Rating: 4 stars
One line summary: Works well for listening to mobile devices in car, but not quite powerful enough for us.
Bought from: Amazon.com
Price paid: $10.99
When we bought our fine used 2006 Ford Freestar Minivan, it was quite the deal. We got it for $2000, and the only work it needed since we got it was a new set of tires. However, the stereo system did not include an aux input, and it had no tape deck. That mean we couldn’t listen to other things over the car speaker system. So, one alternative is a low-power radio transmitter. We bought the Aukey FM Transmitter that plugs into the cigarette lighter power port in the car. It’s easy to use. Just plug into power, pick a channel with the buttons, set the radio to that channel, and plug it into your MP3 player, cell phone, tablet, etc. Not only that, but it also has an amply-powered USB jack for charging your smart device. (The USB wire is not included – make sure you use a good cable, since bad ones aren’t able to move enough current to high-demand devices to actually charge them.)
However, the biggest downside in our car is that the car’s radio antenna is located at the back. When we plugged the transmitter into the front, the transmission strength was not enough to make a clear sound on the radio. So, we ended up improvising and plugging it into the power outlet in the hatch area, and running a headphone extender from back to front. It worked, but it was a bit of a hassle having a wire run the whole length.
So, if your car has the antenna in the back, the distance may be too great for a clear signal. Once we worked around that, it worked great. However, this device died early, not because it broke, but because the tip that plugs into the power outlet got unscrewed and lost. So, be careful that all the bits stay together!