ANCEL AD510 OBD2 Scan Tool review 2018

ANCEL AD510
(5 / 5)
A device for both car owners and mechanics. It can assess both the engine system and the battery thus helping you fix any errors and clear the warning lights.

The ANCEL AD510 scan tool is one of the most comprehensive OBD II scanning tools available. It comes with several features that make it effective as well as durable. The tool can analyze a large variety of codes. ANCEL AD510 also scans several key systems of the vehicle. It is a clear upgrade from the ordinary OBD II scanning tool.

Compatibility

The ANCEL AD510 supports the full OBD II protocols. It works only in vehicles with a 12V battery. The AD510 is compatible with a lot of cars produced after the year 1996 both domestic and imported.

However, it does not function in trucks with a 24V battery.

It connects to the dashboard via a wire. You simply connect this wire to the OBD II datalink connector in your car. This connector is mostly under the dashboard or under the handbrake.

The device also comes with several languages coded within. Besides English the other languages encoded are:

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  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian

Display

ANCEL AD510 uses a clear 2” display. The display shows the user all the information required in plain view. It makes use of two main colors, white and orange. These colors merge and form a convenient but colorful display thus rendering it both fully functional and colorful.

However, the display is rather small as compared to other OBD II diagnostic tools in the market.

Software

ANCEL AD510 makes use of software designed by Ancel. The software is easy to code as well as navigate. All the necessary information is presented in a coherent manner by the software.

You get a lifetime of software upgrades when you purchase the device. The upgrades make sure you stay up to date with the latest software patches and bug fixes. To upgrade your device, you connect it to your computer via a USB cable. Then, you download the software from the ANCEL website.

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Ancel AD510’s Features

The ANCEL AD510 has the following features:

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  • DTC lookup library

ANCEL AD510 comes with an inbuilt DTC lookup library. The icon for the same is on the home screen giving you easy access. The codes are then defined by the device helping you understand the meaning of each

  • Battery diagnosis

Unlike most OBD II scanners, the ANCEL AD510 comes with a shockproof case. This allows it to check the battery for any error codes.

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Such information allows the driver to determine what time the battery should be charged. Also, it helps determine the cause of a battery check warning light, therefore, helping you or your mechanic to deal with the issue.

  • Emissions check

The ANCEL AD510 comes with an IM hotkey. This key helps you to check your vehicle’s emissions on the go. It gives you instant access to the readiness status of the emissions system.

The hotkey also helps the car run smoother while producing as few emissions as possible. You can use this device to help you avoid fines that result from excessive emissions.

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  • MIL

This function alerts you as to the status of your error codes. The green light means you have no error codes whether pending or permanent. A yellow light indicates the presence of a pending error code and a red light indicates a permanent error code.

The pending error codes can be cleared easily. A permanent error code, however, is indicative of a serious problem and your car needs to go to the mechanic.

Functionality

ANCEL AD510 was designed to serve the following major functions:

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  • Ensuring your car is running as smoothly as possible
  • Scanning and clearing error codes
  • Ensuring your car is running smooth
  • Telling you whether the Oxygen sensor is working correctly

Pros

  • The ANCEL AD510 saves you money on unexpected repairs
  • It can scan for battery error
  • The scanner is housed in a hardy case that is shockproof. The case can withstand a fall from 5 feet high.
  • Saves you money on emissions fines
  • Can read a wide variety of error codes

Cons

  • It cannot scan SRS or ARS systems.
  • The device does not work on trucks with a 24V battery.

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Comparision 

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ANCEL AD310
ANCEL AD510
Ancel Ad410
(4.6 / 5)
(5 / 5)
(4.3 / 5)

- Its display is easy to read and use
- It has an online DTC lookup library

- Saves you money on emissions fines and unexpected repairs
- Can read a wide variety of error codes and scan for battery errors
- The scanner is housed in a hardy case that is shockproof

- It has a powerful CPU making it fast
- It can scan almost all vehicle systems such as SRS and ABS

- Some customers report that it does not work on their vehicles
- The device cannot read ABS or SRS systems

- It cannot scan SRS or ARS systems.
- The device does not work on trucks with a 24V battery

Some of its codes are hard to read and decipher.

Recommendation

ANCEL AD510 is a device for both car owners and mechanics. It can assess both the engine system and the battery thus helping you fix any errors and clear the warning lights.