least costly way to read INFO subcodes ?

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  1. swing

    swing Junior Member

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    I dont have a pc, so i techstream isnt my first choice. Is there an Iphone app & ODB dongle that can read out stored subcodes?

    Bonus if it, or another iphone rig, can read out HV pack voltage/temp, etc conditions (my pack no longer seems to want to go into the green bars as quick...even if I turn on my fully charged, new, Hymotion pack, it is much slower to "ramp-up" than in the past....and recently when the Hymotion dies, it dies from 50'% to zero, without going into 4,3,2,1 bars like before. (my G2 is at 215k now)
     
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    The only full function app that I’m aware of, that seems to be favored by the experts here, is TORQUE APP PRO.
    However, it is Android based. You’d need too pick up a Cheap used android phone to run it. There are other IOS based ODB2 apps in the App store that use the dongle. Unfortunately, they don’t have full battery cell reading capability that I know of.

    The symptoms you describe, at least on the slower to go green , is that of a normal good condition balanced pack.

    My 298k OE pack seems to go green and full green noticeably quicker than when I got the car at 123k. It is just showing me its age.



    iPhone X ?
     
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    I had an old Linux laptop collecting dust. I installed VirtualBox on it and in there I installed an old copy of Windows XP. The laptop has a switch so I can keep the wifi turned off as an air gap. I think the Techstream and cable I got from Amazon were around $20. That is THE cheapest and best I could manage.
     
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    i think you can read blink codes on the gen2, not sure if that includes sub codes.
     
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    iphone 6s....
     
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    Best solution is to buy Techstream and an old laptop or netbook. How much could one running windows 7 cost? You might need a cheap inverter as the battery on an old laptop won’t run long but still pretty cheap.
     
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    Hi @swing

    The Dr. Prius app is the only app I've found for Apple users... It's designed specific to hybrid battery functions, but does have some stuff beyond that. Key part of getting it to work is buying an OBD2 reader that actually works. Had to buy one four times and return 'em before I finally got a good one. Here's a buyer's guide written by the creator of Dr. Prius: Hybrid battery diagnostic and repair tool for Toyota and Lexus
     
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    This is great news. It’s about time somebody did one for IOS.


    iPhone X ?
     
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    None of the apps I know of have the sub codes.
    Just the high level codes.
    The apps will give other data though like block voltage live, pack soc, etc

    So get an inexpensive Windows laptop for under $100. Plus Techstreamfor under $50.
    Total of $150 for diagnostic tools is relatively inexpensive.

    I am very curious about your new Hymotion system.
    Are you saying you bought a NEW system recently and installed it? If so, how much did the unit cost and how much for installation?
     
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    Dr. Prius app reads hybrid battery subcodes...
     
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