Whistler 1650 User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL

1650 Series

LASER/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 CST

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 return of the Warranty Validation card.

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 fulfilling, safer, or just simply more fun. Our mission is to provide products that improve your driving experience.

Your new Whistler 1650 Series laser/radar detector detects all radar, laser and safety radar systems. The comprehensive safety system detects all safety radar including the Safety Warning System™ keeping you informed of road hazards and adverse weather. Whistler’s 1650 Series also offers a digital display with safety messages to keep you informed while you drive.

To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of the Whistler 1650 Series and to better understand the differences between detecting radar, laser and safety radar signals, we recommend reading this entire manual.

Enjoy the Whistler 1650 Series and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

THE WHISTLER GROUP

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Topic

Page

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

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

6 - 8

• Mounting Guidelines

 

• Dash/Visor/Windshield Mounting

 

• Power Connection And Fuse Replacement

 

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

9 - 12

• Power On And Self-Test

 

• Feature Engaged Confirmation

 

• Auto Quiet/Quiet Modes

 

• Highway Mode

 

• City Mode

 

• Dim/Dark Mode

 

• Engaging/Disengaging VG-2Detection

 

• Vehicle Battery Saver Mode

 

Radar, Laser And VG-2Alerts ..........................................

13 - 16

• Speed Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Pulse Protection®

 

• Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

 

VG-2Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Alert Priority

 

• Care and Maintenance

 

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

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

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

19 - 20

• Radar Facts

 

• Laser Facts

 

• Other Speed Detection Systems

 

• Radar Detector Detectors

 

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

21 - 23

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

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

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WHISTLER FEATURES

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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 Jack – Provides connection for the power cord.

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

4.High Visibility Display – Provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation.

5.QUIET/Auto Quiet Button – Pressing QUIET before a signal is detected engages Auto Quiet Mode. Pressing QUIET during a radar/laser encounter silences audio alerts, while allowing visual alerts to keep you informed.

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

7.DARK/VG-2Button – Reduces illumination of display to “dim” or “dark” settings. Press and hold (for two seconds) to engage or disengageVG-2.

8.Laser Antenna (Rear) – An integrated optical waveguide provides superior detection of laser signals transmitted from behind.

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9.Laser Antenna (Front) – High gain optical lens array provides increased sensitivity and field of view for leadingedge laser detection.

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

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

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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.

Certain 1650 Series radar detectors include additional accessories.

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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 and laser 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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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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