18R Basic Remote - $199.99

What's the Difference Between the 18R and 18R2?

Boasting bi-directional communication, the 18R removes the guesswork that exists in most wireless systems by allowing you to check continuity, arm-state, and signal strength directly from the remote. You can feel confident knowing your modules are armed, in good range, and ready to fire from the palm of your hand at any time.

The 18R is safe and simple to use and perfect for small to mid-sized shows, or specialty applications within larger shows such as wide multi-position fronts, the big guns, and finales. Using the 18R, you can manually fire up to 1,800 unique cues across unlimited firing modules.

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The COBRA 18R uses simple controls to allow up to 100 unique channels to fire from a single remote. Simply change the channel on the remote to fire modules set to the same channel. With 100 channels and 18 cues per module, you can fire up to 1,800 unique cues. You can also set as many modules as you want to the same channel to fire multiple positions at the same time. This allows for an easy way to create mirrored fronts or effects.


Different from uni-directional wireless firing systems, all COBRA systems utilize bi-directional transceivers. This means that each firing module will transmit critical information such as cue continuity, signal strength, battery life, and arm-state back to the hand-held remote. This gives you confidence that the modules are in range, armed, and still showing good continuity for each of the desired cues right up to the moment you start your show.


At COBRA, we believe safety and reliability are the most important features of any firing system. With that in mind, every COBRA system incorporates the below collection of technological and usability based features. This ensures safe and reliable functionality every time you use the system.

  • IEEEĀ® Unique Network MAC Addresses - Every COBRA remote contains a fully unique network MAC address. This address is programmed onto the unit at the time of production and contains 16 x 0-F base-16 values. For example, 00.1C.2C.00.00.C0.00.01.

    By syncing a firing module to a remote, the remote's network MAC address is saved and remembered on the firing module, even after power-on and power-off. Once saved, the firing module will ONLY respond to the remote containing this unique MAC address. This prevents any other remotes from firing your system. In addition, any time a firing module is synced to a different remote, the previous MAC address is overwritten, thereby ensuring the firing module only responds to the last remote to which it was synced.

  • 2.4GHz tranceiver modules - The Cobra 18R uses a 2.4GHz transceiver module manufactured by Synapse, a US company that both develops and manufactures its SNAP line of IEEE 802.15.4 radio modules and transceiver ICs.

    The same transceiver and software development platform is used successfully not only by COBRA, but also in a variety of safety-critical industrial wireless applications, including medical monitoring systems and airport lighting controls.

  • Redundant, solid-state, self-testing MOSFETs - The COBRA 18M uses redundant solid-state firing FETs on both the high and low side of each firing cue. This ensures that no power is supplied to the cue unless the firing module is both armed, in fire mode and is actively firing a cue. The redundant FETs provide protection against unintentional electro-static discharge (ESD) and serve to automatically test for damaged or shorted FETs upon system start-up. If detected, the system will automatically disable itself and will not operate.

  • NFPA compliant user-design - The COBRA system adheres to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chapter 9.2 requirements including a key-operated switch, multiple actions to arm and fire, and minimum current requirements when performing continuity tests.

  • Contains FCC, CE and IC certified RF Module - The 18R contains the Synpase 802.15.4 2.4GHz RF transceiver modules and is affixed with the CE mark and the FCC mark: "FCC ID: U9O-SM220" per Part 15 regulations.

Wireless Confidence

While using a wireless firing system, the last thing you should be worried about is reliability. At COBRA, we have taken many steps to ensure that when your firing commands leave the remote, they reliably reach your modules.

  • Long Range - Although COBRA advertises a 1,500+ ft. (500+ m) range, the Synapse Sm-220 used by COBRA is advertised over 15,000+ ft. (4,500+ m). This is a manufacturer's spec and is based on the RF Module having the possibility of receiving a command. For pyrotechnics, we depend on guaranteed firing and not possibilities. Therefore, we don't advertise this range although the system can transmit this far. In extreme range tests, we successfully fired cues from over 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) in over-water conditions.

  • MESH - Firmware versions 5.0 and later will contain our MESH technology. MESH, a signal miracle worker, allows all devices to participate in signal communications. Think of every firing module acting as a repeater, relaying all communications to all devices within range in real-time. This feature allows you to repeat communications over hills and around buildings, and produce a worry-free signal environment. The MESH network functions automatically for all devices. No user action is required, simply operate on version 5.0 and you will leverage this shared network.

  • Firing Redundancy - When pressing any fire button on the remote including individual 1-18 fire, STEP fire, or AUTO-FIRE, the 18R will send out 12 redundant firing command pulses. This ensures that if one command is missed, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc... will be received. If your signal strength readings are beyond the recommended -70 value, the system will fire, however it is recommended that you hold the firing button down until you see visual confirmation. This is because the remote sends about 40 redundant firing commands a second when held.

Power Conservation

The 18R will last for up to 15 hours in active operation. At any time you can power on the 18R to determine the current battery life. When the remote powers on, it will display 1 through 9, this represents the power level, with 9 being full power, and 1 being low power. In addition, the 18R has a built-in power conservation feature that causes the remote to go to sleep if left on accidentally. In sleep mode, the 18R will last for over 60 hours.

Night Friendly

The 18R provides bright backlit silicon keypads for easy night viewing. In addition, wide-buttons make you feel confident you won't accidentally press the wrong buttons or multiple buttons at the same time. Once pressed, a red LED displays on the remotes 18-cue LED grid, confirming the cue has fired.


The 18R is enclosed in 2.5mm thick high-strength ABS plastic. The clear design minimizes entry of air, moisture and dust into the electronic housing by eliminating the need for cut-outs and micro-gaps in the enclosure. Polyurethane-coated fire-retardant silicon keypads have custom walls that push up against the top-enclosure to further protect against moisture and dust.

Physical Construction
Dimensions  8.35” x 4.22” x 1.64”  (21.2cm x 10.71cm x 4.16cm)
Keypad Backlit fire-retardant silicone
Enclosure Material Impact resistant and fire-retardant ABS
Power 3 x AA (15+ hours active operation, 72+ hours stand-by) 
Antenna +5 dBm 8.5" Unidirectional Rubber Duck Antenna
Radio Compliance FCC CE, IC certified  (ID: U90-SM220)
Frequency 2.4 GHz Spread Spectrum
Range 500m (1,650 ft) direct line of sight range w/ built-in link quality detection
Range with MESH Technology (5.0.0 or higher firmware) +450m (1,500 ft) per device (up to a total of 10 hops per device)
Encryption IEEE Mac Address / Encrypted Data
Cues / Firing
Number of Channels 100
Manual Firing Speed 1 cue per second
Optional Accessories
2.5 Watt Booster
Dish Antenna
18R / 18R2 Armored Carrying Case

Your purchase will include the below:

18R and 18M Demonstration Video (1 of 2)

A detailed video demonstration (1 of 2) for the 18R Manual Remote and 18M Firing Module.

18R and 18M Demonstration Video (2 of 2)

A detailed video demonstration (2 of 2) for the 18R Manual Remote and 18M Firing Module.

COBRA - Electronic Fireworks Firing 101

A basic introduction to electronic firing including the use of the COBRA18 firing system to ignite consumer fuse using a Talon Igniter Clip.

18R Detailed User Guide

A detailed guide for the 18R.

  • System Intro
  • Power On
  • Remote / Firing Modules Synchronization
  • Measuring Link Quality of Firing Positions
  • Insert and test E-Matches / Ignitor Clips
  • Set Firing Module Channel
  • Arm Firing Modules
  • Firing Cues

18R/18R2/18M Quick Guide

A universal quick guide for the 18R, 18R2, and 18M.

  • Insert Batteries
  • Power On and Sync Systems
  • Test Continuity
  • Test Range / Signal Strength
  • ARM Modules
  • Ready to Fire
  • Error Codes
  • Battery Recommendations
  • Max e-Match / Igniters

COBRA Error Code Reference Sheet

A listing of all Error codes and script error codes and suggested resolution.

COBRA - Extreme Range Test

An extreme range test of the COBRA 18R and 18M.

Mike the Pyro Guy - Episode 2 - Basics of Electronic Firing

COBRA Firing Systems Presents Mike the Pyro Guy - an introduction to the basics of electronic firing.

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