Here is another comparison review of two OBD diagnostic scan tools, the Veepack BLE and Bluedriver.
I’ve already compared Bluedriver with OBDeleven. So let’s see how the advanced version of the code reader, Bluedriver, stacks up against Veepeak BLE.
Let’s get started!
|Read engine codes||1996+ vehicles||1996+ vehicles|
|Read other modules' codes (ABS, SRS, etc.)||Depending on the apps|
Compatible with less vehicles
|One app for many different vehicles|
|Other basic OBD2 modes||Live data & Freeze frame|
|Live data & Freeze frame|
|Coding||Available with BimmerCode app||N/A|
Table of Contents
- 1 Price
- 2 Life span
- 3 Vehicles coverage – Bonus point for Bluedriver
- 4 Coding BMW – What Veepeak has but Bluedriver doesn’t
- 5 Conclusion – Which one is worth your money?
You can find Veepeak BLE for around $30 to $40, much cheaper than Bluedriver. However, depending on the task, you would need third-party apps that may charge extra fees.
You would need multiple apps, especially if you have more than one vehicle. Although there are some free apps, their features are a bit limited (yea, because they’re free.)
On the other hand, Bluedriver is a one-time investment. The device can only work with the Bluedriver app. And there are no hidden charges or monthly subscription fees. You can use the features straight out of the box.
*The lifespan of a product varies depending on different factors. After surveying my clients and doing a bit of internet research, I came to the conclusion that Bluedriver generally lasts about 30% longer than Veepeak does.
Although the Bluedriver is not that cheap, it is highly durable. So, the long-term cost is not significantly different between the two devices.
Vehicles coverage – Bonus point for Bluedriver
There are two types of supported vehicles:
● Supported vehicles for engine module (this is the same for both scanners – 1996+ vehicles)
● Supported vehicles for other modules (Bluedriver supports a lot more vehicles)
Veepeak’s supported vehicles for all modules
To use features on Veepeak’s device, you need to download third-party apps. Different apps are catering to different vehicles.
|Apps||Supported vehicles (for all modules)||Fee|
|OBD Fusion||Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, Scion & Nissan|| $9.99 (iOS)|
In-app purchases for specific models and functions - $9.99 - $49.99
|BimmerLink||BMW (2008+)||$31.99 (iOS)|
|Carista||Audi, VW, Toyota, Lexus, BMW||1 month subscription - $9.99|
3 month subscription - $19.99
1 year subscription - $49.99
|JScan||Jeep/ Dodge||1 VIN license: $20.99|
Additional VIN license: $20.99
3 VIN license: $54.99
5 VIN license: $84.99
10 VIN license: $149.99
Bluedriver’s supported vehicles for all modules
Besides CEL diagnostics, Bluedriver can read ABS, SRS, TPMS, and other modules in a lot more vehicles. The best thing is that you can do all of this only with one app, and no extra fee whatsoever.
|Ford||Ford, Lincoln, Mercury|
|GM||Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Saturn, Pontiac, and more|
|Chrysler||Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Plymouth|
|Toyota||Toyota, Lexus, & Scion|
|Nissan||Nissan, Infiniti, & Renault|
|Subaru||Only vehicles sold in the US|
|Mitsubishi||2008 models & newer|
|Hyundai||Hyundai & Kia (2011 models & newer)|
|Mercedes||Mercedes & Smart (2005 models & newer)|
|BMW||BMW & Mini sold in North America (2005 models & newer)|
|Honda||Honda & Acura sold in North America (2003 models & newer)|
|Volkswagen||VW, Audi, Lamborghini & Bentley sold in North America|
Coding BMW – What Veepeak has but Bluedriver doesn’t
BMW car owners can use Veepeak with BimmerCode to access unique features on their vehicles.
Most of the features are available in the front electronic module that BimmerCode can tap in. However, you can access air conditioning, active sound design, cameras, and more.
With BimmerCode, here are some of the nifty things users can do:
- Alter folding mirrors settings
- Alter LED lights settings
- Deactivate auto start/stop
- Activate seat belt reminder
- Activate brake force display
- Enable/disable acoustic confirmation on locked/unlocked doors
- And more
BimmerCode app is free to download for android and iOS users. But you need to purchase the full version to be able to use all the features.
The full version will cost android users $41.99 and iOS users $31.99.
Conclusion – Which one is worth your money?
It’s not a balanced showdown between the two. Both of these have similar functionality but differ when it comes to:
Veepeak – Multifunctional OBD2 adapter
Veepeak is a unique compact device that pumps out more than its size.
The device is not just a code reader but also allows access to coding. Using its ability to edit codes in a vehicle, users can activate and deactivate all sorts of features on their car.
Users can simply pay for third-party apps but you can find free-to-use apps as well. Veepeak may be cheaper to purchase but adding additional apps to use features can push its price upwards. So, if you’re going to use it for more than one vehicles, it’s not a good choice.
It does lack in the vehicle compatibility when compared to Bluedriver as the latter has support for more vehicles.
Looking to code without any difficulties associated with long coding? Consider getting Veepeak to pimp out your vehicle the way you want!
Bluedriver – Worthy one time investment
Bluedriver is a convenient all-in-one scanner that is user-friendly and convenient to use. It not only reads and erases faulty codes, but the Bluedriver also has a database with fixes for different codes.
Users can customize the dashboards, graph live data, and view data according to their liking too. There is a smog check, mode 6, and also freeze frame feature.
Although Bluedriver is expensive than Veepeak, it does not have any subscriptions or app purchases. The device also comes with free regular updates making it a worthwhile investment for long-term use. It’s also more durable!
People who are not used to coding, or don’t want any of the coding features should stick to buying Bluedriver.