On the road again…

In collaboration with MobileZap

Over the last seven months I have spent inordinate amounts of time in my car. It seemed I was always on the road. I made regular trips first to Sydney and then to Taree to support my parents through Dad’s cancer treatment. It became normal for me to undertake a 4 hour roundtrip in one day so I could fit in these visits within school hours.

It was pretty intense and, at times, insane.

It was no surprise then that I was in need of something to amuse me for all those hours I was on the road.

Early on I used my iPhone with headphones so I could listen to my favourites playlist while I travelled, but that quickly got very stale and boring. Plus, my ears would ache at the end of the day after having buds stuffed in them for so long.

Then I started listening to the radio but would invariably have to find alternate stations once I moved out of range of my regular ones. A first world problem but a problem nonetheless.

And then I hit rock bottom – I began to sing and talk to myself as I drove. Once that began, I knew something drastic was required.

It was at this point that I was approached by MobileZap to review one of their products. MobileZap is a leading online retailer offering the latest mobile phone and tablet accessories. It so happens that MobileZap had a solution to my first world problem and I did not hesitate to try it out.

I was lucky enough to be provided the Olixar Road Warrior iPhone 6/6 plus car holder, charger and FM transmitter for review. I was impressed with how upfront MobileZap were when I chose this model as they let me know there had been some previous issues with iPhone compatibility before I ordered it. They also offered to exchange the unit, no questions asked, should I experience similar issues which I found very reassuring.

Initially I had no problems with the unit. I first tested it on a trip to Taree and was able to get it to operate without reading the instructions. I later took the time to read them which ironed out a few of the issues I had experienced, namely tuning the unit to the appropriate FM channel. Check out the video below for my first thoughts on the Olixar Road Warrior unit:

MobileZap RoadWarrior iPhone charger review from Kirsty Russell on Vimeo.

For the first two weeks the unit worked perfectly however it stopped charging yesterday and started displaying the message “device not compatible”. I will be following this up as I suspect this is the issue MobileZap warned me about before ordering. I charge my phone up each night so this is not a deal breaker for me but it is inconvenient and clearly not in keeping with the claims of the product.

Apart from this one issue, the product does everything else it promised. It holds the phone securely and initially charged it at the same time. The sound is clear through the FM tuner. It can be positioned anyway you wish so you can use your phone as a GPS on it’s side if necessary. The unit also allows you to make and receive calls handsfree with just the touch of a button and there is a bonus USB port too so you can charge up other devices as well. Very necessary for a technologically dependent family like ours!

Six pictures put together showing the main features of the Oliver RoadWarrior All in One car kit solution

Nathan has been the big user of the unit so far and could also find no fault other than the charging issue that literally only started yesterday. In fact, he liked the unit so much he has claimed it for himself so I’ve been forced to buy another one. Husbands and their toys…

If you are looking for mobile and tablet accessories like a hands free car kit, I can definitely recommend MobileZap. I was impressed with their service and would definitely use them again.

Have you been on the road more than necessary recently? What’s one accessory or device that you’d love to get your hands on?

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post however I did receive a complimentary product for review (valued RRP $43.49). All experiences, views and opinions are wholly my own and yes I have bought my own unit with my own money now that my husband has claimed what was rightfully mine!

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8 Responses

  1. Deborah says:

    Oh hell yes… I actually burned some CDs the last time I drove from my regional Qld town to Brisbane. I’m only 4hrs away but there’s a dead-spot in Gympie. (hee hee…, sorry… Qld joke!) The radio stations are crap. Religious or talk-back or country. So usually for about an hour of the journey you’ve got nothing… My car has bluetooth but only for the phone. Any alternative would be better!

    Deborah recently posted..Author interview – A Time to Run by JM Peace

  2. Sounds interesting. We really need a decent charger for the car, especially when I have a day in the car driving from one meeting to the next.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..In the Bag with Kristy from Sash and Belle

  3. Natalie says:

    I think this might be something I need in my car as I hate radio with all its talking and ads etc…and I hate burning music onto CDs for the car. Im not that great with technology- if I was listening to an album and say I wanted to skip a song, would I still need to navigate through my phone or can I navigate using the controls on my steering wheel like I would with the radio (Im assuming no but thought Id ask anyway 🙂 ). Also, is this compatible with other phones such as Samsung? Thanks 🙂
    Natalie recently posted..Paris- Not Just For Lovers

  4. My husband could you one of these as he is on the road working all day, continually having clients call whilst driving.
    Sally@Toddlers on Tour recently posted..Travel Blog Link Up – Where to find them.

  5. Denyse says:

    Sounds like it was good for a while..and then…some technologies disappoint me. However, glad you had some good use especially on those ‘oh so hard’ days back and forth to Taree. D x
    Denyse recently posted..6 Months. Pt 1. 195/365.

  6. What long days they have been, you must be exhausted. If I was allowed to choose the music in my car I’d be all over this, for now I have to put up with backseat renditions of nursery rhymes and Let it Go. .
    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages recently posted..5 Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day

  7. Love the video. It’s always nice to hear a blogger’s voice when you’re so used to just reading the words. My husband used something similar to this in the UK. It was temperamental at times, but did the job on the whole. #teamIBOT
    Renee Wilson recently posted..A broken record – 36 tracks mums play on repeat

  8. Hugzilla says:

    I am really resigned to the fact that I simply cannot keep up with all the new technology these days. That makes me sound very old, but I find it makes me feel very weary!
    Hugzilla recently posted..Style 101: How To Look Like a Total Loser at School Pick-Up

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