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post #1 of 13 Old 04-17-2008, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Motorola HS830 bluetooth headset/intercom

In an earlier thread about cheap intercoms I stated I had ordered the Motorola HS830 Motorcycle Headsets..

Here is what they look like on and off the helmets. (images shamelessly borrowed from somewhere on the web)




Purchased from OEM Universe

I have no problems with OEM Universe, I ordered on Sunday Morning, they shipped from California on Monday and I recieved them today in OKC on Thursday

Price 37.67 each plus 13.83 shipping, total 89.17. (this was one of the best prices I found, plenty on ebay and plenty of other sites selling them for up to 4 times as much, your price may vary) I used this company so (1) I could use Google Checkout which worked out very well and the shipping company does not and will never know my credit card number and (2) this company had very good feedback.

It takes two hours to fully charge the modules, which remove from the headsets for charging. It is a standard motorola charger, I believe a 12v travel charger will work but have not tried it. You will not be able to use it during charging.

Instructions included with the units consisted solely of a xeroxed sheet explaining how to pair a single unit to a blue tooth phone. This was not a surprise as the site clearly stated that instructions were not included but could be found at the motorola site. (and being a man I have no need for instructions!)


Outside of the charging it took 15 minutes to install on each helmet. It could be done in 5 but I was being anal. Your times may vary. There is no included alcohol cleaning pad to make sure the helmet is clean. (my wife being a woman miracously came up with alcohol and cotton balls so all was good)

Unbeknownst to me, pairing bluetooth devices is not a manly past time. So I had to go to motorola's site to figure out how to pair the two. The secret is that one a/b switch must be on a and one must be on b. To any non men reading this I must point out that this is absolutely woman logic. Two items that talk to each other in a man's world should be on the same channel.

So how does it work.....
We conducted an extremely detailed scientific study to determine the effectiveness of the units.

First we put on our helmets and fiddled with volume then looking at each other started talking. We could hear each other plain as day. It was so clear that at first we didn't think they were working. No hiss, crackle, distortion or static.

So to continue in our experiment I went in the next room. Still very clear. They are amazing. To be fair they are amazing walking around the apartment without outside interference at this point.

The mattress mate being the wife that she is suggested I go outside. Now it was raining and cold and I believe that she just wanted me to be uncomfortable but I couldn't express that belief because I know she would tell me I was being a whiny man so I went outside in my socks wearing a helmet and started talking to the door. I hope no one saw me.

Short story is yes you can talk through a steel door in the rain to your wife as long as both of you are wearing helmets with these headsets. For those whose passengers are separated by a steel door be sure to tell them to stay within about twenty feet of you. With no door between the riders range is about 30 to 35 feet. (all distances are approximate) Past these ranges volume just drops.

I mentioned it was cold and wet didn't I? Well just for the troopers here I fired up the bike and took a quick ride with the wife. QUICK! by quick I mean a very short ride. Just around the block I can verify that up to the mind numbing, eyeball flattening speeds of about 35mph they are awesome. I promise to at least double those speeds this weekend but up to 35ish there are zero issues with sound quality (mono as there is only one speaker). There are no wind noises, there are no engine noises. Just clear speach.

Strangeness talking to the passenger in a normal voice at speed. You have trained yourself your entire life to look at the person who you are talking to. You will find yourself trying to look over your shoulder at the lovely person behind you. If your lovely person is like my lovely person, she will slap you upside your helmet and yell in your left ear in a not so lovely voice to look where you are going. Please keep this in mind if you choose to get any intercom system. Her not so lovely voice can be loud when the speaker is next to your ear.

On to the cons now.
- In intercom mode both headsets are constantly on. Expected time is 5 hours regardless of the amount of talking. Hooked to a phone you can expect up to 100 hours of standby, and five hours of actual calls.
- Two hour charge time
-While on the helmet I can only figure out how to use the volume up and down buttons. If one of you is pissed at the other I don't think you can turn them off. So don't piss the other one off.
-I wear glasses, it made it more difficult to get glasses on, there is another half inch of stuff on one side, while this is in the depression of the helmet it does make it a bit more of a chore to get them on.
-Both of our ears caught the speaker and tried to fold over. Easy to fix and I am sure that it will become second nature to dodge it, put the helmet on at an angle or hold your ear with a finger or something. Initially however it is a bit annoying.


We will take a ride this weekend to try highway speeds and expected 20mph+ crosswinds. Will update this thread then

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-18-2008, 07:16 AM
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Looking forward to a freeway review! And yes, female logic puzzles me also. Peg A typically does NOT fit into Slot B.

Its a shame these headsets are not stereo, so music would be a bit lop-sided.

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Part 2

Took a long ride today, the motorola headsets were great with just a few annoyances.

At the beginning of the ride max speed before wind noise around the helmet drowned out the sound was about 75 mph. This was fine by us as we typically avoid the interstate once we get out of town. After about an hour the speaker started to get uncomfortable against our ear so we stopped to adjust them. The secret to comfort and volume is to place the center of the speaker at the center of your ear. Don't put in in the most convienent spot in your helmet or where you think it should be. Try it out a few times. The velcro is quite small and will not allow a lot of adjustment once used so make sure when installing it.

After adjustment both of us could hear each other clearly up to 85 mph.
(all speeds are indicated, and please note that when experiencing cross winds or into a headwind the max speed drops a bit due to increased wind noise)

Now the annoyances... If you turn them off, go out of range of each other by about 70 feet or charge them you must pair them again. This takes a few tries for me and I may get better with practice but it did annoy me. The range between the two units exceeded 50 feet in the middle of the country which surprised me.

Battery life today was 4 hrs and 47 minutes. There is no indication that they will go dead. Suddenly you can no longer talk. At this point if you like your SO you will be annoyed because it cut you off in mid conversation.

You do hear a very slight wind noise from the other persons helmet above 50 but you really have to listen to discern it from your own and it never bothered us.

Let me know if you have any questions. We really like these units and think they were worth way more than we paid.

Additional note it appears that the site I got these from have sold out in the last two days so you may have to search a bit to find them.

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A couple of questions?

Are these easily operable with gloves on?

What about WX proof?

and do they come off?

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There are three buttons. volume up, volume down and a multifunction button. Yesterday was 70's and 80's so I was wearing thin perforated gloves and she was wearing color matched pink MX gloves. Neither of us had any problems operating the volume buttons. You do not use the multifunction button in intercom mode, it is used when pairing, powering on and off and to answer or disconnect a phone call if used with a cell phone.

The mic and speaker part is attacted with automotive grade adhesive, if you move it to a different helmet it will require new adhesive of some form or another and possibly damage the finish of the helmet when removing it. You can unscrew a single screw which will separate the unit from a mounting plate if you wanted to leave the unit at home for a long ride but this isn't something you would want to do for a trip inside a restaurant as you would have to rethread the speaker inside the helmet lining. The "brains" of the unit which is about the size of a key fob that you use to unlock your car doors removes very easily. The part that is attached to your helmet opens like a clamshell to insert it, the buttons you use while riding actually are not part of the brains but protrude through to operate the buttons on this medallion. It is removed for charging and removing and inserting these is very quick and easy. If you wanted to leave your helmets on your bike you could remove them and leave the cover open, it would be very obvious that the good parts were missing.

They would definitely not be immersion proof. As mentioned above the electronics are actually enclosed within the device and it appears to me that it will be weather resistant. I have not used them in anything but a very light rain during our initial testing but I am planning to use them in all weather conditions. I am confident that rains I normally find myself in will not be a problem. Of course I don't go out in deluges and if I find myself in a heavy rain I soon find shelter until it lightens up some. I am not concerned about the water part, I am much more careful about the helmet now, I don't think they would survice a direct impact if they fell from a handlebar.

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God I wish it was 70 - 80 degrees here, when I woke up this morning it was 7 and snowing and it looks like it will snow for the next few days. I hope this is winters last hurah.

Thanks for the info sounds like a system that will work for me. Generally I need to be able to access my phone, but when my SO is on the back we would love to be able to talk. I guess it will be to hell with the phone when in intercom mode, but under those circumstances that is probably best any way.

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Found a site that had a good price. What a discrepancy across the board with cost on this device. I saw every thing from 29.99 to 179.99. I purchased from Misty Electronics for 29.99 plus 6.99 shipping through Google Checkout we'll see how it works out. Here is the link

http://www.mistyelectronics.com/Item...ADIO%20HEADSET

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can this headset be used with a zumo as well as in passenger mode? in other words, can it pair to two devices (a phone AND the other headset?)
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Not as far as I can tell. It looks like the headset can be paired to only one device at a time. If you are using it as an intercom it is paired to the other helmet and cannot be used to pair to a phone so I am pretty sure the zumo would be out.

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Found a site that had a good price. What a discrepancy across the board with cost on this device. I saw every thing from 29.99 to 179.99. I purchased from Misty Electronics for 29.99 plus 6.99 shipping through Google Checkout we'll see how it works out. Here is the link

http://www.mistyelectronics.com/Item...ADIO%20HEADSET

I'll post about the service.

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