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Thread: OBDLink VS Elmscan

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    OBDLink VS Elmscan

    I am going to purchase a scanner. The Elmscan seems fine for me. Is there any difference between the 2 besides the newer being update able?

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    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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    Oh really. I just brought a obdlink through the web and am not aware of a new version being out soon. do you know if i can get a replacement with a 2.x hardware?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpc View Post
    Oh really. I just brought a obdlink through the web and am not aware of a new version being out soon. do you know if i can get a replacement with a 2.x hardware?
    Sure. I don't have the details yet, but we will have a trade-in program that will let you upgrade to 2.x once it comes out.

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    So it will include those brought from the distributors like palmer performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpc View Post
    So it will include those brought from the distributors like palmer performance?
    Correct.
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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).

    Best regards,

    Vitaliy
    Yes lol that was the main reason i was looking at the elmscan. But due to reliability and the command set for other programs i think the obdlink might be better as the less hassle for me is the price i am willing to pay.

    Will the obdlink be dropping in price when the new version comes out? BT and power save do not matter to me. If i can find the obdlink for about $70 that will be perfect for me.

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    We are considering building a "bare-bones" version of OBDLink, but it's at least a few months away.
    — OBDLink MX: world's smallest, fastest, most advanced OBD/Bluetooth adapter with SW and MS CAN support. Read the review to learn more.
    — Need to look up a diagnostic trouble code? Try the most up-to-date, free DTCsearch.com!

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    Bought the unit and using it now. Thanks for the assistance with selection.

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    Thank you for the order. How do you like it?
    — OBDLink MX: world's smallest, fastest, most advanced OBD/Bluetooth adapter with SW and MS CAN support. Read the review to learn more.
    — Need to look up a diagnostic trouble code? Try the most up-to-date, free DTCsearch.com!

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