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    Works well so far. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitaliy View Post
    ElmScan is cheaper.

    Besides being upgradeable, OBDLink:

    - Connects more reliably to some vehicles
    - Generally allows for faster refresh rates
    - Has an enhanced command set, which allows third party access to certain modules not normally accessible by ElmScan 5 (this will matter to you if you plan to buy ScanXL at some point)
    - Can be purchased a Class 1 Bluetooth option (330 ft LOS range)

    If you plan to leave OBDLink connected to the vehicle, I would wait a couple of weeks for OBDLink 2.x which has the power save option. The upcoming firmware update works on the earlier revisions too, but it only goes down to 30 mA versus 1 mA (from the normal 100 mA).

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    Vitaliy
    Is the OBDLink sold at mp3car.com now version 2.x (with power save option)? Is it power saving by default or needs to be set (by software?) to save power? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2009Prius View Post
    Is the OBDLink sold at mp3car.com now version 2.x (with power save option)? Is it power saving by default or needs to be set (by software?) to save power? Thanks!
    Yes I'm curious too I'm on the verge of buying obdlink but would like to buy 2.0 - is it available yet?

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    OBDLink 2.x has been out for months. PowerSave is off by default, you must turn them on in software if you want to take advantage of the functionality.

    In a few days there will be a firmware update that adds wake up on voltage threshold and voltage change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitaliy View Post
    In a few days there will be a firmware update that adds wake up on voltage threshold and voltage change.
    That should be nice. I think I may be cutting it kinda close of late with the sub-zero temps and it being powered all night battery wise. This will be where to find it once released, no?
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    I have since bought the OBDLink and it's working very nicely. Initially the power saving wasn't working right and it turned out that if an OBDLink is connected together with the ScanGauge via a Y cable then the OBDLink hardware need to be modified for the sleep function to work properly. So anyone planning to buy better notify scantool.net beforehand if you plan to use it together with ScanGauge. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne613 View Post
    That should be nice. I think I may be cutting it kinda close of late with the sub-zero temps and it being powered all night battery wise. This will be where to find it once released, no?
    There are many sleep/wakeup triggers besides the voltage sense. Try UART timeout for sleep, and UART pulse for wakeup.

    Correct, the link points to the page where the updates will be.

    Vitaliy
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    @ vitaliy

    I have OBDLink Multiprotocol OBD-II by ScanTool this one shipped 2/17/2010 from MP3car.
    If I understand correctly, the new update will lower the standby current draw from 100ma to 30ma but if I upgrade to the new one, it will drop to 1ma ?

    Also very little data is read with the basic bundled software or through Centrafuse 3.1. The vehicle is a 6.0L diesel Ford 2007. Is the issue that I need better software or is this scanner just not capable of retrieving more specific data for this vehicle? The main perameters I need are fuel pressure and oil temp but would like to get alot more if possible. If the issue is software, what upgrade do you recommend?
    Also to read ABS codes, can this device do it with better software?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitaliy View Post
    There are many sleep/wakeup triggers besides the voltage sense. Try UART timeout for sleep, and UART pulse for wakeup.

    Correct, the link points to the page where the updates will be.

    Vitaliy
    I snagged the PDF on this, however, how exactly does this get setup? I assume using a terminal window into the device's comm port and sending the command (hyperterminal in windows for example)?

    Sorry, might be in that document and I just skipped over it as I just skimmed while at work, but I didn't see anything off-hand, it just assumes I know how to give it the set commands. I also saw nothing about setting the parameters permanently either. I'd rather have it default to the lowest draw possible once it senses no voltage on the rs232 line (computer off) without worrying about when I pull the connections for whatever reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    @ vitaliy

    I have OBDLink Multiprotocol OBD-II by ScanTool this one shipped 2/17/2010 from MP3car.
    If I understand correctly, the new update will lower the standby current draw from 100ma to 30ma but if I upgrade to the new one, it will drop to 1ma ?
    Obviously not directed at me, but this part I can answer I think.

    May just wish to manually check which hardware revision you have as you might already have a 2.x, instead of buying a new one outright. Easiest way to check for me was to get the newest flash file from the previous link, it will list the revision it sees for your ODBLink when it goes to do the flash. I just know as I re-flashed mine to make sure I was running 2.1.2, pretty sure I was, but just to be certain. I'm stuck with the 1.7 hardware revision myself.
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