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Works Great Right out of the Box (Plastic Bag)
on November 4, 2012
I was a little worried, seeing all the reviews from the other manufacturer of the same looking box. But figured I'd give it a try.
I'm glad I did. It works perfectly. Plugged it in, red light comes on, paired it with the phone and password "1234" and the Torque app on my Android phone started communicating with it immediately. It blinks a lot of lights when it's communicating. Although, I don't really see them as in my car the adapter is turned with the lights toward the door when it's closed. No big deal, it's probably better that way, no crazy blinking lights at night. The adapter does become a little warm after use, but not hot.
I have not decided yet if I should leave it plugged in when I don't drive. The adapter stays on with one red light lit (obviously the OBDII port is active when the car is turned off for fault analysis etc...) but I'm not sure how much power the adapter is pulling when idle and I don't want to have a dead battery when I get in the car one morning. If anyone has any insight to that, please do leave a comment.
I also have a HP Touchpad with Android on it, and Torque is even more fun when using that since it's a much bigger display and you can have more gauges on one screen. So if you have a Android tablet, give it a try.
I was kind of disappointed that my 2012 Honda only displays about half the data which this adapter is able to show, but hey, it's still fun, and the one item I really wanted to see was MPG, and I got that.
I also used it on another car which had the check engine light on. It read the codes out perfectly, and I like the feature in Torque that if you have internet access you can get more detailed info on the codes.
For the price of under $30 including the app, you really can't beat this combo, I highly recommend it. Much cheaper than ScanGauge or similar items.
I added a few pictures of the Scan Tool in my car with the Touchpad and Torque.
I couldn't resist, I had to add a on/off switch to this adapter. See the pictures I uploaded for details. Doesn't take very long if you know how to solder. Works like a charm now and I don't have to worry about it draining my battery.