thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/7/17 1:09 p.m.

I finally have an android phone, and as such, can finally get the Torque app. Which Bluetooth dongle on Amazon is worth my money? I just looked and saw roughly one million of them.

Follow up: What's the sampling frequency of Torque?

The0retical SuperDork
7/7/17 1:29 p.m.

I have this one. That was the standard for a long time with Torque. I think mines 4 years old now?

It works.

lrrs Reader
7/7/17 1:57 p.m.

I have the elm327???? I think. I have only used it once. It gave me the codes that I was expecting.

The only issue I have is it was very tight on the odb2 port and tough to get off. May have been a little easier if my port was mounted right now it's not but it is on the to do list.

RevRico SuperDork
7/7/17 2:00 p.m.

I have this one

It had good recommendations from Ford owners, Ford's seemed to be picky, and it's been working fine since September. I've used it in a few cars, but it lives in my crown Vic, and doesn't interfere with streaming Pandora while using torque.

Tom_Spangler GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/7/17 2:12 p.m.

I have several. I buy whatever's cheap on Amazon with decent reviews. None of them have failed me yet.

thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/7/17 2:51 p.m.

Sweet, thanks all.

In reply to Tom_Spangler:

Do you just leave one in each car?

John Welsh
John Welsh MegaDork
7/7/17 3:51 p.m.

Due to more cars, I bought a couple of the VeePeak small versions recently and they work very well. Over 2,000 reviews.

Tom_Spangler GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/7/17 4:07 p.m.
thatsnowinnebago wrote: Sweet, thanks all. In reply to Tom_Spangler: Do you just leave one in each car?

I do now, but I have a couple of older ones that are too big and bulky to leave plugged in all the time. They still work, but they are currently sitting in a drawer.

EvanR SuperDork
7/7/17 5:00 p.m.
Tom_Spangler wrote: I have several. I buy whatever's cheap on Amazon with decent reviews. None of them have failed me yet.

Agree, adding that you might as well buy the smallest one you can find. I paid $12 for mine in 2008, so it's about the size of a pack of cigarettes, but it still works, and has worked with many brands of cars over the years.

I kind of want it to die so I can justify buying a smaller one, but it just won't quit!

Sky_Render SuperDork
7/7/17 5:59 p.m.


Rons GRM+ Memberand New Reader
3/30/19 9:37 a.m.

Any updates on this topic? IPad compatible would be good, but what's another device between friends.

Indy-Guy UberDork
3/30/19 9:45 a.m.
Rons said:

Any updates on this topic? IPad compatible would be good, but what's another device between friends.

I'm in for some new suggestions or recommendations too.

nderwater UltimaDork
7/19/19 12:36 p.m.

Another bump for 2019.  What's the word on iOS-friendly ODB2 readers these days?

Tyler H
Tyler H GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/19/19 2:30 p.m.

ELM327 is it.  But get the 'big' one.  The smaller one is also the ELM327 chipset, but has compatibility issues with some cars in my experience.

HopmanJones New Reader
7/19/19 5:15 p.m.

I had a hard time getting the small, blue, cheap ELM327 to work with my Forester. I got a BAFX version off amazon and it works great.

Curtis GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
7/20/19 10:25 a.m.

I came here all excited because this is relevant to my interests...

Then I realized I only have one OBD2 vehicle and I don't drive it anymore.

This is not relevant to my interests.

chknhwk Dork
9/2/19 12:35 p.m.

I purchased another adapter for my car from but I cannot, for the life of me, get it to connect.  I also have the BAFX as mentioned above but it sticks out way too far under the dash and I'm constantly kicking it.  I really like the size of this one but it WILL NOT connect.  So far I've used TorquePro, OBD harry scan, inCarDoc and Car Scanner ELM OBD2.  I've emailed the company I bought it from and also Car Scanner asking for either tech support or a refund.

2004 Jaguar X-Type that apparently hates me.



(Differences in size)

noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/2/19 5:49 p.m.

I have the V GATE Scan myself.  Works fine, and I have had it two or three years now.

My issue is with Torque.  (Good thing it is free.)  Once opened it does not let go and has to be closed at least twice, sometimes more.  But the price is right.

stanger_missle GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/2/19 8:20 p.m.

I have a BAFX ELM327 Bluetooth OBDII adapter that I bought off of Amazon in 2014. I also bought a 90° OBDII cable so the adapter wouldn't hang down in front of the clutch pedal in my Wrangler. Both were installed in my Jeep from 2014 until the end of 2018. The adapter got beat to hell from flopping around in the dash but it never failed. The cable looked like this:

It allowed me to tuck the adapter up in the dash. It worked really well.


I don't have any experience with the wifi versions for Apple products, just the Bluetooth versions.

pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/3/19 8:10 a.m.

I have the larger VeePeak and it works on Ford, Buick, and Kia so far, all with iPhone. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
9/3/19 9:08 a.m.

Here is an indepth review that I ran across recently.

Personally, I have the version that they call the Mother of all Junk.  Though, I have had it for a long time.  They say it is highly cloned.  I might be lucky and have an original.  

I also have a VeePeak small blue that they seem to like too.  

Make note that in the review the Panlong model has a 20% discount code taking it from $10.98 to $8.78.  

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11/18/19 2:37 a.m.

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John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/18/19 5:46 a.m.

In reply to Roenar : 

Since I last posted the link above, I bought the PanLong model they featured. I've owned many of these  over the years, and the PanLong has probably been the best. It is very quick to pair with my phone.

The 20% off code they gave worked and made the purchase price $8.78 shipped.

Be aware,the PanLong is for Android only. 

I then use the Android App, Torque Pro ($4.99)

californiamilleghia Dork
11/18/19 11:15 a.m.

is there a better free app than Torque lite , 

I just want trans fluid temp and oil temp for my 2005 express van ,  and I am not even sure if the van has the sensor .

I have a black  Veepeak OBDCheck Pro WIFI scan tool

Thanks for any info

N Sperlo
N Sperlo MegaDork
11/18/19 11:23 a.m.

I bough the cheapest dongle I could fine. It' has worked without issue for about 8 years. I even printed out a label that says "cop chip" for when those people ask "does it still have the cop chip?!" Why, yes, Billy. It does!

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