Wednesday, 27 March 2013

ELM327 OBD2 Adaptor Review and Overview (Torque Android Compatible)

ELM327 OBD Adaptor
ELM327 OBD Adaptor

A couple of days ago, after reading reviews and thinking of my own car. I received in the post a Bluetooth ELM327 OBD adaptor. I have to admit I was sceptical, I mean this thing cost under £10. I had set my expectations so low I wasn't even expecting it to work. Boy was I wrong.

You may recall my last article on OBD Scanners here: OBD Scanners
Although I do like the C-Reader the ELM327 is defiantly up there on my list of favourite toys.

I open the packaging and no box or cables. Just the adaptor and a mini CD. 

First things first the build quality is exceptionally good considering I only paid £8.90. Secondly the CD is stacked full of either cracked software with keygen's or free trial software, but hey I didn't buy this for what was on the CD. It would of bothered me if it had no disc. I already had software lined up to put the ELM327 OBD adaptor through its paces.

The software I have used to test the adaptor with are as follows, to read my reviews and experiences just click the link (These will be available as I review them):

  • Torque For Android on Tablet And Smartphone (Review Available)
  • FORScan (Free Ford Specific Software For Windows And ELM327 Adaptors)
  • VauxCheck (Paid For Opel/Vauxhall Specific Software For Windows And ELM327 Adaptors
Before we get to the specifications of the ELM327 OBD2 adaptor, I know there are many sellers or this product. Some of the products do not work or don't support some protocols, so I thought I would share with you the location I brought mine. This seller sell's only in the UK. But i did some research for my US readers and the seller with the best price, best feedback and carrying stock in the USA is also listed below.

So lets just deal with the specs and features of the ELM327 adaptor that I purchased.

Manufacture:    ePathDirect or Vgate Scan

Model:             ELM327 Ver 1.5

Main Chip:        PIC18F2480

Connectivity:    Bluetooth 

Power:            12v only (24v Not supported)
                      Supplied By Vehicle Diagnostic Socket

Connector:       EOBD OBD2 16 Pin

Protocols:        SAE J1850 PWM(41.6Kbaud)
                      SAE J1850 VPW(10.4Kbaud)
                      ISO9141-2(5 baud init,10.4Kbaud)
                      ISO14230-4 KWP(5 baud init,10.4 Kbaud)
                      ISO14230-4 KWP(fast init,10.4 Kbaud)

                      ISO15765-4 CAN(11bit ID,500 Kbaud)
                      ISO15765-4 CAN(29bit ID,500 Kbaud)
                      ISO15765-4 CAN(11bit ID,250 Kbaud)
                      ISO15765-4 CAN(29bit ID,250 Kbaud)
                      A.SAE J1939 CAN(29bit ID,250*Kbaud)
                      B.USER1 CAN(11*bit ID,125*Kbaud)
                      C.USER2 CAN(11*bit ID,50*kbaud) 

Vehicles:         Any EOBD or OBD2 compliant vehicle

Modules:         Engine with OBD software
                     All modules with manufacture specific software e.g
                     Ford FORScan Opel/Vauxhall VauxCheck

Dimesions:      H=2 3/4'' or 69mm W=1 3/4'' or 44mm  T= 1'' or 25mm 

My own personal feelings on this product are. 

Pros: Cheap, Connects Fast, Huge list of compatible vehicles, Plenty of 
         software available for free, great paid software available, Smartphone
         apps available e.g. Torque Pro, 

Cons: Poor packaging (or lack of), Mine came with Cracked software although
         no virus's found.

Have you had any experience with these? Do you know any reputable sellers? 
drop us a comment bellow.

1 comment:

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