Review of Launch Thinkdiag OBD2 Scanner : Pros and Cons

THINKCAR THINKDIAG is an Automotive Diagnostic Device same like easydiag. It supports full systems diagnsis for the car, and 15 kinds of reset functions.
You can delete car errors codes and reset the system if you have the thinkdiag.

Launch Thinkdiag OBD2 scanner Reviews good and bad, Thinkdiag vs easydiag, Thinkdiag vs bluedriver etc.

Good review 1: 2019 Equinox: the bidirectional tested

I am very happy with the capabilities of this Launch Thinkdiag scanner. I used it on my 2019 Equinox to test the bidirectional testing and was able to control the console lights and a few other simple and low risk tests. It really is incredible to have that capability for such a low price. I would buy this again if I lost it or broke it.

 

Pros:
1. Price
2. I was able to see data that my cheaper scanner couldn’t do.
3. True bi-directional testing!
4. Downloading the app and setup was very easy.
5. Connecting to the device from my Samsung Note 8 was easy too.

 

Cons:
1. You get two Makes for free for one year then you have to subscribe. For example, I chose GM and that lets me scan my Equinox and Silverado. I read it will also work on the Pontiacs in my extended family but I have not tested that yet.
2. Speed – This thing is not as fast as the pro scanners I see on YouTube. This is not an issue for me but I am not doing this for a living.
3. Bluetooth Losing Connection – When I first started using it the bluetooth connection dropped several times. After the first 4-5 attempts I had no further issues with it. I was sitting in the driver’s seat very close to the ODB port so I’m not sure what the issue was.

 

Good review 2: 08 Mini Cooper

Really handy little tool. Use it on a 08 Mini Cooper, performed great bidirectional control, power balance, lights, solenoids, etc. Definitely worth it. I’ve used it with Ford and Toyota as well and its done everything I’ve required even on the powerstroke diesel.

 

Good review 3: live data stream + special functions work

I love how you’re able to use the live data stream to see live what’s going on with the engine not to mention the special testing on certain actuators

 

Good review 4: bi-directional control at cheap price, suitable dealership + DIYer

I work at a dealership, so I mainly work on one car line. The cheapest bi-directional scan tool I’ve found is around $800-1,000 range with yearly subscription fees almost as must as the price of the tool. This tool is subscription based so, you pay for what you need. $39.95/year per car make. This is perfect for a backup scan tool if you work at a dealership, or a DIYer with only one or two makes. If you work at an independent shop, I would still consider it if you mainly work on 3 or 4 makes. Above that, a full function scan tool is probably a better choice. Scans all systems, bi-directional control, lots of data pids. Really impressed with this tool.

 

Cons: graphing is all on one screen. Not a huge deal.

 

Good review 5: Porsche Macan coding function failed

04-14-2020 update:

very cool, rainer. I like the PDLS+ option. I may also try out Power Steering+.

I bit the bullet and ordered one of the Thinkdiag modules after watching a video review that showed a “coding/program” function in the app. We shall see whether it is the coding I want it to be. If it works, it’ll be a sub-$100 option for coding.

 

04-18-2020 update:

Sad to report that the ThinkDiag does not perform coding functions.

 

Thinkdiag vs easydiag:

Kind of looks like Launch EasyDiag 3.0 with the X431 Pro Software…

 

The different:

1). Thinkdiag update: in the ThinkDiag APP.

EasyDiag 3.0 update: Launch official site.

 

2)Thinkdiag vehicle coverage: 115 makes

EasyDiag 3.0 coverage: 70 makes

 

3)Thinkdiag free software:  DEMO +EOBD2+ Auto Search + 2 car software

If you need more, you can buy software on the Thinkdiag APP by yourself.
Manufacturer Software Price for Each: $39.95/year
Reset Software Price for Each: $49.95/year

 

Thinkdiag free software:

Comes with one free software, If you need other car brand or special function software, you need pay for it extra. Each car brand software costs 50USD.

Software supports online update, free update in one year.

After one year, each software update cost is 29.95USD.

 

4) Thinkdiag functions:

Full system diagnostic: confirmed

15 maintenance functions: confirmed

 

Thinkdiag function: Generic OBD II Check, Four system diagnosis (Engine, Transmission, ABS, SRS)

 

The same:

Multi-language available

Update online

Original quality

Bluetooth connection

iOS Android Smart Phone IPAD

 

Thinkdiag vs bluedriver:

Please look at the following table.

 

 

Thinkdiag app vs ThinkOBD vs. Thinkdriver vs. ThinkPlus vs. ThinkTool:

Item THINKOBD 100 THINKCAR 1S THINKDRIVER THINKDIAG THINKPLUS THINKTOOL
Form portable hand-held tool dongle+App dongle+App dongle+App hand-held device hand-held device
Positioning basic OBD diagnostic tool intelligent diagnostic connector intelligent diagnostic dongle professional intelligent diagnostic connector quick scan detection tool modular integrated maintenance diagnostic tool
Usage smog check; OBD II related fault code smog check; vehicle health report; full system related fault code smog check; full system read/clear code; data stream for professional diagnostics; maintenance reset for quick diagnostics and generate a report maintenance diagnosis for full scenario use
System OBD system full system scan full system diagnostics; read/clear code full system diagnostics; read/clear code support full system scan report manufacturer level detection and diagnosis for full system
Customers personal vehicle owner personal vehicle owner; DIYers personal vehicle owner; DIYers small and medium repair shops;  technician and mechanic; DIYers Industry users with automotive diagnostics needs comprehensive repair shop maintenance technician
Features OBD II diagnostics;cost-effective;easy to carry and use OBD II diagnostics; full system diagnostics and code reading; real-time remote diagnostics(user side);black box; cost-effective;user friendly OBD II diagnostics; full system diagnostics; read/clear code; data stream; vehicle owner community; cost-effective; user-friendly OBD II diagnostics; 15 maintenance reset functions; full system diagnostics; remote diagnostics(technician side); vehicle owner community; cost-effective professional diagnostics; support more than 110 vehicle brands; easy to carry and user friendly OBD II diagnostics; full system diagnostics; professional artificial intelligent product first modular design diagnostic tool;   full system diagnostics; 15 maintenance reset functions; TPMS detection;  remote diagnostics(technician side); 12 functional modules; vehicle owner community; powerful diagnostic tool supports more than 160 vehicle brands
Protocol compatible with all vehicles after 1996 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

SAEJ1850(VPW&PWM)

 

compatible with all vehicles after 2005 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

 

compatible with all vehicles after 1996 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

SAEJ1850(VPW&PWM)

 

compatible with all vehicles after 1996 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

SAEJ1850(VPW&PWM)

 

compatible with all vehicles after 1996 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

SAEJ1850(VPW&PWM)

 

compatible with all vehicles after 1996 support OBD II protocol:ISO 14230-4(KWP2000)

ISO 15765-4(CAN)

ISO9141-2(iso)

ISO14229(uds)

SAEJ1850(VPW&PWM)