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Hi @all,
anyone with a recommendation for a working OBD dongle for the P38?
IOS prefered, as I eat Apples ...
I ask this here, because I qualify this not as diagnostic equipment ... hope the Admins agree?

Searching for one, which is plug & play and does switch off with and does not drain the battery preferably.

Thanks in advance
KCR
 

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No the admins do not agree. 8-|=

A dongle is only going to give you basic OBDII engine codes. You can get better info out of a cheap hand held that is not computer dependent. now if you want something that will give you more than engine codes there are options posted in this forum section that will give you different capabilities and at a variety of price points.
 

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Hi RRTH,
I know about limited OBD, as I have an Hawkeye, a fault mate, RSW Software ... and a bunch of genuine RRC equipment.
But I want to have some data while driving on my mobile or tablet (more or less exact water temp, engine load etc.).
For that purpose basic obd2 is enough.

Anyway, any tipps are welcomed what to buy ...
KCR
 

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Unless you have wifi in your P38 you would need bluetooth and an appropriate app. ELM327 is a popular plug in dongle. HOWEVER don;t go for the cheap ones. The cheap ones are usually knock offs that do very little. Torque or Torque Pro are excellent apps for iOS and Android.
 

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Hi RRTH, Torque is sadly android only.
Ordered a dongle today, will report, if / when it´s working.
I´m only interested as a gadget for the dashboard functionality.
 

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Update .. dongle arrived, ELM327 (the one in dark blue / orange, advertised and offered everywhere).
Plugged in, connected iPhone via wifi and tested with several apps. As I only need the dashboard functionality, even some free ones apps show stable data. Iobd used to crash.
Nice gimmick. In most of the apps one can customise the dashboard.
Next step is a switchable power supply, with ignition feed, to avoid battery drain.
 
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