This is a great FM bluetooth transmitter. I live in a fairly sizable city and haven't had any issues with reception between this device and my car stereo unit. The sound is also robust, bass comes through just fine and I've experienced no distortion or buzz as others have reported. It pairs quickly and remembers your device and you can control your music apps' previous/next track function with the arrow buttons on the transmitter. Stop and play works intermittently (the big volume knob in the middle is also a button that can be pressed to access this function), however I think this is a failing of Android or bluetooth technology as I've had this issue with other bluetooth devices. I personally use this in tandem with the Android Auto app and Google Assistant effectively making my outdated car stereo a hands free controllable device for music, calls and navigation. You can also use an aux cord to connect this to your aux input if your car stereo has that. Would recommend this to anyone with an older car who wants to add more modern connectivity to their driving experience.
If you're a sucker, like me, who has the iPhone 7, you soon found out that you can either listen to music as you drive. Or, charge your phone. You can't do both with the new iPhone. Even better, the iOS update has security to prevent the use of third party adapters. Enter this beautiful piece of technology. Works perfect! Again, the whiners who look for flaws because they expect perfection when purchasing from Amazon, complaining about static, etc. I put mine on 88.1 and it is crystal clear. The Bluetooth connects and I can listen AND charge my phone while driving. As it also has a USB port. There is a way around Apple and their ingenious ways to keep them in business. Instead of paying a ridiculous amount for an Apple certified product, check this out.
This is about the best out there at this price point. As someone who participates in the on-demand/sharing economy I had a couple of desires and this performed at/or above expectations. I am in and out of my vehicle 40+ times a day in a vehicle with a rare (and discontinued) fiber optic audio system that made replacing with aftermarket a $600 labor bill plus equipment. I have owned 4 other FM transmitters that worked via AUX cable, but having to mess with the cable so much was just another frustrating step when deliveries were coming thick and fast so I researched and ordered this. Installation and setup took 2 min (including finding the best frequency that many complain about) then began streaming my music like I've owned this all my life. Here are the problems it solves:
1. Hassle-free connection: Once paired (regular process) this thing automatically detects and connects with your device. BT range is 30+ feet and sometimes I don't lose connection when going to the door, but no worries if I do lose because of the auto-connect. Sound quality is as well as to be expected with an FM transmitter and on par with my previous $40 wire only connection (which is remarkable considering that BT is not known to be that great). It does get better if you use the included AUX cord, but only just. 2. Enough Power: I use my delivery app(s), Waze, stream music/YouTube/live games and check social media at nearly the same time (not all while driving of course). Often lesser transmitters cannot keep up with the battery demand, but this one does in spades. 3. Phone calls: This uses its own microphone and it is better (marginally) than any other transmitter I've owned as reported by friends who I used as guinea pigs.
Issues to report noted in other reviews: *Slightly large plug that protrudes from lighter hole can make it suspectible to losing power when bumped. Find the right position (may take a minute) and it will stay locked in eliminating this. *Flexible neck that's not very flexible. Just figure out exactly where you want it for a couple of days, then take a blow dryer to heat it up, get it where you want it and shoot with a few seconds from a compressed air can. The heat will allow it to flex and the rapid cold will lock it into place. *Not powering off: no on/off switch so if the cigarette lighter is always powered this will be too. Either/ unplug each time, rewire the outlet or buy a bigger battery. It's gonna use so little power that with a good Interstate battery you should be fine day to day. *Frequency static: Follow the instructions and choose a frequency at the edges and you'll have little problems with interference. Easy to find out before you buy, look at the frequency range of the product and see if your radio has no stations broadcasting at the top or bottom.
Overall, excellent product for the money and I have recommended it several other drivers who are enjoying it as well.
This works very well in being able to play music from your phone, or other bluetooth device in your car. I had no issue finding a free station in my area and it was very simple to connect the device. It connects very quickly and once I open my music app, it plays automatically. The sound quality is crisp and clear. Love that the actual device has a volume knob and previous/next buttons. Also able to charge your phone through the USB port, however, it is a slow charge. You can also answer phone calls through the device and I have had no issues with speaking or hearing. I also want to note that it does not drain your car battery if left plugged in at all times. It only draws battery life when your car is on. Highly recommend this product if you are seeking a bluetooth device to use in your car.
I must say that I love this little guy! I am anything but high tech, I'm as low tech as they come, lol. With the help from my grandson, not on this item, I am slowly but surely learning the ways of the hi-tech world. This item was so easy, I didn't have to ask for any help! I had it set up and paired up in nothing flat. The radio station this little guy picked out was great in the garage, but when I got a block away from home, there was static. No biggy, I pulled over, changed the station on this gizmo and changed the station on my car stereo to match. Voila! Listening to my favorite songs on my phone. Hey all you senior citizens, I am 65 and started learning (a wee bit at a time), please don't be afraid to try these new things. I am an old dog who doesn't like to learn new tricks, but this one requires no new tricks! I absolutely love it!
This is my second favorite “cheap amazon purchase”, and another I am happy to recommend to a friend.
Here’s the caveat: Look, man, if you are searching for a Bluetooth-enabled radio transmitter, your expectations should already be pretty low. You’re driving a car where your options are most likely either a tape deck adapter or radio transmitter, with your tunes transmitted, by the grace of god, from your champ of a phone to another device, and then finally out of your car’s speakers. There’s going to be some audio quality loss in a situation like this. (The tape deck on your 1996 Toyota Camry rattles weirdly when you put a cassette adapter in it. The antenna on your 1999 Honda CRV doesn’t pick up radio signals as well as it used to. You’re already a little doomed, but you also need to listen to your On the Way to Work playlist or else you may run someone down in the parking lot. You get the picture.)
So, I’ll describe this product as “more than not at all half-bad.” It does what it needs to do.
Starting with the positives: - It charges your phone. It also appears to charge other electronic devices about as well as any other cigarette-style car adapters. With the USB input, you can use the charging feature with any device that plugs into a normal USB-B cable. - The buttons make a lot of sense. You can change the channel. You can change the volume. You can skip. It’s pretty easy. - You got an old car whose battery can be a little spotty? This device tells you your battery charge level for no apparent reason when you start it up. It’s weirdly comforting.
Neutrals: - As it is based on radio transmission, your location will impact the quality of signal. If you live in rural Iowa, you will probably never have to change stations. If you live in NYC, it may be a bit of a struggle to find a clear band. - The booming voice that announces that the device is paired may scare people away when you are getting into your car after a late shift. This could be a negative for some people, but it isn’t for me.
Negatives - I sometimes find it difficult to get the right balance of audio levels from my phone, the adapter, and my car radio to maximize sound quality. Setting the adapter to 25 seems to work best, but then requires some finagling of the car and phone volumes. This may also be due to my really touchy car stereo, though. - I have only tried twice to take calls through the adapter while driving, and both times the caller had trouble hearing me. Also, forget about using Siri. In my experience, she can’t hear you at all through the adapter. As I don’t like to talk on the phone while driving, it doesn’t bother me, but might bother you.
All in all, this thing gets the job done as well as it can. We all have our reasons for driving crappy cars, and this adapter makes the drive a little easier.
I've been using this product for about a year. I don't ride with music everyday, but when I do the experience is the same. I've never had any issues trying to locate the bluetooth connection with my phone. This device does not drain your battery when the car is off, but sometimes I unplug it when I know I won't be driving for a week or so. I have a 2008 altima so they're not too many places I can put this. There is a tiny box area near my 6speed shifter that it doesn't fit in so the only place I can put it with a 12 volt charger is in the middle compartment where the arm rest is. If you twist it a little, this thing fits in there perfectly. I recommend this product to anyone who has a 12 volt charger in a good location because the arm on this device is stiff and you can bend it to anywhere you like. Me personally, I would rather keep it out of sight and I wish there was an option on this device that reduced the size of the arm so it is more compact.
My Fiance has an iPhone 8 and every 20 minutes or so, the bluetooth would disconnect without notice from her phone. I have a Pixel 3 and never experience interruptions so I cannot comment as to if her phone or if my device is at fault. But that is only a minor inconvenience. This is a 10/10
Only sound quality trouble is that the fm it picks up is sometimes a little noise from my acceleration. Might be alternator electromagnetic noise. I'll try a different station setting.
I love this thing. "Waiting for pairing. Paired." Then I can just press the knob on it and my phone will play my music from my pocket without me having to do anything. I am using an app called Bluetooth Autoplay Music from the Google play store. The moment my phone pairs with this awesome thing, that app starts the music player I set. I could have set it to automatically play the moment it connected, but I like having the control.
So it goes, sit in car, turn on engine, "Waiting for pairing. Paired." click the knob, and music from my pocket beamed by Bluetooth and then my own little radio station plays. I don't really have to do a thing!
It also tells me the power level of my car's battery.
I was in need of a nice Bluetooth Car FM Transmitter for my cell phone. I found this one and bought it. It works pretty good. I like how easy it is to use. It seems to be made very sturdy so I believe it will last a long time.
Only thing I have noticed, is even with the sound volume turned up on my cell phone and on the device, I still have to turn my car speakers up a bit louder than normal to hear things like radio talk shows or music, and I have to remember to turn the volume down on my car radio before switching back to regular radio stations or I get blasted with music. This isn't a major problem though.
I'm pretty satisfied with this device and would recommend it to friends.
I don't have this connected to Bluetooth, so I'm not reviewing on that capability. I only use it for my Ipod. I have a 2005 Explorer that has a crappy stereo receiver with poor volume control and no way of hooking up an Ipod, even though it has an Aux button. Unfortunately, due to finances I can't replace it right now and getting wiring harnesses is not something I want to mess with...so I took the chance on this. Basically I took it out of the box, plugged it into the cigarette lighter and turned it on. I switched the channels on the device and found one on my car receiver that worked well and plugged the auxiliary cable into the device and then my Ipod and it worked! You need to mess around with it to find a good channel that works. The quality isn't the best nor can I control the volume of my speakers with the device but it can be hooked up to an OLD-SCHOOL Ipod. It gives me music and that's all I care about. I haven't tried it on my phone, so it might work better...but for the use I'm doing with it, it works great for me and a way cheaper alternative.