Whistler CR80

Radar & Laser / LIDAR Detector w/ Audible Voice Alerts 360-degree Protection and Radar Strength Indicator


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Time to treat yourself to something nice that isn't going to break the bank... Something that'll serve a useful purpose because you don't want to waste your money do you? You want to do something savvy with it... Something that'll induce "oohs" and "ahhhs" from your friends and show them that you're a smart cookie and know how to make good decisions. You want to inspire others to follow your shining, intelligent example. Investing is what savvy people do and you're a savvy person right? Then you already know that investing in a radar detector is what the smartest people do. It's something that can really save you some serious dough in the long run at a ridiculously low price. It's a no brainer. The average ticket costs around 200 bucks plus the extra hundreds of dollars that gets tacked onto your car insurance over the years and the Whistler CR80 costs how much now? You're a smart cookie, you know what to do.

CR80 360 Degree Radar Protection

360° Total Band Protection

  • On the contrary to marketing gimmicks by competitors, only the following bands are used for radar enforcement:
    • X-band (rarely, more commonly seen in rural areas)
    • K-band (also used by traffic signals)
    • SuperWide Ka-band (most commonly used by police)
    • Laser
      • Detects Laser Atlanta Stealth® mode, laser Ally® and the new LTI Truspeed® S
  • Don't fall for gimmicks claiming they cover 9 or 12, or more bands
  • POP™ Mode Detection allows the CR80 to respond to brief bursts of radar
  • High Gain Lens provides an increased field of view and longer range of detection
  • Safety Warning System™ keeps you informed of highway safety where transmitters are located

CR80 Technology Prevents False Alerts

Packed with Technology to Reduce False Alerts

  • Ka Max Mode provides improved Ka band sensitivity
    • Most commonly used band by police
  • Traffic Flow Signal Rejection (TFSR) eliminates alerts from traffic flow sensors
  • 3 Filter Modes to eliminate false alerts
  • Selectable Bands allow you to shut off specific bands
    • Some bands like the X-band aren't used in certain areas for radar enforcement - Turn off the band if it's not needed so you don't get alerted
  • Alert Priority displays the most important signal when multiple signals are detected
  • 3 City Modes/Highway Modes

CR80 Icon Display

Alert Periscope Provides a Visual Alert

  • Blue Light Up Signal Strength Indicator so you know the approximate distance from the radar/laser
  • Light Up Icon Display makes reading the radar band simple and easy
    • Adjustable brightness for nighttime driving

CR80 Voice Alerts

Audible Alerts For Verbal Identification

  • Real Voice® Alerts provide verbal alerts for modes selected and bands received
  • Distinctive Tone Alerts for easy identification of radar and laser detection
    • Allows you to easily identify important bands
  • Mute function will silence audible alerts
  • Stay Alert™ is a Whistler exclusive that will emit a tone on long trips to keep you awake and alert
  • Intellicord® ready to control volume and other functions

CR80 Customizable Features

The Icing On the Cake

  • Low Emission Design is more difficult to detect by radar detector detectors such as VG-2 and Spectre
  • Automatic Shutdown will automatically turn off the radar detector under certain conditions
  • Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off detector after 6 hours
    • Simply reset the timer to turn it back on
  • Includes hardwire accessory for a permanent install
  • Installs on the windshield, or dashboard

Whistler CR80 Specifications:

  • Operating frequencies:
    • X band (10.500 - 10.550 GHz)
    • K band (24.050 - 24.250 GHz)
    • Ka band (33.400 - 36.000 GHz)
  • Power Requirements:
    • 12.0-15.0 Volts DC negative ground
    • 250 mA typical standby
  • Operating temperature range: -10°C to +70°C (-41°F to +158°F)
  • Weight: .39 oz.
  • Dimensions: 3"W x 5"D x 1.5"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty


Due to state laws, Sonic Electronix, Inc can not ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia.

Sonic Electronix does not endorse or condone speeding or any kind of reckless driving. Please drive responsibly and obey the law.

Product Features

Dark Mode
Dark mode is a brightness option. Unless there is an alert, the unit will be completely dark.
Voice Alerts
The feature designates if the unit uses voice alerts. Voice alerts will audibly alert the driver of various warnings.
Auto Mute
The auto mute function will conveniently mute the alert tone when the alert lasts for an extended period of time. This is for the drivers convenience during extended encounters.
Auto Shut Off
A convenient feature that turns off the unit when the ignition is turned off.

Product Specifications

Radar Display
The type of display that the radar detector has.

LED Displays: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know through a bright LED display.

LED Icon Indicators: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating icons and symbols.

Text Display: Tells the driver what he or she needs to know by illuminating text on the display.

LED Icon Indicators
Signal Strength Meter
This feature means that the unit displays that strength of the received signal.
Brightness Control
If the brightness of the unit can be conveniently adjusted and controlled, it will be listed here.
Turn-on/off Select Bands
Many radar detectors can detect many different bands of signal. This feature designates if the user can select what bands he or she has on or off.
Unit Mounting
Different radar detector are attached to the vehicle in different ways. The most common is for it to be suction-cupped to the windshield. This allows the unit to be moved from one vehicle to another with ease. Another mounting option is called remote-mounting. A remote mount unit is directly installed into your vehicle.

Other ways to mount your radar detector include Velcro and adhesive.

Suction cups
Power Source
The power source is the method in which the unit receives power. Some units will be powered by batteries, while others will need to be plugged in to an AC or DC power source.
12V DC Car Adapter
Direct Power Accessory
If there is an optional accessory to the unit that will provide power, it will be listed here.
Travel Case Included
If a protective travel case is included, it will be listed here.


Number of Detected Bands
This number indicates the number of bands the radar/laser detector protects against. The term band includes different radars, lasers, and safety signals, among others. The higher the number, the greater the protection.
X Band
X Band is a frequency used for detecting speed from a police radar.
K Band
K Band is the most popular radar frequency band that is used today. It is able to detect speeds from a stand still location, or from a moving vehicle
Ka Band
Ka Band operates within the frequencies 26.5-40 GHz. This is the newest introduced radar band and it is becoming more and more popular. It rarely has a false alert.
This feature specifies if the unit will detect lasers.
Pop Alert
Some radar guns operate in a POP mode so they can get a speed reading of a target vehicle extremely fast, resulting in most radar detectors not being able to consistently signal an alert. There are very few radar guns in service in the U.S. capable of POP mode operation. If your radar detector is Pop Alert capable, you may notice an increase in Ka-band false alerts when POP mode radar detection is switched on.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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X Minn Cop

Brainerd, MN

Whistler CR80

August 24, 2014

This product has performed just like the advertising. Flawless.
It eliminated the greatest percentage of false signals.
Totally satisfied.

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Kenner, Louisiana

Very reliable!

April 14, 2014

This is avery dependable radar detector!
I am very pleased with my purchase!
I recommend this product to anyone who is on the
Road a lot. It will help you to have a safer and ticket free trip
Anywhere you go!!!

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New Mexico

Great Value

January 4, 2014

Recently got back from a cross country trip. The CR80 worked flawlessly. It has good features for the price and overall a very good unit.

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