OBD-II and SAE J2534 Tools List for PC, Smartphone, Tablet; Toyota centric, July 2018

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    OBD-II and SAE J2534 Tools List for PC, Smartphone, Tablet; Toyota centric, July 2018

    I purchased a 2009 Prius with 74K miles around the end of January 2018.
    I've been reading through many of the PriusChat articles and thought that it would be good to collect some of the information I was looking for in one place for each subject.

    This is a list of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD-II) and SAE J2534 tools for a PC, smartphone, or tablet that are used to read Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs).
     
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    Here's a little information for when you buy a device to read DTCs.

    There are two types of diagnostic devices to consider, an SAE J2534 interface and an OBD-II reader.
    To use Toyota Techstream software, you need a device called an SAE J2534 interface or pass-through. Techstream gives you complete scanning and programming functionality, so it can read all codes and subcodes. Techstream software is Windows only, thus the need for a Windows notebook PC.
    For general code reading, you need a device called an OBD-II reader. OBD-II readers will read standard OBD-II codes but are more limited in the manufacturer specific codes they can read, and do not do programming.
    They both use the OBD-II connector in your car, but have completely different command sets.

    Several target Toyota and hybrid vehicles including the 2nd Gen.
    Except for the Toyota Techstream system and MongoosePro Toyota 2 MFC2 SAE J2534 Interface, no endorsements are implied and the ordering does not necessarily imply any preference.
    Toyota Techstream is the reference standard to compare to.
    If you have the budget and/or need complete scanning and programming functionality, buy the Toyota Techstream system.

    Remember, use this as a list, not an evaluation. You'll need to do your own up to date evaluation when you buy an OBD-II or SAE J2534 device. Not an all-inclusive list, mainly includes lower cost devices for PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Does not include handheld devices such as from Autel and Innova.

    There are three levels of subscription for the Toyota Technical Information System (TIS) software: Standard, Professional Diagnostic, and Security Professional.
    (A Security Professional level subscription is required for car to remote and immobilizer reprogramming or resetting. You must be a locksmith or automotive technician qualified in vehicle security system repair and a current member of the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) Registry to purchase a Security Professional level subscription).

    Prices may vary, shipping and taxes extra.


    I. Toyota Techstream and SAE J2534 Interface for Windows PC
    (SAE J2534 devices use the OBD-II connector, and are inherently non-ELM327 since they use different command sets)
    (Windows versions that are compatible are from website or email response. Which Win version actually works is often "try and see").

    1. Toyota Techstream LITE Kit (TSLP2SW01)
    Includes MongoosePro MFC2 Interface (USB) and One Year Subscription to TIS Professional Diagnostic level software
    Requires Win 7 or 8, 32b or 64b PC and internet connection
    TSLP2SW01 $1345 (Toyota special Kit combo)
    (https://techinfo.toyota.com/techInfoPortal/staticcontent/en/techinfo/html/prelogin/docs/tsliteflyertinfo.pdf)
    (https://techinfo.toyota.com/techInfoPortal/appmanager/t3/ti?_pageLabel=ti_ts_lite&_nfpb=true)
    (https://techinfo.toyota.com)

    2. Drew Technologies MongoosePro Toyota 2 (MI, USA)
    MongoosePro Toyota 2 MFC2 Interface
    J2534, OEM-specific, programming and diagnostic vehicle interface module (VIM)
    USB, Win 7 - 10, 32b and 64b
    (included in Toyota Techstream LITE Kit)
    MG PRO MFC2 $495 (Drew Technologies list), $483 (eBay 331889688833)
    MongoosePro Toyota 2 Bluetooth
    J2534, OEM-specific, programming and diagnostic vehicle interface module (VIM)
    Bluetooth 2.0 Class 1, Win 7 - 10, 32b and 64b
    MG PRO MFC2 BT $695 (Drew Technologies list), $683 (eBay 231989456611)
    (MongoosePro Toyota 2)
    (MongoosePro Toyota 2 Bluetooth)
    (http://www.drewtech.com/pdf/sell%20sheets/2016_MGPro_Toyota%202_EMAIL.pdf)
    (MongoosePro)

    3. VXDIAG VCX NANO PRO Diagnostic Tool For GM/FORD-MAZDA/VW/HONDA/VOLVO/TOYOTA/JLR
    For 7 Software, For Techstream v12.10.019 + 6 more
    Compatible with SAE J2534, USB, Win XP - 10 32b
    SP323 $539 (VXdiagShop.com, China), $539 (OBDII365.com, China)
    VXDIAG VCX NANO PRO Diagnostic Tool For GM/FORD-MAZDA/VW/HONDA/VOLVO/TOYOTA/JLR
    For 3 Software, For Techstream v12.10.019 + 2 more
    Compatible with SAE J2534, USB, Win XP - 10 32b
    SP304 $239 (VXdiagShop.com, China)
    VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream v12.10.019
    Compatible with SAE J2534, WIFI Version, works with Wi-Fi or USB cable, Win XP - 7 32b
    SP245-W $90 (VXdiagShop.com, China)
    VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream v12.10.019
    Compatible with SAE J2534, USB, Win XP - 7 32b
    SP245 $80 (VXdiagShop.com, China)
    VXDIAG MULTI Diagnostic Tool Support TOYOTA / HONDA/ LandRover/ Jaguar
    For 3 Software, For Toyota Techstream + Honda + 1 more (can be Ford-Mazda, GM, JLR, Volvo, VW)
    Wifi Function; works with Wi-Fi (.11bg), LAN (10/100), or USB (2 or 3), Win XP - 8.1
    HKVX01-W $249 (VXdiagShop.com, China)
    (New VXDIAG VCX NANO PRO Diagnostic Tool with Free 7 Software)
    (2018 VXDIAG VCX NANO PRO Diagnostic Tool)
    (VXDiag VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream V12.10.019 WIFI Version)
    (VXDiag VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream V12.10.019 Compatible with SAE J2534)
    (VXDiag Multi Diag Tool 3 in 1 for Toyota Honda and JLR)
    (http://www.vxdiagshop.com/wholesale)
    (VXdiagShop Official Selling Website)

    4. WIFI VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream v13.00.022
    Compatible with SAE J2534, works with Wi-Fi or USB cable, Win XP - 7 32b
    SP245-W $90 (OBDII365.com, China)
    VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream v13.00.022
    Compatible with SAE J2534, USB, Win XP - 7 32b
    SP245 $80 (OBDII365.com, China)
    (WIFI version VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYOTA TIS Techstream V13.00.022)
    (VXDIAG VCX NANO for TOYO-TA TIS Techstream V13.00.022 Compatible with SAE J2534)

    5. Mini VCI Diagnostic Tool Scanner for Toyota Lexus TIS Techstream v13.00.022
    FT232RL USB interface chip, EZinstall software, For Techstream v13.00.022, Firmware v1.4.1
    Win XP - 10, 32b and 64b
    Diagnostic Tool Cable Scanner for Toyota Lexus TIS Techstream 13.00.22
    $35 (eBay 122345775564)
    Mini Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI) Diagnostic OBD2 Cable interface.
    Latest new OBD Mini VCI J2534 diagnostic cable interface. It will work with the latest OEM TIS techstream v13.00.22 software that TIS techstream technicians can simultaneously view and analyze on board vehicle data, reprogram vehicles, browse relevant TIS service documents etc. It will work with all 1996-2018 Toyota and Lexus Vehicles worldwide and provides quick and easy access to all available systems on the vehicle. The cable features the latest Chip for faster communication and can connect to various electronic control units (ECUs) and display identification. The new chip will also allow super-level isolation which will protect your computer from being compromised. Simple Installation package with video installation guide included. Software updates will be available for new models. Comes with EZinstall high quality software that will work on all windows (32 bit and 64 bit) operating systems.
    (Diagnostic Tool Cable Scanner for Toyota Lexus TIS Techstream 13.00.22 | eBay)

    6. Mini VCI OBD2 Diagnostic Cable for Toyota Lexus Scion TIS Techstream
    FT232RL USB interface chip, For Techstream v13.00.022 + v13.10.019, Firmware v1.4.1
    Win XP - 10, 32b and 64b
    V13.10.019 Mini VCI Diagnostic Tool Cable Scanner fr Lexus Toyota TIS Techstream
    $50 / Offer (eBay 302421242109)
    (V13.10.019 Mini VCI Diagnostic Tool Cable Scanner fr Lexus Toyota TIS Techstream | eBay)

    7. Mini VCI OBD2 Diagnostic Cable for Toyota CAN bus + K-Line
    USB, For Techstream v13.00.022, Firmware v2.0.4
    Win XP - 10, 32b and 64b
    Original Mini VCI Diagnostic Cable OBD for Toyota Lexus TIS Techstream fw 2.0.4
    $60 (eBay 292207676683, Hong Kong, China)
    (Original Mini VCI Diagnostic Cable OBD for Toyota Lexus TIS Techstream fw 2.0.4 | eBay)

    8. Tactrix Openport 2.0 (CA, USA)
    J2534 PassThru support with Windows DLL, USB 2.0 Full Speed
    $169 (Tactrix list), $179 (eBay 273224110483)
    Openport 2.0 driver and J2534 DLL-only install for users who only intend to use non-EcuFlash software, Win XP - 10 $0
    What OEM J2534 software does the Openport 2.0 work with? "Toyota TIS Techstream Works"
    (Tactrix Openport 2.0)
    (Download Drivers + J2534 DLL)
    (What OEM J2534 software does the Openport 2.0 work with?)


    II. OBD-II Readers for USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi
    OBD-II readers use either ELM Electronics ELM327 / ELM329 (or clones), OBD Solutions STN1110 / STN2120, or proprietary microcontrollers
    (Genuine ELM327 is highly recommended over ELM327 clones)
    (If listed as non-ELM, it cannot use any ELM based apps such as Torque Pro and Hybrid Assistant)

    1. OBD Solutions OBDLink SX, LX, and MX (AZ, USA)
    Uses OBD Solutions STN series ICs which emulates the ELM327 "AT" command set, adds an extended "ST" command set for advanced functionality, and allows secure firmware upgrades
    OBDLink is fully backwards compatible with the ELM327 command set
    STN1110 uses a PIC24HJ128GP502 PIC24H series 16-bit microcontroller from Microchip Technology
    LX uses STN1110, MX Rev 1.x / 2.x uses STN1150 / STN1151
    (OBDLink SX works with Torque Pro)
    (OBDLink LX and MX work with dozens of third party apps including Torque Pro and Hybrid Assistant)
    OBDLink SX USB, USB 2.0, Android 3.1-up with USB Host Mode + Win Vista SP2 - 10
    (Android requires OTG cable or adapter with female type-A and male micro-B connectors)
    $30 (ScanTool.net), $35 (eBay 181845322454), $32 (Amazon)
    OBDLink LX Bluetooth, Bluetooth 3.0 Class 1, Android 2.3.3-up + Win XP SP2 - 10
    $50 (ScanTool.net), $55 (eBay 173350975247), $59 (Amazon)
    OBDLink MX Bluetooth, Bluetooth 3.0 Class 2, Android 2.3.3-up + Win XP SP2 - 10
    (adds Ford MS-CAN and GM SW-CAN protocols)
    $80 (ScanTool.net), $90 (eBay 171202542101)
    OBDLink MX Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi .11bg (Enc. AES128), Android 2.3.3-up + Win XP SP2 - 10 + iOS 7-up
    (adds Ford MS-CAN and GM SW-CAN protocols)
    $130 (ScanTool.net), $150 (eBay 181657924778)
    OBDwiz Automotive Diagnostic Software, Win Vista SP2 - 10
    $0 (included with every ScanTool.net PC-based scan tool)
    (http://www.obdlink.com/sxusb)
    (http://www.obdlink.com/lxbt)
    (http://www.obdlink.com/mxbt)
    (http://www.obdlink.com/mxwf)
    (OBDLink® - OBD-II Diagnostic Scan Tools for Android, iOS, & Windows | OBDLink® | OBD Solutions)
    (https://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/pc-based)
    (https://www.scantool.net/obdwiz)

    2. ELM-327.EU ELM327 USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi (Romania)
    ELM-327.EU uses the genuine ELM327 v2.2 IC and is 100% ELM327 software compatible
    Uses a PIC18F series 8-bit microcontroller from Microchip Technology; possibly a PIC18F2580, 2585, or 2680
    ELM327 USB Interface, USB, Android with USB Host Mode + Win XP SP2 - 10
    (Android requires OTG cable or adapter with female type-A and male micro-B connectors)
    $62 (ELM-327.EU list, Romania)
    ELM327 Bluetooth Interface, Bluetooth, Android + Win
    $57 (ELM-327.EU list, Romania)
    ELMINO WiFi, Wi-Fi, Android + Win + iOS
    $64 (ELM-327.EU list, Romania)
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    (elm327, elm 327, obd2 bluetooth, elm327 bluetooth, original elm327, original elm electronics, original elm 327)
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    (ELM-327.EU)

    3. OBD2World OBD Scan Bluetooth (Italy)
    OBD Scan uses genuine ELM ICs and is 100% ELM compatible
    Uses a PIC18F series 8-bit microcontroller from Microchip Technology
    (OBD Scan works with Torque Pro and all ELM compatible software)
    OBD2 ELM327 Bluetooth Auto Diagnostic, multi-protocol $62 (obd2world, Italy)
    OBD2 ELM329 Bluetooth Auto Diagnostic, CAN bus protocols only but with added functions $62 (obd2world, Italy)
    (Diagnosi elettronica auto OBD2 Elm327 Bluetooth – Sistemi elettronici intelligenti per auto, casa, ufficio)
    (Diagnosi elettronica auto OBD2 Elm329 Bluetooth – Sistemi elettronici intelligenti per auto, casa, ufficio)
    (Android App tuning – Sistemi elettronici intelligenti per auto, casa, ufficio)

    4. KBM Systems OBDKey USB, Bluetooth, and WLAN (UK)
    OBDKey supports the ELM327 AT command set, ELM327 v1.4 software compatible
    (OBDKey USB works with Multiecuscan)
    (OBDKey Bluetooth works with Torque Pro, and Multiecuscan except for special functions)
    OBDKey USB, USB 2.0 Full Speed, Win XP SP2 - 10
    $130 (KBM Systems list, UK)
    OBDKey Bluetooth, Bluetooth Class 2, Android + Win 7 - 10
    $143 (KBM Systems list, UK)
    OBDKey WLAN, Wi-Fi .11bg (Enc. WPA-PSK), Win XP SP2 - 10 + iOS
    $282 (KBM Systems list, UK)
    OBDKey PC, Win XP SP2 - 8 $0
    OBDKey Fault Code Reader, Android 2.0-up $0
    OBDKey Mobile, Android 2.1-up $0
    OBD ECU Access Tester, Android 2.1-up $0
    (OBDKey :: OBD USB)
    (OBDKey :: OBD Bluetooth)
    (OBDKey :: OBD WiFi :: OBD WLAN :: OBD Wireless Lan)
    (OBDKey. Automotive Diagnostics)
    (https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=KBM+Systems+Ltd.)

    5. PLX Kiwi 3, Bluetooth 4.1, Android + Win + iOS + Linux (CA, USA)
    (Works with Torque Pro, OBD Fusion, OBD Auto Doctor, and OBD Car Doctor. Does not work with Hybrid Assistant).
    $100 (PLX sale), $100 (eBay 182944039464), $100 (Amazon, PLX)
    (Kiwi 3 OBD2 OBDII Wireless Bluetooth Diagnostic Scanner | Apple and Android)
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    6. K Solution LELink^2 OBD-II, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.3-up + iOS 5-up
    $35 (K Solution list), $35 (Amazon, ksolution)
    LELink2 Config, config AUTO ON/OFF mode $0
    (Gear From K Store)
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    (LELink2 Config - Apps on Google Play)

    7. OBD Car Doctor OBD2 Adapter, Bluetooth 4.0, Android + iOS (Ukraine)
    $35 (PNN Soft list, Ukraine), $35 (Amazon, Malashyna)
    (OBD Car Doctor OBD2 Adapter)
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    8. Foseal ELM327 Clone OBDII Scan Tool Wi-Fi for Android + iOS [Improved Version]
    $19 (Amazon, Foseal), $25 (eBay 323248012191)
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    9. BAFX Products ELM327 Clone OBDII Diagnostic Interface Bluetooth, Android + Win
    $22 (Amazon, BAFX), $22 (eBay 251488093341)
    BAFX Products ELM327 Clone OBDII Diagnostic Interface Wi-Fi, Android + Win + iOS
    $26 (Amazon, BAFX), $26 (eBay 263572842255)
    (BAFX devices will NOT read AirBag, ABS, TPMS or Oil Change lights. It will only read codes for the Check Engine Light.)
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    10. Konnwei KW902, ELM327 Clone, Bluetooth, Android + Win PC
    $17 / Offer (eBay 391680773961), $19 (Amazon, BARHAR)
    (Konnwei KW902 Super MINI Bluetooth OBD/OBD2 For Android PC Tablet Smartphone 5 Colors for Choice-Shenzhen Jia Wei Heng Xin Technology Co., Ltd)
    (Bluetooth OBD2 OBDII Auto Car Diagnostic Scanner Tool Code Reader For Android PC | eBay)
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    If you have trouble with this model:
    Measure the resistance between pins 6 and 14 (Wide edge of "D" at top, 3rd pins from left, top and bottom rows). If it is not 120 ohms, return for a replacement until you get one with the correct resistor in it. Some were made with 20 ohms and overload the CAN bus signal.
    The problem can also be fixed by removing the 20 ohm resistor.
    (Both end nodes on the CAN bus have a 120 ohm resistor across the +/- CAN signals right next to the CAN transceiver pins to terminate the bus).
    (Warning: Defective Konnwei KW-902 on the market - My Nissan Leaf Forum)

    11. ELM327 Clone v1.5a USB Interface OBD2 Car Diagnostic Scanner Cable for Windows PC
    USB, Android with USB Host Mode + Win XP - 10, 32b and 64b
    (Android requires OTG cable or adapter with female type-A and male micro-B connectors)
    ELM327 Diagnostic OBD2 Cable interface $25 (eBay 122789841548)
    (ELM327 USB Interface OBD2 Car Diagnostic Scanner Cable for Windows PC Computer | eBay)

    12. ELM327 Clone v1.5 Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner Adapter OBDII Diagnostic Tool TORQUE Android
    Bluetooth, Android + Win XP - 7
    ELM327 OBD2 Bluetooth Diagnostic Interface $13 / Offer (eBay 391732195648)
    (ELM327 v1.5 Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner Adapter OBDII Diagnostic Tool TORQUE Android 7625649163744 | eBay)

    13. 2018 New Launch X431 iCarScan Bluetooth Diagnostic Tool for Android + iOS with 10 Free Software
    non-ELM, Bluetooth, Android + iOS
    Launch iCarScan OBD2 Code Reader Scanner with 10 Free Software
    $185 (OBD2tool.com, China), $235 / Offer (eBay 121852040382), $248 (Amazon, jctools)
    Additional software $30 - $50 each
    Full systems and complete function diagnosis for the most extensive coverage of OE-level diagnostics
    Widest carline software coverage: Support proprietary protocols of over 70 car manufacturers and 2,500 car models
    Support multiple special function software and actuation tests including Oil / Service reset, ABS bleeding, IMMO + Key programming, throttle body adaptation, brake pads, steering angle reset, battery matching, DPF regeneration, and injector coding
    Communicate with automotive OBDII socket via BlueTooth with an Android/iOS smartphone/ tablet to achieve full system and function diagnosis; including reading / clearing trouble codes, data stream, actuation test, TPS adaptation, ECU coding & programming, oil reset, TPMS, tire pressure warning light reset, gear learning, other special function, etc.
    (LAUNCH X431 iCarScan OBD2 Code Reader Scanner Replace Idiag Easydiag M-diag 708478236272 | eBay)
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    14. Lemur BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool
    non-ELM, Bluetooth 2.0, Android 4.0-up + iOS 7.0-up
    $100 (Lemur list), $100 (Amazon, Lemur)
    BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool App, Android 4.0.3-up + iOS 8.0-up $0
    (BlueDriver)
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    (BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool - Apps on Google Play)

    15. FIXD OBD-II Active Car Health Monitor - 2nd Generation
    non-ELM, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1-up + iOS 10.3-up
    $50 (eBay 282798494514), $60 / Offer (eBay 263434628846), $60 (Amazon, FIXD)
    (Does NOT detect Airbag, Maintenance, Tire Pressure - TPMS, or ABS lights. It only diagnoses auto codes stemming from the check engine lights and not all the dashboard lights on the vehicle.)
    FIXD - Vehicle Health Monitor app, Android 4.1-up + iOS 10.3-up $0 (Offers in-app purchases)
    (FIXD Automotive – Understand Your Car)
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    (FIXD - Vehicle Health Monitor - Apps on Google Play)

    16. Autel MaxiAP AP100
    non-ELM, Bluetooth 3.0 + 4.0, Android 4.0.3-up + iOS 8.0-up
    AP100 $60 (eBay 173117264453), $80 (Amazon)
    MaxiAP app, Android 4.0.3-up + iOS 8.0-up $0 (Contains Ads)
    (Autel)
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    (MaxiAP - Apps on Google Play)

    17. Innova Drive OBD2 Bluetooth Code Reader
    non-ELM, Bluetooth, Android 4.4-up + iOS 9.0-up
    Requires internet connection to view fixes and scheduled maintenance
    Drive Part # 3211a $115 (Innova list)
    RepairSolutions Pro app, Android 4.4-up + iOS 9.0-up $0 (Offers in-app purchases)
    (https://innova.com/en-US/Product/Detail/3211a)
    (RepairSolutions Pro - Apps on Google Play)

    18. Actron U-Scan / Bosch Mobile Scan Smartphone Wireless Vehicle Diagnostics
    non-ELM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Android 2.2-up + iOS 7.1-up
    U-Scan CP9600 $103 (Actron list)
    Mobile Scan OBD 1050 $100 (O'Reilly)
    U-Scan / Mobile Scan app, Android 2.2-up + iOS 7.1-up $0 (Offers in-app purchases)
    CodeConnect database of over 26 million verified fixes for trouble codes $0 1st Vehicle, $40 Full database for all vehicles
    ABS DTCs and Definitions $6 1 Vehicle, $30 All vehicles
    Airbag/SRS DTCs and Definitions $8 1 Vehicle, $40 All vehicles
    (U-Scan Smartphone Wireless Vehicle Diagnostic Scan Tool)
    (https://www.actron.com/sites/default/files/15-147_cp9600_specsheet.pdf)
    (Bosch OBD 1050 | Mobile Scan Diagnostics Tool)
    (https://www.boschdiagnostics.com/diy/sites/diy/files/15-35_obd_1050_flyer.pdf)
    (U-Scan - Apps on Google Play)
    (Bosch Mobile Scan - Apps on Google Play)

    19. ELM Electronics (Ontario, Canada)
    OBD interpreter ICs, used in most OBD-II readers.
    Uses a PIC18F series 8-bit microcontroller from Microchip Technology. Originally a PIC18F2480, the ELM327 v1.4 used a PIC18F2580. Newer versions may use PIC18F2585 or 2680.
    ELM327 is multi-protocol. Command set for v2.2 has 103 "AT" commands.
    ELM329 is only CAN bus protocols but with added functions.
    Current ELM327 official versions are v1.3a and v2.2 (v1.4b is discontinued).
    Prices of ELM 327 IC @ 1K-up pcs: v1.3a $9, v2.2 $12
    Current ELM329 official version is v2.2.
    Prices of ELM 329 IC @ 1K-up pcs: v2.2 $12
    (An OBD-II reader with a genuine ELM IC will be significantly higher than the IC price)
    Table and description of Elm Electronics ICs and versions.
    Sample of OBD software for use with Elm OBD ICs.
    (https://www.elmelectronics.com/products/ics/obd)
    (https://www.elmelectronics.com/help/obd/software)

    20. OBD Solutions (AZ, USA)
    OBD interpreter ICs, used in OBDLink and other devices.
    Uses a PIC24H series 16-bit microcontroller from Microchip Technology. The STN1110 uses a PIC24HJ128GP502.
    Fully backwards compatible with the ELM327 "AT" command set, adds an extended "ST" command set for advanced functionality, and allows secure firmware upgrades
    STN1110 - ODB-II, @ 1K/10K pcs $7.65/6.80 (Not recommended for new designs)
    STN1170 - OBD-II, Ford MS-CAN, GM SW-CAN (Obsolete, replaced by STN2120)
    STN2120 - OBD-II, Ford MS-CAN, GM SW-CAN @ 1K/10K pcs $8.68/7.78 (Recommended for all new designs)
    (http://www.obdsol.com/solutions/chips)
    (http://www.obdsol.com)
    (https://www.scantool.net/scantool/downloads/102/stn1110_vs_elm327.pdf)

    21. ELM327 Identifier App, Android 4.0-up $0 (Daaren Fonloil)
    Use this app to identify the real ELM327 version you have, because a lot of China clone adapters often declare a wrong ELM327 compatibility.
    ELM327 Identifier sends almost all AT commands available and shows what are supported in accordance with the ELM327 official datasheet (up to firmware v2.2), so you can quickly check if the adapter declaration is correct or if it's a fake adapter.
    Some AT command requires a car connection with specific protocol to work; to obtain comparable results, these commands aren't checked by the app. The number of AT commands checked are 103.
    IMPORTANT: a fake adapter doesn't mean that it will not work with your applications.
    (ELM327 Identifier - Apps on Google Play)


    III. Software for SAE J2534 and OBD-II Devices

    1. Toyota TIS subscription levels:
    A Standard TIS subscription provides access to the technical information library for all Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles marketed in North America. A Standard subscription allows vehicle model and year specific publication searches for the information needed to maintain, diagnose, and repair all Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles. As a general rule, model coverage begins with the 1990 model year with some information, like Technical Service Bulletins, available back to 1987.
    Standard $15 2 Day, $75 1 Month, $400 1 year
    Note: Techstream software registration is limited to one PC per each professional level subscription. You must purchase additional professional level subscriptions to use Techstream software on additional PCs.
    A Professional Diagnostic TIS subscription provides the same access to the technical information library provided with the Standard subscription. A Professional Diagnostic subscription also allows use of Techstream scantool software, all available ECU calibration files, and Identifix Direct-Hit. Package a Professional Diagnostic subscription with a TIS Techstream or Techstream Lite to fully enable scantool diagnostics and vehicle reprogramming capability (USA/Mexico VIN information only).
    Professional Diagnostic $55 2 Day, $NA 1 Month, $1095 1 year
    A Security Professional TIS subscription provides the same access provided with the Professional Diagnostic subscription along with access to vehicle security information, including key codes and immobilizer/smart reset capability. Before you can purchase this subscription level, you must be a current member of the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional Registry.
    Security Professional $55 2 Day, $NA 1 Month, $1095 1 year
    (https://techinfo.toyota.com/techInfoPortal/appmanager/t3/ti?_pageLabel=ti_whats_tis&_nfpb=true)
    (https://techinfo.toyota.com)

    2. OBDwiz Automotive Diagnostic Software, Win Vista SP2 - 10 $0 (included with every ScanTool.net PC-based scan tool)
    (OBDwiz contains the same features as TouchScan but will only work with OBDLink scan tools)
    TouchScan OBD, Win Vista SP2 - 10 $25 (ScanTool.net)
    ScanMaster OBD, Win XP SP2 - 10 $70 (ScanTool.net)
    (ScanMaster only works with OBDLink scan tools. It does NOT work with ELM327 and other clones)
    (https://www.scantool.net/software)

    3. Torque Pro, Android 2.0-up $5 (Ian Hawkins, UK)
    View live OBD engine data on your Android phone - Connect to your vehicle ECU
    Fully customisable dashboard screens - Design your own layouts and custom dials, use your own themes
    Retrieve Fault Codes (DTCs) and clear Check Engine lights - View fault descriptions using the built-in databases
    Upload live OBD2 data to your webserver or the torque web viewer in realtime
    Check the performance of your vehicle with BHP / Torque / 0-60 + Quarter Mile widgets
    See what your car is doing in realtime, get OBD fault codes, car performance, sensor data and more!
    Torque is a vehicle / car performance / diagnostics tool and scanner that uses an OBD II Bluetooth adapter to connect to your OBD2 engine management / ECU
    It can also show and reset a DTC / CEL / fault code like a scantool. Helps you fix your car and helps keep repair costs down!
    Some of the best reliable OBD2 adapters are the OBD Solutions OBDLink series, ELM-327.EU ELM327 Bluetooth, OBDKey, PLX Kiwi 3, and genuine ELM327 adapters
    Has a custom Parameter ID (PID) editor resulting in a highly configurable OBD2 tool
    (Torque — OBD2 Performance and Diagnostics for your Vehicle)
    (Torque Pro (OBD 2 & Car) - Apps on Google Play)

    4. Hybrid Assistant, Android 4.0-up $0
    Hybrid Reporter, Android 4.0-up $0
    Hybrid Assistant is a free Android App that helps you get the most out of your Toyota / Lexus Hybrid car.
    Hybrid Assistant gives you access to all the relevant HSD information with ease, without all the complex setup of other ODB applications.
    Hybrid Assistant may help you achieve better results in your driving: by looking at the internal parameters of the HSD engine, you can optimize your fuel efficiency.
    Hybrid Reporter works only if you have installed Hybrid Assistant.
    It reads data from Hybrid Assistant and produces detailed trips reports.
    The Hybrid Assistant Team strongly suggests using the OBDLink LX or MX adapter if you want full functionality. Hybrid Assistant does not work with the PLX Kiwi 3.
    (Hybrid Assistant)
    (Hybrid Assistant - Apps on Google Play)
    (Hybrid Reporter - Apps on Google Play)

    5. OBD Fusion, Android 4.0.3-up + iOS 7-up $4 Android, $10 iOS (OCTech)
    Can create custom enhanced PIDs
    You can easily change adapter configurations, create your own PIDs, and edit your vehicle information
    Toyota Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on $10 Android, $10 iOS (OCTech)
    TouchScan, Win Vista SP2 - 10 $30 (OCTech list)
    (OBDwiz contains the same features as TouchScan but will only work with OBDLink scan tools)
    Professional Add-On, for TouchScan and OBDwiz $40 / $25 (OCTech list/combo)
    Toyota Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on, for TouchScan and OBDwiz $80 / $65 (OCTech list/combo)
    (OBD Fusion® - OBD2 Diagnostics for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch | OBDSoftware.net)
    (OBD Fusion (Car Diagnostics) - Apps on Google Play)
    (TouchScan OBD Software for Windows | OBDSoftware.net)
    (OBD Professional Diagnostics - Professional Add-on | OBDSoftware.net)
    (Toyota Enhanced Diagnostics for Windows | OBDSoftware.net)

    6. OBD Auto Doctor Standard, Win 7 - 10 + OS X 10.10-up + Linux $60 (Creosys list, Finland)
    OBD Auto Doctor for Android, Android 4.3-up $0, $20 for Pro version
    OBD Auto Doctor for iPhone, iOS 9.0-up $0, $23 for Pro version
    (OBD2 software for car diagnostic | OBD Auto Doctor)
    (OBD-II diagnostic software for Windows, Mac and Linux | OBD Auto Doctor)
    (OBD App for Android | OBD Auto Doctor)
    (OBD Auto Doctor - Apps on Google Play)

    7. OBD Car Doctor Pro, Android + iOS $3 Android, $4 iOS (PNN Soft, Ukraine)
    (OBD2 Car Diagnostic Software - OBD Car Doctor)
    (OBD Car Doctor Pro | ELM327 OBD2 - Apps on Google Play)

    8. Car Scanner Pro, iOS 8.0-up $6 (Stanislav Svistunov)
    Car Scanner Pro, Win 8.1 - 10 $3
    Custom (extended) sensors (PIDs) support for manufacturer specific data - unlimited active custom PIDs
    (For OBD-II reader with Bluetooth 4.0 or Wi-Fi such as PLX Kiwi 3, K Solution LELink^2, OBDLink MX Wi-Fi, or ELM-327.EU ELMINO WiFi)
    (http://carscanner.info)
    (http://carscanner.info/features)

    9. Multiecuscan (FESSoft, Bulgaria)
    vehicle diagnostic software with advanced functions. It allows you to perform various diagnostics tasks on the supported vehicles and modules.
    The following interfaces are currently supported: ELM327 (1.3a or newer), OBDKey USB v1.40, OBDLink SX, KL (also known as VagCom 409), ELM Scan 5, and CANtieCAR.
    Bluetooth versions of OBDKey, OBDLink, and ELM 327 interfaces are fully supported but not recommended for special functions (like PROXI Alignment, remote control programming, IMA coding, etc.)!
    Multiecuscan Free, Win XP SP2 - 10 $0 (FESSoft, Yanislav Karagyozov, Bulgaria)
    Multiecuscan Registered, Win XP SP2 - 10 $59 (FESSoft) (License for one PC only)
    (
    Multiecuscan - Diagnostics software for Italian cars
    )


    Toyota part numbers and list prices from
    Toyota Parts Online | Genuine Toyota Parts & Accessories
    (Search by VIN, it will show the car with the year and if it is a Touring model).
    Toyota manuals and Technical Information System (TIS) at https://techinfo.toyota.com
    Toyota printed owners manuals at http://www.helminc.com (800-782-4356)

    Toyota Owners site for vehicle specs, open recalls, and service history at https://www.toyota.com/owners (Log in. Useful features - main page, select View Specs for Vehicle Details, Port or Factory Installed Equpment, Standard Installation Equipment, downloadable PDF; main page, expand Service History, select View All Service History at the bottom, select View Details for each entry, download all and details PDFs)

    Toyota open safety recalls and service campaigns at Lookup Safety Recalls & Service Campaigns
    List of all safety recalls https://www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Prius, select year bar, then recalls button; http://www.toyotaproblems.com/recalls/Prius, select year bar; https://www.cars.com/recalls
     
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    For those who don't have the time to read through post # 2, here is a summary with recommendations as of this time.

    Here's a little information for when you buy a device to read Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs).

    There are two types of diagnostic devices to consider, an SAE J2534 interface and an OBD-II reader (OBD is On-Board Diagnostics).
    To use Toyota Techstream software, you need a device called an SAE J2534 interface or pass-through. Techstream gives you complete scanning and programming functionality, so it can read all codes and subcodes. Techstream software is Windows only, thus the need for a Windows notebook PC.
    For general code reading, you need a device called an OBD-II reader. OBD-II readers will read standard OBD-II codes but are more limited in the manufacturer specific codes they can read, and do not do programming.
    They both use the OBD-II connector in your car, but have completely different command sets.

    See post # 2 for details and links.

    SAE J2534 interface devices are in section I.
    Toyota provides the MongoosePro Toyota 2 MFC2 from Drew Technologies, number 2, in their Techstream LITE Kit, number 1, but they are expensive ($500 alone or $1345 for the kit of device + 1 Yr. subscription of software).

    For a low cost SAE J2534 device, look at a Mini VCI, number 5 ($35) or 6 ($50).
    For a little higher cost, look at the VXDIAG VCX NANO series, numbers 3 and 4 ($80 - $240).
    (These come with the appropriate software).

    For OBD-II readers, Bluetooth readers will generally work with Android, although there are a few Bluetooth devices listed as working with iOS. Wi-Fi readers are often easier to get working with an iOS device. Software for iOS is more limited.

    Avoid the cheap ELM327 clones.
    Devices listed as non-ELM, will not run the common ELM apps such as Torque Pro and Hybrid Assistant.

    OBD-II readers are in section II.
    OBDLink LX and MX Bluetooth devices are highly recommended, number 1 ($50 and $80). They work with the Torque Pro and Hybrid Assistant Android apps ($5 and $0).
    ELM-327.EU ELM327 Bluetooth uses the genuine ELM327 v2.2 IC and is also highly recommended, number 2 ($57).

    For iOS, look at -
    OBDLink MX Wi-Fi, number 1 ($130)
    ELM-327.EU ELMINO WiFi, number 2 ($64)
    PLX Kiwi 3, Bluetooth 4.1, number 5 ($100)
    K Solution LELink^2, Bluetooth 4.0, number 6 ($35)

    Software is in section III.
    Toyota Technical Information System (TIS) subscriptions have Professional Diagnostic and Security Professional levels, number 1 ($55 2 Day, $1095 1 Year).
    Both levels allow use of Techstream scantool software, all available ECU calibration files, and Identifix Direct-Hit, plus access to the technical information library.
    Security Professional adds access to vehicle security information, including key codes and immobilizer/smart reset capability. (Before you can purchase this subscription level, you must be a current member of the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional Registry).

    Torque Pro, number 3 ($5) and Hybrid Assistant, number 4 ($0), both for Android, are very popular.
    Torque Pro has a custom Parameter ID (PID) editor.

    For iOS, look at -
    OBD Fusion, number 5 ($10), can create custom enhanced PIDs, Toyota Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on ($10)
    OBD Auto Doctor Pro for iPhone, number 6 ($23)
    OBD Car Doctor Pro, number 7 ($4)
    Car Scanner Pro, number 8 ($6), has custom (extended) sensors (PIDs) support for manufacturer specific data - unlimited active custom PIDs
     
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    Drew Technologies also offers a CarDAQ-Plus 2 and CarDAQ-M which provide multi vehicle manufacturer capabilities. (Regretting I didn’t splurge on the CarDAQ-M a while back instead of the Mongoose Pro). I do believe the current Pro is version 2...
     
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    They look nice, but they are far above the price range I was targeting. There are a lot of options and companies if you can go to that level.
    The MongoosePro Toyota 2 MFC2 in my list is the current version 2.
     
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    Thanks for compiling this comprehensive list, very useful.

    I want to be able to program ECUs on various manufacturer cars (chiefly Toyota, Honda, & Subaru Outback), initially just to program new TPMS sensors but later to "do it all."

    Among the SAE J2534 devices listed above, which are capable of use with more than one software package (e.g., Techstream, Honda Pass Thru, STIS Pass Thru Programming Tool)?

    As far as I can tell, it's only the Tactrix Openport 2.0 and Allscanner's VCX Plus (new device that isn't yet listed here)?

    Has anyone used the Openport 2.0 on several manufacturer's cars (not just Toyota)? @ChapmanF ?

    Has anyone tried out the new VCX Plus?

    P.S. I'm not interested in the MiniVCI option, even if it could be finagled to work on multiple manufacturer platforms, and don't have the budget for high-end solutions like those from Drew Technologies.
     
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    I just wanted to thank you for the time it took to put this together, I was so lost. Being on Apple made it more difficult than I imagined but through this, I found the right pieces for the right prices. Thanks!

    Brandon
     
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    Thank you Petrodollar! Our Gen 2 Prius HV battery is finally giving us problems (after 14 years and 200K miles), and your detailed report helped me quickly sort through the OBD II options. I ordered a OBDLink MX from Amazon today, and I want to say: "Thank You" for helping me to make that decision. I should have made this purchase years ago!
     
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    Regarding the Mini VCI interface, any insight into which version of TechStream is better (more reliable with best functionality) for the 2013 or gen3 Prius?

    Any insight into which firmware version is more reliable with best functionality?

    Also, looks like there is a PriiDash application that seems interesting. Wondering how performs with the Gen3's?
     
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    Seeing as your question so Gen 3 centric, maybe start (or add to) a thread in one of the Gen 3 forums.
     
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