If you own an older car, chances are there's nothing on its dashboard that can stream music or charge a phone. But we discovered a brilliant little gadget that'll allow you to bring your jalopy into the 21st century. Amazon has a bunch of high-quality USB car chargers, but we found a particularly great one that’s also a No.1 bestseller: The Imden Bluetooth 5.0 FM Transmitter — now just $14 — comes with two USB-A ports, and we're willing to bet it's speedier than the wall charger that came with your phone. And shoppers agree — nearly 20,000 reviewers have rated it five stars.
What makes it a good deal?
The Imden Bluetooth Transmitter is more affordable than it's been in a long time, and it's a lot cheaper than buying a new car that's Bluetooth-compatible by default!
Why do I need this?
As its name makes clear, this unit isn't just about charging. The Imden Bluetooth 5.0 FM Transmitter plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and instantly enables it for Bluetooth via your phone. Once plugged in, you can tune it to an unused FM radio frequency to pair it to your car (use RadioLocator.com to find one in your area).
Then just pair your phone to the car charger ... and that’s it! Now you can stream your favorite music and podcasts from your phone to your car’s speakers from an unused broadcast frequency. Best of all? It's in complete surround sound without any radio static or interference. You can even use it for hands-free phone calls thanks to its built-in microphone.
This USB car charger is fast — its two USB-A ports deliver speeds up to 80% faster than traditional car chargers, and one of them uses quick-charge 3.0 technology, so it's even faster. Now your phone can go from zero to fully juiced in minutes instead of hours.
It even protects against over-charging, short-circuiting, over-voltage, over-discharge and more. Translation: Your phone won’t get fried. This car charger is ideal for Android and Apple smartphones and can also be used for topping off power battery banks, tablets and GPS devices.
What reviewers say:
"Needed a quick charger for my phone," one reviewer said. "I wanted to hook up my phone for music in my car but didn't want to tear out the radio and go through the expense of buying a new radio. Those cassette radio adapters look goofy and never seem to work, and they don't charge your phone. So I got this little device, and I am glad I did. It sticks in your cigarette lighter and has a USB port to plug in your phone charge cord."
"I have gone through quite a few on these transmitters as I have always had older cars, and this one is by far the best one I've had. It's very easy to use and has great features. The quality is great when the service is there. Would definitely recommend!" said one five-star fan.
This final shopper said, "Does everything it’s supposed to do. You can adjust volume and skip tracks with the device which is nice. Charges two devices at once via USB. Only downside is there is no AUX port but most people don’t need one."
At just $14, the Imden USB Car Charger is a hidden gem. Get it while you can.
Want to make your drive even easier? This No. 1 bestselling car garbage can is just $8.
"I tried three different car trash cans and this one fit my needs perfectly. It looks good too. The bag blends right into my black interior so it isn’t obvious. I hang it off the back of the center console and it is long enough to hang below the air conditioning vent for the back seat of my Honda CRV. My dog really appreciates that!" testified a five-star fan.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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