Sitting in my Nissan Pulsar 2002, enjoying music, I realise that my FM transmitter helps me a lot. One of the essential things for an old car(s). Simplest yet helpful inversion, FM transmitter helps to connect your phone with your car. Almost every old car owner has installed this here in Australia. The article covers what is an FM transmitter, how does it work? What features it comes with? Some tips regarding FM transmitters and where to get good quality yet a cheaper FM transmitter in 2019.
What is an FM transmitter?
If you still don’t know what an FM transmitter is, then here is a simple one. FM transmitter is plugged into a cigarette lighter and connects to your phone via Bluetooth or an AUX cable. It broadcasts signals to standard radio.
Although it usually contains the radio band from 87.5 to 108 MHz, but there are some radios which fall into other frequency bands. There are many ways to play music in your car using an FM transmitter. The most common ones are Bluetooth or using an AUX cable. Other tools include a USB port and an SD card port to play songs from a USB or SD card. These days, FM transmitters come with a separate mobile charging USB port.
An ordinary FM transmitter has a call button to attend the calls, volume +/- and frequency +/- buttons. There is also a microphone attached to talk. It has a tail which goes into the place. Depending on the transmitter, it may have the same buttons for volume +/- and frequency +/- or it may have separate buttons.
How to set up an FM transmitter?
The process is simple and it takes about two minutes. Before settings up, make sure to read the manual as different transmitters have different buttons. Follow the below step-by-step process to connect the FM transmitter.
- Change the FM frequency in the car radio. Find a frequency which isn’t broadcasting. You will most probably hear a noise.
- Change the frequency in the FM transmitter and match it with the vehicle’s radio frequency. For example, 87.9 in the vehicle and 87.9 in the FM transmitter. At this point, the noise will stop as the car’s radio has found signals.
- Connect your phone using Bluetooth, AUX or if using USB or SD card then insert that. If connecting using Bluetooth then you will find something starting with or containing “BT-Car” in Bluetooth settings. Once the phone is connected, you can play music and talk to people on the phone. If using a USB or an SD card, then the music will start playing automatically.
Check out the below video on how to successfully set up FM transmitter and connect your phone.
Tips on buying one
Some very cheap FM transmitters have a poor quality sound. Also, heir microphone is not promising. Finding something better is a good habit as you will most probably do a one-time payment. Another issue with some FM transmitters is they get hot while charging your phone. The FM transmitter can get hot, increasing the chances of burning itself, charger, or even your phone. Check out: Google Play Music vs Spotify.
Where to buy a good FM transmitter?
As mentioned that bogus item will not last long. The one I use and also used in the above video is a cheap but suitable quality FM transmitter. I only paid $10 in Australia, which means it’s less expensive in countries including the US, UK, Canada and other countries. I purchased from eBay which took about a month for the delivery, but if you can’t wait that long, you can try one of the other sites to purchases locally. Local websites are generally expensive, but you’ll get the item quickly.
- Buy FM transmitter shown in the video from eBay China (worldwide).
- FM Transmitter original Baseus from AliExpree (worldwide).
- Buy original Baseus FM transmitter in Australia.
Although it is a cheap device but it can help quite a lot. It has helped me many times, especially while driving as using the phone while driving is a crime in many countries. Whenever I get a phone call, I press the button to attend. Anyway, that’s all in FM transmitter set up, tips, and purchasing tips. I hope the article helped. Have you ever tried one of the FM transmitters before? What has your experience been? Share us your thoughts in the comments below.