Originally Posted by Todd Phillips
I just bought a 2008 Smart Car, and am interested in installing a Bluetooth receiver. From what I've been able to figure out, since my Smart Car is pre 2010 and I don't have a USB in the glove box, I have 2 choices that appeal to me.
1) Get a bluetooth receiver that has a battery, plug it into the aux input in the glove box, and recharge it every once in a while.
2)Get a bluetooth receiver that doesn't have a battery and keep it plugged into the aux output. I'm thinking of the Kinivo BTC450. In a review of this product
it states that it must be plugged into a power point to work. That can present a problem for cars that keep power running to their 12 volt power points when the engine is off. Leaving the Kinivo BTC450 plugged into a car that sits parked for an extended period of time may end up draining the car's battery
I like the idea of simply getting into the car and having my phone instantly pair wlthout me having to mess with cables. But just a few days after I bought my car the battery got run down and I needed a jump, so I'm concerned about overusing the battery.
Does anyone know if my 2008 Smart Car runs power to the 12 volt input when the car is off?
I've been using the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth receiver in my smart for a year without problems. It has great range... well over 100'! So if the cell phone is in the house and I switch on the ignition, it will sync up... that may be either a feature or an annoyance to you.
I use it to stream music to the car's audio system and to answer incoming phone calls. The only downside is that it will only remember & pair with one Bluetooth device. So if two people are using the car, it must be reconfigured each time to change the pairing.
It is a fairly easy install:
- Pull the radio to make running the wires behind the dash easier. Directions for this can be found elsewhere on this website.
- Feed the audio connector into the glove box through the small opening immediately above the jack. It will be necessary to temporarily shove something into this opening to pry it open a little further so the plug will fit through... try using a pen.
- Stick the button/microphone to a convenient spot - mine is on the left edge of the radio, with the wire running into the small gap below the radio.
- Plug the power adapter into the cigarette lighter. It will be switched on & off with the ignition, and automatically pairs with the phone. The power adapter also has a USB jack which is available to charge/power other items.