Dr. Prius and OBD Experiences?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by FyrFtrBel, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. FyrFtrBel

    FyrFtrBel New Member

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    Being new to Prius Chat, this is my first post and I'm optimistic about what I can learn from the "Collective"!

    I've searched and searched, but cannot find a user-based review of the Dr. Prius app! Surely, someone has had an experience (positive or negative) which describes what OBD dongle they used, the cost (in app $), issue diagnosed, etc.
    I realize that there are other Apps out there, but costs (especially in-app) always seem to be omitted from the discussion (not to mention the websites). I'm happy to learn what others are using and how satisfied they are, but I'm most interested in the combination of App/OBD being used.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Attila Fekete

    Attila Fekete Member

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    Welcome to Prius Chat.
    I’m using Hybrid Assustant, so cannot comment Dr. Prius. I suggest to use HA, if you have Android device to be used. (I use that one with clone dangle.)
    Regarding dongles I see the following options:
    - Cheap chinese clones with free apps: you will need to have luck to get a working one, but when it’s working, it’s OK. (It happend that this dangle made a Prius Christmas tree - error codes everywhere.
    - Better dangle: like OBDLink, VGate iCar3, etc. (someone may complete the list) They are more expensive, but it may work the first time.
    - TechStream with mini VCI: best solution, but official cable is expensive. Installing the software can be complicated if you don’t have the good version - I have no experience, but sure you will find topic on it.
     
  3. dig4dirt

    dig4dirt MoonGlow

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    Here is the link to the Dr Prius app webpage

    On that page is a link to obdii bluetooth scanners the Doc recommends a few

    I went with the Panlong from Amazon --- roughly $10

    To be able to use some useful features of the app, it does require you to purchase
    the upgrade for $12 for 3 vehicles or possibly $20-30 for unlimited -not sure on those numbers currently.
    And also that is for android, iphony is more

    I have a scan gauge so I do not use the Doc for codes, but have used it for testing batt health.
    Not much I can say about the app, other than it served its purpose intended and I plan to use it
    every 6 months or so to test batt health on both my prius
     
  4. S.Bell

    S.Bell Junior Member

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    Excellent and needed post. I have about 95k miles on my '13 Prius v, so I will be getting more and more interested as my wagon nears it's warranty period.

    Thanks for starting this thread.
     
  5. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 'Orrible Oracle

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    I'm using the Carista dongle with Dr. Prius with an iPhone 5, works fine. Says "Carista OBD Adapter for iPhone/iPad and Android New". Only done the "static" assessment, haven't done any of the car-on stuff.
     
  6. royrose

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    I have used both Hybrid Assistant and Dr. Prius. I like Hybrid Assistant fro everyday monitoring of hybrid system status and Dr. Prius for battery capacity and health tests. For one vehicle I think the test license in Dr. Prius is about $6. I use the OBDLink adapter

    You might be interested in another thread that was started on PriusChat a couple of days ago by the developer of Dr. Prius. He is working on developing a Lithium battery replacement for the gen 2 and 3 Prius. If he can actually pull that off, it will be a big deal. We'll see.

    Here is a link to the thread: Rainbow Prius Hybrid Powered by Lithium! | PriusChat

    If you have questions about Dr. Prius, he would most likely respond to a private message.
     
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