eastsideTim UltimaDork
8/6/22 9:53 a.m.

I finally picked up a bluetooth OBD2 adapter.  Seems like Torque is the gold standard for Android, but it is not available on iOS (which has been noted by scammers who have created multiple apps with torque in the name).  It looks like OBD Fusion is the one to get, but wanted to see what anyone else's experience with that or other apps are.  Beyond the usual checking for diagnostic codes, I'd like to be able to see a few basic values in real time, mainly coolant temp, but I could see wanting to do more, maybe converting an old ipad or ipod into a gauge cluster.  This is mainly for use with a LS-based engine swap, but I'd probably use it on other cars in the fleet, too.

wae PowerDork
8/6/22 10:17 a.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

I just found Garage Pro for Android yesterday.  They appear to have an iPhone version.  I liked it enough to pay $30 for it since it's capable of reading and resting things like airbag and abs codes whereas Torque cannot.

As far as I can tell, you can either get an app that's good at reading codes or one that's good at making dashboards.  But not both.  What about mounting an older Fire tablet running Torque or something?

No Time
No Time SuperDork
8/6/22 10:22 a.m.

I've used dash command with my OBDII dongle and iPhone with decent results, but I haven't used it in the past year or more. 

Edit: I also have the foxwell NT630 which I tend to use more than the dongle. The dedicated scanner is more convenient. since the dongle I have requires me to use WiFi to connect to it with the iPhone, where android could use BT.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/6/22 10:35 a.m.

I use dash commander. 

parker HalfDork
8/6/22 10:37 a.m.

Another dash command user


Duke MegaDork
8/6/22 12:04 p.m.

This thread is relevant to my interests.

Regarding the dongle, which one did you get?  John Welsh gave me a hood but somewhat scary link to an older comparison.  I'm having a hard time deciding.


eastsideTim UltimaDork
8/6/22 12:52 p.m.

In reply to Duke :

I ordered this one:  Veepeak

Looks like it does not list Dash Commander as a supported app, will have to look a bit more in depth.  Does say that GaragePro is supported.

I use OBD Fusion, haven't had any complaints about it.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/6/22 8:08 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I use dash commander. 



BAMF HalfDork
8/7/22 9:24 a.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

I've had the Veepeak one for a few years now, and I have used Car Scanner ELM OBD2 with it.

Caprigrip Reader
8/7/22 10:06 a.m.

I recently did this to monitor coolant temps on my RX8.  I bought the ELM327 from Amazon and downloaded the free version of 'Car Scanner.'   It has been working good for my needs.   

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