hold the SELECT/DIM button to
set the Dim mode default. The three Dim
display modes will cycle as long as the
SELECT/DIM button is held. When the
SELECT/DIM button is released, the Dim
mode currently displayed will be set. (See
page 7 for instructions on using the Program
mode to select a Dim mode default.)
Dim
PRESS & HOLD
T/DIM BUTT
ON
SELEC
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PRESS DIM B
SELECT/
SELECT/DIM button
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BUTT
ON
Dark indicator
Press and release the SELECT/DIM button
to switch between Bright mode and Dim
mode. In Bright mode you will hear
“bright” in Voice Alert mode or 2 beeps
in Tone mode. In Dim mode (Dim, Dimmer
or Dark mode) you will hear “dim”,
“dimmer” or “dark” in Voice Alert mode or
1 beep in Tone mode.
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PR E
SEL
Dimmer
The factory setting is Bright. The factory
Dim mode default setting is Dimmer.
The tables on the following pages show you the types of signals your detector will detect,
as well as voice and visual alerts it provides for each one.
Audio Alerts
Visual Display
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 mode, you
will hear the tones only.
An indication of the type of signal detected
will appear in the DigiView Data Display.
During X, K, and Ka alerts, you will also see
from 1 to 5 vertical bars, indicating the
strength of the signal detected.
In both Voice Alert and Tone modes, a
distinctly different alert tone is used for
each type of signal detected (including
separate tones for each laser signal). For X,
K, and Ka band radar signals, the tones will
repeat faster as you approach the signal
source. The repeat rate of the tones gives
you useful information about the signal
detected. (See Responding to Alerts,
page 22.)
SIGNAL STRENGTH CHART
Weakest
Signal
1
2
3
4
5
Strongest
Signal
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DETECTION
Radar
DETECTION
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
X band radar
K band radar
Ka band radar
Ka band Pop
”X alert“
”K alert“
”Ka alert“
”pop alert“
X
K
Ka
Pop!
Safety Alert
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
emergency vehicles
”emergency vehicle
approaching“
”road hazard ahead“
"train approaching"
Emergency Vehicle…
road hazards
trains
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Road Hazard
Train
PLEASE NOTE: There are different tones for each Safety Alert
X
Laser*
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K
5
Ka
5
Pop!
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
LTI 20-20*
”laser alert“
LTI Ultra-Lyte*
”laser alert“
Kustom Signals ProLaser*
”laser alert“
Kustom Signals ProLaser III*
"laser alert"
Laser
20/20…
Laser
UltraLyte…
Laser
Pro Laser…
Laser
Pro Laser 3…
Emergency V
Road
Hazard
VG-2 Alert
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
Interceptor VG-2
“VG-2 alert”
VG2
PLEASE NOTE: Beep rate changes with different laser alerts
Laser
20/20...
Strobe Alert*
Laser
UltraLyte...
Laser
Pro Laser...
Train
VG2
Laser
Spectre
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
Spectre
“spectre alert”
Spectre
Pro Laser 3...
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
3M Opticom or Tomar
”emergency vehicle
approaching“
Emergency Vehicle…
(flashing)
Spectre
PLEASE NOTE: There are different tones for each Safety Alert
Emergency V
* your detector provides LaserEye 360° detection of these signals
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* your detector provides LaserEye 360° detection of these signals
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DETECTION
U N D E R S TA N D I N G R A D A R & L A S E R
Instant-On Detection
Bee III Pop Detection
Your detector is designed to detect instanton speed monitoring signals, which can
suddenly appear at near full strength.
Your detector is designed to detect single
pulse mode radars. These radars are
designed to have a low probability of
detection. You should note that these radar
guns have a much shorter range while in
this mode.
You should take appropriate
action immediately whenever
an alert is given.
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.
Responding To Alerts
Description
Interpretation
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
exercise caution
tone instantly begins
repeating rapidly
radar, VG-2 or Spectre nearby has
been activated suddenly
FULL ALERT
Pop mode tone
Bee III Pop mode very close
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 or
Strobe Alert
you are nearing an emergency
vehicle, railroad crossing, or road
hazard (construction, accident, etc.)
exercise caution
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Radar Speed
Monitoring Systems
Recommended Response
VG-2 and Spectre
VG-2 and Spectre are "detector detectors"
that work by detecting low-level signals
emitted by most radar detectors. Your
detector does not emit signals that can be
detected by VG-2 or Spectre, but does
detect VG-2 and Spectre signals and will
alert you when a device is in use near your
vehicle, if you so choose.
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
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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.
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U N D E R S TA N D I N G R A D A R & L A S E R
Strobe Alert
Pop Radar Guns
Special strobes mounted on the light bars of
authorized emergency vehicles (fire trucks,
police cars, ambulances) automatically
change traffic signals as the vehicle
approaches an intersection. These strobes
and the special strobe detectors located on
the traffic signals, introduced fairly recently
by 3M and Tomar, are already in use in
more than 1000 cities nationwide. Cobra’s
exclusive Strobe Alert detector will detect
these special strobes and give an
Emergency Vehicle alert.
When you receive such an alert, please
watch for an approaching emergency
vehicle and pull over to allow it to pass. To
inquire about coverage in your area, contact
your local fire and police departments.
The Pop mode radar gun is a single pulse
Doppler radar that is a feature of a Ka band
Instant On radar gun. It uses a single short
time pulse (<100 msec.) to measure the
target vehicle’s speed. Despite the fact that
the short, single pulse makes the unit very
sensitive to officer hand and vehicle
movement and reduces the range of the
gun in Pop mode to 50% of its range in
Continuous Wave mode, this feature is
added in an attempt to make the radar gun
invisible to Radar Detectors.
While your purchased radar detector will
detect this mode of operation in excess of it’s
range of operation, the very nature of the Pop
signals also means that the Pop mode
receiver section is more prone to false alerts
than the Continuous Wave portions of the
Detector. In recognition of the fact that the
Pop mode guns are new and limited in
distribution, Cobra Electronics has included a
user selectable on or off Pop Ka Detect mode.
LIDAR (laser)
The correct name for the technology that most
people refer to as laser is actually LIDAR,
which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.
LIDAR operates much like radar. Its signal
spreads out like a radar signal, though not
as quickly. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a
clear line of sight to its target vehicle
throughout the entire measurement interval.
Obstructions such as sign posts, utility poles,
tree branches, etc., will prevent valid speed
measurement.
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U N D E R S TA N D I N G R A D A R & L A S E R
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Some common questions about LIDAR include:
Does weather have any affect
on LIDAR?
Can LIDAR operate while
in motion?
Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog, or airborne
dust particles will reduce the effective
range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough,
prevent its operation.
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.
Can LIDAR operate
through glass?
Is LIDAR legal to use?
Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.
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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MAINTENANCE & CUSTOMER SERVICE
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 1-amp
fuse only.)
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PRODUCT SERVICE
Customer Service
Product Service
Technical assistance in English and/or
Spanish for your unit through one of our
customer support services:
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.
Automated Help Desk is available is
English only 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
at 773-889-3087.
If you are asked to send your unit to the
Cobra factory, please follow these steps:
Customer Service Operators are
available in English or Spanish at
773-889-3087 Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.
Questions can be faxed in English or
Spanish to 773-622-2269.
Automated Technical Assistance
is available in English or Spanish 24 hours,
7 days a week via e-mail at:
productinfo@cobra.com
On-line answers to frequently
asked questions can be found in English
only at: www.cobra.com.
For assistance outside the USA, please
contact your local dealer.
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.
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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 USA
6. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks before
contacting us about the status of
your service. Call 773-889-3087
for assistance.
If your unit is under warranty, it will either be
repaired or replaced upon receipt, depending
on the model. If your unit is out of warranty,
you will receive a letter informing you of the
repair or replacement charge.
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WA R R A N T Y
S P E C I F I C AT I O N S
Wa
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QUALITY SEAL
Cobra Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
QUALITY SEAL
COBRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
warrants that its Cobra 11 Band Ultra 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 11 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.
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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.
Band
Frequencies
X band
10.525
± 0.050
GHz
K band
24.125
± 0.125
GHz
Safety Alert
Traffic Warning System
24.070
± 0.010
GHz
24.110
± 0.010
GHz
24.190
± 0.010
GHz
24.230
± 0.010
GHz
Ka band
34.700
± 1.300
GHz
Laser
910
± 50
nm
Strobe
700
± 300
nm
Unit Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions
3 3⁄16"W x 1 5⁄16"H x 4 11⁄16"D
Weight
170 grams
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.
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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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
Item #
420-030-N-001
420-026-N-001
545-139-N-001
CLP-2B
You can find these fine accessories at
your local Cobra dealer. If you wish,
you can order directly from Cobra.
To order by phone
Call 773.889.3087
(Press 1 from the main menu
8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F CST. )
To order by mail or fax
Please fill out order form on next page,
and mail/fax directly to Cobra.
ORDER FORM
Description
Straight 12V Power Cord
Curled 12V Power Cord
Windshield Mounting Bracket
Dual Port Power Adapter
To order online
Go to www.cobra.com.
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For credit card orders fill out order
form and fax to: 773.622.2269
or call 773.889.3087
(Press 1 from the main menu)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, M-F, CST.
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Includes suction cups
545-139-N-001
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Shipping/handling
Total
Prices subject to change without notice.
Straight 12V DC Power Cord
Includes plug and fuse
420-030-N-001
Cost Ea.
Amount
$4.00
To order online,
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Make check or money order
payable to:
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Attn: Accessories Dept.
Please print clearly
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Zip
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Dual Port Power Adapter
Includes adjustable plug (up to 90˚)
and fuse CLP-2B
Curled 12V DC Power Cord
Includes plug and fuse
420-026-N-001
)
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Exp. Date
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Customer Signature
Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Offer valid in Continental U.S. only.
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CB radios
microTALK ® radios
Radar/Laser Detectors
GPS
Safety Alert®
Traffic Warning Systems
Accessories
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For more information or
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please visit our website:
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