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Whether big or small, Bluetooth headsets generally suffer from a usability problem - there's no easy way to carry them when not using them on a call.

Here now are a pair of carry solutions that are simple and functional, at last making a Bluetooth headset a truly convenient phone accessory.

 
 
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Nectar Blueclip Necklace Bluetooth Headset Holder

The second of two innovative solutions for storing/carrying your Bluetooth headset
 

The good news - you've a fancy new Bluetooth headset to use with your cell phone.  The bad news - you've no way to conveniently carry it, other than to keep it uncomfortably and ridiculously in your ear all the time.

Here is the second of two excellent and innovative solutions to this problem developed by new company Nectar Accessories (the other is a retractable cord style product).

Both work well, making it a style preference as to which you'd prefer.

 

 

A consistent complaint in my Bluetooth headset reviews is that the unit provides no way of carrying it when you're not talking on it with the unit in your ear.

The headsets - generally irregular in shape - don't always fit well in pockets.  They almost never have a loop on them where you could tie some sort of chain or lead to them.

At last - two different solutions have now been released onto the market.  One (reviewed on this page) uses a necklace type cord, the other, reviewed on this other page, is a retractable type cord and holder you clip to your clothing.

Both units are simple and easy to use, affordable, and provide an effective solution to the 'how do I carry my Bluetooth headset' conundrum that the headset manufacturers have generally chosen to ignore.

What you get

The Nectar Blueclip necklace Bluetooth headset holder comes packaged inside a small black colored cardboard pillow shaped box, described as a 'gift box' by the manufacturer.  Inside is a white linen pouch with a black ribbon drawstring tie holding it closed, and inside that is the headset holder and a folded sheet of clearly written and simple instructions.

The unit comes complete with a one year warranty, and the instructions also tell us that the company that designed and dis.

Currently there are a range of different necklace headsets offered by Nectar Accessories, with prices ranging from $14.99 to $29.99, plus a 'fancy' model with a sterling silver pendant for $159.99; in addition to which are the range of retractable cord style products as well.  All the products are currently for sale on their own website, and will probably start to appear elsewhere as the company rolls out further distribution.

The Nectar Blueclip Necklace Bluetooth Headset Holder  - What it is and does

The Necklace Headset Holder is very simple and easy to use and understand.  Essentially there are two parts to it.

The first part is simply a necklace.  This is made either of polished leather cord or else of silver plated chain.  The leather cord can be adjusted in length from as short as you wish up to a maximum circumference (length) of 28", the silver plated chain style can be adjusted in size between 20" and 24".

Hanging down from the necklace is a cord loop with a small little plastic pendant piece through which the pull string loops.  You can release the lock on this piece and slide the cord to make the loop longer or shorter, with the idea being that the loop will go around the earpiece (or any other part) of your headset, and, once tightened, will securely connect the pull string to the headset.

The complete unit weighs a barely measurable 0.1 oz (for the leather style, slightly more for the silver plated chain and even more for the model with the sterling silver rather than plastic pendant piece).

Normally you'll have the headset hanging freely at the end of the necklace and pendant.  When you wish to receive or place a call, you simply lift the headset up and place it on your ear, then release it to hang free again at the end of the call.

But perhaps the measure of the unit's greatness is in its apparent simplicity.  There are actually some clever technologies 'underneath the hood' and several patents pending.

Using the Nectar BlueClip Necklace Headset Holder

The base model ($14.99) necklace uses a loop of leather cord which can be adjusted in size from as small as you like up to a maximum circumference of 28".  All the other models has a silver plated box chain that can be adjusted between 20" and 24" in size.

The headset attachment hangs below the necklace loop, giving an inch or two of extra length to the total arrangement and causing the headset to hang lower (and more conveniently reach up to your ear).

I've a medium sized head (I think - hat size is 58, whatever that means), and found that I was most comfortable with the necklace length set fairly long.  At 24" the necklace was a little tight to easily put over my head, and anything shorter than that was definitely too small, so if you're a man or large headed woman, you'd want to think carefully before choosing a maximum length 24" silver chain style necklace.

However, with the leather necklace, I had no problems putting it on/taking it off, and even at the 24" length, it was plenty long enough to conveniently reach up to my ear as and when needed.

There were a couple of issues that are worthy of comment.

The first one is that occasionally the headset may get in the way of something - or even be a target for spilled food!  Many years ago, I used to carry my phone on a loop cord around my neck, and in those days, what I'd do would be to have the phone on a loop cord and then put the phone into my shirt pocket (not something women can so easily do, of course).  I felt this to be an excellent compromise - the loop cord gave me complete security and saved me from dropping/losing the phone, while keeping it in the shirt pocket made it less ostentatious and less 'in the way' if leaning forward, or eating, or whatever else.

The cord lengths on these necklaces aren't quite long enough to allow for a similar strategy with a headset - even at maximum 28" length plus the extra couple of inches for the pendant hanging off the loop, the headset wasn't really able to reach into the depths of my shirt pocket.  This is perhaps another reason for Nectar to consider a longer length necklace or pendant cord.

The other thing that might need finessing, same as for Nectar's retractable cord style Bluetooth headset holders, is mounting the headset in your ear, due to the extra obstruction of the small plastic pendant piece (it measures about 0.8" x 0.3" x 0.2") which locks the string loop around the headset and how it fits between the headset and your ear.

I tried with a couple of different headsets and found this not to be a major issue, so probably you'll have no problems either.

Another point - again in common with the other design style - that should be stated in the interest of completeness - clearly your headset has to be designed so there is somewhere that the loop can be placed around and drawn tight and secure so as to hold the headset.

That has not been a problem with any of the many different Bluetooth headsets I have in my test drawer, but if you are considering getting one of these units for a headset you already own, do look at the headset and make sure you can see somewhere that you can securely loop the string around.

And, one last issue shared by both units relates to using the necklace to hold a headset with an external ear loop (such as the Cardo S-800).  The friction fit/placement of the ear loop was susceptible to being moved about while carrying the headset on the necklace; on the other hand, this had also been somewhat of a factor if the headset was just shoved into a pocket.

Some More Good Things about the Unit

There are some other good reasons to get one of these units, over and above the obvious convenience of having some way to carry your headset (other than in your ear).

For example, with the headset permanently connected to the unit via its cord, and securely around your neck at all times, it becomes impossible to put the unit down somewhere and then forget to pick it up again (such as a restaurant table, perhaps).

Another related benefit is that you're not going to have to worry about dropping your headset - this can be a nuisance, particularly when driving a car.  If you do drop the headset, or if it should fall out of your ear, instead of having it slip down, out of reach, somewhere under the seat, you can simply retrieve it by pulling up on the necklace, never needing to take your eyes off the road.

We've heard stories of people who have left headsets in an item of clothing that then went through the wash.  I suppose the only similar risk here would be if you forgot you had your headset around your neck when stepping into the shower, so consider yourself appropriately warned.

The other story we've heard is of people who have been carrying their headset (or even phone) in their shirt pocket, and who have leaned forward and down, with the result being that the headset falls out of the pocket.  Murphy's Law of course dictates that any time this happens, what is directly underneath you is not nice clean soft carpet, but rather a drain or toilet or something else harmful or repugnant.  Clearly this is not a concern with this necklace.

Summary

I've found the problem of how to carry a Bluetooth headset so severe that I'd in large part given up on carrying a Bluetooth headset with me, preferring instead to have a regular corded headset in a pocket.

The Nectar Blueclip Retractable and Necklace style Bluetooth Headset Holders have opened up a new world of convenient carry options for headsets, and I again go everywhere with my BT headset (which is what I've always preferred to be able to do).

Usually priced at between $15 and $30, and conveniently available through their own website, this is a very affordable unit that simply and effectively solves a real world problem nearly all Bluetooth headsets suffer from.

Whether you choose this necklace type unit, or their alternate range of retractable clip style units, (and there's really no clear winner between the two design concepts), you'll get an excellent product that solves an important problem.  Recommended.

Read more in the other part of this article in which we review the retractable cord style Blueclip Bluetooth headset holder.

 

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Originally published 10 April 2009, last update 02 Jul 2017

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