Review of ELM327 Wireless OBDII code scanner! — Toyota RAV4 Forums

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Review of ELM327 Wireless code scanner!

With computer-controlled cars, a good tool can be very handy if you do own maintenance. But even drivers who tinker under the hood can from having a scan If you want to find out what check engine light have the ability to clear the and turn off the light, then one of gadgets can be invaluable. You can verify the shop has made the right and make sure the problem was properly.

I was browsing through looking at scan tools I spotted several of these ELM327-based units that the OBD II diagnostic port to your or netbook. Some of them to the computer using a USB cable but the one caught my eye was the wireless version pairs up with the computer Bluetooth. With the proper you can even use a Bluetooth-enabled smart Most of these units for less than $40, and a USB adapter can be had for less than $2, all free shipping from The one I chose was this one, is now selling for $27.98:

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This Bluetooth was $2:

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Since it was so cheap, I got it and one that seemed to have reviews for $12.84:

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Turns out both of work fine, so I plugged one in my and the other in my desktop machine.

a few days, the package arrived and what I got:


The packaging is unit comes with a CD with software and not much No written documentation at all with the and not much with the Bluetooth but, as it turns out, is pretty much plug play. The ELM327 scanner is the size of a matchbox with 5 LED’s on top that seem to to power, transmit data, data, etc. just a modem. The ELM327 is a chip by ELM Electronics that converts the OBD II to standard RS-232 serial bus that any computer can understand.

If you have a laptop, netbook, or phone with Bluetooth, good to go. Unfortunately, iPhone like me are out of luck because has crippled the Bluetooth functionality, but if got an Android-based phone, check out an app Torque (Torque OBD2 and Diagnostics for your Vehicle ), it great reviews. Since my old laptop doesn’t have BT, I got the Before plugging it in, it’s to install the software on the cd. If you don’t, will detect it and install BT drivers that don’t you to do much. After installing the plug in the adapter and it should be and configured:

The software automatically set up a virtual port (COM12) for the BT to use, but I ahead and configured another one as

Now it’s time to plug the scanner into the OBD II port:

you plug it in, the lights cycle a self-test mode until the red LED is lit up. Note that the port is up at all times, so don’t leave the plugged in permanently or it will drain your battery. The way the is mounted on the RAV4, you can’t see the very well but they really necessary. Now you need to up the BT on the computer to the scanner. With BT software you choose Add a Bluetooth and it will search for devices in the In my case it found the BluLogic in the my iPhone, and a device called CBT Dev B is the scanner. Choose it and if the software for a passcode, enter 1234. passcode was nowhere to be found on the or disc, I think I found it in the reviews. Once the pairing is the CBT Dev B will show up as one of your BT You should specify what COM you want

it to use, in my case COM5. we’ll install the scanner on the laptop and see how it works.

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