Want to crank out the tunes in an older car? This $14 gizmo streams music from your phone

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Upgrade your car! (Photo: Anker Roav)
Upgrade your car! (Photo: Anker Roav)

While most new cars are built with Bluetooth and smart features, older cars can’t stream music and aren’t designed for hands-free calls. But there’s a way to add Bluetooth to your car instead of taking it to the shop for an upgrade.

This Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and instantly enables it for Bluetooth via your smartphone. And it’s on sale for $14 (was $17) at Amazon.

It’s easy to use, too. Once plugged in, you can tune it to an unused FM radio frequency to sync it to your car (use Radio Locator to find one in your neck of the woods). Next, just pair your smartphone to this smart charger and that’s it. Music and podcast streaming from your phone will now broadcast to the unused frequency into your car’s speakers for complete surround sound with no radio static.

“I love music first of all and jamming out in my car is my favorite thing to do. But my Ford Escape does not have Bluetooth to do so,” shared a satisfied shopper. “I started playing my music and was surprised at how loud and clear it was. Even my heavy bass music played wonderfully. The sound was clear.”

Save 20 percent on this Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for your car. (Photo: Anker Roav)
Save 20 percent on this Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for your car. (Photo: Anker Roav)

That’s not all: This Bluetooth car charger can simultaneously charge your phone too, thanks to dual USB ports. You can also use it for hands-free phone calls with no annoying echos or background noise. It’s the ultimate co-pilot!

“The sound is clear. The signal is really strong so no issues with picking a radio station either. When I use this for hands-free calling the other person can actually hear me well. Item itself is built nice and seems to be of good quality,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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