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OBDII OBD2 V1.5 Bluetooth Auto Diagnostic Interface Scanner (ELM327) EXPIRED

dj-3lusion 3,879 February 21, 2013 at 04:09 AM in Autos (3) More Newegg Deals
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eBestDeal4u via Newegg has OBDII OBD2 V1.5 Bluetooth Auto Diagnostic Interface Scanner (ELM327) on sale for $11.99. Shipping is free. Thanks dj-3lusion

Price Research: Our research indicates that OBDII OBD2 V1.5 Bluetooth Auto Diagnostic Interface Scanner (ELM327) is $8 lower (40% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $20 to $25. - Discombobulated

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From my initial research last year, the mini versions had an even higher failure / DOA rate (based on forum reviews, Amazon, etc) and I had also read that it was slower (less PIDs per second, thus slower readings on gauges, etc. This would not come into play if you are using it strictly for a code reader).
interesting.

Quote from cgigate View Post :
i purchased this one before.
when plug to the car, it burnt my car fuse immediately.
tried another , burnt another fuse as well
well that sucks.

I guess I'll just pay more for a highly reviewed one from Amazon.
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I've had great results with this BAFX reader from Amazon [amazon.com]. Yes, it's more expensive, but the American company that sells them is great and corresponds well, the reader works really well with Torque Free and Torque Pro, and I've done a lot of good work on my car and on others using either my phone or my tablets.
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I Just got done comparing / shopping for one of these, looking at a lot of different versions based off the ELM 327 chip. Some thoughts based off my research:

The blue / orange ones (Like in this deal) work, but it sounds like there's quality control issues with this version and a seemingly high DOA rate. Even when they work, many are slow, work intermittently and are difficult to connect.

If you want to use one of the "generic" adapters with iOS, you'll need to have your device jailbroken and get the roqyBT4 and roqyOBD packages from cydia. after that you can use most of the standard OBD2 apps in the app store

here's the model I ultimately went with, based off reviews and price / performance: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1
It's worked for me right away after some setup and changing a few settings in dashcommand. It's fast and reliable enough to use all the features including gas mileage monitoring, performance (HP / torque) estimators, diagnostic codes etc. Definitely worth the extra $13 IMO.
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are there any functionality differences? other than the size, obviously.
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I've had great results with this BAFX reader from Amazon [amazon.com]. Yes, it's more expensive, but the American company that sells them is great and corresponds well, the reader works really well with Torque Free and Torque Pro, and I've done a lot of good work on my car and on others using either my phone or my tablets.
The BAFX version was actually the first one I ever purchased. I did a ton of research before I bought one and that came across as the lowest failure rate with the best support.

The next 3 I purchased were the orange variety, mainly because I had the time to ship it back if it was defective and Amazon has an easy exchange / return process.
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ELM 327 works well for me. The bluetooth is a great feature and much better than having a cable connected to the device. 100% recommend Torque Pro as well. A great app, and worth the small $5.00 price. I receive regular updates to the app constantly adding new features. I am still learning things about it after having it for a year.
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Any recommendations for an iOS app? Torque Pro looks to be Android only.
You cannot (easily) use these cheap adapters with iOS. Apple's walled garden means you need to pay them for an authentication chip to connect via bluetooth to an idevice. $12 for the whole device is not enough to pay this tax.

I have one that looks just like this that I use with my Nexus 7 and VW Passat. No issues reading codes and resetting with Torque lite.
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Been using one of these for years with Torque Pro. TREMENDOUS value, especially if you throw a fault code and would end up spending way more at your mechanic to tell you what this will.

Oh, and the realtime monitoring and logging is just as good or better than my accessport, which costs $500+.
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Any recommendations for an iOS app? Torque Pro looks to be Android only.
i got an idea. Smilie bulb use your tablet im hoping you have some kind of android tablet.. if you have ios you might be up a creek without a paddle. just been reading and reading to find ios users are screwed! doesnt surprise me though..
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interesting.


well that sucks.

I guess I'll just pay more for a highly reviewed one from Amazon.
That's what I did when I bought the BAFX a couple days ago. Received it yesterday. 543 reviews on Amazon with 23 one star reviews (4.6 average).

The OPs product appears to be the orange and blue labeled version. There are a handful of the orange and blue versions on Amazon. The Soliport one has 427 reviews with 58 one star reviews (4.0 average). The Koolertron has 189 total with 32 one star (4.0 average).

There are a number of reviewers who have had both the BAFX and orange/blue readers and found the BAFX to have higher compatibility and reliability. It's only $10 more and the last thing any troubleshooter wants is doubt in their measurement devices.
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i was gunna get the BAFX due to better reviews, but then i noticed it said v1.4 ..... and the other orange one is v1.5....whats the difference between v1.4 and v1.5?
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i was gunna get the BAFX due to better reviews, but then i noticed it said v1.4 ..... and the other orange one is v1.5....whats the difference between v1.4 and v1.5?
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I've had great results with this BAFX reader from Amazon [amazon.com]. Yes, it's more expensive, but the American company that sells them is great and corresponds well, the reader works really well with Torque Free and Torque Pro, and I've done a lot of good work on my car and on others using either my phone or my tablets.
Just picked one up for my E36.

Thanks.
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I've had great results with this BAFX reader from Amazon [amazon.com]. Yes, it's more expensive, but the American company that sells them is great and corresponds well, the reader works really well with Torque Free and Torque Pro, and I've done a lot of good work on my car and on others using either my phone or my tablets.
can u reset the check engine light on this? or find the reason for engine light? autozone wasn't helpful at all....
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Quote from mrstangblb View Post :
I've had great results with this BAFX reader from Amazon [amazon.com]. Yes, it's more expensive, but the American company that sells them is great and corresponds well, the reader works really well with Torque Free and Torque Pro, and I've done a lot of good work on my car and on others using either my phone or my tablets.
thanks for linking to that. i clicked only to find out i had purchased it in March. went hunting for it and by god's grace found it within a couple minutes. hopefully will get to try it out soon... or not.
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