OBD Auto Doctor supports all ELM327 based hardware interfaces. Some of the adapters are listed in this page but many are left out. The best adapters in the market are from PLX Devices (Kiwi adapters) and ScanTool.net (OBDLink adapters). Those adapters have the best performance and compatibility with vehicles, and they are manufactured with high standards.


We recommend that you get a high quality adapter and suggest that you forget the cheap chinese OBDII clone adapters. If you are on budget, look for an older model of one of the premium models. You might find good deal on a genuine adapter.


In any case we do not recommend the clone OBD2 adapters. Some of them might work but some will not. The advertising on some of these adapters is incorrect and they might not work on the advertised cars. Moreover, getting a similar looking device doesn't guarantee similar behaviour. The clone manufacturers put different electronics in the same looking housing. At least be prepared to return a faulty unit back to the seller. Remember to check for the refund policy before purchasing one.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Adapters

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) adapters are the newest type of OBD2 adapters in the market. We predict that these adapters will become the most popular type once the BLE is adapted by more phones and computers. Bluetooth Low Energy is also known as Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth 4.0.


Bluetooth Low Energy adapters work with all mobile platforms including Apple devices. However, each adapter model needs specific support from the software. It means that any generic BLE adapter will not work with OBD Auto Doctor automatically. We need to tailor the software and add special support for each adapter separately.


Please note that your device needs to have Bluetooth 4.0 in order to use these dongles. If you are looking for the traditional Bluetooth adapters, check the next section.

Kiwi 3 dongle

Kiwi 3

Kiwi 3 by PLX Devices is the successor of the Kiwi 2. It's the best Bluetooth Low Energy adapter that supports all computer and mobile platforms. This is possible because the new Kiwi 3 includes Bluetooth 4.0 chip. This adapter has solid quality. It's one of the best wireless adapters in terms of performance and durability.

The adapter works with all the latest OBD Auto Doctor versions on:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X / macOS
  • Linux
  • iPhone / iPad
  • Android
  • Windows Phone / Windows Mobile

We recommend this adapter because the wide platform support. Please notice that you may need to upgrade the firmware of the dongle to the latest version to make it work with all operating systems.

Price on Jan 2017: $99.99

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Bluetooth Adapters

Bluetooth is the recommended connection method for the OBD adapters. Bluetooth is wireless technology and it offers good performance for most use cases.


Compatibility

These adapters work with OBD Auto Doctor software on the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Windows Phone / Windows Mobile

Please note that your device needs to have Bluetooth in order to use these dongles. These adapters don't work with OBD Auto Doctor on iPhone or iPad. If you are looking for an adapter for iPhone or iPad, check the Kiwi 3 above or the WiFi adapters below.

Kiwi 2+ Bluetooth

Kiwi 2 Bluetooth dongle

Kiwi 2+ Bluetooth by PLX Devices is a fast and reliable adapter. The upgraded design is now cable-free and easy to plug in to the OBD socket.

We recommend this adapter if you are on budget looking for an older/cheaper model compared to the new Kiwi 3.

Price on Jan 2017: $49.99

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OBDLink MX Bluetooth

OBDLink MX Bluetooth dongle

OBDLink MX Bluetooth by ScanTool is high quality Bluetooth adapter. It has solid performance and small form factor.

We recommend this premium adapter if you need the extra features it offers.

Price on Jan 2017: $79.95

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OBDLink LX Bluetooth

OBDLink LX Bluetooth dongle

OBDLink LX Bluetooth by ScanTool is is a budget-priced version of the MX version. It has everything needed for full OBD Auto Doctor compatibility.

We recommend this adapter if you don't need the extra features that the MX model offers.

Price on Jan 2017: $49.95

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OBDKey Bluetooth

OBDKey Bluetooth dongle

OBDKey Bluetooth by KBM Systems is a small and nice Bluetooth adapter. It's a basic adapter that does the job well.

We recommend the other adapters to get better value for your money.

Price on Jan 2017: $142.67

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BAFX Bluetooth Dongle

Clone ELM327 adapter

BAFX Bluetooth adapter is one of the clone adapters. We bought this adapter for testing and at least our unit seems to work ok.

We recommend that you get genuine OBD adapter to avoid possible compatibility issues.

Price on Jan 2017: $21.99

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Basic ELM327 Bluetooth Dongle

Clone ELM327 adapter

ELM327 Bluetooth adapter that seems to work. This is one of the clone adapters too. We bought this adapter for testing and at least our unit seems to work ok.

We recommend that you get genuine OBD adapter to avoid possible compatibility issues.

Price on Jan 2017: $10.39

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WiFi Adapters

WiFi is the recommended connection method for iPhone and iPad users if the Kiwi 3 doesn't suit you. WiFi is wireless technology and it offers better performance compared to the traditional Bluetooth. WiFi adapter creates Wifi hotspot and allows your device to connect to it. It enables Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads to connect to it although these adapters work also with other devices.


WiFi adapters are not as easy to connect as Bluetooth adapters.


Compatibility

These adapters work with OBD Auto Doctor software on the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Windows Phone / Windows Mobile

Please note that your device needs to have WiFi in order to use these dongles. Notice that you can't be connected to a WiFi hotspot while you are connected to the WiFi adapter. If you don't use iPhone or iPad, we recommend that you get a Bluetooth adapter.

Kiwi 2+ Wifi

Kiwi 2 Wifi dongle

Kiwi 2+ Wifi by PLX Devices is similar to the Bluetooth version. It's fast and reliable. The upgraded design is now cable-free and easy to plug in to the OBD socket.

We recommend this adapter if you are on budget looking for an older/cheaper model compared to the new Kiwi 3.

Price on Jan 2017: $34.90

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OBDLink MX Wi-Fi

OBDLink MX Wi-Fi dongle

OBDLink MX Wi-Fi by ScanTool is high quality WiFi adapter. It's similar to the MX Bluetooth version. It has solid performance and small form factor.

We recommend this premium adapter if you need the extra features it offers.

Price on Jan 2017: $79.95

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VGate iCar2 Wi-Fi Dongle

VGate iCar2 WiFi dongle

VGate WiFi adapter that seems to work. This is one of the clone adapters. We got this adapter for testing and at least our unit seems to work ok.

We recommend that you get genuine OBD adapter to avoid possible compatibility issues.

Price on Jan 2017: $26.14

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USB Adapters

USB adapters make wired connection between the adapter and computer. They offer the fastest possible connection between the two. The downside is that wired connection is not as convenient as wireless connection.


Compatibility

These adapters work with OBD Auto Doctor software on the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

Please note that your computer needs to have free USB port in order to use these dongles. You might be also required to install drivers for the adapter. Remember to check if the adapter supports your operating system. If you don't need the fastest connection possible, we recommend that you get an adapter with wireless connectivity.

OBDKey USB

OBDKey USB dongle

OBDKey USB by KBM Systems is basic USB adapter. The price tag is a bit high compared to the others.

Price on Jan 2017: $129.24

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OBDLink SX

OBDLink MX Wi-Fi dongle

OBDLink SX by ScanTool is high quality USB adapter. It's a good option if you need wired connection.

Price on Jan 2017: $31.67

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OBDPro USB

OBDKey WLAN dongle

OBDPro USB by OBDPros is fast and reliable USB adapter that works.

Price on Jan 2017: $69.95

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