Having a good code reader can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Recently, I came across two similar devices, the Launch Creader VII+ and CRP123. After using them in different scenarios, here are some comparisons between the two.
Stick until the end for my two cents on which one is the better product for you, let’s get started!
LAUNCH Creader VII+
|Average lifespan||Shorter||Slightly longer|
|Vehicle compatibility||29 car brands||32 car brands|
|10 basic OBD2 modes||yes||yes|
|Read engine codes||yes||yes|
|Read transmission/ABS/SRS codes||yes||yes|
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Warranty and lifespan
Both the code readers offer a one-year warranty. However, the lifespan of the two may differ.
Generally, these products will last for years. But, I’ve had some complaints from users stating that their Launch Creader VII+ stopped working after a few months.
But this doesn’t mean that it is an inferior device as a product’s lifespan depends on many different factors. If it stops working after a few months, you can get it covered under the one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
However, the hassle involved during the warranty process is something you might want to consider.
When it comes to what car brands work with the device, both offer good compatibility. Check the table below to see if these devices are compatible with your vehicle.
Although the two code readers support many different vehicles, the CRP123 is compatible with more car brands than the Creader VII+. It will also run on the following:
- Ford (Australia)
[Alert_1]Note: Always contact customer services to make sure the device works with your car.[/alert_1]
Creader VII+ VS CRP123: What can they do?
These two OBD2 scanners are quite the same and have similar features.
Let’s look at what these devices can do.
10 basic OBD2 modes
The Creader VII+ and CRP123 have ten basic OBD2 modes to run different types of tests. It helps in identifying any problems in the vehicles. Some of these modes include:
- Live data stream
- O2 sensor test
- Freeze frame
- EVAP system test
- I/M readiness
- Vehicle information
- And more
Engine/Transmission/ABS/SRS code readers
The Launch CRP123 can easily read engine fault codes to help diagnose check engine light issues. It is also capable of reading data from the following systems:
- Anti-lock braking (ABS)
- Air bag system (SRS)
Creader VII+ is also able to perform similar functionalities.
Conclusion: Which one should you buy
Both these products are basic OBD2 scanners and offer the same features for car owners. But you’re here to find out the best product for your car.
So, which one is the better code reader?
Both the devices are built sturdy, but the CRP123 has a superior lifespan than Creader VII+. It even has support for more vehicles, so if you’re having a Daewoo, it’s got you covered.
I spent some time browsing the internet to know what issues people might be facing.
Many reported update issues with the Creader VII+. Although it can be resolved with a bit of customer support, it would be annoying and time-consuming.
I’m busy at the garage all day and I wouldn’t want to spend time trying to troubleshoot the device when I have cars to fix.
Stick with the CRP123, it’s a better buy!