The Cobra AK4698 is the replacement for the soon to be discontinued AK4198 which set the bench mark for Remote Upgrade Alarms back in 2008. It’s an alarm that I would rate as being the best by a significant margin, both in terms of features and reliability. I have installed hundreds of them over the years. Given this the AK4698 has very high standards to meet.
Like it’s predecessor it comes with two remote controls and is designed for modern vehicles with an existing immobiliser.
The AK4698 is basically a remote version of the excellent AK4615 but without the CAN-BUS integration. It has the same waterproof wireless siren along with other siren options which I’ll explain later in the post, and can be programmed using the Cobra Andromeda software which allows the installer to custom program the alarm to suit the vehicle simply by plugging into a laptop.
Remote Control Options
The AK4698 comes with the G Series remote as standard. Personally I’m not a big fan of this design and I’m aware that the dongle section that attaches to the key ring can break after a number of years.
I’ve decided to keep stock of the 2 Button Padlock remote case (the one that the AK4198 had) so I can offer it as an alternative. The internals are the same for both remote controls so the case can be changed if it is not to your taste.
The alarm with the padlock remote case is an extra $25.00 which covers my cost on the case (Only available upon installation and I retain the G Series case).
Silent or Audible Arming.
The AK4698 can be programmed for silent arming or for audible arm/disarm. The Volume of the arm chirps can be customised to taste too.
If alarm arm/disarm chirps are selected then the following procedure explains how so silent arm the alarm for a single cycle:
With the ignition on and and the doors shut, press button A (lock button) on the remote for 1 second then turn the ignition off. The alarm can then be armed then disarmed silently for one cycle.
Selective Unlocking Option
The unlock button disarms the alarm and unlocks all the doors. For vehicles that feature selective unlocking the first press of the unlock button will unlock the drivers door and a second press will unlock the other doors.
Advanced Ultrasonic Sensor Control
Like the AK4615 the AK4698 allows the ultrasonic sensors to be adjusted for small cabins. It can also turn the sensors down to 70% sensitivity via an external input. This can be really useful on courier vans where the alarm is armed with the engine running with the fan heater left on. When the alarm detects that the fan is on it will turn the sensors down so the air movement generated by the fan does not cause a false alarm.
Turning off the Ultrasonic Sensors when Arming the Alarm
Pressing Button A a second time when after arming the alarm will disable the Ultrasonic Sensors for a single arm cycle.
More Siren Options
If the wireless siren is not enough (it will be for most people) then there is the option of adding both horn honk and the 4310 waterproof siren.
The outgoing AK4198 only allowed for either the horn or an additional siren to be added whereas the AK4698 allows for both on top of the standard wireless battery back-up siren.
The volume level of the siren can be adjusted if audible arm/disarming is selected. As with all Cobra systems you can be confident that the sirens battery pack will last for years.
Optional Window Closure
Automatic window closure (windows roll up automatically when armed) or controlled comfort closure (Windows roll up whilst the button “A” /remote lock is held down) are both an possible with the AK4698, but this will require an additional module and cost with most cars.
For cars that close the windows when the key is held in the lock position of the drivers door (common with BMW, Audi, VW and Skoda) this can normally be included for no extra cost.
Built in Starter Immobiliser
The AK4698 will automatically immobilise the starter motor when armed. It also has the option of having the 8509 Immobiliser pack added for additional security.
AK4698 Remote Upgrade Alarm
$675.00 with padlock remote case
Thatcham Cat 2-1 Remote Upgrade alarm
Top of the line security that comes highly recommended
Other then the remote case (which is a taste thing and can be changed) the AK4698 is a significant improvement on the AK4198 which takes some beating!
- 2 Multi function two button remote controls
- Wireless Digital Battery Back-up Siren
- Ultrasonic Sensors
- Door Open Warning upon arming
- Starter Immobiliser
- Dash Mount LED Over-ride
- Car Finder Via Remote
- Panic Via Remote
- Diagnostic Fault Codes
Options: (not standard features so additional cost applies)
- Tilt Sensor
- Microwave Sensor
- PIR Sensor
- Reed Switch
- Horn Honk
- Selective Unlocking
- Pager Output
- 8509 Immobiliser
- 4310 Siren
- Drivers Card
- Controlled Comfort Closure
- Automatic Window Closure