Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts?

Posted by: gr8gatzby

Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/04/14 10:25 PM

Just ordered one. First ODBII reader, plan to use with Torque on Android. Anyone have experience or tips and tricks with these bluetooth scanners? Tired of hopping over to the local AZ every time the 850 CEL illuminates.

http://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products-Blue..._pr_product_top
Posted by: Jeffs2006EvoIX

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/04/14 10:34 PM

I have heard nothing but good things with the torx app. Definitely worth a try

Jeff
Posted by: djb

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/04/14 10:49 PM

A bluetooth reader such as that can cost under $10.
Torque is a great app, with a free version available.

I much prefer the shorter version, which costs about the same. They don't get knocked out by your knee as often.

The all work about the same. Not especially fast, but do everything a typical user needs.
Posted by: Rolla07

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/04/14 11:08 PM

Use it and love my cheap obd bluetooth and torque. Worked great everytime i used it. You should be able to find one for 10-15$ though.
Posted by: kmcavin

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 12:31 AM

I got the exact same reader for Christmas (ok, I ordered it and the kids gave it for me). It works great. I downloaded the $4.99 app and I'm still discovering all the stuff it will do.

I'd read some of the $10-$15 were cheap knock-offs and there were some problems with them.
Posted by: gr8gatzby

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 12:54 AM

Originally Posted By: kmcavin
I got the exact same reader for Christmas (ok, I ordered it and the kids gave it for me). It works great. I downloaded the $4.99 app and I'm still discovering all the stuff it will do.

I'd read some of the $10-$15 were cheap knock-offs and there were some problems with them.


The guys at Volvospeed also share your sentiments on the lower price models, i.e. [censored] quality. With the stellar reviews on this particular model, it's worth a few extra bucks for an item I plan to use for years to come.
Posted by: LazyPrizm

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 12:57 AM

I got one of the knockoff ELM327s off eBay. Surprisingly it works fine, and yes, Torque is a great app, well worth the $$.

I do feel a little bad though... afterwards I read the history of the ELM327 units, basically the Elm guys didn't properly encode the programming on their initial units, some Chinese group reverse engineered it and now the market is flooded with cheap clones of varying quality and it can be hard to know what you're getting.
Posted by: dave180

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 07:17 AM

I have one <$25 on Amazon. I was skeptical at first because the ELM 327 supposedly didn't work with some Fords. It came with a CD and I have the Torque Pro app (don't know how I got it, but it was free).

This thing is excellent on Android and even better on my 7 and 10 inch tablets.

Works on all four of the below listed vehicles.
Posted by: SHOZ

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 07:37 AM

I got this one off Amazon a little over a year ago for <$20 shipped. InterfuseTM Mini OBD-II OBD2 ELM327 v1.5 Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scanner

Works great on both my Hyundais and with the Torque app there is a Hyundai plug in that gives oil temp and much more.

Not bad for under $40 total. Plus you can log the data easily. It is a little slow if you log a lot of data.
Posted by: pcoxe

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/05/14 08:52 AM

I've had no problems with a GoPoint BT-1 OBD module and my iPhone. BT-1 is a little pricey though.
Posted by: mrgrim

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/06/14 12:22 PM

I use the BAFX unit with TorquePro and I like it. I haven't been able to fully test it yet, but there's a plug-in called "Track Recorder" that you can use to record video with on-screen data. If I can find a simple and quality mount, I'd like to start using my tablet more as a dash-cam and log my speed/GPS as well.
Posted by: SavageWS6

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/16/14 07:04 PM

I've been using Bluetooth OBDII scanners for a bit. It's quite a handy tool. Turn the car off, plug it on, fire it up and your phone should find it.

Note: iPhone users must use the BAFX WiFI module. For the $23 adapter which is the real deal unlike the fake unit I got before, I've surprised so many people around me with it.
Posted by: Vikas

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/16/14 10:49 PM

what software do you use with iPhone? And does that cost extra or included with the BAFX WiFi?
Posted by: LAGA

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 01/17/14 10:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Vikas
what software do you use with iPhone? And does that cost extra or included with the BAFX WiFi?

I use OBD Car Doctor. Works well with my three vehicles.
Posted by: tommygunn

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 04/03/14 11:19 PM

Any good recommendations on the cheap OBDII bluetooth readers? I just need something that works to capture a code every now and then. Are all the generic ones the same on ebay or is there any particular type/seller that someone can recommend.
Posted by: SHOZ

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 04/04/14 08:16 AM

Amazon has some at good prices.
Posted by: tommygunn

Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? - 04/14/14 02:57 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. I won an auction for a bluetooth elm327 generic for ~$4. It worked perfectly with Torque on android and obtained the code.