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So Which OBDII Scan Tool Is Best?

Hi all,

I've just re-read this (older) thread, and I'm just wondering what the consensus is for the best scan tool on the market, for our 3rd Gen Tundras?

The choices are many--here are some: https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=kiwi+obd2+reader&i=automotive&ref=nb_sb_noss

I don't mind spending more for the Kiwi if it's actually worth it--and to me "worth it" is defined in terms of the most functionality while still being easy (and ideally, the easiest) to use.

We have a 2014 DCLB, and I want to use it with an older i-Pad (which has Bluetooth--want to stick with Bluetooth and avoid Wi-Fi) but if the iPad is too old, I'll be getting an iPhone soon, anyway.

And which APP? (I like the one where you can set up the various screens you want to monitor, rather than having to "hunt" for options when I'm supposed to be driving. (I don't text and drive, though I used to drink and drive.) /s

Thanks again.

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Re: So Which OBDII Scan Tool Is Best?

Still using Kiwi 3 and OBD Fusion app on iPad Mini 4 (with Bluetooth 4.2) on a regular basis. Very user friendly.
 

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Still using Kiwi 3 and OBD Fusion app on iPad Mini 4 (with Bluetooth 4.2) on a regular basis. Very user friendly.
Thanks, MtnClimber,

Is that Kiwi 3 and OBD Fusion app combo one which will allow you to set up the screen with the various parameters YOU want to watch...or does it force you to scroll through a bunch of screens if you want to keep an eye on, say, trans converter temp, trans pan temp, AFR, Ethanol Percentage in Fuel, Engine Temp, Oil Temp, which gear you're in, etc...?

And since no one else has chimed in with updates on cheaper solutions, I guess I'm spendin' "Kiwi money". YOLO, right?

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Any Ideas for Holding iPad on Seat Console?

I can't remember which "inmate" had a pic of the very cool (cup holder-mounted?) iPad mount they used, while running an OBD II scan app on an iPad.

We have a 3rd Gen iPad (Wi-Fi and Cellular) with the 9.7" screen. Just hoping someone has some actual experience with a mount for one of these. We have the split bench/column shift in our DCLB, so with the middle of the front seat down, we have the two, gigantic cup holders, etc....

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Thanks, MtnClimber,

Is that Kiwi 3 and OBD Fusion app combo one which will allow you to set up the screen with the various parameters YOU want to watch...or does it force you to scroll through a bunch of screens if you want to keep an eye on, say, trans converter temp, trans pan temp, AFR, Ethanol Percentage in Fuel, Engine Temp, Oil Temp, which gear you're in, etc...?

And since no one else has chimed in with updates on cheaper solutions, I guess I'm spendin' "Kiwi money". YOLO, right?

Thanks again.
Yes, your screens can be totally customized for your own needs. You can put everything you want to see on one screen. Doesn't seem to be any limit on how much stuff you can display on one screen. I tried to get tire pressures to display but for some reason that is the only thing I never got working. For driving you need to set the iPad "Display and Brightness" setting for "Auto-Lock" to "Never" so that the screen display doesn't timeout after some period of time. Once it is turned on, you never need to touch the screen again as you drive. No scrolling from screen to screen. Takes some work to set it up in the first place but then you have a nice tool that you can use indefinitely. Attached is a screen shot of my primary screen and the iPad mounted in the truck.

The only caution I would make is to first do some research to find out what version of Bluetooth is supported by your iPad and make sure that it is supported by Kiwi. I am using an iPad Mini 4, which is a fairly new iPad model. I don't know, but it is possible that some older iPads may not be compatible.

The cupholder mount I use is from RAM Mounts. It goes in the smaller (ash tray?) hole so the two giant cupholders are still available for beverages.
 

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