Cobra iRad-100 iRadar Review

The iRadar may be a useful device for many drivers in identifying possible speed traps set by law enforcement agencies, but it also offers users so much more.

The majority of standard radar detector devices work out-of-the-box, simply by plugging the power and mounting them to a windshield of a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, the iRadar is not as simple. The device links with an iPhone via Bluetooth in conveying a variety of information, such as red light cameras, speed trap locations, the type of radar it is reading and even your vehicle’s voltage output to your iPhone.

So, before heading off to a store to buy this device, please be sure that you already own an iPhone.

The Accessories

Out of the box a user will find the iRadar device, a slim car charger, which comes equipped with a built-in USB port for charging your iPhone, as well as a windshield suction cup mount.

The iRadar Device

The iRadar is not a small device. Although the iRadar does not have a built-in screen, it still measures the same size than any other similar radar detection device, which at times may make the device a bit excessive.

The iRadar measures 1.15 inches deep by 2.92 inches wide by 4.22 inches long. It is almost the size of a deck of playing cards and is composed of nearly featureless glossy black plastic.

All information that would have appeared on the screen of a similar device, are now passed to the users’ iPhone via Bluetooth.

On the left side of the device, users will find a volume switch, which doubles as a power switch.

At the top of the device is a mute button, a loud speaker, and the front portion is adorned with an LED light, which will glow red when the iPhone is disconnected.

Once a Bluetooth connection is made with an iPhone it will emit a chime and the LED light will change to blue.

The Cobra iRadar App

The Cobra iRadar App is not a necessity to operate the device, but will vastly increase the radar detector functions, according to Cobra.

Within the applications’ settings, users will find a large amount of options, which can be used to make changes to various functions, such as auto mute alerts, how the user would like to use the GPS or simply toggle the type of alert.

The app also consists of a Dashboard section where users are able to view current speed, the direction in which the vehicle is travelling as well as the vehicle’s battery voltage. When a radar is detected, the iPhone will display the type of radar.

While many may see no need for a voltage feature within the app, this may in fact be a life-saver! If the iRadar detects that the voltage of the vehicle has dropped, which normally happens when a vehicle is switched off, it will automatically turn off the iRadar system in order to prevent the vehicle’s battery from being drained.

The app also provides a map feature where the user can view known red light camera locations as well as speed traps in the vicinity.

This information is provided by Cobra’s AURA database, which is updated constantly. The map feature will always display the users’ location via Google Maps.

360 Degree Protection

According to the manufacturer, the iRadar provides 360 degrees protection from both laser and radar guns of all types, although we doubt this statement in a number of respects.

It is recommended that the device is mounted at the rear of a vehicle, or at least facing backward in truly achieving 360 degrees coverage.

Practical Testing

Overall, the iRadar appeared to perform well. Alerts on red light cameras and speed traps are provided accurately from the AURA database.

 A few false alerts have been displayed, although the majority of false alerts have quickly been rectified and dismissed by the device.

Our overall experience was positive after putting the device to the test, and we highly recommend it to consumers.


The iRadar Radar Detection Device currently retails at an amount of $129.99.

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