UCLEAR HBC100 Plus Bluetooth Communicator
Easy to install.
The unit is very easy to install but does require a bit of fine tuning to get the microphone to line up properly for best sound quality.
I had to return the original unit to the manufacturer who was extremely helpful and sent a replacement unit almost immediately. The replacement unit seems to work better, however, I have not had the opportunity to use it in the bike-to-bike mode, only to receive calls. Once I have a chance to pair the unit with other users I will be able to give it a fair assessment.
The sound quality for music is fair and more distracting than it's worth in my opinion.
June 22, 2015
Great communicator for the money, with some caveats...
Ease of install and the ability to easily move between helmets attracted me to the HBC100+. Most of the time it works well enough. My main complaint is if you're using earplugs, it doesn't get nearly loud enough - and yes, I know that sounds silly, but good earplugs will still allow you to hear while filtering out wind roar. Without plugs, these things get plenty loud, but combined with wind roar, that will = hearing damage in no time flat.
Anyway, as I said, it works fine most of the time. Now and then it inexplicably drops connection, almost always on the phone side of things. When I receive calls, the caller can't hear me and the unit doesn't respond to voice commands to pick up, but if I make the outbound call, it works perfectly. And yes, I've rebooted it and updated the firmware; no difference. It's just picky sometimes.
For music it works great all the time - my only ask would be that it be updated to accept voice commands for music, not just calls. If I hit a stretch of songs I don't like, it's kind of tiring to constantly reach up and double click the button to fast forward - I'd love to just say, "Next song."
This is a good buy if you don't want to spend double for other units out there - I would buy it again - the flexibility and relatively low expense to have other helmets ready for the unit makes it worthwhile. The other stuff I think are bugs that will be worked out in future versions.
June 22, 2015
Good Bluetooth system for modular helmets
Great system for modular helmets because there's no boom mic that sticks out. Great sound quality and the mics pick up your voice great. Downside is it's a little difficult to use with gloves on but everything else is great.
June 8, 2015
Music and phone calls sound good at any speed under 80 mph on my super tenere very easy to use even with gloves on once you learn the orientation of the buttons. total installation took me about 20 mins. i love this product and use it all the time.
May 24, 2015
just plain awesome
this little piece of plastic is just awesome. you put it on the side of your helmet and rock and roll all the way to work ( or wherever your heading ). podcast music phone calls all come through with great clarity.
December 7, 2014
Uclear HBC 100 Plus
With this device, I can now go anywhere because I can use my GPS. The sound is soo good, I wish I could plug in my MP3 because my GPS does not handle MP3. Next, year I will try playing music through my phone since it is bluetooth.
November 8, 2014
Just what I needed
Was using ear-buds, with my cell phone, but dropped the bike once, and they ripped out of my ears,and broke in the socket!
Now, Bluetooth wireless stereo sound, to listen to music, and the radio on the internet. The sound though is not super loud, so at speed not so good, but who cares, you are riding!
The phone part is so different, as the sound is louder, and you can talk to people at 100 km\h, and they can hear you quite well considering the wind and engine noise.The best part is when the phone rings you just say "answer" and the thing connects you automatically! Not a miracle, but sweet. Haven't had need for the intercom, so far.
So far very happy with this.
August 17, 2014
I had high hopes when purchasing this product. I took a 2500 mile road trip and the product held up but barely. Got caught in a monsoon downpour right at the tail of the dragon. Outside of Wheelers there. I rode all the way back to Ashville and about half way there my unit crapped out. I was talking to my riding buddy and boom nothing more. I pulled over and when I touched the button water squirted out of the unit. We pulled into the hotel and I dried it out for two full days. It started working again but the main buttons don't work. My unit is still under warranty but that did me no good out on the road.
I stopped and looked at other ones that were in the $400 range and I wished that I had purchased one of those instead. I took photos and videos of the Uclear unit failing and waterlogged. I plan on posting them on my travel blog. You can read more about it there.
June 30, 2014