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Register your unit on the Cardo Community-community1.cardosystems.com/signup
Update the firmware
Make sure you have the most updated firmware from the Cardo Community - community1.cardosystems.com/signup
Install the unit
Ensure your unit is installed according to the installation guide
Get the app
Download the app for your unit from the App store or Google Play
Frequently asked questions
Is my unit still under warranty?
All Cardo units come with a 2-year warranty, starting from the date of purchase. Please keep your proof of purchase in order to claim your warranty. Your first point of warranty service is your dealer.
How can I improve my sound quality?
Sound quality is best when the speakers are placed directly opposite your ear canal. Verify that the speakers are correctly placed inside your helmet by following the next steps. 1. With the helmet on, slide your finger inside the helmet and press against the side of the helmet where your ear is. This is where the speakers should be positioned. 2. Remove the helmet, but keep your finger in that spot. Check to make sure the speakers are in this position. 3. Make sure the speakers are positioned as close to your ear as possible so you can feel them. If necessary, use the included Velcro booster pads behind the speakers to get them closer to your ear. 4. Since every head is different, you may find that your helmet ear cavities are not placed optimally. If this is the case consider placing the speakers outside your helmet ear cavities right opposite your ears.
How to pair a 4-way Bluetooth intercom group?
1.Pair the first rider to your unit on channel A. 2.Pair the second rider to your unit on channel B. 3.Ask the first or the second rider to pair the fourth member of the group on their free channel. Consult the Pocket Guide Or the user manual For more details.
How can I get more riding time out of my battery?
Your product comes with a Charge While Riding feature that allows you to plug the unit into the bike's 12V charger or a power bank, and continue riding long after the standard battery time has passed. In order to do it, just plug your unit into the power source – the unit will shut down. Turn it back on again and you're set.
Which mobile app do I need to download for my device?
Packtalk series, Freecom series, Smartpack & SmartH are supported by the all-new Cardo Connect app (please make sure to upgrade your unit's firmware to the latest version BEFORE downloading and using the Cardo Connect app). Qz, Q1, Q3, G9, G9x, SRC V1.1, SRC Pro, Louis special edition, and SHO-1 – are supported by the Cardo SmartSet app (Qz, Q1, G9 and SRC are only supported in Android). Q-solo is not supported by a smartphone app.
How can I pair a non-Cardo headset using universal connectivity (Cardo Gateway)
In order to pair your unit with a non-Cardo headset please do the following: 1. Start intercom pairing on your unit (please refer to your product's pocket guide or user manual on how to do it). 2. Tap the phone button to start Cardo Gateway pairing 3. On the other unit start mobile phone pairing 4. Wait For the paring to complete
Why can't I get the full range of Intercom out of my unit?
The range stated in the product description has been tested in optimal conditions. Actual range performance could be adversely affected by a number of environmental factors: 1. Riding environment (urban/non urban) 2. Topography 3. High voltage power lines and cellular towers 4. Line of sight However, having a group of Cardo users in a line will allow the front rider to talk with the last rider well over the noted bike-to-bike range.”
VOX based voice commands are hard to activate
Please note the VOX based voice commands on PACKTALK, SMARTPACK, and SMARTH are only supported in Bluetooth intercom mode (LED flashes Blue ), please refer to the manual for further details). Please make sure that VOX is enabled and set to the correct sensitivity by shouting or blowing into the mic – it should activate a loud beep. In case it doesn't, please use the mobile app or Cardo community to set VOX to "enabled" and VOX sensitivity to "high". In case you do hear a loud beep make sure that you say the correct phrase exactly as described in the user manual in quick succession of the beep.
How do I make sure that my unit's battery lasts as long as possible?
We recommend not to leave your unit unused or in storage for more than 3 months without charging. Be sure to charge your unit at least once every 3 months for full 4 hours to ensure maximum battery life.
The unit doesn't seem to be charging or the Battery seems to not last as long as it should
Plug in your unit to the charger and leave it charging for at least 4 hours straight. If this does not work, try using a different wall charger and USB cable. If the unit still doesn’t charge, please contact support. DO NOT attempt to disassemble or replace the battery on your own. DO NOT open the unit. It will no longer be waterproof! If your unit is out of warranty, you can find replacement batteries on 3rd party’s websites and in specialty electronics retailers. That said, we DO NOT recommend replacing parts on your own, for risk of water, dirt and general electronics damage.
Unit not recognized by the Cardo community or can't update SW while unit is recognized.
1. Stop all running firewalls and anti-virus programs. 2. Start Google Chrome. 3. Login to http://community1.cardosystems.com/signup# 4. Plug in your Cardo device, ensuring your unit is turned off. LED should light in red. 5. Run Cardo Updater (install if not installed yet). 6. As soon as your unit has been recognized, Click on the SW update button. If at any time during the firmware upgrade, the Cardo updater stops, this would result in a code #D02 error. Should that happen, proceed with the following 1. Disconnect the unit from the computer 2. Wait 5 seconds and reconnect it 3. Click ok on the error message – this will restart the process. In case you see the #D02 error again, proceed with the following: • In your computer's task list, shut down the Cardo Updater • Restart Google Chrome • Repeat the process At this point, if you still can’t upgrade the FW, please try using a different USB cable or a different Computer.
Mobile app doesn't recognize unit. What next?
First, make sure that you are using the correct app – we have two different apps available for different product lines. Click here to find out which app is right for you. If the issue is unresolved, make sure your smartphone is paired via Bluetooth and connected to the unit. Using a Smartwatch? Try turning it off before starting the app, and only then turn the smartwatch back on. If all above does not solve the issue, proceed with the following: 1. Delete the application from your phone 2. Delete the unit from the paired devices list in the phone's Bluetooth settings page 3. Restart the phone 4. Preform pairing (or factory) reset on the unit (as described in the troubleshooting section in the user manual) – the unit will turn off 5. Turn the unit back on 6. Pair the unit to the phone via Bluetooth 7. Download and install the app 8. Start the app. If it still doesn’t connect, turn off your unit with the app running and switch it back on.
Friends tell me my voice doesn’t come out clear. What can I do?
If you are using a boom mic, make sure your mic is as close to your mouth as possible. Search for the small yellow triangle near the boom and make sure it faces your mouth. If the issue is noise from wind turbulence, put a larger mic sponge on the mic to help reduce it. The larger sponge is included in your package accessories. If you cannot find it you can purchase it as part of a replacement microphone.
Can I pair my devices (phone/GPS/etc.) via Bluetooth when using a PACKTALK in DMC Intercom Mode?
Yes you can. PACKTALK carries both Dynamic Mesh (DMC) and Bluetooth technologies to keep you always covered.
Connectivity to Smart dashboard, bike infotainment and GPS devices
In order to enjoy the best experience when using a smart system in parallel to a mobile phone we recommend connecting the unit in one of the 2 ways described below: 1. Use a latest model Bluetooth 5.0 equipped smartphone with a capability to be connected to 2 different devices. Connect your smartphone to both the bike system and the Cardo unit directly. 2. For all others, bypass the smart dashboard system by connecting both phone and the bike system directly to the Cardo unit (one on each channel) without connecting the phone to the bike system.
Something stopped working on my PACKTALK BOLD. What should I do?
Before trying anything else we recommend to simply reset the unit to factory settings. Step 1: Press the intercom phone and media buttons together for at least 5 seconds until the LED starts flashing purple and the unit turns off. Step 2: Turn the unit back on.
Watch. Learn. Ride.
Complete PACKTALK BOLD Tutorial
PACKTALK BOLD- Unboxing
PACKTALK BOLD - Basic Operations
PACKTALK BOLD- Helmet Installation
PACKTALK BOLD - Pairing and Grouping Guide
PACKTALK BOLD -Bridge In a Bluetooth Unit to a DMC Cloud
PACKTALK BOLD - Reset
PACKTALK BOLD- Universal Pairing
Complete PACKTALK BOLD Tutorial
PACKTALK BOLD spare parts & accessories
32mm Speaker SetBuy
40mm HD Speakers SetBuy
Glue Plate PACKTALK LineBuy
Half-Helmet Audio KitBuy
Packtalk Bold Replacement ModuleBuy
Speaker repositioning Pads (Boosters)Buy
Standard Audio Kit - PACKTALK LineBuy
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