Ancel Scanners – Are they any good?

As a subsidiary of the OBDSpace Technology Company, LTD., Ancel makes aftermarket and OE automotive products.

Keeping prices low and quality consistently high is what Ancel is all about. Ancel is also among the top rated manufacturers of OBDII automotive trouble code readers and scanners used by automotive technicians and DIY mechanics all over the world.

You can also read our complete list of obd2 codes​ to help you better understand the codes.

Moving on with Ancel, Headquarters are inside the city limits of Shenzhen, PRC, but they have additional facilities and offices in several other countries.

The bulk of assembly and manufacturing takes place in China, and devices are shipped out overseas to customers on almost every continent

Scanner Reviews

Here’s a quick overview of Ancel’s product line, with some notes about what I like and don’t like about some of them. There are plenty of great things we can say about these scan tools, but each has its own drawbacks. Take a look at what I found:

Our Take On Their Units

What I Like
Nice pocket-sized trouble code reader. The connector cable is decently long, and the backlit screen is easy to read in any lighting conditions. It will even give you a live data stream if you need it, and you can freeze frame readings and store them in the internal memory. The AD310 also powers off your car’s electrical system, so you never need to worry about having some batteries handy or recharging your scanner.

What I Don’t Like
As far as I can tell, this unit can’t be synced up with a computer for software or firmware updates, and it can’t clear “Change Oil” notifications for most onboard computer systems. You can clear check engine lights and reset monitors, but that oil change light can be a deal breaker for some of us. If you’re buying this as a DIY mechanic who is working on the same make, model, and year all the time it’s a great buy. Not my first choice for a pro, though.

What I Like
For those of you that want more out of your pocket scanner because you run or work in an auto shop, this is probably a much better choice than the AD310. It can be connected to a computer for firmware and software updates to keep your scanner compatible with newer makes and models, and it also links it to the Ancel error code database with repair suggestions that have worked for other reporting technicians. The full color display is also larger and easier to read.

What I Don’t Like
I know it adds to the cost, but I prefer wireless OBDII port connectors when I’m using a scan tool. Sure the range isn’t great, but I’m also not tethered to one spot around the car when reading a live data stream. Additionally, the AD410 can’t reset certain engine codes or service codes on certain makes and models. It won’t come up for the DIY crowd, but if you work a shop or run one this could be a potential deal-breaker.

What I Like
Runs faster than the AD410 or AD310, and its memory can be updated to handle more service codes. It also stores graphs and can sync them to a computer for printing. Best of all, it can pull up common issues with a vehicle using the VIN search feature.

What I Don’t Like
Still doesn’t offer wireless connectivity, and I prefer the display and controls on the AD410 since they are larger and the display is easier for me to read. Maybe it’s a good fit for you, but I prefer the AD410 for visuals.

What I Like
The AD610 is the premier pocket-sized OBDII scan tool from Ancel. It literally does everything you would ever need to do with your handheld scan tool: emissions readings, Steering Angle Reset, all kinds of sensor calibration, and suite of diagnostic software for determining what system issues are generating the trouble codes.

What I Don’t Like
Not a lot to dislike about this model. The only changes I’d make is Bluetooth or WiFi and a bigger display, but that kinda defeats the purpose of making it a pocket scanner.

What I Like
There is nothing you cannot do with this OBDII scanner. This is the perfect choice for custom shops and automotive repair stations. You can read, calibrate, adjust, reset, and alter just about anything connected to a vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system. It’s big, it’s bulky, but it’s got free automatic code and diagnostic updates for life. It’s a bit pricey for most DIY mechanics, but shops will find its well worth the investment.

What I Don’t Like
The size is a big prohibitive, and it doesn’t have a wireless OBDII scanner port connector, but it has literally every other feature you could want. Just remember to keep it charged and make sure you don’t knock it off the car while you’re working. It’s tough,but not indestructible.

What I Like
More power, more features and a bigger screen? Where do I sign up? It’s also got airbag reset capabilities and a simulation tool to ensure safe airbag deployment after repair. This is the absolute top of the line from Ancel, and while the price tag matches the features it’s still well worth the investment for shops.

What I Don’t Like
It’s definitely priced above what most DIY car enthusiasts are willing to spend on a scan tool. It’s also big and bulky, and it still doesn’t have a wireless sensor. All things being equal though, it costs significantly less than other models in its class and does significantly more.

Ancel Scanners – Are they any good?
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