Cobra XRS 9930 VP 12 Band Radar Detector

May 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Cobra XRS 9930 VP 12 Band Radar DetectorJust in time for Memorial Day and all of your summer vacation driving plans, they have a radar detector at Costco. This is great timing for us because we’re planning a few long drives in the next few months and hopefully this will keep speeding tickets off of our holiday plans. But first, a quick tale of speeding ticket woe from our last driving adventure.

We were driving back to Austin from Tucson and decided that we could just drive straight through rather than stop at El Paso or someplace else. So, by the time we hit boring west Texas where the roads are straight, long, boring, and bordered by what appears to be nothing, it was dark. I don’t mind driving when it is dark and neither does Dave, I actually think it might be easier. However, what isn’t easier is spotting the cops. And at the time we were radar detector-less. You can probably see how this is a bad combination for two people that have feet made of something even heavier than lead when it comes to driving. So, we were clipping along at a fairly decent pace of around 85 or 90 probably (speed limit of 75 or 80 there), when a guy in a Corvette comes breezing past us. So, my husband thought it looked like he had the tale-tell red light on his windshield of a radar detector, and decided to speed up and follow because surely this guy would flush out or alert us by slowing down if a cop happened to be around. Well, the Corvette accelerated so my husband did too, until he was going well in excess of 100 mph. And then all of a sudden the Corvette shot forward, disappearing from view; we decided to just keep up our now very speedy pace. Just a scant few minutes later, the sad sign of flashing cop car lights behind us appeared. Don’t we all just hate it when that happens? So, the cop pulls us over and guess what…he’s the guy from the Corvette!!! He had gotten so far ahead of us he could turn around and come up behind us to pull us over. Nice. To add insult to injury, a car flew past us when he had us pulled over, so he took my husband’s license and made us follow him while he pulled over another car. It was a big ticket and a sad lesson….get your OWN radar detector and beware of cops in Corvette clothing.

So, after that cautionary tale you’re possibly reminded of a similar situation in your own life and thinking a radar detector is a good idea. The one that they have at Costco is a Cobra XRS 9930 VP 12 band detector. Now you’re probably asking what the hell all of that means. Well, I don’t know about the rest of that stuff but the ’12 band’ portion accounts for the fact that it will detect various types of radar signals. Including 6 radar signals (X band, K band, Ku Superwide radar, Ku Band detection, VG-2 radar detector-detection, Spectre 1 radar detector-detection); 4 laser signals (LTI 20-20 laser, UltraLyte Laser, ProLaser, and ProLaser III); as well as 2 safety systems (safety alert systems and strobe alert systems). So, that’s detection of everything they currently use in the US, and some stuff from Europe that isn’t used here yet (Ku band). It’s also got a host of other useful features. Here’s the list of features and benefits from the Cobra website (they obviously know more about this kind of stuff than I do):

Ultra Performance Extra detection range provides advanced warning.
Full Color ExtremeBright DataGrafix™ Display Full color, graphical display provides easy-to-use set up menus and easy-to-read alert screens.
Ku Band Detection Detects Ku Band Radar Gun currently being used in Europe. Be prepared for future introduction in the U.S.
Voice Alert™ Warns driver with specific voice annunciation of the signal being detected.
VG-2 Alert® Alerts the user when they are under surveillance of VG-2 radar detector-detectors.
Strobe Alert® A Cobra exclusive, works with tens of thousands of emergency vehicles currently equipped with traffic light controlling strobe emitters. Provides advance warning of the presence and/or approach of emergency vehicles.
Safety Alert® Warns drivers of the presence and/or approaching emergency vehicles, railroad crossing, and road hazard locations equipped with Cobra’s exclusive Safety Alert® transmitters.
IntelliMute® Relative-speed-sensing Auto Mute system that virtually eliminates false alerts.
Customizable Display Colors Choose from 5 different Color Schemes: Full Color, Blue, Orange, Green, and Red.
SmartPower™ Automatically shuts off power to the unit when ignition is turned off.
City/Highway Modes Instantly switch between one of the preset City Mode vs Highway Mode.
Dim Mode Allows the user to dim the radar detector display enhancing night driving visibility.
Stay Set Electronic Memory Electronically remembers radar detector settings for an indefinite period of time even with the power removed.
8-Point Electronic Compass Automatically provides an accurate electronic direction reading.

That’s a bunch of stuff that this thing can do. I especially like that it has the voice alert to tell you what radar type has been detected and that it will quiet the beeping after the initial alert, so you don’t have to keep hearing the incessant beep-beep-beep. This particular radar detector has gotten quite good reviews from user’s on Amazon too; it has a 4 out of 5 star rating with 91 user reviews. The general gist is that it is a good, solid radar detector for the money. There were some complaints about the shortness of the curly power cord but it seems pretty long to me since it is about 2 foot long all curled up and stretches to more than 6 foot long. In general, I’m not a fan of the curly power cords, they always seem short and like you have to put too much strain on them to get them to expand; this is especially true when new.

In any case, at Costco for $128.99 you get the radar detector, the windshield or dash mount kit with suction cups or velcro, the curly power cord, and then the added bonus of a 12 volt vehicle power adapter that will allow you to plug 2 devices into one power outlet in your car. The adapter would be really useful if you are in an older car where they didn’t have power adapters all over the place. I have 2 on my dash area so now I can plug in my radar detector, my iPod, and my computer to get some work done while speeding down the highway listening to tunes. haha!

I’ll post an update after I’ve used it for a little while, so I can get a really good set of pros and cons. If you get one, don’t forget to always take it out of your car or put it in the glove box to keep it out of sight. Something about having a detector in plain sight tends to lure in the unsavory types that would like to relieve you of your radar detector. More details to follow soon. Oh by the way, if you’re in Washington D.C. or Virginia, it’s not legal to have a radar detector in your car apparently.


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5 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Attila // 2009.08.08 at 5:03 am

    I have bought a Cobra XRS 9930 on eBay but the display background light didn’t function.
    I looking for a solution to the problem but could not find anything.
    Someone could help me?
    The OLED display is bad or the control electronics?
    Someone wrote that’s a “wide spread” problem but is not found anywhere detailed description of the patch.

    Please help!

    Thank you!


  2. 2 hydraulic car jack // 2009.03.14 at 7:28 am

    I have to say, I can not agree with you in 100%, but it’s just my opinion, which could be wrong.
    p.s. You have an awesome template . Where did you find it?

  3. 3 Robert // 2009.01.08 at 5:45 am

    Cobra radar detectors are very cool! I have been using cobra radar detector from quite a while and have no regrets at all! I would recommend this product to everyone.

  4. 4 Mikel // 2008.09.20 at 2:59 pm

    I get the Ku alert from door openers in supermarkets on my old detector. Is the Ku signal in Europe the same one?

  5. 5 This Week at Costco - May 25 2008 // 2008.05.30 at 3:01 pm

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