Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Car Year: 2010
Car Model: Forester Diesel
OBD-II: Which logger and software to choose?
Sorry for the ‘newbie’-ness, but my head’s spinning a bit with OBD-II. Point me in the right direction please if this has been discussed or has FAQs elsewhere.
I have a diesel forester and have been following the DPF woes (threads).
I’m looking for an OBD-II interface to log data, plot graphs and observe in ‘real time’ and was wondering which one was best for my needs. I wish to log data, for graphing and analysis. I would be happy to post data as well (e.g. on Subaru Diesel Crew). Also, I’d like to graph and/or display data in ‘real time’ whilst driving e.g. on a PDA/phone (not just on the Forester, I have a cold-running Mazda 3 and would like to watch the water temp).
I’m tossing up USB vs Bluetooth (BT), but would prefer both as I have a laptop and also a Symbian phone (N95), also probably to obtain an android phone in the near future.
I’ve looked online at some cheapies on Dealextreme , e.g. the $52.99 BT unit (SKU 16921) due to its size. There’s a number of others of varying types (all ELM clones, no doubt). This of course would be for talking to a PDA/phone in the car. I’ve seen it (or very similar) elsewhere advertised though a named company as well.
I’ve also browsed online genuine ELM units, the Tactrix 2.0, OBDPro, OBDKey, All-in-One, Scantool OBDLink, Laplogger and Proscan. I read the hardware comparison from GLM Software (OBD 2007). Plus software from the aforementioned hardware companies, OBD2007 and also OBDscope (Symbian) plus Torque (Android).
I note ScangaugeII is standalone and therefore I have discounted it.
* Which hardware units and software programs do people recommend? And why (briefly)?
* What’s the best ‘in car’ phone/PDA solution? I assume BT is the way to go here?
* What’s the best logging solution? Laptop? USB or BT?
* I believe the USB will probably be faster in communication, esp. With the faster units, but how slow are the BT units? Can I log effectively with BT? Can I get a USB/serial to BT converter (e.g. from RF Modules Australia) and use that for BT? Can you plug your own BT modules in and save a bit of cash?