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    iPhone OSBII?

    Hi Guys,

    I've just been looking at OBDII on iPhone and found an App called 'Rev' by DevToaster.

    It looks really good!

    However now I have to choose hardware, compatible hardware are:
    http://www.devtoaster.com/products/rev/

    Does anyone know what the differences are? Or which one is best?

    Cheers
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    *edit*

    new question, I'm looking for the best 'real time' OBD.

    I have read that the Kiwi Wifi can be quite slow in data logging.

    However I saw a video on youtube of a OBDKey WLan and it looks good (Y)

    Thoughts anyone?
    Last edited by jellymonster; 04-17-2011 at 06:15 AM.
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    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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    You might also want to look into DashCommand for iPhone.
    DashCommand in iTunes
    The hardware compatible with DashCommand is listed down at the bottom of the description.

    Whether you pick DashCommand or Rev, I would personally get the OBDLink WiFi from ScanTool.net. It should be compatible with both apps, although you'll have to configure Rev before it will find it.
    http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/obdlink-wifi.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestonAtPPE View Post
    You might also want to look into DashCommand for iPhone.
    DashCommand in iTunes
    The hardware compatible with DashCommand is listed down at the bottom of the description.

    Whether you pick DashCommand or Rev, I would personally get the OBDLink WiFi from ScanTool.net. It should be compatible with both apps, although you'll have to configure Rev before it will find it.
    http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/obdlink-wifi.html
    Thanks for your response.

    Is there a reason why you would get the OBDLink? It looks like it might be hard to get in the UK
    Car: Ford Focus
    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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    I've just read a review on the Kiwi Wifi and it says that the data logging is quite slow and wouldn't recommend for day to day use.

    Is the OBDLink wifi quicker on data logging?

    Cheers
    Car: Ford Focus
    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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    The OBDLink is a little faster than the Kiwi, but you wouldn't notice a difference except on a newer vehicle (2006+ probably) using the CAN protocol. Any older vehicles that use other protocols, the interface will be faster than the vehicle can send out data and the bottleneck wouldn't be the interface.

    More likely than not, the person that wrote that review has an older vehicle using the ISO protocol, and it would have been the same speed no matter what interface they had used. If its slow, it honestly depends more on the vehicle itself and not the interface.

    ScanTool.net should ship anywhere in the world, I don't see why you'd have any problems getting one in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestonAtPPE View Post
    The OBDLink is a little faster than the Kiwi, but you wouldn't notice a difference except on a newer vehicle (2006+ probably) using the CAN protocol. Any older vehicles that use other protocols, the interface will be faster than the vehicle can send out data and the bottleneck wouldn't be the interface.

    More likely than not, the person that wrote that review has an older vehicle using the ISO protocol, and it would have been the same speed no matter what interface they had used. If its slow, it honestly depends more on the vehicle itself and not the interface.

    ScanTool.net should ship anywhere in the world, I don't see why you'd have any problems getting one in the UK.
    thanks, that's cleared things up.

    Lastly, do you know is this can diagnose things like ABS faults as well as engine faults? And also reset service warnings?

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    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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    OBD2 and EOBD (the European version) are exhaust emission standards. All they can do is read out emission related data and trouble codes.
    ABS, Airbag and any other system than the engine and an automatic gearbox cannot be read out.
    Service interval cannot be reset.

    If you want those things you will need an extension at the very least.
    Have a look here: http://autoenginuity.com/products-software.html#EI01

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    Does the obdlink turns itself off when IGN is off? I think the kiwi does not, and I wonder what units will not deplete the battery over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Does the obdlink turns itself off when IGN is off? I think the kiwi does not, and I wonder what units will not deplete the battery over time.
    That depends entirely on the car. Some vehicles maintain power to the OBD2 port when the ignition is off, and some vehicles do not.
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    You'll need to ask ScanTool.net directly about that. I know the OBDLink does have some power management functions, but I don't know what extent they go to. I've left both an OBDLink and a Kiwi bluetooth plugged into my car full time without any issues. As long as you drive the car at least once a week, I wouldn't worry about it.

    You can also look at ScanXL with an enhanced add-on for reading ABS and airbag data:
    http://www.palmerperformance.com/sto...products_id=50

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