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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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Promoted 02-22-2013 at 03:55 AM View Original Post
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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#151
Quote from dvanburen View Post :
Same ELM chip, which determines the functionality. Only drawback is the long shipping times from Asia.
Thanks. bought. Hope to get it in working condition since I'll be attempting to get some more life on the battery on my 08 Civic Hybrid. (I wonder if anyone tried to recondition a hybrid battery here).
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#152
Quote from XeoNoX View Post :
i guess the real " LoL" is to the people that bought this so called deal, its a phony, after doing some research there is no GENUINE v1.5, that's why the reviews are so mix with DOA and ones that don't work right. the real ones like the BAFX are the 1.4 or 1.4b. got this info straight from the makers of the Chipset. http://www.elmelectronics.com/obdic.html
Quote from XeoNoX View Post :
i can comprehend just fine my friend, u are the one not comprehending that it is a fake clone. U can call up ELMS327 makers and find out for yourself that there is no v1.5 and that the on posted by the OP is indeed a CLONE (this will solve YOUR CLAIMS and prove it is a CLONE!! Nuff said!!) On the other hand the BAFX one is legit.
The BAFX is a clone as well. There is nothing 'legit' about the BAFX unit other than it being fufilled by a reputable company (Amazon). The unit has v.1.5 on the back, just like the orange one from newegg. There is no difference between them, other than the sticker and the price. They are both knockoff clones. There is no reason why the blue version on amazon is $24 and the orange one from newegg is $12.

Go with the cheaper model. Don't waste your money thinking the BAFX one is any better.
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#153
Quote from dvanburen View Post :
This isn't directed at you specifically, but to everyone comparing ELM devices in general. Other than outright defective units there aren't many differences between them. They all have the same chip inside. If you want quality you get this [amazon.com].
I'm sure that hundred plus dollar unit is better. As for the ELM327 devices, it seems like the BAFX either has better QA or there is a slight variation in their circuit/firmware/whatever that explains the large ratings difference. If they are all the same and that the BAFX just undergoes a little more testing, then yeah, you can save money by buying the cheaper one and just returning a defective unit. Personally, the cost savings isn't worth it in that case, but everyone is different.

From the BAFX reviews:

"Like others on here, I had previously purchased the cheap blue and orange unit in an attempt to use Torque on my android, to poor results. I am VERY happy to report that this unit works, works well, and is exactly as described. "

"Works great with my Moto Bionic cell phone and Torque. I also bought one of the orange and blue ones and they are a bit slower on updating. "

"Let me start off by saying I had purchased a regular Elm327 (with the orange/blue label) off of another site previously and had a horrible experience. Most of the others available out there don't work on Fords and a number of other vehicles even though they say they do."
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#154
Engine Link - ODB II diagnosis and .. is a pretty good one.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/e...57194?mt=8

Quote from shadowgerm View Post :
Are there any free OBD apps in the app store for this? Dashcommand is 49.99, yikes better to buy a used android phone
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#155
Quote from sydam3 View Post :
I buy whatever I want for whatever reasons I want. Who are you to tell me why I would get something?

Please, mr professional mechanic man, enlighten us on what else you would buy this for? Do you even know what this is? This is not a Motis.... Which I own as well.... Please let ME know what I need. Ridiculousness...
take it easy dude...didn't think my response was that offensive.
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#156
Quote from Ltak View Post :
I'm sure that hundred plus dollar unit is better. As for the ELM327 devices, it seems like the BAFX either has better QA or there is a slight variation in their circuit/firmware/whatever that explains the large ratings difference. If they are all the same and that the BAFX just undergoes a little more testing, then yeah, you can save money by buying the cheaper one and just returning a defective unit. Personally, the cost savings isn't worth it in that case, but everyone is different.

From the BAFX reviews:

"Like others on here, I had previously purchased the cheap blue and orange unit in an attempt to use Torque on my android, to poor results. I am VERY happy to report that this unit works, works well, and is exactly as described. "

"Works great with my Moto Bionic cell phone and Torque. I also bought one of the orange and blue ones and they are a bit slower on updating. "

"Let me start off by saying I had purchased a regular Elm327 (with the orange/blue label) off of another site previously and had a horrible experience. Most of the others available out there don't work on Fords and a number of other vehicles even though they say they do."
I agree, to each their own. I personally have an ELM327 device I got on eBay for all of $11. It works great with my android tablet and the Torque app, plus it has a smaller form factor to boot. The drawback is the long shipping time (2-3 weeks). I wasn't in a hurry so it wasn't a big deal for me to wait.

The big difference between the ELM327 and the aforementioned adapter, and you may already know this, is how many PIDs they can read and relay per second. The better adapters work at 60+ PIDs/second whereas the ELM327 is lucky to reach 15-20 PIDs/second. I just use it to troubleshoot and datalog a few sensors on occasion, so this is fine for my particular usage.
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#157
It saddens me to see so many people waste their money on this. This piece of junk can NOT access most of the protocols in your car. This is alot more complicated than just plugging it into you car and pressing a button. There are numerous protocols your car uses for various systems and this POS can only access an ancient one that is hardly used anymore.
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#158
Quote from 5thElement View Post :
It saddens me to see so many people waste their money on this. This piece of junk can NOT access most of the protocols in your car. This is alot more complicated than just plugging it into you car and pressing a button. There are numerous protocols your car uses for various systems and this POS can only access an ancient one that is hardly used anymore.

That's funny because I don't even have to press a button. I just plug it in and it works and has worked for me for years now on many vehicles. Maybe it can't do everything available or all 300 sensors/outputs but it has done everything I've ever needed from one. I think for most users this and a free phone app is WAY more than they actually need for regular use. Just because you personally don't think this meets your needs doesn't make it a waste of money for everyone else on earth. Don't be so egotistical to think that YOUR needs are everyone else's needs.
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#159
Quote from OstrichSak View Post :
That's funny because I don't even have to press a button. I just plug it in and it works and has worked for me for years now on many vehicles. Maybe it can't do everything available or all 300 sensors/outputs but it has done everything I've ever needed from one. I think for most users this and a free phone app is WAY more than they actually need for regular use. Just because you personally don't think this meets your needs doesn't make it a waste of money for everyone else on earth. Don't be so egotistical to think that YOUR needs are everyone else's needs.
agreed. most people just need to read codes and diagnosis problems.

nobody here is modding their car
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#160
Quote from fyu View Post :
agreed. most people just need to read codes and diagnosis problems.

nobody here is modding their car
I am!!! fast n the furious SlickDeals ymmv B&M drift!
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#161
Quote from dj-3lusion View Post :
I am!!! fast n the furious SlickDeals ymmv B&M drift!
honda civic? lol...
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#162
Got the OBD bluetooth last night and plugged it in to the 97 Honda Accord (hey, I'm a slickdealer). This thing, with torque reader pro, works great. I instantly had real time access to everything going on in the engine (no codes to read, whew). I could see rpm, speed, but also things like the vacuum pressure in the engine!

Way to go, slickdealers. For $12 plus $5 I have an awesome OBD-II reader!
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#163
Anybody got this particular module to work with ios 6.1 JB? I HAD ROQYBT4 and ROQYOBD4. It seems to connect to ROQYBT4 fine, but it won't communicate with dashcommand. Tia
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#164
im trying to figure out if the bluetooth or wifi is better
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#165
Quote from lpranal View Post :
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.
Just to clarify, you're using roqyOBD not roqyOBD4, right? I'm trying to use this particular module from Newegg, but for some reason it won't communicate with DashCommand. It supposedly connected to roqyBT just fine though.
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