Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod

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All-in-one Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger plays and charges iPods using the car's FM radio and DC power source. Convenient push button operation with digital display. Patented Aerielle wireless technology for superior audio fidelity.
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Product Compatibility iPodiPod miniiPod nano
Device Type Auto Charger
User Reviews
Did not work at all in my 2002 Corolla
1 Star Review   By member Cafixcomputers - Mar 7, 2009   

Weakness: Did not work at all

I tried to use it in my 2002 Corolla which has a standard antenna outside the driver's window. I could barely hear the sound on my radio. Could hear ir partly when I moved the ipod outside my car window but not otherwise. Unfrtunately it didn't work for me and I'm gonna have to return it!

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Easy to Use iPod FM Transmitter
4 Star Review   By member jwaugh49 - Mar 24, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use. I like the presets for stations. Backlighting of the dial is nice.

Weakness: Still get some interference in urban areas

This item is easier to set up and use. The instructions are clear. The presets are very handy. I still have received some interference in urban areas. It was more difficult to find a clear frequency.

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Works great! Would purchase again.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Works very well in an urban/suburban area.

Weakness: Need to change channels on drive to work, but that was expected based on the congested area in which we live.

After having a different brand transmitter for a month which then broke, this one is a dream. It works very well even though we live in an area with few vacant radio stations. My husband does have to change channels going to work, but he is able to get a clear channel and clear sound. I would definitely recommend this one over any others.

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strong signal broken button
4 Star Review     

Strengths: signal is strong, intuitive design

Weakness: fragile

The tuner button broke during the first week, only allowing me to scroll up through the FM spectrum. I can usually find a good station, though and that is the most important quality in these broadcasters. I like the integrated charging/broadcaster and the three preset channels.

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Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod
5 Star Review   By member kathyebooth - Oct 26, 2007   

Strengths: great signal, get clear, clean sound formy Ipod.

Weakness: does not work well in my Toyota Avalon, the signal strength is not good, could be because the antenna is in the back window...the wires that run across the glass. My other car is a regular antenna on

This seems to work best with a standard antenna, or use in a truck that sits higher off the ground. Autos with antenna in the back glass of the window gets a weaker signal, and hissing sounds no matter where you are and what station you try.

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I use and enjoy my Ipod more since I got this transmitter
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Sounds better then I expected and has good range. Easy to use. Presets stay locked into unit so you don't loose them when you unplug it. Charges ipod quickly.

Weakness: Looks a little cheaply made. This is a transmitter so it sounds a little like your listening to a radio station so there is a little noise then you have with a CD.

Now that I have this transmitter I use and enjoy my Ipod much more then I did before. No more changing radio stations looking for something I like and so much easier then fooling with CD's or tapes. I took it on a ski trip to Colorado and enjoyed my music in the rental car while it also kept my Ipod fully charged for skiing as well. It may not sound as good as a CD but it sounds as well as a good radio station and the sound system in your car also has a big effect on how well it sounds. I don't know if there is a better way to go but I find myself using it and liking it more every day since I got it.

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Great Sound for a Great Price
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Signal Strength, Very Little/No Noise, Programmable Stations, Long cable, Pauses playback when car is turned off

Weakness: Screen is VERY bright, Screen malfunctions (displays gibberish, but sounds fine), buttons are small

I got this a year ago for my wife after she got her Nano. This thing works great! The fact that her cigarette lighter is cramed under the stereo meant that most of the transmitters wouldn't work due to the bulky docks that are mounted on the plug. The cable is nice and long, so even those in the back seat can choose music. The only critisism is the screen stopped working only a week after purchase. It doesn't display correctly and is gibberish. This doesn't effect the sound at all, just an inconvience. However, since there are three programmable buttons, we already know which station to tune to depending on which button we press. The signal strength is great and there is little to no noise. We took a trip through North Dakota and when we got out of the larger cities, my car behind her's could pick up the signal pretty well, it's that strong! I seriously reccommend this product to anyone looking for a great transmitter for a great price!

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Kennsington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod
5 Star Review   By member ldbloom - Feb 6, 2006   

Strengths: Signal quality is excellent, much better than other units I tried from belkin and other manufacturers. Has built in charging while using your iPod. Easy to set up and use.

Weakness: Due to the location of my cigarette lighter in my vehicle it is difficult to plug in and use. I will be installing a separate outlet to use my iPod.

I am extremely satisfied with the performance of the unit. I tried to hook my ipod up directly to the factory radio via the CD changer input but none of the available aftermarket adapters would work with my vehicle. (1995 Lincoln Town Car) The tape adapter did not work in the autoreversing tape deck so the only alternative I had was to get an FM transmitter unit. If I installed an aftermarket CD/Radio with an input on the front panel I would lose the controls on my steering wheel to control the radio so this item reduced the number of extraneous wires and outlets to connect the ipod to the factory radio. The sound is quite clear and strong and I have not experienced any fading while using the unit in or out of town. I recommend this unit to anyone in search of a viable means of interfacing your car stereo with your ipod without sacrificing too much in the way of signal loss.

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Excellent sound quality
5 Star Review   By member Toolmandbq - Feb 5, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to use. wide range of channels 3 preset

I have looked for 2 monthes to find a FM transmitter that really works and this on is it. Right from the package I plugged it in and I had prefect sound over the radio. I moved around to find three more stations with no signal. This may be hard in bigger cities, but it will override very weak signals. Now I can take the ipod in any car.

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Good But Not Great
3 Star Review   By member teuchy - Feb 3, 2006   

Strengths: + Display is easy to read +3 presets are easy to find when driving

Weakness: - Some static even when wide gaps between "live" stations - Drive to another city and all your presets might be occupied

On the balance of things, I like the Kingston FM transmitter. The display is very easy to read, you can tune to "even number" FM stations (although most stereos only let you tune to the "odd number" stations used by radio broadcasters, the stereo separation sounds VERY good. However, there's just a bit more hiss than I'd hoped. If you play your music as background noise (trip with friends where you're chatting) it will work great. If you like to crank it up, that hiss will bug you - particularly on "S" sounds (solutions - skip sibilant songs). I live in a smallish city (Rochester, NY) and I had no trouble finding 3 dead areas on the dial to set as my presets. The 3 buttons on the unit are easy to use, so I can skip stations easily if I drive through an area of town where I get interference. However, drive near a bigger town and all 3 of your presets can be used up. I had this happen to me when I drove past Buffalo on my way to Niagara. Trying to find new dead zones and line up the "stations" on my car stereo and the transmitter all while staying in lane was not easy. One other small niggle - when you change presets, it takes a couple of seconds for the sound to kick back in. Overall - Good - Just wish there was a bit less hiss.

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Product Details
Description
All-in-one Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger plays and charges iPods using the car's FM radio and DC power source. Convenient push button operation with digital display. Patented Aerielle wireless technology for superior audio fidelity.
Quick Glance
Product Compatibility iPodiPod miniiPod nano
Device Type Auto Charger
Summary
Product Title Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod
Manufacturer Kensington
Lowest Price $249.95 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.1 | 20 Reviews
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Warranty Information: 5 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Cigarette Lighter Plug: Yes
Brand Name: Kensington
Input Connector: Automobile Cigarette Lighter
Frequency Band: Simple up/down button speeds frequency selection and three programmable buttons lock in station presetsSafety fuse protects iPod from power spikes
SKU: DK33185
Description: FM Digital Transmitter/Auto Charger
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User Reviews
Did not work at all in my 2002 Corolla
1 Star Review   By member Cafixcomputers - Mar 7, 2009   

Weakness: Did not work at all

I tried to use it in my 2002 Corolla which has a standard antenna outside the driver's window. I could barely hear the sound on my radio. Could hear ir partly when I moved the ipod outside my car window but not otherwise. Unfrtunately it didn't work for me and I'm gonna have to return it!

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Easy to Use iPod FM Transmitter
4 Star Review   By member jwaugh49 - Mar 24, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use. I like the presets for stations. Backlighting of the dial is nice.

Weakness: Still get some interference in urban areas

This item is easier to set up and use. The instructions are clear. The presets are very handy. I still have received some interference in urban areas. It was more difficult to find a clear frequency.

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Works great! Would purchase again.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Works very well in an urban/suburban area.

Weakness: Need to change channels on drive to work, but that was expected based on the congested area in which we live.

After having a different brand transmitter for a month which then broke, this one is a dream. It works very well even though we live in an area with few vacant radio stations. My husband does have to change channels going to work, but he is able to get a clear channel and clear sound. I would definitely recommend this one over any others.

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strong signal broken button
4 Star Review     

Strengths: signal is strong, intuitive design

Weakness: fragile

The tuner button broke during the first week, only allowing me to scroll up through the FM spectrum. I can usually find a good station, though and that is the most important quality in these broadcasters. I like the integrated charging/broadcaster and the three preset channels.

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Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod
5 Star Review   By member kathyebooth - Oct 26, 2007   

Strengths: great signal, get clear, clean sound formy Ipod.

Weakness: does not work well in my Toyota Avalon, the signal strength is not good, could be because the antenna is in the back window...the wires that run across the glass. My other car is a regular antenna on

This seems to work best with a standard antenna, or use in a truck that sits higher off the ground. Autos with antenna in the back glass of the window gets a weaker signal, and hissing sounds no matter where you are and what station you try.

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I use and enjoy my Ipod more since I got this transmitter
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Sounds better then I expected and has good range. Easy to use. Presets stay locked into unit so you don't loose them when you unplug it. Charges ipod quickly.

Weakness: Looks a little cheaply made. This is a transmitter so it sounds a little like your listening to a radio station so there is a little noise then you have with a CD.

Now that I have this transmitter I use and enjoy my Ipod much more then I did before. No more changing radio stations looking for something I like and so much easier then fooling with CD's or tapes. I took it on a ski trip to Colorado and enjoyed my music in the rental car while it also kept my Ipod fully charged for skiing as well. It may not sound as good as a CD but it sounds as well as a good radio station and the sound system in your car also has a big effect on how well it sounds. I don't know if there is a better way to go but I find myself using it and liking it more every day since I got it.

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Great Sound for a Great Price
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Signal Strength, Very Little/No Noise, Programmable Stations, Long cable, Pauses playback when car is turned off

Weakness: Screen is VERY bright, Screen malfunctions (displays gibberish, but sounds fine), buttons are small

I got this a year ago for my wife after she got her Nano. This thing works great! The fact that her cigarette lighter is cramed under the stereo meant that most of the transmitters wouldn't work due to the bulky docks that are mounted on the plug. The cable is nice and long, so even those in the back seat can choose music. The only critisism is the screen stopped working only a week after purchase. It doesn't display correctly and is gibberish. This doesn't effect the sound at all, just an inconvience. However, since there are three programmable buttons, we already know which station to tune to depending on which button we press. The signal strength is great and there is little to no noise. We took a trip through North Dakota and when we got out of the larger cities, my car behind her's could pick up the signal pretty well, it's that strong! I seriously reccommend this product to anyone looking for a great transmitter for a great price!

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Kennsington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger for iPod
5 Star Review   By member ldbloom - Feb 6, 2006   

Strengths: Signal quality is excellent, much better than other units I tried from belkin and other manufacturers. Has built in charging while using your iPod. Easy to set up and use.

Weakness: Due to the location of my cigarette lighter in my vehicle it is difficult to plug in and use. I will be installing a separate outlet to use my iPod.

I am extremely satisfied with the performance of the unit. I tried to hook my ipod up directly to the factory radio via the CD changer input but none of the available aftermarket adapters would work with my vehicle. (1995 Lincoln Town Car) The tape adapter did not work in the autoreversing tape deck so the only alternative I had was to get an FM transmitter unit. If I installed an aftermarket CD/Radio with an input on the front panel I would lose the controls on my steering wheel to control the radio so this item reduced the number of extraneous wires and outlets to connect the ipod to the factory radio. The sound is quite clear and strong and I have not experienced any fading while using the unit in or out of town. I recommend this unit to anyone in search of a viable means of interfacing your car stereo with your ipod without sacrificing too much in the way of signal loss.

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Excellent sound quality
5 Star Review   By member Toolmandbq - Feb 5, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to use. wide range of channels 3 preset

I have looked for 2 monthes to find a FM transmitter that really works and this on is it. Right from the package I plugged it in and I had prefect sound over the radio. I moved around to find three more stations with no signal. This may be hard in bigger cities, but it will override very weak signals. Now I can take the ipod in any car.

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Good But Not Great
3 Star Review   By member teuchy - Feb 3, 2006   

Strengths: + Display is easy to read +3 presets are easy to find when driving

Weakness: - Some static even when wide gaps between "live" stations - Drive to another city and all your presets might be occupied

On the balance of things, I like the Kingston FM transmitter. The display is very easy to read, you can tune to "even number" FM stations (although most stereos only let you tune to the "odd number" stations used by radio broadcasters, the stereo separation sounds VERY good. However, there's just a bit more hiss than I'd hoped. If you play your music as background noise (trip with friends where you're chatting) it will work great. If you like to crank it up, that hiss will bug you - particularly on "S" sounds (solutions - skip sibilant songs). I live in a smallish city (Rochester, NY) and I had no trouble finding 3 dead areas on the dial to set as my presets. The 3 buttons on the unit are easy to use, so I can skip stations easily if I drive through an area of town where I get interference. However, drive near a bigger town and all 3 of your presets can be used up. I had this happen to me when I drove past Buffalo on my way to Niagara. Trying to find new dead zones and line up the "stations" on my car stereo and the transmitter all while staying in lane was not easy. One other small niggle - when you change presets, it takes a couple of seconds for the sound to kick back in. Overall - Good - Just wish there was a bit less hiss.

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Highly recommended accessory for iPod units
4 Star Review   By member ryanbrancel - Feb 1, 2006   

Strengths: Strong FM transmitter with full range of station selection. Small size. Easy to use. Won't drain battery like Griffen iTrip.

Weakness: Unable to adjust blue light. Could a new model be made with an AC power adapter pass through?

An FM transmitter is usually the last resort to get a portable audio player to play over the car stereo (1st choice would be direct input, 2nd would be a cassette adapter). However this product has a strong transmitter that provides clear, consistent audio. At the same time it provides a constant charge to the unit while staying cool. Kensington has a similar unit with 8 stations to choose from (and no display). However having the full range of stations will help to find the station with least interference.

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It works as expected
3 Star Review   By member paddy77 - Jan 30, 2006   

Strengths: Small form factor, station presets, long cable, built in charger.

Weakness: No freq's below 88.1, weak signal, weak bass response

It was listed at multiple websites as one of the best. I didn't find it to be exceptionally better than any other's that I have used. Can't say that I would buy it again.

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Great transmitter, works for up to five cars!
5 Star Review   By member keroc - Jan 18, 2006   

Strengths: Great warranty, great user setup by allowing for presets, and holding down two right-most preset buttons allows you to access 87.9, which is not used by almost any stations. Very strong signal

Weakness: Cant set 87.9 as a preset, and unplugging it and plugging it back in defaults to 109 I think, so you have to go back to 87.9, not a huge deal though.

Used it on a 3500 mile a trip from michigan to florida, around florida, and back, only had to change the frequency once, worked flawlessly. Also used it on a recent trip to Blue Mountain in canada, was part of a caravan of five cars total, and they were all able to listen to my iPod, and in their words it was "clearer than other FM stations". I love this transmitter, and cant find any major problems with it.

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Kensington stuff is the best!!
5 Star Review   By member MNuttster - Jan 17, 2006   

Strengths: Definately the best car charger/fm tuner out there. Does everything I needed my ipod to do in the car, puts all I wanted into one piece.

Weakness: It seems a little cheap in the manufacturing, but has held up over the few weeks I have had it with no problems.

Overall a great item if you can find it reasonably priced, it is normally 70-80 dollars and might not be worth it for that much. I got mine for 31 after rebates and it is definately better than itrip or anything else out there, just tough to warrant spending more than 35 bucks on a fm tuner.

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Great FM Modulator!
5 Star Review   By member douglasf13 - Jan 12, 2006   

Strengths: lightweight, able to use any radio channel, good sound quality, strong transmission, charges ipod

Weakness: a little hard to read screen at angles

This is a great little unit. I live in Los Angeles, where there aren't many free radio channels, and this seems to override them nicely. However, I still get static from time to time (although nothing compared to other modulators I've used in the past.) So, I unplugged my radio antennae, and now it sounds great with zero interference and radio quality sound. It is worth unplugging your antennae if you live in a big city, because none of these little units will be perfectly static free.

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Great Transmitter. Does the job.
4 Star Review   By member pandablue - Jan 3, 2006   

Strengths: Full range of channels, led backlight display, charges ipod.

Weakness: unit not angled to easy viewing, full range including even stations

I bought this after seeing a review that deemed it one of the best transmitters out there, and it works very well, with the ocassional unvoidable distortion in the "s". In Boston, I had no trouble finding a station to use. The full range of stations is great, but since most cars only scan the ODD stations (xxx.1,3,5,7,9), it's a bit annoying that this uses the full range (xxx.0-9) since the even seems useless. Other than that I have no complaints about the usage of it. However, if your radio panel is not angled slightly upward it maybe be hard to see the display, as the body is completely straight, and the led is flat in front. Completely satisfied.

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It's OK
3 Star Review   By member martinjm1071 - Jan 2, 2006   

Strengths: Compact, lightweight

Weakness: Feels cheap, not sure of durability

It worked great when first plugged in. Then, when I went to use it every other time after that it was very difficult to get working and I still have periodic issues where it won't work and have tried it in 3 different vehicles. Can hear a little static in the background at times. It is compact for those lighters in a tight spot.

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Great way to listen to your iPod in your car
4 Star Review   By member davidhaag_1087248276 - Dec 8, 2005   

Strengths: Sleek, good readable backlit display. Great sound. Cable allows to to put your iPod in the console so you don't have to keep it on the dash like on others.

Weakness: Contacts in the cigarret lighter don't mate well all the time. I tried it in both my vehicles and have the same problem. It works, you just have to wiggle it a little.

Great product, one of the lowes price ones I found and it has great sound in a compact design. Also allows you to pick any open station on the dial where others limit you on only a few on the lower part of the dial. I do recommend this product. I love mine!!!

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Great Fit for tight place.
4 Star Review   By member bigbrotheriw - Dec 5, 2005   

Strengths: Small size of plug in, versitility

Weakness: FM controls are on the plug

I have a cramped console area in my car and this charger/FM transmitter fit perfectly in the small area. I would recomend to anyone who needs good clear sound, with a hard to access cig. lighter area.

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All in one type, good quality
5 Star Review   By member cabin21 - Nov 4, 2005   

Strengths: Convenient push button operation with digital display. 5-year limited warranty.

Weakness: The only real drawbacks to the Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger are that it will work only in the car.

I have just bought it. Even though it is not cheap, it is much better than iTip of Griffin. I already have a Griffin iTrip and I'm pretty unhappy with it. I will kick out of me! The Kensington transmitter is easy to use, but it also sounds great as far as FM transmitters go.

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