Bottom line: this inexpensive device saved me hundreds and works perfectly fine. This is not my first scanner. I had previously purchased a traditional style battery powered cable module that worked very well. The only problem with it is that i lost the cable, and the cost to replace it was more than this entire module. As far as i can tell, this is basically a dongle that you can insert into the odbii port on your car and just leave it, using the mobile phone application whenever data is needed. The only area that needs improving is the software menus; it works fine, but it is tedious to back in and out of the code descriptions if you need to read and understand multiple codes. Definitely not a deal breaker, or something that i can truly fault the device for- especially at this price.
Over the years and several different cars, i have used the torque app. This adapter paired and worked properly with less effort then any others i have used. I think it is also the cheapest. With an in-dash chinese android radio i installed in a new honda crv , i downloaded the torque pro app and plugged in the obd adapter, turned on ‘bluetooth search’ on the radio, started the car, opened the torque app and it found the adapter and paired with it with out even asking for the pairing code (0000). I have never seen that before. It connected to the ecu the torque is working perfectly. Installing the radio was a monster job but getting the obd information was easy. Previously i have always had difficulty getting torque to communicate with the cars ecu after it was paired. The picture is of my torque gauge selection on a 10. 1′ probably too much information but it’s a start.
Once you know the location of your obdii (obd2) port, this thing plugs right in. It turns on when the car turns on. Use the app on your smart-phone (read android), and you can figure out what the ‘check engine light’ is trying to tell you (that was my situation), and monitor all sorts of engine vitals, like coolant temperature, inlet air temperature, rpm, mph, & on & on (like them kids in the movie the fast & the furious. Whatever dudes, $30k worth of upgrades on a $10k car?. It will also let you reset that check engine light (you have to pay $ to upgrade smart-phone app to do that). The hardest part for me was figuring out where the obdii port is. Maybe they’re all in the same location.
Does what it’s supposed to do, currently it’s paired up with torque pro. I purchased this as a way to view cel codes. Works great when it’s working, but that’s where the caveat is. Using both my lg g5 / v20 it takes forever for it to pick up with bluetooth (despite being paired on both). I normally have to start the application, and then ‘unpair’ it for it to start working. Not sure why this works, but it does. (the issue is across multiple applications, so i know it’s not just torque pro. Which is my preferred choice).
Purchased it for rpm, oil temp, some other readouts for my 2015 prius c. It works with some apps yet has near complete lack of security. The device is constantly in pairing mode and anyone can pair with it as long as they’re within bluetooth range. It doesn’t look like i can do anything about it either: can’t change pairing pin, can’t disable pairing mode. Because the device is always on when plugged in – including when the car is turned off – i need to unplug it when parked to avoid someone connecting to it. Other than that the device works well with some apps (torque lite, dr. Prius, elm327 identifier), not at all with others (hybrid assistant), with some glitches like sporadic disconnects – with dash. The seller can be contacted via amazon buyer-seller messages and is responsive (kudos) despite that their website has empty pages for ‘contact us’ and ‘about us’. I was able to contact them and they honored their advertised 5-year money-back guarantee, and issued a refund. Upping my rating from one to three stars based on that.
I’ve been meaning to buy an obd2 code reader for. I kept telling myself i only needed one of the cheap ones that just covers the basics–you know, the ones they sell for $40 at every parts store across america. Every time i considered seriously buying one, it seemed i was short on cash, or in a hurry, or whatever. A couple weeks ago, i was walking through my service department (i work at a large new car dealership) and noticed one of my senior techs had one of these little things. I asked him about it, and he excitedly rambled on and on about how these bluetooth interfaces–combined with an app on his cell phone–could do everything the traditional ‘corded’ models could do, and more. Then when i found this model on sale here for a meager $11, i knew my time had come. Long story short, this thing is awesome.
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I have a 08 mini cooper, and something just wasn’t right with her. I used this scanner and found she was overheating. My car does not have this gauge, so i had no idea, so with this product, i was able to see how hot she was and we made it to the shop with just a few degrees to spare. Found out the fan had stopped working. I downloaded the car scanner app, and love that i can get the readings, but i hate that i can’t review the reports once it’s away from the car, but that is an app issue. This was easy to set up, and shows my car is still in great condition.
I bought this obd scanner because i dont trust the reliability of my wife’s cadilac escilade. We took off for a week long trip a little over a week ago and sure enough, as we were driving up the interstate, the vehicle started shooting codes and went into limp mode. I was able to get off at the next exit and pull off the side of the road. I had downloaded the app before we left on to my kindle so i used it to connect to the scanner. The kindle quickly connected and showed me what codes the vehicle was throwing. I was able to pull up a few u-tube videos on the codes and how to repair. Turned out it was a throttle position sensor that failed. Called the local auto parts and they had one in stock. I cleared the code with the program which enabled the vehicle to run in normal mode again and we drove to auto zone. Auto zone was nice enough to loan me a few tools and i pulled the throttle body and changed the sensor on their counter in their store.
This is an amazing addition to your vehicle-maintenance arsenal. It worked right out of the box, and paired with my android phone instantly. I tried three free apps from the play store and all work easily with this device. An invaluable tool for reviewing the data that shows how your obdii equipped vehicle’s computer is monitoring what’s going on. If you wonder how accurate your dash guages are–this $11 gadget will let you know. It also shows error and trouble codes and allows you to reset them.
Pair it with your amazon fire bluetooth connected with obd car doctor free app and it analyzed my 2008 corolla. Reads codes and it even has the ability to clear them. If you are buying a used car, you can check how many warmups have taken place since the last code was cleared. In case a dishonest person is temporarily hiding an engine code. Only complaint is the small size. It makes it difficult to extract once connected. Needs a lanyard or molded finger bumps/handle to pull it out easier.
In conjunction with an odb-ii reader app i am able to see codes and current system information, as well as clear problem codes when needed. Not being able to understand all the data, i generally just use this if a car has a trouble code displaying. My car can actually display problem codes with a key, so the biggest value i’ve gotten had been not needing to look up the codes. The app i have (which was free) will tell me what a code means for several different brands of car, and i was able to document a variety of codes for a subaru still under warranty. Leaving it plugged in has had no impact on my battery, do it stays plugged in. I’m hoping one day that i’ll be able to do something with the data this thing let’s me see.
Features of Kitbest Bluetooth OBD OBD2 Scanner Adapter for Android, Car Diagnostic Check Engine Light Scan Tool Code Reader.
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- EXCELLENT COMPATIBILITY – KitBest OBD2 scanner works on ALL 1996 and newer vehicles, SUVs, mini vans and light trucks sold in USA and in other countries or regions that are OBD2 compliant. Supports five OBD-II protocols: CAN, KWP2000, ISO9141-2, J1850 VPW and J1850 PWM. It is a mini car scan tool that DOES NOT take up much space on your car.
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The first one i have works well, i’d think exactly the same as this one. However, it’s gotta be 4x a large. It sticks out when inserted and, unlike this one, can be kicked/damaged when getting in and out of the car. This kitbest one is very low profile, barely sticks out of the obd at all. That’s great with one caveat. The obd 2 port in your car is an ‘always on’ port, meaning that when you pull the key and walk away from the car the 12v pin outs connected to your obd2 port (in all cars, by the way) is still live. This mean, if you’re planning on storing the car for a while or leaving it for a good long while this little (and all obd2) connectors will be a ‘vampire’ drain on your battery. This isn’t a concern with a healthy car/battery or a car that’s driven regularly but in a long term storage situation or with a battery on it’s last leg you want to disconnect the obd2 scanner adapter when you’re not driving. That’s the problem with this little unobtrusive guy – you might forget.
This works with my 2005 prius. When tested it shows as elm327 version 1. 4 which is not the latest version (now 2. So this unit doesn’t use the latest elm327 chip (which costs probably about $20 alone, so that keeps costs down), but it still gets to all the pid’s on the prius that i need. I’m using torque pro app to call the extra prius pid’s which are not included with torque pro base install, but you can add them free from within the app. This extra step is necessary because you don’t want all the extra codes for every vehicle on the market cluttering things up. I can monitor all the battery bank voltages, and every other parameter in the list (lots of them). There are videos on the net that describe how to get extra pid’s (parameter id’s) for your vehicle within torque pro. Support was reasonably quick when i asked about leaving it plugged in.
I’m giving this product three stars not because it performed in a sub-par manner, but because the concept of obd creates expectations that cannot always, or perhaps even most of the time, be realized. I plugged the scanner into the car and it collected an error code just as expected. I took the error code to the parts store, bought the part, spent a lot of time trying to get big hands into small engine compartments, and finally got the part replaced. After clearing the check engine light, it came back on a few seconds later. Apparently, i purchased the wrong part. With no way of knowing if the information from the scanner is accurate, you take a chance relying on obd scanners. Instead of saving money, i will end up spending more money than if i had taken the car to a mechanic who had hooked it up to a more detailed and thorough scanner. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. In this case, cheap became expensive. I don’t doubt that obd scanners can be used for some things, but in this day and age, modern vehicles have a multitude of sensors, and it seems that either obd hasn’t caught up with detailing all of them, or, car manufacturers withhold detailed information so people will be inclined to go to mechanics, who have paid the big bucks to the car companies to access the detailed information.
EXCELLENT COMPATIBILITY – KitBest OBD2 scanner works on ALL 1996 and newer vehicles, SUVs, mini vans and light trucks sold in USA and in other countries or regions that are OBD2 compliant. Supports five OBD-II protocols: CAN, KWP2000, ISO9141-2, J1850 VPW and J1850 PWM.
READ & CLEAR Trouble Codes – KitBest OBD2 Scanner helps to find out why the Check Engine Light is on and save money by fixing simple problems by yourself!
COMPATIBLE APP & SYSTEM – KitBest OBD2 Scanner is able to work with Android and Windows cellphone and tablets by using the third-party OBD2 Apps.
DISPLAY REAL-TIME ENGINE SENSOR DATA – KitBest OBD2 Scanner allows you to read the real-time engine data: Engine RPM, Calculated Load Value, Coolant Temperature, O2 Readings, EOT, EGT, Throttle, Boost, Speed, Fuel Trim, Intake Manifold Pressure, Timing Advance, Intake Air Temperature, Prepare smog test and Monitor fuel economy, etc.