Nolan N-Com B4 Plus Bluetooth Kit for N104/N44/N40 Helmets
Made to fit
I bought this communicator right before a solo 3-week trip out West. Thanks, RevZilla for getting it to me in time!
This kit fits perfectly into my Nolan N104. Installation was simple and reasonably quick. Other communicator brands don't fit the Nolan well because the helmet's sun visor control is right where their module clamps onto the helmet.
I haven't used other brands of helmet bluetooth enough to compare, but I do find the Nolan reasonably easy to use. Pairing with iphone is easy and works well. Pairing with iphone and ipod at the same time can be tricky, I've gotten frustrated and had to power off and on a few times to make this work. Once connected, sound is good for tiny speakers, and plenty usable up to speeds only legal out West, even wearing foam earplugs. Phone conversations also work well with the helmet closed, even visor open is OK. GREAT to be able to get directions from Google Maps with my phone safely stowed in a rain-proof case. No problems with the helmet electronics after 2 days of riding all day in heavy rain.
I have not been able to use the programming app with the helmet since it's only available for Windows and Android. My computer and phone are Apple, and my tablet's version of Android is not compatible with the Nolan app.
Battery life is adequate for sunrise-to-sunset riding if I use a wired connection to my ipod instead of the bluetooth for music and don't talk on the phone for more than a few minutes. On a normal 8 hour riding day, battery lasts all day using all the bells and whistles. Recharge takes all night.
The kit adds a surprisingly noticeable amount of weight to the helmet. I'm used to it now, but it really seemed like a lot at first.
I look forward to trying to communicate with my riding buddies, but have no experience with that yet.
September 8, 2015
Looks great, tactile buttons
Fits perfectly, as you'd expect from the proprietary system. Finding the operation a little tricky, buttons are tactile enough, it's the menu system that befuddles me. Tinny sound, lacks bass, and the App for IOS doesn't seem to want to work. That aside, if you just want to use a few features, it's absolutely fine, and good quality gear.
July 27, 2015
Works only for phone connection nothing else
Wish I would have read the reviews b4 ordering. I have a new iPhone 6plus and after hours of installing and reinstalling the unit to my phone it still says it couldn't recognize\connect with the phone even though it was pairing with the phone for calls. I could never get it to play music so it was ONLY pairing for calls nothing else like Spotify etc. What a waste of time.
July 6, 2015
Terrible experience, disappointing product
I returned this comms system to the Nolan distributor twice for repair, and it has failed again. The build quality and the design of the product is poor. I love the helmet, but I truly regret having purchased this comms system.
June 8, 2015
A necessary evil
One of the reasons I got the Nolan helmet was because of this Bluetooth, but it is a very expensive unit. Which was all fine save for when I got the unit I find out that the iPhone app doesn't work with it.
May 25, 2015
Works as advertised.
Have only used about six times, but like it so far. I was pleased to see that I can hear the radio, GPS and callers pretty well even at highway speeds with my ear plugs inserted. The installation in my N-104 helmet was fairly straight forward, except that it took me a little while to figure out how to install firmware upgrade. Overall, it's pretty nice.
May 11, 2015
Great sound quality....firmware update little tricky
Very easy to install out of the box, with my Nolan 104. Sound quality is very, very good even at high speeds. Phone quality is great and the built in FM radio is a bonus. My only downside is the firmware update. Anytime you have to hack around in windows to get a program to update firmware via USB is never very user friendly....and I'm an IT guy.
May 11, 2015
Great product.... not so easy to install.
Purchased the Nolan N44 Storm for myself and the wife. Wanted to have some sort of communication between us and also listen to music. The B4 plus works great so far. I had a defective ear piece initially, but Nolan fixed it asap. Install is a little tricky, but if you review the you tube video it helps greatly. I only have two negatives so far. There is no iphone app for the B4 plus. Also the initial download for a windows computer is terrible. You have to manually install the drivers. If you are not at least somewhat proficient in IT this could be an issue.Overall, for the limited time I have had this unit I like it.
May 8, 2015