Cobra - RAD 450 Radar and Laser Detector
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Compatible with most vehicles
For wide-ranging use.
Detection and separate alerts
For radar signals (X, K and Ka bands, with signal strength indicated), laser and VG-2 signals.
Detects radar guns with “instant-on” (very fast) speed monitoring capabilities.
Detects laser signals from both front and rear.
Muted driving mode for times driver wants less audible feedback while talking with passengers or on the phone.
Eye-Catching OLED Display
Bright white OLED display features band identification icons and numeric signal strength meter.
Allows the user to dim the radar detector display enhancing night driving visibility.
English and Spanish voice and text alerts.
- Cobra Radar and Laser Detector
- power cord and mount
- Number Of Bands3
- GPS EnabledNo
- Voice AlertsYes
- Product NameRAD 450 Radar and Laser Detector
- Mounting StyleWindshield
- Model NumberRAD450
- Color CategoryMulti
- VG-2 AlertYes
- Safety AlertYes
- Product Height4.12 inches
- Product Width2.64 inches
- Product Depth1.35 inches
- Product Weight0.63 pounds
- Selectable Display ColorsYes
- Touch ScreenNo
- Mute FunctionYes
- Headphone JackYes
- Internal MemoryNo
- Smartphone CompatibleYes
- Mobile Operating System CompatibilityAndroid, Apple iOS
- X-Band RadarYes
- K-Band RadarYes
- POP Mode Radar Gun DetectionYes
- Manufacturer's Warranty - PartsNot available
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNot available
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 725 reviews(725 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Cobra RAD-450 Vs. Passport 9500ixPosted .
If you don't want the story just scroll all the way down. If you want to read the experience, continue. For 2 years I had an old XRS-9370 cobra that became outdated and started picking up every sensor from stores, to Audi, BMW, and GM vehicles. It got annoying with false alarms. So I decided to go with a Passport 9500ix. Out of the box it was a very good radar and would pick up at long distances which is good, but again it would pick up Cadillac and Mercedes Benz vehicles. Not as severe as my old radar, but I decided to hold onto it. Now 5 days after the purchase the right side of the lights on the display went dim. I decided to return it. Oddly enough, I read about the RAD-450 Cobra but never saw one in inventory at any best buy. But this day. I returned the escort and there was only one RAD450 that none of the members even knew about. It was just there and it was the only one they had got. So I decided to give it a try. Quick review: I'm blown away by the performance of this radar. It does NOT pick up any type of collision system from any GM which has been a pain for both escort and cobra owners. As for distance in picking up police, it doesn't have an extreme long distance reach but does have maybe about a mile reach which comes in handy. As far as quality, it seems very well put together and it does exactly what it says with the IVT filter for In-Vehicle-Technology. 1 false alarm in 3 days. I had 8 false alarms with the escort in 5 days. Worth the money!!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome radar detectorPosted .
For the money this radar detector is above and beyond all other radar detectors that I have owned this detector is so reliable I mean it is dead on accuracyI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Catches them from afar!Posted .
Works perfectly! I recommend you place it high up on windshields.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use4 out of 5Quality1 out of 5Value2 out of 5
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
It didnt work for two trips and got ticket!Posted .Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I bought this to save me from tickets, Unfortunately I got ticket. I was surprised that it got a lot of false alarms as well as didn't detect many cops that I passed by. It did nothing even when I am on speed limit or less. Seems the cops got new radar system this cobra couldn't handle it no more! Definitely returned this back!!
FeaturesEase of Use4 out of 5Quality1 out of 5Value2 out of 5No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Top Detector At Any Price PointPosted .
This detector is in many ways the perfect detector. Here's why. It does not have the range of the $600 detectors but essentially this is a plus - because it has fewer false signals, while it still detects police radar in time to slow down. It also covers all bands including Laser, K, Ka. It also has VG2 and Spectre signals - although I don't really see the point of Spectre and VG2 - just turn your detector off in Virginia and Wash DC. I have found it works fine and police are usually on Ka in my area. All K hits are auto-door openers so far. It does seem to light up more indicators when it is really police radar - great. In summary it works fine and ironically due to lower range than best detectors it may be better as I said above - but you choose. Lastly it says it has filtering for the new BLIS and other car avoidance systems - but can't fully attest to that. I did see it not detect (or filtered out properly) a Mercedes which had the BLIS or other collision avoidance systems as I saw the Mercedes light up in it's side view mirrors. However on American cars with BLIS it did sound off so this area is muddy which seems to be true of all detectors per my research. In the future I expect the best detectors will filter out the BLIS radar signal but will have an indicator of some sort so you know it thinks it saw BLIS. I'd buy this one for now till the best ones really get better.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Go Ahead, Make Your Day and Buy It.Posted .
(Synopsis) Go ahead spend an additional $400 or more for a Radar Detector. You will still get false alarms. Even the GPS equipped units false at door openers and intrusion alarms, until the location is flagged. What good is that feature on a route you haven’t traveled before? This RAD 450 reliably provides all the warning and information you need at far less cost. It gives clear alerts at a distance great enough to avoid problems. I may not be consciously speeding but just in case I want to know where they are so I can go even slower (read on to longer version if you’re interested in why). (Long Version)This is a very well designed and great performing Radar Detector. My last detectors were a famous and expensive brand. One quit working after few years and the other, a battery operated unit began to give way too many false alarms both radar and laser, even when passing cell towers. The beauty of the RAD 450 is that while not totally immune to false alarms (and neither are the $600 plus competitor units) the way it handles and displays alerts makes all the difference. I have been driving with a Radar Detector for decades. No, I don’t use it to purposely speed. Yes I do use it to learn where speed traps are set up. Way back in the ‘70s I received a ticket from what was obviously a crooked speed trap. Unless Radar can see through a field of trees and a long Cadillac Limo they had no real idea of the speed of the New ’73 VW Squareback Demo that was a perk from my job. I came upon the limo stopped in the middle of the road and the cops just pulled me over too. Having dealer plates I did not have a registration so I got a ticket for that too. I pleaded guilty to the no registration and not guilty to the speeding by mail. I then received a notice that the registration summons was dropped but I had to pay a fine for speeding. I went to court and the judge said I couldn’t win and to pay the fine which would be more if I contested it. So goes the local Revenue Enhancement Program. I began watching for possible traps and a few years later I bought a Fuzzbuster which looked like a small toaster sitting on the dash of another Demo, this time a nice New ’78 Chevy Nova 2DR V8. To test it I drove an abrupt 55 to 30 mph speed trap area at night. The X band (the only one used then) went off as I approached the speed zone. Meanwhile I noticed headlights bearing down fast so I pulled over and let him fly by. Sure enough down and up a hill and around a curve about a mile from where the Fuzzbuster went off the guy was pulled over. Lesson for today, never drive without your Cobra and get it at Best Buy for best price and service.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
great radar detector for the moneyPosted .
I have owned several Cobra radar detectors over the years. I bought this unit for my girlfriend as a birthday present and personally like this one better than the $200 Cobra i have now, that i bought last year. It gets a lot less false alerts than mine, and i will probably be buying another one in the spring for my work car.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Works wellPosted .
This was my second attempt. My first detector I tried to get kept going off in my garage due to my car's radar for proximity and such. It was annoying, going past a car with blind spot detection would set it off too. This one doesn't have the same issues. Works well. There's a lot of spots my other detectors would go off from some store's radar for the doors, but this only goes off at one of them. Every other alert it gives is genuine. The only downside is the window mount - it's horrible and doesn't last. Keeps falling off if it gets too hot or too cold, so I replaced it with a better third party one. For the price can't beat this.I would recommend this to a friend
Asked by 1a2b3c.
- A:Answer Supposedly not. Manual claims its not detectable.
Answered by Tvkscout
Q: QuestionIs this new detector set up so it DOES NOT go off every couple of minutes when an expensive car goes by? I was told by your company about two years ago that you were working on eliminating all those FALSE alarm which are so annoying that I usually unplug
Asked by Roberto.
- A:Answer This detector does not go off at all when a new car sporting the new avoidance RADAR goes by. It is also up gradable as new systems are put in cars
Answered by ludwig1969
Asked by Barb.
- A:Answer It comes with a power cord that plugs into your cigarette lighter. It provides suction cups for windshield mounts and also a double stick Velcro pad to attach to the dash. However you must put it so that the rear facing Laser has an unobstructed view through your rear window. On my 2013 F150 I had to put it on the windshield so that it was high enough to be able to 'see' over the rear seats.
Answered by RalphHenry
Asked by Cobra.
- A:Answer Mine detects laser, maybe you have an obstruction in rear of detector.
Answered by Eyes
Asked by AJAKES.
- A:Answer You have to be careful when mounting this unit. It must have an unrestricted view. Windshield wipers and a tinted brow on the windshield will affect the range on this detector. Mounting it above the windshield wipers and ensuring that the detector is fairly level will assist in how well it can detect radar/laser. This detector has signaled for a radar over 1 mile away when it had an unobstructed view. Remember that buildings, hills, and other things can interfere somewhat with the detector's ability.
Answered by 1Thumper
Q: QuestionCan anyone please tell me what the length of the cord is that goes into the cigarette lighter plug? I have a 2016 Honda Civic and my lighter plug is behind the shifter (drive, reverse, etc) and I want to make sure it'll be long enough to plug in. Thanks!
Asked by Length.
- A:Answer I just measured it and its 7 ft.
Answered by moon6969