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If you own an older car, chances are it can’t do things like stream music or charge a smartphone on the go. But we discovered a brilliant little gadget you can retrofit into an old vehicle so it can do both of those things. Amazon has a bunch of high quality USB car chargers, and we found a particularly great one that’s on sale.
In fact, we’re willing to bet that the Imden USB Car Charger — just $16 with on-page coupon (was $17) — is speedier than the wall charger that came with your phone. And shoppers seem to agree too, since it’s an 'Amazon’s Choice' item that has earned a flawless five-star rating from more than 28,600 reviewers.
And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can 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.)
Here's the lowdown:
Stream your favorite music in your car
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 with its built-in microphone too.
"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 cars stereo system."
This USB car charger is fast. It comes with two USB-A ports that deliver up to 80 percent faster speeds than traditional car chargers, and one of its USB ports uses quick charge 3.0 technology for even faster speeds. Now your phone can go from zero to 100 percent charged 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. "The other port is used when I have others in the vehicle with me. 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. The 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 $16 (was $17), this Imden USB Car Charger is a hidden gem. Get it while you can.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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