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Cobra XRS 878 Radar/Laser Detector User manual
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Introduction
Important Information and
Customer Assistance
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.
Operating Instructions
The Cobra line of quality products includes:
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.
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Radar/Laser Detectors
Customer Assistance
Customer Assistance
Safety Alert® Traffic Warning Systems
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Should you encounter any problems with this product, or not understand its many features,
please refer to this owner’s manual. If you require further assistance after reading this
manual, Cobra Electronics offers the following customer assistance services:
Mobile GPS Navigation Systems
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For Assistance in the U.S.A.
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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.
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Accessories
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For more information or to
order any of our products,
please visit our website:
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Customer Assistance Operators English and Spanish. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time
Mon. through Fri. (except holidays) 773-889-3087 (phone).
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HIGH-PERFORMANCE
DIGITAL RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR WITH XTREME RANGE
SUPERHETERODYNE® TECHNOLOGY
XRS 878
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Questions English and Spanish. Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).
Technical Assistance English only. www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked
Questions). English and Spanish. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).
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Version A
For Assistance Outside the U.S.A.
Contact Your Local Dealer
A1 English
English
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6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
Introduction
Intro
Controls, Indicators
and Connections
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Display and Product Features
Introduction
Warranty
Intro
Controls, Indicators and Connections
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Display
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Operation
Customer
Assistance
Customer Assistance
Intro
Warranty
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Accessories Order Info and
Trademark Acknowledgement
Warranty
Ordering From U.S.A.
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Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.
Windshield
Bracket
Mount
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Windshield Bracket
Release Button
X K Ka V S
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Speaker
LaserEye
For 360° detection
of laser signals.
Notice
Audio Jack
Signal
Strength,
Pop, Laser,
City/Highway
Notice Pro
and IntelliMute
Mode Indicators
Signal Strength 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest)
Radar, VG-2,
Spectre I & IV+ and
Safety Indicators
Product Features
12V DC
Power Jack
On-Off/Volume Control
Allows you to adjust the
volume of the tone alerts.
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Dim Button
Allows you to adjust the UltraBright
Data Display brightness for easy
reading. (Also turns VG-2 and
Spectre I & IV+ alerts On and Off.*)Intro
City Button
For City or Highway
modes to reduce false
alerts. (Also turns Ku
alerts On and Off.*)
Operation
Customer
Assistance
IntelliMute Button
Engine RPM sensing mute function
which reduces false alerts. Button
turns IntelliMute On and Off. (Also
enters IntelliMute setting mode.*)
Warranty
Mute Button
For manual mute or
auto mute of audio alerts.
(Also turns Voice Alert
On and Off.*)
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WARNING
* Press and hold for four seconds to
access these functions.
Notice
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Modifications or parts substitutions not approved
by Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate
FCC Rules and void your authority to operate
this equipment.
Notice
IntelliMute
Indicator
NOTE: In This Manual
When steady,
X K Ka V S
the display will
be shown:
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When blinking,
the display will
be shown:
c
X & K will light
simultaneously
when indicating
Ku detection:
X K Ka V S
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For Credit Card Orders
Call 773-889-3087 [Press one from the main menu] 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time,
Monday through Friday.
Make Check or Money Order Payable To
Cobra Electronics, Attn: Accessories Dept.,
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 U.S.A.
To Order Online
Please visit our website: www.cobra.com.
Notice
X K Ka V S
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Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing a high
performance radar/laser detector from Cobra. Just look at some of the
sophisticated features and capabilities your new unit includes:
Xtreme Range
UltraBright Data Display
Superheterodyne Technology
Easy-to-read with adjustable brightness
With super-fast sweep circuitry,
City or Highway
XRS provides extra detection range
Modes to reduce false alerts
and the best possible advance warning
Alert Programming
to even the fastest radar guns
Easy setting of radar bands to be monitored
Detection and Separate Alerts For:
Safety Alert
Radar signals (X, K, Ka and Ku bands,
Traffic warning system distinguishes
with signal strength indicated), Laser
important safety alerts from other
signals, Safety Alert signals, VG-2
K band signals
signals, Spectre I & IV+ signals
Manual Mute or Auto Mute
LaserEye
A mute function of audio alerts
For 360° detection of laser signals
IntelliMute
Instant-On Ready
A mute function reduces false audio alerts
Detects radar guns with “instant-on”
by sensing engine RPMs
(very fast) speed monitoring capabilities
IntelliMute Pro
Pop Detection
Prevents detection by radar detector detectors
Detects the latest super-fast instant-on
(RDDs) when traveling at slower speeds
single pulse radar guns
Mounting
Tone Alert or Voice Alert
Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
With adjustable volume
Item #
Description
420-030-N-001
420-026-N-001
545-159-N-001
CLP-2B
Straight 12V Power Cord
Coiled 12V Power Cord
Windshield Mounting Bracket
Dual Port Power Adapter
Trademark Acknowledgement
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Cobra®, DigiView®, EasySet®, Extra Sensory Detection®, IntelliMute®, IntelliMute Pro®,
®
®
®
®
IntelliShield , LaserEye , Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra , Safety Alert Traffic Warning
System, Strobe Alert®, VG-2 Alert®, Xtreme Range Superheterodyne® and the snake design
are registered trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.
Cobra Electronics Corporation™, 14 Band™, 15 Band™, Extreme Bright DataGrafix™,
IntelliLink™, Revolution™ Series, SmartPower™, Spectre Alert™, Super-Xtreme Range
Superheterodyne™, S-XRS™, UltraBright™, and Voice Alert™ are trademarks of Cobra
Electronics Corporation, USA.
Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation. Instaclear® for Ford is a registered
trademark of Ford Motor Company, Inc. Electriclear® for GM is a registered trademark of
General Motors Corporation. 20-20™ and Ultra-Lyte™ are trademarks of Laser Technology,
Inc. ProLaser™ and ProLaser III™ are trademarks of Kustom Signals, Inc. Bee III™ and
Pop™ are a trademarks of MPH Industries. Stalker™ LIDAR is a trademark of Applied
Concepts, Inc. Spectre I™ and Spectre IV+™ are trademarks of Stealth Micro Systems Pty. Ltd.
SpeedLaser™ is a trademark of Laser Atlanta, LLC. Interceptor VG-2™ is a trademark of
TechniSonic Industries LTD. Tomar® is a registered trademark of TOMAR Electronics, Inc.
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.
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Contents
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Introduction
Intro
Main Icons
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Introduction
Important Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer
Assistance
. . .Warranty
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Intro
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Indicators and Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
SecondaryControls,
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Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
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Intro
Operation
Operation
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Notice
Your Detector
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Notice
Getting
Started
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Customer
Warranty
Assistance Audio Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Auxiliary
Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Highway/City Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Notice
UltraBright
Data Display Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Muting an Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Auto Mute Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
IntelliMute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
IntelliMute Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Voice/Tone Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Radar Alert and Pop Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Signals Detected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Audio Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Visual Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Instant-On Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Responding to Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Understanding Radar and Laser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Warranty
Limited 1-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Customer
Assistance
Operation
Warranty
Customer
Assistance
Customer Assistance
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Optional
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Warranty
Accessories Order Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Trademark Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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Installation
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Customer
Installation
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
Installation Assistance
Where to Mount Your Unit
•
You will get optimum performance from your detector if you Mount it at a
point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the
front windshield without obstructing the unit’s view of the road either to
the front or rear. Make sure the unit is level with the road. You can also
mount it directly on the dashboard.
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Operation
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Windshield Mounting
1. Attach the rubber
cups to the bracket.
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2. Make sure the rubber cups and your windshield are clean.
Windshield Mounting
Dashboard Mounting
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3. Push the bracket firmly
onto the windshield.
4. Attach the detector to
the bracket. Check the
angle of the unit.
The unit’s lens must not be blocked and the LaserEye should have a clear view
out the back window to allow 360° detection.
The LaserEye Should Have a Clear View
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.
Radar and laser signals pass through glass but not through other materials
and objects. Objects that can block or weaken incoming signals include:
2
■
Windshield wiper blades
■
Mirrored sun screens
■
Dark tinting at the top of the windshield
■
Heated windshields currently available on some vehicles
(Instaclear for Ford, Electriclear for GM.) Consult your dealer
to see if you have this option.
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7. Plug the cigarette lighter
adapter on the power
cord into your vehicle’s
cigarette lighter.
8. You can temporarily remove the detector whenever you
wish by pressing the bracket release button and sliding
it off the bracket.
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Installation
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Getting Started
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
Operation
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
Getting Started
Dashboard Mounting
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Power On
1. Place the detector on the dashboard to find a location
X K Ka V S
where the unit has a clear, level view of the road.
The angle can NOT be adjusted after mounting.
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On-Off/
Volume Control
Rotate clockwise
(away from you)
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To Turn On the Unit and Adjust the Audio Volume
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Customer
Rotate the
On-Off/ WarrantyTone
Assistance
Volume control
Three beeps
clockwise (away
from you).
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5. Plug the power cord
into the detector.
Notice
Ma
in
Intro
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4. Attach the detector to the
hook-and-loop fastener.
You can remove and
reattach the unit as
often as you like.
Ins
tall
ati
on
3. Attach the pad to the
dashboard at your chosen
location and remove the
other paper backing.
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2. Remove the paper backing
from one side of the hookand-loop fastener.
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uti
on
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Voice
Visual Display
Testing, then
three beeps
h
appears in the
display indicating
System Ready, then that the power
is On
Voice Alert
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.
Auxiliary Audio Jack
The Auxiliary Audio Jack can be used to connect external speakers in
environments with high ambient noise levels. The internal speaker will
be disconnected. (This uses a mini stereo audio connector.)
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6. Plug the cigarette lighter
adapter on the power
cord into your vehicle’s
cigarette lighter.
Auxiliary
Audio Jack
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Settings
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Settings
Warranty
Intro
When changing the Settings on your detector, please keep in mind:
■
Buttons can have multiple functions.
Depending on your choice of Voice Alert or Tone Alert mode, you will
hear either voice messages or tones confirming changes in settings.
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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.
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Customer
Warranty
Assistance
UltraBright Data
Display Brightness
You can choose from three settings for Brightness of the display.
You can cycle through the settings by repeatedly pushing the Dim button.
The factory setting is Bright.
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Bright
Press and
button
Setting your detector to City mode delays all X band audio alerts until
the signal strength reaches Level 3. (A single beep will sound when the
signal is first detected.) This will reduce false alerts while you are driving
in, or near, urban areas where there are many sources for conflicting
X band signals such as microwave towers and automatic door openers.
To change settings, follow the procedure listed below, which indicates
what you will see and hear (either in Voice Alert or Tone Alert mode)
as you complete each step. The factory setting is Highway mode.
Highway Mode
City Button
Press and
release
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City Mode
X K Ka V S
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Dim
Dark releaseNotice
Notice
Highway/City
Mode
X K Ka V S
Settings
Your Detector
Dim
Dim Button
Press and release
To Change the Brightness to Dim
Press and release
the Dim button
once.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
Dim
Display dims
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
Dark
Display remains
dim (no visual
alerts will be seen)
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Two beeps
Bright
Display returns
to full brightness
To Change the Brightness to Dark
Press and release
the Dim button
again.
c
To Change From Highway Mode to City Mode
Press and release
the City button.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
City
c appears
in the display
Press and release
the Dim button a
third time.
To Change From City Mode Back to Highway Mode
Press and release
Tone
the City button again.
Two beeps
6
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To Change the Brightness to Bright
Voice
Visual Display
Highway
appears
in the display
h
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Settings
Your Detector
Intro
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Operation
Customer
Warranty
Intro
Assistance
Muting an Alert
Settings
Your Detector
Operation
IntelliMute
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.
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Auto Mute Mode
Auto Mute will automatically reduce the audio volume of all alerts
after four seconds for as long as the signal is detected. The factory
setting for Auto Mute is On.
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Customer
Assistance
Warranty
IntelliMute is a unique feature that allows you to avoid alerts you don’t need
to hear because you are stopped or moving slowly. By sensing the “revs”
(RPMs) Customer
of your engine,
IntelliMute knows when you are at low speed and
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Warranty
Assistance
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automatically
mutes audio radar alerts.
Before IntelliMute will work, you must set an activation point for your engine’s
revs (see page 10). Whenever the revs are below that point, IntelliMute will
begin muting. The activation point will be stored in memory and recalled
each time the power is turned On. The factory setting is IntelliMute Off.
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Notice
Notice
NOTE
IntelliMute may not work with some vehicles because it cannot sense
the engine’s revs. In such cases, you can reduce unwanted audio alerts
by using Auto Mute and City mode when appropriate.
Mute Button
Press and release
To Turn Auto Mute On
Press and release
the Mute button
again while no
alert is occurring.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Two beeps
Auto Mute On
None
To Turn IntelliMute On
Press and release
the IntelliMute
button.
To Turn Auto Mute Off
Press and release
the Mute button
while no alert
is occurring.
IntelliMute Button
Press and release
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
Auto Mute Off
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Voice
Visual Display
Two beeps
IntelliMute On
Dot appears next to
the large character
on the right
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
IntelliMute Off
Dot disappears
To Turn IntelliMute Off
Press and release
the IntelliMute
button again.
8
Tone
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Settings
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Customer
Settings
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
Operation
Assistance
What to Remember
While Using IntelliMute
IntelliMute works with both City and Auto Mute modes.
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Whenever your engine revs are below the activation point, the dot next to
the large character on the right side of the display will remain lit. Above the
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activation point, the dot will blink twice every two seconds.
Below Activation Point
Above Activation Point
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IntelliMute Button
Press and release
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X K Ka V S
Intro
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Notice
c
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c
If, for any reason, the unit stops sensing your engine’s revs, IntelliMute
will indicate an error and automatically turn Off.
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Operation
Customer
Warranty
The rev Assistance
point you set will be stored in the unit’s memory when power is
turned Off and recalled each time the power is turned On.
NOTE
The rev point must be reset if you use your detector in a different vehicle.
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Notice
Operation
Installation
To Set the IntelliMute Activation Point
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NOTE
When initially choosing your IntelliMute activation point, a setting
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of approximately
300 to 600 RPMs above idle is recommended.
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
You can reset the activation point at any time to fit your individual
preferences and driving style.
Press and Notice
hold
the IntelliMute
button for two
seconds.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Two beeps
Set Engine Revs
None
Intro
Rev yourMain
engine
to
None
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the level you wish
to set (recommend
slightly above idle)
and hold revs steady
for two seconds.
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At the desired
rev level, press
and release the
IntelliMute
button. Secondary Icons
Operation
Caution
IntelliMute must be turned On before setting the activation point. Depending
on whether the unit is in Tone Alert or Voice Alert mode, you will hear a series
of beeps or voice messages as you follow the steps on the next page.
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Assistance
Assistance
Three bars will
flash in succession
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3
Caution Notice
Notice
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Assistance
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Intro
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Operation
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Warning
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IntelliMute Set
All three bars flash
three times
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Assistance
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Notice
Notice
Notice
None
Assistance
Three beeps
Customer
Setting
the IntelliMute Activation Point
Assistance
Your detector must be installed in your vehicle.
CAUTION
Do not attempt to set the rev point while driving.
Warning
Your
vehicle should be parked and idling.
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Caution Notice
WarningCaution
NOTE
If the unit is unable to sense usable pulses within three
seconds or if you do not set a rev point within 20 seconds
of beginning these steps, IntelliMute will indicate an error
and automatically turn Off.
Tone
Voice
Four beeps
IntelliMute Error, E appears
followed by
Visual Display
IntelliMute Off
X K Ka V S
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Warning
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Settings
Customer
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
Assistance
IntelliMute Pro
IntelliMute Pro prevents detection by radar detector detectors (RDDs) such as
VG-2, Spectre I and Spectre IV+ when traveling at slower speeds. It is intended
for use by experienced users only.
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Customer
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Assistance
Warranty
When IntelliMute Pro is turned On, and engine RPMs are below the IntelliMute
activation point, your detector’s radar detection circuits are turned Off to
prevent detection by RDDs.
Installation
Notice
Customer
Before
IntelliMute Pro can be turned On, you must have turned On and Set the
Assistance
IntelliMuteNotice
activation point. (See pages 9 through 11.)
Caution
CAUTION
When IntelliMute Pro is On, NO radar signals will be detected and
NO alerts
will be given at RPMs below the IntelliMute activation point.
Warning
Settings
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Voice/Tone Setting
You can set your detector to sound alerts with either a Voice or a Tone. You can
change settings by using the Mute button. In Voice Alert mode, you will first hear
several tones, then a voice message announcing the type of signal detected, followed
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by more tones. In Tone Alert mode, you will hear the tones only. The factory setting
is Voice Alert mode.
To Change From Voice Alert to Tone Alert
While no signal
Notice
is being detected,
press and hold
the Mute button
for two seconds.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
One beep
Tone Alert
None
To Change From Tone Alert Back to Voice Alert
While no signal
is being detected,
press and hold the
Mute button for
two seconds again.
IntelliMute Button
City Button
Press and hold both
buttons simultaneously
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
None
Voice Alert
None
IntelliMute Pro On
X K Ka V S
c
To Turn IntelliMute Pro On
While no signal
Tone
is being detected,
Two beeps
press and hold both
the IntelliMute
and City buttons
for four seconds.
Voice
Visual Display
IntelliMute Pro On
c or h will blink
Voice
Visual Display
IntelliMute Pro Off
c or h will show
steady
To Turn IntelliMute Pro Off
Press and hold both Tone
the IntelliMute and
One beep
City buttons for
four seconds.
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VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alert Settings
Police use radar detector detectors (RDDs) to spot users of radar detectors.
Your detector is able to identify signals from VG-2, Spectre I and Spectre IV+
RDDs and can provide alerts when any of these or similar devices are in use
near your vehicle.
Your detector can be spotted by Spectre IV+ RDDs, but is invisible to VG-2 and
Spectre I RDDs. You can choose whether you want to be alerted to VG-2 and
Spectre I & IV+ RDD signals. The factory setting for VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+
alerts is Off.
To Turn VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ Alerts On and Off
While no signal
is being detected,
press and hold the
Dim button for
four seconds.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
On = Two Beeps
Spectre VG-2 On
V will blink twice
in the display
Off = One Beep
Spectre VG-2 Off
V will blink once
in the display
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Your Detector
Intro
Settings
Operation
Customer
Warranty
Intro
Assistance
Radar Alert Settings
Operation
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
Pop Alert (continued)
The detector allows you to choose whether it will show alerts on the X, K and
Ku bands. The factory settings are: X Band and K Band On; Ku Band Off.
To Turn X Band On and Off
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While no signal is
Tone
being detected, press
X On = Two beeps
and hold both the
Dim and Mute
buttons for four
X Off = One beep
seconds. Notice
Settings and Detection
Your Detector
To Turn Pop Alert On and Off
While no signal is
being detected,
press and hold both
the Dim and City
buttons for four
seconds.
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Voice
Visual Display
X On
X will blink twice
in the display
X Off
X will blink once
in the display
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Pop On = Two beeps
Pop On
P will blink twice
in the display
Pop Off = One beep
Pop Off
P will blink once
in the display
Notice
To Turn K Band On and Off
While no signal is
being detected,
press and hold both
the Mute and City
buttons for four
seconds.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
K On = Two beeps
K On
K will blink twice
in the display
Detection
Signals Detected
K Off = One beep
K Off
K will blink once
in the display
The tables on the following pages show you the types of Signals your detector
will detect, as well as the voice and visual alerts it provides for each of them.
Tone
Voice
Visual Display
Ku On = Two beeps
Ku On
X and K will blink
twice in the display
Ku Off = One beep
Ku Off
X and K will blink
once in the display
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To Turn Ku Band* On and Off
While no signal is
being detected,
press and hold the
City button for four
seconds.
Pop Alert
The Pop Mode Radar Gun is a single-pulse Doppler radar that is a feature
of a K and Ka (Bee III Ka radar gun) band Instant-On radar gun. It uses
a single, short-time pulse to measure the target vehicle’s speed.
The Pop mode receiver senses Pop singles beyond the effective range of
Pop radar guns. As the Pop mode receiver is so sensitive, you should limit
the use of Pop Detect mode to highway and rural driving.
Pop Alert will alert you to Pop radar signals. During the alert, the unit
continues to detect other signals. The factory setting is Pop Detect Off.
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Audio Alerts
In Voice Alert mode you will first hear several tones, then a voice message
announcing the type of signal detected, followed by more tones. In Tone Alert
mode, you will hear the tones only.
In both Voice Alert and Tone Alert modes, a distinctly different alert tone is
used for each type of signal detected (including separate tones for each laser
signal). For X, K, Ka and Ku band radar signals, the tones will repeat faster as
you approach the signal source. The repeat rate of the tones gives you useful
information about the signal detected. (See responding to alerts on page 18.)
Visual Display
An indication of the type of signal detected will appear in the UltraBright
data Display. During X, K, Ka and Ku alerts, a number will also appear,
indicating the strength of the signal detected. (1 = weakest, 5 = strongest)
X Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
2
K Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
3
Ka Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
5
Ku Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
4
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Detection
Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Detection
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
POP Signal Detected
During pop alerts, the letter P will
appear; and during laser alerts,
the letter L will appear, instead of
the signal strength indication.
Laser Signal Detected
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Laser Signals, Voice and Visual Displays
Main Icons
X K Ka V S
P
X K Ka V S
L
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Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
LTI 20-20*
Laser Alert
L is Steady
LTI Ultra-Lyte*
Laser Alert
L is Steady
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During VG-2 or Spectre I or IV+
alerts, the letter V will appear.
It will be steady during VG-2
Notice
and blink
during Spectre I or IV+.
VG-2 Alert Signal
Detected
X K Ka V S
Spectre I or IV+ Alert
Signal Detected
c
X K Ka V S
c
Kustom Signals ProLaser*
Intro
Operation
Laser Alert
Customer
Warranty
L is Steady
Assistance
Kustom Signals ProLaser III*
Laser Alert
L is Steady
Stalker LIDAR*
Laser Alert
L is Steady
Notice – Speedlaser*
Laser Atlanta
Laser Alert
L is Steady
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* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of these signals.
During Safety Alert, the letter
S will appear.
Laser Signal Detected
Safety Alert Signal Detected
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X K Ka V S
X K Ka V S
c
NOTE
Beep rate changes with different laser alerts.
L
Notice
Safety Alert Signals, Voice and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
Radar Signals, Voice and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
Voice
Visual Display
X Band Radar
X Alert
X and Signal Strength
K Band Radar
K Alert
K and Signal Strength
Ka Band Radar
Ka Alert
Ka and Signal Strength
Ku Band Radar
Ku Alert
X K and Signal Strength
Pop Radar Mode
Pop Alert
P is Steady
Intro
Operation
Voice
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Emergency Vehicles
Emergency Vehicle Approaching
S is Steady
Road Hazards
Road Hazard Ahead
S is Steady
Trains
Train Approaching
S is Steady
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Main Icons
Safety Alert Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
NOTE
There are different tones for each Safety Alert.
c
Notice
Intro
X Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
2
K Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
3
Ka Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
5
Ku Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
Visual Display
4
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
VG-2 and Spectre I or IV+ Alert Signals, Voice and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
Voice
Interceptor VG-2
VG-2 Alert
Visual Display
V is Steady
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POP Alert Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
P
Spectre I or IV+
VG-2 Alert Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
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c
Spectre Alert
V Blinks
Spectre I or IV+ Alert
Signal Detected
X K Ka V S
c
Notice
NOTE
There are different
tones for each alert.
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Intro
condary Icons
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Your Detector
Intro
Warranty
Detection
Operation
Customer
Your Detector
Warranty
Intro
Assistance
Instant-On Detection
Your detector is designed to detect Instant-On speed monitoring signals,
which can suddenly appear at full strength.
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Notice
NOTE
You should take appropriate action immediately
whenever an instant-on alert is given.
Operation
Understanding Radar and Laser
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
Understanding
Radar and Laser
Radar Speed Monitoring Systems
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Three band frequencies have been approved by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) for use by speed monitoring radar equipment:
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X band
K band
Ka band
10.525 GHz
24.150 GHz
33.400 – 36.00 GHz
Your detector detects signals in all three radar bands, plus Ku band (13.435 GHz),
Notice
which is an approved frequency used in parts of Europe and Asia.
Responding
to Alerts
Notice
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,
VG-2, or Spectre I or IV+
nearby.
Exercise caution
Tone instantly begins
repeating rapidly.
Radar, VG-2 or Spectre I
or IV+ nearby has been
activated suddenly.
FULL ALERT
VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+
VG-2 and Spectre I & IV+ are radar detector detectors (RDDs) that work by
detecting low-level signals emitted by most radar detectors. Your detector
does not emit signals that can be spotted by VG-2 and Spectre I RDDs.
However, your detector can be spotted by Spectre IV+ RDDs. Your unit
detects signals from these or similar devices and will alert you when such
a device is in use near your vehicle.
Safety Alert Traffic Warning System
Tone repeats slowly as you Probably police
approach a hill or bridge,
radar beyond the
then speeds up sharply as hill or bridge.
you reach it.
FULL ALERT
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.
Tone repeats slowly
for a short period.
Probably a false alarm.
Exercise caution
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.
Any type of laser alert.
Laser alerts are
never false alarms.
FULL ALERT
Any Safety Alert.
You are nearing an
emergency vehicle,
railroad crossing,
or road hazard
(construction,
accident, etc.).
Exercise caution
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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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Your Detector
Intro
Operation
Understanding Radar and Laser
and Maintenance
Customer
Warranty
Intro
LIDAR (Laser)Assistance
Operation
Customer
Warranty
Assistance
Specifications
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
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not as widely. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a clear line of sight to its target
vehicle throughout the entire measurement interval. Obstructions such as sign
posts, utility poles, tree branches, etc., will prevent valid speed measurement.
Some common questions about LIDAR include:
■ Does Notice
weather have any affect on LIDAR?
Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog or airborne dust particles will reduce the
effective range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough, prevent its operation.
■ Can LIDAR operate through glass?
Yes. Newer LIDAR guns can obtain readings through most types of glass.
However, the laser pulse also can be received through glass to trigger
an alarm by your detector.
■ Can LIDAR operate while in motion?
No. Because LIDAR operates by line of sight, the person using it cannot
drive the vehicle, aim and operate the gun all at the same time.
■ Is LIDAR legal to use?
Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.
Maintenance
Maintenance of Your Radar Detector
Specifications
Your Detector
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Band and Frequencies
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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
Ku Band
13.435
± 0.035
GHz
VG-2
11.500
± 0.250
GHz
Spectre I
13.300
± 0.200
GHz
Spectre IV+
Not Disclosed
Laser
910
Notice
± 50
nm
This radar detector is covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents:
5,497,148; 5,594,432; 5,612,685; 6,078,279; 6,094,148. Additional patents
may be listed inside the product or pending.
Your detector is designed and built to give you years of trouble-free performance
without the need for service. No routine Maintenance is required.
If your unit does not appear to be operating properly, please follow these
troubleshooting steps:
■ Make sure the power cord is properly connected.
■ Make sure the socket of your vehicle’s cigarette lighter is clean and
free of corrosion.
■ Make sure the power cord’s cigarette lighter adapter is firmly seated
in your cigarette lighter.
■ Check the power cord fuse. (Unscrew the ribbed end cap of the
cigarette lighter adapter and examine the fuse. If required, replace
it with a 2-amp fuse only.)
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Warranty
Warranty
peration
Customer
Assistance
Warranty
Limited 1-Year Warranty
For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.
Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra 14 Band Radar/Laser
Detectors, and the component parts thereof, will be free of defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of one year from the date of first
consumer purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer
purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Notice
Customer Assistance
Intro
Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective 14 Band
Radar/Laser Detectors, products or component parts upon delivery to the
Cobra Factory Service Department, accompanied by proof of the date of first
consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
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.
Operation
Customer
Assistance
Product Service
Warranty
Product Service
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•
For any questions about operating or installing this new Cobra product, or if
parts are missing…PLEASE CALL COBRA FIRST…do not return this
product to the store. See customer assistance on page A1.
If this product should require factory service, please call Cobra first at
773-889-3087 BEFORE sending the product. This will ensure the fastest
turnaround time on any repair.
If Cobra asks that the product be sent to its factory, the following must be
furnished to have the product serviced and returned:
Notice
1. Send the complete unit, including power cord. (It is not necessary
to include the mounting bracket.)
2. For warranty repair, enclose some form of proof-of-purchase,
such as a photocopy or carbon copy of a sales receipt. If you
send the original receipt, it cannot be returned.
3. Enclose a typed or clearly written description of the problem
you are having with your unit, plus the name and address where
you want the unit returned.
4. Pack the unit securely to prevent damage during transit. If possible,
use the original packing materials.
5. Ship prepaid and insured using a traceable carrier such as United Parcel
Service (UPS), Federal Express or Priority mail with delivery confirmation.
Ship to: Cobra Factory Service, Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West
Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 U.S.A.
6. Please allow three to four weeks before contacting us about the status
of your service. Call 773-889-3087 for assistance. If your unit is under
warranty, it will either be repaired or replaced upon receipt, depending
on the model. If your unit is out of warranty, you will receive a letter
informing you of the repair or replacement charge.
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.
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Customer Assistance
Intro
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Operation
Customer
Assistance
Optional Accessories
Warranty
Optional Accessories
You can find quality Cobra products and accessories
at your local Cobra dealer, or in the U.S.A., you can
order directly from Cobra. See ordering info on page 25.
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Straight 12V DC Power Cord
Windshield Mounting Bracket
Includes plug and fuse
Item # 420-030-N-001
Includes suction cups
Item # 545-159-N-001
Coiled 12V DC Power Cord
Dual Port Power Adapter
Includes plug and fuse
Item # 420-026-N-001
Includes adjustable plug
(up to 90˚) and fuse
Item # CLP-2B
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