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Operating Instructions for Your

Cobra 6 Band Extra Sensory Detection

RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR
MODEL E S D 6 0 6 0

X K/K
a L
V
/S Cty

Nothing comes close to a Cobra


Detects and provides separate alerts for: TONE ALERTS with adjustable volume Distinguishes important safety alerts from
RADAR/LASER radar signals (X, K, and Ka bands, with ULTRABRIGHT DATA DISPLAY other K band signals

DETECTOR
MODEL E S D 6 0 6 0
signal strength indicated)
laser signals
is easy-to-read
CITY or HIGHWAY modes to reduce
Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
This booklet describes the simple steps for
emergency vehicle safety signals false alerts mounting and setting up your ESD-6060. It also
Congratulations SAFETY ALERT Traffic Warning System provides helpful information about how radar and
VG-2 signals
Youve made a smart choice by purchasing the MANUAL MUTE or AUTO MUTE laser guns are used and how you can interpret
LASEREYE for 360 detection of laser the alerts you receive.
ESD-6060 radar/laser detector from Cobra. of audio alerts
signals
Just look at some of the sophisticated features INSTANT-ON speed monitoring detection
and capabilities your new unit includes:

12V DC
POWER JACK LASEREYE for 360
detection of laser signals.

ON-OFF/VOLUME power 12V DC POWER JACK ON-OFF/VOLUME control


control allows you to indicator
adjust the volume of
the TONE alerts. SPEAKER

X K/Ka L V/S Cty


CITY/HIGHWAY
mode indicators

radar laser VG-2 and safety windshield


indicator indicator indicators bracket
mount
MUTE button for MANUAL MUTE or CITY button for CITY or HIGHWAY
AUTO MUTE of audio alerts. modes to reduce false alerts.
Important Information Table of Contents
Important information about...
Important information about... Security of Your Vehicle
Federal Laws, Safety Alert, Safe Driving,
Federal Laws Governing the Use of Before leaving your vehicle, always Security of Your Vehicle, Customer Support.................................................................................. A1
Radar Detectors remember to conceal your radar detector Installation .................................................................................................................................. 2- 4
It is not against federal law to receive radar in order to reduce the possibility of
OperationGetting Started ............................................................................................................ 5
transmissions with your Cobra radar break-in and theft.
OperationSettings ...................................................................................................................... 6-7
detector. The Communications Act of 1924 Customer Support
guarantees your right to receive radio Highway/City Mode ................................................................................................................ 6
In this user's manual, you should find all the
transmissions on any frequency. Local laws information you need to install and operate Muting an Alert ...................................................................................................................... 7
that contravene this Act, while illegal, may your ESD-6060. If you require further Auto Mute Mode .................................................................................................................... 7
be enforced by your local law enforcement assistance after reading through Detection .................................................................................................................................... 8-11
officials until and unless they are prohibited this manual, Cobra Electronics offers the Signals Detected .................................................................................................................... 8
from doing so by federal court action. following customer support services:
Audio Alerts ............................................................................................................................ 9
Safety Alert Automated Help Desk is available 24 hours
Visual Display ........................................................................................................................ 9-10
Use of this product is not intended to, and a day, 7 days a week at 773-889-3087.
does not, ensure that motorists or Customer Service Operators are available at Instant-On Detection ................................................................................................................ 11
passengers will not be involved in traffic 773-889-3087 Monday through Friday, Responding to Alerts ................................................................................................................ 11
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.
accidents. It is only intended to alert the Understanding Radar and Laser ...................................................................................................... 12-13
Questions can be faxed to 773-622-2269.
motorist that an emergency vehicle equipped Automated Technical Assistance is Maintenance and Service .............................................................................................................. 14-15
with a Cobra Safety Alert transmitter is available 24 hours, 7 days a week via e-mail
Limited 1-Year Warranty ................................................................................................................ 16
within range as defined by that product. at: productinfo@cobra.com
Please call local fire and police departments On-line answers to frequently asked questions Specifications .............................................................................................................................. 17
to learn if coverage exists in your area. can be found at: www.cobra.com. Optional Accessories .................................................................................................................... 18
Safe Driving Order Form .................................................................................................................................. 19
Motorists, as well as operators of emergency WARNING
or service vehicles, are expected to exercise Modifications or parts substitutions not
all due caution while using this product, and approved by Cobra Electronics Corporation
to obey all applicable traffic laws. may violate FCC Rules and void your
authority to operate this equipment.
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1 I N S TA L L AT I O N I N S TA L L AT I O N
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Where to Mount Your Unit Radar and laser signals pass through glass Windshield Mounting 5. To adjust the angle if necessary,
but not through other materials and objects. gently push or pull on the bracket
You will get optimum performance from 1. Attach the rubber cups to the bracket.
Objects that can block or weaken incoming to bend it. DO NOT use the
your ESD-6060 if you mount it at a point
signals include: detector to bend the bracket.
approximately in the center of the vehicle,
as low as possible on the front windshield windshield wiper blades
without obstructing the unit's view of the mirrored sun screens
road either to the front or rear. You can dark tinting at the top of the
also mount it directly on the dashboard. windshield
heated windshields currently available 2. Make sure the rubber cups and
X K
/Ka
V
/S
Cty

on some vehicles (Instaclear for Ford, your windshield are clean. 6. Plug the power cord into the detector.
Electriclear for GM, consult your
dealer to see if you have this option) 3. Push the bracket firmly onto
the windshield.
Windshield mounting

X K
/Ka
V
/S
Cty

7. Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on


the power cord into your vehicle's
Dashboard mounting
cigarette lighter.
The unit's lenses must not be blocked and 4. Attach the detector to the bracket.
the LaserEye should have a clear view out Check the angle of the unit.
the back window to allow 360 detection.

8. You can temporarily remove the


detector whenever you wish by
sliding it off of the bracket.
Instaclear for Ford is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company, Inc.
Electriclear for GM is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation.
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1 I N S TA L L AT I O N O P E R AT I O N G E T T I N G S TA R T E D
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Dashboard Mounting 4. Attach the detector to the hook-and-loop 1. Turn on the unit and adjust audio 2. You will hear 3 beeps and the Power
fastener. You can remove and reattach volume by rotating the Indicator will light up in the display
1. Place the detector on the dashboard
the unit as often as you like. ON-OFF/VOLUME CONTROL DIAL indicating that the power is on.
to find a location where the unit has
clockwise (away from you).
a clear, level view of the road. The
angle can NOT be adjusted after X K/Ka L V/S Cty
mounting.
2. Remove the paper backing from one
side of the hook-and-loop fastener. NOTE: In some vehicles, power is
supplied to the cigarette lighter even
5. Plug the power cord into the detector. while the ignition is off. If this is the
case with your vehicle, you should
turn off or unplug your ESD-6060
when parking for lengthy periods.

3. Attach the pad to the dashboard at


your chosen location and remove the
other paper backing. 6. Plug the cigarette lighter adapter on
the power cord into your vehicle's
cigarette lighter.

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3 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
3
Highway/City Mode To change settings, follow the procedure in Muting an Alert Auto Mute Mode
the table below, which indicates what you
Setting your ESD-6060 to City mode Your ESD-6060 allows you to quickly turn Auto Mute will automatically reduce the
will see and hear as you complete each step.
delays all X band audio alerts at lower off an audio alert by momentarily pressing audio volume of all alerts after 4 seconds
signal strength levels. (A single beep will The factory setting is Highway mode. the MUTE button. If you press the MUTE for as long as the signal is detected.
sound when the signal is first detected.) button a second time during the alert, the The factory setting for Auto Mute is ON.
This will reduce false alerts while you are audio alert will be turned back on.
driving in or near urban areas where there
are many sources for conflicting X band
signals such as microwave towers and
automatic door openers.

CITY button
Press and release

Procedure Tone Visual Display MUTE button


Press and release
To change from Press and 1 beep Cty
Highway mode release the appears in
CITY button. the display Procedure Tone Visual Display
to City mode
To turn Press and release 1 beep none
To change from Press and 2 beeps Cty Auto Mute the MUTE button
City mode back release the while no alert
off off
CITY button is occurring.
to Highway again.
mode
To turn Press and release 2 beeps none
Auto Mute the MUTE button
City mode Highway again while no
X K/Ka L V/S Cty X K/Ka L V /S
mode on alert is occurring.

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4 DETECTION DETECTION
4
Signals Detected Visual Display
Type of Signal Visual Display
The tables on the following pages show An indication of the type of signal
Radar X band radar X
you the types of signals your ESD-6060 detected will appear in the UltraBright K band radar K/Ka
will detect, as well as the voice and Data Display. Ka band radar K/Ka
visual alerts it provides for each one.
X K/Ka L V/S Cty
Audio Alerts X K/Ka L V/S Cty

A distinctly different alert tone is used for


each type of signal detected. For X, K and During laser alerts the letter L will appear.
X K/Ka L V/S Cty
Ka band radar signals, the tones will repeat X K/Ka L V/S Cty
faster as you approach the signal source.
The repeat rate of the tones gives you useful
Type of Signal Visual Display
information about the signal detected. (See During VG-2 Alert the letters V/S will
Laser* LTI 20-20* L
Responding to Alerts, page 11.) appear. LTI Ultra-Lyte* L
Kustom Signals ProLaser* L
X K/Ka L V/S Cty
X K/Ka L V/S Cty Kustom Signals ProLaser III* L

X K/Ka L V/S Cty During Safety Alert the letter V/S X K/Ka L V /S Cty

will appear.
X K/Ka L V/S Cty

* your ESD-6060 provides LaserEye 360 detection of these signals

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4 DETECTION DETECTION
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Instant-On Detection
Type of Signal Visual Display
Your ESD-6060 is designed to detect You should take appropriate
Safety Alert emergency vehicles V/S
road hazards V/S instant-on speed monitoring signals, which action immediately whenever
trains V/S can suddenly appear at full strength. an alert is given.

K/Ka V/S
Responding To Alerts
X L Cty

Description Interpretation Recommended Response

Type of Signal Visual Display tone repeats slowly at first, then probably police radar FULL ALERT
speeds up rapidly
VG-2 Alert Interceptor VG-2 V/S
tone sounds one time only probably a false alarm, but exercise caution
possibly pulsed radar
X K/Ka L V/S Cty tone instantly begins radar or VG-2 nearby has FULL ALERT
repeating rapidly been activated suddenly

tone repeats slowly as you probably police radar beyond FULL ALERT
approach a hill or bridge, then the hill or bridge
speeds up sharply as you reach it

tone repeats slowly for a short period probably a false alarm exercise caution

any type of laser alert laser alerts are never FULL ALERT
false alarms

any Safety Alert you are nearing an emergency exercise caution


vehicle, railroad crossing, or road
hazard (construction, accident, etc.)

20-20 and Ultra-Lyte are trademarks of Laser Safety Alert Traffic Warning System, VG-2 Alert
Technology, Inc. and LaserEye are registered trademarks of
ProLaser and ProLaser III are trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation.
Kustom Signals, Inc. Interceptor VG-2 is a trademark of TechniSonic
Industries LTD.

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5 U N D E R S TA N D I N G R A D A R & L A S E R U N D E R S TA N D I N G R A D A R & L A S E R
5
Radar Speed LIDAR (laser)
Monitoring Systems The correct name for the technology that most line of sight to its target vehicle throughout
Three band frequencies have been approved emergency vehicle or train, or a stationary people refer to as laser is actually LIDAR, the entire measurement interval. Obstructions
by the Federal Communications Commission road hazard. which stands for Light Detection and Ranging. such as sign posts, utility poles, tree branches,
(FCC) for use by speed monitoring radar LIDAR operates much like radar. Its signal etc., will prevent valid speed measurement.
Because these microwave signals are within
equipment: the K band frequency, most conventional spreads out like a radar signal, though not as
radar detectors will detect Safety Alert quickly. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a clear
X band 10.525 GHz
K band 24.150 GHz signals as standard K band radar. Your
Ka band 33.400-36.00 GHz ESD-6060, however, is designed to Some common questions about LIDAR include:
differentiate between standard K band
Your ESD-6060 detects signals in all three and Safety Alert signals, and give separate Does weather have any affect received through glass to trigger an alarm
radar bands. on LIDAR? by your ESD-6060.
alerts for each.
VG-2 Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog, or airborne Can LIDAR operate while in motion?
Safety Alert technology is relatively new. dust particles will reduce the effective No. Because LIDAR operates by line of sight,
VG-2 is a "detector detector" that works Safety Alert transmitters can be found in range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough, the person using it cannot drive the vehicle,
by detecting low-level signals emitted by limited numbers in all 50 states, but the prevent its operation. aim, and operate the gun all at the same time.
most radar detectors. Your ESD-6060 does number is growing. Depending on your Can LIDAR operate through glass?
not emit signals that can be detected by location, you may not receive these alerts Is LIDAR legal to use?
Yes. Newer LIDAR guns can obtain
VG-2, but does detect VG-2 signals and regularly and may often encounter Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.
readings through most types of glass.
will alert you when a device is in use emergency vehicles, trains, and road
However, the laser pulse also can be
near your vehicle. hazards without being alerted. As the
Safety Alert Traffic number of transmitters increases, these
Warning System alerts will become more common.
FCC-approved Safety When you receive such an alert, please
Alert transmitters emit watch for emergency vehicles ahead of you,
microwave radar signals that indicate the on cross streets, and behind you. If you see
presence of a safety-related concern. an emergency vehicle approaching, please
Depending on the frequency of the signal pull over to the right side of the road and
emitted, it can indicate a speeding allow it to pass.

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6 MAINTENANCE & SERVICE MAINTENANCE & SERVICE
6
Maintenance of Your Service If you suspect that your unit 5. Ship prepaid and insured using a
Radar Detector You can receive technical assistance with
requires service, please call traceable carrier such as United
773-889-3087 BEFORE shipping Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express,
Your ESD-6060 is designed and built to your unit through one of our customer
it to Cobra. This will ensure that or first class mail with delivery
give you years of trouble-free performance support services:
you receive service as quickly confirmation. Ship to:
without the need for service. No routine Automated Help Desk is available as possible.
maintenance is required. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Cobra Factory Service
If your unit does not appear to be 773-889-3087. If you are asked to send your unit to the Cobra Electronics Corporation
operating properly, please follow Cobra factory, please follow these steps: 6500 West Cortland Street
Customer Service Operators are
these troubleshooting steps: 1. Send the complete unit, including Chicago, IL 60707 USA
available at 773-889-3087 Monday
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST. power cord. (It is not necessary to 6. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks before
Make sure the power cord is include the mounting bracket.) contacting us about the status of
properly connected. Questions can be faxed to
773-622-2269. 2. For warranty repair, enclose some your service. Call 773-889-3087
Make sure the socket of your vehicle's form of proof-of-purchase, such as a for assistance.
cigarette lighter is clean and free Automated Technical Assistance
is available 24 hours, 7 days a week photocopy or carbon copy of a sales If your unit is under warranty, it will
of corrosion. receipt. If you send the original either be repaired or replaced upon
via e-mail at: productinfo@cobra.com
Make sure the power cord's cigarette receipt, it cannot be returned. receipt, depending on the model. If your
lighter adapter is firmly seated in your On-line answers to frequently unit is out of warranty, you will receive a
asked questions can be found at: 3. Enclose a typed or clearly written
cigarette lighter. description of the problem you are letter informing you of the repair or
www.cobra.com. replacement charge.
Check the power cord fuse. (Unscrew having with your unit, plus the name
the ribbed end cap of the cigarette and address where you want the
lighter adapter and examine the fuse. unit returned.
If required, replace it with a 1-amp 4. Pack the unit securely to prevent
fuse only.) damage during transit. If possible,
use the original packing materials.

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7 WA R R A N T Y

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QUALITY SEAL

Band Frequencies
Cobra Electronics Corporation X band 10.525 0.050 GHz
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707
QUALITY SEAL

www.cobra.com K band 24.125 0.125 GHz


COBRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply; Safety Alert
24.070 0.010 GHz

warrants that its Cobra 6 Band Radar/Laser 1) to any product damaged by accident; 2) in Traffic Warning System
24.110 0.010 GHz
Detectors, and the component parts thereof, will the event of misuse or abuse of the product or 24.190 0.010 GHz
be free of defects in workmanship and materials as a result of unauthorized alterations or repairs;
24.230 0.010 GHz
for period of one (1) year from the date of first 3) if the serial number has been altered,
consumer purchase. This warranty may be defaced or removed; 4) if the owner of the Ka band 34.700 1.300 GHz
enforced by the first consumer purchaser, product resides outside the U.S.A. Laser 910 50 nm
provided that the product is utilized within All implied warranties, including warranties of Unit Dimensions & Weight
the U.S.A. merchantability and fitness for a particular Dimensions 2 58"W x 1 18"H x 3 58"D

Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its purpose are limited in duration to the length Weight 110 grams
option, defective 6 Band Radar/Laser Detectors, of this warranty.
products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra shall not be liable for any incidental,
Cobra Factory Service Department, accompanied consequential or other damages; including,
by proof of the date of first consumer purchase, without limitation, damages resulting from
such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt. loss of use or cost of installation.
You must pay any initial shipping charges Some states do not allow limitations on how
required to ship the product for warranty long an implied warranty lasts and/or do not
service, but the return charges will be at allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
Cobra's expense, if the product is repaired or consequential damages, so the above
or replaced under warranty. limitations may not apply to you. This radar detector is covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents:
This warranty gives you specific rights, and 5,497,148; 5,594,432; 5,612,685; 6,078,279; 6,094,148. Additional
you may also have other rights which vary patents may be listed inside the product or pending.
from state to state.
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9 OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES ORDER FORM
10
You can find these fine accessories at Item # Description Cost Ea. Qty. Amount
your local Cobra dealer. If you wish, 420-030-N-001 Straight 12V Power Cord
420-026-N-001 Curled 12V Power Cord
you can order directly from Cobra.
545-139-N-001 Windshield Mounting Bracket
To order by phone CLP-2B Dual Port Power Adapter
Call 773.889.3087 Prices subject to change without notice. Subtotal
(Press 1 from the main menu (Tax if applicable)
Tax Table
8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F CST. ) Straight 12V DC Power Cord Illinois residents add 8.75%
Shipping/handling $4.00
Indiana residents add 5% Total
To order by mail or fax Includes plug and fuse Michigan residents add 6%
Please fill out order form on next page, 420-030-N-001 Ohio residents add 5%
Wisconsin residents add 5%
and mail/fax directly to Cobra.
To order online For credit card orders fill out order Make check or money order To order online,
Go to www.cobra.com and click on form and fax to: 773.622.2269 payable to: please visit our website at:
shop Cobra. or call 773.889.3087 Cobra Electronics www.cobra.com
(Press 1 from the main menu) 6500 West Cortland Street and click shop Cobra
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, M-F, CST. Chicago, IL 60707 USA
Attn: Accessories Dept.
Windshield Mounting Bracket Please print clearly
Includes suction cups
Name
545-139-N-001
Address (No P.O. Box)

City State

Zip

Telephone ( )

Credit Card No. Exp. Date


Dual Port Power Adapter Curled 12V DC Power Cord Circle One: Visa MasterCard Discover
Includes adjustable plug (upto 90) Includes plug and fuse Customer Signature
and fuse CLP-2B 420-026-N-001 Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Offer valid in Continental U.S. only.

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The Cobra line of quality products includes:

CB radios

microTALK radios
Radar/Laser Detectors

Safety Alert
Traffic Warning Systems
Accessories
HighGear Accessories

For more information or


to order any of our products,
please visit our website:
www.cobra.com
Click shop Cobra

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