See photos at the end of review
I won this as I was a winner of the Anker We love to test promo. I received it about a week ago and have been testing it with the car.
It arrived via Amazon, well packaged and it is selling for £39.99. I had never heard of this item before and thought it was interesting.
About the item
It is described as “Roav SmartCharge F3, by Anker, Wireless In-Car FM Transmitter Radio Adapter, Bluetooth 4.2 Receiver, Dedicated Charger App, Quick Charge 3.0, AUX Output, USB Drive, microSD Card Slot”
I couldn’t find any other models and believe this is the only one they have of this type. I am unable to compare it to another as this was the first of its kind that I had tested.
The item came with just a manual and a register card. It is pretty much plug ‘n’ play.
Product came in an Amazon box, no packaging but the item inside the box was tight and so there was no way it could get damaged.
Easy to follow but it could have been a bit more detailed on how to use the device for making calls.
Ease of assembly
No assembly needed for the item as you just need to plug it into your cigarette lighter in your car.
Ease of use
You need to download the app first so that you can connect the Roav to your phone via Bluetooth.
Easy to use as once you plug it in and turn on the engine the Roav comes on. It finds an unoccupied frequency that you then link with the app/phone.
You can see this from the photos in the review.
You follow the instructions to connect the frequency and away you go. You can then make and receive calls via the transmitter, and you can also listen to music that’s on your phone. You can charge your phone as long as you have a charging cable, and if you have an Aux cable, you can use it to connect the transmitter to the Roav for a clearer sound.
You can also set it up to find your car if it is parked somewhere and you forgot where you parked it. This is done by using your location on your phone while you’re in the car. It can set the time you parked and how long you have left to get back to the car etc.
From the photos you can see that you can adjust the brightness of the device, the voice cue can also be changed and you have the option for battery saver also.
- Made from quality material
- Easy to use
- Shows your car battery health which is a bonus
- Car finder
- Music plays fine
- 2 usb slots
- Micro sd slot
- Charges faster than just doing so via the USB in car
- Not as clear voice calling
- Sticks out a little bit in the plug and can get in the way of the gear stick, and not easy to reposition.
- Need to have volume loud to hear phone ring via the device/car speakers.
Impressive piece of kit, and with a bit more use I’m sure that I can iron out some of the issues, like I could try a different radio frequency to see if that made it sound clearer.
People on the other end of the phone said they sometimes found it difficult to hear me, but that could be from interference via the radio signal, so the Aux cable could fix this.
Great for finding your car if lost, and also if you have passengers who want to take over the music you can easily swap phones it connects to.
Can charge more than one device, but also has fast charging and a mirco SD slot if you do not have music on your phone.
Overall, it’s a good device which I would recommend.