Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

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Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by THX723 » Sat May 14, 2016 8:33 pm

Hi folks,

Apologize if this has been covered already. I didn't see any in the search.

If one were too stick with the Bluetooth and iOS combination, what is the best OBD adapter option?

PLX Kiwi 3 perhaps?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by Harry » Sat May 14, 2016 11:51 pm

I don't get the question, but these will help:

www.gps-laptimer.de/compatibility/ios
www.gps-laptimer.de/compatibility/android

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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by THX723 » Mon May 16, 2016 8:28 pm

Sorry for the typo, which mind of caused some confusion. What I meant to ask is what is the best Bluetooth adapter for iOS. It appears the PLX Kiwi 3 is the answer from the link you provided. Thanks for your help, Harry!
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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by Harry » Mon May 16, 2016 10:20 pm

Yes, it the one I use currently. But keep in mind you will probably need to upgrade the firmware using an old or a friend's Android. I assume new Kiwi3 builds will come with the .2 update when shipping, but older ones will probably still be on .0 and need the update to work properly.

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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by THX723 » Mon May 16, 2016 10:22 pm

Noted. Thanks for the tip!

p.s. noted yet another typo in my last response. Gosh ... autocorrect!?! :oops:
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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by THX723 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:14 pm

Silly question ...

So I just received my PLX Kiwi 3 in the mail ... how do I go about checking the firmware revision # to determine if I need to update?

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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by Harry » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:03 pm

LapTimer - Administration - Sensor List - Kiwi 3 - Info.

Certainly while connected.

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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by THX723 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:57 pm

Hi Harry,
Finally got around to testing. I attached a screenshot of the info page. Not sure I see where the firmware number is displayed ... what am I doing wrong? :oops:

At any rate, HLT seems to be able to connect @7Hz initially. Sometime it would only connect @3-4Hz, other times not at all. I guess that would indicate it may have the older firmware?
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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by Harry » Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:37 pm

I'm sorry, it is not listed here... There are probably other ways to check it, but the following works definitively:

Install the free app LightBlue from AppStore.
Start it and walk nearby the Kiwi plugged in.
You will see the Kiwi in the LightBlue app's list of "Peripherals Nearby".
Select it.
Once the dialog on the Kiwi is coming up, find the firmware version in the row name "Firmware Revision String".

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Re: Best OBD adapter option for iOS + Bluetooth

Post by CAJerseyBoy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:58 pm

Harry wrote:
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:03 pm
LapTimer - Administration - Sensor List - Kiwi 3 - Info.

Certainly while connected.

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Harry - Do you have an updated Bluetooth OBD device you recommend? It’s kind of urgent since I need to have it delivered by Thursday this week for a track day at Laguna.
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