SSR 80
Cobra SSR 80 Radar/ Laser Detector
Cobra SSR 80 Radar/ Laser Detector - Front
Cobra SSR 80 Radar/ Laser Detector - Top
USD$ 59.95
The SSR 80 is an affordable radar/laser detector with reliable and proven performance.  The unit detects all radar/laser guns currently used in the United States and Canada.

UltraBright Data Display and Tone Alerts provide easy-to-recognize alerts without taking your eyes off the road. Bar Graph (5-level) Signal Strength Indicators provide relative proximity to the signals detected. Other features include LaserEye 360-degree detection, VG-2 Alert/Undetectable, Spectre 1 Undetectable, Safety Alert, Auto Mute, and City/Highway Modes.

  • Ultra Compact Design & Improved Range - High performance with a refined style.
  • UltraBright Data Display™ - Provides easy recognition of band icons.
  • LaserEye® - Provides 360º  detection of laser signals.
  • Signal Strength Meter - Provides the user with relative proximity to the target.
  • Safety Alert® - Warns driver of emergency vehicles and road hazards from systems equipped with Safety Alert® transmitters.
0.27 LBS (121.00 g)
3.90" (98.00 mm)
2.80" (70.00 mm)
1.30" (33.00 mm)
SSR 80 is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAID FOR IT'S SELF SEVERAL TIMES This is a kick but unit for the price. Saved me several times. I have a higher price Cobra in my car and I love it as well. Cobra has been around for ever and there is a reason they are still here.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not so great I recently just bought this product. I had one incident where it didn't start beeping until I was already pass the cop.
Date published: 2014-11-29
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Will a cracked windshield cause my radar detector go off with the Laser warning every minute or so? It hasn't ever done this, and the crack in my windshield is fairly new as well.

Asked by: Bratney39
Not at all. Laser signals are frequencies. There may be another source of electronic signals interfering with the laser band. To see other frequently asked questions visit: Should you have additional questions or require warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-02-26

My SSR 80 did not warn me of laser not one peep, beep, nothing. I recieved a ticket yesterday at around 3pm and it was clear and sunny out. My radar detector is positioned in the center front windshield so that it has clear line of sight 360 degrees.

Asked by: Steveo77
There can be several reasons why a perfectly functioning radar detector does not provide an adequate alert: The police car did not have an active radar/laser gun In order to alert, the police car must have a radar or laser gun, and the gun must be turned on. Just because a police car is on the side of the road does not mean it has a radar gun. And if you see a radar gun, it might not be turned on at the moment. Police did not use radar/laser to clock you The police may be using a non-radar method of clocking speed, such as VASCAR. With VASCAR, an airplane or helicopter measures the time it takes a vehicle to pass 2 markers on the road. A timer is started when you pass the first marker, and then the timer is stopped when you reach the second marker. Your speed can be calculated based on the time it takes to travel between the markers. The pilot then radios the information to a police car. Since no radar or laser is involved with VASCAR, it cannot be detected by a radar detector. Installation Issues The radar detector needs a clear, unobstructed view down the road. The detector should be mounted at the windshield, and there should be no obstructions (such as windshield wipers) in front of the detector. The detector also needs to be level. This is accomplished by bending the mounting bracket as needed until the detector is level. For best results against laser detection, mount the detector as low as possible on the windshield. Do not mount the detector behind any window tint, otherwise laser detection can be severely reduced. Issues with the windshield: Your vehicle may have an electric defroster built into the windshield or a special coating on the windshield. Both of these items can block radar and/or laser signals. To check whether your vehicle has any of these, please inquire at your auto dealer or the auto manufacturer. Police used “instant-on” radar to clock you: With instant-on radar, the officer waits until your vehicle is very close and then he turns on his radar gun. Your detector will not alert until you are right on top of them. The best way to detect instant-on radar is to detect the officer clocking someone ahead of you. If you are the only car on the road, be careful! Issues with the local terrain: The officer may have been positioned over a hill or around a curve. Curves and hills will reduce radar range. Use caution when approaching curves and hills. Intelli-Mute was turned on: On detectors with Intelli-Mute, the Intelli-Mute may have been engaged. This can result in only 1 beep which may have gone unnoticed. Try turning Intelli-Mute off. To see other frequently asked questions click here: Should you have additional questions or require warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-01-19

is there 360 detection of all signals

Asked by: rsfpete
Thank you for your interest in our products. Please note, radars are receivers. Any signal that reaches the receiver, will cause it to alert, regardless of what direction the signal is coming from. To see other frequently asked questions click here: Should you have additional questions or require warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-01-20

Is it common to get a lazor radar warrening every time you step on the gas peddle i have come to the conclusion that its reacting to the voltage spike as the alternator speeds up. its done this  in any of my vehicles.

Asked by: donthaveone
Not very common, however I have heard of that issue in the past. If you just purchased your radar, you have the option of exchanging it at the place of purchase or send it to Cobra for warranty replacement to the Chicago address on the box. To see other frequently asked questions click here: Should you have additional questions or require warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-01-16

How close to the cops do your detectors go off ?  Such as like What distance away from them ?

Asked by: Josbel
Thank you for your interest in our products. In general, the range is up to 2 miles. Please note, detecting range depends on several factors, including terrain conditions and the method used by the official. Frequently asked questions: Should you have additional questions, please contact our Customer Care Group at 773 889 3087. Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2015-01-12

What does X, K, KA mean when alarm alerts?

Asked by: RickMellott
There are 4 different bands that the FCC has allocated for police radar. The four bands operate at different frequencies. In the beginning there was only the X band. Later on the K band was added. Later still the Ka and Laser bands were added. When the police clock your speed, their equipment will be operating within one of those four bands. It's not unlike broadcast radio. At first there was only the AM band, and now we have two bands: AM and FM. With police radar there are four bands.
Answered by: BrianCobra
Date published: 2015-01-09

Will this detect all current radars in New Zealand? 

Asked by: Steveb
All Cobra radar detectors operate as a receiver anywhere in the world. However, you would need to find out the frequencies being used by officials in your country. For more information, you can also contact our International distributor closest to you from this link: Here is a list of some radar bands and frequencies Cobra units can detect. RADAR BANDS Modern radar detectors have numerous "bands" of operation. Each band corresponds to a specific frequency range or function. Following is a description of the bands available in Cobra radar detectors. X BAND - The frequency range of the X band is 10.475 to 10.575 gigahertz. The X band was the first microwave radar band introduced. Almost all false alerts occur on the X band, because there are many stray signals in this frequency range. Some examples are automatic door openers at supermarkets, some security systems, and microwave transmission towers. K BAND - The frequency range of the K band is 24.0 to 24.25 gigahertz. This is the second microwave radar band introduced by radar gun manufacturers. It is rare to get a false alert on K band, but automatic door openers are currently being manufactured that operate in the K band. Ka BAND - The frequency range of the Ka band is 33.4 to 36.0 gigahertz. This is the newest microwave radar band. It is rare to get a false alert on Ka band. Ku Band The frequency range of the Ku band is 13.4 to 13.47 gigahertz. The Ku band is being used in Europe. Although the FCC has allocated this band for law enforcement use, currently no radar guns in the USA operate on the Ku band. This may change in the future. Not all Cobra models can detect the Ku band. LASER - Laser is light, so this is not a microwave radar band. The laser guns operate in the infrared region, which is invisible to your eye. The infrared region is extremely high in frequency, so it is typically described in terms of wavelength. Cobra radar detectors detect in the range of 860 to 960 nanometers. Cobra's newest models can distinguish between the different laser guns currently in use by law enforcement, so we have split the laser band into separate bands. Older Cobra detectors cannot distinguish between the different laser guns, but they will still provide an alert. It is extremely rare to get a false alert on laser. POP - Mode POP mode is not a separate band. Rather, it is a special mode of operation. When the officer uses POP mode, the radar gun sends out a very short pulse. The pulse is so short that most radar detectors will not provide an alert. Typically the officer cannot write a ticket using POP mode, because it is not 100% reliable. But they will use it to sample your speed, and then decide whether to clock you in the normal way. Only a small percentage of radar guns offer POP mode. Higher end Cobra radar detectors can detect the POP signal. VG2 / SPECTRE - The VG2 and Spectre guns are special devices used by law enforcement to identify the presence of a radar detector. It looks like a radar gun, but it does not measure speed. It tells the officer if you are using a radar detector. It works because all radar detectors leak a small amount of signal. Radar detectors are currently illegal in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and most parts of Canada. Radar detectors are also illegal in all 50 states for commercial drivers (truck drivers, taxi drivers, etc.). If the above does not apply to you, then you don't have to worry about being detected. All current Cobra radar detectors incorporate special circuitry so that they are invisible to the VG2 gun and to Spectre IV. The above bands are all detection methods in use by law enforcement. The following bands are not for law enforcement, they provide safety information. SAFETY ALERT - Designed by Cobra, Safety Alert is a system for alerting motorists to emergency vehicles or safety hazards. It requires a transmitter installed on the emergency vehicle. For radar detectors not equipped with Safety Alert, they will provide a K band warning. The motorist will then slow down and look around, taking notice of the emergency vehicle. For Cobra detectors, it will provide a Safety Alert warning, notifying you that an emergency vehicle is nearby. Safety Alert transmitters may also be present at railroad crossings and construction zones. Not all emergency vehicles are using Safety Alert. Each local municipality decides for themselves. STROBE ALERT Many cities have been using a special sensor mounted on traffic lights, which detects a special strobe light on emergency vehicles. When an emergency vehicle approaches the intersection, the lights turn red for all directions. This stops all traffic to help prevent accidents with the emergency vehicle. The newest Cobra radar detectors can detect the special strobe light, and warn you of an approaching emergency vehicle. Not all emergency vehicles are equipped with the special strobe light. Click here to see other frequently asked questions on radar detectors:
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2014-12-15

I have bought two cobras of the same model and neither of them would turn on. Does it need to be charged? Or does it take batteries? 

Asked by: Mathfuzzel
Please note, Cobra radar detectors do not have an internal battery. It is very unusual to have two units with similar power problems. I would recommend trying the radars on a different power outlet or in a different vehicle. That will help pinpoint whether the problem is the 12V power cord, the vehicle power outlet, or the radars. Frequently asked questions: Thank you for choosing Cobra!
Answered by: Jorge
Date published: 2014-12-08
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