Anker ROAV - Bolt Charger with Google Assistant - Black
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The Google Assistant Optimized for Your Car
Stream music. Get navigation. Make calls. All hands-free. All on the road.
Just say the word to get turn-by-turn directions to your destination instantly
Your Music On Demand
Bolt + the Google Assistant is compatible with the following apps. Android: Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Deezer. iOS: Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and iHeartRadio.
Staying safe on the road is priority number one. That’s why Bolt is optimized for hands-free calling and messaging through the Google Assistant, so you can chat or text, just by talking naturally.
Everything you love about the Google Assistant is engineered into a compact device and optimized for incar performance
Bluetooth and AUX connectivity options make it easy to connect Roav Bolt to your car.
Dual Signal Processing Technology
Your voice commands will be heard loud and clear with Bolt's unique technology that combines advanced on-device signal processing with machine learning based signal processing on Google Cloud.
Charge Your Devices
2 PowerIQ-equipped charging ports with VoltageBoost intelligently detect and deliver the optimum charge to any device.
- Anker ROAV Bolt Charger with Google Assistant
- Brand CompatibilityUniversal
- Model CompatibilityUniversal
- Product NameBolt Charger with Google Assistant
- BrandAnker ROAV
- Charger TypeVehicle chargers
- Number Of Devices Charged Simultaneously2
- Model NumberR5360Z11
- Color CategoryBlack
- Charging MethodWired
- Wattage24 watts
- Auto Shut-OffNo
- Input Voltage24 volts
- Output Voltage5 volts
- Compatible Platform(s)Universal
- Brand CompatibilityUniversal
- Model CompatibilityUniversal
- Charging Interface(s)USB Type A
- Overload ProtectionNo
- Foldable Wall PlugNo
Certifications & Listings
- ENERGY STAR CertifiedNo
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts18 months
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor18 months
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
I want to love it....Posted .
.... but it just doesn’t work very well.... yet. The microphone struggles to pick up what I say. When I get the device to hear me, it cuts off or the app doesn’t register my command. I don’t know how much of that is a problem with the Google assistant app or with the device, but it just doesn’t work as advertised. The few times it does work, the volume is really low compared to the Bluetooth music I am streaming. So I play a game of turning the audio up to listen to Google, but then turn it back down before the music comes back on. There’s a toggle that is supposed to let the device stream commands through the Bluetooth for phone calls as opposed to streaming media, but that toggle didn’t work for me. The interface is unintuitive. I can hear Google tell me I have notifications, but it just keeps flashing lights. If I pressed the Google button, it just told me again I had notifications. There’s an almost Morse code guide to button presses and I never seemed to be in the sweet spot to have anything work. The “instructions”, available with the device and online, are bare minimum. You get a small foldout with the device and the extra steps online were pretty useless in my experience. I can get the device to dictate a text message, but I still have to press send on the phone. About the only thing that has worked well is when I ask it for a sports update or for it to give me the weather. Getting the device connected to the Google assistant app was pretty easy. I set it up in two cars, one with AUX and the other with Bluetooth with two different iPhones. The problems were pretty universal. I think audio quality is better over AUX, but then you have an additional cable to worry about. But if your car lacks Bluetooth audio streaming, this does provide a pretty reliable way to stream your music. I really hope it gets better. I think this is a great idea and I want to see this product work. Hands free commands seems like a great idea, but a weak microphone makes no sense on a device like this as the device has to compete with the car stereo and road noise to work. This device just isn’t ready, yet. I oddly would still recommend it for the right person. If nothing else it provides some functionality and good Bluetooth streaming and I really hope the other stuff gets better with time and my own practice with the device. But as it is, most people I know would just get frustrated and stop using it and I can’t really blame them.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
iPhone users beware…Posted .
With the age of smartphones and smart homes, it was only a matter of time before we have smart cars. No, this won’t make your car self-driving per se, but it does free your hands to do more important things…like driving. Pros: • Awesome mics • Smallish profile • 2 USB jacks Cons: • Does not play well with iPhones • Not much for instructions First and foremost, you will most likely have a more positive experience with an android/google phone. I have an iPhone and find that the cross-platform use has some wrinkles that needs to be ironed out. For iPhone users, one would need to download the “Assistant” app by google. I luckily already have this app installed on my phone. Setting up the device can be easy but I wished the box packed more printed instructions on what to expect. The setup solely relies on the Assistant app and not a “Roav” app. Upon launching the app on your phone, the app passively looks for new devices to setup and this Roav did pop up on its own. Following the onscreen prompts leads you down a path of using Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm output for sound. I tried both and I’ll list the pros and cons of both in a later section. The entire setup process took me about 20 minutes as the new software/firmware update took over 10 minutes to complete (with wifi too). After the initial setup, I found the microphones were so awesome that I was able to place the Roav in the cigarette lighter found in my center console. The microphones are that amazing. The Roav can pick up the “Hey Google” through my armrest with road noise and windows down. Which worked great since my 3.5mm aux jacks are also located in the armrest too. The downfall is the cross-platform support between a google device and my iPhone. It was a hit or miss if my voice commands will play iHeartRadio or Pandora on the first try. The Roav “heard” my commands and knows what I want to do…it was the phone trying to execute opening the music apps via the “Assistant” app that was buggy. After the 9th time of asking Google to play a radio station, I manually opened iHeartRadio app on my phone and it plays through my car speakers. Which indicates the complexity of having a Google product work with an Apple product. When it comes to selecting the 3.5mm vs using Bluetooth, that will be based on how new your car is. My 2010 car doesn’t support Bluetooth music (just phone calls) and im stuck using the 3.5mm in that car. The 3.5mm works fine for sound quality but that means you are stuck listening to streaming or MP3s in your car if you want the “hey google” to work. My newer 2017 supports Bluetooth streaming and that allows a better listening choice. With Bluetooth streaming and a setting that allows the google commands to come in as a “phone call”, I can listen to the car’s radio and when I ask google something, the car’s radio will silence like im accepting a phone call and answer my command. Once the command is done, the radio comes back on. Much better than the 3.5mm option. In summary, I can’t fault the hardware as the mics are amazing. It’s the software that’s buggy on an iPhone. Asking google questions like “whats the weather” or “whats on my google calendar” works great. Asking it to play music can be a hit or miss. My luck increases that the music will play the first time if I had recently opened the music app and is running in the background. Another software and not a hardware issue. With that being said, I want to split the reviews with 5 stars out of 5 for the hardware and 2 out of 5 stars for the iPhone integration software. But since I cant, the rating is 4 out of 5. And BTW, most phones have a “hey siri” or “hey google” already built into their phones so why have this Roav bolt? Good question…I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Tough SellPosted .
I like the Roav Bolt. I think it’s a good product that does what it’s supposed to do very well. It’s a tough sell because it doesn’t do anything in your car that your phone can’t already do, but it does do those things much better. I have some issues with it, but overall I think it’s a worthwhile purchase, especially for older stereos. What the Roav Bolt is is basically a Google Home for your car. It plugs into the 12V outlet connects to your car’s audio through an aux cord that’s included in the box. You can also make the connection via Bluetooth, but the aux connection is more reliable and doesn’t introduce the delay that you hear a lot of the time when trying to do voice commands over Bluetooth. Setup via the Google Assistant app is dead simple and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. There’s 2 microphones on the top of the of Bolt for receiving voice commands and they work great in that department. The response is just about instantaneous and it does an excellent of picking me up saying ‘Hey Google’ even with the stereo cranked up. There were a few moments where I would give a command and it seemed to need to think about for a few seconds, but in general most of my interactions via voice command went off without a hitch. You can do all the standard Google Assistant stuff: play music, launch navigation (which unlocks your phone and starts Google Maps), read notifications, make calls, etc. There’s also an Assistant button that you can use to start talking to Google, as well as answer and end phone calls, but it doesn’t have any play/pause/skip functions for music, which seems like a big miss to me. Of course you can control playback through voice, but it gets a little tiresome having to say ‘Hey Google, pause’ and ‘Hey Google, next song’ all of the time. While the microphones worked great for voice commands, my experience using them for phone calls was less than stellar. There was a ton of background noise on the other side of the call and my wife told me it just sounded like I was on speakerphone. I have a feeling this has more to do with the placement of the Bolt in my car though; my 12V outlet is in front of the shifter and kind of tucked into the center console. If that outlet was more out in the open I suspect my voice would come through a lot clearer on calls, but it’s something to keep in mind if your 12V outlet is tucked away like mine is. The Bolt also has 2 built-in USB charging ports. There’s no fast-charging on these ports, but they do each put out 2.4A of current for decently fast 12W charging. At the end of the day, the Bolt doesn’t do anything that your phone can’t already do on its own with an aux cord hooked up. Most Android phones have Google Assistant built-in and can do all of the same commands that the Bolt can. There are also less expensive chargers out there too. I can say that using voice commands with my phone’s built-in microphone has never been reliable experience for me and the Bolt completely flips that. I think that’s worth something to people who spend a lot of time in their cars.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Promising device but not ready for prime timePosted .
This device is useful if you have a car that is not “smart” enabled. In my case, I have a car (2018 Honda Fit) that only has Bluetooth for making calls and media playback from a device such as your phone (such as my LG Stylo 2). I wasn’t completely happy with just using Bluetooth and my phone because on my long commute to work, I like to listen to both podcasts and my music library. I usually download a podcast to my phone and listen it to during my morning commute. A lot of times my podcast would end in middle of my commute and I would suffer in silence during the rest of the drive. If I wanted to listen to another podcast or switch to my music library, I would have to get out my phone and fiddle with it. That’s not something I want to do while driving. If only there was a way to use voice commands to tell my phone to play a new podcast or switch to my music collection while I’m busy driving. Well, this is such a device! Installation was pretty easy. Just plug it into the car’s 12v charger and connect the ROAV Bolt to your phone using Bluetooth. Then you use the phone’s Google Assistant app to complete the setup. My only complaint was that the firmware update took a really long time (over 8 minutes for me). I’ve been using the Anker ROAV Viva (the Alexa version) for a few months before getting this so I’ll be basing some of my review of this unit on how it compares to the Alexa version. The ROAV Bolt works similarly to the Google Home where you use the wake word “Hey Google” or “Okay Google” to give it commands. I thought the time to respond was laggy compared to the Viva. While the ROAV Viva works almost exactly the same as my Echo devices, the ROAV Bolt does not behave the same as my Google Home devices. I think the reason for the difference is that the ROAV Bolt uses apps on the phone while the ROAV Viva is more server based. For example, I asked ROAV Bolt to listen to a radio station using TuneIn and it responded that I needed to install TuneIn on my phone. With the ROAV Viva, it doesn’t need the app to be installed on the phone as long as the skill has been enabled. When I ask the ROAV Bolt to play my music, it will use Google Play to play random music with short ads. I could not figure out how to get it to my music from my Google Music library. With my Google Home devices, this command will play music from my library with no ads. The best I could do was to use my phone’s Google Music Play app to customize the music selection so it now plays random music that is catered to my musical tastes along with short ads. This is acceptable to me since it provides a benefit where I can discover new artists but I prefer being able to listen to my music library. The ROAV Viva with Alexa does allow me to play music from my Amazon music library so the ROAV Viva is better for playing music. Playing podcasts works great on both the ROAV Bolt and Viva but with the Viva I am able to pick up where the podcast left off on my Echo devices and vice versa. When I tried navigation, the ROAV Bolt brought up Google Maps on my phone and turn by turn directions seemed to work okay. However, I was not successful in making calls using the ROAV Bolt. I tried calling my home phone and leave a message but I didn’t hear anything in my car. When I got home, I did have a message on my answering machine but it was unintelligible. So, I think the voice quality seems to be very poor so making calls is currently not viable for me. I also experience one weird incident with the ROAV Bolt where it just suddenly said, “Boo! Gotha!” during my commute. I have no idea why it did that. The ROAV Bolt has also given me notifications that are basically ads. My Google Home devices have never done this. Overall, I like the ROAV Bolt as it allows me to drive safely while being able to listen to music or my podcasts but I would like it better if it behaved more like my Google Home devices. I prefer the ROAV Viva as it is a little bit less laggy, can play my music library, and behaves exactly like my Echo devices at home.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Trash - Microphones are totally uselessPosted .
This appeared to be the perfect car solution for me. I have a Honda CR-V with an aux port, but a "dumb" car stereo. Letting me upgrade to add google assistant and be able to use it even if my phone is in my pocket sounded perfect. I own tons of google assistant devices and know what to expect. This falls short in every category. Set up I have a galaxy s9+ running Android Pie. Setup cannot complete with the aux cable. It just says "Preparing your Roav Bolt This should take a few seconds to set up AUX." It then times out and is in an infinite loop of "Try Again." Finally I gave up and decided to hook up a bluetooth adapter to pair via bluetooth. In order to do this, you have to unpair the Roav Bolt, factory reset it (which instructions do not indicate how to do, but you push and hold the button on the Roav Bolt until the lights turn blue). Afterwards, it seems to work fine. Awesome. Not what I wanted, but still it works. Using the Device While parked, it had trouble hearing me. Parked. No background noise of any kind and it still struggles. Instructions indicate you can also tap the button to activate the voice assistant, but isn't the point to be hands free? While on the freeway, I found myself screaming "HEY GOOGLE" at the top of my lungs to get it to respond. Horrible. It cannot hear well at all. I have two cigarette lighter adapters in my car. Below the console in front of me towards my feet and in the center console next to the cup holders of the car. Neither location works for it to hear me, though while parked it can sort of hear me next to my cup holders. How is it as a google assistant? When using Google Home, you can easily switch around between music services with ease. With this device, you have to be very specific of what to play. I have a free tunein account I listen to radio shows on and a paid spotify subscription. While at home, I can easily play specific songs without saying "from spotify" even when tunein is running. WIth this, "I cannot find _________ from tunenin." This wouldn't be annoying, but since it can barely hear me as is, repeating myself is infuriating. Similar issues happen across other apps that are not standard for the google home experience. I'm sure it can be patched, but it's annoying at launch. Bottom line Many of the issues I have with this can be patched. The aux issue certainly will be fixed for Samsung phones if they expect to sell any of these. Unfortunately, the microphones are so bad. Soooooo bad. It would be less drama to just use my phone's built-in google assistant. This solves exactly zero of my issues and I don't see who could benefit from using it. Even if this were at a price point of 1/5 of what it retails for, I still would not recommend it to anyone.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome! Should be called "Google Car"!Posted .
Google I'm sure has the trademark on that, but the Roav Bolt Charger essentially brings your Google Home into your car! Pros: Having had Google Home in the house for quite a while - you really get used to asking it questions. Now with this simple and small device you can have virtually the same "home" experience in your car. All hands free - just say, "Hey Google" and it will answer all your questions, change music, make/answer calls, give you directions (via voice through car stereo and displays on your phone), and so much more. As a real test while I was on my way home I said: Me: "Hey Google, how long will it take me to drive to Michael Angelo’s Pizza?" Google: "By car it will take 25 mins" Me: "Hey Google, directions to Michael Angelo’s Pizza" Google: (Turned on navigation and directions to the pizza place) Me: "Hey Google, remind me to order pizza in 5 minutes" (5 minutes later) Google: Reminder to order pizza Me: "Hey Google, call Michael Angelo’s Pizza" Google: "Calling Michael Angelo’s Pizza" Me: Awesome... all with both hands on the wheel! Works seamlessly with the Google assistant app (I have an iPhone X and it worked perfectly). Plays through your car's Bluetooth or an Aux 3.5mm port (cable included). Took about 5 minutes to set it all up - very easy. Also has 2 pass-through USB ports, so actually powers itself and lets you still charge 2 devices! Cons: Only thing that was a bit tricky was I had to say 1 thing differently than I usually do with Google Home. I couldn’t just say “Hey Google play some music” (which I have connected to Pandora). It said it couldn’t do that. Instead I had to say, “Hey Google play some music ‘from my library’ ” – not sure why, but I had to add “from my library” and then it opened Pandora and played fine. Overall, love this thing!I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use3 out of 5Quality2 out of 5Value3 out of 5
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
It's okPosted .Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
It works great 60% of the time. You must press the button to activate the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, voice activation doesn't really work well. Also, beware of the status your device is in. One day, not sure how and why it happened, my Anker Bolt wasn't syncing to my Bluetooth. It was working before this issue, but somehow it wasn't booting up. I restarted it and went through the activation process and still didn't work. Then I noticed the status on my device says it is disconnected. It was plugged and connected to my car bluetooth so I didn't understand why it saying disconnected. I ignored for about a week and it started working again out of nowhere. When I went to my Google app, the status changed to Connected. For now, it works fine. Hopefully the same issue won't come up again.
FeaturesEase of Use3 out of 5Quality2 out of 5Value3 out of 5No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Don't Bolt out to buy this.Posted .
“Hey Google, is there a car adapter I can get to bring you with me?” " Yes, there is, but it's still a work in progress.” Roav makes car devices which work with both Amazon Echo (Viva) and with Google (Bolt). The Roav Bolt packs a lot into its compact size. There is a small button on the top which you can use to initiate a conversation or for the device to read out your notifications. This is a neat little feature which works well to help you keep your eyes on the road. Unfortunately, that's the highlight. It may be that the device is still in beta. it consistently took a significant amount of time to respond to even simple commands. I've used Roav’s Alexa device (Viva), and that one respond as much more quickly. I also had a hard time getting the Bolt to connect to my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S9. The problem was eventually solved after I contacted technical support, and they suggested I install Google’s Beta software. If you're not using the voice assistant the device works well as a Bluetooth receiver for older cars. My 2010 Nissan does not have Bluetooth audio, so I used the Bolt to connect with the aux input. Music sounded great and my son reported no lag when he was watching a video. The Bolt also has to USB power outputs at 2.4A each. It does not support QC 3.0 or USB C power delivery. If you are already in bed with Amazon or Google Music Services, that is the voice assistant device you should choose. However, functionality, the Alexa powered device is much more polished at this point. It's likely that Google will continue to iterate and the device will get better over time, like many of their products. If you can get this cheaply on sale, it may be worth purchasing and waiting for those improvements to come.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Asked by tmelven.
- A:Answer Manual says it will not. I can attest that it does not have any noticable drain, even in the winter
Answered by NEPAkal
Q: QuestionCan you pair more than one device at a time
Asked by Jm73.
- A:Answer Sadly no, and that is probably the biggest limitation of Roav Bolt - it can only pair with one phone and one car at a time, and, even if it is connected to the car via an Aux cable, the other Bluetooth connection is still not freed up for pairing with a second device. It is the most common complaint I have seen about the Bolt, since it makes it all but unusable for a household in which multiple drivers use a single car.
Answered by NanashiMumei
Q: QuestionI have an 03 cts no Bluetooth and no aux can I still use this device withh ugh an iPhone XR?
Asked by TheGuy01.
- A:Answer If you have a cassette deck there are simple adapters you can buy that would plug into the "AUX out" on this device and allow you to use it.
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Answered by metroidfan220
Q: QuestionI have a 2018 Tahoe that came with On Star which I did not choose to continue. When I left the On Star go I also lost the ability to use hands free phone in the car. Will allow me to have the same usage of hands free phone like I did with on star.
Asked by Marianne.
- A:Answer That doesn't sound right - Wouldn't letting On Star lapse just nuke the car's built in cellular modem? You'd think you'd still be able to pair your phone with the car's built-in Bluetooth and make a hands-free call without that service. (If not, wow: That's scummy behavior on their part. A handsfree call over Bluetooth and your own phone wouldn't require any actual lift from GM's On Star service.) You might try googling other ways to pair your phone with your existing hardware. But yes, the purpose of this device is to give you an alternative way to pair Bluetooth and have an always-on "OK Google" ready mic that can be used for calls. Other reviewers report that calls placed from the phone's screen may not work as intended, but calls started through the Roav & Google Assistant voice commands should work fine.
Answered by NissanDriver
Q: QuestionI bought a roav bolt I have a Samsung ten e an twice while driving after setup it needed my phone unlocked to play example out of my google play app how do I solve this so it has total access as driving an playing with the phone is not a good thanks rob
Asked by Robertmiddaugh.
- A:Answer Allow the Roav to unlock your device when connected. This is in your phone under Trusted Devices. Now, your phone will be unlocked when connected to the dongle. Concerned with security? No sweat. Unlocking is based on a Bluetooth connection to the dongle, which only happens when powered, which only happens when the car has power, which is based on you being in it with the keys. All of those conditions must be met. That should be sufficient to dispel any security concerts, unless you drive for a ride share service or with dishonest people in your vehicle.
Answered by Andgeoroid
Q: QuestionIs this product iPhone 8 compatible? Yes or No? Im getting a bunch or conflicting answers. I love Google Assistant and would love to be able to use it in my car but I dont want to switch to Pixel. I thought this was a good alternative.
Asked by missmyiphone.
- A:Answer yes, it works with my iPhone 8 Plus running iOS 12
Answered by BatraD
Q: QuestionCannot connect it to google Assitant from iPhone or google home app . Google home needs wireless to search Google Assitant doesn’t show Anker as option
Asked by Josh.
- A:Answer When I connected the device, it didn't go through Google home for setup. You have to set it up through your bluetooth.
Answered by EthaDonW
Q: QuestionDoes this product run off of the mobile data of my phone or do I need WiFi in my car to use this. Because With other google assistance like the nest audio for example you need some type of internet connection
Asked by MANI.
- A:Answer It uses data from your phone
Answered by andy33312