Whistler 1605 User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL

1605

RADAR DETECTOR

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If you have questions concerning the operation of this Whistler product please call consumer relations:

1-800-531-0004

Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT

Please keep the receipt in a safe place. If the unit is returned without a dated proof of purchase, an out of warranty service charge applies. Note: Your warranty period begins at the time of purchase. The warranty is validated only by your receipt.

Now is the time to record the serial number of the unit in the space provided in the warranty section of the manual.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Whistler Owner,

For many of us, a vehicle is more than just transportation. It can be a mobile office, communications or entertainment center, or simply an expression of our personality. Whistler products are designed to make the time you spend in your vehicle more productive, more fullfilling, safer, or just simply more fun. Our mission is to provide products that improve your driving experience.

Your new Whistler 1605 radar detector detects all radar and safety radar systems. Your Whistler detector includes many preferred features. It offers dectection of the new Safety Warning System™ technology. This provides advanced warning of various highway hazards in communities where available, enabling you to respond more appropriately to potentially dangerous conditions.

To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of the Whistler 1605 we recommend reading this entire manual.

Enjoy the Whistler 1605 and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

THE WHISTLER GROUP

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Topic

Page

Model Features Summary ....................................................

3 - 4

Installation .............................................................................

5 - 7

• Mounting Guidelines

 

• Dash/Visor/Windshield Mounting

 

• Power Connection And Fuse Replacement

 

Operation ............................................................................

8 - 10

• Power On And Self-Test

 

• Feature Engaged Confirmation

 

• Quiet Modes

 

• City Mode

 

Radar Alerts .......................................................................

11 - 13

• Speed Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Pulse Protection®

 

• Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Care and Maintenance

 

Troubleshooting Guide............................................................

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Are Detectors Legal? ...............................................................

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Speed Monitoring Technologies .....................................

16 - 17

• Radar Facts

 

• Laser Facts

 

• Other Speed Detection Systems

 

• Radar Detector Detectors

 

Warranty Information........................................................

18 - 20

Specifications............................................................................

21

Accessories ...............................................................................

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WHISTLER FEATURES

Whistler 1605

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Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendlydesign provides a new level of operating convenience. Special features include:

1.Bracket Release Button – Provides quick and easy release of the mounting bracket.

2.Power/Volume Control – Turns unit on/off and adjusts audio level.

3.QUIET Button – Pressing QUIET during a radar encounter silences audio alerts, while allowing visual alerts to keep you informed.

4.CITY Button – Reduces the annoyance of false alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.

5.Speaker – Provides distinct audio warnings for X, K, Ka band radar and safety radar.

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WHISTLER FEATURES

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6.Power Jack – Provides connection for the power cord.

7.Radar Antenna – Compact, high-efficiencyantenna receives radar signals.

8.Mounting Bracket Location – Slot holds mounting bracket firmly.

Accessories

Accessories included are highly functional and easy to use.

Power Cord - Connects to the unit’s power jack and your vehicle’s lighter socket.

Windshield Bracket - Allows installation of unit on your vehicle’s windshield.

Hook & Loop Fasteners - Designed to secure the unit on a level dashboard.

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INSTALLATION

Mounting Guidelines

Mount the unit as low as possible near the center of the windshield.

Do not mount your unit behind wipers, ornaments, mirrored sunscreens, etc. These obstructions have metal surfaces which can affect radar signals and reduce critical warning time. (Regular tinted glass does not affect reception.)

Some newer windshields have an Instaclearor Electriclear™ type coating, which affect radar signals. Consult your dealer or the owner’s manual supplied with your vehicle to determine if your windshield has this coating.

Avoid placing unit in direct contact with windshield.

To reduce the possibility of theft, conceal your unit when not in use.

Windshield Mounting

Install the two suction cups and rubber bumper onto the bracket by fitting them into their holes.

Press the suction cups onto the windshield at the location you have chosen. IMPORTANT: Some newer cars have a plastic safety coating on the inside of the windshield. The windshield bracket may leave permanent marks on this type of surface. To find out if your vehicle has this type of windshield, check the owner’s manual or ask your dealer. We recommend that you do not leave the suction cup bracket on the window in direct sunlight. If the detector is removed, this may cause blistering of the dash in some vehicles.

Slide the detector onto the bracket until it locks into place.

If necessary, the unit may be leveled by bending the wind-

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INSTALLATION

shield bracket. Press the bracket release button and remove the detector before bending.

Dash Mounting

• Make sure have chosen is relatively level and is clean and dry. Clean with isopropyl alcohol if necessary to remove any waxes or polishes.

• Separate the fastener strips. Peel the paper backing off each strip and adhere one piece to the dash and the other piece to the bottom of the unit, taking care not to cover the serial number.

Be careful not to place the fastener strip over the unit’s serial number. If the fastener strip is removed, the serial number may be pulled off the unit. Units without serial numbers are not covered under warranty.

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INSTALLATION

Visor Mounting (optional accessory)

Slide the visor bracket into the bracket mounting slot.

Clip the visor bracket onto the visor making sure it is relatively level and has a clear view of the road.

Slide on view

Insert into bracket mounting slot. Do not bend this section of bracket.

Power Connection

Plug the small end of the power cord into the unit’s power jack.

Plug the large end into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

Fuse Replacement

The lighter socket plug is equipped with a replaceable 2 amp 3AG fuse located behind the silver tip. To replace the fuse, carefully unscrew the tip of the plug. (IMPORTANT: Unscrew slowly. The tip contains a spring which may fly out when disassembling.) Insert the new fuse with the spring and screw on the tip. With use, screw cap on plug may loosen. Retighten occasionally.

Unscrew the tip of the lighter socket plug carefully when replacing the 2 amp fuse.

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OPERATION

Power On And Self-Test

Each time your Whistler detector is turned on, an automatic self-testsequence confirms that the speaker and visual displays are functional.

During Power Up, all the LEDs illuminate, while the X, K, and Ka alerts are sounded in sequence.

After the alert the 1st and 3rd alert LEDs flash and the Safety Radar alert is sounded. At the end of the self-testsequence the unit is in the highway mode.

Feature Engaged Confirmation

Each time a button is pressed one beep confirms feature “on”, two beeps confirm feature “off”.

Power On

Radar

City On

LED

Visual Alert

LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The audio alerts are continuous, but have a Geiger counterlike pattern to help you determine your distance from the radar source; the faster the beeping, the closer you are to the transmitting source.

At the same time, illumination of multiple LEDs indicates relative signal strength.

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