bigbluebear
Posts: 10
Joined: Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:42 pm
Delivery Date: 08 May 2016

What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:23 am

Hello,

I want to purchase one so that I can start using Leafspy. What do people recommend nowadays? I was thinking of purchasing this one because it is iOS compatible. Or I can do what others have done and purchase a cheap android phone to keep in the car for tracking purposes. Thanks!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJRYMFC

RePo
Posts: 110
Joined: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:55 am
Delivery Date: 28 Mar 2013
Leaf Number: 404201
Location: Houston, TX

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:36 pm

I've ordered two ELM327 v1.5 Bluetooth dongles and both arrived as a v2.1 and were unusable. So, I'm interested in a verified link to order here, too.
Found my super black 2013 Leaf.

cwerdna
Posts: 8282
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:31 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2013
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:28 pm

I don't have a specific recommendation but I'm definitely using one in the 1st Amazon link I refer to at viewtopic.php?p=431796#p431796.

There's also a list at http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/?tit ... th_Scanner.

Maybe skim thru the last 20 pages or so to see of viewtopic.php?f=44&t=14285 to if someone else mentioned what dongles worked/didn't work for them.

Unfortunately, with any of these, the hardware could be revised/changed without warning and different revisions could be floating around in the market. You might be best off ordering a couple that people said works for them.
Last edited by cwerdna on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.

'13 Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

Please don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

Evoforce
Posts: 831
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:58 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Feb 2015
Location: Fountain Hills Arizona

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:21 am

One of the venders named Sannysis on Amazon has the ones that work. They are the mini (nice and short) with an on and off button. They have also held up very well under hot Arizona interior heat.
*2011 Leaf 1 bought 2/28/15 @ 28,000ish mi 10 bar (8 bars @ 11/25/15 @ 37,453 ) (New lizard @ 39,275 mi @ 1/20/2016) Now 52,166 mi.
*Tesla Model S 61,000 mi
*2011 Leaf 2 bought 4/28/15 @ 24,000ish mi 12 bar (new lizard Dec. 2014 @ 22,273 mi) Now 35,485 mi

sub3marathonman
Posts: 309
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:57 am
Delivery Date: 31 Mar 2012
Location: Bartow, FL

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:14 am

This is the one I purchased, from Amazon called Cheerlink Konnwei KW902, however it was from the vendor Auto Car, but now it is from Cather Store which I have never dealt with,:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q5YRC4C/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I liked this specific model because it was recommended on the forum here, and also it has an on/off switch, which I used for awhile but now leave it on all the time, so far without problems. I stopped using the switch because I started worrying that it might not be high enough quality to do a huge number of on/off cycles, and at $19.99 I didn't want a little $0.02 switch causing a problem.

I also purchased from Amazon a "Y cable connector" male to dual female Konnwei cable from the vendor YeeOBD for $8.90, but unfortunately it looks like it isn't in stock now:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012BZN96S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I would say, at a minimum, you must get a cable extender so that you can plug in to the LEAF OBD2 port, and never touch again, and then plug your OBD2 piece into the cable. Without a "Y cable" though, you will have to remove the OBD2 piece each time you take the car to the dealer, with my "Y cable" I've just left everything and they've plugged into the other connector. They have never commented about the setup either, which I followed from somebody else, possibly in the previous thread mentioned, where they got a long enough cable to reach the center console.

I have been happy with the quality of the Konnwei products, but the Nissan LEAF OBD2 connector is incredibly fragile in my opinion, so you must be extremely careful doing the initial plugin.

evtifosi
Posts: 27
Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:15 pm
Delivery Date: 30 Sep 2015

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:27 am

The CHEERLINK® KONNWEI KW902 works for me (the same one linked above), I bought it after trying the Sannysis V1.5Mini ELM327 OBD2 and having it fail to work or respond.

Jedlacks
Posts: 168
Joined: Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:10 pm
Delivery Date: 10 Mar 2018
Leaf Number: 303628
Location: Kennesaw, GA

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:50 am

sub3marathonman wrote:I liked this specific model because it was recommended on the forum here, and also it has an on/off switch, which I used for awhile but now leave it on all the time, so far without problems. I stopped using the switch because I started worrying that it might not be high enough quality to do a huge number of on/off cycles, and at $19.99 I didn't want a little $0.02 switch causing a problem.

The on/off switch on mine failed, so I just pushed it with the extra cable behind the console, and use the app to engage it to Leaf Spy. When it's communicating, all the lights flicker, and when Leaf Spy is off there is only one steady light. It was a little too obvious sitting in the console anyway :)
2018 SV
Deep Blue Pearl

User avatar
TomT
Posts: 10611
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:09 pm
Delivery Date: 01 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 000360
Location: California, now Georgia
Contact: Website

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:55 am

I got tired of all the crappy OBDII adapters so when I bought the 2017 Volt, I got a ScanTool OBDLink LX Bluetooth adapter. Yes, it is more expensive, but what a difference! I use it with GreenVolt and Torque Master Pro, among others, and in both my cars, and it is flawless. And fast!
59,991 miles/12 bars/289 Gids/68.54 AHr/101% SOH/101.64% Hx 7May15 w/ new Lizard (barely made the warranty).
71,770 miles/12 bars/256 Gids/59.04 AHr/88% SOH/87.92% Hx 3Mar16 at lease return.

Now driving a 2016 Volt Premier.

sendler2112
Posts: 216
Joined: Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:05 pm
Delivery Date: 07 Jan 2016
Location: Syracuse, NY USA

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:20 am

TomT wrote:I got tired of all the crappy OBDII adapters so when I bought the 2017 Volt, I got a ScanTool OBDLink LX Bluetooth adapter. Yes, it is more expensive, but what a difference! I use it with GreenVolt and Torque Master Pro, among others, and in both my cars, and it is flawless. And fast!

Still happy with this dongle for use with Leafspy?

User avatar
KK6PD
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:09 pm
Delivery Date: 10 Apr 2015
Leaf Number: 333803

Re: What OBD2 Dongle do you recommend?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:41 pm

Well after trying 4 different WiFi units, I finally settled on this because I have a Iphone, Bluetooth, and it works really damn good!!
LELink Bluetooth Low Energy BLE OBD-II OBD2 Car Diagnostic Tool For iPhone/iPod/iPad

URL ... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJ ... UTF8&psc=1

As soon as it arrived, I was home, I unpacked it, ran out to the car, plugged it into my extension cable, pulled out the phone, and before I could set anything up, it was connected, and working great! That was 2 months ago, and this is the best unit I have found!
It just works, and keeps working really great!

Do yourselves a favor, if you want to run Leaf-Link Pro, get this unit.
It just works great!

Return to “Range / Efficiency / Carwings”