18R Basic and 18M Starter Package - $474.99

Normally $499.98, save $25 by purchasing the 18R / 18M Starter Pack. If you wish to add more modules, you can add them individually from the 18M Firing Module page. Are you a consumer and looking for igniters, check out our Talon Igniter Clips to add to your order.

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 18M is a compact and rugged 18-cue firing module that functions universally with the 18R and 18R2 hand-held remotes and is perfect for both indoor and harsh outdoor environments. Each cue boasts 18V at 6A firing up to 10 series-wired e-matches, or 4 parallel-wired e-matches or Talon brand igniter clips per cue.

Each firing module can be set to one of 100 channels by simply pressing the + and - buttons on the module. Then, using the 18R or 18R2 hand-held remote channel controls, you can fire any modules on the same channel. You can fire unlimited modules at the exact same time by setting them to the same channel.

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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.


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.

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.

The 18M uses three 9V (PP3) batteries. One of the 9V batteries is used exclusively to power the system operations, while the other two are used for firing cues. By separating the power sources, you can ensure that full power is always available to fire cues even if the system has been left on for a long time.

The 18M also has a power conserving sleep mode. When powering off the 18R or 18R2 remote, the 18M will automatically fall asleep and conserve power for up to 24 hours. This allows you to place and arm your modules into position hours before the show begins. Then, when turning on your 18R or 18R2 remote, the module wakes up and is ready to fire.

On average, customers replace the same single 9V operational battery every 5 shows. It is not uncommon for customers to use the same operational battery for 10-15+ shows. It is not required to replace the batteries for every show. In fact, the two 9v firing batteries can commonly last 20-30+ shows.


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.

Expandable Power Options

Not interested in the 9V replaceable batteries? Upgrade your 18M to support an internal rechargeable LiPo battery pack with optional 12-24V DC input. To learn more about our 18M Power Options, please reference our 18M LiPo Recharge and Ext. Power User Guide.

  • 60% More Battery Life - Fits perfectly in the existing battery compartment, the battery pack lasts 60% longer than the existing 9V batteries. This is accomplished with 900mAh vs. the traditional 550mAh of a 9V battery.

  • Easy to Charge - A charge port and charge indicator exists on the top of the module for simple charging. If you own armored cases, a new face plate supports charging while the 18M is still in the armored case. Use our single charger or charge up to 5 modules at once with our 5-module charger option.

  • External 12-24V DC Input - Optional rugged external binding posts support external 12 and 24V DC input. For permanent installations, we offer a custom 110/220V A/C to 24V D/C converter. Use the internal LiPo battery pack together with the A/C input to act as a real-time power backup.

  • Increased Amperage - The existing replaceable 9V batteries produce a peak current of 3 Amps. Using the LiPo battery pack, this increases to 6 Amps. Using the external power input, we can produce up to 9 Amps of peak current. This will support firing up to 8 and 12 e-match / talons respectively, in addition to also supporting the firing of high current devices such as confetti cannons, flame projectors, and cryo jets.

  • Cold Weather Performance - Fire extreme cold shows with confidence with improved cold weather performance down to -20F / -29C.

  • Dual Protection Circuits for LiPo Safety - COBRA incorporates dual overcharge, undercharge, and over voltage protection circuits. The first protection circuit is built into the 18M adapter board installed with the upgrade. The second protection circuit is built into the battery itself. This means if one of the protection circuits fails, the other acts as a backup. While we don't expect any failures, feel confident that we have designed both the battery and charge circuitry with the highest level of safety and protection in mind.

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 and 18M 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.

18R Basic Remote

# of Channels 100
Max # of Unique Cues 1,800
Manual Firing Speed 1 cue per second
Power 3 x AA, 15+ hours active operation
Radio FCC CE, IC certified
2.40GHz Spread Spectrum
IEEE Mac Address / Encrypted Data
+5dBm 8.5" Rubber Duck Antenna
Range 500m+ Line of Site
1,500m+ w/ Signal Accessories
Features Manual Firing
Basic STEP Firing
Fixed Delay AUTO-FIRE
Backlit Keypad
Module Continuity Checks
Module Signal Strength Checks
Module Low Battery Warnings

18M Firing Module

# of Cues 18
Firing Accuracy 1/100th second
Power Options
Type Active Sleep
3 x 9V 8 hrs. 20 hrs.
14.8V LiPo 12 hrs. 30 hrs.
12-24V External Input No No
On-board Connectors Mini Speaker Terminals
Slats supported 18S Series & Parallel

The 18M has three different power options including 9V replaceable batteries, an internal 14.8V rechargeable LiPo battery pack, and the option for external 12-24V power input. You can view the maximum amount of e-match or talons you can fire based on your specific configuration below. To learn more about our 18M Power Options, please reference our 18M LiPo Recharge and Ext. Power User Guide.

Max Firing
Series ( e-match only) Parallel (e-match or talons)
9V 10 4
14.8V LiPo 10 8
12V External* 8 12
18.5V External* 14 12
24V External* 20 12

*assumes minimum 15A peak burst current

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.

18R and 18M 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

18M LiPo Recharge and External Power User Guide

A detailed guide to the hardware and functionality of our LiPo and Rechargeable 18Ms.

  • Hardware Overview
  • Additional Features
  • Internal LIPO Battery and Charge Port / Charger Options

How to - Voltage Mode

A short instructional video about how voltage mode works on the 18M.

COBRA 18M - Pluggable Cues

A demonstration of the COBRA wireless firing system pluggable cue strips.

COBRA18 - Repairing a Severely Damaged Module

A demonstration of the COBRA modular design and how a severely damaged module can be repaired in about 10 minutes with only a screwdriver and without having to purchase a new system.

COBRA 18M - Protective Accessories

A demonstration of the COBRA protective accessories including the SE-300 customized equipment case and the fire-retardant silicon protective boot with 12 mounting tabs.

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.

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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