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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 currently on sale.
The Imden Bluetooth 5.0 FM Transmitter — now just $15, or half off — comes with two USB-A ports, and we're willing to bet that it's speedier than the wall charger that came with your phone. And shoppers seem to agree, since it’s Amazon's No. 1 bestselling car charger with a five-star rating from more than 33,000 reviewers.
And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No sweat; just sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
Stream music and podcasts with ease
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. And 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.
"I bought this adapter to work in my 2004 Acura TL which does not have an auxiliary cable or any other way to play music from my phone through my cars speakers," wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. "Once you set up the device, it quickly connects every time you get in your vehicle and even overrides your headphones so I can seamlessly go from listening through my earbuds to listening on my car's stereo system."
Said another satisfied shopper: "This li'l guy is the best thing I have purchased for my 1999 Ford Explorer. My vehicle does not have Bluetooth...I cannot stand listening to commercials and I found myself constantly switching stations. Now I find my favorite internet radio station and just drive."
Have I mentioned that this USB car charger is fast? Its two USB-A ports deliver at speeds up to 80 percent 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 100 percent juiced in minutes instead of hours.
"The USB 3.0 port is a godsend! It charges my phone quickly and efficiently while I stream music via Bluetooth," added a satisfied Amazon shopper. "It's nice having the two charging ports to work with. The design is modern and sleek too."
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.
At just $15 (was $30), the Imden USB Car Charger is a hidden gem. Get it while you can.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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