1. BlueDriver Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool
The support for both Android and iOS puts this scan tool a class above most of the available devices on the market. The scan tool can help in extracting some of the very important vehicle information like the specifications, recalls, maintenance schedules, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs).
It provides a live data dashboard with the option of using any of multiple data sources including fuel pressure and mass air flow. A data source can also be presented as a graph, digital display, or gauge.
2. OTC 3893 Encore Scan Tool
This scan tool comes with an AutoDetect technology which displays the repair information of a DTC by simply tapping the screen. It has an extensive database which contains more than 0 million repair information.
It has a rapid response when identifying CAN vehicles. It has an Auto-ID feature for this process which identifies a significant number of vehicles in less than 10 seconds. It comes with an encore kit which includes a USB cable, OBD-II cable, power adapter, and scan tool.
Some problems which users experience with this scan tool is its inability to recognize certain vehicles.
3. Autel Maxisys MS906BT Scan Tool
Some of the problems on a vehicle often require the help of an expert. If you still prefer to avoid going to a mechanic, this scan tool features an 8MP camera which includes a flashlight. This lets you take pictures of the problem and upload to a community of technicians and car owners like you.
The device runs on the Android operating system and provides an internal storage of 32GB for the diagnostic information storage. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity for internet connection and also connects to a PC for the purpose of file transfer to free up storage space.
A downside of the device is the long recharge time.
4. FOXWELL NT301 Scan Tool
To ensure this scan tool can read codes specific to a manufacturer with accuracy, it comes with an automatic VIN acquisition and decoding feature. It also features a built-in DTC library providing on-screen DTC definitions.
The scan tool comes with LEDs and a built-in speaker for notifications. As a DIY scanner, it offers a print function so in case a user needs to show the scan results to a mechanic.
5. ANCEL AD310 Scan Tool
To save you the stress of visiting a mechanic for minor issues, this scan tool offers the opportunity to check problems and analyze if it is worth going to a mechanic in the end. This scan tool supports all the available OBDII protocols including J1850 VPW, J1850 PWM, ISO9141, AN, and KWP2000.
It comes with a built-in OBDII DT lookup library with a backlit LD screen. This displays the codes and their meanings in a clear, easy to read font.
6. BAFX Diagnostic OBDII Scan Tool
This scan tool is very easy to use and has a Bluetooth connectivity feature for compatibility with Android and Windows operating systems.
It offers both manufacturer specific codes as well as generic codes within its library of over 3000 codes present. The scan tool functions on various car brands and types including hybrid vehicles.
One area where this device becomes questionable is the need for a third party app which results in additional costs.
7. Autel MaxiSYS MS908 Scan Tool
The use of a Cortex-A9 processor on this scan tool offers a much faster speed in comparison to most other scan tools available.
Another key addition is the J2534 ECU programming device. This device allows the scan tool to fix emission and drivability issues which are software controlled as well as replace EU firmware on Benz and BMW vehicles.
Bluetooth connectivity on the scan tool eliminates the problem of cable length. Running on the Android 4.0.4 causes a few drawbacks on this scanner such as the lack of access to the Google play store.
8. ScanTool OBDLink LX Scan Tool
The wireless feature of this scan tool is an excellent way to eliminate the use of connecting cables when utilizing the tool. Simply connect the tool to the OBD port on the vehicle and use the wireless connectivity to connect to a Windows PC or Android device. It comes with an OBDwiz license for windows and OBDLink app for Android.
A lot of users may worry about forgetting to disconnect the device after use. While this may happen, the scan tool doesn’t drain the car battery.
A significant downside of this scan tool is the lack of support for iOS devices. Its functions are also not compatible with electric and hybrid vehicles.
9. Innova 3150f Scan Tool
As long as it is a vehicle model after 1996, this tool will function effectively. It also comes with the option of selecting from a list of three languages which include English, French, and Spanish.
Sometimes getting to the OBD port of a vehicle can be very difficult due to its location in a dark, tight spot. This product features an LED light on the OBD connector to easily find the port.
Through the availability of a Bluetooth connectivity on the scan tool, it connects to smartphones to work in sync with the RepairSolutions app which provides articles, how-to videos, and more.
10. Launch Creader VII+ Scan Tool
This scan tool is compatible with various car models including Asian, American, and European vehicles. It comes with a web address through which users can download any available update for better performance.
Using the diagnostic tool, users can check the vehicle systems like the Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) and ensure the proper functioning, read live data and codes, clear codes, and switch off warning lights. Along with lots of other extensive features, it also includes a print function for sharing data.
Although it features a lot of necessary features, it may not read transmission codes on some older vehicle models.