Bluetooth Adapters

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This is a list of adapters that Torque has been tested with which work with OBD2 compliant vehicles:

(Note: All the adapters offer the same access to all the available OBD2 sensors in the vehicle. The adapters do not determine what sensors are or are not available, they are all the same in this respect)

Working Bluetooth & USB Adapters

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
Scantool.net OBDLink MX
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Small unit Power, Host, Bluetooth and OBD status lights, High speed PID reading

Device Security

$199.95 Flash upgradable firmware, Powersave/sleep function, Support forums

Reports of good customer support. This is the best adapter if you want the fastest PID read speed. Read speeds can be as fast as 60PIDs/sec over Bluetooth (Tested on a Galaxy S2, CANBUS protocol) This device also offers security to prevent unauthorized use

Scantool.net OBDLink
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Adapter and cable (adapter can be separated from cable) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $149.90(Special offer), $179.90 Normal Flash upgradable firmware, Powersave/sleep function, Support forums

Reports of good customer support. Fast PID read speeds, in excess of 60PIDs/second using a Motorola Xoom and USB

Scantool.net OBDLink
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USB Adapter Activity/status light $49.95(Special offer), $74.95 Normal User upgradeable via free downloads, Support forums

Reports of good customer support. Fast PID read speeds, in excess of 50 PIDs/sec with USB to a Motorola Xoom tablet

obd2world ELM329 Adapter website
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Moulded adapter (single unit) Power, OBD, and PC(Host) status lights € 99.50 Fully tested before dispatch

Main Site

OBDPros website
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Adapter and cable (adapter can be separated from cable) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $84.95 + BT option at $74.95 = $159.90 Upgradable firmware

Support Forums

Diamex DX70 & DXM website
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Adapter in single unit RX/TX status light, Power Light 149EUR Not the fastest adapter, but good construction, reliable.
PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth
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Adapter and cable (adapter cannot be separated from cable) On/off switch, link light $99.99 There have been user reports of some of these adapters being faulty like some of the clone adapters. If Torque reports there is an issue with the adapter, check with PLX devices support for more help or getting a replacement

Support forums

Adapter from China/via ebay/amazon
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Single moulded unit (though there are several different coloured 'stickers' used) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $20.00 to $60.00 Some units seem to suffer poor build quality and reliability issues. Other units are perfectly fine. Make sure you purchase with a buyer who has a decent returns policy should the unit turn out to be defective. If you have connection issues, or displays randomly 'pausing' in the app then it is most likely an adapter issue.

If you are using the USB version of this adapter then be aware that you will need to make sure the adapter uses an FTDI or Prolific usb to serial converter chip and have an android device running Android 3.1 or 4.0(or above) and supports USB host mode - you will also need the Pro version of Torque for USB support (though this will be ported to the lite app eventually)

If you are using adapters with a bluetooth MAC address of 11:22:33:DD:EE:FF then be aware that these adapters will not work with other adapters nearby with the same address (and should be avoided if you plan to use multiple adapters) Some of these units also appear to have pairing issues.

Supported Non-OBD2 adapters

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
Track Electronics ConsultBT
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Moulded plug Works with Nissan Consult systems (using special non-OBD2 socket, beta testing in Torque)
WBH-BT4 Website Moulded plug Works with WV/Seat/Audi using VW's native protocols (beta testing in Torque)

Adapters that are not currently supported

Adapter Form factor Other features Comments
Garmin EcoRoute Moulded plug attached to cable, not detatchable Works with EcoRoute HD navigation, "offline" data storage Non ELM327 compatible. The protocol was discovered, however the adapter proved to be too slow to be of any use.
GoPoint BT1 Moulded plug Non ELM327 compatible. Uses their own closed protocol.
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Actron U-Scan
Large moulded plug Not ELM327 compatible, uses their own closed protocol. Not interoperable with other industry standard ELM327 OBD software