Thought I might take a look around and see what Bluetooth speaker systems are available for Truck Drivers. I know there are a ton of them on the market, but which ones would work for the Trucker? Our needs are a little different from say the normal driver, office worker, or telemarketer. We will take a look at what these needs are and review only the ones we find that have those qualities. All the Bluetooths listed are available at Amazon, because they have the best prices, are easy to order, with reliable delivery and a very easy return policy. I am going to list the Bluetooth speaker systems that are dependable, reasonably priced and ones that are “user friendly” only.
What is A Good Bluetooth
Everyone knows that the FMSCA has determined that truck drivers can no longer use cell phone while driving, that is they must use hand free devices. A hand free device being a Bluetooth ear bud or headset connected by way of WiFi to your cell phone. In many countries all across the world this has become law. When you are on the road all the time, it is advisable to find the best Bluetooth possible. Truckers don’t want to stop or in most cases can’t stop to answer a phone call. What are some of the things a driver needs to take into consideration when looking for a Bluetooth for your phone?
How it Fits – To me this may be one of the most important. You are behind the wheel many hours at a time and even when a driver stops for a short break he or she takes their cell phone with them. It is a lot more convenient to wear the headset and stay connected. This may add up to about twelve hours a day wearing your device, you would want to make sure it is comfortable, convenient to wear, and easy to get off and on. The headset must also be very solid, heavy-duty and resilient, as you are going to be making use of this on a daily basis. Another thing to consider is to make sure it is very lightweight, as you well know everything gets heavier towards the end of the day.
Audio Quality – Yes this is very important also, as we all know the noise we have all day long, wind, engine noise, radio, CB jabber and traffic. One wants a great headset with great audio quality and this can go both ways. You want to hear just as well as you want the other person to hear you. It is also important to get a headset with excellent noise cancellation features, you want a Bluetooth headset that effectively cancels outside noise. This will greatly help you hear and be heard.
Battery Life and Charging – Connectivity range is somewhat important, at least as far as around your trailer for periodic walk-a-rounds. Battery life is more important as you would like to get at least ten hours out of a charge. Of course this depends on how much you use your phone, but you also want a headset that will re-charge fast and efficiently. Most Bluetooths will offer six hours of talk time.
Headphone or Ear Buds – For truck drivers I would not recommend the ear bud type Bluetooth as you don’t really want something sticking in you ear twelve hours per day. There are also the ear buds that fit over the ear and don’t go into the ear as far as normal ear buds, but these are not so good at canceling out noise. The around the neck type work great, but maybe not so good for truck drivers, because of the background noise, these would work well when traveling in your quiet car.
Price – One can buy Bluetooth headsets at all different prices – anywhere from $15 up to $400. Of course this is dependent on how much you want to spend or how much you can manage to pay, but I would not recommend one of the lower priced headsets as they more than likely won’t last to long. You all know the price is dependent upon where you buy your product, but a truck driver can get a great reliable headset for approximately $80 to $120. The warranty, replacement parts and the return policies are also dependent on where you purchase your device.
Here are the ten best Bluetooth headsets I have found on Amazon. If you are an Amazon Prime member don’t forget free shipping.
Szhenry Wireless Bluetooth Headset, Hands-Free single Earbud, Business Earpiece for Trucker/Driver/Sports with Mic and Mute, Widely Compatible for iPhone and Android
Price $29.99 with free shipping on orders over $25
This is one of the top rated Wireless Bluetooths with a single ear bud. Most customers state that it works well for them, the ear bud stays in the ear while driving, does not have to be re-adjusted and very little background noise. The headset is completely charged in less than 2 hours and provides up to 9 hours of talk time. With pairing that takes less than a few seconds, the headset is fully functional and sounds fantastic. It is also very good for listening to music. Some other features are:
Crystal Clear Audio – Noise reducing boom microphone and Dynamic Speaker transmits your speech plainly when you move around and perform what work you may need to do.
Smart Sensor Technology – Technology that detects when the headset is being used so it can immediately answer calls as you place the headset on your ear or reroute audio to your phone once you set down your headset.
Smart Function – The Bluetooth will come with mic support SIRI voice prompt and silence switch, one key to power on and enter pairing mode, one to two connections. Eight to nine hours functioning time, with approximately 1.5 hours quick charge. Has about 33 foot Bluetooth working range.
Universal Compatible – The Bluetooth V4.1 allows calling and music playing application, fast and easy pairing using smart phones and tablets. Appropriate for iPhoneX, Androids, and other major smart phones.
Warranty – 45 days money back and 12-month worry-free guarantee. Twenty-Four hour customer service support.
Mpow Bluetooth Headset V4.2, Bluetooth Earpiece with Noise Canceling and Dual Mic, Wireless Earphone with 15 Hours Playing Time for iPhone/Android
This is another good Bluetooth Ear Piece. Not real comfortable, might be better suited for a person with a small head. Fantastic sound quality for the price, some are saying they have to drop the volume by 50% or it is way too loud. They do about average job as far as blocking outside noise. Would recommend this for someone who does not want to spend too much money and only would use it about six hours per day.
NOISE-CANCELLING & DUAL MICROPHONES: This particular wireless headset has twin noise-canceling microphones, that can block environmental noise and improves sound clarity for phone calls and song. Ideal for office staff, businessmen, drivers and other individuals.
ADVANCED BLUETOOTH 4.2 CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth V4.2 technologies produces faster, more balanced and larger compatibility with most Bluetooth enabled devices, including iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 plus/6/6s, Samsung S9/S8/S7/S6, LG Stylo 3/V30/G6/K20, Sony, iPad, other Android smart phones, laptops, etc. It will even pair with two devices at the exact time.
15 HOURS SUPER LONG BATTERY LIFE: With built-in 210mAh battery, Mpow EM10 Bluetooth ear piece produces up to 15 hours’ music time, 12 hours’ communicating and 240 hours’ standby time immediately after being fully charged for just 1.5 hours.
ENJOY MAXIMUM COMFORT: Three additional ear tips (Small, Medium, Large) are provided, for the best relaxed fit in either ear. Please try all ear tips and select the most comfortable one for your ear canal.
COMPACT & PORTABLE GADGET: This light and portable sole earphone is easy to keep. A compact carrying case is included.
WORRY-FREE WARRANTY: all Mpow products consists of a 45-Day Money Back Guarantee & 18-Month Worry-free Warranty!
1. Please test all ear tips and select the more comfortable one.
2. The exact working time may range from mobile phone types.
3. The wireless range may be less if there are barriers between the ear piece and your phone.
4. Should your phone be paired with the earphone, the earphone will automatically return to last attached product when the earphone is switched on.
Trucker Over the Head Wireless Bluetooth Boom Mic Headset Parrot
This headset can be worn for several hours and is very comfortable. Crystal clear sound with very little background noise. This is one that you should probably check around with other drivers before purchasing, as there is not too much information out there. It appears to be a good, comfortable headset that is very reasonable priced. The fact that it is an over the head device should make it easy to wear and eliminate a lot of the outside noise.
NOISE CANCELING (crystal clear conversations)
ONE TOUCH CALL ANSWER
8 HOUR TALK TIME BETWEEN CHARGING
OPERATING RANGE OF THIRTY FEET
VXi BlueParrott B350-XT Bluetooth Headset Bundle with Bonus Cushions | Compatible with Datalogic Handheld Terminal – Skorpio X3 and Falcon X3+
Price: $130.00 & FREE Shipping
Generally, there is an explanation why BlueParrott Bluetooth headsets are more chosen by truckers, warehouse pickers, and logistics firms. Having the industries greatest 24 hours of talk time you will never have to stop and recharge this headset following a few hours of use, unlike numerous Bluetooth headsets. Choose this Bluetooth headset with your Datalogic Handheld Terminal – Skorpio X3 and Falcon X3+. The BlueParrott B350-XT is the newer standard for Bluetooth headsets that are longer lasting with additional talk time. This headset is ideal for workers who need a Bluetooth headset to survive an entire shift whether being on the road or in an office.
Some different application uses include government, military, financial, public safety and hospital environments where sturdy, stable and long-lasting Bluetooth systems are necessary to meet rigorous performance and safety requirements.
In addition, you can set our new, exclusive Parrott Button™ to your preference of mute, speed dial, and a lot more. B350-XT is loaded with great features, and it is sleeker, a lot more rugged, and a lot more streamlined than the B250 series.
128-bit data encryption helps to keep your cell phone, tablet or PC discussions secure.
Wideband HD voice and audio for awesome sounds.
Stream music or GPS guidance to the headset.
Basic, one-touch pairing to your smartphone (NFC pairing).
A2DP assistance for use with music players, GPS and different Bluetooth devices.
Bluetooth headset Battery Reporting on one’s iOS devices.
Adjustable microphone boom remains where you put it for ideal sound quality.
Changeable headband locks in place for a custom, secure fit.
Warranty, Labor: The “no hassle” warranty offers you a replacement if the headset stops performing just in the 1-year warranty period
This one appears to be the ideal headset, maybe somewhat on the high end as far as price. Everyone knows the saying you get what you pay for, so if you are looking for something that is going to last, work well, take the abuse, and operate efficiently this could be the best choice. Seems to have all the options a driver could require. If you would like more information go to the BlueParrott website –VXicorp.com
PS3 Trucker Noise Canceling Over the Head Boom Mic Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Price $25.28 & FREE Shipping
Earpiece: Individual Compatible Brand: For Apple, For BlackBerry, For HTC, For Lenovo, For LG, For Motorola Earpiece Design: Ear-Cup (Over the Ear) Features: Built-In Microphone, Noise Cancellation Wireless Technology: Bluetooth Boom Mic Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Headset Headphone For Trucker Description:
With multi-point connection, the Bluetooth headset can be connected with two Bluetooth devices at the same time The headset offers easy operation and perfect voice quality Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth V2.1, Class 2, compatibility with V2.0 & V1.2 Ideal for over the road truck drivers or anyone who needs the clear voice in a noisy environment, also compatible with ps3, x box, iPhone, etc Specification:
Chipset: CSR BC6 V2.1
Supports: AVRCP, Handsfree, Noise-Canceling Mic,
Voice-Dial/Mute Broadcast Range: 10M (32ft)
Talking Time: 12 hours Stand-by time: 250 hours
Does Not support A2DP, play music
Connections: Up to 2 devices simultaneously
Data Encryption: 128 bits encrypted
Features – Intense noise cancellation with a flexible boom mic. Oversized ear cushion. Bluetooth headset can be linked with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. The headset offers easy operation and perfect voice quality. With the Ear-Cup (Over the Ear) Earpiece this device should cancel most background noise and be easy to wear for long periods of time.
Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Noise Canceling Boom Mic Headset Headphone For Trucker PS3
Prevents 4 times the outside noise – Noise canceling Crystal clear audio with DSP – High overall performance with Bluetooth 4.1 – Touch-button call answer/end and redial – Touch-button volume control
Built-in microphone, Allows clear communication, and music and calls can be easily controlled – Micro USB port for recharging the built-in battery – Headset, Handsfree, A2DP and AVRCP Profiles – Fits comfortably on either ear
Compatible with most Bluetooth mobile phones – NOTE: Suitable for over the road truck drivers or anyone who needs the clear voice in the noise environment, also compatible with ps3, x box, iPhone, galaxy series etc.
Longer Battery Life: Built-in high-quality rechargeable Li-Ion battery which can offer you Long Talking Time and Standby Time Note: since it is a wireless Bluetooth headset, no background music can be heard when you are playing games on PS3.
What is included: 1 x Bluetooth 4.1 Headset with Mic 1 x USB Cable 1 x User Manual
Micro USB port for recharging the built-in battery
Foldable design, easy to carry
This appears to be a fantastic Headset – easy to use with convenient controls. Being the Headphone type, this should eliminate all outside noise and the foldable design will make it easy to carry when you don’t need to use it.
Willful M20 Bluetooth Headphones Multipoint Noise Canceling Foldable Over-the-Head Wireless Headset With Boom Microphone Hands-Free for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Android Phones Updated Version Black
Price: $33.89 & FREE Shipping
This appears to be an average headset, some pro, and some cons. Maybe above average as to price. Some people have trouble with the pairing, but report the sound and noise cancellation are above the norm. Ear pads seem to be uncomfortable, as well as fit, but charging and battery life seem to be above average. To me this seems to be an average headset with an average price, so you might want to check with some other drivers before purchasing.
Provides you an extremely stylish and comfortable experience using the over-head design and skin-friendly ear cushions.
Earpieces foldable for effortless carrying and storage.
Simple wireless way to appreciate steaming stereo music with noise cancellation and pre/next song control
Controls for volume and answer/end/refuse/redial calls are easy to reach.
Speech dialing available if your phone allows it.
Ultra-Long playing time: Up to 12 hours talking and 250 hours standby.
Universal compatibility: Works great with most Bluetooth enabled phones. Can easily link up to two phones at the same time.
VXi BlueParrott B450-XT Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset
Price: $100.73 & FREE Shipping
We are paying a little more here, but the quality of this Bluetooth headset is much better. Sound quality is excellent and as far as keeping the background noise out, this is way above average. Might be a little on the heavy side after wearing for a long period and some say it is a little bulky. This headset is one of the most recommended for truck drivers.
Voice Control for hands-free call control and more.
Unrivaled HD Voice call quality with 96% noise-canceling performance
Parrott Button can be programmed with the BlueParrott smartphone app. (iOS and Android). Near Field Communication (NFC) for easy, instant pairing.
Talk for over 24 hours per battery charge. Range – Up to 300 feet *.Speaker Frequency Response- 20 Hz to 20
kHz.Impedance – 32 Ω ± 15% @ 1 kHz.Large ear cushion and padded headband for lasting comfort.
Dimension(inches):9 H x 6.875 W x 2.625 D
Vxi’s BlueParrott S450-XT is a stereo Bluetooth headset from a company with a lot of fans in the long-distance trucking community. See more here on pcmag.com
BlueParrott C400-XT Bluetooth Convertible Headset VXI-204151 | Noise-Canceling, NFC Ready, Bonus 2pk Microphone Cushions
Price: $139.00 & FREE Shipping
Your Bluetooth BlueParrott C400-XT VXI-204151-B Headset Bundle alongside Bonus Windscreen Microphone Cushions, is the high quality, convertible preference for over the road drivers. Along with your pick of wearing styles, over-the-head and two behind-the-neck options (left and right), ideal for people who have on hats. Its spacious leatherette ear cushion provides improved comfort and audio. The C400-XT also offers you 24+ hours of conversation, so you can talk all day. While 96% noise cancellation, mixed with its IP54-rated water prevention, and cold temperature ranking lets you simply take calls anywhere. VoiceControlTM for call answering/ignoring will make the C400-XT truly hands free.
Be listened to well with the industry’s very best noise-canceling (96%) microphone innovations
Select your very own wearing style: over the head or behind the neck.
Manage incoming calls absolutely hands-free using VoiceControl.
Roam up to 300 feet* with paired devices.
Set up the Parrott Button to your picks of mute, speed dial and a lot more.
Listen and recognize every word with HD VoiceT Tap to pair** using an NFC-enabled phone or different BluetoothTM device.
Pick of leatherette or the memory foam ear cushion.
Chat for more than 24 hours for each battery charge.
We think the 24 hours talk time for each battery charge, the 300′ roaming feature and the advertised industry best noise-canceling microphone would make this the ideal headset for truckers. You combine this with the Blue Parrott, industry-leading warranties, one would think this could be one of the best, long-lasting headsets.
Bluetooth Headset,Pashion Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Over The Head With Boom Mic Noise Canceling Handsfree Headset for Android IOS Smartphones
Price: $36.99 & FREE Shipping
This Bluetooth headset seems to be a great product for the price. Noise canceling and battery life is very good, but some problems are reported with keeping it adjusted. The quality is good and there is plenty of volume.
Bluetooth options: Bluetooth? v4.1
Promoted profile:HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2, A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.0
Chip option:CSR BC8635
Functioning range: UP to 10 meters(Please make sure no obstructions in between headset and phone)
Operation time: About 27 hours
Standby duration: About 800 hours(Connected mode)
Battery Capacity: 400mAH
Charge time: Around 2 Hours
These seem to all be great products. Would like to review a little more about finding a good Bluetooth Headset:
5. Are They Comfortable?
Granted not having wires hanging around will help, it’s always good to find out if a pair of headphones’ will provide lasting comfort. Consider factors such as the padding on the ear cups and padding on the headband. Also, are they fully adjustable?
4. How Long Is The Battery Life?
Since Bluetooth headphones’ rely on power to run, it’s important to consider how long of a battery life your headphones’ have. This is definitely a question you want to ask before buying Bluetooth headphones’.
3. Are They Easy To Use?
When it comes to pairing, not all headphones’ were created equally. Some are much easier to use, so be sure to consider that when searching for a pair of Bluetooth headphones’. Consider functions like the pairing, taking calls, changing the track and the volume.
2. How is The Sound Quality?
The sound is the second most important aspect of choosing a pair of headphones’ that’s right for you. When considering the sound that’s right for you, try to either listen to or ask about the headphones’ performance across a wide range of genres of music.
1. Are They A Good Value?
Value is THE most important part of 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying Bluetooth Headphones. For me, if I don’t feel like something is worth what I paid for it, forget it…I’ll never be happy. I suspect you are the same way. One of the easiest ways to feel great about a purchase you made is to buy with value in mind. When you look for the most BANG for your buck, vs chasing the latest trend you open your self up to experience products that you may not have otherwise. Additionally, you’ll find that price isn’t everything and that some of the least expensive headphones’, and indeed some of the best! That Concludes Your Definitive Guide to the 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying Bluetooth Headphones!
Like to thank you for taking the time to read through my review of Bluetooth Speaker Systems – For Truckers!! Hope this was helpful!