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#3237780 - 01/04/14 10:25 PM Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts?
gr8gatzby Offline


Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 603
Loc: Charlotte, NC
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
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#3237788 - 01/04/14 10:34 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
Jeffs2006EvoIX Offline


Registered: 02/28/10
Posts: 1416
Loc: Imperial Valley, California
I have heard nothing but good things with the torx app. Definitely worth a try

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#3237804 - 01/04/14 10:49 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
djb Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 682
Loc: Maryland
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.

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#3237820 - 01/04/14 11:08 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
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Registered: 11/05/11
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Loc: MTL, CANADA
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.


Edited by Rolla07 (01/04/14 11:08 PM)
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#3237872 - 01/05/14 12:31 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
kmcavin Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 133
Loc: Illinois
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.
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#3237883 - 01/05/14 12:54 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: kmcavin]
gr8gatzby Offline


Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 603
Loc: Charlotte, NC
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.
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#3237886 - 01/05/14 12:57 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
LazyPrizm Offline


Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 334
Loc: Maryland
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.
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#3237960 - 01/05/14 07:17 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
dave180 Offline


Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 145
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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.
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#3237969 - 01/05/14 07:37 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 4970
Loc: Illinois
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.
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#3238025 - 01/05/14 08:52 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
pcoxe Offline


Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 425
Loc: South Carolina
I've had no problems with a GoPoint BT-1 OBD module and my iPhone. BT-1 is a little pricey though.

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#3239391 - 01/06/14 12:22 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
mrgrim Offline


Registered: 08/04/13
Posts: 61
Loc: VA
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.

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#3250580 - 01/16/14 07:04 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
SavageWS6 Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 46
Loc: Erie, PA
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.
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#3250760 - 01/16/14 10:49 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 11103
Loc: NorthEast
what software do you use with iPhone? And does that cost extra or included with the BAFX WiFi?

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#3251056 - 01/17/14 10:38 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: Vikas]
LAGA Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 439
Loc: IL
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.
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#3332882 - 04/03/14 11:19 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: LAGA]
tommygunn Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 3061
Loc: usa
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.
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